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Reflections in the Mirror

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Reflections in the Mirror

Age 6…..	Passing the mirror, 
	she pulls at her cheeks, 
       	sticks out her tongue—
       	blonde ringlets encircle 
                a freckled face.

13…..	The mirror beckons—
                She stops to preen,
                hating wavy hair 
                that tumbles into her eyes…
                She wonders, “Am I pretty?”

18…..	A young lady, 
                ready to meet life’s challenges
                reflected now— 
                Anxious to leave home,
                and parent rules.

24…..	A bride in white,
                smiling at  her reflection 
                in the mirror—
                Mother, in the doorway,
                proudly holds her veil. 

30…..	Carpooling, PTA, 
                soccer games, late dinners—
                this is her world…
                No time to fret over
                crow’s feet in the mirror. 

40…..	Does life begin at 40?
	The mirror doesn’t lie…
                Maturity shows in her face.
	Was ‘Self’ lost between 
	motherhood and mid-life?

50…..	She discovers his affair…
	Tearfully calls Mom—
	Can she forgive?
	Out of shape, distraught,
	she sobs in front of the mirror.

60…..        Freedom, a time to just BE!
	Comfortable in her own skin—
                with time to pursue 
                her own wants and needs.
	Life is good!

70…..	Passing the hall mirror
                in her usual flurry,
	she glimpses her likeness,
	suddenly realizing—
 	she’s the image of her mother.

	         Tamara Hillman
                              ©2006

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  1. Date: 5/3/2009 6:53:00 PM
    What a perfect trajectory ... like an ethnographic discourse ... scholarly done and all in the realm of fine poetry.

  1. Date: 5/3/2009 5:49:00 PM
    So much truth....I can see some similarities here...made me smile! ~ Carrie

  1. Date: 5/3/2009 3:13:00 PM
    Oh how true. This is very good

  1. Date: 5/3/2009 3:08:00 PM
    this is wonderful--mother and daughter---wonderful write