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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Twilight Years of Life (07/02/09)

TITLE: MIRROR
By Rebecca O'Connor
07/02/09


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I noticed something just today while looking in the glass
An older woman looking back, no more a spry young lass
Where did she go that youth so fair gone with setting sun?
I rather miss her now she’s gone; I hope she’s having fun

Whose hands are these upon my arms; do they belong to me?
I’m sure that mine were smoother, and not wrinkled as I see.
What’s that you say, I did not hear, could you repeat again?
I thought I heard quite clearly, but I can’t remember when

Things have changed as time has passed too quickly do I see
I don’t quite know how I should feel ‘bout this one who is me
Will I like her and accept her or think that she is tainted?
Time will tell I suppose; but I think I’ll get acquainted

I went again to that glass but getting there was slow
Will she be there, the girl I mean, the one that I did know?
Searched closely the reflection, when what to my surprise
A smile that stretched from ear to ear with twinkles in her eyes

Why this is her! I know that smile; she never went away
She’s aged a bit, but I can see that she will always stay
Deeper into her eyes I find the hope she’s always had
Yes, I am quite at home with her; which makes my heart so glad

Thank you Lord, for keeping her safely in your care
For charity and blessings of your bounty You did share
The youth I was, and who I am shall never really part
For in this age old body lies the youth within my heart


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Jim McWhinnie 07/09/09
Lovely rhyme and sweetly told.

Why do we always assume that a youthful heart is more desirable than a maturing heart?
Debra Martinez07/09/09
I related to this immediately, as I see myself so differently inside my head that a look in a mirror always provides a shock. I enjoyed your use of the topic.
c clemons07/10/09
Bit choppy in places but the sentiment is there, keep writing.
Allan Morelos07/11/09
This poem has grasped my attention from the first stanza to the last. Thanks for writing this insightful poem.
Charla Diehl 07/14/09
I believe many of your readers will identify with this sweet telling of the twilight years.