A Question Of Identity On her 90th birthday she looked in the mirror and tried to identify the face looking back. She felt the same as ever but the face, that was the mystery how could she connect the two, how she felt and how she looked. Perhaps a mystic would tell her that the face had been through the fire of life, but so had everything that made up her identity, or more accurately, her multiple identities, different ones for every occupation, every relationship and every situation. The ones foisted on her by parents were soon rejected and replaced by the ones she made up for herself, different identities but always the same person, easily recognised but not in that mirror but something to celebrate. Cracking Open Concrete and clay glass ensconced in metal frames, paint on board, gas in pits, once it meant something once it had a purpose. It’s over now purposeless cracked empty waiting for a future hoping that soon something will make its way through the cracks as time passes. So now look carefully, see already something is emerging finding its way making a new beginning after the end.
Lynn White lives in north Wales. Her work is influenced by issues of social justice and events, places and people she has known or imagined. She is especially interested in exploring the boundaries of dream, fantasy and reality. She was shortlisted in the Theatre Cloud ‘War Poetry for Today’ competition and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net and a Rhysling Award. Her poetry has appeared in many publications including: Consequence Journal, Firewords, Capsule Stories, Gyroscope Review and So It Goes. Visit her website and Facebook page.
Image: “Crack in the Pavement” from Sheila Sund from Salem, United States, under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.