January – Reflections: Mirror

In the #monthlymusings series of the #52words52weeks collection, we are in January with the focus on “Reflections”. This week’s word is “Mirror”.

Photo credit: Denise Smith “Waiting and watching”. Follow Denise on Instagram @deniselifeart or on FB Denise Smith (Photo Album – My Streets) — with Denise Smith.


Give up looking
in the mirror,
hardened glass
of expectations

Give up judging
your own reflection,
the flat version
of yourself,
the version that does
not celebrate your
robust and real beauty

Let go of the version
that sees the lines
of criticism carved within.

Your childhood
sun-worshipping self
now etched with lines
would rather look into the eyes
of unconditional affection

Steam the mirror,
shatter the glass,
create a fog if you must

Do your hair in the wind,
lift your face to the sun,
see your strength in
the trees, know that
you are a reflection of love.

© Tanya Southey