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.
But,
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 RoussellCarl 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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  • Tom Allport (8/16/2018 5:51:00 PM)

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

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  • Chandan DeyChandan 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 PandaAnil 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

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  • Khairul AhsanKhairul 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

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

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

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  • Bharati NayakBharati 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

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

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

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  • He Ho (8/16/2018 1:39:00 AM)

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

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  • Haidee Majola (7/28/2018 9:05:00 AM)

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

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  • Hannah (5/19/2018 2:58:00 PM)

    Love his poems(Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish 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

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

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

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani 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

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil 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

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (8/16/2017 6:53:00 AM)

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

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (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

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

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

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  • Tom Allport (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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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (8/16/2017 2:55:00 AM)

    A fantastic and lovely poem. Thanks for sharing here.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003