she stares at the mirror
the mirror stares back
once it was fun
now it makes her feel bad
once she loved the mirror
and the mirror loved her
they’d pull faces at each other
and they’d laugh till they cried
there’s no laughter now
in the tears that she cries
her self-image has been altered
by what she hears, what she sees
in the world all around her
and now she’s self-conscious
she’s worried
she’s become insecure
when she looks in the mirror
she doesn’t see the happy little kid
sees herself as ugly
too fat, too little, too big
her hair’s the wrong colour
and it’s not curly or straight
her nose is freckled
her ears are too big and stick out ……

the little girl stares at the mirror
the mirror stares back
once it was fun
now it just makes her feel bad

Mirror by Sergei Rukavishnikov

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I write stories. Sometimes I take photos.
The photos of me were taken by Ron Co
The art is by Sergei Rukavishnikov
I’m Australian, and I thank Muds for that.

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  • timbuckley
    timbuckleyover 1 year ago

    because this mirrors the reality for so many

  • Thank you, Tim ….. I’m honoured :)

    – Alenka Co

  • Pam Humbargar
    Pam Humbargarover 1 year ago

    How true…a beautiful, sensitive write Alenka.

  • Thank you, Pam. It’s a beautiful, sensitive image I got the words from :)

    – Alenka Co

  • evon ski
    evon skiover 1 year ago

    wonderful collab here! the writing nails this distortion of self so well and Sergi’s image rocks big time! Congratulations on your feature Alenka!!

  • Thank you, Evon. The image tells the story so well it makes it easy to write but hard to do it justice. I appreciate your kind words.

    – Alenka Co

    MINDSETover 1 year ago

    Nice writing friend……………

  • Thank you :) The credit goes to Sergei. I wouldn’t be writing these stories without his images.

    – Alenka Co

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