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Mirror, Mirror
by Lynn White

Mirror, mirror, tell me,
who do you see?
Is she white,
snow white,
whiter than white,
fairer than fair.
White as virgin snow
unbroken by footprints,
unblemished,
unsullied.
Or is her snowy white
greying
as time passes,
picking up some of the dirt
in passing.
Maybe darker still in places
as its whiteness decays
and melts
away.
Tell me, mirror,
who do you see?

IMAGE: From “Snow White,” illustrated by John Dickson Batten in Europa’s Fairy Book (1916).

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: The poem is inspired by “Snow White,” specifically “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” The idea was to compare Snow White with myself as seen by the mirror.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lynn White lives in north Wales. Her work is influenced by issues of social justice and events, places, and people she has known or imagined. She is especially interested in exploring the boundaries of dream, fantasy, and reality. Her poem “A Rose For Gaza” was shortlisted for the Theatre Cloud “War Poetry for Today” competition 2014 and has since been published in several journals and anthologies. Poems have also recently been included in Harbinger Asylum’s Literary Journal and A Moment To Live By anthology, Stacey Savage’s We Are Poetry: An Anthology of Love Poems, ITWOW, She Did It Anyway, Community Arts Ink’s Reclaiming Our VoicesThe Border Crossed Us,and a number of online and print journals. Visit her on facebook.

PHOTO: The author consulting her mirror.