In our modern world, diversity has become synonymous with the minority or the strange. The tolerance and acceptance of the diverse is a dying art, as the world screams out at its citizens to conform, giving up their diversity for the safety of normality. We are all mirrors to our pasts and windows to the future.

"I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions.

What ever you see I swallow immediately

Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike.

I am not cruel, only truthful---

The eye of a little god, four-cornered.

Most of the time I meditate on the opposite wall.

It is pink, with speckles. I have looked at it so long

I think it is a part of my heart. But it flickers.

Faces and darkness separate us over and over.

Now I am a lake. A woman bends over me,

Searching my reaches for what she really is.

Then she turns to those liars, the candles or the moon.

I see her back, and reflect it faithfully.

She rewards me with tears and an agitation of hands.

I am important to her. She comes and goes.

Each morning it is her face that replaces the darkness.

In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me an old woman

Rises toward her day after day, like a terrible fish."

-Sylvia Plath

Zachary Malcarne

Utah State University

United State of America

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Comment by Al LeBlanc on October 12, 2013 at 8:17am

Zachary: Thanks for sharing ! Beautiful poem and "reflective" portrait of "usall"  The stone wall, mirror image of the forest, and the feet - great perspective and proportion. The uniqueness of each stone and the solidity of the weathered wall reminds me both unity and diversity.  Al

Comment by Valentine Olushola Oyedipe on September 28, 2013 at 1:13pm

Zachary! If i did get your metaphorical piece right on becoming the ‘world’, perhaps I should agree with you as you have constructively put side by side diversity with minority or the strange. There is no gainsaying the fact that tolerance and acceptance of diversity is fading away at an alarming rate and making the ‘world’ scream at its ‘citizens’ to ensure conformity and of course give up their differences for the safety of normality is long overdue for the ‘citizens’ of the world to uphold  (humanity).In any case, if the relationship(s) between  the two significant physical elements of the universe such as the Moon and the Sun are mutually  connected and relational for the existence of the ‘world’ to the extent that the Moon is not complete and significant without the Sun and their intercourse is what gives meaning to the ‘world’. Thence, while should humanity embrace diversity (at the expense of multiculturalism) rather than giving up diversity. The diversity in humanity should be constructively utilized (I.e. in a mutually reinforcing mechanism just like the Moon and the Sun) such that our differences will ultimately orchestrate normality as exemplified by the cosmic elements of the universe; a practical reality that nothing whatsoever has been able to alter.

What goes around thus come around!

Incidence=Reflection ………………….. i=r


Let us balances each other to make sense from the inevitable phenomenon of normality

Let us be there for each other just as the Moon is there for the Sun and together we give functional meaning to our existence as humanity.

Besides, and as put forward by Evan that research has revealed that ‘Mirror’ can reduce the tendency to stereotype along some social divisions. Of course yes! This is because of fixation and rigid images in humanity’s faculty. However, humanity as a ‘window’ to his future, thus, must try to work on self by purging self of the fixation and the rigid images to attract high intensity of reflections on the ‘mirror’ that would further reflect on the ‘window’ by then the socially constructed images and fixations as found expression in social divisions would have fizzled out and humanity becomes redefined.



Comment by Evan O'Neil on June 27, 2013 at 11:53am

I like your take on "pluralism" here. There has been some research showing that the presence of a mirror can reduce the tendency to stereotype along common social divisions.

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