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The Mirror Of Time

I hold three magic rocks, in my hand. Rolling them over and over and over. Leaving this 
reality behind, far behind I stepped into the magic mirror and there I was back in 1959.  It 
was the same month, November.  I looked around and it was the same as I remember it had 
been then.  Mom looked so young and beautiful and said, "The school bus will be here in a 
few minutes."  I looked at the calendar and saw that it was November 25th, the day before 
Thanksgiving.  I said, "But mom, I haven't been in school in forty years."  I got this strange 
look from her but she didn't say anything.  Walking toward the door I caught a reflection of 
myself in the hall mirror.  I was so young.  My hand immediately went to my face and I 
stopped and stared at myself for a few minutes. I said, "Mom, can I stay home and be with 
you today?"  Again I got that strange look from her, then she smiled and said, "Sure, it's 
your last day before Thanksgiving anyway, why not?"  She and I sit down and talked for 
hours.  Then I said, "Do you mind if we go next door and visit with Maw Maw and Paw Paw?  
I haven't seen them in so long and I've missed them terribly!"  Again another strange look 
from mom. Next door I saw Maw Maw and Paw Paw as they had been in 1959.  I wept and 
they all looked at me so strangely.  I hugged them and kissed them all and we talked for 
hours.  Dad finally came home from work and I ran and hugged him so hard. "Dad why did 
you have to leave us in June?"  Again I got strange looks from everyone.  My tears were 
falling.  I saw Aunt Frances and Uncle Bill who lived beside Maw Maw and Paw Paw. "I've 
missed you both for so long." Strange looks again!  They didn't understand because to them, 
it was just another day in 1959.  The day grew late and I knew my time was soon ending.  I 
got near the magic mirror and mom and dad were standing there so young and healthy. I 
said, "Mom I'll see you on the other side of the mirror, but dad, I'll see you another time, 
another place."  They didn't understand.  I stepped back through and my reflection was as it 
had been before.  Mom was sitting in her chair at age 84.  I said, "Mom, do you remember 
the day before Thanksgiving, 1959, when I stayed home from school and we spent the day 
together?"  She said, "Yes, it was so strange that you could never remember anything about 
it.  It was as though you had amnesia.

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  1. Date: 11/25/2009 11:15:00 AM
    Congratulations Marty on your win in Constance's excellent contest >> James

  1. Date: 11/23/2009 4:45:00 PM
    Oh that is so sweet, great job!! congrats on the HM in the contest, my gall bladder didn't make it LOL, I see why everyone did such a great job!!

  1. Date: 11/23/2009 12:37:00 PM
    I got the shivers when I read this. Oh if it were only possible. I am sure you had a wonderful mind trip as you wrote this. Congratulations. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 11/22/2009 9:23:00 PM
    Congrats, Marty, on your winning poem in the Magical Journey contest.. well deserved win for a wonderful write.. happy to be sharing the same stage with u... luv.. Linda-Marie, P.E.P.S. "Sweetheart"

  1. Date: 11/20/2009 6:36:00 AM
    Nicely written, I often look in the mirror and see visions of my past and its definitely a gift for the heart and soul, Cody

  1. Date: 11/19/2009 10:06:00 AM
    Nice story and excellent write for the contest. Enjoyed reading the story. A. W. Nutter

  1. Date: 11/13/2009 11:17:00 AM
    "I hold three magic rocks, in my hand..." A wonderful echo of time, writing life. ;) Bravo my hands stand, in.Ovation!! Such a Creation and Creator You Are!

  1. Date: 11/12/2009 5:55:00 PM

  1. Date: 11/12/2009 4:28:00 PM
    *realm (darn typos) :P

  1. Date: 11/12/2009 4:27:00 PM
    Nice write, is it a real story? (although being a sceptic i am wholie aware we live in a real of infinite possibility) anyways regardless of fact or fiction, i enjoyed reading you. Peace and love fellow human

  1. Date: 11/11/2009 3:55:00 PM
    Wow this is good you might win the contest I etered this one as well good luck buddy I wish you wel Thanks for reading my poems

  1. Date: 11/9/2009 6:26:00 AM
    Nicely done time traveler. Amazingly touching and the presentation was Awesome.

  1. Date: 11/9/2009 5:22:00 AM
    A touch of amnesia doesn't hurt now and then. As for 1959, it seems like just yesterday. Flashbacks are sees everything just as it was..what has it been by now, fifty years ago? Love, daver

  1. Date: 11/8/2009 11:59:00 PM
    Best wishes with this one Marty.Rgds Brian & thanks for your welcome comments

  1. Date: 11/8/2009 4:19:00 PM
    Hi Marty I have read this once before But I had to come back just to be able to read it again,I just want you to know after reading it for a second time that I am in awe at your imagination and your gift in writing, and you are beyond blessed, because you are a natural , Please keep writing and keep sharing your talent with all of us here in poetry soup and I will return often just to see your next greatest achievement.Have a fantastic night and a great week next week, Dean

  1. Date: 11/8/2009 1:54:00 PM
    Dear Marty, I truly enjoyed this very much. Very moving and heart-felt. I hope you have entered it in the contest. Love, Lainie

  1. Date: 11/8/2009 10:58:00 AM
    Marty, with your permission, I'd like to share this work (attributed to you, of course) with a friend who also misses his parents a great deal. Much love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 11/8/2009 10:57:00 AM
    Wow! It's amazing how the magic rocks took you back to this moment in 1959. And you gave me chills in the end when your mother related how you had never remembered this day before. Time travel through the mirror! Marty, this is a masterpiece and a favorite. God bless your mother; it must have been difficult for her to lose her husband. Wish I had some magic rocks so I could see my parents again, especially when they were young and healthy. Awesome!!! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 11/8/2009 3:42:00 AM
    Marty, This is a great Time Warp poem. I hope you have entered the contest. Lovingly, Dane Soup mail.

  1. Date: 11/7/2009 9:29:00 PM
    Interesting story. Very well written. Thank you for sharing and thank you for your comment on my poem. Caroline.