Pessimist Poetry’s Foreword: Reflections Poem

In a lot of my interactions I’ve noticed that you can learn a lot about someone by looking at them, gazing into their eyes, gleaming secrets and seeing them for who they really are. I’ve been a bit obsessed with Hannibal lately and one of the motifs is seeing the monster behind the mask, seeing them for who they really are. This is why Hannibal holds such an affinity for Will Graham in the TV series, because Will understands him as a kindred spirit. Will also displays Hannibal’s reflection as he spends more time with him in his actions, mannerisms and behaviors. The eyes are a gateway into a person’s soul, as well as a mirror reflection of yourself as you gaze into them. You can learn a lot about yourself and a person by really looking at them, gazing into their hearts and minds instead of through them, sparking the theme behind this reflections poem.

Gateways into the soul

Shining brilliantly in thousands of shades

Everything appears crystal clear

Even my reflection as I gaze into them,

overwhelmed by the secrets they reveal

Most turn their attention away,

too self-conscious to peer at what lies beneath

I relish the opportunity

Who are you and what am I?

Staring at a two-way mirror that puts us on display,

in all our vulnerability

No masks or cloaks to hide beneath

Just you and I

Lost in the reflections of each other’s eyes.

Pessimist Poetry’s Afterword: Reflections Poem

“What he has in addition is pure empathy and projection,” Dr. Bloom said. “He can assume your point of view, or mine – and maybe some other points of view that scare and sicken him. It’s an uncomfortable gift, Jack. Perception’s a tool that’s pointed on both ends.” -Thomas Harris

What did you think of this Reflections poem? Let me know in the comments below! If you like this week’s poem, be sure to check out this Red Dragon poem!