Mirror Mirror

Dr Heisenberg's Magic Mirror of Uncertainty by Duane Michals

Shifting my focus
or,
was it she who moved?

I gaze into her mirrored pools.
She reminds me of the quest
I once undertook to find myself
and,
she seems lost as she looks
inside her deepest reflection.
Maybe she’s
trying to make sense of
the non-sense.

Beautiful eyes
with so many sides to hide
the pain.
Facets of natures own will
and,
faces we wear to suit
daily needs
requirements of a judgmental
society.

Yes,
she hides her truth for
fear of public condemnation
living life in secret duality.

Should she tell them who she is
behind the safety of her walls
or,
guard her secret well
and only tell it to the mirror
who sees it all without
a knowing shame or flaws.

~*~

© Daydreamertoo *All rights reserved

On researching the photographer, I discovered this picture is one in a series of 6 by Duane Michals which follow one another. This picture (to me)  seems to be that she is looking at herself as both male and female. That she is female in body but, maybe she is truly male on the inside. That was my impression of it anyway.

Takes a lot of courage daring to be ‘different’ in a world where so many societies set themselves up as both judge and jury.

Shared with Magpie Tales #110

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Author: Daydreamer

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24 thoughts on “Mirror Mirror”

  1. I like that you delved into the mind in the reflection
    I saw something as well
    it’s an interesting study as are obviously the photographs

  2. I see how skinny she is and the thickness of her hair, ha! the joy of being different and seeing differently! lol. I am sure some will see deeper into it, but those grabbed my attention, but I am into hair and physique, go figure! lol

  3. I sure can see the male/ female faces in the mirror, but only after you pointed it out. Neat read, my friend Bren. Love, cat.

  4. Nicely written, Bren. One of my favorite childhood stories is Alice and the Looking Glass. Your image reminds me of that and your words speak volumes.

  5. A good person to tell, is yourself, don’t have to say a word and all is clear, even if one has to look at their own ugly mug..haha

  6. Should she tell them who she is
    behind the safety of her walls
    or,
    guard her secret well

    I love especially the above quoted sentences. I love the story behind this photograph. And … yeah maybe she/he is transgender.

  7. she hides her truth for
    fear of public condemnation
    living life in secret duality

    now that is the crux isnt it…we struggle with vulnerability…or maybe that is just guys…and think we can handle it all on our own…but we never really were meant to…

  8. So interesting, I didn’t notice the male/female dichotomy, but there’s a definite suggestion of that, which you caught very well. K.

  9. I enjoyed this poem, felt as if I were reading
    the dairy of a young girl.
    ‘with so many sides to hide the pain’

  10. I like these lines Bren:

    she hides her truth for
    fear of public condemnation
    living life in secret duality.

    Nice take on the prompt ~

  11. Hmm. Which reflection will she show the world… will she ever reveal her true self?

    faces we wear to suit
    daily needs
    requirements of a judgmental
    society.

    Perfect!

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