Ann Keiffer

On Stepping Out

Of late, when
I walk by a mirror
or chance to catch
my reflection
in a window,
I am sometimes
startled strange.
Because it looks
to me like I’m
wearing a costume–
clothes, body, face, hair,
age, bearing, posture,
attitudes, actions–
all of it,
the Ann costume.

And I’m tired of it.
I imagine
unzipping it,
from the
top of my head,
all the way
down to my toes.
I step out of the
whole rig and getup,
still human,
but clear,
so, now, the light
shines through.

Ann Keiffer
March, 2017

Image Credit: Digital collage by Ann Keiffer
Source material: Mirror, Mirror by Balsamo on Pinterest


About Ann

I am interested in the strange beauty of brokenness, in transforming possibility in difficult times, in how we heal even when we can’t get better, in the alchemy of surrender, in the interplay of light and shadow, in the bounty of everyday wonders, in the gift of laughter…and writing about it, all and everything.

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