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(6th August,1945 / Melbourne, Australia)

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Looking Glass Reflections

When I was a child
the glass on the wall
was a mirror of me.
I put on faces and hats
and spent hours imagining

When I was thirteen
I hated the mirror,
for it showed me
the spots on my face
I spent hours attempting to cover.

When I was twenty
I would look in the mirror
and create each new face
that appeared on the stage
for the evening performance.

When I was a mother
I sat with my daughter
and showed her
the 'girl in the mirror'
and told them both stories.

When my children were grown
I met an old lover, who said
I was sexy and stood me
naked in front of the mirror
and forced me to look.

Now that I'm sixty, the image
I see depends on the mirror.
I like the one in the bedroom
because it faces the window
and the light is flattering -
especially if I take off my glasses.

Submitted: Friday, September 22, 2006
Edited: Saturday, September 18, 2010


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  • Not a member No 4 (7/8/2007 5:01:00 PM)

    Yip, Allie, another engrossing theme. There's something about humans and mirrors. I won't rattle on though.. for a change! You thread it altogether so well. Reflecting on reflections and the cycle of life. Very cleverly constructed with just the right pace to give us time to have a look in those mirrors with you - a kind of voyeuristic journey through elements of your life! Very fine and orginal piece of writing. xxx jim

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  • Gregory Gunn (12/4/2006 2:24:00 AM)

    As an all-round performer; musician, impressionist, comedian, athlete, poet in front of the podium, I always aspire to present to the public my very best. Forever, self-conscious of my outward appearance; practicising before a mirror, until deep down, I'm well-aware with dazzling vitality, a bracing self-knowledgable affirmation of character shall be confirmed. Your poem conveys that insecure voyage toward revelation, that ultimately leads to an incisive observation; unto some, including yourself, with a twist of unfocussed humour, you made me laugh heartily, via your conclusion, sans spectacles; it's your intelligence that's revelatory.

  • Jerry Hughes (10/14/2006 7:11:00 PM)

    Oui oui, cheri, after some time we all look better in kindly light, and what's wrong with that?

  • Duncan Wyllie (10/2/2006 12:48:00 PM)

    Look closely and the reflection may still not be able to show the beauty of the lady within
    A star, a lady of kind words and a real strength to those around her
    Love duncan X

  • Esther Leclerc (9/30/2006 6:23:00 PM)

    Allie, you are the personification of beauty, both inside (I know you) and outside (I've seen you) ... As a woman getting on in years, however, I do relate. A terrific write spanning years, circumstance and all kinds of love and adventure! Esther : ]

  • Patrick Ladbrooke (9/27/2006 2:13:00 AM)

    I really enjoyed this reflection of a woman's life in a mirror. Sensitive, honest and enjoyable and steering clear of the usual one that we see our parents in the mirror as we get older.

    Excellent and original, your personal statements have great power.

    Patrick xx

  • Tara very irritated with PH injustice (9/25/2006 2:39:00 PM)

    PS - I didn't mean 'new diversity'. Of course your talent to put your pen to different styles was always there. I meant your newfound confidence to express it here, perhaps. And grateful I am and we are! t xxx

  • Tara very irritated with PH injustice (9/25/2006 2:38:00 PM)

    Now that you want others' opinions or at least invite them, let me issue mine: absolutely excellent. The piece reflects its penner (or should that be painter, given that this is so atmospheric?) . AAA, your new diversity is thrilling and enchanting. t x

  • David Hall (9/25/2006 1:48:00 AM)

    Hello Alison, I thought your poem is great. It's a travel through life in a reflection through a mirror. Beauty lies deep inside and alays will. When you get time pleas read a piece I wrote, 'What is Beautiful, ' your piece reminded me of my poem from a different perspective. very nice write!
    David

  • Anna Russell (9/24/2006 5:37:00 PM)

    Pre-childbirth, I would stand in the mirror and criticise my body. Post-childbirth, I'm wishing I'd appreciated what I had before it went!
    A lovely, heartwarming poem here Allie.Never mind the glasses - look at yourself through his eyes, they see your true beauty.
    Hugs
    Anna xxx

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