Mirror with a difference


Inspired by Poets United Mid- Week Motif~ Mirror”

Image courtesy of Witthaya Phonsawat / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Witthaya Phonsawat / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I looked at the boy
Hardly thirteen was he
Eyes drowned in holes
Cheeks hollow, hair overgrown

Frame small and weak
Covered in rags dusty and thin
A bundle of bones
Each visible to me.

Sack on back
Filled with sand for a home
Trudging and tripping
He moved down the road

Eyes wide, I looked as he moved along
Back bent as a bow, eyes firm on the road
A gasp I let out when I saw his hand on the sack
A stump it was in place of a hand

A mirror in him I saw of the millions around
Suffering, struggling to keep hunger at bay
His eyes determined, taught me that day
The will to achieve makes one tough to pain

I saw in him a hero unknown
Imparting lessons in waging war against odds
Not shedding a tear, or receiving alms
Earning a living with dignity and hope

With new eyes I looked into the mirror again
Ah! What I see amazes me
A smart, handsome, hardworking boy of thirteen
Sparkling eyes, head high up with pride


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About Geeta Nair

Born in Independent India to two really wonderful people who cherished and nourished me with great care, I consider myself lucky to have had the best that life could offer me. Lucky to have had the best education , the best sibling, the best husband, the best daughter,the best of everything that I could ever want, Love to live life on my terms .

20 responses »

  1. This is a very inspiring poem! Sometimes we need to look in that mirror with different eyes. I like the change that took place in the ‘view’ throughout. Beautifully penned.


  2. Lovely, Geeta. I see in the mirror and from the mirror, showing the reader and the boy in the story the way into the heart. I think the same mirror might operate on others like the Picture of Dorian Gray.


    • Thank you Alan.Each time you look at something with a new eye, you discover something new. This prompt itself proved it. One prompt and so many different takes.


  3. …beautiful…. the simplicity of your way of telling it makes the whole piece powerful & filled with inspiration…. i have enjoyed reading this… thank ypu… smiles…


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