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Objects in the Mirror
by anne cunningham

Monday, February 02, 2004

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Objects in the Mirror

When I walked into the room, how her face lit up.
We were one, the very instant our eyes locked. 
She moved forward, a move towards our embrace,
but her face clouded over as others rushed ahead.

Hugging through father, brothers, aunts and uncles,
frantically, I searched for my mother's open face.
By the time I reach her side, the smile has faded.
She hugs me hard, patting my back as if I need to burp.

I think of her face, at first surprise, when I had her heart.
The love that was behind those eyes, the words at parted lip,
all of this belonged to me at first gaze and happen-glance,
before objects in the mirror become closer than they appear. 

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Reviewed by Edward Averill 2/14/2004
Very evocative. The final line is a little bit of a surprise, a pleasant one (in poetic terms, that is, not emotionally). Are reflections true?
Reviewed by Simon Thurlow (Reader) 2/3/2004
What an excellent portrayal
Reviewed by Debashish Haar (Reader) 2/2/2004
Excellent write, Anne!
Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader) 2/2/2004
That is the same message I see on my side mirror. Thanks
Reviewed by No Longer Member (Reader) 2/2/2004
nice twist
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