Every time I look into the mirror,
I see my faults and imperfections:
the belly that won’t disappear no matter how much exercise I do.
the scars on my body.
And even though they aren’t visible,
I see the two beings which reside inside of me:
Cedric Paulsen and Max Shadow.
it is like they are a slow steady throb within my body,
emanating from my skin in a harsh black light.
But then I close my eyes,
and within the darkness I can truly see.
I see the kindness that shines its own light to scatter the blackness.
In the darkness,
I can see that light growing and changing,
like the ebb and flow of water.
I am more than my imperfections,
more than just a gap tooth,
a lazy eye,
or the disease and disability that run through my body.
I am a being of light,
bright and beautiful.
I carry the breath of the universe.
I carry love,
perhaps the most powerful of magics.
I carry a voice that often laughs out loud as if in song,
I carry courage and bravery,
and with my imagination,
I am the creator of worlds.
I carry the impossible dream that finds life in the possible.
I open my eyes and look into the mirror again,
and see myself as I am.