To the mirror on the wall

When I look at you,
I see myself.

Skin and bones,
marks and scars,
knowing that what
stares back at me
is not a piece of art,
not a metaphor.

Behind me,
the lurking shadow,
the void to dissolve me
stands
silently.

And you,
my mirror,
fix freeze it
all in one place.
Never moving, or
tilting for a mere reflection
of Wonderland.
For I am no Alice,
you are no Wonderland.

-Taru Gupta


This is the third work for the project this poetry month, ‘what’s in a name?’ where I am trying to find poetry in everyday objects by humanizing them. This one is about a mirror that I look at more times a day than I can count. The thing about mirrors is that they are one of the only objects that provide a true, live presentation of you. When I look at myself, I see a lot of things, including my own reflection and the shadow of my past, providing a cold harsh reality, which is all this poem is about.

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Happy Reading.

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To the mirror on the wall by Taru Guptais licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

14 thoughts on “To the mirror on the wall

    • Yes, I think I should do that. Which is why I say that I am not a piece of art. I do believe that I am beautiful but the world has slowly, in order to normalize body types and things like stretch marks, romanticize them. I think you should not, they are just a part of me like any other human being. My body is not a metaphor.

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