my grandma’s mirror

grandmother ©papa osmubal

grandmother ©papa osmubal

my grandma’s mirror

carlos marreiros

the mirror bevelled
held in a black timber frame
subtle Chinese ornament

tarnished as time goes
step by step
it’s changed to water

the lustre long lost
the mirrored plain
gone ashy grey

it’s a long time since
my Chinese grandma
appeared to me
in the Mandarin mirror

she went with the last waters
with the rice-field
never to return

Siu Kan, 1978


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