Mirror Mirror

Stefani Boutelier

By London and Stefani Boutelier

noiɈɔɘlʇɘɿ γm ʜɈiw ϱniɔnɒb ɘvol I ,ИAM
ϱniviɘɔɘb ɘd nɒɔ Ɉi ɈɒʜɈ ƨi ɘbiƨИWOႧ
ɘʜɈ ,ʜϱυɒl ʇlɘƨγm ɘʞɒm nɒɔ I ɈɒʜɈ ƨi ƎႧIƧԳU
ɘʜɈ ,lɘɘʇ I woʜ woʜƨ Ɉ’nƨɘob noiɈɔɘlʇɘɿ ƎHT
⸮nɒɘm I Ɉɒʜw ƎƎƧ
γɔɘɿɔɘƨ ʇo ƨɘɈon bɘqqilʇ ɘɈiɿw nɒɔ I
ʞool γɿɘvɘ ʜɈiw bɘɿυƨɒɘm ƨi ƎMIT
ƨɘiɈilidiƨƨoq ƨƨɘlɈimil ƨbloʜ ɿoɿɿim HƆAƎ

EACH mirror holds limitless possibilities
TIME is measured with every look
I can write flipped notes of secrecy
SEE what I mean?
THE reflection doesn’t show how I feel, the
UPSIDE is that I can make myself laugh, the
DOWNside is that it can be deceiving
MAN, I love dancing with my reflection

*Originally published in Autumn 2020: Fine Lines 29(3), 53.

*Golden shovel poem from “Reflection” and “Backward Bill” in Shel Silverstein’s A Light in the Attic

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