Self-portrait in front of a misty mirror

The glass is cold to touch,
fogged up with early morning
bathroom steam. A drop
of condensation rolls from top
to bottom, clearing worm-holes
where pupil matches pupil.

Nose as close as glass allows
before my breath steams up the gap,
I see her eye, the cerulean
I would drown in as a child, the eye
I can only dream of now:
my inheritance.

Kim M. Russell, 15th April 2018

Mum and me when I was two025

My response to The Poetry School NaPoWriMo prompt for Day Day 15: Reflections

Today Ali would like us to write poems that feature mirrors or reflections in some way. One option is a self-portrait: tradition dictates these poems are called ‘Self-Portrait in an x Mirror’, like the first example poem today, a prose poem called ‘Self-portrait in front of a small mirror’ by Will Harris.

Ali says that we can also include mirrors (or other reflective surfaces) in plenty of other interesting ways, either overtly or subtly. He suggests reading Matthew Sweeney’s prose-poem ‘Huge Mirrors’, which centres the mirror itself rather than the reflection, and Thylias Moss’s ‘Lessons from a Mirror’, which uses the mirror as a jumping off point for a dissection of a fairy tale.

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