The Mirror

A short poem about pride, hypocrisy and vanity….

Her hug was tight as she said goodbye; she kissed her friends and said “I love you, guys”; As her friends took their steps and departed from her sight, She shrugged her shoulders, pouted her lips and washed her hands. She looked at the mirror and said “Be proud, you’ve been so nice.”

She praised the dress and hair of her neighbor but rolled her eyes when the neighbor turned her back to go. She faced the mirror and told herself “I’m prettier than her. Her dress is cheaper, her hair is coarser and has no luster.”

As she walked gracefully through the crowd and noticed a beggar asking for alms, she looked to the other side didn’t intend to give a glance, But when she noticed that many eyes were at her, she paused awhile and gave the beggar a wide smile and a crispy twenty dollars.

In a party her eyes widened as she intently looked at her friend’s new jewels. “You look great with your new diamond earings, my friend.”she says. But in her mind she asked, “Why she’s able to buy that kind, her income is smaller than mine?” She stared at her reflection in her mirror “I’ll buy the one more expensive than what she got, so be happy oh my soul.”

She was looking at the mirror, staring at herself in admiration, But failed to look deeper behind the reflection, The pride, the envy, vanity and hypocrisy, these are the things that she should see. What is the use of her mirror? She was blinded thus she couldn’t see what is hidden in her fading beauty. – original poem of Rhodenia Cunanan

Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭31:30‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.”
‭‭I Peter‬ ‭3:3-4‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

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