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Rock | A Mirror Poem

Updated on June 6, 2015

Life mirrored in rock

Through the ages of the Cosmos

Repeating the beat:

Mirrors of rock.

Mirrors of rock

Repeating the beat of the Cosmos

Through the ages:

Life mirrored in rock.

How This Poem Came to Be

I originally wrote this poem to accompany an art piece in my college art class. The photo at the top is not that artwork; that piece is too large for my scanner.

This is what I always thought of as a 'mirror poem.' It is somewhat related to a crab canon in music. A crab canon is like a musical palindrome. In one form, two players sit across from each other, the music on the table between, and each begins to play from the same sheet, at the point which, from their perspective, is the top of the page.

In another format, the music is simply written out in the backwards-to-forwards manner using two staffs, one player reading one staff, and the other the second.

© C.E. Carl 1-1987
© C.E. Carl Elias 5-6-15
Photo is by Pixabay

© 2015 Liz Elias


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  • Minnetonka Twin profile image

    Linda Rogers 23 months ago from Minnesota

    Informative and beautiful hub. The poem, though short and sweet, really makes you think abut time, past and present.

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    Shauna L Bowling 23 months ago from Central Florida

    Interesting, Lizzy. Thank you for the explanation. In reading it from the bottom up, I see what you mean.

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    Ann Carr 23 months ago from SW England

    Great poem and what an interesting idea! I might try that as it seems quite challenging. Love getting new ideas from other writers and I've never come across mirror poetry before. Well done!


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    Liz Elias 23 months ago from Oakley, CA

    @ Minnetonka Twin - Thank you so very much! I'm glad you liked this 'twisted' poem. ;-)

    @ bravewarrior - Hee hee hee...Yes, it was on the one hand, a bit tricky to write; but on the other, it sort of just came to me as I was drawing. I did have to tweak it a bit. Glad you liked it.

    @ annart - I"m so pleased you liked this poem format. Thanks for your comment. Now, I look forward to reading your mirror poem. ;-) Thanks very much for your comment.

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    The Examiner-1 22 months ago

    Out of sight and mind-blowing, it is represented by itself. I voted up, shared and pinned it.


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    Judy Specht 22 months ago from California

    Awesome. Perspective is everything.

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    Liz Elias 22 months ago from Oakley, CA

    @ The Examiner-1 - Why thank you for your awesome comment, vote, share and pin! Much appreciated, and I'm glad you liked this bit.

    @ tirelesstraveler - Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed the poem.

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    Linda Crampton 22 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

    I've never heard of mirror poetry before. It's an interesting concept! I enjoyed your version very much. The photo is lovely, too.

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    Liz Elias 22 months ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello, Alicia,

    It is an interesting, if tricky form. I got lucky that this one just sort of 'came to me' inspired by the art piece I was working on. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks much for your comment.

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    travmaj 22 months ago from australia

    I hadn't heard of mirror poetry - just arrived here via annart pages - (It's All Done With Mirrors)

    How interesting and how creative - must delve more into these different aspects of expression. Love the poem.

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    Liz Elias 22 months ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello there, travmaj!

    Thanks so very much for stopping by! It was really nice of Annart to include a link to my poem!

    I'm glad you liked this little repeating mirror poem.

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    Thelma Alberts 19 months ago from Germany

    I have not heard of mirror poetry before. It´s a nice one. Thanks for educating me.

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    Liz Elias 19 months ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello, Thelma,

    Thank you so much. I'm glad you enjoyed this little ditty of a poem.


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    manatita44 19 months ago from london

    I like the poem a lot and I do have one on molten rock.

    Your musical explanations interest me. I knew two Chinese players who were inseparable, and derived great strength from their music while playing together.

    Your rock is a mirror, all right. Much Love.

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    Liz Elias 19 months ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello, manatita44,

    Thank you so much; I'm delighted you liked this poem, and the bit of musical history as well.

    Your mention of the Chinese musicians is interesting, and understandable; music is a great language of empathy.

    I'll be sure and look for your poem on molten rock.

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