Surprise me with connections,
patterns that echo, reflected
through space-time,
mirror images–

copper crystals like tree branches,
rivers shaped as snakes,
snowflakes like stars, the inside of a flower
where a droplet is a sea–

the letter S
half of infinity, ours twined whole.

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I’m hosting dVerse today for our short poem form of 44 words, the quadrille. The prompt word is some form of mirror.

100 thoughts on “Mirroring

  1. A beautiful mirror quadrille, Merril, and love that it begins with the word β€˜surprise’. I also love the sound of β€˜copper crystals like tree branches’ and the phrase β€˜the inside of a flower / where a droplet is a sea’.

  2. The half of infinity shines so beautifully in this poem, Merril 😍 Gorgeous rendering of the prompt πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™

    • I’m not sure how I thought of an S as being half of the symbol, but now I can’t unsee it. πŸ™‚
      The plate is part of our china set. It’s a little more ornate than the regular dinner plates. Sometimes I use if for bread or something.

      • I have no idea what it originally stood for. My parents had a large, wholesale antique business. Our name was Schreiber, so one of them bought it because it fit. Then when I got married, and took my husband’s name, it still fit, so my mom gave us the china. She had several sets of china. πŸ™‚

      • We did too. My dad knew a lot about antiques, far more than the other men in the business. He called them ‘junk’ shops because that’s what they thought of most of the stuff they got from house clearances. My dad would pick out valuable china and pieces of furniture that his ‘colleagues’ didn’t recognise as being anything more than ‘junk’.

      • Interesting! When my parents had the store in Dallas, my dad only sold to dealers. He bought his merchandise from dealers and auctions in Philadelphia. Later my mom used to sometimes buy things from estate sales and such for her store, but she sold a variety of things. I honestly don’t know how my dad first learned or got started though.

      • My dad was an amateur. He bought a lot of stuff, but kept most of it. My mum wouldn’t let dealers in the house. They were all shifty and mostly crooks. Where we lived most of the houses were old and full of family treasures that younger generations wanted to get rid of. The dealers had so much to sell they didn’t even recongnise most of it as theirs. And they didn’t recognise much of value.

      • Chinese wasn’t something he came across often in Yorkshire. He had a lot of English porcelain, Staffordshire, Wedgwood, Coalport, and German, Meissen, Dresden are names I remember. But we did have a few pieces of Chinese, lots of ginger jars. My dad had a huge collection of German beer steins. I never understood why he liked those. They looked ugly to me.

      • It’s probably good. If you had told me he had a huge Chinese collection, it would be even weirder than all our weird connections. πŸ™‚
        I agree about the German beer steins. They are ugly.
        We had these two weird–tavern mugs?–they had men’s faces, and their legs came up to form the handles. They were creepy, but they fascinated me, too. My mom still had them. I think they were valuable, but one got broken. Lots of my mom’s stuff got damaged with people in and out of her place and the moves.

      • Yes! Given that Chinese stuff was hardly ever seen where we lived πŸ™‚
        My grandma had a Toby jug, which was another ugly thing, but not as creepy as yours with the bendy legs. I have a Wedgwood vase of my grandma’s with a motif of Medusa’s head and her hair draped all around it. She was a fan of Greek myths.

  3. Merril, I smiled at your ending, if I remember correctly half of infinity is the same a doubling infinity? I know, it’s symbolic representation in writing. Thanks for hosting, I pay special attention to the prompter’s return work. A thought search help when it was chosen. Thank you too for hosting, I’m glad you read every one, others with not nearly as many returns only read about half or so.

    • Thank you, Jim. Technically, I don’t think you can half or double infinity. . .because it’s infinite. I was referring to the symbol–cut in half would be an S.

      And you’re welcome regarding the hosting. Hosts are supposed to read all the prompts for their own prompts. When I post to others’ prompts, I don’t always get to everyone’s, but I try to read as many as I can. Last week, I was super busy with work. Well, we all have lives outside of dVerse. 😊

  4. half of infinity,
    ours twined whole

    Whatever it is we cant avoid to be provoked but accept what we see in the mirror. It is a wholesome and a good person! Great wordcraft Merril!


  5. This is the first time, and I do not know how it took that long, that I am thinking of the half-infinity as the letter S, as well as the whole infinity presented as two continuous letter S. It is a delight to read something that dons a new shower of thoughts on something we have seen/heard/drawn a bunch of times before and everywhere. Wonderful writing!

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