I don’t look in mirrors any more

I carry my face
like a bowl full of water
fearful of spilling.

The world is full
of broken mirrors,
twisting screens
suncatchers spiralling
so that my face
surprises me
my body
shocks me

with its cold distortion.
Time drops stones
in the still pool
of my reflection.

The prism holds
a rainbow,
fans it out across
the kitchen floor.

I’m hosting at dVerse tonight, and asking for self-portraits. This is mine.

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26 thoughts on “I don’t look in mirrors any more

  1. I’m in love with the opening stanza, Sarah, it expresses my feelings so beautifully. As you may have worked out from the speckled mirror under the stairs, I only look in it when I really must. I’ve never been a fan of mirrors and avoid them all, the broken ones, the shop windows, the full-length ones, and those awful ones in stores where you don’t expect them that I usually crash into! The final stanzas are stunning.

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  2. WOW, such imagery emphasized in your amazing words. ❤ Love this the most:

    "The world is full
    of broken mirrors,
    twisting screens
    suncatchers spiralling…"

    So vivid and expressive.

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  3. “time drops stones in the still pool of my reflection” too, Sarah. I love your descriptive phrases in this wonderful poem. I’m quite sure you’re still as beautiful as ever!

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  4. Loving that first stanza and then the juxtapositioning with the pebble thrown into the pond and creating the ripple. In terms of mirrors, I think I much prefer to see myself in the expressions on my husband’s face….I feel beautiful and loved there….the mirror? Not so much.

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  6. Oh my Goodness. You had me at the opening stanza. Achingly beautiful and evocative words. The rainbow at end brought peace and solace.

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