vanity (a tanka)


Chiara Fersinis

Chiara Fersinis


Prideful reflection;

dreading beauty’s brevity,

cursed by Vanity,

her own face is all she sees

a mirror’s introspection

~Melanie Blackwell






Filed under Poetry, Tanka

19 responses to “vanity (a tanka)

  1. Excellent. You capture vanity well..

  2. yeseventhistoowillpass

    Love it!

  3. Beautiful, Melanie. Beautiful.

  4. CC Champagne

    So lovely! You say so much in so few words! Brilliant!

  5. This is a wonderful poem and a great take on the prompt. Very nicely done.

  6. very lovely words – should be framed

  7. A perfect description – vanity is very much a curse! And so is being naturally beautiful, unfortunately. I wonder what we would be like if we had no mirrors, maybe pride and vanity would just appear in something else – like being good at baking cakes, or a great artist. Beauty is something most of us crave in one way or another, and when we find it, we make the terrible mistake of worshipping it! 🙂

  8. “dreading beauty’s brevity” Very nice! How I wish it were merely physical beauty with which we become enamored, not to mention the brevity of it all.

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