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Looking into the mirror

Trying to see myself

As if flesh could be the glass

And deny the glass

As a reflection of myself

Looking into my eyes

Trying to see my soul

As if my spirit hid behind the lens

And deny the eye

As a window into myself

No matter where I look

I am not me

I am not me

But this I do deny

To remain hidden

Hidden even to myself

No matter where you look

I am not me

I am not me

But this I do defy

To remain unseen

Unseen even to myself

Looking into the pool

Trying to see this vision

As if this vision was distorted me

And deny the ripples

As a distortion of myself

Looking into the picture

Trying to see this person

As if a camera can make flesh

And deny the woman

As the image of who I am

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