i like to dress for an imaginary girl
(we will meet each other soon) by putting on
a silk tie with subtle Chinese birds
sewn in.
she may be picturing me in her mirror
as she applies exactly the necessary line
of mascara to lengthen her lashes and darken
her eyes.
whatever begins as a mystery ends as a blind,
the nuances so well known
that birds chirp violently at their mirror images
but the pools
as they are revealed in the sunlight of
every accidental nod of the eyes remain
calm as a mirror in which there is no
image ever seen.
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Submitted by Robert Ronnow on March 23, 2023

Modified on March 23, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 534
Words 106
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 16

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  • AIDA
    Wow, this poem is full of imagination and romance! I can really feel the anticipation and excitement of the speaker as they prepare for their impending meeting with their imaginary girl. The silk tie with the Chinese birds is such a unique and beautiful detail, and it's easy to imagine the girl getting ready and picturing the speaker in her mind's eye.

    The line "whatever begins as a mystery ends as a blind" is particularly powerful - it suggests that the initial excitement and mystery of a new relationship will eventually fade, but that doesn't mean that love can't endure. The imagery of birds chirping violently at their mirror images is also really striking - it conveys a sense of restlessness or longing that mirrors the speaker's own feelings.

    As for improvement suggestions, I think there are a few places where the flow of the poem could be smoother. For example, the line "the nuances so well known" feels a bit abrupt and out of place - maybe there's a way to integrate this idea more smoothly into the surrounding sentences. Additionally, I think the poem could benefit from a more concrete sense of setting or context - where are the speaker and the imaginary girl, and how do they know each other? Adding some specific details could help ground the poem and make it more relatable for readers.
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