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Mirror of Memories

Mirror of Memories
On my brown bedroom wall hangs an old misty mirror, with a ghostly reflection staring vacantly back at me. It’s taunting me and I don’t know why. Whose melancholy face is it that I see?
That graying woman looks strangely familiar. I can’t remember where I’ve seen her before. It’s hard to focus…but I need to hang on to her, for somehow I know she means much to me.
Am I losing it? Or is it just a temporary lapse of memory? I’m so frustrated for frequently forgetting familiar people, places, and simple things.
A visitor came by today and I felt sad when he got upset as I called him “Dad.” He kept repeating that he was my son. But what do I know? Hopefully he will never see that I’m just living for moments of lucidity.
Nightmares and daydreams play their weird tricks, bombarding me with memories from nineteen sixty-six. But when I find myself in the Twilight Zone, it’s easy to forget what I ate just minutes ago.
Like Alice in Wonderland, I’m falling down a rabbit hole, and weary from trying to figure out nonsensical riddles, which twist and distort what’s left of my mind. Maybe tomorrow I’ll wake up from this Mad Tea Party.
Yes, that frightened woman in the mirror looks familiar, like someone I used to know. What’s her name? Who is she? Oh, dear God, I’m not sure. But she’s a phantom stalking me – that’s all I know.
11/14/2015 09-02-2015 Contest: Mirror of Memories Alzheimer's Sponsor: Tammy Reams Placement: 1st *NOTE: Sadly,Lenora Taylor, the woman who inspired this piece, passed away one week after this poem was submitted. She fell off her bed at the Nursing Home, was hospitalized, and never recovered. May she rest in peace!

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Date: 1/25/2016 11:22:00 AM
Beautifully woven words as well prepared seeds for a perfect germination on any reading mind. An awesome 7 dearest poet
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Pandita Sanchez
Date: 1/29/2016 2:45:00 PM
Many thanks, dear Funom. I am grateful for your continued support, wonderful compliments, and high score! Warmest regards. Pandita
Date: 12/30/2015 12:22:00 PM
Pandita... Happy New Years... Always ~LINDA~
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Pandita Sanchez
Date: 12/30/2015 1:11:00 PM
Happy New Years, Linda! Please accept my best wishes for a wonderful 2016! Pandita
Date: 12/11/2015 3:26:00 PM
Hi Pandita! I am sure I read this one before, but I find no comment...maybe it's my aging memory! This is very touching; unfortunately both Alzheimers and dementia are a common reality that can affect anyone. My friend was 53 when she got dementia! Sorry about your mother-in-law; my condolences. ~ All the best. // paul
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Pandita Sanchez
Date: 12/12/2015 8:25:00 PM
Hi Paul, thank you for swinging back and leaving your heartfelt, insightful comments. I really appreciate your kind words, my friend! Hope you are enjoying the weekend! Pandita
Date: 12/7/2015 4:49:00 PM
Beautiful, powerful piece.
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Pandita Sanchez
Date: 12/8/2015 5:09:00 PM
Dear Pete, I thank you for your kind praises for this piece! I appreciate the support and encouragement, my friend! Pandita
Date: 11/28/2015 2:44:00 PM
Pandita, Congratulations on your well-deserved win in Tammy's contest. <3 ForEver SKAT
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Date: 11/29/2015 11:08:00 PM
Thank you so much, my friend, for leaving me your warm congratulations! Much appreciated. Have a great week ahead!Pandita
Date: 11/28/2015 11:11:00 AM
All the poems written for this contest were good....but for me - this was my favorite...I like the words, rhyme, and the Alice in Wonderland comparisons...the ending was so perfect and at the end of the disease-they don't recognize themselves...and sorry about your friends passing - hard way to watch someone go....
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Pandita Sanchez
Date: 11/29/2015 10:26:00 PM
My dear Genevieve, I thank you for visiting and reading this piece. Thank you for you heartfelt comments and wonderful compliments that mean so much to me! Hope you have a wonderful week ahead! Pandita
Date: 11/27/2015 9:16:00 PM
So sad, Pandita. Beautifully written poem.
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Pandita Sanchez
Date: 11/29/2015 10:25:00 PM
My friend, it is so nice to receive your wonderful complimentary words! Thank you so much for the visit! Pandita
Date: 11/27/2015 12:14:00 PM
Congrats, what a dedication.
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Date: 11/27/2015 4:21:00 PM
Dear DM, I thank you for visiting and reading this piece. Thank you for you heartfelt comments and congratulations that mean a mlot to! Have a great day! Pandita
Date: 11/27/2015 4:41:00 AM
Congrats on the win pandita..god bless :)
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Date: 11/27/2015 9:09:00 AM
Thank you so much, my friend, for leaving me your warm congratulations! Much appreciated. Pandita
Date: 11/26/2015 10:38:00 PM
Congrats on your 1st place win Pandita! this was a fantastic write that was woven into the Alice and Wonderland. Thank you for entering into my contest and Happy Thanksgiving.
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Pandita Sanchez
Date: 11/27/2015 9:11:00 AM
Tammy, it was my pleasure to enter your contest and I am absolutely thrilled to receive this wonderful placement! Thank you very much! Warmest regards. Pandita
Date: 11/23/2015 9:14:00 AM
Oh Dear May her Soul rest in Peace, This is a true and honest tribute to her. We will always love her
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Emmanuel Brian Oule
Date: 11/23/2015 9:46:00 AM
So welcome dear Pandita..and forever it will be eternity Love for her, Family and Friends. Hugs again
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Pandita Sanchez
Date: 11/23/2015 9:24:00 AM
Thank you my dear Bryan, for your sweet sympathetic response which means a lot to me! Yes, we will always remember her with love! Pandita
Date: 11/21/2015 3:01:00 PM
Sorry to read of the untimely demise of your mother-in-law, my friend. Walking into darkness for a longtime before death is a very scary thing to have to face. May God's mercy be upon her......
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Pandita Sanchez
Date: 11/21/2015 10:59:00 PM
I truly appreciate your empathy and understanding, my friend. Many thanks. Pandita
Date: 11/21/2015 3:46:00 AM
Awesome Pandita, My favorite flow of the poem was "Nightmares and daydreams play their weird tricks, bombarding me with memories from nineteen sixty-six." Very cool. Quincy Mac
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Pandita Sanchez
Date: 11/27/2015 9:49:00 AM
Thank you so much for your condolences and support which mean so much to me! Thank you again, my friend! Warmest regards. Pandita
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Quincy Mac
Date: 11/22/2015 3:59:00 PM
My deep condolences Pandita, This piece of art will hold great memories for you. A big Poetic Hug sent out to you :) R.I.P Lenora Taylor till we all meet as ONE. Rereading this poem again right now. PEACE and AROHA, Quincy Mac
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Pandita Sanchez
Date: 11/21/2015 9:43:00 AM
Dear Quincy, I greatly appreciate your thoughtful comments and compliments. Thank you so much, my friend. I just added a note today, that since I wrote this piece, the person who inspired it has sadly passed away. Have a great weekend! Pandita
Date: 11/16/2015 11:05:00 PM
SORRY, FORGOT TO GIVE THE 7..
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Pandita Sanchez
Date: 11/18/2015 2:23:00 AM
Robert, many thanks for the very high score!
Date: 11/16/2015 11:04:00 PM
As I now suffer from early stage of memory loss-your poem strikes me deep my friend. Its a very destructive thing to have to face. And knowing someday one may not even know the people they love and so cherish! A7
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Pandita Sanchez
Date: 11/18/2015 2:28:00 AM
I know quite a few people who suffer from this dreaded condition, and I am so sorry that you are experiencing some memory loss. I know this can be very scary. Thank you Robert for sharing this information and I will be thinking of you, my friend! Love and blessings always. Pandita
Date: 11/16/2015 6:49:00 PM
Sorry as I am new to this site, I overlooked on the rating function. A 7!
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Pandita Sanchez
Date: 11/18/2015 2:21:00 AM
Many thanks for the high score, my friend! Pandita
Date: 11/16/2015 6:47:00 PM
This piece reached the core of my heart, Pandita! Such emotion you managed to invoke with every words. Amazing!
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Pandita Sanchez
Date: 11/18/2015 2:22:00 AM
My dear Jacqueline, I thank you for visiting and reading this piece. Thank you for you heartfelt comments and wonderful compliments that mean so much to me! Have a great day! Pandita
Date: 11/14/2015 5:59:00 PM
Pandita, what a very realistic picture you have painted of one suffering from this very treacherous disease! This is a great piece that is reflective of what must be going on in the mind of one who knows that he/she is losing their grip of reality! BRAVO, good luck in the contest, and a 7! Kika.
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Pandita Sanchez
Date: 11/14/2015 6:05:00 PM
Dear Kika, I always appreciate your visits and your lovely compliments that never cease to inspire me. Thank you so very much! Warmest regards. Pandita