POEM: mirror

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mirror

we argued about beauty
primarily yours
me trying to convince you
you saying it wasn’t true
after a while I started to worry
that perhaps you believed
what you were saying
despite all the evidence
to the contrary
it had never occurred to me
that the idea of beauty
being in the beholder’s eye
could be applied to oneself
not just to the external world
that two people could look
at the same exquisite face
and see such different things
Hamlet counseled the players
to hold a mirror up to nature
I don’t carry a mirror with me
but I have my eyes
and this page
and these lines

28 July 2013
Auburn AL

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