Mirror, mirror on the wall

And now for our (optional) prompt. In her interview, Brim provides us with several suggestions for generative writing exercises, and we’d like to challenge to today to tackle her third one, which is based in the myth of Narcissus. After reading the myth, try writing a poem that plays with the myth in some way. For example, you could imagine that imagine the water is speaking to you, the narcissus flower. Or you could write a poem in which the narcissus berates the Kardashians for stealing their neurosis. Or a poem that comments on the narcissism of our time, i.e. beauty and body obsession, etc.

She threw the vase at the mirror in anger
It had lied to her again
This was the fourth one
They all lied to her
Tormenting her every day
What they showed was not her
It just could not be her
She was slim and graceful
Not what the mirror showed
It lied to her every day
No matter that she was on a diet
She had tried purging and throwing up
But nothing ever seemed to work
Sick of the lies
She had shattered the mirror
Yet again
To release the slim her
Held captive within
The hundreds of shards scattered all over
Mocked her
Making fun of her obesity
Calling her names
Shaming her
Pushing her to the edge again
She lay crumpled on the floor
Toying with a shard of glass
Caressing her wrist with it.

#napowrimo #day21

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