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First Line: I always thought you favored the bride
Last Line: For as long as we stay here
Subject(s): Mirrors; Marriage; Pregnancy

I always thought you favored the bride
Of Arnolfini, though I look nothing like him

And would never wear his hat.
They hold hands, as lovers will,

But hers is turned upward in his
As if he is showing us

That it is empty. Her left hand tells
Another story, resting on her belly

Full with child. They are almost floating
Inside their clothes. They more than float

In the mirror, or between two mirrors.
As is often the case in such matters,

One of the mirrors is really a door
Where a second couple stands, smaller and less clear,

Though similar, asking to be us
For as long as we stay here.

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