Creative Writing

Mirror Image – A Poem

young girl, old woman, mirror image

Mirror Image
© 2018 Beverley J. Hanna

I look in the mirror and what do I see?
A grizzled old hag who looks nothing like me;
She’s wrinkled and fat and has hairs on her chin.
I’m vital and slim and she’s ugly as sin.

Inside, I’m a girl with the hubris of youth.
My thoughts are self-centred, judgemental, uncouth.
“I’m fit and I’m smart and I’m quite lovely too.
“I couldn’t turn into a Wrinkly like you.”

And yet as we stare at each other’s visage
The more I accept that it’s not a mirage.
‘Cause each missing tooth, each wrinkle and scarring
Are stories that tell of a life full of caring.

The longer we gaze into each other’s eyes,
I see qualities there that I recognize.
There’s wisdom and humour, forgiveness and grace.
A world of experience lives in that face.

This woman before me lived life from the heart.
She’s not just some Wrinkly, some silly old fart.
I’m the person I am from the choices she made.
And I love that I’m her, not that foolish young maid.

 

Trained as an artist in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, I was one of the first creatives to be employed in the computer graphics industry in Toronto during the early 1980’s. For several years, I exhibited my animal portraiture in Canada and the U.S. but when my parents needed care, I began writing as a way to stay close to them. I’ve been writing ever since. I run a highly successful local writer’s circle, teaching the craft and techniques of good writing. Many of my students have gone on to publish works of their own. I create courses aimed at seniors who wish to write memoirs, with a focus on the psychology of creatives and the alleviation of procrastination and writer's block.

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