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When I was a girl, I used to

put messages in soda bottles

and stop them up with cork—

I’d stuff them with the kinds of messages

I would like to find—

you are beautiful


you will be happy—

and I would throw them into the lake.


I wish I could send one now

to your mirror

so the next time

you found your reflection

and started to frown,

you would see there, bobbing

between your self-critical eyes,

a message surprising enough

to help you know yourself clearly again—


sometimes it’s someone else’s eyes

that reteach our eyes to see.

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