The Goddess and the Mirror

By Maria Duncalf-Barber

night mirrorDo Goddesses look into mirrors
and see their divine selves
did they wear masks
so their faces
made an impression
or to conceal royalty
or their inner self,
thereby keeping their power intact

Deciding with grace
what the show to the outside world
does it reflect the Goddess inside
the woman within
the feminine  deity

Is her persona highlighted by the mirror
or closed down by her true reflection
are her feminine aspects
comforting and nurturing
to all who see her real face.
is it Ariadne with her red thread
Minerva with her wisdom
Venus as love
Diana the Huntress
Is it her?

Or is she all those things and more
Does the mirror
show her true reflection
Does yours?

Maria Duncalf-Barber

Maria Duncalf-Barber comes from a large family in Liverpool, England and has lived in Muskoka, Canada since 1993. She is a counsellor and educational trainer, also a motivational speaker. She has written numerous short stories and poetry, magazine and newspaper articles in Britain and Canada. She writes a regular column for Muskoka Magazine.  Writes her own column called "What's Up Bracebridge".  She has published her first book of poetry called, 'Carrying Our Altars Within-Inspirational Sacred Poetry'.  She is featured in eight anthologies of poetry and short story writing.
She is involved with photography and has won prizes for her work.  Maria loves the written word, loves being a storyteller and teaching writing and poetry workshops.
Maria was a semi-finalist for the short story at the Moondance Film Festival 2009 and has reached the semi-finals again in 2010.
She is presently writing and directing a documentary on Women and Aging - Aging A Work in Process.
Maria loves people and is excited when she midwifes them towards change, she adores the work she does. Her key word is integrity and she is living her True, authentic life and loving every moment of it. Maria’s involvement with personal growth stems from recognizing the holistic aspects of spirit, mind and body and the connection they portray.
Maria Duncalf-Barber

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