Twice in One Lifetime

The mirror is not a liar,
eyes interpret
what is seen, her reflection
becomes the face of someone else, beauty
an image she has never found faithful.

Cold shouldered ambivalence pushed her in
to therapy, to find out who she was –
and why she was
never enough woman,
sufficiently desirable,
witty and adequately charming
to hold love’s attention,
be his one and only.

She needed to learn she could
control no more than her own;
responsibility ended
at her fingertips –
his decision was his decision
(and her answer)
to an un-asked question.

Time taught her
twice in one lifetime
she was more than enough for any
man, if only she believed in herself.

She has come
to herself, knowing
it is the only way to remain
to anyone.