Photo Challenge #91 December 15, 2015 – Illusions


Image: Anne Worner “Don’t Fall In” CC BY 2.0

Are you an illusion?

Are you disillusioned?

You look at my image

You say, is this you?

Don’t use the portrait images

The real you is different.

A figmentation of your imaginative?

I ask myself that same question

Are you a cyber person

A delusion trying hard

To be an illusion, one I’ll favour?

How can I tell from words on a page

If you have substance, worth,

Not just a bunch of dots and dashes.

A scammer wanting my ‘millions’

To break my heart, steal my soul.

My mirror reflects what it sees

The cameras lense the same

But in a split second we can change

From hero to villain

From lover to foe.

In the end it comes down to


Knowing and trusting

That what I see is what I get

And that, my love, sits well with me.


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18 Responses to Photo Challenge #91 December 15, 2015 – Illusions

  1. excellent capture – and sometimes you get more….

  2. Mandy says:

    This is a wonderful write that sets me to thinking about conversations I’ve heard regarding trusting people on social media–out there in cyberspace; how we get so close to some, when we really have no idea if they are an axe murderer or not. After reading this piece, I wonder how many times we think about the people we know in the flesh–maybe for years and years–and don’t really know them any better than those possibly illusive images in profile pictures. Yes, I agree with that final statement: “In the end it comes down to Intuition…” I like to think mine is pretty good.

    • Thank you Mandy for your great comment. You are right we can live with someone for many years and never really know them. I agree too that intuition is a good guide to a persons character. It’s something you know you can trust.

      • I meant to add in too that you can experience heart stopping loneliness in a house full of people which seems so contradictory to me but I know happens so often…..

  3. humbird says:

    love all these questions…and was happy, when found the salute to intuition….we indeed can think with our hearts…

  4. I met Sam on the internet in 1999. A lot of people thought I was insane for meeting up with him in real life but as it turns out I was right to trust my instincts. While there are some things like age/appearance that are very easy to hide online, it is much easier for a person to pressure you in real life. Online you can just block someone who is getting too aggressive, in real life it is a good deal harder and a lot of people put themselves at unnecessary risk to avoid giving offense. People lie and people are deceived but there are lots of gorgeous sincere people out there as well. For some reason people think they can spot liars based on appearance but that is rarely the case. There is always risk.

  5. clothespeggedpat says:

    Thanks for this introspective and reflective write Michael! Great response to the challenge 🙂

    And I have to say … I really like how you’ve fashioned this piece …. in the end, our instincts are the ones that we too often ignore … and that can land us in a heap of trouble – the illusions and lies we can tell ourselves because we want to believe or fashion the reality we see before us … when in fact, if we are “still enough and smart enough” to trust that “gut reaction” … it could very well save us far more trouble than any of it was worth.

    But I had to close on this note: I really like the way that you come to your conclusion in this piece … for it seems to come from a place of acceptance and self-love and understanding…. kind of the fool me once, fool me twice … but without the idea of vengeance of shame or guilt ….

    thanks for sharing Michael – lovely 🙂

    Cheers ~ Pat

    • Thank you Pat it seems we spend so much time listening to the thoughts and ideas of others and never to our own instincts.
      In this Internet age where it is easy and likely we form relationships with other uses the actions of a few in scamming and deceiving have painted every one with the same unpleasant odour. I know if I mention meeting an Internet friend to my children they all have a horror story to tell me despite my telling them I am not stupid or putting myself at risk. In the end it’s our intuition that so often guides us to the right decision. Have a good day.

  6. RoSy says:

    Lots o’ questions. Stuff like that always runs through my head. I always go with the gut. It never fails.

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