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

  • 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

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  • 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

  • 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

  • (8/16/2017 2:55:00 AM)

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

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (8/16/2017 1:03:00 AM)

    Such a lovely poem..... (Report) Reply

  • Lantz Pierre (8/16/2017 12:48:00 AM)

    This is a near-perfect rebuke of all shallow criticisms, put-downs and general nay-saying at large. It is stunningly elegant with its spare lines that gently layer on an understated tone of vibrancy and youth, of a glowing inner radiance possessed by the protagonist. The mirror and it's statement are the only point of negativity in the poem. Unsubstantiated and as thin and insubstantial as the reflective silvering adhering to the glass. In every sense the criticism it makes lacks depth and can address only a shallow surface comprehension of the facts. While the blind boy is unaffected by what is only on the surface and his °vision° penetrates to the substance of the person. His assessment must rely on a deeper assessment gathered from a place of deeper understanding. It doesn't need elaboration, we know he can only see what lies within, and that takes time and a more profound sense of perception. (Report) Reply

  • Sylva-onyema Uba (2/27/2017 2:13:00 AM)

    a smile of dove-secret loveliness.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  • (1/29/2016 7:38:00 AM)

    im not native english speaker. last part confused me. the blind guy part. can anyone explain to me please. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (8/25/2015 10:56:00 AM)

    Superb, Well written poem....
    Read my Mirror if you find time...Thanks in advance.
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  • (12/3/2009 7:24:00 AM)

    expanded on? bollocks. says it all doesnt it? (Report) Reply

  • Brian Dorn (7/23/2006 8:27:00 PM)

    Mirrors can be fooled but inner beauty is no illusion... wonderful poem. (Report) Reply

  • (6/2/2005 11:41:00 PM)

    One of my very favorite from Spike.

    Amicalement votre,
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  • (5/24/2004 1:59:00 AM)

    Not bad for an idea which could be expanded more. (Report) Reply

    Lantz Pierre (8/16/2017 12:29:00 AM)

    When has there ever been an idea of worth that couldn't be further expanded on? That fact does not mean one should expand on every idea. Elegance is a virtue in both poetry and in science.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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