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What our reflections show: a tanka poem

Updated on August 28, 2012
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We are a bundle of contradictions!

We are all a bundle of contradictions!

Image in puddle

The mirror returns the gaze

Looking back, silence

Then smiling whimsically

Bundle of contradictions


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Quietly gazing

The image in the puddle

Quietly gazing

Then laughing, most cheerful soul

Yet crying with abandon


We are all a bundle of contradictions!

We laugh, yet cry

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Staring at ourselves

Visions looking back at us

Silently staring

Then moving quickly away

Stopping to think of the day


We are s bundle of contradictions!

We rush along, yet do stop at the most awkward of times.

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Silent fixation

Images staring, thinking

Quietly reflects

A picture of seriousness

Laughing at everything


We are a bundle of contradictions!

We laugh, but have our moments of seriousness.

What does our reflection show?

Reflection gazing

I return its quiet stare

In contemplation

Vibrant, its soul full of life

Yet cherishes quietness

We are a bundle of contradictions!

We love quiet, but there are times when we cherish a little bit of liveliness.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      When we look at ourselves in the mirror, the person that stares back at us can be a totally different soul. We are a bundle of contradictions!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Great tanka - looking in the mirror can be very enlightening sometimes can't it? Lately, I'm trying to avoid it :o)

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Don't Jools, because your reflection shows a fantastic person!! Thanks for coming by!

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      Wow I love this. We are certainly a bundle of contradictions as you stated to Jools! Your poems are so beautiful and I love the way you designed this hub. Voted up and beautiful! Kelley

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Michelle, absolutely beautiful poem about the reflections we see in the mirror back at us. Your words were so true and so very thought provoking. I also loved the first picture of the baby looking at himself in the mirror. I remember my girls when they first saw themselves in the mirror for the first time, they were each mesmerized and still quite enjoy looking in the mirror to get a glimpse of themselves. I think they still think it is a trip or something to see themselves smiling back!! Seriously, loved the poem and have of course voted up, shared and tweeted too!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      A mirror could be your best friend or worst enemy. We are good buddies, most of the time :) Awesome hub and poetry. A lesson learned by many.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Janine!! Like what your kids were trying to do...search for themselves....by looking in the mirror and we're all trying so hard to do that. Glad to see them trying to get a glimpse of themselves!! Good that they're fascinated by their reflections!! Thanks, my friend, for the read and the share!!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      That's so well put, Sunshine!! It is your best friend or your worst enemy...can be both!! Thanks for stopping by!

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      KDuBarry03 4 years ago

      I am always amazed by your poetry, Michelle. "Staring at ourselves

      Visions looking back at us

      Silently staring

      Then moving quickly away

      Stopping to think of the day."

      Simply outstanding. Keep it up :) Voted up, tweeted, and pinned!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks Keith! As always, you're a marvel yourself. Thanks for the vote, the tweet and the share!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      ohhhh..very nice choice of pics Michelle.. it really add beauty to the lovely poem.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Spy! Glad you like this, and so appreciate you coming by!!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Beautiful Tanka poems, quiet time to think to reflect, physically as well as mentally, I love it.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      That's the beauty of Tanka, Jo! It's really meditational.and let's you reflect on yourself. I see that you love it too and I'll be coming by for a read!! Thanks for dropping by!

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      IntegrityYes 4 years ago

      Way to go, Michelle!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, yes!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Awesome and smart thoughts, midget. Reflections allow us to examine and rethink at times while it also bring us good memories. Cheers and sharing!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, coffegginmyrice! Glad you like this little poem. Reflections help us to assess who we are. Thanks for coming by!

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      Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

      Lovely poem and contains a strong message. Great job Michelle, voting this up, and rating it awesome, interesting, and beautiful :)

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, James!! Glad you like this little poem!! And wow, thanks for the votes!! Really appreciate it!

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Beautiful write Michelle....

      Sometimes our reflections show us who we really have become.. sometimes when we stare into the mirror and come to realize that the real self died and was erased years ago

      Nice write michelle

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      Wonderful poetry with words that are so true. Excellent.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Rahul, sorry to be a little late in replying! True...we are shaped by our circumstances and our real selves sometimes die along with the things that we have to live up to. The important thing is to do our best......and show ourselves to be the good people we are. Thanks for coming by!!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Hey Cyndi.......thanks for dropping in and I'm glad you like it!! Blessings!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Ah the complexities and contradictions of the human animal, eh?

      You capture it perfectly with your words and i was captured in the 'image' you painted with them..

      on another note - i often wake up looking and feeling like the cutie in your first pic...lol..

      amazing how a good cup of coffee improves one's perspective...haha

      well done!

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Very nicely worded and so true. "We laugh and have our moments of seriousness."

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Yes. We have our ups and downs, we have our ins and outs...and we have to take a hard look at ourselves! Thanks for coming by, love doctor!

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