mirror-self-reflection-image.jpgTo be Written on the Mirror in Whitewash

I live only here, between your eyes and you,
But I live in your world. What do I do?
--Collect no interest--otherwise what I can;
Above all I am not that staring man


I think this was a short thought turned into a poem by Elizabeth Bishop. I think that she is asking herself what she is, who she is, what she does or should do with her life. She uses alliteration, assonance and rhyme even in this short little phrase of a poem.