The old man in the mirror,
with the face of an artichoke,
spies on me with eighteen-year old eyes.
I watch him unwrap his white doctor’s coat
only to reveal a smock
covered in brushstrokes, its pockets burdened
with crumpled notes
written to himself in disguise.
Perhaps he wonders what people will say
after we’ve died, all these unreliable lives
fleeing a single body.
We shared a triune brain—
though the soul admits of no separation
by functional MRI—our Pleistocene mind
and the oldest urges combined
in a concatenation of art and love and sex;
perhaps they’ll notice how we tried.