My Reflection

My reflection is under threat
like a bilby or a platypus.
Sightings are getting rarer.

In photos there’s a me I don’t remember
with long legs and short shorts
and shoes without socks

before the spiders came
and spun blue webs around my calves
in thickly knotted thread

Back then I dyed my hair
(even although it wasn’t greying)
and tried to learn about make-up

Now I have silver wings above my ears
and don't own a stick of lippy
but  I’ve nested a hornet family,

buzzing busy reproduction in my breast,
forming  self important clots.
Extrication will leave a scar

like a tree without its coolamon*
and I will float on now
without that familiar, maternal bark.

And so, the mirror wavers again
and the buzz of hornets grows deafening.
I turn away from my reflection

once more to the people who love me back




*A coolomon (click here to see tree scar and read more) is an anglicised version of the name for the Aboriginal carrying vessel

Written for dVerse – Grace’s prompt – MTB The Body & Poetry

16 thoughts on “My Reflection

  1. Truly wonderful poem – really beautiful.
    I hope you’re okay and just I’m reading the
    “buzzing busy reproduction in my breast,
    forming self important clots.
    Extrication will leave a scar”
    too literally. *hug* ❤

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  2. Such an amazing write about our body through the years. There is acceptance and courage. Love the part of: but I’ve nested a hornet family
    and

    like a tree without its coolamon*
    and I will float on now
    without that familiar, maternal bark.

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  3. Amazing journey on the changes in the body over time. I love that empowering end about turning back towards the people who love you!
    The line about cancer as the hornet family buzzing reproductions is incredible description! But I wish you all the best for health and recovery!!

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