For Samantha in the Mirror -Carrie Murphy
March 16, 2012, 7:30 am
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The problem of going to vacuum out your car & realizing
you’re in a miniskirt so you can’t bend over, the problem
of the discoloration & of the cavity that hurts if you brush it,

the problem of a papercut on your tasting finger & the honey that
gets stuck in the wound, the problem you’ve just noticed:
his creepy & misshapen hands waving as he talks,

& how his cheek on yours musses your blush,
the problem of the photograph: the smile in the flash &
then the crooked arm or the wonky eye or the fleshy neck or

the problem of the tropical animals at the zoo & what happens
to them during winter, the problematic situation of taking
birth control for years & the unknown of the later—or the maybe—baby,

the pregnancy scare & the non-pregnancy scare,
the small hips or the widened ones,
& that fear of merging onto the interstate,

so much movement, so much fast,
the wind that whips its way through your ballerina bun,
& all of the big & little cars plummeting along on the tar,

the problem of the mountains & the way they watch,
the way they’ve watched forever while
the world wends around them & the air

stays the same or maybe not the same, the
same air you breathe & the same mountains
you’ve been watching the way you watch

yourself in the mirror in the mornings &
think your face reflects the whole colossal sky.

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