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Mirror, Mirror

An Inverse poem

By Cathy holmesPublished 3 months ago 1 min read
Photo by Vince Flemming on Unsplash

Mirror, mirror on the wall

I am the fairest of them all

Those are the lies you tell to me

Despite the visage that’s plain to see

The image you cast of thoughts untrue

The ugliness that’s in clear view

Don’t dare pretend that you don’t know

The pain you cause with falsehoods told

You can’t control what, in my heart, I feel

With deceptive thoughts meant to mislead

Don’t waste my time, don’t try to sway

I don’t believe a single word you say

Go now, tell me I’m the worst of all

Dear mirror, mirror on the wall

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Cathy holmes

Canadian family girl with a recently discovered love for writing. Other loves include animals and sports.

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  • Tiffany Gordon 3 months ago

    Brilliant & Flyy!!

  • Dana Crandell3 months ago

    Fantastic. I love that you used the mirror as a subject, too. A winner in my book, my friend!

  • Kristen Balyeat3 months ago

    Once again, you absolutely slay the inverse! Such a fantastic piece, up and down! Amazing job, my friend!

  • Gabriel Huizenga3 months ago

    Brilliant and meaningful use of the inverse structure- love it!

  • Denise E Lindquist3 months ago


  • Manisha Dhalani3 months ago

    This is amazing, Cathy!

  • This was sooo good Cathy! Especially the extra challenge of ending and beginning with the same line

  • Yeah, for me it's more applicable reading down than up. But it does read well both ways, lol.

  • sleepy drafts3 months ago

    This is incredibly done. The message takes its full, beautiful effect on the reverse, especially. 💓

  • Teresa Renton3 months ago

    Funny and poignant too! I tend to look great in those funny fairground mirrors that make you look like your nose has swallowed one eye and half a mouth 😂

  • Lacy Loar-Gruenler3 months ago

    Fabulous, Cathy! This speaks to all women and that you managed to do it in an inverse poem is brilliant!

  • Real Poetic3 months ago

    The message in this is powerful and crystal clear when read both ways. Absolutely incredible.

  • Randy Baker3 months ago

    Well done!

  • L.C. Schäfer3 months ago

    I look nice in some mirrors, and a potato in others, what's that all about 🧐

  • Hafiz Riaz Hussain3 months ago

    Good poetry 👍

  • Gargie S Anand3 months ago

    Mirrors are deceptive. The biggest liars of all. You did a great job composing this.

  • Mirrors are twisted in nature as they are in inverse by themselves. This was like a mirror-ception! Your poem was both mindblowing and mindbending!

  • Babs Iverson3 months ago

    Awesome reverse poem!!! Loving it!!!♥️♥️💕

  • Caroline Jane3 months ago

    I agree! Mirrors are the worst liars!!

  • Harbor Benassa3 months ago

    I love the how the inverse meanings are directly opposed to each other while also both suggesting that the viewer sees what they want to see instead of listening to the mirror itself.

  • John Cox3 months ago

    This is a brilliant inverse, Cathy. I agree with Hannah, using a mirror for the inverse is a great idea!

  • Julia Schulz3 months ago

    Love how the emphasis change when read in reverse!

  • Margaret Brennan3 months ago

    For while, we enjoy the falsehoods of what we might want to see in the mirror, but eventually, we all face our own truths. This is truly magnificent.

  • Rachel Deeming3 months ago

    Excellent. Still can't do them.

  • D.K. Shepard3 months ago

    Love the concept of a mirror as a subject for an inverse! This is a great piece!

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