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A Shadow of Myself


07.22.11 Posted in today's words by











Bobbie Troy’s poem Concert in the Lobby appeared here as part of Contributor Series 9: If Men Had Ears in June 2011. About this poem Bobbie says: “I listened to Murray Dunlap on 15 Minutes of Poetry and was very moved by his work and by how he is putting his life back together after a near-fatal car accident. It inspired me to write the following poem for Murray.” A lovely tribute from one talented writer to another.



A Shadow of Myself

(for Murray Dunlap, 5/10/11)

By Bobbie Troy




I look into the mirror

and see

a shadow of myself

a mind turned inside out

then right side in

the past is a ghost

the future is unknown

but I must move forward

carrying with me

this shadow of myself

which is becoming the new me






7 Responses to “A Shadow of Myself”

  1. I love the optimism of this beautiful poem.

  2. I can visualize this optimistic woman looking forward to the next adventure in life. Love it!

  3. Dee Ann says:

    As always, Bobbie is succinct and powerful.

  4. Lynn Arroyo says:

    Beautiful as usual! It’s as if you read my own thought about myself!

  5. bobbie troy says:

    Thank you, everyone. I really appreciate the time you take to comment.

  6. Jeanette Gallagher says:

    I listend to Murray Dunlap and was quite moved as well. This is a beautiful tribute to his courageous journey back – I hope he read this wonderful poem by Bobbie.

  7. Sol says:

    A very “visual” poem: very real

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