"Echo and Narcissus" by John William Waterhouse‘Narcissus Saw Himself Only Once’ and Other Poetry by Phillip Whidden The Society November 22, 2017 Beauty, Culture, Poetry Narcissus Saw Himself Only Once “Due to the poor quality, high cost, and small size of these ancient glass mirrors, solid metal-mirrors primarily of steel were usually preferred until the late nineteenth century.” ~Wikipedia, “Mirror” I wonder if improvements in the way That mirrors show us beauty in our youth Has changed our basic make up. Has their sway Distorted us like far too much vermouth? If we are shown from adolescent years How beautiful we are, then how can we Now, in the age of photos’ new frontiers, Resist the iPhone loveliness we see? Until Rococco times no human saw Himself or herself as all others did. Oils made young Dorian stand in awe— And look what that accomplished. God forbid. __When I see young’uns posting selfie snaps, ____I want destruction of infernal apps. If Orpheus Had Not Looked Back If Orpheus had not looked round, his wife Would not have fallen back to death. He would Have had her all his unheroic life. The Argosy was past. He understood That. It was likely he would not have gone Out on another quest with Jason or His like. Eurydice would see him yawn With tedium. She would have heard him snore Instead of singing love and death with lyre And holy words. She would have made him stew And porridge by their Thracian hearthside fire. She would have seen their lust go up the flue. __His voice would have lost its edge, his song ____Its passion. Boredom would have come along. Phillip Whidden is a poet published in America, England, Scotland (and elsewhere) in book form, online, and in journals. He has also had an article on Wilfred Owen’s “Dulce et Decorum est” published in The New Edinburgh Review. www.phillipwhidden.com Related Post Essay: Put Down That Poem Before You Kill Yourself By Con Chapman Boston may no longer be the Hub of the Universe, but its Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area remains the undisputed capital of Am... Tell the world:FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestRedditLinkedInEmail Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.