Senryu : mirror



mirror in their eyes
reflecting only distortions
like so many lies
the vision that they see
must be of someone else,
not me

by M. Nakazato LaFreniere
poem and image done when I was in my twenties

mirrors break, oh well
don’t care what they think they see
I am what I am

by M. Nakazato LaFreniere
written now

Back in my twenties, I used to worry about how people saw me especially since a lot of times it was different than I saw myself.  Some people saw me and some people only saw what they wanted me to be or sometimes they saw what I wanted me to be but wasn’t yet. After awhile I realized it didn’t really matter.

I don’t care how others see me. How people see you has a lot more to do with their own needs and hangups than anything you do most of the time anyways.  Some people are clear-sighted but they are a minority.

I don’t need to see myself or define myself. It’s simpler than that.  I just am.



Poetics – Through the looking glass
dVerse ~ Poets Pub

The photo is  a print I did in a photo class back then with 3 negatives that I exposed separately.

  • Photo 1: me leaning against the mirror
  • Photo 2: a rose
  • Photo 3: the poem

I exposed them one at a time in the enlarger.  There is a white thumb  because like an idiot I was resting my hand against the paper carrier when I put in the mirror picture — duh! laughing.  And you didn’t know if you had the exposures right until after you developed the picture so there were a few throwaways. Things are much easier now in Photoshop

24 thoughts on “Senryu : mirror”

  1. How very true, how you see yourself is a great deal more important than courting the cheers of others. Your prose goes well with the photo, (except the thumb), lol


  2. I agree with you.

    I’ve a saying. It’s none of your business what I think about you and it’s none of my business what you think about me. Works very well.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥


  3. kaykuala

    don’t care what they think they see
    I am what I am

    This is a good principle to adopt. No mischief nor bother. One just do whatever that fits the bill and others are none the wiser!



    1. lol, sounds like you’ve been up to mischief. But yes, I do think it is a good principle to not worry about what others think as you can’t control people’s thinking anyways. Of course, I am an obscure anonymous person and not famous so I can get away with it. I feel sorry for famous people with everybody saying what they think of them in social networks. It would be hard if you’re a private person. i totally get why Sia hides her face when she sings.


  4. I’m chuckling at the comment about the finger/thumb print on the composite image – but in some ways, it adds another dimension …. ah the moments of the darkroom and all the mishaps …. nothing like walking into walls 😉

    lovely piece – and certainly, just being, should be more than enough – but it’s not easy – too many projections, expectations, demands – self-imposed or thrust upon by others and it can get hard to see what’s real – but then, at some point, best to just figure out – you can only be who you are – people will react and respond according to how and who they are – and you’re not responsible for this, or their happiness etc. So right on – just be you. Sounds like a plan.


    1. I certainly hope so — took me long enough to get here. So plan A is just be myself. Panics, I don’t have a plan B! Guess I’m stuck with Plan A.

      yeah, I did love the darkroom. Accidents did sometimes create something cool unexpectedly.


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