Saturday, 10 March 2018


Mirror, Mirror

by Lesléa Newman


Mirror, mirror, on the wall
I look to you to speak the truth:
Who’s the fairest of them all?

My dance card full at every ball
I sparkled like a jewel with youth,
Mirror, mirror on the wall.

I once inspired men to brawl,
my brand new beauty sleek and smooth
I was the fairest of them all.

But now old age has come to call
and I’ve grown longer in the tooth,
Mirror, mirror on the wall.

I spent a fortune at the mall
and hours in a make up booth,
Am I the fairest of them all?

Shrouded in a wrinkled pall
I beg you not to be uncouth:
Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Say I’m the fairest of them all.


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“Mirror, Mirror” copyright ©2018 Lesléa Newman from Lovely (Headmistress Press, Sequim, WA). Here is a book trailer for Lovely: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fh27-KoGS84.

Lesléa Newman is a poet, fiction writer, essayist, children’s book writer and anthologist whose 70 books include the poetry collections, Still Life with Buddy, Nobody’s MotherSigns of Love, and October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard (novel-in-verse) which received a Stonewall Honor from the American Library Association. Ms. Newman’s literary awards include poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation; the Burning Bush Poetry Prize; and second place runner-up in the Solstice Literary Journal poetry competition. From 2008-2010 she served as the poet laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts. Currently she is a faculty member of Spalding University’s low-residency MFA in Writing program. A recent poetry collection, I Carry My Mother, received the 2016 Golden Crown Literary Society Poetry Award and was named a “Must-Read” title by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Her latest book is Lovely (Headmistress Press, Sequim, WA).