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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.



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.


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)


© 2020 Vanita Thakkar


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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