The mirror shows you how to read
the secrets and the signs.
You’re not as young as you once were,
but something keeps you going.
As to why you don’t feel old,
the mirror has an answer.
Someone found a way to spell it,
even if it’s wrong.
There’s magic in the words and letters
moving round and round.
Read them every way you can
to cast their loving spell.
ANDREW SHIELDS lives in Basel, Switzerland. His collection of poems “Thomas Hardy Listens to Louis Armstrong” was published by Eyewear in June 2015. His band Human Shields released the album “Somebody’s Hometown” in 2015 and the EP “Défense de jouer” in 2016.