The Imposter – Collaboration

It gives … temporarily

It lifts… briefly

It speaks a lie

As though it were true

It beguiles you

It transforms you

But when the lie meets the light

You are naked

Unarmed … unprepared

For the avalanche of truth

That will bury you


Your reflection isn’t a pillar of strength

It’s just a pillar of salt melting in the rain

Ask yourself what is really real

Do you believe in that fake mask?

Hiding behind impenetrable scars …

It will only carve your insides out

Make you a charlatan

At the mercy of other weaker phonies

Who wants nothing more than to break you?

Don’t be self-hoaxed self-loathing

Don’t be putty in their evil hands

Mirror, mirror on the wall I hate you

But I remember how you made me your pawn

And somehow, I drown in your depths

Only to survive and smash you

Mirror, mirror on the wall

I no longer heed your call

I should have broken you a long time before.


© Xavier Smith, Mark Andrew Heathcote

Excerpt from the book Fire and Ice

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Fire and Ice

Foreword . . .

Many moons ago I realized the power of words and how they can accurately describe the nuances of emotion. They can take a person to the highest highs, and just as easily, that person can plummet into nothingness…. just by words. It is fascinating how perception and illusion rule our lives. What others fail to see is that for some, once the words are out there… the bleeding stops a little bit more… Those words are just part of us…And that is the beauty of it.

Fire and Ice is a collection of connections based on perceptions. It is person after person, reading, relating, and then reaching out to others through words. Connection…  is really what it is all about that.

I am honored to invite you inside the minds of people just like you. All their hopes, dreams, and disasters are here within the pages of this book.

Lyne Beringer, author of Alaskan Vogue

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