Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Magic Mirror



I cried for a magic mirror when I was a little child;
'A mirror to see the future!' I would weep!
'Let me see what will happen tomorrow!' I demanded more and more!
'I want to know tomorrow before I sleep!'
'There are no magic mirrors' my Mother would laugh and say;
'We can never see into the future, little one!
All I know is my darling little girl must simply close her eyes;
Tomorrow can only start with the rising sun.'
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It is only now that I'm older that the magic mirror's mine;
It took a whole long life to come my way.
And now I have it, I don't want it, for tomorrow's all too clear!
But the magic mirror says 'I am here to stay.'
The sun is shining brightly and so warmly on my back;
My day will be successful, there's no doubt.
But in my magic mirror all is tattered, all is torn;
In my mirror there's a tide that's going out.
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AZURE!

'Morning has broken' were ever there words
More perfectly chosen when speaking of birds!
This one I noticed so wildly rejoicing,
Thrilling to threads of its marvelous voicing!
Trilling to friends in the same state of rapture.
Just a fluttering creature, but oh what a capture!
The azure blue sky all around was so splendid!
The memory stays though the concert has ended.
Let us 'lift up our hearts' and also rejoice
That the glory of morning delivers a voice.
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35 comments:

Peaceful Pandemonium said...

So true. The desire to know the future is the leading cause of craziness. Too much future means not enough presence.

Angie Muresan said...

You are on a roll! Wouldn't it be scary if mirrors would really be magic?

Veenz Potter said...

its dark pessimisic view of life but true

Julie said...

Love the concept of seeing/knowing the tide is going out, Brenda. I'm all for frollicking along the water's edge whilst the sun goes down.

Madeleine said...

What a fabulously uplifting poem Azure is and I love the Magic Mirrors, too it really captures the frustrated imagination of the young, something I can well identify with.:O)

Deborah said...

Such a deep and meaniningful poem followed by morning glory, beautiful and wonderfully written as always :o)

madamebutterfly said...

When I was young I spent hours gazing in my magic mirror...now its a quick glance to make sure the toothpaste is wiped off correctly. I'm not sure I like what the mirror is saying anymore!

700miles said...

you had me hooked simply by your about. how amazing. love the magpie tales. i'll be back! take care...

daylily (Queenmothermamaw) said...

I would like a magic mirror if everything showed up rosey, otherwise no. You did an amazing job on this. Congrats
QMM

chiccoreal said...

This is very reflective on the past and of the future this "magic mirror" Lovely poem, but I am certain the tide is coming in says the "magic mirror". I love this and the Azure poem. Sensitive observations of life's many depths and from the poet's perspective; mesmerizing!

Rashmi said...

Beautifully written.Magic mirror touched me..

Jinksy said...

I like to use a mirror to reflect sunlight into dark corners...

umapoems said...

I agree with you,as a kid we always beleived and wanted magic in everything and now as adult we hope that if only magic exists...

kathew said...

love both- especially the magic mirror!

kathi harris said...

Yes, smtimes we ask 4 smthing & when we get it, we realize we don't really want it.

Martin H. said...

I think, as we get older, that mirror is best, locked away. Great poem.

Terresa said...

I think we'd all love a magic mirror.

"In my mirror there's a tide that's going out." -- Yep, I get that line, completely. Well done!

Jane said...

This reminds me of the mirror in one of the Potter stories - can't recall what the name of the mirror was, but it basically showed the user whatever was most important to him.

Jane

Kimberly said...

When we wish our lives away, we end up wanting them back when it's too late...

"Tomorrow can only start with the rising sun..." I loved this line. So true!

Rene/ Not The Rockefellers said...

hauntingly beautiful and thought provoking.

Teresa said...

So eloquent. Our fears of the future are all too often the cause of making our present miserable.

Jaime said...

i'd still like to have a magic mirror. got a lot of years left - i'd love to see how they shake out.

Priyanka Bhowmick said...

the first one's dark and the later serene. loved both!!

Foxies Lair said...

It is not because the image in the mirror is all 'tattered and torn' that the'life' responsible for that wasn't good. I would take a tattered mirror any time over a smooth empty surface.
What age you have, nobody can fortell the futur : tomorrow can still surprize you. Nice poem :)

Helen said...

Hi Brenda ... Everyone needs a magic mirror at least once in a lifetime. Nice Magpie!

Lyn said...

The ebb and flow of this is very magnetic... wisdom comes with the years, and a new morning...

Jingle said...

what a pleasant read,
love the flow,
it reminds me of my own childhood dreams...
fabulous take!

senderupwords said...

These are quite magical. Though I do prefer the second to the first. Love and Light, Sender

Sue J said...

How true! When you reach a certain age you pretty much know what tomorrow is going to be like. My tide's going out too :)

Claudia said...

The sun is shining brightly and so warmly on my back..i love this line - it speaks of trust and being content with life how it is..no matter how tattered the future in the mirror might look

Miss Nikki said...

Oh how did I cry for the same magic mirror as a child...

Dave King said...

My favourite magic mirror of all time has to be the one in Snow White. This one runs it close.

christine said...

This poem just flows with beautiful words.

Carrie Burtt said...

Brenda you are an amazing poet! Just love both of these...reflecting your wonderful talent with words and thoughts.
:-)

Lena said...

What else is there to say other than - Magic! Your rhymes rock!