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Photo ID

I once received two tickets
(My license was required)
Because the card I gave the cop
Had long ago expired.

Though stopped for turning from a lane
I shouldn’t have been in,
The license I produced
Was guarantee I wouldn’t win.

“But wait!” I pleaded with the cop
As she wrote up the ticket,
“I have my current license, too;”
She told me where to stick it.

So you may wonder why I had
A previous I.D.,
When underneath it, there it was – 
The current, older me.

The simple truth is ten years’ time
Transformed my youthful face.
When opening my wallet,
All those years I could erase.

The judge dismissed the ticket
(Though I still paid for the turn).
I took away my younger self;
A lesson I did learn:

You simply can’t recapture
How, one time, you used to look.
A mirror should have taught me that;
A cop is what it took.

Copyright © ilene bauer

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  1. Date: 2/5/2013 11:22:00 AM
    Brighter sides show us the way to make the best of a bad day. Your episode cost you a card. Now really ilene, was that so hard? :)

  1. Date: 2/2/2013 1:06:00 PM
    Ha, I hate getting tickets. I had a few -don't like them :) Funny poem, Ilene! You are only as young as you feel. Really, lol!

  1. Date: 1/31/2013 2:52:00 PM
    Only you can produce poetry blending older and newer perspectives with such magisterial cadence, rhyming and message! You never cease to amaze!! Best wishes, Keith

  1. Date: 1/31/2013 1:20:00 PM
    Awesome, Ilene! I loved it. You always make me smile and I've been one grumpy girl today! ;) Thanks! Lovely write!