“Mirror Mirror” (A Lot Shorter Than The Movie)


Here’s a bit of a throwaway  (I shouldn’t call it that–how about a bit of “fluff”) for Tess Kincaid’s Mag 101.  Tess posts a great photo each week as a writing prompt.  The above is my drawn version of the photo and my poem. (The original photo was by Duane Michals.)

Mirror Mirror

Mirror, mirror, in my arms,
multiply my many charms.
Cast them here and throw them there.
round the arch, above the fair.
Loop them over that which glisters–
‘till me and my refracted sisters,
with iron will and eye for gold,
prove ourselves both brave and bold.
Oh glass, let face reflected twice,
out-spark glare’s fire, freeze shoulder’s ice,
as we set out to make our own
Who’s Who flesh and blue blood’s bone. 
Up up we’ll climb, we won’t look down,
dear mirror, till we toast the town.
and then together, all us three,
will, finally, be simply–me.  

(I am also linking this poem to Poetry Picnic’s prompt about favorite things, as I think the mirror may qualify for this poetic character.

Have a lovely Sunday, and if you’ve got a moment, check out my books!  Very fun novel, NOSE DIVE,  book of poetry, GOING ON SOMEWHERE, or children’s counting book 1 MISSISSIPPI. )

Explore posts in the same categories: poetry, Uncategorized

Tags: , , , , ,

You can comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.

29 Comments on ““Mirror Mirror” (A Lot Shorter Than The Movie)”

  1. cloudfactor5 Says:

    I really loved this !!

  2. Margaret Says:

    Woman are so mysteriously complicated! 🙂 Loved “with iron will and eye for gold,”

  3. Chuckling here. Seems we had the same idea for the title. 🙂
    Although our content is very different. Loved your drawing of the original, how original is that!
    Great prose to go with the picture/s

  4. Tess Kincaid Says:

    Love the rhyme patterns here…had to read it out loud…

  5. acadianeire Says:

    “My refracted sisters” and “out-spark glare’s fire” really stand out for me. I love your alliterative choices too.
    Fun, but skillful.

    Kat @ poetikat-km.blogspot.com

  6. brian miller Says:

    it is a playful verse and nothing wrong with being playful…unless all three in one are trying to hold a conversation with me…that might be tough…ha…

    i really have nothing for this picture…

  7. seingraham Says:

    I loved this – top to bottom – your drawing is wonderful as is your poem; playful and clever, nicely done


  8. Little Nell Says:

    The rhythm reminds me of the three witches in Macbeth. Then the idea of all three as one confirms it – great!

  9. Wander Says:

    Not throw away…fun I would call it!


  10. Karen Says:

    Love the rhyme!

  11. kaykuala Says:

    A classic show of a rhyming verse, K! A playful twist completes it! Beautiful verse!


  12. zongrik Says:

    i like the who’s who flesh best. it really makes you wonder if the other side is real, just in another dimension


  13. Shawna Says:

    This was fun! I really enjoyed these lines in particular:
    “multiply my many charms”
    “Who’s Who flesh and blue blood’s bone”

  14. I really enjoyed your poem!

  15. David King Says:

    Love every word of this, but particularly:-

    Loop them over that which glisters–
    ‘till me and my refracted sisters,
    with iron will and eye for gold,
    prove ourselves both brave and bold.

  16. Helen Says:

    Just saw a trailer for the new Julia Roberts film … I would love to hear her recite your poem! It’s great!

  17. Jinksy Says:

    Mmmm……’glisters’ is one of my favourite words – thanks!

  18. cynthia Says:

    excellent 🙂

  19. Janaki Nagaraj Says:

    Multiply my many charms….aren’t we all have many facets…nice.

  20. hypercryptical Says:


    Anna :o]

  21. jeannette Says:

    Wow! I love the rhythm and the rhymes!

  22. Bill Jango Says:

    Amazing figures emerging from this mirror “iron willed refracted sisters who are both brave and bold” ! .

I'd love to hear from you!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: