Marwa Rakha

Rookie (4 October 1974 / Cairo)

The Magic Mirror - Poem by Marwa Rakha

Mirror … mirror on the wall,
Who’s the fairest fair of all?
Mirror … mirror on the wall,
Who’s the smartest head of all?
Mirror … mirror on the wall,
Who’s that girl standing tall?
Mirror … mirror on the wall,
Who's to hold me when I fall?
Mirror … mirror on the wall,
Why are you not answering my call?

Oh mirror...

The lines and the scars you do not hide;
My scattered thoughts you would not guide.

Me myself and I; the gap so wide.
Oh mirror; you make me look inside!

You show me a girl against the tide,
By the rules she would not abide.

Within your frame, a caged spirit am I?
By your name, what voice have I?

Oh mirror … can you hear me?
My mirror is deceiving me!

I will show you my smile... will you let me?
A star in my eyes... will you get me?

I will show you a happy face... please let me!
A shelter from myself... please get me!

Mirror … mirror on the wall,
Do not show me her face;
I have killed her and left no trace.

Mirror … mirror on the wall,
She shall never stutter;
With a new voice, words she will utter.

Mirror … mirror on the wall,
Her fear you shall never show;
Fearless she is to know.

Mirror... mirror on the wall,
Do not point at her scars;
It hurts... not her scars.

Oh mirror...

There is no Santa but tell her not;
Dreams are dreams but wake her not.

She will give in... tell her not to.
She will give up... tell her not to.

Cruel mirror...

Why show me a figure so broken?
Why tell me words unspoken?

My mirror...
Every time I look at you
I miss a line in her face.

Every time I come to you
A part of her I erase.

Every time I need you
I abandon her grace.

So my mirror..

Where is the little fat girl that you used to show me?
Where are the frightened eyes that used to look at me?

Is she still hiding her smile with her hand?
Is she still looking for a magic wand?

You loved her not;
You loved me a lot!

Mirror … mirror on the wall,
What have I done?

Mirror … mirror on the wall,
Where has she gone?

Mirror … mirror on the wall,
Which way do I run?

Yes mirror...

How I wish I could give you my back
and never look at you again.

How I wish I could leave you on a rack
and never fall for your tricks again.

Oh mirror... Why can’t you lie?
Why don’t you tell me that I am the fairest fair of all?
Why don’t you tell me that I am the smartest head of all?
Why don’t you let me stand proud and tall?
Will you at least be there when I fall?
Oh … Mirror … mirror on the wall …
Why are you not answering my call?


Comments about The Magic Mirror by Marwa Rakha

  • (11/12/2010 6:34:00 AM)

    Oh mirror... Why can’t you lie?
    Why don’t you tell me that I am the fairest fair of all?
    Why don’t you tell me that I am the smartest head of all?
    Why don’t you let me stand proud and tall?
    Will you at least be there when I fall?
    Oh … Mirror … mirror on the wall …
    Why are you not answering my call?

    very touchy and sweet poem with meaningful idea.. lovelly one..10/10++++++
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  • (6/19/2009 5:33:00 PM)

    Marwa..I like your poem..Yuor employment of the mirror has many meaning. It alludes to the fairy tales of girls who look at the mirror to assert themselves as the beautiful ever among others. From the fairy tale, this poem comes to reveal the simple fact that we are those who make these images in the mirror, what the psychologists call'projection'. The persona in the poem moves in a journey from the poor self-esteem and the weakness that results from the conflicts in life to a more stronger one that know for sure that she is pretty, the rhetorical questins at the end prove that. In addition, I like the sense of melcaholy for the passage of time, it is a typically Romantic feature.
    I really like it.
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Poem Edited: Friday, April 15, 2011


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