Facing Myself [puente*]

the mirror stands in the corner
reflects an image of how I appear

~ so I greet my Self with a welcome smile ~

knowing tucked deep within
what no mirror can reflect, my heart

* Read more about this poetic form in an article from Shadow Poetry called Puente.

Photo by Taylor Smith courtesy of Unsplash

17 thoughts on “Facing Myself [puente*]

    1. I found it challenging to write a “bridge”, that middle line that joins the two stanzas. However, I used this form as a prompt when I was leading a writer’s group and they all came up with great poems. I hope you do try it; I would love to read what you write. Thanks for stopping by, Ron.


  1. Not much for deliberate structuring my own writing, I enjoy reading “form” poems … and a couple of times I have written puentes – a bridge being natural for the flow.
    Really like this one about mirrors!

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    1. Thank you, Kamal. You do know that the photo isn’t of me. It might have been me 40 years ago, but this old poet grey headed! πŸ™‚ I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment.


  2. “Facing Myself” inspired my first (maybe) puente:

    The looking glass reveals the window
    a light breeze slipped in through

    – how I got here faces me behind my back –

    the curtain is filled with silvery
    siddhis flowing through the glass

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