Approaching Fifty

Sometimes,
In unwiped bathroom mirrors,
He sees all three faces
Looking at him:

His own,
The grey-haired man's
Whose life policy has matured,
And the mocking youth's
Who paid the first premium. 


from The Transfiguring Places (Ravi Dayal, 1998), © Arvind Krishna Mehrotra 1998, used by permission of the author

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