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Mirror, Mirror, of the Fall

A single blemish is easy to cover
dab with shroud
conceal with neutral colors
blend with skin deep foundation
present self to audience
wait,
and wait,
and wait,
for applause.
Smile,
bow,
wash,
scrub,
allow the healing to begin.

A disproportional haircut can be salvaged
trim the strays
style the imperfect to the side
dye with muted colors
highlight the accomplished cut
hold,
and hold,
and hold,
for a motionless moment.
Feather,
fade,
humidity,
hat,
cover your disappointed head.

An out-of-date wardrobe can be updated
discard with tears
edge with scissors
replace on hanger
invest in new identity
pose,
and pose,
and pose,
for attention.
Display,
pause,
rest,
repeat,
model your true disposition.

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About R. Ward

A husband, father, teacher, and struggling man of God.

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