"Further Reflections on the Mirror Stage" - Gregory de Rocher
It can happen
while we apply our favorite mascara
or press our freshly-covered lips
to that band of triple-folded tissue.
And for others of us
while we shave stubbled cheeks
or trim ragged beards.
Our eyes meet our eyes.
In that moment
brief but uncanny
we are face to face
with what allows us to see us be,
mystified by our hidden insides,
frozen by fear of its inevitable loss,
and above all
hurried in our flight
to find another subject
upon which to fix our startled gaze.
Illustration: "Denise at Her Dressing Table," Mary Cassatt