The Hand-Glass Poem by Hazel Hall

Hazel Hall

the United States

The Hand-Glass



I am holding up a mirror
to look at life; in my hand-glass
I see a strange, hushed street below me
Where people pass.
The street is coloured like a picture,
And people passing there
Move with the majesty of story,
And are less real and wise than fair.
Looking at life in a mirror
Is distortion. I must see
Through the paint the flimsy canvas,
I must be
Cynical, and judge no passer
By the colour of a dress -
O eyes that must learn from a mirror
Search for dust and bitterness!

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Hazel Hall

the United States
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