In the mirror, like something strangled by an angel—this
woman glimpsed much later, still
wearing her hospital gown. Behind her—mirrors, and
more mirrors, and, in them, more cold faces. Then
the knocking, the pounding—all of them wanting to be
let out, let in. The one-way conversations. Mostly not
anything to worry about, really. Mild accusations, merely.
Never actual threats. (Anyways, what could they possibly
do to you now from inside their locked, glass places?)
Still, some innocent questions on some special occasion
might bring it all back to you again, such as: Might
you simply have forgotten where you left me when you left me?
Or—Shouldn’t you be searching all the harder for me then?
Or—the question that might frighten any woman being
asked this of her own reflection (no
tears on its face, a smile instead)—How far
did you really think I’d go without you? Then—
Don’t you think that’s where you’ll find us now?
From Where Now. Copyright © 2017 by Laura Kasischke. Used by permission of The Permissions Company, Inc., on behalf of Copper Canyon Press, www.coppercanyon.org.