Alter Ego — Viewfromtheside’s challenge for November 26, 2010

Here it is — this was fun!  Thank you for the challenge.

© 2010 Kathy Larson

All Rights Reserved


Alter Ego


My alter ego is . . .

. . . tall.  Willowy.

She has a neck like Audrey Hepburn’s.

This other me is afraid of nothing.

Works hard,

so hard

to attain the goals

she sets.

She is driven,

but admired,

not afraid

of success.

Not afraid

that change

might change



My alter ego

keeps a perfect house,

there is




as dust.

Windows gleam,

countertops shimmer,

tables are perfectly set.

The linens are crisp

clean and white,

they smell of


and roses.

She wears

high heels

even when

peeling potatoes.

She is well-read,

a scholar,

a sophisticated



a dazzling host.


makes love

like a tigress

but curls

domestically and



the protective

curve of ‘his’


She is everything

I think


should be.


has made my life


The ‘real’ me




  1. Kristine said,

    November 28, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    I LOVE this!

  2. November 28, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Well done. Nice call on subject matter … too painfully true. eh?

    Kudos …

  3. souldipper said,

    November 28, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Wow, Kath, some alter ego, that one! Don’t let her take away the joy of you.

  4. Cindy said,

    November 28, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Oh, don’t you just loath her?
    Loved this!

  5. November 28, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    it’s beautiful, but so sad that we women all think of where we fail, and not of our strengths. Perfection is probably boring, and too much for friends and lovers to keep up with

  6. granny1947 said,

    November 29, 2010 at 4:09 am

    Your alter ego would be totally exhausted after doing all that….if we were all that perfect we would have nothing to aspire to…I like you just the way you are.

  7. klrs09 said,

    November 29, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Hi Everyone — Wow! thanks for such great comments, they blow me away. Just so everyone knows — the poem is not really about ME — it’s about all of us (women) and the terrible expectations we have of ourselves. I was hoping for a tone of satire, but I wrote it fast — maybe too fast? Of course, I do wish I had a neck like Audrey’s, but mostly I’m pretty much okay with the ‘real’ me. Thanks again — and go easy on yourselves!

  8. granny1947 said,

    December 2, 2010 at 2:28 am

    Good Morning Kathy….from Kathy

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