Flames

[Image Description: grainy black and white photo of a woman with medium-length straight hair. The picture shows her from the shoulders up, wearing a white shirt against a black background. The image is sideways with her head toward the left side of the frame. Her face is turned to the side, with shadows obscuring the side of her face and her eyes looking back toward the camera.]

The mirror reflects my eyes,
the same dark-rimmed irises,

but behind them are flames, heart on fire,
burning away what is not me.

Inherited facades turning to ash
while I wait to see if I’m a phoenix

or a moon or a tide
or the whole damn sky.

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