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The Mirror - A Parable On Human Ignorance ....

Vanita Thakkar is an Entrepreneur - an Engineer-Researcher-Consultant and an Artist - Singer-Composer-Poetess-Writer from Vadodara, Gujarat.

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THE MIRROR ....

Once, along with many other gifts,

Life placed a lovely mirror in my hands.

It was beautiful and reflective.

I held it before myself

And gazed at the reflection in it.

I liked it so much

That I started examining minutely

Every curve of the beautiful image it reflected.

While doing so,

I came across an ugly, undesirable curve.

There were some more such curves.

There was also

A thin layer of dust on the mirror.

I did not like their presence

And in order to remove them,

I scratched the mirror’s surface.

One scratch, two scratches ....

The curves did not vanish,

Nor was I able to

Wipe out the layer of dust completely,

But my dear mirror’s beauty,

Its reflectiveness was marred.

And suddenly,

I realized how delicate it was !

“Oh my dear mirror !

My dearest, delicate mirror !

I don’t want to loose you !”

My heart gave an anxious cry.

I clasped it – my dearest, delicate mirror !

I held it tight against myself.

CRASH !!

Alas !

My grip broke my mirror !

Tearfully, I saw its broken pieces

Lying on the floor

In a pool of my heart’s blood.


- Vanita Thakkar (from my old diary - written some time in 1992)

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Comments

Vanita Thakkar (author) on July 02, 2021:

Thanks, Rery.

Rawan Osama from Egypt on July 02, 2021:

I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing

Vanita Thakkar (author) on July 02, 2021:

Thanks, Vidyaji. Happy to hear from you.

VIDYA D SAGAR on July 02, 2021:

Beautiful poem with a powerful message. The quotes are wonderful too. I enjoyed reading your response to Brenda's word prompt. Thanks for sharing.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on July 01, 2021:

Thanks, dear Peggy for your visit and comments. Always love to hear from you.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on July 01, 2021:

Thanks, dear Devika for coming by and for the reflective comments. Lots of love and best wishes to you.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on July 01, 2021:

Thanks, Chitrangadaji for coming by to read and for the insightful comments. Have a great day ahead !!

Vanita Thakkar (author) on July 01, 2021:

Thanks a lot, John for coming by, reading and leaving such thoughtful, encouraging comments. Much appreciated.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on July 01, 2021:

Thanks a lot, dear Brenda for posting the beautifully described elaboration here as well. I sincerely appreciate your time. Your sharpness and promptness are commendable. Lots of love and best regards to you.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on July 01, 2021:

Thanks, Brother Manatita. Much appreciated. Hari Om !!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 01, 2021:

I really enjoyed the quotes with which you ended your piece. Thanks!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on July 01, 2021:

Vanita You have written a beautiful poem and this challenge is competitive. Your creative mind has given us a surprise to this word challenge.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 01, 2021:

Beautiful and reflective poem, with deep thoughts, and I liked the flow.

Nice response to the word prompt. Thank you for sharing.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 01, 2021:

Vanita, what a beautiful poem/parable. I loved every word, and the wise quotes also.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 30, 2021:

Vanita,

In your poem, "The Mirror" you tell a story about being given a mirror.

You loved the beautiful reflection until you came across an imperfection.

Like an ugly curve & what seemed to be dust. It was the first of many.

You try to remove the damaged part but you end up scratching the mirror and it didn't dissapear.

It's beautiful reflection is now marred.

You don't want to give up or lose it.

You hold it yoo tightly and then it breaks.

You are left alone with the broken pieces as your tears flow.

This is an awesome poem.

It tells how we fall in love with someone and want that love to last.

We see the relationship as a thing of beauty we want to hold.

But when we see a side of the person we don't like we try to change them.

We hold on so tight for we fear losing the one we love, that we end up breaking the relationship into pieces.

It shatters and you are left with a broken heart.

manatita44 from london on June 30, 2021:

Beautiful writing, great poetry and powerful quotes, Vanita. Hari Om!

Vanita Thakkar (author) on June 30, 2021:

Brenda has given an excellent response to this poem and another poem by me titled - Mirror - also relevant to the same word prompt, posted on Words to Glory.

With sincere thanks to Brenda for igniting inspiration and creativity and heartiest compliments to her and all those who write wonderful articles / poems / stories and so on, in response to her word prompts, I am posting her comments here for all the readers to benefit from her insightful views on the poem ....

The link to the poem - Mirror - on Words to Glory (the first poem being mentioned in the comment) is ....

https://wordstoglory.com/mirror-2/

Vanita,

These are both awesome poems.

I love the second one the best.

Vanita

In your poem, "Mirror"

You tell us that we shouldn't blame the mirror for the refection we see.

It is us who needs to change the manners in which we live our life.

It won't let me vote on a star though??

Vanita,

In your poem, "The Mirror" you tell a story about being given a mirror.

You loved the beautiful reflection until you came across an imperfection.

Like an ugly curve & what seemed to be dust. It was the first of many.

You try to remove the damaged part but you end up scratching the mirror and it didn't disappear.

It's beautiful reflection is now marred.

You don't want to give up or lose it.

You hold it so tightly and then it breaks.

You are left alone with the broken pieces as your tears flow.

This is an awesome poem.

It tells how we fall in love with someone and want that love to last.

We see the relationship as a thing of beauty we want to hold.

But when we see a side of the person we don't like we try to change them.

We hold on so tight for we fear losing the one we love, that we end up breaking the relationship into pieces.

It shatters and you are left with a broken heart.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on June 30, 2021:

This poem is relevant to a great co-author and poet Brenda Arledge's latest weekly word prompt - Mirror.

I have updated the article. I hope everyone enjoys the quotes I added to it and finds them elaborative of the essence of the poem.

Thanks, dear Brenda for inspiration. You are doing a wonderful work.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on July 29, 2020:

Thanks, Chirag.

Chirag on July 29, 2020:

Very well written - poetic representation!

Vanita Thakkar (author) on July 28, 2020:

Thanks, Bill for reading and commenting.

True. Our responses to facts of Life are important.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 28, 2020:

Lovely reflections! We all have regrets. We all have lost dreams. How we respond to them all makes all the difference.

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