Outline - The Balcony Poem
Author: Natalie Leer


The balcony. Fith floor of a home to a few hundred.
Before we were 2.4 behind 44 we were 1.2 behind 33.
That blue door.

Often upon that balcony silhouettes of water reflected into my vision
Their delicate, dominant multi shaded outline broke away and caressed my pupils
Shimmered and rippled through clear glass and the tiniest of cracks in my curtains
Splashed droplets onto my pink walls making them glow orange. Warm. Soft.

Does this paint a view of peace? It should. It was.
Because you forget to ask why.
Why would I be in a room
Curtains closed to such colours? It doesn’t matter.

The outlines of the water silhouettes soon fade.
They hide.
Now seen by the naked eye as invisible grey.
Unable to look at themselves despite reflecting in my eyes

In my eyes
In my eyes.

Showing their true colours briefly before noticing my gaze has been caught
they disguise both outer and inner beauty with a dull, bland face.
Having done so for such a shapeless,
quiet time had lead them to believe this is their true skin
Or at least
“this is the skin I deserve. The only one I dare show”

------- Author's Notes -------

Hi everyone. My Name is Natalie and Im a 19 year old Performing Arts Student.

I wrote this in a workshop a few months ago. We were asked to think back to our childhood and use the theme of light and reflection based on a poem by Carol Ann Duffy called The Grammer Of Light.

Im new here and would be very interested to know what you think. If you want to leave a comment on this or any other of my poems, please feel free to.




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