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A Mirror Collection ~ Inspired by a Word Prompt

John is a poet and short fiction writer who enjoys collaborating on stories with other writers, and partaking in challenges.

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Word Prompt Help Creativity/ Week 19: Mirrors

Each week fellow writer and poet Brenda Arledge provides a wonderful word prompt to help inspire the creativity of her colleagues and followers. The prompt for week 19 was the word "Mirrors." This is a fascinating topic and opens itself for a myriad of interesting responses.

Mirrors have always held a fascination for me, and I have written a number of poems on the subject over the years, so I could not resist participating in this challenge.

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Through This Mirror

Through this mirror

I could fall, crashing

Like Alice into Wonderland.

Escape this life of apathy,

Replace reality with fantasy.


Am I brave enough

To smash the glass,

Not knowing what awaits.

White rabbit, Queen of Hearts,

A grinning Cheshire Cat perhaps?

Presiding over a tea party

The Mad Hatter sits,

"Cream or sugar?" He asks,

"Or burnt offerings, you may prefer?"


Maybe a rainbow-coloured world

With streets paved with gold,

Or a dark desolate place

Where death and suffering abound.

A land where war rages,

Where greed and hatred rule.


Is the gambler in me

Willing to chance my hand,

Forgo everything I am and know?

"Break the looking glass,

Just dare me!"

Image by Aku Digress from Pixabay

Image by Aku Digress from Pixabay

Mirrors ~ an Acrostic Poem

My mirror, why can you not lie?

I do not like what you reveal.

Reflect not what’s before your glass.

Reality’s not how I feel.

Only show what I want to see.

Remember just the younger me,

Still unchanged in my child-like mind.

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Image by Stefan Keller from Pixabay

Two-Sided Mirrors

Mirrors are windows to our souls,

And portals to alternate worlds.


If you reach out to touch the glass

And nothing solid meets your grasp,

Will you surrender or resist?

To save you, who will you enlist?

And wise predictions come to pass,

For you’ll be drawn into the glass.

Those old-world spells by ancient seers,

Revealing all your deepest fears.


Mirrors, like faces, have two sides,

In which one do your dreams reside?

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Image by Willgard Krause from Pixabay

Other Poems About Mirrors

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Comments

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 05, 2021:

Hi Mary, yes mirrors are everywhere, even windows we walk past. I am glad you like my poetry.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on July 05, 2021:

Mirrors are all around us and reveal more to us that sometimes we don't like to look for fear we might see something we don't like. I love reading your poems.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 04, 2021:

Hi Nithya, yes that is so true. Thank you for reading and for your insightful comment.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on July 04, 2021:

Wonderful poems I enjoyed reading each one of them. A mirror has two sides but we look at only the one side that reflects the outer beauty that is just skin deep.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 04, 2021:

Hello Genna, it is great to receive a comment from you. Yes, we do see ourselves differently in the mirror than what others see us. I am doing ok thanks, and I sincerely hope you have recovered well from your accident. I know they are still working on restoring comments but can’t tell us when that will be. Take care.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on July 04, 2021:

Hi John...

I so enjoyed your collection of poetry about mirrors. Way cool and imaginative. Mirrors that have two sides reminded me of the fact that what you see when you look at yourself in the mirror is actually the reverse of what everyone else sees.

Hope you are doing well, John. I look forward to the time when we can make comments the way we used to. :-)

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 03, 2021:

Thanks again manatita. It is always a pleasure to have your feedback. Peace.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 03, 2021:

Yes, Linda. My muse has been revealing her dark side in these prompts lately. Glad you enjoyed though.

manatita44 from london on July 03, 2021:

I know I have read and commented before. Still, I like the fact that you gave this mirror many 'shades' and there's a touch of the spiritual and sublime there too. Peace, Bro

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on July 03, 2021:

John, your Muse led you to some dark places today. Another stunning response from you to one of Brenda's prompts. You make this seem so easy.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 03, 2021:

Thank you for reading and enjoying these poems, Tobz. Glad you liked the third poem especially. Much appreciated.

Peace Tobe Dike from Delta State, Nigeria. on July 03, 2021:

I enjoyed reading all the poems, John but I especially loved the third one. You did a great job.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 02, 2021:

Hi Peggy. Yes, ”mirrors” is popular there for movies alsó. Thank you for reading and enjoying these poems.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 02, 2021:

I enjoyed each of your poems. It makes me think of several movies that have been made with the subject of mirrors being Germaine to the topic.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on July 02, 2021:

Thank you, John. I am feeling better.

Blessings

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 02, 2021:

Misbah, it is good to see you here! I am glad you enjoyed these poems. I hope you are on the way to defeating that nasty virus... I wish you a speedy recovery.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 02, 2021:

Shauna, I admit these poems are a bit on the dark side but that seems the way my muse wants to run at the moment. I agree with your observations. Take care.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on July 02, 2021:

Hi John, what a wonderful collection of poems. All we see in the mirror, I believe, is what is in our eyes. Most of us only see what we want to see. It will show beauty if we want to see it, and it will show ugliness if we are willing to see it. I enjoy them all, but my favorite one is "Two-Sided Mirrors." Beautiful response to Brenda's word Prompt Challenge.

Thank you for sharing. Stay safe and healthy.

Blessings always!!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on July 02, 2021:

Very thought-provoking and almost dark take on mirrors, John. I relate most to the acrostic poem. As I age, I don't see it until I look in the mirror. In my mind, I'm that younger person who didn't seem to age. But once you hump over sixty, life's experiences become etched on your face. The mirror doesn't lie!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 02, 2021:

Haha will do, Bill. Consider it broken. Thanks friend,

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 02, 2021:

Oh take a chance and break the damned mirror! lol As always, you were up for the challenge. Well done! Have a great weekend!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 02, 2021:

Hi EK, thank you. I am glad you enjoyed the acrostic poem. All the best to you.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 02, 2021:

Thank you, Flourish. There was something about that poem that I liked myself.

EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on July 02, 2021:

Beautiful response as always, Jodah. You nailed it. Mirrors ~ an Acrostic Poem—you said all in this poem. I really liked it. Thanks for creating these beautiful poems for us.

Stay safe and healthy...

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 02, 2021:

John, I especially enjoyed the third poem which had a mysterious but knowing quality about the various aspects of the self.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 02, 2021:

Thank you Manatita. I always appreciate your feedback.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 02, 2021:

Hi Rozlin. Thank you for reading and enjoying these poems. I appreciate your kind comment.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 02, 2021:

Thank you, Pamela. There have been some great responses to this prompt. “Mirrors” is a great topic. Glad you enjoyed these poems.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 02, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada. I love these word prompts, they really challenge us but I love reading what everyone comes up with. Thank you for enjoying these.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 02, 2021:

Thanks, Vidya. You explained that very well…if only.

manatita44 from london on July 02, 2021:

Lovely poem John. Asking the necessary questions too.

Rozlin from UAE on July 02, 2021:

Great response to Brenda's prompt, John. Fantastic collection of poems you made. I enjoyed reading all your poems. I liked the halloween poem too. It made me laugh. Thanks for sharing this wonderful collection, John.

Blessings always!!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 02, 2021:

John, You always hit the ball out of the park. This response to Brenda's prompt is excellent. The first one reminded me of childhood too.

I really enjoyed your poems, which were fun to read. Thanks for sharing.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 02, 2021:

Great response to the word prompt, mirror.

As always, you have stolen the show.

The first one reminded me of my childhood, looking at the reflection, trying to find out, all that seemed to be wrong, sometimes looking curiously, at the back of the mirror. As we grow and mature, we don’t look at the mirror, as much.

The other poems are equally interesting and thoughtful.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful post.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 01, 2021:

John

I wasn't certain if I got them right, but those are the feelings I got when I read them.

VIDYA D SAGAR on July 01, 2021:

Wonderful response to Brenda's word prompt of this week, John. I enjoyed reading these poems. If only there were mirrors in which we could always see our happier and younger selves and which could reflect a world of peace, love and hope in a rainbow colored world. Thanks for sharing.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 01, 2021:

Thank you for reading these poems and for your kind comment, Eric. I look forward to reading your response to the challenge too.

Eric Caunca from Philippines on July 01, 2021:

These poems are great and fun to read. I would like to join Brenda's prompt. :) I will make a poem about mirrors too. :) Thank you.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 01, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

I appreciate you taking the time to analyse my poems. You are pretty spot on in your observations. Thanks for checking out the ones I linked to as well. Cheers.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 01, 2021:

John

Your poem, " Through the Window " made me smile.

I definitely feel like escaping to Never Never Land today.

I wonder if I'm brave enough to sit with the Mad hatter.

"Mirrors ~ An Acrostic Poem" reveals what many of us wish. We want the mirror to show us what we want to see.

"Two-Sided Mirrors" is a poem that makes us think a bit.

As the mirror shows us our choices in life..which one will we choose?

It shows us our deepest fears as it tempts us to find which door opens up our dreams.

Your link to "Smokescreen and Mirrors, a Poem About Deception" is another great poem teaching us the lesson that not everything is as it appears.

A Halloween Poem: "Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall" is quite the poem.

It had me laughing all the way.

Be careful how you word your desires..it may come back to bite you.

This is a fantastic response John.

You really do know a thing or two about mirrors.

I'll post a link in the article.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 01, 2021:

Great to receive your comment, Rosina. I am glad you enjoyed the poetry, especially the first one. Take care.

Rosina S Khan on July 01, 2021:

Lovely poetry, John. I liked the first poem the best depicting the thoughts of a little girl in front of the mirror and willing to break the looking glass and look at what lies ahead. That was really intriguing. All in all, magnificent and well-written. Thank you for sharing the beautiful response to Brenda's word prompt, "Mirror".

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