A mirror is a liar too


How can I see myself in you

When you reflect my pain but not my soul

Am I to play another part or role

Than to be myself and true?


What can reflections really do

But show the outside of the complex whole

And not the depth, the relief that you stole

A mirror is a liar too


There might be more than what you see

So much is covered by what was

Not to be shown by just some glass


Reflections don’t show the real me

So let this vanity just pass

As you are not my looking-glass


 Petrarchan sonnet

today I learned about tercets (from a comment) and from there I googled my way to the Petrarchan sonnet


Comments on: "A mirror is a liar too" (4)

  1. “A mirror is a liar too” … clever line that, leaving us an intriguing thought.

    • 🙂 Well for strarters, everything we see as left in a mirror, is right in reality… Thank you!

  2. belfastdavid said:

    This is a terrific poem – one I could read time and time again exploring its depths.

    I might write the words “A mirror is a liar too” on a Post-it note and stick it on my mirror – it would make me smile each time I looked at it!! 🙂


    • Thank you for terrificing this poem 🙂 The surface of a mirror is so smooth and slippery, all the truth just glides (slides?) away from it.

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