A Ghost in a Glass

image by Alexas Fotos on pixabay

Look at her, how old…
Those lines around her eyes…
The drooping lids…
The softening of cheeks
not yet grown to jowls…
Those lines that cut into her upper lip…
A mouth too often pursed…
The neck…
No, that neck is fresh and smooth… as yet.
It’s just the face. My face.
A ghost of the future reflected back at me
From the looking-glass.

Written for Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt: Looking-glass in 64 words

About crispina kemp

Spinner of Asaric and Mythic tales
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51 Responses to A Ghost in a Glass

  1. Violet Lentz says:

    Mirrors are the one friend of youth that refuses to age gracefully. Love what you’ve done with the god awful experience of looking into one here. Love the photo choice too.

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  2. Sadje says:

    Lucky to get to this age, being alive and all that!

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  3. Lynn Love says:

    You might guess that as a woman who’s just celebrated her 50 the birthday, I’d agree with you on this one! It almost feels unfair sometimes how quickly time passes, how different we feel inside to what we see in the mirror and how others perceive us. We told, Crispina

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  4. EntangledDesigns says:

    This is amazing, Crispina! Though I can relate with how cruel mirror can be but not fully with the effects of aging, I personally find people looking more and more beautiful with age. As if the years of wisdom and experience has set itself aglow into the ridges between the wrinkles and has added another layer of attraction to the person as a whole. But that’s just me! :p

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  5. Dale says:

    I cannot help but think of my grandmother. We were sitting at her table and she was talking about how when she looked in the mirror she was discouraged to see the old woman looking back as she was misrepresenting how she felt inside. I guess it’s hard not to feel that way.
    Wonderful write, Crisp!

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  6. MythRider says:

    Makes old age sound in chanting.


  7. Indira says:

    I thought you are describing me. It fits except the neck, it’s the giveaway also. Keep that neck smooth, dear. Beautifully written and matched up picture.


  8. She’s so self-conscious! Hopefully she’ll start to feel better about herself soon.

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