He was a man expecting to be disliked
walking into a room. Those who
disliked him he liked: they saw him.
In a Magic Eye you see the picture
or the picture inside the picture
or the room the picture’s in. In a prism
you see the lines or the light or the color, amen.
A mirror is a thing expecting nothing
walking into a room. Those who
dislike him he loves: they see themselves.
There are no opposites to attract or repel.
It was a room expecting to be full.



Cathryn Rose is a contributing editor for Catapult, and her work has appeared in Dream Pop and Susan/The Journal. She’s reading The Meat & Spirit Plan by Selah Saterstrom.

Darla Mottram