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A Halloween Poem: "Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall"

John values the use of humour and enjoys writing and reading limericks and jokes. He is a fan of Dr. Seuss, Edward Lear and Shel Silverstein

"Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who's the fairest of them all."

"Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who's the fairest of them all."

A Little History of the Tale

The Magic Mirror was said to be owned by the Evil Queen (or Wicked Witch) and has been depicted in different versions as either a hand mirror or a wall mirror. Every morning, the Evil Queen asked the Magic Mirror the same question "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?" or "Magic mirror in my hand, who is the fairest in the land?". The mirror always replies: "My Queen, you are the fairest in the land." The Queen is always pleased with that, because the magic mirror could never lie.

It is best known from the popular fairy tale "Snow White.

"Illustration at page 201 in Europa's Fairy Book" by Joseph Jacobs John Dickson Batten - title: Europa's fairy book (1916) New York ; London : G. P. Putnam's sonsscan: copy held by New York Public Library, scanned by nicole deyo, obtained from IA.org

"Illustration at page 201 in Europa's Fairy Book" by Joseph Jacobs John Dickson Batten - title: Europa's fairy book (1916) New York ; London : G. P. Putnam's sonsscan: copy held by New York Public Library, scanned by nicole deyo, obtained from IA.org

Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall

by John Hansen © 2015


Mirror, mirror, on the wall

Who's the fairest of them all?"

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"It once was you my lady fair,

But your beauty is no longer there."

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"Don't lie to me you piece of glass,

I'll shatter you upon the grass!"

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"I cannot lie My Mistress dear,

Your looks are dead, like you I fear."

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"Who says a zombie can't look good,

I seek the truth now, understood?"

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"The truth I tell, it's what I do,

No one alive looks worse than you."

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"You silly piece of antique junk,

I'll toss you in the attic trunk!"

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"A ghoul's a ghoul by any name,

To lie to you I am not game."

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"Shut up, shut up! You're cracked and weak,

I'll hear no more, don't even speak!"

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"But My Queen, each time you ask

I cannot shirk my given task."

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"I will not listen to your cries,

Cease your chatter and your lies!"

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"You are decayed and rotting fast,

Your beauty wasn't made to last."

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"Who was the fool who cast the spell

That made you magic, pray do tell?"

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"T'was you My Highness, Wicked Witch,

It serves you right, you silly bitch!"


"Spieglein" by Hoipoi at German Wikipedia - Transferred from de.wikipedia to Commons by Kelisi using CommonsHelper.. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons -

"Spieglein" by Hoipoi at German Wikipedia - Transferred from de.wikipedia to Commons by Kelisi using CommonsHelper.. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons -

Real Life Influence

It is thought that the German folk tale "Snow White" was influenced by Maria Sophia Margaretha Catherina von Erthal. After the death of Maria Sophia's birth mother in 1741, her father Philipp Christoph, the King, remarried Claudia Elisabeth von Reichenstein. Who it is said was domineering and greatly favored the children from her first marriage.

Philipp presented Claudia with a "talking" mirror from Lohr Mirror Manufacturers as a gift. The upper right corner of this mirror contains a reference to self-love (Amour Propre). This mirror “talked” in aphorisms and the mirrors from Lohr were given the reputation of “always speaking the truth”.

Queen Claudia's iconic mirror, referred to as “The Talking Mirror,” is still on display today at Spessart Museum in the Lohr Castle, where Maria Sophia was born.

(References: Wikipedia, Dictionary.com)

© 2015 John Hansen

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 22, 2020:

Hello Dream On. It is always wonderful to get a comment from you on one of my articles. Though this is an old one it is never too late and appropriate at this time of year. Thank you for reading and enjoying.

DREAM ON on October 22, 2020:

This was another great work of a poet in action. Creativity and history mixed together. I simply loved it. An oldie but a goody. I am four years late but I am glad because for all this time I wouldn't have been able to sleep with that wicked witch in my head. Keep up the fabulous work. Always a fan. Happy Halloween.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 29, 2020:

Thank you, Peg. Certainly can't ignore that photo.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 29, 2020:

That Pinterest photo at the top is an attention grabber. Between that, and your poem, it seems perfect for the time of year approaching Halloween. Good job!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 29, 2019:

Thank you, Shyron. I always appreciate you poetic comments.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on October 29, 2019:

John, I found your poem to be, as only a mirror could see and project it's final decree.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 31, 2018:

Thank you, Nell. have a great Halloween.

Nell Rose from England on October 31, 2018:

I loved the poem, and learned something new about the story, Happy Halloween!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 22, 2016:

Hey, thanks for reading this LVH. Glad you liked it.

writinginalaska from southeast Alaska on March 22, 2016:

haha John! loved it, now go read my ode to Halloween ( which is my birthday by the way!) No Reflection https://hubpages.com/literature/no-title-yet Cheers! lvh

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 21, 2015:

Ok Demas, it's a deal. Thanks for commenting.

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on December 21, 2015:

First time around, good fun. Remind me again next Halloween unless I'm a zombie then.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 21, 2015:

Thank you Steve, glad you enjoyed my version.

Steve Sunpire from England on December 21, 2015:

This was a suprising twist on an old tale... loved it utterly gut crippling... funny stuff.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 22, 2015:

Always expect the unexpected Lawrence :) Thanks for reading and loving it.

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on November 21, 2015:

John

I wasn't sure what to expect, then the humour came and I loved it!

Lawrence

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 21, 2015:

Thank you for reading Monis. Glad you enjoyed this spooky poem.

Agnes on November 21, 2015:

Spooky, but fun! I like it!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 14, 2015:

Thank you Genna, glad you found this. I must admit this is one of my favourite of the poems I have written as it was so random and came oh ether so well. Glad you got the Dorian Gray undertones as well. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on November 14, 2015:

The magic mirror in Snow White...and reflections of Dorian Gray. I can't believe I almost missed this one, John.

"Who was the fool who cast the spell

That made you magic, pray do tell?"

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"T'was you My Highness, Wicked Witch,

It serves you right, you silly bitch!"

Perfect for Hallows Eve, and much more in this clever metaphor that rests behind the words. And your rhyme is perfect!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 08, 2015:

I'm alway happy if I can make someone else laugh Deb. Thanks for reading this.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on November 08, 2015:

I loved this, it gave me a grand chuckle for the day.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 08, 2015:

Thanks Rabadi, will do.

O from New York on November 08, 2015:

SPOOKY! :) Keep the hubs coming!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 07, 2015:

Thank you Manatita, your generous comment means a lot. Blessings.

manatita44 from london on November 07, 2015:

That was a brilliant piece. If the rating score was still there, I would have given you all five! Well done, my Friend.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 07, 2015:

Thank you Devika, I try to be creative. I appreciate you reading this.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 07, 2015:

Awesome read! You have a creative mind.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 06, 2015:

There's a saying Rozina, "Everything old is new again"...I tried to remake this old classic, glad it worked. Thank you for the wonderful comment.

Rozina Iftikhar from Islamabad on November 06, 2015:

that ages old, magic mirror and wicked witch/queen duo ---given a 180 degree twist, with an ease of a breeze!!!

I loved it...just loved it!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 04, 2015:

Thank you for that very generous comment lollyj. So glad you enjoyed this and my other hubs. Cheers.

Laurel Johnson from Washington KS on November 04, 2015:

Your imaginative hubs are amazing. Loved the poem and the accompanying prose.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 03, 2015:

Thanks for taking the time to read this and for your great comment Bob. Glad you enjoyed the hub. Cheers.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 03, 2015:

It is good that you enjoyed this poem Nadine. Thanks for the generous comment and for sharing on Facebook and Google+

Robert E Smith from Rochester, New York on November 03, 2015:

A fun poem, a fun story, a great Halloween yarn. Fun, enjoyable. I loved it and the added background too. Thank you, Bob.

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on November 03, 2015:

What a great poem I will have to share that on my Halloween followers on Facebook and google + About the talking mirror, that was new to me. Fantastic!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 02, 2015:

Thank you Shauna, it is always a great pleasure to make my readers chuckle. I thought the mirrors history was interesting and people may enjoy as well. Glad you did. Have a great week.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on November 02, 2015:

John, this outstandingly penned poem got an out-loud chuckle out of me.

Interesting history on the talking mirror. I'd not heard it before.

Great poem, John!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 02, 2015:

Chitrangada, thank you for that wonderful comment. I don't know what it is about the Snow White story, but this is the second parody poem I have written inspired by that story. I thought I would play on the vanity of the Evil Queen, and put a twist on it for Halloween. Glad it worked and that you also liked the origin of the mirror and pictures. Thanks.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on November 02, 2015:

Great hub and very well done!

It is really entertaining and interesting. I didn't know the origins of that infamous mirror. It is a different spin and different take on a classic, that we have enjoyed all through our childhood. And I must say you did a wonderful job of it. Interesting pictures too!

Thank you for sharing!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 01, 2015:

Good to see your comment on one of my hubs Amanda. So glad you enjoyed this and thank you for the kind comment. Cheers.

Meredith McLarty from Sioux City, IA on November 01, 2015:

Fantastic work! I loved it. I can relate to every word. I love the hint of Halloween. Brilliant. Keep it up!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 01, 2015:

Thanks for the fine compliment Hari, anyone that says they wishes a piece you wrote went longer is acknowledging that it was enjoyable.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 01, 2015:

Thanks Larry, as they say "everything old is new again".

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 01, 2015:

Thanks Larry, as they say "everything old is new again".

Hari Prasad S from Bangalore on November 01, 2015:

Wonderful. i smiled all along. :-)

Wish it had few more dialogues.

- Hari

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on November 01, 2015:

Wonderful take on this age old tale.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 01, 2015:

Hi Rebecca, thanks for reading this. Glad you enjoyed my Halloween contribution. It was a bit of fun to write, and the history interesting to find out.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on November 01, 2015:

Great and ghoulish poem for Halloween, and I love how you brought in the history of Snow White!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 31, 2015:

Hey Phyllis, great to see you and get such a generous comment. Glad you had fun with this poem, it was fun to write.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 31, 2015:

Faith...Happy Halloween! I hope this poem was a treat for you. Thanks for your great comment. My grandson Jordan went on his first Halloween Trick or Treat this year dressed as the cutest pumpkin you've ever seen. Ate so many sweets he was sick this morning. Poor kid.

I'll have to check out your beast of a husband hub...don't know if I have read that. Boo! to you too. Thanks for sharing.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 31, 2015:

Good to see you drbj, your comment means a lot coming from the "funniest hubber". It's good this poem gave you a new insight into the magic mirror and Evil Queen...I think. Cheers.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 31, 2015:

Hey Missy, I needed to write a new hub especially for Halloween. Came across the mirror pic and it gave me an idea for this poem. Glad you found it funny. Happy Halloween.

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on October 31, 2015:

Remarkable - both you and the poem, Jodah. Poor ol' Queen just won't give it up, but Mirror Mirror had great back attcha quips. Yes - remarkable, and I enjoyed it.

Essie from Southern California on October 31, 2015:

I'm with you on Elizabeth Montgomery. Sometimes I go to You Tube and just play re-runs!! It takes me back to looong (ahem) ago..my childhood, lol. :)

Faith Reaper from southern USA on October 31, 2015:

Trick or Treat! It's me the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown ...uh ...John, making my rounds in HP Town this dreary, cold, wet and blustering windy night of Halloween ...hahaha

I have been missing in action on HubPages for the past four days, and now I am enjoying all the "treats" here of writing this night, especially your perfect poem for Halloween. Love the wicked satire in your poem. Really enjoyed the history of the mirror and Snow White, as I've always wondered about the true meaning behind the mirror.

I used that same great image there in my beast of a husband hub hahaha.

Happy Halloween and I am off to find more gems that I have missed ... Keep up the great writing.

Boo to you on this frightful night.

Sharing everywhere

drbj and sherry from south Florida on October 31, 2015:

I will never look at the Magic Mirror in 'Snow White' in quite the same way again, Jodah, now that I have read your thoughtful, creative poetry giving me the lowdown on what the mirror was really thinking as the Evil Queen aged. Loved every syllable, mate.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 31, 2015:

Hey Nellieanna, great to get a comment from you. I hope all is going well way down south in Texas. Glad you found this poem interesting.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 31, 2015:

Thanks for reading Don. I do try to make most of my poetry appeal to poetry and non-poetry lovers alike. Glad this one worked for you. Yes, witches do appear very popular in both TV and movies. Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha will always be my favourite witch however.

Missy Smith from Florida on October 31, 2015:

I always like a different spin on a classic. This was really funny! Loved it!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 31, 2015:

Hello Essie, yes Maria Sophia and her talking mirror was something I had never heard of before either. I am glad that you found it interesting and enjoyed the poem. Happy Halloween.

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on October 31, 2015:

Indeed a tongue-in-cheek poem! Interesting!

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on October 31, 2015:

I like this and I am not much for poetry. I like the folklore you provide with it, as well. Strange that wiches in the days of TV have become popular--Elizabeth Montgomery and now Catherine Bell.

Essie from Southern California on October 31, 2015:

Interesting facts about Maria Sophia Margaretha Catherin - I learned something new! You did a great job on poem - as always!!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 30, 2015:

Hi Bill, glad you enjoyed my spin on the magic mirror tale, and yes, I thought the history of the mirror was interesting.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 30, 2015:

Always good to see you Jackie, thanks for the kind comment.

Bill Russo from Cape Cod on October 30, 2015:

Well you have done it again sir. You have found a new spin for an old hunk of glass !! !! Wonderful job on the poem which packed two or three laughs into every line. I especially thank you John, for the history behind it.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on October 30, 2015:

Great poetry John and interesting bits of history!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 30, 2015:

Hi Demas, good to receive a comment from you. If we can't have a bit of fun at Halloween (All Spirits Day) what hope is there for us...whether we are saints or sinners. God bless you back.

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on October 30, 2015:

Fantastic fun for the All Spirits Day by which (not witch) we should remember saints as much as sinners. After all, we are something of each, though hopefully more of the one than the other. God bless you.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 30, 2015:

Haha Bill, you can stop screaming now..had to get you into the Halloween spirit. I am glad you enjoy reading what I write. I do try to make it quality or at least interesting. I just have to figure out how to get HP staff or Google to appreciate it. Then again maybe I don't.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 30, 2015:

Thank you very much Surabhi, I appreciate it greatly.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 30, 2015:

Thanks Nell, glad I could serve up something a little different. Happy Halloween to you.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 30, 2015:

Thanks for the kind words RJ, much appreciated.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 30, 2015:

Thanks for reading Cris. I tried to make it funny and entertaining. Nice to hear that worked. You have a great weekend in the sky.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 30, 2015:

Hey Ruby, I thought I'd give the story a slightly different slant. Good to see you smiling.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 30, 2015:

Hello Suzette, thank you for reading and getting a laugh this Halloween.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 30, 2015:

The first picture was enough to make me scream like a little girl. Then you tossed in some poetry and a little history. I wish ever Hubber would take the time to write quality stuff like you do, John!

Surabhi Kaura on October 30, 2015:

Haha - love it!

Nell Rose from England on October 30, 2015:

LOL! love it! makes a change from the usual mirror mirror! happy Samhain or halloween!

Ralph Schwartz from Idaho Falls, Idaho on October 30, 2015:

Great piece of work - whimsical and I especially admire the back and forth of the poetic conversation - Happy Halloween and keep up the good work!

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on October 30, 2015:

This is timely and very entertaining! Love the ending of the poem.

Have a great Ausie weekend John! :)

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on October 30, 2015:

I love your poem. Totally different from anything I've read concerning the wicked witch. Clever, smiling!

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on October 30, 2015:

Hilarious! I enjoyed reading this!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 30, 2015:

If my poem made you laugh Dana I am a happy man. I hope it brings a smile every time you read it. Thank you, and blessings.

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on October 30, 2015:

I never expected that wild ending! It was too funny! Thank you Jodah for making me laugh so early in the morning. I have a feeling I will be reading this over and over.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 30, 2015:

Thank you for reading my Halloween poem Flourish. Glad you enjoyed it and learnt something new.

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 30, 2015:

Great job. Both entertaining and very interesting as I didn't know the origins of That infamous mirror.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 30, 2015:

Good to see you Colin. I hadn't heard about that influence for the story of the magic mirror before either but found it interesting too. Thanks for the thumbs up on the poem also. Cheers.

Colin Garrow from Inverbervie, Scotland on October 30, 2015:

Interesting to hear about the mirror - I haven't come across that version of the story before. Love the poem too, John, well written and some great rhymes. Good one.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 30, 2015:

Thank you Ann, I think this is the most fun I've had writing any poem. Glad you enjoyed the hub.

Ann Carr from SW England on October 30, 2015:

Love the poem, John; it brought smiles throughout and I love the ending! Interesting story regarding the origins. Brilliant!

Ann

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 30, 2015:

Hey Frank, thanks for being the first to read another of my hubs. I was just sitting around thinking about writing something for Halloween, came across the main photo....and had this weird idea. Glad the humor worked.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on October 30, 2015:

I can't help it but to crack up.. LOL this was so freaking fantastic.. silly witch...