247. The Reflecting Pool *
In her younger days she was considered very kind, for a Jotun rather mild.
She had gone alone on a great adventure, and headed out for the west,
There she found the reflecting pool at the edge of Hoddmimir's forest.
As she gazed deeply into the silvery water, so surprised she was to see,
A little Jotun girl looking back at her, and she was a rare frost Giant beauty.
Everyday, from that day on, little Helfring traveled there from her school,
To look at the beautiful maiden, who looked up from the reflecting pool.
As Helfring became a young woman, she fell in with the wrong crowd,
Her pretty looks, and quiet demeanor, were soon turned wild and loud.
And when she visited the reflecting pool, she noticed a difference there,
The pretty little girl that once looked up at her, now had a very ugly stare.
After years of hatred and deceitfulness, on Helfring it began to take a toll,
Now when she looked at her reflection, she appeared much like a Troll.
The very first time she saw her ugly image, she did not understand why,
When the actual reason finally came to her, it made Helfring want to cry.
What the reflecting pool had mirrored, was not her image but her soul,
Which had now become as black, as the darkest piece of Dwarve coal.
After a short time, Helfring stopped coming to the reflective pool' s shore,
She simply could no longer stand to see her own ugly image any more.
She lived her life for many years, suffered with regrets, and deep remorse,
Then Helfring changed her wicked ways, as a natural matter of course.
Within herself she deeply planted hope, it started out as a small seed,
It then grew stronger in her everyday, with each and every good deed.
Then one day, when she was very old, and knew that she was surely dying,
She returned again to the reflecting pool, what she saw started her crying.
The horrid ugliness that once reflected back, had gone she knew not where,
And now the image that once again looked up at her was beautiful and fair !
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2014.
* Based loosely on the story ' The Picture Of Dorian Gray ' by Oscar Wilde.