Friday, October 16, 2009

Let she who is without sin, cast the first stone.

re⋅cid⋅i⋅vism /rɪˈsɪdəˌvɪzəm [ri-sid-uh-viz-uhm] –noun
repeated or habitual relapse, as into crime.
Psychiatry. the chronic tendency toward repetition of criminal or antisocial behavior patterns.

Decades have gone by, all the while we keep looking at that mirror. Snow White's step mother asked, 'Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is fairest of them all?' Desperate to beautiful, she preened the savagery that came from the all-consuming obsession.

The mirror never lies. It always tells you what you want to hear. We ask it to tell us that we are ugly, too fat, scarred, mutilated, not worth loving. We commit this crime each and every day. We tend to the needs of the mirror, ensuring that it is clean enough to reflect our sins. We look for evidence of imperfection. We hate, we loathe, we constantly remind ourselves of the repulsive nature of our souls.

We wonder why children are sad. We don't understand why little girls don't want to grow up. We cry when children tell us that they are not worth loving. The answers should be clear.

It is a cyclical crime; its recurring nature realised too late - when the damage has been done.


  1. I truly is a crime not to enjoy our short time here as much as we can.

  2. So true! Each day is a gift. How much of it do we waste on things that don't really the fact that we don't like the shape of our nose or the fat on our thighs.

  3. How thoughtful and sensitive of you to write this piece! I would have been proud to write this!
    Smita Tewari,
    Prof./ Poet in English,

  4. Hey Chris, because your poetry is so awesome, I've decided to give you an award - stop by my blog to pick it up.