Over the years I have stared at myself
In the mirror, seen
Millions of reflections
Of four-eyed me, millions of
Glances and sly misdirections.
When I was twelve I looked into
A smoky mirror
Dimly lit by sconces
I kissed the air and put on lipstick
And adjusted my glasses.
When I was sixteen
I made love to a man in front of a tall mirror
Twisted under him to get a better look
At our bodies.
My glasses were on the table next to us.
I looked in a mirror today
Ten times I bet
Sometimes I saw an old lady with frizzy white hair and specs
Sometimes I saw me
A million times I saw me.