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John Smelcer, PhD
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Editor’s Note: John Smelcer wrote “Mirror, Mirror” after undergoing chest surgery.

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Chest. 2014;145(6):1430. doi:10.1378/chest.13-2294
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Standing naked before the bathroom mirror,
a hot shower running.
I stare at the reflection, place a light hand
on my chest, trace the jagged scar with a finger.
“It’ll be alright,” I whisper to the man in the glass.
The mirror steams.
I wipe a small circle with a cloth.




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