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  Yesterday's Mirror
by Richard Lee Orey
Friday, February 06, 2009
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For all we have in life is Love

                                                                                                    Richard Lee Orey
                                                                                                   Pearl Harbor, 1950


                                                                                                (Reading by Richard Lee Orey)

 Yesterday's Mirror

Yesterday's mirror, when I was young,

Showed the sweet of life resting on my tongue.
My skin was soft and smooth to the touch,
My experience empty, not meaning much.

The image I see is all that I know
As the lines on my face continue to grow.
Each etch reflects my character within,
The pain and sorrow and endless chagrin.

I've carried this face with me all life long,
Dreaming my dream, singing my song,
Scheming and daring and living my life,
Cheating on love and creating strife.

Soon tensions built and fostered regret,
Disappointment came with sadness yet.
Arrogance, esteem and foolish pride
Tainted my heart till I nearly died.

O, God, I prayed, is my soul really lost?
Is my future gone, my salvation tossed? 
Then came your lips upon my cheek,
Your love so open, your manner so meek.

You held my hand, comforting nervous
With family, friends and acts of service,
Shunning darkness and bringing your light,
Banishing hate and doing right.

Forgiveness danced with an open smile
As you shared the gift of lack of guile.
You kissed my feet in a humble chore.
The impossible life graced my door.

Enduring love is what I chose,
With dedication as my rose.
Committed happiness got my nod,
Thankful, blessed and knowing God.

Peace flies over as a white-gray dove,
Filling my heart with your depth of love.
The image I see is all that I know
As the lines on my face continue to grow.

Oh, the sweet of life rests on my tongue
Like yesterday's mirror when I was young.

Richard Lee Orey
Copyright 2009

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Reviewed by Nicole Weaver 8/23/2009
Absolutely beautiful. What a great way to portray one's life experiences.
Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 7/13/2009
Yesterday's mirror, when I was young,
Showed the sweet of life resting on my tongue.

what a way with words you have Richard!!!!!!!!! I am giving you a standing ovation for this one. Poignant!
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 7/10/2009
....reflections of life mapped in our face..."Oh, the sweet of life rests on my tongue"....stunning!
Reviewed by Cynthia Borris 7/8/2009

Excellent command of the word and the heart. Simply perfect.

Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 7/4/2009
Your Love Is Beautiful
& Your Marriage is The Solid Rock of Time
You are Blessed To Have Shared Your Devote Commitments To Love With Your Wife...The Beautiful Gift of Love's Promise
& Least I forget to mention...You are indeed the handsome strapping lad in your photo & even so today as well
Much Love Always
Reviewed by Rojob Khan 6/30/2009
I liked it check mine also. will order some of your work.
Reviewed by ~ H (Reader) 6/8/2009
Richard, this was such an enjoyable poem revealing bits and pieces of your life.... and how well you've expressed yourself.(Hugs) Holly
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 2/25/2009
I listened to this poem, and also read it. Hearing your voice speak your words, is very powerful indeed. I loved the way that you repeated "the lines continue to grow", it was a such a vivid visual for the reader. Your voice is pretty spell binding.
Thanks for sharing.
Peace, love, and light,
Amber "V"
Reviewed by Jerry Engler 2/16/2009
Very eloquent and thoughtful, Richard. You have faced great challenges in life, and here we find some of your answers. "Soon tensions built......" and the stanzas immediately following those words are great, honest revelatory........Jerry
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 2/10/2009
Absolutely splendid writing, Richard...thank you for sharing your mirror's reflections so eloquently with us...

Reviewed by Lynda Nilus (Reader) 2/10/2009
And a handsome reflection it is too - of both, the poet and the poem.

Often in life we reflect back to how it were. This is magnificently written which, to me, reflects from the soul.

God bless you!
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 2/8/2009
This is a beautiful and magnificent poem,You are extemely talented and gifted,keep up the great work,take care

Reviewed by Michelle Mead 2/8/2009
Excellent! Perfect, really, and the picture really adds to that.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/7/2009
A compassionate, loving, tender reach in these lines, Richard. Well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by J'nia Fowler 2/7/2009
The reading of this piece warms my heart. It speaks of love in its truest sense, a love all wrapped up in surrender and offered without reservation or fear. Encouraging words and extremely well penned. Blessings and hugs, J'nia
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 2/7/2009
Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/6/2009
This is glorious poetry, you have written Richard!
Thank you for allowing us to share your experiences
in such an intimate and loving way!Splendid work!

Reviewed by Jacky Lai 2/6/2009
It is such a lovely poem that touches my heart and stirs up emotions. Thank you Richard!

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 2/6/2009
Wise and reflective; your verses give me pause for thought, Richard. Thank you. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Pamela garner 2/6/2009
a beautiful and heart felt write. much love, Pamela
Reviewed by Jean Pike 2/6/2009
So insightful and lovely, Richard. Enjoyed it much :)
Reviewed by Diana Wiles 2/6/2009
This is a beautiful tribute to the lady in your life Richard.. lucky you are to still have this enduring love, and to have travelled this journey of life together with such dedication and committment...
I found this piece beautiful and evocative...

Loved the soundtrack also; very movingly presented...

Love, Diana
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 2/6/2009
A beautiful poem, Richard. Looking back to the period of life in our youth does give us a mirror to measure from where we've come. It is definitely a growth process where we often stumble and fall (mistakes), get up and walk again (tackling problems), and try to make the most out of our lives.

I enjoyed your poem.
Reviewed by Aberjhani 2/6/2009
Trials on any given journey are pretty much guaranteed in this world. It's when we can look back and not just frown, but give a wise nod to some manner of individual progress, as these lines do, that make all the difference.

Reviewed by Cindy Tuttle 2/6/2009
Richard, this is such a beautiful poem!Thank you so much for sharing your gift.

With Love,
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