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Not Too Bad, Considering

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Not Too Bad, Considering



I bare myself, to take a better view
I wonder if I can recall her name     
Is she the girl that yesterday once knew?    
Familiar face, I see, but what remains    
Of silken slender curves, is not the same...    
And while I take a deeper look at you,   
I frown and recognize  a scar or two   
Then sigh, and long to see a flickering
Of tender years within the mirror's hue
But then, I'm not too bad, considering...

I stare at her, and see beneath her brow    
The child-like girl who fought against the tide     
Would I go back in time, again, somehow?    
Erase each  wound, along with all the pride?    
I think it best to see the brighter side 
My years have earned the badges of my scars   
I know much more of beauty, now by far,
I come with life's experience and quest 
I smile, again, to see the girl you are
Well,.... not so bad, considering what's left


Inspired by Cyndi's Contest: "Birthday Suit"

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  1. Date: 5/16/2012 7:46:00 PM
    Carrie, sending you belated congrats. What a wonderful, insightful take on my contest and I loved each and every line you wrote. Your poetry is always fresh, never stale. Thank you for delving into those thoughts. Hugs, Cyndi

  1. Date: 5/11/2012 7:47:00 PM
    Yes, I really like this and the title too. I feel the same way about myself as this title of your poem. I bet you are better than "not bad!!" Congrats on your well deserved win.

  1. Date: 5/11/2012 7:39:00 PM
    Congratulations Carrie on your win with this beautiful poem.Loved it first time around.Please note that A comment has been posted below my first comment here down the page (with out avatar).That is NOT my comment:)

  1. Date: 5/11/2012 1:18:00 PM
    Pretty darn GOOD!! ;) Congrad's on Your win Light & Love

  1. Date: 5/11/2012 7:18:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Cyndi's "Your Birthday Suit" contest Carrie. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/11/2012 2:54:00 AM
    Carrie congrats on your win..David

  1. Date: 5/11/2012 2:13:00 AM
    Congratulations a wonderful insight into your birthday suit Carrie xx

  1. Date: 5/5/2012 4:39:00 PM
    What a fantastic write you have here Carrie! You are a skilled poet and I always enjoy reading your work, this one just spoke out to me more! I think of my body like you described, I fear looking at it naked at times, but I know it's mine and I should be proud of what I have! It's a powerful write you have written my friend! I thoroughly enjoyed your poem that I have read this afternoon! Great Work!!

  1. Date: 5/5/2012 9:32:00 AM
    I'm smiling dear poet at this write ! Well thought out, (or the blurt) ! That mirror; funny how it speaks without the lips ! *smiles* I so enjoyed your write Carrie ! Have a wonderful weekend my friend....much love, james

  1. Date: 5/5/2012 6:03:00 AM
    Brilliant and beautiful lines Carrie with the depth of real beauty which lies deep within the heart and soul and not on the face alone. You have painted that beauty in this lovely poem. My good wishes for your contest entry my friend and thank you for your precious comments on my series poem. Love and best wishes always...Ravindra...Carrie Richards

  1. Date: 5/4/2012 9:48:00 PM
    You did it again! You always find that original take on every contest, Carrie. "Considering" that Cyndi likes rhyming, it's a winner! My best wishes...... mmm...not too bad? : ) ...just wondering... : ) Ruben.

  1. Date: 5/4/2012 8:15:00 PM
    Hmmm...beautiful.But it has 17 lines....!

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  1. Date: 5/4/2012 8:11:00 PM
    Smile ˜ I Have Time For One Last Visit Sooo, I Am Glad That It Is Your Beauty, My Dear Beyound Beautiful, Beautiful Carrie * If The Outside Of Your Priceless Beauty Is But A Tenth Of The Beauty Inside Of Your Loving Heart I Have Thus Beheld, Then, Whom Could Compare Unto This Beauty Afore The Mirror Joyful * Caressing Gently Love's Reflection; She, The Most Beautiful Girl In The Whole Wide World * My Love, Forevermore; John!:) ˜

  1. Date: 5/4/2012 6:46:00 PM
    Your poem is wonderful Carrie, I think you have a winner and thanks for visiting my poetry