Spike Milligan

(16 April 1918 – 27 February 2002 / Ahmednagar)

Mirror, Mirror - Poem by Spike Milligan

A young spring-tender girl
combed her joyous hair
'You are very ugly' said the mirror.
on her lips hung
a smile of dove-secret loveliness,
for only that morning had not
the blind boy said,
'You are beautiful'?

Comments about Mirror, Mirror by Spike Milligan

  • Carl Roussell (8/16/2018 8:34:00 PM)

    The mirror does not always reflect what is true - a fantastic poem! (Report) Reply

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  • (8/16/2018 5:51:00 PM)

    A poem that on reflection is truly inspirational? , .., ......well penned Spike (Report) Reply

  • Chandan Dey (8/16/2018 1:50:00 PM)

    Thought provoking poem; beauty or ugliness sometimes deceives us but can’t do the same with the mirror, which in general speaks the truth. On the contrary, a ‘perfect’ blindness may also take us to the Truth what a mirror can’t do!
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  • Anil Kumar Panda (8/16/2018 12:28:00 PM)

    Such a beautiful depiction of love! ! Excellent drop. Like to read it again and again. (Report) Reply

  • Khairul Ahsan (8/16/2018 10:03:00 AM)

    The mirror's judgement is her own, while the blind boy's is from a person's imagination. (Report) Reply

  • Adrian Flett (8/16/2018 6:54:00 AM)

    A usually extremely funny poet but also with this depth of feeling.. (Report) Reply

  • Bharati Nayak (8/16/2018 2:10:00 AM)

    So succinct and so beautiful.Beauty lies in our perception- - -I love the line- 'A smile of dove-secret loveliness.' (Report) Reply

  • Mahtab Bangalee (8/16/2018 2:01:00 AM)

    O how beautiful the poem is!
    So simply written but too brilliant
    Mirror has real eyes which depicts our reality but we the blind can't see or find our own reality!
    (Report) Reply

  • (8/16/2018 1:39:00 AM)

    To turn a poem like this you need a certain amount of insight and humour. (Report) Reply

  • Petals Azureblue (8/16/2018 1:14:00 AM)

    Wow so I come across this poem again.... Beauty is an inside story. This poem brings to my mind a poem PERFECT..by Sophie Bennett, which negates what is popularly considered as beauty or perfection. People who are not beautiful don't care a hoot about disabled people's opinions...so there. She is a beauty as the blind boy said. (Report) Reply

  • (7/28/2018 9:05:00 AM)

    Astounding poem on what we choose to believe and internalize. Brilliant (Report) Reply

  • (5/19/2018 2:58:00 PM)

    Love his poems (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (8/16/2017 11:28:00 AM)

    Though, it may seem symbolic but beauty is a matter of perception. It may differ from person to person. The poem underscores this fact. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (8/16/2017 11:04:00 AM)

    On her lips! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (8/16/2017 8:34:00 AM)

    Mirror can reflect the facial beauty but can't show the inner beauty. It is a beautiful poem in brief. (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (8/16/2017 7:40:00 AM)

    What a sweet drop! ! The girl is happy that someone has taken interest in her despite what the mirror says. So nice! (Report) Reply

  • (8/16/2017 6:53:00 AM)

    The beauty is not alone in human physical look but more in real mind. (Report) Reply

  • (8/16/2017 6:52:00 AM)

    The beauty is not alone in human physical look but more in real mind. A good poem. (Report) Reply

  • Ekerendu M Ezekiel (8/16/2017 4:56:00 AM)

    it always helps, imagine a world with no boy to appraise (Report) Reply

  • (8/16/2017 3:22:00 AM)

    a wonderful uplifting poem by a poet that is much underrated? the true beauty is in his words! ............superbly written Spike (RIP) . (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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