Sunday, April 12, 2009

I Was Looking Back At You, To See You Looking Back At Me...

Dear Mirror,

How many faces have looked in you before me? You must be at least 80 years old. That's a whole lot of history, that's a whole lot of style, that's a whole lot of laughter and tears and girls elbowing each other out of the way.

How many people that looked in you were unable to look themselves in the eye? Did you ever feel like slapping the ones who wouldn't stop looking, chastising them with a "don't you know it's rude to stare"? Have you ever laughed at the people who sing into their hair brushes whilst singing cheesy pop songs they would never confess to liking in real life?

Were you outraged at the ones who racked up line after line and never so much as took a duster to you afterwards? Or do you like to party hard? When you see the boy checking out his reflection and flexing his pecks is it possible not to giggle? What about the saucy folk, do they make you blush? Do you just see my outside or can you see my inside too? Have you ever seen someone so ugly that you just wanted to break? If I broke you, would you be so hard as to curse me with 7 years of bad luck or did someone make that up once because broken glass cuts? People see themselves in you but if you were to write down all you've seen, do you think you might run out of words?

Mirror, Mirror on the wall, I was wondering, that's all...

Yours sincerely,


  1. That was incredible. Really captured a mirror's life.

    When I look in the mirror, I'm always reminded that we're not getting a Shar-pei as a pet.

  2. what about the mirrors that magnify? Do you think they were bad in a previous mirror life so they were sentenced to look into pores and eyebrows all day long?

    You're a genius by the way.

  3. This is a great post!! You captured it all!

  4. Lisa - lady you is fun to the ny!

    Peewee - don't get me started on pores, I foolishly bought the 12x magnifying mirror from tweezerman, no one, no one, ever needs to see their face in that much detail!

    Roshni - why thank you sweet lady.

  5. This is great food for thought. I have a mirror that was my grandfather's and I never stopped to pity that it had to look at his heinous harpie of a second wife for twelve years. From now on I will dust it lovingly and sing it soothing songs and help it work through its Post-Traumatic Stress. Thank you for opening my eyes.

  6. My mirror would have seen the expression of resigned dismay on my face each time it reflected back at me my naked body.

  7. DG - See, mirrors and evil stepmpothers/grandmothers, go together like fish and chips!

    Michele - Thank you for stopping by.

    Linda - Shake it like a polaroid picture!

  8. You're really quite brilliant. I'm so glad I found you. Now keep writing (I'm following you)!!

  9. For myself - Thank you so very much, I love your site too, welcome!