Jared Carter, “Mirror”

Jared Carter’s most recent book of poems, The Land Itself, is from Monongahela Books in Morgantown, West Virginia. He lives in Indiana.

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Beloved, what you have to share
       remains the same.
That clarity, reflected there
       when I first came

Into the world, has still not changed—
       the length and breadth,
The colors, shades, the backward range
       of spatial depth.

And just as clearly now, as then,
       you show that I
Am fading fast. Desist, old friend,
       and tell me lies.