Thursday, July 29, 2021

Mirror Mask

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Mirror Mask

“When a monkey looks into a mirror, it sees a

monkey “--Malcolm de Chazal

Human nature rings always true.

Extroverts push for a coup.

Introverts waste time feeling blue.

Which one are you? Which one are you?

Personality forms early.

Some of us come off as burly.

While others seem so girly.

Teeth so pearly, teeth so pearly.

Some can become such a bully.

Conscience never there fully.

Some make you laugh, acting so silly.

Don’t be pushy, don’t be pushy.

Maternal instinct is the best,

not stronger in the east or west;

their hearts built like a robin’s nest.

She has the zest, she has the zest.  

Glenn Buttkus  


Posted over at d'Verse Poet's Pub


abigfatcanofworms said...

I love the last stanza particularly. I might be biased because I am a mother but hearts built like a robin's next is just exquisite.

Lucy said...

"Introverts waste time feeling blue."

Aye, Glenn, I feel called out. Hahaha, just kidding. :D

I really love this piece and how you incorporate different factors and aspects of our personalities. With any personality type, traits from a given test can be accurate or they cannot but either way, we're either born with them or they can be predisposed from environmental factors. Like you say, some traits can be downright negative to the point there is no conscience in our words and actions; it's as if you stop growing at a certain point and once you do, you never seem to learn.

I too enjoy the last stanza. I love the robin's nest imagery, makes me think of Weezer's "Butterfly."

Grace said...

Sometimes I am an extrovert, other times an introvert. Enjoyed specially the last stanza of maternal instinct.

Vandana Sharma said...

The various hues of human personalities. I guess one or the other time we all belong to all of these categories

Misky said...

The second stanza made my smile. Perhaps my favourite.

indybev said...

Well done, even though rhyming went a bit awry in 3rd stanza. IMHO form restrictions affect poetic continuity.

Raivenne said...

As an ambivert combining the best -and sometimes the worst- of both I feel I have touch on all of the personality traits. And as a mother I adore the final stanza through and through Well done!

JadeLi said...

Glenn, I think I've been every one of them at one time or another in my life. I also think that people can get stuck in one or another of them. Time is a great shifter of perspective that can pull one out of ruts. The more I learn the less I know...

Sanaa Rizvi said...

I looked it up! I am basically an Ambivert haha💝 This is gorgeously, gorgeously composed, Glenn! Each stanza gives away so much wisdom, from human nature to personality to instinct, the piece in its entirety is a treasure trove. I agree, maternal instinct is the same in both East and West.💝

A Reading Writer said...

ahhh. love the questions you put here, i am getting more and more introvert as i age. haha. and the last line is my favorite. i cannot agree more.

ben Alexander said...

This was both funny and essentially true of humanity, Glenn - and I agree with Worms - I loved the last stanza the most too :)