My sister has delved into what we choose to wear…especially when it may not fit. It reminded me of something I wrote when it was really still cold, and we were all bundled in snuggly sweaters and long pants with fluffy socks in boots. The time has come to shed all of that.
We have talked about the fun house mirror, but in this poem, the mirror tells the truth. What does the mirror say to you when you look into it? What is it you really see?
A Fresh Angle
While many of the poems on M3 come from Mantra’s perspective, much like Aging, this one comes from somewhere entirely different. Let’s take a stroll past someone else’s mirror…an honest stroll.
In the end, no matter what we see in the mirror, we can always find something which is appropriate to make our body styles look their best. Yes, even in swimwear.
The Perfect Suit
Inside the frame is a flat image,
But it is not what the world sees.
The curves and lines are wrong.
Curves appeared where lines once were.
The lines all go the other way.
When did the hair get so long?
Waist has expanded.
Arms and legs grew thick.
Crow’s feet and frown lines.
Reflection a trick?
Admirers and friends all say
There’s nothing wrong they can see.
“Perfect as you are,” say Aunt.
“Beautiful from the inside out.”
Mom cannot be trusted.
Not reassured. Not confident.
Want to run away,
But it is always here.
Cannot shed the shell,
Escape from the fear.
Then, through the glass it’s spied.
“Money’s no object!” is cried.
The fit is perfectly fine.
Shape exquisitely divine.
Color tenderly sublime.
Perfect suit for summertime.
(c) Ann Marie Dwyer
Are you already shopping for or have you already bought the perfect swim suit for this season? How much do you swim? Do you think swim suits have gotten too small? (Feel free to comment on both bikini and Speedo.) What swim suit style do you wish would disappear?
(c) Ann Marie Dwyer 2012
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