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!! 🙂

    David

    • 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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