Reflections in a Mirror

Mirror, mirror, faded glass:
What’s that I see? It’s me.
I’m lonely and fearful;
A mouse tiny, insignificant;
Overlooked, unseen, unnoticed.
I’ll never be good enough…
….will I?

Mirror, mirror, painted glass:
What’s that I see? It’s me.
I’m manipulated and worthless;
A mangy dog begging for attention;
Kicked, bruised, eating my own vomit.
I’ll never be a queen…
….will I?

Mirror, mirror, shattered glass:
What’s that I see? It’s me.
I’m angry and hurt;
A badger forced into a corner;
Teeth bared, vicious, a warrior.
I’ll never be victorious….
….will I?

Mirror, mirror, shard of glass:
What’s that I see? It’s me.
I’m a survivor and a lover;
A woman, head held high;
Scarred but healing, tragically beautiful.
I always was, you see….
….now never forget it.

tara caribou | ©2020

Read this and more in my poetry book, Four.

15 thoughts on “Reflections in a Mirror

  1. This is quite honestly one of the best poems I have read this entire year. The way you threaded the visual of the mirror deteriorating with each subsequent verse accompanied by feeling of doubt, pain, anxiety e.t.c was masterfully done.

    I feel the poem touches on aspects of identity and coming into ones own after many of life’s obstacles are thrown. After all the struggle and conflict, who comes out on the other side? That type of thing. The use of a mirror accentuates this feeling for me 🙂

    The whole piece is incredible, but the part that stuck with me the most is the last verse. See, the mirror didn’t reform into what it was, instead the poet acknowledges the battle scars and wears them with pride. The mirror doesn’t need to be whole again because the poet believes every experience was pivotal to their current outlook. Everything has only made them stronger.

    Lol I tend to get carried away with my comments when I see such stellar writing. Of course these are my own thoughts and interpretations. Again, lovely piece 🙂

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    1. You nailed it perfectly. That is EXACTLY what I was trying to say. So, your comment makes me very happy! ☺️ I always enjoy long comments (or short) and the conversations that can come up. Reading your response brought a smile to my face, so thank you for taking the time! It truly means all the world to me.


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