And now for our prompt (optional, as always). Because today marks the halfway point in our 30-day sprint, today I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that incorporates the idea of doubles. You could incorporate doubling into the form, for example, by writing a poem in couplets. Or you could make doubles the theme of the poem, by writing, for example, about mirrors or twins, or simply things that come in pairs. Or you could double your doublings by incorporating things-that-come-in-twos into both your subject and form. Happy writing!
A paradox of seeing self in my grey eyes,
A confusing being desiring beauty prize.
Finding uniqueness without gazing into mirror,
Unsure of my own reflection, revere her?
Looking glass reveals, beauty is so differing.
Reflection in mirror, me staring, lingering.
Double in the glass appearing in reality,
Unsure what to say, we don’t agree, no clarity.
Do I adore how my double appears to look?
Image of woman, how she is, open lost book.
So, many ways I try improving her reflection.
She looks, how she does, not ideal perfection.
I’m at peace with her, still changing her direction.
Mirror image God formed but I’ll alter complexion,
Skincare, makeup adored, new image each morning,
My inspection of self leaving me yet forming,
The double of my mirror, only me conforming,
Looking fatigued, woman who’s stuck performing.
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