(I) In Ireland
A mirror faced a mirror: ire and hate
   Opposite ire and hate; the multiplied,
The complex charge rejected, intricate,
   From side to sullen side;
One plot, one crime, one treachery, nay, one name,
   Assumed, denounced, in echoes of replies.
The doubt, exchanged, lit thousands of one flame
   Within those mutual eyes.
(II) In “Othello”
A mirror faced a mirror: in sweet pain
   His dangers with her pity did she track,
Received her pity with his love again,
   And these she wafted back.
That masculine passion in her little breast
   She bandied with him; her compassion he
Bandied with her. What tender sport! No rest
   Had love’s infinity.
(III) In Two Poets
A mirror faced a mirror: O thy word,
   Thou lord of images, did lodge in me,
Locked to my heart, homing from home, a bird,
   A carrier, bound for thee.
Thy migratory greatness, greater far
   For that return, returns; now grow divine
By endlessness my visiting thoughts, that are
   Those visiting thoughts of thine.

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Created April 14, 2001; not revised.