Reality Bites

in a gathering of friends and more
we hear them talk, of their promotions of sort
a new car on the way, a new house to stay
a planned holiday, a great time off

in a gathering of friends and more
no one will talk of an annoying neighbor
or a nosy mother in law, just no one
or an abusive partner, just no one

in a gathering of friends and more
we saw them give their best smiles
parade their most expensive clothes
show off a new designer bag
or a sparkling diamond ring

in a gathering of friends and more
we hear the best, we see the good
until it’s over, the gathering
of friends and more

then reality bites,
they took off their masks
faces the mirror, they see a reflection
a reflection of what’s not to be

fo Sadjie’s WDYS https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2021/08/23/what-do-you-see-96-august-23-2021/

47 Comments

  1. Ooh! That ending really bites, Mich! Love your take. 😊

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Punam😊😊

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      1. My pleasure dear. 😊

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    1. michnavs says:

      ouch, indeed Chris.. thank you

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  2. Sadje says:

    You’ve reached beyond the smiling faces and hinted at not so perfect reality. Thanks Mich for this thought provoking poem.

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    1. michnavs says:

      that was the first idea that came into my mind Sadje.. and i am happy you like it..

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      1. Sadje says:

        I think the first idea works the best. Thanks πŸ™

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      2. michnavs says:

        I agree Sadje😊

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      3. Sadje says:

        😍πŸ₯°

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  3. Sadje says:

    I’ve shared it on my blog;

    First in this week in response to WDYS # 96; A hint at the emotions behind the smiling faces from Michnavs ; Reality Bites

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    1. michnavs says:

      thank you Sadje…i love the photo

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome my dear! I do too.

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  4. Great take on the prompt, Mich
    That ending packed quite a punch

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    1. michnavs says:

      ya, thank you so much Shweta…

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      1. You are welcome, Mich β€πŸ€—πŸ˜Š

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  5. utahan15 says:

    like in being
    blind yet seeing?

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  6. Superb poem on friendship and in the company of friends we will surely not talk about our ills and not so good people but enjoy ourselves remembering our younger days of joy and happiness.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Ahhh i agree Kamal…we can always leave our sorrows behind for a little while…thank you😊😊😊

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      1. Yes completely. Welcome dear Mich πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

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  7. OOh, a snappy look at the real side of the friendship. Well done, Michelle.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Mason😊

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  8. mrswrangler says:

    Ours right now is wedding based for beat friend. Any time we have talked or got together recently this is the topic.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thats good to know..😊😊😊i hope you and Wrangler have a blast…keep safe

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  9. That bit really hard at the end! Or moreover entirely lol great piece! God bless!! ❀

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    1. michnavs says:

      Hello Tammy good to see you..thank you so much😊

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  10. Wow! So true and you’ve expressed this so powerfully and poignantly, SweetMich! πŸ™‚ I really like this poem of yours! πŸ™‚
    (((HUGS))) ❀

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    1. michnavs says:

      Yay, thank you Carolyn so much😊😊😊

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  11. It is only some friends who stay real. Awesome poem and how you ended it!

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    1. michnavs says:

      I agree Pragalbha…thank you so much😊😊

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  12. Jeff Flesch says:

    Wow. Awesome take, Mich. πŸ€—

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Jeff😊

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      1. Jeff Flesch says:

        You’re welcome, Mich. My pleasure. 😊

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  13. murisopsis says:

    Too many times we hide things out of shame when the very people we hide from are the only ones who would care and support us…

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    1. michnavs says:

      I agree Val ….thank you😊😊😊

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  14. Loved your response to the pic. So true.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much😊😊😊

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  15. Jules says:

    This piece reminds me of an Advice Column I read this week, where one person in the group of neighbors got a bit too close for comfort – so the one couple doesn’t want to go to gatherings with that couple being included anymore. Some of that ‘circle’ said ignore it, but the Columnist said you should never have to put up with ‘bad behavior’ or having someone invade your personal space.

    It also reminds me of a group I once belonged too – I never wore a mask, but I didn’t fit in because I could not compete with their boasting. Reality or not – it wasn’t and isn’t my cup of tea. When I look in the mirror I don’t want to see the rear end of a donkey. πŸ˜€

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    1. michnavs says:

      Ahhh thank you so much Jules for sharing that. It true, we shoule never allow anyone invade our privacy especially if we don’t directly offer information. Some people can’t or maybe too naive to understand it..
      And like you, i can’t tolerate people boasting around (whether true or not) its not also my cup of tea. Its just like some people tend to flaunt all everything in social media, even their own personal relationships, but in reality its different.😊

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      1. Jules says:

        ….which is why the only ‘social media’ I have is my blog… While I do respect Facebook and others – they have their place, but I really don’t need to see an image of every meal a friend eats before consuming it.

        Boasting is almost a combination of bragging and gossip… I do not play the game of one-upmanship. I’d rather do anonymous acts of kindness. πŸ™‚

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      2. michnavs says:

        I am with you Jules…and yes, to anonymous act of kindness…thank you so much😊😊😊

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  16. Carol anne says:

    an excellent poem Mich! Love it!

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much..πŸ’•

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