poetry

MIRROR (a poem)

this morning i caught
sight of a girl staring
at her reflection. she
watched herself with
curious eyes, admiration
coating each lens. i’m
not sure how long she
stared at herself, but it
was long enough for me
to think: am i wrong
to be the opposite? i
want nothing to do
with my reflection,
because when i catch
a glimpse of it, glass
shreds across time, space,
distance–and scratches
the coating of my eyes.


DAY 13 OF THE SEPTEMBER POETRY SERIES.

Well, this is an interesting poem, for sure, but it’s based on something I actually did see yesterday. In the middle of class, I caught a girl watching herself in the reflection of my blank computer screen. I looked over, completely baffled as to how long she was going to stare at herself, and it was for quite some time. While I think she was just bored, it was a very poetic moment to me, considering that she felt comfortable enough to admire herself for so many minutes.

I’m somebody who hates the mirror. Whenever I glimpse my own reflection, I scowl and look away. It isn’t because I’m super insecure about myself; I just never have enjoyed observing my qualities and thinking, “Okay, I’ve got good eyes,” or, “Wow, my nose is shaped weird.”

No, thanks.

Personally, mirrors expose my emotions in a physical form. It allows me to see myself for how I appear to others, and I’ve never been one to hold emotion well. So while I know people can read me like a book, I don’t want to read that particular book myself.

Weird, I know, but it’s from a place of honesty.


THANK YOU!

Thank you guys for joining me on this journey! We are now halfway done with this series, so, if you’re like me, you’re probably thinking: It’s about time! When is she going to produce new material?

Well, we’re getting there. But in the meantime I hope you enjoy some of these poems. ā¤

Until tomorrow,

-Katie Kay

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5 thoughts on “MIRROR (a poem)”

  1. Thanks for your honesty! There is some funny timing when I read this poem. I had just gotten ready for work and stared extra long in the mirror. šŸ˜Š lol. I used to be adverse to my reflection too. I like how you described that the mirror reveals your emotions: I agree with you and I think that this is in part why I avoid the mirror also. There is something really personal about looking and staring at yourself in the mirror. So nowadays I only really stare at myself when I am putting on makeup and covering some of my insecurities before starting the day. Its very telling of ones character, I think, of how you interact with a mirror. Thanks for sharing!! It has been great reading your poems!

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