To look at yourself as an object.
To measure symmetry. To put light
or darkness back on top of your face.
To look on your familiar angles,
and detach. To see topography
gazing out of the mirror and then choose:
change it, or let it remain. Well, there
will be no changing it, not with paint
or powder. Some weird power
lives in the mirror, and it leaps out
at you, inserts estrangement into
your face. Thus the uptilted cheek,
the intentional shadow. The best way
to use a mirror is not to overthink it.
To see the movement and shapes
flicker across the face, to be comfortable
with the distances living inside of you,
slivers of sunlight or shade caught in water.