Just an Illusion by Bogdan Dragos

The black and white close up of a young woman's face with the features replicated and overlapping one another
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like it’s been painted a million

times, the room

seemed smaller


suffocating. The

window too small, the

door too sturdy,

ceiling too low

and the generator of

the illusion

stood across from her on the bed

He’s been around for a year

and six months

Result of her first

and surely last

non-aborted pregnancy

It was like all the rage and bitterness

of the previous three

remained in her womb as residue

and had seeped into this

fourth one

who would punish her for the rest of her


But of course this too

was just an illusion, it was only in her mind,

remnant of a failed

creative writing career…

Across from her on the bed

stood but a normal child

but gods, it was more than enough

for someone who wanted none


Bogdan Dragos supervises casinos for a gambling company, working twelve-hour shifts locked in a dark office full of TV monitors. There he mostly daydreams and writes poems and stories. He also manages a poetry blog Daydreaming as a profession.

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15 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Bogdan’s writing touches a sensitive topic. An unwanted pregnancy and a subsequent unwanted child. The emotions and perceptions of such a mother reflect heavily and unfairly upon an innocent being. Faults can be found and fingers can be pointed. But a human being once brought into this world has no choice but to live. Illusions plague the mind…
    Congratulations Bogdan!

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    1. Oh, thank you, Terveen!
      You know, something tells me that kid’s gonna become a writer one day… ⊂( ・▽・⊂)
      (just a feeling I have…)

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  2. Well written Bogdan.The unwanted child has no choice,but still is in the world. I enjoy reading your work.Thanks

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    1. Many thanks for checking it out, Harinder! \( ^o^ )/

      Very much appreciated 🙂

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  3. floweringink says:

    I really like your work Bogdan; it’s inventive and powerful, at times disturbing but won’t let you look away. I think that child will definitely become a writer some day. It’s all such a cursed blessing, isn’t it?

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    1. Thank you, Susan! (*>ω<*)

      You know, one night I heard a drunk guy say something like "life has a plethora of examples where the blessing is wrapped in curse clothes… You just gotta let it in, get comfortable together, and help it out of 'em clothes."

      I see now how right he was :))

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  4. brittabenson says:

    Perfect line breaks, especially at the beginning. I love the way you shape your poems. Nothing is accidental. And yes, that child will become a writer. What else? He or she will have plenty of stories to tell or escape from. Great work, Bogdan.

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    1. Thank you! ٩(ˊᗜˋ*)و

      The best writers are those who beat at their craft for the sake of escapism, to build another world for themselves because they don’t quite fit in this one :))

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  5. elcieloyelinfierno says:

    Wonderful entrance to pure feeling. A cordial greeting.

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    1. Greetings, my friend! (´,,•ω•,,)
      And thank you!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. jonicaggiano says:

    This is so tremendously profound, sad and reflectively beautiful. Lots of hurt and pain in this piece too.

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    1. Oh, you can find lots of hurt and pain when you let real life inspire you (ง ͠ಥ_ಥ)ง

      Many thanks for checking it out, Joni! ʕ·ᴥ·ʔ

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      1. jonicaggiano says:

        My pleasure you write beautifully and with such intensity. Yes, I agree life has its blessings and great joy but often partnered along side it is great sorrow. Thank you and so nice to meet you. 🤗

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