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Poetry: It's All Done with Mirrors: Reflections, Phrases, Mirror Writing and Mirror Poetry

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Ann loves to write stories and poems and is always eager to meet challenges issued by other writers or herself, to exceed her comfort zone.

Write a Mirror Poem!

I said I would attempt to write a mirror poem, inspired by dzymslizzy’s hub at

I did just that (you can read it below) but I began to think about mirrors, their fascination and this hub grew from my mulling it all over. There’s more to mirrors than meets the eye!

True or False?

What do you see?

What do you see?

Mirror Image

Look in the mirror! Then work out which is left and right; your left and right. Then think about how others look at you; their left and right. That’s when we realise that we don’t see ourselves as others do, unless we look at a photograph.

A mirror offers you symmetry; everything your side of the mirror is seen in reverse from the mirror surface, as though the image was behind the mirror. How do you know it’s not behind the mirror? You do but it’s easy to see why a child cannot grasp the concept. How are things seen, literally, in a different light, how can they change their positions?

There is symmetry. This means there is a balance, a balance of patterns, images, objects, people. It’s like a 3D of Newton’s third law which says:

‘When one body exerts a force on a second body, the second body simultaneously exerts a force equal in magnitude and opposite in direction on the first body.’

The mirror gives us an image, as it were, in the opposite direction.

It gives us a balance of the world. It also ties our minds in knots!

Which Way Round?

My right is your left.  My left is your right.  Right?  No, left!

My right is your left. My left is your right. Right? No, left!


When referring to some magic tricks, it’s said, ‘It’s all done with mirrors.’ Sometimes this is true. Our minds are tricked by the use of mirrors we cannot see. Do mirrors reflect the truth or are they a lie, a trickery? The phrase is also used when we're not sure how something works or how someone is behaving.

‘A mirror of his/her soul’ refers to someone who shows his or her true character through the expression in the eyes.

Alternatively, a person can be mirrored in another’s eyes. Read Bill Holland’s hub ‘I See You..’ and you will find a wonderful explanation of this concept, at

I was reminded by Faith Reaper about the breaking of mirrors; horrors! seven years' bad luck to anyone who does that. I never throw them out!

Mirror Writing

Mirror writing can be done by anyone who fancies having a go but it’s done naturally by some, particular some dyslexics. I once heard an anecdote about a child who was sitting an exam. The invigilator was walking between the desks, keeping an eye on everything, and stopped by a young girl. She was writing from right to left, using mirror writing, just like anyone else writes ‘normally’, without any difficulty. The invigilator pointed this out; ‘Do you realise you’re using mirror writing?’

‘Oh! Am I?’ She had no idea; this was her natural way.

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She then wrote the rest of her paper in conventional style, though much more slowly. Some dyslexics do this. Their writing flows until they have to resort to the conventional method of left to right with letters and words.

Leonardo Da Vinci is supposed to have been dyslexic and some mirror writing was found amongst his papers. His astounding inventions and drawings back up the premise that he was dyslexic; it’s a trait of many who have such specific difficulties. The brain is ‘wired’ in a different way, affecting the processing of ideas to speech and ideas to paper. It’s not wrong, it’s just different and in fact is often inspired, offering a refreshing outlook on life.

Can you write like this?

Do you ever use mirror writing?

Do you ever use mirror writing?

Mirror, mirror on the Wall

In fairytales we have ‘Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?’ This brings us to the moral aspect of looking in the mirror too often; vanity! Do we look in the mirror just to check that we haven’t got paint on our noses or that our hair isn’t sticking up like a scarecrow's, or do we spend hours checking make-up, dress, colour coding, trying umpteen outfits and finally choosing the first?

Does a mirror give us an advantage, make sure we are presentable or does it mean we’re self-indulgent, vain and smug?

To mirror something can mean we copy or mimic. It can be mirroring ideas or thoughts, actions or even writing.

Nature's mirror is water; water can mirror exactly if it is calm and flat or it can reflect a distortion if, say, we look in a waterfall or a swirling pool. These distortions are beautiful, prismatic, stunning or maybe just amusing.

Mirrors at the fair are made for the purpose of distortion. Our reflections can look longer, wider, curvy, blurred, squashed and more; it’s funny. Why is it funny? Because it’s not true! We wouldn’t be laughing if it were.

Nature's Mirror

Can you see the giant crocodile?

Can you see the giant crocodile?

Where's the line of symmetry?

Where's the line of symmetry?


The word ‘reflections’ can mean ‘thoughts’. A mirror reflects in a straightforward way, albeit a backward image. Our own reflections or thoughts mean we’re thinking over something we’ve seen or something we’ve said. We’re looking at it from different angles, studying it in the mirror of our minds. Memories are an image, a reflection of what we’ve seen, where we’ve been, who we’ve known.

Then we have objects in which mirrors are used for certain purposes.

Periscopes are used on board naval ships; they allow us to see from one level to another, without being seen ourselves, through the positioning of reflecting mirrors.

Kaleidoscopes use angled sections of mirrors and small coloured pieces to create patterns within a tube, an illusion, a type of magic. They fascinate children of all ages.

I’m coming back to the reflection in someone’s eyes; eyes tell us so much. Up close and personal we can see ourselves mirrored in another’s eyes. Do we see what we want to see? Sometimes. Hopefully we do. We also see the soul in those eyes and they see ours. Make sure yours mirror kindness, understanding and love.

The eyes have it!

Look into my eyes!

Look into my eyes!

My Mirror Poem: The Merry-go-round of Life

Life is a merry-go-round,

Up and down, round and round,

We laugh, we cry, we plod, we fly.

Who knows why? Not you nor I.

Not you nor I is who knows why.

We fly, we plod, we laugh, we cry.

Round and round, up and down,

Merrily this life goes round.


Round and round

Round and round

Real mirror poetry! (see the reflections below)

What happens when we look at this

through a mirror, with a kiss?

What do we see now? Do we miss

the feel of it or is it pure bliss?

and another...

Interesting thing to see

in the mirror, wild and free.

Find out what this picture be;

should you stay or should you flee?

Poems in the mirror

What is this?

What is this?

How do you see the world?

© 2015 Ann Carr


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 17, 2016:

Thanks shanmarie. Mirrors are certainly a fascinating subject!


Shannon Henry from Texas on June 13, 2016:

This was an interesting read. Mirrors are indeed fascinating. I did a hub a while back on kaleidoscope and mirrors. It's a topic that could be explored over and over with plenty left to go on.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on May 21, 2016:

Harishprasad: Thank you for such supportive and kind words. Mirrors certainly do give us food for thought and tie our minds in knots! I wonder what difference it would make if we didn't use mirrors....


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on May 21, 2016:

Vellur: Thank you for your kind comment and apologies for my delay in responding - lack of wifi abroad! Glad you enjoyed the poetry.


Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on May 16, 2016:

Ann, I often think about mirrors. Were there no mirrors in the world, would this world be different than it appears today to us ! I love this hub as it brings forth more thoughts in my mind about mirror and how exactly it portrays us all ! What about our feelings and all the baggage ? You are right, the image in front of us is a lie, but how vibrant and alive it looks ! I really enjoyed reading this wonderful hub. Thank you for sharing it.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on May 15, 2016:

Wonderful mirror poetry and enjoyed reading. Voted up.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on November 02, 2015:

Thanks, Linda. Yes, you could hold a conversation in the mirror - you always get the best answers!

But on the other hand, the mirror tends to lie to me more and more these days, without me saying a thing.

Good to see you today.


Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on November 02, 2015:

I don't like looking in mirrors as much as I used to! :) But, mirrors are fascinating. They do show the true self and you could also converse with yourself, well kinda. They do make a room appear larger! Fabulous poem! :)

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on September 15, 2015:

DREAM ON: Glad you liked this. Mirror images are great fun, as is mirror writing. Interesting about the shadows, I remember my granddad doing the same thing; might try that sometime.

Mirrors certainly do make a difference to a room; make it twice as big in theory and reflect the light so well.

Thanks for your comments; it's so good to see you here.


DREAM ON on September 15, 2015:

What a great hub. Mirrors have always confused me. I love to draw and I always thought if I could draw good I would draw mirror images of everything I see. It became to difficult but what a great talent it would be. You would stand out from other artists and it would be your claim to fame. I practiced with words and I struggled and struggled. I also thought it would be fantastic to draw peoples shadows. So then later in the day you could see if your real shadow matches. I use to love as a kid to fold my arms and change my shadow. You might want to do another hub on shadows. I remember when people would fold their hands and make shadow animals on the wall. My mothers house was small and to make the room feel bigger we had one wall of mirrors. It always seemed like the biggest room. It was where the whole family would sit and watch t.v. on Friday nights. I knew or thought about it till now my parents house at a mirror in every room except the kitchen where we left the bathroom door open so we could see the mirror.The whole house was only five rooms. When we sold my mothers house I walked around the house to take pictures of every room so I could always have a memory how beautiful it was. The mirrors caused a reflection and I couldn't get a good picture. Frustrated once again. Those darn mirrors have done it again. Thank you for your special poem it hits home. Not just in my life but in my mind. My father use to say look at someone's children they will give you a mirror image of their parents. Their values, traditions and beliefs. I wonder what you think ? Have a peaceful and relaxing day.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on July 11, 2015:

Thanks, Catherine! Always been fascinated by light, reflections and the tricks of a mirror. Yes, our eyes should reveal our soul. As an optometrist's daughter, I guess you could say the fascination is in the blood!

Good to see you here today. I've been so busy with trips away and with family that, once again, I'm trying to catch up with it all.


Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on July 11, 2015:

I'm reflecting on your hub abut mirrors. Very nicely done. Eyes are the mirror of the soul. I t related to how people say ,"I could see it in her eyes." Our inner feelings are revealed. Voted up++

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 15, 2015:

Very true, Flourish! My mirror doesn't look right at all!

Thanks for your second visit today; much appreciated.


FlourishAnyway from USA on June 14, 2015:

I especially love the fun house mirrors that distort your image., making you really tall, short, fat, or long faced. You can't trust all mirrors.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 14, 2015:

Thanks, Dora. So glad you liked this. I find mirror writing difficult to do but for those to whom it comes naturally, it isn't. In fact it's easier than 'normal' writing! The trouble is, they have to conform to what society regards as the norm.

The decorating point is a good one; thanks for contributing that idea.

Your lovely comments always lift me up!


Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 14, 2015:

Ann, this is so unique! I've met only one person who did mirror writing. She did it with ease and it seemed so difficult, I never thought to try. Your mirror picture reminded me of something I learned as a decorator; that if the decoration on one wall is just the way you like it, put a mirror on the opposite wall and see it twice. And yes, I do find it intriguing the way the eyes mirror the soul. Beautiful read!

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 13, 2015:

Thank you, Lee, for such kind words and for the votes. Glad you enjoyed this.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 13, 2015:

whonu: Yes, many entrepreneurs have dyslexia; they see things in a refreshingly different way and succeed often through perseverance despite literacy difficulties.

Thanks for your comment. Good to see you today.


Lee Cloak on June 13, 2015:

A brilliantly thought provoking piece of writing, really engaging, a very charming poem, fantastic, thanks for sharing this wonderful hub, voted up, Lee

whonunuwho from United States on June 12, 2015:

You spoke of Leonardo and Dyslexia. This is another fine example of a difficulty that we may overcome and make into our strongest and best attributes. Nice work and well presented my friend. whonu

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 12, 2015:

Hello, Jo! Great to see you. I'm glad you enjoyed this. Thanks for your comments, votes and share; greatly appreciated.

Mirror writing is something I came across when I taught dyslexics; fascinating.

Hope all's well with you.

Hugs ((((((Jo))))))


Jo_Goldsmith11 on June 12, 2015:

Hello Ann !

This was a truly delightful read! I never heard of "mirror writing".

This is so interesting because when we look into our mirrors we can see a reflection of ourselves. And on some days, it looks great! (especially after we comb our hair) :-)) Then there are times that when we look in the mirror, we noticed the strength in our eyes despite the sorrowful expression on the face. Really enjoyed this! Shared, Up all the way except funny. ((((((((((((( Ann ))))))))))))))

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 12, 2015:

Dear Theresa, thank you so much. There is no need to apologise. I'm having huge problems trying to keep up with everyone as life has become so hectic during these summer months. I appreciate your continuing support and the lovely compliments. Thanks, too, for the votes.

I must have a look at your mirror hub which I can't recall reading! They certainly do add light and width to rooms. We have one on a blank wall as one walks in the front door and it makes a very short hallway look huge!

Hugs & blessings to you too.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 12, 2015:

Gypsy Rose Lee: Thanks for reading and commenting. Yes, mirrors are fascinating; they have a sort of magnetism or is that vanity?! I know both my oldest granddaughters stand in front of them for ages (14 & 4)!!


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 12, 2015:

Maj: You should definitely get another mirror; I've no doubt that yours lies!

I completely forgot about 'Through the Looking Glass'; how could I?!! A completely different world behind the reflection; I mentioned the 'image behind' but the lateral thinking didn't follow!

Great to see you today and thanks for your valuable input.


Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on June 12, 2015:

Voted up and awesome. Great hub. Lots for thought. I love mirrors and reflections and anything else to do with them.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on June 11, 2015:

Well-done, dearest Ann! I absolutely love this piece here on mirrors. You certainly have shared great insight into this interesting topic for an article. And your poems are excellent.

I enjoyed this article so much, and I must apologize for arriving so late, and will return when my mind is fresh as opposed to so late so that I may absorb all of the wisdom you have shared.

I must say you have the most beautiful blue piercing eyes, and I am sure in person all who meet you would be hard-pressed to not stare.

I have written on mirrors before too, but just about how they can add so much beautiful reflective light in the home, especially when there is not much LOL.

Voted up and across but funny, tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

Hugs and blessings to you and yours always

travmaj from australia on June 11, 2015:

Hi Ann, Much to consider and ponder here. Hadn't considered the effect of mirrors. I only know my personal one is giving me nightmares these days - it definitely lies! I should trade it in or sell my soul or something.

I do recall those fun mirrors that distort us - mirrors that assist illusionists and make us gasp - Alice through the Looking Glass - a magical world through that mirror. I loved your mirror poem - there's so much to consider here. With thanks...

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 11, 2015:

DzyMsLizzy: Thank you for your kind comments. Glad you liked this.

Yes, my father was an optician which makes my interest in reflection etc all the more specific. There is much of that science in mirrors!

BTW I've responded to your challenge ref. Leonardo.


Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on June 11, 2015:

Good job, Ann!

Your ' Merry Go Round' poem was well done! I like it.

I also enjoyed your exploration of the various aspects of actual mirrors. I loved kaleidoscopes; still do! ;-)

My husband and I recently had eye-exams, and that brings up another use of mirrors: the exam room is too small to measure distance vision, so mirrors are used to artificially increase the distance at which you see the projected letters they use to test your eyesight.

Thanks so much for the link mention! I'm flattered.

Voted up ++

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 11, 2015:

Hi manatita! Thank you. Yes, photography is one of my passions, inherited from my father.


manatita44 from london on June 11, 2015:

Says so much, a mirror. We Yogi's use it a lot in our writings, a bit like the word 'Light' in some ways. It reflects our joys, as well as our sorrows; shines on the beauty of the Soul.

Your poems are cute and charming. Also, you seem to know more and more of photography, and I recall that you wanted to pursue this hobby, no? Much Love.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 11, 2015:

This wasn't a challenge, John. I just told her I might have a go after reading her hub. I'm working on her Leonardo challenge too. Sorry if I confused you by mentioning him in this!

Thanks for your kind comments about the poetry. I'm happy that a poet as good as you should compliment me.

Hope you have a great Thursday, John.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 11, 2015:

Frank: hi, again! Glad the poem passed muster and thanks for the votes.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 11, 2015:

Hello Frank! You've mentioned lots of other interesting aspects of mirrors here; great ideas. Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for visiting. Always great to see you.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 11, 2015:

Thank you, bill. I received a gift of praise from someone whose opinion I value highly; 'advanced the craft of writing' has given me a glow which will last all day!

Have another thrilling Thursday, bill!


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 11, 2015:

Hi Eric! That's exactly what I wanted to do, make readers ponder. It's good you can do without mirrors; you're obviously not a vain man which does not surprise me at all and I'm sure you look fine!

Thanks for your lovely comment.


John Hansen from Gondwana Land on June 10, 2015:

Great hub Ann. I was aware that MsLizzy issued a challenge about Leonardo De Vinci but not this one on writing a mirror poem. I have to look it up. You did a great job with this, I have tried mirror drawing but never a mirror poem so to speak. Your poetry is excellent too. Voted up.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on June 10, 2015:

oh and I love the poem too voted up and awesome :)

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on June 10, 2015:

using mirrors can really change things up..reflected duplication of an object that appears identical but reversed... or in fiction the old can look into the mirror and see his past self.. sickness in the eyes.. spooky story lines.. so many things can be done with mirrors as your hub points out ann.. enjoyed the reflection here and the hub bless you

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 10, 2015:

My goodness, Ann. Why did I tackle this one late in the evening when I'm tired? There is so much to absorb in this excellent piece of writing. There is about a week's worth of substance all rolled up in one article.

I received three gifts from your mentioned mine and for that I thank included pictures of you and for that, I thank you...and you advanced the craft of writing with this beautiful effort and for that, I thank you very much.

pax vobiscum, my friend


Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 10, 2015:

Wonderful hub. Great ideas just to ponder. I am fascinated by mirrors. But I find I can go days without looking in one. My poor wife, I must look a fright.

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