Who Are You, Stranger

Who Are You, Stranger?

I look into the mirror

glazing myself over as I usually do,

but what stares back at me

is not the reflection of the girl I've always known.

Who are you, stranger?

A girl no more:


no more;

a child's spirit, 

no more. 

Before me now

stands a woman

I do not recognize.

My heart can't help but ask,

who are you, stranger?

* * *

I know what I am;

a worn,

mother of three. 

A caretaker,


and sibling. 

I cling to my artistry,

an artist is the only other thing

I can call myself,

but is it only through my paintings

that I am able to speak?

To be?

Who am I


could you tell me?

When you meet me,

what do you think?



How am I perceived?

Why is it that I feel, 

only you could tell me?

An outsider's perspective, 


But what a stranger perceives 

of another stranger, 

can hardly be what I seek to acquire;



I'm tired of feeling like a stranger. 


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