She looked up at me and smiled
I wondered where she had been all this while
As my thoughts ran askew
I said to myself ‘This isn’t you!’
Her eyes lacked the warmth I felt inside
Her defiant face, an epitome of pride.
Long has it been since she’d had to hide
With my more dominant thoughts, she had complied.
‘I would never be like her. Of that much I am sure’
I said to myself aloud
As I slowly turned away
From the stranger in the mirror.