Thursday, September 1, 2011

Mirrors

mirrors draped in black
her thoughts remain in sorrow
heart broken and still

19 comments:

Christine said...

covering mirrors during mourning a beautiful custom of respect, enjoyed this haiku and how it prompted this idea

Rek said...

Some say its done to spare the rest the guilt of surviving....your words capture the essence of the custom in question.

Nanka said...

Deep contemplation and reflecting great sorrow!!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

"mirrors draped in black"

A powerful image, for me, of sitting shiva during bereavement...

Day 2: Mirror

Mariya Koleva said...

It's such a vivid image, and so sad. I think in my country (Bulgaria) we cover them in white linnen. But then, I'm not really sure of the colour, neither of the reason.

mjshorts said...

A sad and poignant haiku.
A draped mirror says so much.

Leo said...

mirror draped in black
is our reflection alive?
or now an unknown?

andy sewina said...

Very deep!

Well thought through!

dsnake1 said...

a powerful image.

in our custom we cover it in red.

Cassiopeia Rises said...

Much thanks Christine for stopping, So happy you like my Haiku.


Melanie

Cassiopeia Rises said...

Rek,It is an old Victorian custom as is hair wreaths. They were very big on mourning jewelry also.



Melanie

Cassiopeia Rises said...

Thank you Nanka for once again stopping to read my work.


Melanie

Cassiopeia Rises said...

Sitting shiva is another way to show respect for the dead. Thanks for reading my Haiku.


Melanie

Cassiopeia Rises said...

Mariya, much thanks for reading my Haiku. Tradition requires a show of loss and mourning, I think that was from the Victorian era. They were very into mourning.


Melanie

Cassiopeia Rises said...

I agree mjshorte. They also would put a black wreath on the front door of the house and wore black bowed arm bands.Thanks for reading my poem.


Melanie

Cassiopeia Rises said...

Like this very much. Happy you could use my Haiku as a jumping point for another poem.


Melanie

Cassiopeia Rises said...

Thanks Andy, glad you liked it.


Melanie

Cassiopeia Rises said...

dsnake1, much thanks for reading my Haiku. Glad you liked it.


Melanie

Traci B said...

A sad and thoughtful poem, Melanie. It brought to mind some of the Victorian era novels I read when I was younger; I remember reading of such customs when a character in the book died.