Inspired by To This Day by Shane Koyczan. – ‘and if you can’t see anything beautiful about yourself, get a better mirror.’
She stares at her reflection most mornings
her lips set in a stony grimace
a deep line between her eyebrows.
She thinks her skin is rough and papery
sagging and decrepit.
I think she’s beautiful.
She pulls at the skin around her eyes
picturing herself young and youthful
twenty-four and full of life.
I think she grows more beautiful
with every passing year.
She frowns at her greying hair
parts it to one side and the other
pushes it back, pulls down a fringe.
Everything she tries, she complains
I imagine stroking it out of her eyes
cupping her face
telling her just how beautiful she is
how beautiful she was
how beautiful she always will be.
But she never listens.