A Halloween Poem: "Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall"

"Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who's the fairest of them all."
"Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who's the fairest of them all." | Source

A Little History of the Tale

The Magic Mirror was said to be owned by the Evil Queen (or Wicked Witch) and has been depicted in different versions as either a hand mirror or a wall mirror. Every morning, the Evil Queen asked the Magic Mirror the same question "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?" or "Magic mirror in my hand, who is the fairest in the land?". The mirror always replies: "My Queen, you are the fairest in the land." The Queen is always pleased with that, because the magic mirror could never lie.

It is best known from the popular fairy tale "Snow White.

"Illustration at page 201 in Europa's Fairy Book" by Joseph Jacobs John Dickson Batten - title: Europa's fairy book (1916) New York ; London : G. P. Putnam's sonsscan: copy held by New York Public Library, scanned by nicole deyo, obtained from IA.org
"Illustration at page 201 in Europa's Fairy Book" by Joseph Jacobs John Dickson Batten - title: Europa's fairy book (1916) New York ; London : G. P. Putnam's sonsscan: copy held by New York Public Library, scanned by nicole deyo, obtained from IA.org | Source

Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall

by John Hansen © 2015


Mirror, mirror, on the wall

Who's the fairest of them all?"

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"It once was you my lady fair,

But your beauty is no longer there."

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"Don't lie to me you piece of glass,

I'll shatter you upon the grass!"

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"I cannot lie My Mistress dear,

Your looks are dead, like you I fear."

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"Who says a zombie can't look good,

I seek the truth now, understood?"

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"The truth I tell, it's what I do,

No one alive looks worse than you."

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"You silly piece of antique junk,

I'll toss you in the attic trunk!"

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"A ghoul's a ghoul by any name,

To lie to you I am not game."

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"Shut up, shut up! You're cracked and weak,

I'll hear no more, don't even speak!"

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"But My Queen, each time you ask

I cannot shirk my given task."

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"I will not listen to your cries,

Cease your chatter and your lies!"

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"You are decayed and rotting fast,

Your beauty wasn't made to last."

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"Who was the fool who cast the spell

That made you magic, pray do tell?"

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"T'was you My Highness, Wicked Witch,

It serves you right, you silly bitch!"


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"Spieglein" by Hoipoi at German Wikipedia - Transferred from de.wikipedia to Commons by Kelisi using CommonsHelper.. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons - | Source

Real Life Influence

It is thought that the German folk tale "Snow White" was influenced by Maria Sophia Margaretha Catherina von Erthal. After the death of Maria Sophia's birth mother in 1741, her father Philipp Christoph, the King, remarried Claudia Elisabeth von Reichenstein. Who it is said was domineering and greatly favored the children from her first marriage.

Philipp presented Claudia with a "talking" mirror from Lohr Mirror Manufacturers as a gift. The upper right corner of this mirror contains a reference to self-love (Amour Propre). This mirror “talked” in aphorisms and the mirrors from Lohr were given the reputation of “always speaking the truth”.

Queen Claudia's iconic mirror, referred to as “The Talking Mirror,” is still on display today at Spessart Museum in the Lohr Castle, where Maria Sophia was born.

Aphorism

noun: a terse saying embodying a general truth, or astute observation, as “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” (Lord Acton).

(References: Wikipedia, Dictionary.com)

© 2015 John Hansen

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Frank Atanacio 13 months ago from Shelton

I can't help it but to crack up.. LOL this was so freaking fantastic.. silly witch...


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Frank, thanks for being the first to read another of my hubs. I was just sitting around thinking about writing something for Halloween, came across the main photo....and had this weird idea. Glad the humor worked.


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annart 13 months ago from SW England

Love the poem, John; it brought smiles throughout and I love the ending! Interesting story regarding the origins. Brilliant!

Ann


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Ann, I think this is the most fun I've had writing any poem. Glad you enjoyed the hub.


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FatBoyThin 13 months ago from Kinneff, Scotland

Interesting to hear about the mirror - I haven't come across that version of the story before. Love the poem too, John, well written and some great rhymes. Good one.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Good to see you Colin. I hadn't heard about that influence for the story of the magic mirror before either but found it interesting too. Thanks for the thumbs up on the poem also. Cheers.


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FlourishAnyway 13 months ago from USA

Great job. Both entertaining and very interesting as I didn't know the origins of That infamous mirror.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading my Halloween poem Flourish. Glad you enjoyed it and learnt something new.


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Dana Tate 13 months ago from LOS ANGELES

I never expected that wild ending! It was too funny! Thank you Jodah for making me laugh so early in the morning. I have a feeling I will be reading this over and over.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

If my poem made you laugh Dana I am a happy man. I hope it brings a smile every time you read it. Thank you, and blessings.


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suzettenaples 13 months ago from Taos, NM

Hilarious! I enjoyed reading this!


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always exploring 13 months ago from Southern Illinois

I love your poem. Totally different from anything I've read concerning the wicked witch. Clever, smiling!


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CrisSp 13 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

This is timely and very entertaining! Love the ending of the poem.

Have a great Ausie weekend John! :)


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RJ Schwartz 13 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

Great piece of work - whimsical and I especially admire the back and forth of the poetic conversation - Happy Halloween and keep up the good work!


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Nell Rose 13 months ago from England

LOL! love it! makes a change from the usual mirror mirror! happy Samhain or halloween!


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Surabhi Kaura 13 months ago from Toronto, Canada

Haha - love it!


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billybuc 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

The first picture was enough to make me scream like a little girl. Then you tossed in some poetry and a little history. I wish ever Hubber would take the time to write quality stuff like you do, John!


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hello Suzette, thank you for reading and getting a laugh this Halloween.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Ruby, I thought I'd give the story a slightly different slant. Good to see you smiling.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Cris. I tried to make it funny and entertaining. Nice to hear that worked. You have a great weekend in the sky.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for the kind words RJ, much appreciated.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Nell, glad I could serve up something a little different. Happy Halloween to you.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you very much Surabhi, I appreciate it greatly.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Haha Bill, you can stop screaming now..had to get you into the Halloween spirit. I am glad you enjoy reading what I write. I do try to make it quality or at least interesting. I just have to figure out how to get HP staff or Google to appreciate it. Then again maybe I don't.


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Perspycacious 13 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Fantastic fun for the All Spirits Day by which (not witch) we should remember saints as much as sinners. After all, we are something of each, though hopefully more of the one than the other. God bless you.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Demas, good to receive a comment from you. If we can't have a bit of fun at Halloween (All Spirits Day) what hope is there for us...whether we are saints or sinners. God bless you back.


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Jackie Lynnley 13 months ago from The Beautiful South

Great poetry John and interesting bits of history!


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Billrrrr 13 months ago from Cape Cod

Well you have done it again sir. You have found a new spin for an old hunk of glass !! !! Wonderful job on the poem which packed two or three laughs into every line. I especially thank you John, for the history behind it.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Always good to see you Jackie, thanks for the kind comment.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Bill, glad you enjoyed my spin on the magic mirror tale, and yes, I thought the history of the mirror was interesting.


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EsJam 13 months ago from Southern California

Interesting facts about Maria Sophia Margaretha Catherin - I learned something new! You did a great job on poem - as always!!


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dahoglund 13 months ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I like this and I am not much for poetry. I like the folklore you provide with it, as well. Strange that wiches in the days of TV have become popular--Elizabeth Montgomery and now Catherine Bell.


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Nellieanna 13 months ago from TEXAS

Indeed a tongue-in-cheek poem! Interesting!


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hello Essie, yes Maria Sophia and her talking mirror was something I had never heard of before either. I am glad that you found it interesting and enjoyed the poem. Happy Halloween.


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Missy Smith 13 months ago from Florida

I always like a different spin on a classic. This was really funny! Loved it!


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Don. I do try to make most of my poetry appeal to poetry and non-poetry lovers alike. Glad this one worked for you. Yes, witches do appear very popular in both TV and movies. Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha will always be my favourite witch however.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Nellieanna, great to get a comment from you. I hope all is going well way down south in Texas. Glad you found this poem interesting.


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drbj 13 months ago from south Florida

I will never look at the Magic Mirror in 'Snow White' in quite the same way again, Jodah, now that I have read your thoughtful, creative poetry giving me the lowdown on what the mirror was really thinking as the Evil Queen aged. Loved every syllable, mate.


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Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

Trick or Treat! It's me the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown ...uh ...John, making my rounds in HP Town this dreary, cold, wet and blustering windy night of Halloween ...hahaha

I have been missing in action on HubPages for the past four days, and now I am enjoying all the "treats" here of writing this night, especially your perfect poem for Halloween. Love the wicked satire in your poem. Really enjoyed the history of the mirror and Snow White, as I've always wondered about the true meaning behind the mirror.

I used that same great image there in my beast of a husband hub hahaha.

Happy Halloween and I am off to find more gems that I have missed ... Keep up the great writing.

Boo to you on this frightful night.

Sharing everywhere


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EsJam 13 months ago from Southern California

I'm with you on Elizabeth Montgomery. Sometimes I go to You Tube and just play re-runs!! It takes me back to looong (ahem) ago..my childhood, lol. :)


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Phyllis Doyle 13 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

Remarkable - both you and the poem, Jodah. Poor ol' Queen just won't give it up, but Mirror Mirror had great back attcha quips. Yes - remarkable, and I enjoyed it.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Missy, I needed to write a new hub especially for Halloween. Came across the mirror pic and it gave me an idea for this poem. Glad you found it funny. Happy Halloween.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Good to see you drbj, your comment means a lot coming from the "funniest hubber". It's good this poem gave you a new insight into the magic mirror and Evil Queen...I think. Cheers.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Faith...Happy Halloween! I hope this poem was a treat for you. Thanks for your great comment. My grandson Jordan went on his first Halloween Trick or Treat this year dressed as the cutest pumpkin you've ever seen. Ate so many sweets he was sick this morning. Poor kid.

I'll have to check out your beast of a husband hub...don't know if I have read that. Boo! to you too. Thanks for sharing.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Phyllis, great to see you and get such a generous comment. Glad you had fun with this poem, it was fun to write.


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rebeccamealey 13 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Great and ghoulish poem for Halloween, and I love how you brought in the history of Snow White!


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Rebecca, thanks for reading this. Glad you enjoyed my Halloween contribution. It was a bit of fun to write, and the history interesting to find out.


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Larry Rankin 13 months ago from Oklahoma

Wonderful take on this age old tale.


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shprd74 13 months ago from Bangalore

Wonderful. i smiled all along. :-)

Wish it had few more dialogues.

- Hari


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Larry, as they say "everything old is new again".


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Larry, as they say "everything old is new again".


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for the fine compliment Hari, anyone that says they wishes a piece you wrote went longer is acknowledging that it was enjoyable.


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Amanda Abbott 13 months ago from Los Angeles

Fantastic work! I loved it. I can relate to every word. I love the hint of Halloween. Brilliant. Keep it up!


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Good to see your comment on one of my hubs Amanda. So glad you enjoyed this and thank you for the kind comment. Cheers.


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ChitrangadaSharan 13 months ago from New Delhi, India

Great hub and very well done!

It is really entertaining and interesting. I didn't know the origins of that infamous mirror. It is a different spin and different take on a classic, that we have enjoyed all through our childhood. And I must say you did a wonderful job of it. Interesting pictures too!

Thank you for sharing!


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Chitrangada, thank you for that wonderful comment. I don't know what it is about the Snow White story, but this is the second parody poem I have written inspired by that story. I thought I would play on the vanity of the Evil Queen, and put a twist on it for Halloween. Glad it worked and that you also liked the origin of the mirror and pictures. Thanks.


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bravewarrior 13 months ago from Central Florida

John, this outstandingly penned poem got an out-loud chuckle out of me.

Interesting history on the talking mirror. I'd not heard it before.

Great poem, John!


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Shauna, it is always a great pleasure to make my readers chuckle. I thought the mirrors history was interesting and people may enjoy as well. Glad you did. Have a great week.


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Nadine May 13 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

What a great poem I will have to share that on my Halloween followers on Facebook and google + About the talking mirror, that was new to me. Fantastic!


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no body 13 months ago from Rochester, New York

A fun poem, a fun story, a great Halloween yarn. Fun, enjoyable. I loved it and the added background too. Thank you, Bob.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

It is good that you enjoyed this poem Nadine. Thanks for the generous comment and for sharing on Facebook and Google+


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for taking the time to read this and for your great comment Bob. Glad you enjoyed the hub. Cheers.


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lollyj lm 13 months ago from Washington KS

Your imaginative hubs are amazing. Loved the poem and the accompanying prose.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for that very generous comment lollyj. So glad you enjoyed this and my other hubs. Cheers.


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Rozina Iftikhar 13 months ago from Islamabad

that ages old, magic mirror and wicked witch/queen duo ---given a 180 degree twist, with an ease of a breeze!!!

I loved it...just loved it!


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

There's a saying Rozina, "Everything old is new again"...I tried to remake this old classic, glad it worked. Thank you for the wonderful comment.


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DDE 13 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Awesome read! You have a creative mind.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Devika, I try to be creative. I appreciate you reading this.


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manatita44 13 months ago from london

That was a brilliant piece. If the rating score was still there, I would have given you all five! Well done, my Friend.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Manatita, your generous comment means a lot. Blessings.


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Rabadi 13 months ago from New York

SPOOKY! :) Keep the hubs coming!


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Rabadi, will do.


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aviannovice 13 months ago from Stillwater, OK

I loved this, it gave me a grand chuckle for the day.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

I'm alway happy if I can make someone else laugh Deb. Thanks for reading this.


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Genna East 12 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

The magic mirror in Snow White...and reflections of Dorian Gray. I can't believe I almost missed this one, John.

"Who was the fool who cast the spell

That made you magic, pray do tell?"

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"T'was you My Highness, Wicked Witch,

It serves you right, you silly bitch!"

Perfect for Hallows Eve, and much more in this clever metaphor that rests behind the words. And your rhyme is perfect!


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Genna, glad you found this. I must admit this is one of my favourite of the poems I have written as it was so random and came oh ether so well. Glad you got the Dorian Gray undertones as well. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.


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Monis Mas 12 months ago

Spooky, but fun! I like it!


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading Monis. Glad you enjoyed this spooky poem.


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lawrence01 12 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

John

I wasn't sure what to expect, then the humour came and I loved it!

Lawrence


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Always expect the unexpected Lawrence :) Thanks for reading and loving it.


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SteveSunpire 11 months ago from England

This was a suprising twist on an old tale... loved it utterly gut crippling... funny stuff.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Steve, glad you enjoyed my version.


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Perspycacious 11 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

First time around, good fun. Remind me again next Halloween unless I'm a zombie then.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Ok Demas, it's a deal. Thanks for commenting.


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writinginalaska 8 months ago from southeast Alaska

haha John! loved it, now go read my ode to Halloween ( which is my birthday by the way!) No Reflection http://hubpages.com/literature/no-title-yet Cheers! lvh


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Jodah 8 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey, thanks for reading this LVH. Glad you liked it.

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