Content Warning: This piece includes themes of body image that may be triggering to some readers.


you’ve been staring into the mirror

reflections reducing you into a silhouette

every refractive surface threatens 

to consume

your thoughts with images

you don’t recognize


you’ve been waiting

for them to disappear

tried to drown them out with work

talk them down with friends

waiting for the old you to 

swoop back in 

when the mirror gets loud

who knew your likeness in glass

could shatter too

blind you like the moon

sometimes you forget 

mirrors lie like people do

don’t hold you like friends could

won’t wait for you to turn around

to love yourself with you

By: Christine Chen

Artwork by: Wilson Li

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