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Judging Mirrors: a Poem
Judging mirrors all around us
just like those in amusement park
with grotesque images that astound us
judging eyes giving us performance marks.
In each pair we're so different and strange
and yet so prone to trust them as true
as if it's all right for us to rearrange
who we are according to a given cue.
Ever since little with those mirrors all around
we don't seem to know who we really are
before those eyes judge us pound by pound
like an item for sale at a madman's bazaar.
So much time we spent appeasing those eyes
begging for approval, hungry for love
like a bunch of tame and spineless mice
fearing demons below, fearing gods above.
Verdicts of our value sound louder than thunder
and yet they could all be like a clown's jesting
as soon as we start to question and wonder
what it would take to pass a sovereignty testing.