"Further Reflections on the Mirror Stage" - Gregory de Rocher

"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 [1909]

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