Identities

So much depends
on what you see
reflected in the mirror

old young father child
brown black white
male female cis trans privileged marginalized

happy/sad

victim/predator

loved

or abandoned

In a binary world, just 8 such pairs
will reflect up to
256 possibilities

but really
what we see reflected
is not a product, but a process
and the possible combinations
are innumerable

Albert N. Katz is a 73-year old retired Canadian Cognitive Scientist. He served as his Faculty Union President, Grievance Officer, and was a long time member of a nation-wide faculty strike support committee. His literary career, started on his academic retirement three years ago, consists of two longer published short stories, one of which won the 2020 flash fiction contest from Kansas City Voices, and about 30 - 40 published poems. His writing has been published also as shorter pieces in Everyday Fiction, Quarantine Quanta, Flash Fiction Magazine, and 101 Words Read other articles by Albert N..