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The Other Me

When I awoke this morning
to the jangling of the phone,
I knew before I answered
it, that I was now alone.
After more than fifty years    
with you ever near my side
I didn’t need the message
to alert me you had died.

Sometimes we fooled the teachers
and even confused our folks.
If I was you or you were  me
just one of our private jokes.
I seldom used a mirror
my own countenance to see.
There was as true an image
right there along side of me.

And when at last we parted
to go our separate ways,
connections were not broken
and I had no lonesome days.
Now I can’t use the mirror
to wash or to comb my hair.
It’s too difficult to see 
your loved reflection there.

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  1. Date: 11/15/2012 2:36:00 PM
    You hug those grand kids they're your real reflection ;) Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 11/14/2012 7:46:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Michael's "Reflections" contest Joyce. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/11/2012 11:56:00 PM
    Congratulations on your awesome win my dear friend, Joyce! Cheers! Thanks also for stopping by and your warm congratulatory comments! Have a wonderful day always! love/hugs, Leonora

  1. Date: 11/11/2012 5:13:00 PM
    Good win ~SKAT~

  1. Date: 11/11/2012 12:04:00 PM
    Wonderful piece,Joyce..Very touchy...Congrats on your well deserved win...

  1. Date: 11/11/2012 7:05:00 AM
    Beautiful poem here Joyce!Congrats on your win in the contest.

  1. Date: 11/11/2012 4:21:00 AM
    Inherent sorrow feeling that can never be recovered and still with aspiration tries to pave the ways to reach own life where the life is, but it's the mystery of life, I think. Congrats for your win. Loved always, bl

  1. Date: 11/10/2012 6:29:00 PM
    Joyce,, another pretty win..pd

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  1. Date: 11/10/2012 8:17:00 AM
    Congratulations, I love this poem.

  1. Date: 11/10/2012 8:16:00 AM
    Sad but nice words Joyce....Seren

  1. Date: 11/10/2012 7:58:00 AM
    Congrats on your win in my Reflection contest... hugs Michael

  1. Date: 10/25/2012 7:59:00 AM
    so sad but so beautifully expressed! sorry for your loss.

  1. Date: 10/25/2012 7:49:00 AM
    I don't know you yet you have moved me to tears. Sorry for your loss. Thanks for sharing this most intimate of experiences. You are courageous. New guy Rick

  1. Date: 10/24/2012 7:26:00 PM
    Very emotive and touching, you express your feelings well, Joyce, twins have a sixth sense about them, usually one feels what the other one feels, I am sorry for your loss, love, vie