I see her through the steam
settling on tiles and glass,

obscuring their usual gleam;
she has no definition, no face

until I wipe the surface clear.
Her face is a mirror – I take a breath –

understand that we share
this face beyond death. 

Kim M. Russell, 15th May 2023

Image by Ria Alfana on Unsplash

This Monday we are writing quadrilles at the dVerse Poets Pub and our host, Merril, has chosen the word ‘mirror’ to include in our forty-four word poems.

 She says that it may be ‘a prerequisite for poets to be fascinated by mirrors and reflections’, as mirrors can be magical, as in Tennyson’s ‘The Lady of Shalott’, who can only view Camelot through the reflections in her mirror. They can also be truthful, as in Sylvia Plath’s poem ‘Mirror’ that speaks in its own voice. She has provided a link to further mirror poems.

Merril has also reminded us about the two chances to join OLN LIVE this month: on Thursday, May 18, from 3 to 4 PM EST and Saturday, May 20, from 10 to 11 AM EST. We may still link one poem as usual for OLN (Open Link Night) even if we can’t attend a live session.


61 thoughts on “Bathroom

    1. Thank you, Merril. I suppose it can be read in two ways: as Björn said, as a ghost story, or as the woman looking in the mirror seeing her mother looking back at her.

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  1. This is deliciously woven, Kim! I admire the depth in your words and the image; “she has no definition, no face until I wipe the surface clear.” ❤️❤️❤️

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      1. You are welcome, Kim. I guess as we grow older we do see our mums or grandmothers in us.
        I recently visited my older sister after months and was startled to notice she has started looking like our mom.

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  2. There is a sense of peace in deep acceptance here, for me. A tenderness about the shared features of our own face(s), mirrored.

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