Each Sunday, Inpatient residents come together in our Spirituality Center to share original poetry, readings, and songs (often composed while at St. Joseph’s) and which are focused on a topic meaningful to recovery.
As Peer Support Specialist, Craig Poindexter, shares, “This week’s theme was “self perception”. One of our very own residents, Annemarie C., composed her poem, “The Mirror”. It was an awesome poem in everyone’s opinion and about 15 residents and myself were able to identify off of this poem.”
I used to look in the mirror
And not recognize the girl staring back at me.
I saw pain and anger
I saw fear and hopelessness
She looked familiar, but I did not know her.
She was worthless and unlovable.
She was broken and empty.
A disappointment, a junkie.
I couldn’t watch her dying anymore.
So, I stopped looking in the mirror,
even though the mirror was gone,
the image of that girl was not.
I saw everything she believed she was,
and everything society said she was.
But I had to help her.
I removed the noodles from her arms,
I wiped her tears and told her she deserved better.
I picked up the pieces and put them back together one by one.
Now when I look in the mirror,
I see life in the eyes of the girl staring back at me.
I see hope and resilience.
I see lots of scars, but they are what make her so beautiful.
She is strong, she is kind, and she is loved.
I look in the mirror, and I see me.