Cognitive Dissonance

Something is wrong with my mirror in the morning.
I step up close,
take a look.
That’s when I see her.

She looks familiar.
“Do I know you?” I ask.
Yes, of course! Those are Mom’s eyes!
“Is it you, Mom, come for a visit?”
She’s silent.
I look again.
“Is it you, Grandma?”
Scrambling to translate,
she doesn’t answer.

This one speaks my language:
“Oh, no!” she says, staring back at me:
My seventeen-year-old self looks out at that old woman
in my mirror.
“Oh, no!” I say.

Mary Elyn Bahlert, 8/2020

5 thoughts on “Cognitive Dissonance

  1. Isn’t it odd how we see ourselves differently on different days? I often have that “Oh no!” moment where I see my mom (on one of her worst days) in the mirror. Then on another day I am quite convinced I look younger than my actual years. Does my face change? Or is it only my vision that changes?

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    1. Oh, I’ve definitely had this experience. The ghosts of generations looking at me through my eyes in the mirror! Thank you, Mary Elyn!❤️

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  2. I think I have the same mirror! I like the way you write. I especially love
    “She looks familiar.
    “Do I know you?” I ask.
    Yes, of course! Those are Mom’s eyes!
    Is it you, Mom, come for a visit?
    She’s silent.”

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