You have been a familiar landscape to yourself,
all these years of seeing your reflection in mirrors,
shop windows, the still surface of a pond.
You thought you knew the prospect of your frown,
the parallel lines of your smile and the curves
of your hills and valleys. Until one day,
at a family gathering, when people are taking selfies,
group photographs and a special one of you,
you take out the collection of your life’s faces
and realise that the landscape has shifted:
it is inhabited by imposters in your skin,
and you were the one who let them in.
Kim M. Russell, 12th December 2019
In Sumana’s last prompt for Poets United, her Midweek Motif revolves around moments. She has quoted Bobby Fischer and Abraham Maslow, as well as sharing examples of poems about moments from Margaret Atwood, Rumi and the translation of a poem by Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska.