by Daniel   Aug 27, 2019

The full length mirror
in my bedroom makes
my skin darker;
paints me in a
warm dusk-lit glow -

I positioned my bed
adjacent so I’m the first
thing I see every

The one in the bathroom
bleaches my teeth,
and yellows the greens
of my irises

in the evenings,
the one in the hallway
is more flattering.

I cannot love a reflection
of me that

tiredly gawks
back on the train


cannot smile a broken
smile due to the lurid
dentist light hanging
over any shop store
mirror whilst naively
thinking my insecurities
might have vanished
since the last time I cracked
a grin and it was mistaken
as vanity but in reality
it’s the duelling
duality of how I see me
and how the mirror
sees me -

I cannot love a reflection.

Some days,
it is easier to love
the person staring back.


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  • 10 months ago

    by Tanya Southey

    So beautiful. Well deserved win.

  • 10 months ago

    by nourayasmine

    I always love to log into PnQ and see a new poem by you.

    • 10 months ago

      by Daniel

      Thank you Noura! The feeling is mutual :)

  • 10 months ago

    by Star

    Congratulations Daniel, well deserved win :)
    This piece hits hard, we all can relate to it!!

    • 10 months ago

      by Daniel

      Thanks Star :)

  • 10 months ago

    by Michael

    Great piece of writing.
    Well done on your win :) M

    • 10 months ago

      by Daniel

      Thanks Michael :) hope you’re well !

  • 10 months ago

    by Milly Hayward

    Mirrors are very deceptive and can never be believed. Sadly at my age a truth I have come to live with Milly x

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