The Mirror And The Queen

For NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo 2016 – Day 21 (to prompt – see below)


The Mirror yawned,
Too long awake
In answering
The Queen’s mistake.

Every morning,
Throughout the day,
“Who is the fairest?”
She would say.

He’d grown tired,
For he had to scry,
Being unable
To tell a lie.

He breathed a sigh,
And, as if on cue,
He felt the Queen
Come into view.

Then heard again
The same demand,
“Who is the fairest
In the land?”

He scried around
To just make sure,
Then spied another
Much more pure.

Excited now,
With this new find,
Expecting to be
Released in kind.

Pronounced his answer,
Deep and strong,
Projecting words,
As if in song.

“My Queen, you were
The fairest, ’tis true,
But now Snow White is
More beautiful than you.”

Watched, surprised as
Her face contorted,
Felt his own plans
May be thwarted.

Felt her anger,
Felt her pain,
Knew it would be long
Before he slept again.


© Copyright 2016 Robin McShane


The Prompt: “today I challenge you to write a poem in the voice of minor character from a fairy tale or myth. Instead of writing from the point of view of Cinderella, write from the point of view of the mouse who got turned into a coachman. Instead of writing from the point of view of Orpheus or Eurydice, write from the point of view of one of the shades in Hades who watched Eurydice leave and then come back. Happy writing!”

Not sure if one would class The Mirror as a ‘minor character’really…but hope you enjoy! 🙂


14 comments on “The Mirror And The Queen

      • I always think: poems do not have a “sell by” expiration date and can always be revisited. I’ve even made a change or two in a poem of mine that was already published in a book…I dared to do it because I once went to a poetry reading of a prize-winning poet—Alan Duggan—who read from his hardcover, published book to a large audience, and as he read, he picked up a pencil and changed a line—in the hardcover book!! The audience had a great laugh over that.

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        • Fortunately, we don’t carve in stone, yes? 😊
          Lovely story about Alan Duggan – thanks. I wonder if, as artists, we are ever totally satisfied with our work – always able to make a small improvement here… or there… especially on revisiting after an extended period!
          Isn’t it great that technology makes it so much easier for us? 😀
          Thanks for the reminder – I will revisit this poem at some point! 😊🙇

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