The Image in the Mirror

Inspired by “The Wheelbarrow” by William Carlos Williams

So much

depends upon the image

reflected

in the mirror.

When compared

to a waifish supermodel,

a willowy actress,

a sculpted athlete…

the reflection

is a source of disappointment,

a source of shame,

a source of pain.

The clavicle,

the ribs,

the ilium…

not prominent enough.

The cheeks,

the breasts,

the buttocks…

too full.

The abdomen,

the biceps,

the quadriceps…

lacking definition.

Too

much

time

wasted.

Why is self-worth

intertwined

with the image

reflected in the mirror?

Thoughts,

dreams,

deeds,

successes,

fears,

failures…

that’s what really matters.

That’s

who

we really are.

Perhaps,

it’s not the image in the mirror that

so much depends

upon…

but rather

the self acceptance

of the person

looking in the mirror.

Karen Hovie

2015

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