Raymond Luczak

FRATERNAL/IDENTICAL

if i chanced upon you
in a dressing room mirror
at the back of s&l
trying on a sweater
id recoil from seeing
the nakedness of your chest
the weird hairs sprouting
between your nipples
its skin stretched taut
against bony ridges
id say youre not even a man
even though youre 16
like me
id run away from you

but if id grown up
with you as my twin
id have seen your body
many times
maybe wed have compared
ourselves
standing together
in the mirror
& noting the tiny variances
between our identical bodies
id never think
my body was ugly
at all
id feel fine just like you

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