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As the Lens Moves Close

when this moment began
it never ended
a movie directed by us
without a cut
all our mistakes surviving
getting to know
the blood on the inside
just as surprised
as anyone who might watch

the camera has its own mind
don't worry the lens
there's nothing but truth inside
we put it there
let it run like melting icebergs
face to face
tears of fear honesty of strength
if we would
then reality is no longer an act

i told you everything i felt
it was so easy
i know what just happened
the lens opened
i gave it everything it wants
can you take it
watching me destroy pride
i know i can
only those who watch us
understand why


Mark Lecuona (author) from Austin, Texas on October 15, 2020:

Thank you Lorna. Life is not perfect. I'm not perfect. Love is not perfect. We have to live with everything and that is what I'm trying to perfect.

Lorna Lamon on October 14, 2020:

I love the lines ' A movie directed by us without a cut' which regardless of the kerb balls life can throw our way, your reality shines within each line. I don't believe life should be perfect, only that it should be lived. Great poem Mark.

Mark Lecuona (author) from Austin, Texas on October 14, 2020:

Hi Anupam. Thank you for reading my poem along with your kind words. Yes, the stage has been milked for all it's worth as a metaphor for life. "All the world's a stage." "Does life mimic art or does art mimic life." These things are hard to incorporate without sounding cliche. I pretty much write on the fly. When I start writing I'm never exactly sure where it will go. There's no plan from days before. It's just that moment and off I go. This one didn't rhyme. I just wasn't feeling it so I don't fight it. As for the lens in this case, I guess I started thinking about how people take family pictures and how sometimes they mask an unhappy situation. In this case, we're happy and the camera is the witness to how we did it; no attempt to be perfect, just being ourselves and watching how it works so well.

Anupam Mitu from MUMBAI on October 14, 2020:

Excellent metaphor Mark. Though the stage and players have become very common metaphor since Shakespeare used it, you have used it beautifully stating the life of yours and your wife as a movie in which both of you were the actors but there was no cut while playing your part. Well composed.

Mark Lecuona (author) from Austin, Texas on October 14, 2020:

Thank you John. It's a little love story about me and my wife.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on October 13, 2020:

Life is like a reality TV program! that sounds kind of wacky but not really. I enjoyed your poem Mark. Nice work.

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