Picture it & write – What’s in a Mirror?

Ermilia’s Picture it & write   (Sunday 16th September 2012)

Once again, here is my offering to ‘Picture it & write’ hosted by Ermilia (Ermisenda and Eliabeth) who invite others to join them by writing a fictional story or poem to accompany an image presented on their blog.


(Listen while you read) 

Picture it & write
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Ermilia’s Blog

What’s in a mirror?

Shouldn’t that be; who’s in a mirror?


Well, to say; what’s in a mirror is like saying; what’s it made of.


What and who are two completely different things. What; pertains to the chemical structure, and who; um… pertains to the chemical structure…!  Um, yeah, I see what you mean (no pun intended). The what (the chemical structure), and the who (the chemical structure) apply to both. But, hold on. Who then is the ‘emotional’ side of me? Arr yeah; it’s also the chemical structure. Ah gee; the what, and the who (when broken down to the smallest common denominator) are one and the same.

Darn; I wanted to talk about the ‘emotional’ turmoil of what one sees when one looks at oneself in the mirror, i.e., the ‘who’; and you have taken that away from me with your chemistry exposé. Darn. Can I talk about the ‘who’ without thinking about the ‘what’ for a moment? Yeah? Good. I’ll talk about the ‘who’ we see when we look into the mirror.

Now I’ve lost my train of thought. Darn.

I’m realising that we can’t separate the what from the who. Darn; they are intrinsically engaged; aren’t they!

Can I start this piece again, please? Oh, come on; let me have one more try. I’m sure I could do better…….

Carolyn Page  –  ABC of Spirit Talk


  1. This is a great reflection, Carolyn! I actually wrote a poem following this style of reflection in my senior year of high school. How clever if I had thought to write it about reflection. Anyway, loved it, especially the last line! Maybe I’m finally understanding what reflections are!

  2. Haha, at the crux of everything it’s about the “what”. There has been and will continue to be literature and fiction based on the “who” and what makes us human or what makes us different from a chair, apart from the obvious chemical processes. A nice piece. Thanks for contributing this week, Carolyn!

    – Ermisenda

  3. This reminds of a Rumi poem that chimes, transl. by John Moyne and Coleman Barks:

    We are the mirror as well as the face in it.
    We are tasting the taste this minute
    of eternity. We are pain
    and what cures pain. We are
    the sweet, cold water and the jar that pours.

    1. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, my dear Resa…. 🙂
      Did you see that I carried out my threat…!
      Did you take a look at the ‘Toothsome Story Game’ page…!?!
      I didn’t expect it would be this soon, though one never knows when the hand of fate will place its palm upon one’s shoulder, and ask it to step forward into that great adventure called ‘the future’, and do something akin to slipping on a banana…. What the….
      🙂 🙂 🙂

  4. the what, and the who (when broken down to the smallest common denominator) are one and the same

    The Who were a far better band though. 🙂

    1. Indeed; they have been captured over and over again in a myriad ways for use in theatre, and the arts in general, ’tis true… 🙂
      They do, however, present an incredible array of possibilities for human reflection (pun definitely intended..). 🙂

      1. i wish i was half as wise as you. even though i feel very very flattered when someone thinks that i am wise but i know i am not but will certainly love to be one 🙂

        my elder brother told us when we were children that human beings see what they want to see- not only in mirrors but every where. i never forgot that sentence and often toy with that idea.

    1. Indeed, Smaktakula! Based upon the premise of my writing, I can only suggest that we vary little within the framework of ‘human’. Our senses may be slightly different, one from the other, however; what results is predetermined by the framework…! Huh..! 🙂

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