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REMINDER! Two chances to join OLN LIVE this month!
Thursday, May 18, from 3 to 4 PM EST
AND Saturday, May 20, from 10 to 11 AM EST.
You may still link one poem as usual for OLN (Open Link Night) even if you do not attend a live session.

Hello, dVerse poets. It’s Merril welcoming you to our Monday quadrille. Perhaps it’s a prerequisite for poets to be fascinated by mirrors and reflections. I know they have always fascinated me.

Mirrors can be magical, as they are for Tennyson’s Lady of Shalott, who can only view Camelot through the reflections in her mirror

“But in her web she still delights
To weave the mirror’s magic sights,
For often thro’ the silent nights
A funeral, with plumes and lights
And music, came from Camelot:
Or when the moon was overhead
Came two young lovers lately wed;
‘I am half sick of shadows,’ said
The Lady of Shalott.”
–from Alfred, Lord Tennyson, The Lady of Shalott (1832)

The mirror can be truthful, speaking in its own voice in Sylvia Plath’s poem:

“I am not cruel, only truthful‚
The eye of a little god, four-cornered.”
From Sylvia Plath, “Mirror”

Here are some other mirror poems.

So, I challenge you to take this familiar object and theme—go beyond cliché and write something unique (in 44 words). Mirror, mirrored, mirroring—use some form of the word mirror in your poem.

New to the Q?
Write a poem of exactly 44 words, not counting the title. Your poem must use some form of the word mirror. Post your poem on your own blog, and link up using Mr. Linky below. Use the links in Mr. Linky to read and comment on the poems of others. I’m sorry I’ve been a bit absent, but I will read all your responses to this prompt!