Mirror Quiz

Do you ever wonder
if, by staring at
yourself in a mirror
for a prolonged period,
you will see yourself

Wouldn’t it be unique
to look in the glass
and see the back
of yourself?

What if your future
unreeled before you
like a movie? Would you
still look? If your past
began to count backwards,
would you check for errors?

If you remove your glasses
before gazing into a mirror
you will see that your face
softens, edges blur. What a
pleasant presentation of you!
(I never had a chance to post this prompt
of Bjorn’s, so I decided to share it here.)


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 Mirror Quiz

  1. wildchild47 says:

    Wouldn’t it be unique
    to look in the glass
    and see the back
    of yourself?

    it would be … wouldn’t it? definitely an interesting thought …
    and the next stanza ….. would you want to look to the future?? it’s tempting …. to see and know ahead … but then, what if you can’t do anything about it …. things you might not like and such – would it rob you of life in the now?

    and the line with checking the past for errors is most wonderfully penned 🙂

    and the ending is lovely – a softening – perhaps it’s looking and seeing – and learning to soften our self-criticism …. blurring ourselves just enough to love a bit more … just as we are ….

    glad that you’ve shared this even if you missed the prompt


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