The Girl in the Mirror

Julie Lehman

Why won't you let me see you
Unhidden by irony
Or subterfuge?

Once our eyes meet
There will be nowhere to hide.
What happens then?

We become as pretty 
Or as unpretty 
As we are

And then--
We find our way
Beyond pretty.

I will lead you out of the mirror
And we shall walk as one
Into the emphatic beyond.