Mirror Mirror on the Wall

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Instructions:

1) Write a poem or short vignette using the picture featured in this post as your inspiration. Feel free to take the image to use for your post. 

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I stand before a mirror
that should cast a reflection
of myself
only to show the back of me
or the back of someone else
Is the mirror the one which
plays the trick
by eliminating
your view
the mouth the brow the nose
perhaps
it’s just your thoughts
deceiving you
for what we sometimes look at
is not always as it seems
black tailored suit
raven hair cut short
and wavy at the
back but can I tell
you something that you may be
surprised to hear
what isn’t shown encompassed
within
the frame you see
are the secrets I have lived
with the guilt
the shame
throughout the years
yet this is the way that
I am perceived
how I’m looked
at every day but there is
so much more to me
I’m not called John but Fay

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I found this one really difficult – and welcome critique. Thank you.

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23 thoughts on “Mirror Mirror on the Wall

  1. Jenny
    THANKS for hooking me up with another creative writing prompt.
    This is what I came up with [a series of four HAIKU

    It’ll be just lovely
    To look at me from behind
    As others usually do

    Please, is my hair combed
    Without single strand astray
    Perfect, glad at last

    Are my clothes wrinked
    Because I’ve got no iron
    For them to be gone.

    Perfection at last
    I now can venture outside
    To imperfect world

    P.S. I also mentioned you in my comment there, 🙂

    • Thank you for you Haiku, the combination was lovely, you should enter the various sites where these challenges are held Picture it and Write, Five Sentence Fiction, Trifecta challenge, Magietales. There are ones just for Haiku as well 🙂 There are many where you can show your works and get critique on if you wish, give them a try? xx

  2. nice take

    “for what we sometimes look at
    is not always as it seems
    black tailored suit
    raven hair cut short
    and wavy at the
    back”

    & i do agree that mirrors can be tricky, faithfully imaging how we see ourselves (which so often is not who we really are)

  3. I cannot tell you how I wish to write of this photo … it is infused with so much subtext.

    Your poem you write. Again dark.

    *whisper gently* … sometimes mirrors lie … and bend the truths.

  4. Picasso has a painting that I have a poster of in my living room. It’s of a woman looking in the mirror and it’s from his cubist period so of course both the woman and the reflection are distorted. I love it because we all tend to look in the mirror and what we see in our minds eye is a distorted image reflected back—not the real reflection. I love the painting because it reminds me not to do that. To love what I see in the mirror and not some distorted image created in my mind. I love your poem it reminds me of the Picasso Painting.

    Ivonne

    • What an excellent way to think when you look in the mirror, I think as we get older we need to do this more often. I love that my words reminded you of the Picasso and I thank you for telling me why 🙂 xxx

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