The first folding mirror poem happened by accident.
I was writing a poem for a competition a couple of years ago, and just noticed that the two halves of the poem and the subject’s life seemed to mirror.
The poem’s structure was working out to be about the same amount of words each line, either side of a defining moment.
This reminded me of what I knew about the haiku structure, with two same sized lines either side of a longer middle line.
So I then created the poem with the same amount of words in each corresponding line (first and last / outside and outside etc) either side of the defining middle line: the folding mirror was born!
The poem was about an unfortunate woman’s life, from birth to death.
It’s title plays on Jimi Hendrix’s Stone Free.
Its time and place was made vague on purpose.
It is not a hate poem, but a call for change and liberty.
Reading the poem it could be from history or the present; and the subject could even be male, as many men have similar experiences.
The poems is below, with an explanation of its structure to the side of each line:
Comfort, Crying, Freedom (as with the last line, three words separated by two commas)
Sold into slavery, (as with the second last line, three words and comma)
Beaten, Raped, (as with third from last line, two words and two commas)
Unwanted by twenty, (as with fourth from last line, three words and a comma)
Accused of immorality, Judged, (the folding middle line)
Guilty of course, (as with fourth line, three words and a comma)
Jeering, Hatred, (as with third line, two words and two commas)
Surrounded by men, (as with the second line, three words and comma)
Pain, Confusion, Liberation (as with the first line, three words separated by two commas)