Why Women Hate Mirrors

Harmony Mendelow 1945 (Brooklyn, New York)

April 22 

Why Women Hate Mirrors

Did you ever think about the fact
You never really see your face
Unless reflected back at you
From some refracted place

The mirror in the morning
That starts my brand new day
Makes me feel, at least I think,
That yes, I look okay

Then oh my God, I pass a car
A window in my view
To find ten pounds arrived
I never knew I grew

Oh please it gets much worse
I know you know the drill
The different ways it starts to show
The imperfections from the glow

As sunlight hits the rearview glass
And suddenly my heart does gasp
To think, oh dear, that cannot be
Oh really is that really me

I hate to even mention this
The biggest culprit on the list

The pain it caused is never gone
Each visit to the hair salon
It’s not just once I do repeat
It’s every state and every seat

And dare I even go there
The very worst of all

I hate to say the hard cold truths
But none as bad as try-on booths

I wish so much that I could see
A truer version back at me
A better picture of my stare
Without distortion from the glare

You’d think with all the highest tech
A mirror standard could be set
To make us feel what is more real
A simple task to get and yet

But anyway perhaps some day

Now home sweet home I have arrived
A chance to breathe and feel revived

Upon my mirror I do say
You know sweet girl, you look okay
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Written on 2020

Submitted by dezyner1111 on April 21, 2022

Modified on May 03, 2023

1:25 min read

Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,336
Words 286
Stanzas 15
Stanza Lengths 1, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 2, 4, 2, 2, 4, 4, 1, 2, 2

Discuss the poem Why Women Hate Mirrors with the community...

  • Soulwriter
    I can hear the wry smile emanating from your words. You have used language and form to their best :) please keep sharing with us! Congratulations!
    LikeReply1 year ago
    • dezyner1111
      I love your comment. Thank you so much. I believe it is a topic that very much annoys women. Though it was written with a wry smile, it was at the same time expressing a frustrating truth. Your kind words about how it was expressed made me feel wonderful. 
      LikeReply1 year ago
  • abielias1
    I think this is definitely something all women can relate to - how much we criticize and compare ourselves and our appearances. You have handled a complex issue with grace and humor. Congratulations on being a runner-up! 
    LikeReply 12 years ago
    • dezyner1111
      thank you so much for your comment. It warms my heart
      LikeReply 22 years ago
  • yoursillyphotos
    I found it to be a very easily readable and relatable poem. It catches the reader quickly and flows in a way that allows the message to be absorbed. The message itself is something very common, capped off by a lesser-common beacon of hope. 
    LikeReply 12 years ago
    • dezyner1111
      your comment meant a lot to me. Thank you so much for voting for my poem.
      LikeReply 12 years ago


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