The mirror looks back at me
A face, strange and foreign somehow.
Laugh lines deep, crinkling at the edges.
A care worn complexion still fresh
A body older, fragile, stiff with painful bending.
And yet within this vessel, exists
A soul still full of wonder.
Seeking answers, scarfing up knowledge
Playful, dancing through life.
She is there sometimes on the surface
But often over the years kept far down.
Admonished, ‘act your age’
‘Be an adult’, were the words heard far too often.
She has fought her way back
An old soul, still youthful, a child.
The glint, that spark
Still there in her green eyes.
Mischief, seeing the new
Seeking joy; neverending.
Her smile blazes
Her laugh infectious.
Yes, the mirror looks back at me
But it is the child, that’s all I see.
Now forever born again, new each day
For each moment the possibilities boundless-timeless.
© Donna Donabella 2014
This poem was also created as we were SOARing through the sky on our way to visit family at Thanksgiving. Lots of wonderful poems flowed as we flew that day, and this one came easily as I have been reflecting on life since retirement, and anticipating seeing family.
The pictures in this post are all of the author, me. The top one was taken last year. One of the only selfies I have ever taken. The first collage is from Christmas when I was 2 and my high school senior portrait from 1975. The second collage features me as a young teacher in the mid 1980s and my Kindergarten graduation picture in 1963. The last picture is my faded and creased baby picture.
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Special Note: You can see my facial expressions haven’t changed much in the last 57 years. I don’t usually like my picture so there are few that I have kept. But as I age, I have come to accept my pictures as I accept myself, and am happy to share them with you.
I leave you with a little bit of sentiment about life, acceptance and aging. I welcome you to download the photo and share it.
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