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Mirror, Mirror (for my sistahs at WPN)

by Darlyn Finch Kuhn on October 5, 2015

Darlyn at WPN

I spent the weekend with the fabulous folks at the Women’s Prosperity Network’s UNConference, and had a blast sharing my poem, “Mirror, Mirror” with them during the show.  For those who’ve asked, enjoy the poem:


Mirror, Mirror

Part 1

The girl in the mirror

had big brown eyes

and white-gold hair

and I liked her smile

and I liked her song

and I liked her two feet dancing

so I

kissed her there in the mirror

kissed her right on the lips

kissed her fogging and smudging the mirror

but I didn’t care because

she was beautiful

and that was when

Mama walked in and something in her face

told me I was bad

and that was when she spat

“You are so conceited!”

and I didn’t know what conceited meant

but I knew that it was wrong

and so was I

and so was the laughing girl in the mirror

so I

learned to only look at her

sideways, in small pieces

an eye,

a lip,

her hair,

because that was the opposite of conceited

so then I was modest

and then I was humble

and Mama wasn’t mad anymore.


Part 2

Forty years later,

as I crossed

from one room to another

I saw in the mirror in the hall

something that struck me

as, well, sort of lovely

so I stopped and looked more closely

and it was the shape of the foot in the shoe

of a girl who is almost fifty

then I looked at her other foot in the other shoe

and it was lovely, too

so I noticed her shapely legs

and the curve of her hip

where the dress fell just so

and the cut of the bodice

flattered her small breasts

so I glanced at her neck

where the honey-colored hair

made a tender frame

for her face

oh, her face

should I, could I

look at her face?

and then I did. I

did. I

looked at her face

and it was the little girl

only older

and I loved the lines around her eyes

and I loved the tear that balanced there

and then spilled over

and I loved her cheek as the tears ran down

and I loved her whole face

so I leaned in close and I kissed her there in the mirror

kissed her right on the lips

kissed her fogging and smudging the mirror.

But I didn’t care,




(c) Darlyn Finch Kuhn 2007

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“Live It” Launches

by Darlyn Finch Kuhn on September 28, 2015

Come out to David’s World Cycle in the early evening on Oct. 15 to celebrate the launch of Mount Dora author Tracy Draper’s debut book Live It: Riding the Highs and Lows of a Cross Country Dream, published by Fifth Estate Media LLC.

Tracy and long-time Central Florida cyclist Paul Ricci will read short excerpts of the book, which tells of a cross-country cycling adventure, and much more.

Guests are invited to enjoy light refreshments, get books signed, and participate in a free raffle for a gift-basket. Guests may also pledge that they will undertake a challenge in honor of someone going through a difficult time, which is the essence of Live It.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015

Time: 5:30 – 7:30

Location: David’s World Cycle, 2517 Edgewater Drive; Orlando

Phone: 407-422-2458
Live It

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Vanessa Blakeslee shares marketing tips for writers

by Darlyn Finch Kuhn on September 28, 2015


Debut novelist and Bookmark It bookseller Vanessa Blakeslee provides insights on how writers can work with others to market their work effectively in this article for Poets and Writers.  Thanks, Vanessa!

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Reading by Winter Park Wednesday Writers

by Darlyn Finch Kuhn on September 26, 2015


Sunday, September 27 at 2 p.m., join the Winter Park Wednesday Writers for their annual reading of original work in the Winter Park Library’s Community Room, on the first floor. The writers will be joined by musicians who meet one day a week at the library to play their stringed instruments.  Free and open to the public.  For details, call the library at 407-623-3300, or email Elaine Person at

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