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Mirror Poem Reflections 21-25

Over thirty reflections from 242 Mirror Poems and Reflections are on the Writing and Poetry blog now, so following on from reflections 1-5, reflections 6-10reflections 11-15 and reflections 16-20 here’s reflections 21-25.

I originally repeated Reflection 22 in 24, and have now edited it. Sorry about that!

Reflection 21

Reflection 21 mirrored Between Times of Fantasy. Maybe it was thinking of some time in the future like now when it was written. Here’s Reflection 21:

Sometimes I have written poems about my unknown future with inspiration from the forgotten past.
Then, a few years later I read it again.
The time when I wrote the poem, which is now of course the past, is then relived by the future mind that was written about.

Reflection 22

Reflection 22 mirrored Multitasking Melody:

Been walking
around the mountain
looking for a clear path
enjoying the view
now it’s getting late
time’s running out
fog’s forming
need to make a decision
or just keep rambling
to the end.

Reflection 23

Reflection 23 mirrored Not Love, Gnat Empathy:

Is it worth contesting people’s religious, political and cultural beliefs and views? While you may save them, you could also destroy them.
Somebody who might be saved in one way from a life of slavery and ignorance may in other ways die from freedom and knowledge.
And if you show them the possibility that life has no meaning, without providing anything else, are you not like a doctor taking heroin away from an addict without providing any methadone.
And for yourself, maybe you’ll ruin your career or life trying to do what you think is good, and do very little to change anything: or even make things worse by giving those you consider wrong more ammunition and an enemy to deflect attention and legitimise their cause.

Reflection 24

Reflection 24 mirrored Contented Living, Contents of Dreaming:

Keep honey cooking in the kitchen
memories on the mantelpiece
old flames in the fire.

Reflection 25

Reflection 25 mirrored Inner Strength, Mental Health:

The poem was written after the UK riots of 2011. Although I sometimes dislike modern society and yearn for a more natural one, the scenes of mass destruction against homes, businesses and landmarks looked all wrong.
Whatever the pressures and problems (if it wasn’t just greed and power), there are always places to escape if desired, rather than trying to create space in somewhere densely inhabited.
Many people feel they’re not their real selves within modern society; which is literally a construction. Most think they become their real selves outside the work environment, when they spend time with their family, play sports, or escape into the countryside.
I often wonder whether this is something inspired by life in modern society; a natural desire of your life in the here and now; or is it something imprinted in your genes stretching back to our ancestors in prehistory.

Michael McCarthy was also quoted from an article about St. Kilda published in the Independent newspaper on August 9th, 2012: ‘…I think the longing for nature in its pristine state is much older. Remember, we have been computer operators for a single generation, and workers in offices for about three; but we were farmers for 400 generations, and before that we were hunter-gatherers for perhaps 20,000.’

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New Folding Mirror Book Cover and Contents

Hi, exciting news on the book publishing front, with 242 Folding Mirror Poems and Reflections nearing completion for Amazon Kindle. Here’s the cover and contents:

Table of Contents

1. Personal – Psychological
1. Sagas: Solipsistic Astronaut Gravitates Agnostic Space
Reflection: Understanding and Meaning.
2. Hopes Rise With the Sun
Reflection: Narcissism and Ego.
3. Hazy Horizon Optical Illusion
Reflection: Social Fantasy and Maintaining Interest.
4. Adrift in Unnavigable Oceans: Sodium Chloride
Reflection: Thoughts on Class.
5. Night is a Part of Day
Reflection: Perceptions of Sunrise and Sunset.
6. See Below Sea
Reflection: What People Show in Society.
7. I Am What You See, But You Are Not Me
Reflection: How Words Change with Travel.
8. Orbital Perceptions
Reflection: Doors of Perception, Time and Space.
9. Koala(ity) on a Eucalyptus Tree at Sunset
Reflection: Communicating in Modern Society.
10. Driving Through the Desert
Reflection: Living in the Void.
11. Tale of the Weakness Tail
Reflection: Limits of Freedom.
12. Human and Society Chicken and Egg
Reflection: Getting Even.
13. Mine Bipolar Mind
Reflection: Bipolar Mind.
14. All Cooper
Reflection: Benefits of self-analysis.
15. Climbing Over the Hill
Reflection: Is Middle-Age Purgatory?
16. Middle-Age Memories
Reflection: Our Age is One of Great Importance.
17. Living in the Middle-Ages
Reflection: Middle-Age Choices.
18. The Futility of Life and Death
Reflection: Vampires are all in the Mind.
19. Art of Humanity
Reflection: Travelling with Janis Joplin.
20. Summer’s Sunset Soliloquy
Reflection: Strength and Death.
21. Between Times of Fantasy
Reflection: Creatures of Habit.
22. Multitasking Melody
Reflection: Walking Around the Mountain.
23. Not Love, Gnat Empathy
Reflection: Dangers of Bipolar Highs.
24. Contented Living, Contents of Dreaming
Reflection: Old Flames.
25. Inner Strength, Mental Health
Reflection: Thought of Rioting.
26. Dying to Live, Living to Die
Reflection: Life is Like…
27. Life has More Meaning than Death
Reflection: Making the Most of Depression.
28. Y Green and Grey Go Together
Reflection: Funny Farm Sounds a Laugh.
29. I Can See Through You, Why Don’t People Understand Me?
Reflection: Social Masks.
30. Space Brain Becoming Plain
Reflection: Thoughts Beyond Vision.
31. As each second of the present passes…
Reflection: Living the life extraordinary.
32. Blue Skies, Delta Blues
Reflection: Striatum Controls Desire.
33. Hope for Humanity or Full Speed to Calamity?
Reflection: Vicious Circle.
34. Inside Out
Reflection: How Society Controls Thought and Individuality.
2. Social
35. Railway Line Division Vision
Reflection: Ballad of a Young and Old Hobo.
36. When Life Looked into the Mirror of Death
Reflection: Facing the Reality of Humanity.
37. Sacrifice and Celebration
Reflection: Passing of Time.
38. Humanity is the Filter of the World
Reflection: Trying to Like Humanity.
39. PEACE DAY POEM
Reflection: Life and Soul on Golden Wings.
40. British Electorate Reunite Long Lost Political Twins
Reflection: Red Sky at Night or Morning.
41. Libran Scales
Reflection: Spin or Sorry.
42. Remembrance Day Poem
Reflection: War for Freedom?
43. The God PiL
Reflection: Punk Thoughts Time Cycle.
44. Twist and Shake the Snake
Reflection: Reward or Complaint.
45. For God’s Sake
Reflection: Life and Death Mystery Tour.
46. Simplicate, Implicate, Complicate
Reflection: Wisdom of Enjoyment.
47. What’s Your Work Worth?
Reflection: Jobs Don’t Define Personality.
48. Status Haters
Reflection: Shadow of the Stone.
49. Distraction in Spin Action
Reflection: Both as Bad as Each Other.
50. Too Many Gods Spoil the Earth.
Reflection: Rebel Without Applause.
51. My God, An Insect
Reflection: Comparing humanity and ant society.
52. Natural Disasters
Reflection: Humanity is a Part of Nature.
53. For Richer, For Poorer, In Life and In Death
Reflection: Analysing Axl Rose.
3. Culture
54. Cloverfield Central
Reflection: Inside and Outside the Political Centre.
55. Life Reality and Media Publicity
Reflection: Limits of Freedom.
56. Wonders of the South Park Solar System
Reflection: Benefits of Television and the Media.
57. Immersion Meeting Mirror
Reflection: Image Dependent on Time.
58. Vera, Pink Floyd, Doris
Reflection: Necessary Heroic War?
59. The Whistle Cried Heavy
Reflection: Nothing is Worth Dying For?
60. Two Days When My Cultural Worlds Collided
Reflection: All My Heroes are Dead.
61. News of World – Sky – Sun on Sunday
Reflection: Using Media.
62. The Reverse Werewolf Transformation
Reflection: Benefits of Wolfdom.
63. Our Land and Wonderland Above and Below the Rabbit Hole
Reflection: Poetry Time.
64. The Devil Rides Out… Of You!
Reflection: Frankenstein Features.
65. Samhaim to Halloween
Reflection: Flu Inspired Poem.
66. Dark Knight Fights Against Joker’s Delights
Reflection: Do People Get the Leaders they Deserve.
67. The Diamond Mermaid
Reflection: Sea Swimming Sun.
68. New Year 2010 Poem
Reflection: Free Life Limits.
4. Literary
69. Muse Scattered Seeds for Poets to Harvest
Reflection: The Point of Short Poetry.
70. When the Muse has no Consideration
Reflection: Shower Spain Paen to Poetic Disdain.
71. Breathing Works Both Ways
Reflection: The Games People Play.
72. Alphabetica Mirroretica
Reflection: Happiness in Fantasy.
73. Easter Nonsense
Reflection: No Talent.
74. In the Middle of Ahead and Behind
Reflection: Natural Reflections.
75. In the Beginning of the Conclusion
Reflection: Honey Bee Sees Things Invisible To Me.
76. Surreal Water Wheel – Wheelbarrow
Reflection: Propaganda Ranter.
77. Reflecting on Poems of your Future
Reflection: Poetic Reflections by the Unconscious.
78. Turning Around OCD
Reflection: When You’ve Controlled All Your Addictions.
79. Backward Static Messages
Reflection: Poe-ate-tree Poetry
80. Denied D9
Reflection: Poetry Can Be Cathartic.
5. Nature
81. On the Surface of it, Ants…
Reflection: Ants Seem Our Perfect Mirror.
82. The Caterpillar and Butterfly: Metamorphosis in the Middle
Reflection: Caterpillars and Ants Alliance.
83. I Mirror, Therefore I Zebra
Reflection: 6500 Zebra Views.
84. Chameleon Mix and Match Conundrum
Reflection: Clowning Clouds.
85. Reflecting on Rainbows
Reflection: Magic of Mountains.
86. Diffraction Delivers Sensory Satisfaction
Reflection: Travelling Storm.
87. The Day of Double Eastern Delight
Reflection: Sunset Love Poem.
88. Changing of the Guard
Reflection: The Locality of Philosophical Thought.
89. Valentine Night Sky
Reflection: Good and Evil’s Love-Hate Relationship.
90. Constellations of the North and South
Reflection: Literary Nonsense Twin.
91. Shadowless Seconds on Earth’s Equator
Reflection: Mind of Matter.
92. Ring a Ding Ding, it’s Spring
Reflection: Spring into Life.
93. Following the Last Light
Reflection: Midsummer Inspiration.
94. Falling Autumn Gold
Reflection: More Trees Thanks to Jubilee.
95. Autumn Air Spins Summer Samaras to Equinox Earth
Reflection: History of Helicopters.
96. Snowcatcher: Cradler of Cosmic Latte
Reflection: Life and Love in the Himalayan Mountains.
97. Eagle Down
Reflection: Grounded Thoughts.
98. Keeping it Clean: Humanity, Environment and Earth
Reflection: Catch-22 of Human and Nature Relationship.
99. Gold and Paper Compared
Reflection: We are Nature, not its Enemy.
100. Earth Hour
Reflection: 5×5 Nation and Planet.
101. Surfing Sea Psyche
Reflection: Ocean of Love.
102. The Secret Life of Chaos
Reflection: Mind’s Natural State.
103. Divided Earth, Unifying People
Reflection: Above and Below Mother Earth.
104. The Skull of Eyjafjallajokull
Reflection: Mountain Spirit Dancer.
105. Reflecting on Reality, the Reality of Reflections
Reflection: Time to Think.
106. Times of Dry
Reflection: Unnoticed Normality.
107. When Earth and Sky are as One
Reflection: Greenygrey Creation Myth
108. Greenygrey Sandwich
Reflection: Examples of Greenygrey.
109. Flight of Imagination Returns to Memory Destination
Reflection: How Images Inspire Poetry.
110. Embracing Sea at Midnight
Reflection: Sun, Sea, Fish and Coral.
6. Travel
111. Between City and Sky, Let Your Mind Fly
Reflection: Sky and City Mirror.
112. Jet Landing Through Cloud
Reflection: Above and Below the Clouds.
113. Dawn Cinderellas Pink Candy Dance
Reflection: Mountain Melody.
114. Islands of the Sky and Sea
Reflection: Is Britain Still Bearable?
115. ATM in the AM: Atacama Thought Mission in the Morning
Reflection: ADD a DD.
116. A Member of the Human Race Between Time and Place
Reflection: Making of the Cover Image.
7. Space
117. How’s that for a Mexican Hat?
Reflection: Repetitive Shapes.
118. Norma’s White Dwarf Colour Composer
Reflection: Computer Helps Create Art.
119. Space from Singularity Expanding Universe
Reflection: The Universe has Always Been Divided.
120. The Universe in a Planck
Reflection: Progress Breakthrough?
121. Future to the Back
Reflection: Telescopic Poetry.