Supernatural Poetry posted March 10, 2014

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I gazed into my darkened reflection, it stared back at me...

Apocryphal Apparition

by Dean Kuch

~Apocryphal Apparition~


'Twas twilight's shadow forced my gaze there, tho'

trepidation and despair were factiously studious pupils.

What witchery is this?, said I, and lo'—

gave ample pause to reaffirm my pernicious scruples...


An apparition with yawning maw— there!

I beseech you, you must believe, lest I go completely mad;

from its reflected prison did only stare,

a leering monstrosity taking what little hope I had.


Am I insane?– query brushed mine own ears,

'twas only I–lone sentry present there to seek the answer.

Stoic reflection savored my pains' tears,

devoured my cowering image like malicious cancer.


And now–'twas nigh time to rise and proclaim,

yet another prayer with such flirtatious frivolous fancy.

From whence, this apocryphal specter came—

speaking hollow words, so gently hushed—they most surely damned me.


O' apocryphal apparition”, I cried, “converse no more!”

Cursed cheval glass then cracked , as yonder breezes brushed my soul cold,

glass crashed when—like waves on yon distant shore—

remnants of what once was succumbed to madness, as fate foretold.





Mirror Poem writing prompt entry
Writing Prompt
We look in the mirror everyday. What do we see when we see ourselves? Write a poem about what you see when you look in the mirror. It can be as straightforward or abstract as you'd like. Creative responses and free-form poems are encouraged.


I looked into the mirror as I wrote this. Yes, I lit one candle, then looked into the long, ornate full-length mirror we have in our bedroom. This is the image that stared back at me, the message that came to mind. Having a serious illness, sometimes the realization of it makes me muse melancholy.

Edgar Allen Poe (1809-1849) often wrote about unique characters whose lives were adversely impacted by bouts of madness and deep despair.

This is one such tale, inspired by the mirror image that I saw.

I thank you for reading one aspiring poets ode to the man and his quintessential style.
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