Written for:  Carpe Diem #1185 mirage (miraajuu)
In contrast to a hallucination, a mirage is a real optical phenomenon that can be captured on camera, since light rays are actually refracted to form the false image at the observer’s location. What the image appears to represent, however, is determined by the interpretive faculties of the human mind. For example, inferior images on land are very easily mistaken for the reflections from a small body of water.


Mirage along the Xin’an River, Huanshan City China (2011)

on coconut leaf
the sizzling sun shimmers
forming a mirage

© Celestine Nudanu

Appearing out of
a heat mirage comes
the winning horse

© Gotō Tatsuo (Japan)

The shimmering heat
…soil in a wicker basket
someone dear

© Yosa Buson

Here is my attempt:

arms form embrace
haze of gray begins to lift
revealing tall buildings


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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2 Responses to Mirage

  1. Nice response Sara, I love how you have chosen to use “mist” for this mirage prompt.


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