The title is evocative and I can imagine all the ways mirrors reflect depending on our Point of view of ourselves. Your glyph at the bottom is so true and a wise addition to this piece. The theme is so relevant to today as well. The idea of beauty so many get from others's opinions and collective unconscious. We need to wake up to our own beauty.
Brilliant personification of the mirror and her point of view of Mary. Through its vision you reveal in detail the setting and Mary's attitude to herself. I like how you add bits about how wonderful Mary can be, eg. the knowing good furniture, and her love of dogs, and that she looks fine if she only saw it. Through the mirror I was drawn to feel what the mirror felt as she tried to show Mary her best. Her idea of potions, witch's spells not being so helpful shows her wisdom and knowing from the past, yet her hope that something would work for Mary was kind.
The sadder tone was broken up by comic relief in the cute little dog scene. What fun! It provided a profound contrast. The mirror shows what is and the dog accepts! LOL If only we could all just Be happy, beauty would shine.
The solution to Mary's issue was a lovely idea that the mirror hopes is enough. Changing one's perception has the most power. So one hopes the spell does not wear off. I enjoyed her exeuberance at the end, that mirrored the dog antics before.
Thanks for your creative way of bringing attention to this issue. I enjoyed the read and mirror point of view. You did well with the italics where she thought to herself and the jibe about cheap mirrors and the circus mirrors were suggestive! Really show a bit of her own frustration. Her view may mirror anyone who lives with people who are concerned aobut this and down on themselves. If only folks knew how it affects others who love them as they are. Well conceived thought provoking expression!
It has been a pleasure to do a port raid for you. I had fun and was entertained by the wonderful creations from your world. Keep on shedding the light of fun and wisdom! Thanks for sharing your unique gifts.
Light on the path as you Write on!