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Objects In Rearview Mirror Appear Closer Than They Are

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Objects In Rearview Mirror Appear Closer Than They Are

I sit there and read the words as I'm sitting in
the car. "Objects in rearview mirror appear 
closer than they are."

I laugh to myself as I sit and reminisce. I close
my eyes and think of a deeper meaning than this.

"This," what I referring to is the days of my
youth. I open my eyes; behold, a young boy I now
see in the rear-view.

It's me! Look how young and a bad little thing I
was! Mama is chasing me with the belt and whipping
me like she's smelling blood.

And oh what is this? I can now see grandma! She's
cooking my favorite, beans and rice. She yells out,
"Come and get it hon!"

I smile to myself and say, "Oh how I do miss her!
Because when she was alive we use to have so much

There is my cousin! With lampshades on our heads
we use to play. "One day you will sit back and
laugh at this," mama use to say.

look at me jumping off the house! I use to think
this was so much fun. I'm now saying to myself,
"Oh my, I was a dangerous son of a gun."

And there's the girl who stole my heart! She was
truly my first love. She was so beautiful looking
like an angel sent from above.

There I am telling "yo mama jokes" with a bunch
of my friends. Drinking like a school of fish, it
was the gin that made us sin!

Now I see me much older now. I see me at my wedding.
I was starting to make a family now and this was the
perfect setting.

My son is now born. He was such a beautiful boy. I
to make changes in my life, because my family was
now my joy.

The joy, pain, achievements and failures in of my
life is like turning the page. I sit back in amazement
of how I've come of age.

Again, looking in the rear-view but everything's gone
as I sit here in this car. What a deeper meaning now,
"Objects in rear-view mirror appear closer than they

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  1. Date: 7/9/2010 4:43:00 AM
    this is one of my favorites from you.. wanna know why?? coz it tells me more about you...=)