Mirror Mask: A Poem

In the mirror

Rubber wounds

Of torn flesh

And distorted features

Form a mask

I don.

Its warped reflection

Trapping  me

Inside the hot



Of suffocating plastic.


(photo by David Stroup)


Laurie Woodward is the author of The Pharaoh’s Cry,  Kidnapped Smile, and Dragon Sky from the fantasy series The Artania Chronicles,  as well as the middle-grade Forest Secrets. She co-wrote Dean and JoJoThe Dolphin Legacy and was a collaborator on the popular anti-bullying DVD Resolutions. Bullied as a child, Laurie is now an award-winning peace consultant, poet,  and blogger who helps teach children how to avoid arguments, stop bullying, and maintain healthy friendships. She writes on the Central Coast of California. More about her work can be found at artania.net

2 thoughts on “Mirror Mask: A Poem

  1. You are feeling like suffocated
    like being wrapped in plastic
    you can get better & be happy
    It’s true, I’m not being sarcastic
    seek the help you are needing
    to thrive and shine with light
    seeing this would be fantastic!

    1. Thank you Lee. I am trying to find help through this dark time. Writing is one of the ways I work through the depression. It is also comforting to know that people like you care enough to send a kind message.

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