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The Human Photocopier
 
Drawn by each otherís reflection in the glass,
two images lie together on the platen,
sharing privacy beneath a lid.
The button presses for them [copy]
and two are blended into one. It is you.
The button presses again 
[copy]. It is him.
Once again
[copy]. It is her.
Each new creation a deviation from you.
Spot the difference as the toner ink sets.
 
Tiny smudges puckering a skin,
a fresh fruit turning to walk away,
making it final, with every sorrow
recycled into his victory.
 
Dark lines rising from scissored cuts,
separating defiance to howl a truth
under a pillow where to disappoint,
for her, is to excel.
 
Similar images but not the quite the same.
Not quite as expected [the toner ink runs out].
Hear the silent judge.
It is you.

 
Susan Wilson

If you have any thoughts about this poem,  Susan Wilson  would be pleased to hear them

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