Daily Prompt: Mirror, Mirror

A few days ago, the WordPress Daily Prompt was: “Finish this sentence: “When I look in the mirror, I . . . “. Photographers, artists, poets: show us MIRRORED.”

I’ve only done one Daily Prompt post before, and it was just a playlist. But this prompt caught my eye and imagination, for some reason. So, here’s my attempt:


When I look in the mirror, I see a mosaic of the past. Tiny bits of a world gone by, ancient and modern forebears echoed in my reflection.

Color is a big part of the mosaic. My father’s hispanic heritage evident in the color of my hair, the shape and color of my eyes, the color and texture of my skin. Even the Northern European influences of my mother are evident in the contrasting colors of the pink scars on my brown hands and the silver signs of age peppering my black hair.

But beyond the physical shards of my genetic past, I can see in my reflection the influence of the cultural, ideological and socio-economic position of those who came before me. These influences lay a pattern on my personality as surely as the genes define the foundation of my image.

The direct, searching gaze from my eyes, evidence of my Midwestern upbringing, where honest and forthright communication was expected of everyone. And the strong lines of muscle in jaw, neck and shoulder, as well as the firm, often roughened hands, speak to the “work hard, play harder” mentality of the many generations of my working class ancestors.

Although it is sometimes distorted by the poison-pen of my inner critic, my reflection in the mirror is a rich mosaic of a storied past. The pattern and lines of that mosaic are shaped by the genetic and cultural tesserae of my progenitors. But the final image formed by this mosaic of physical and spiritual influences is up to me. And I’m doing my damnedest to make that image and identity whole, positive and open to the world around me.


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