thoughts of a man in his 70's ...

"Mirror, Mirror on My Wall"

-- by Frank C Yue

Mirror, mirror on my wall,

A question, and I have questions more...

 

Mirror, mirror on my wall,

Don't hide anything from me at all.

You always reflect the truth,

Just who is this guy I see in you?

 

Mirror, mirror on my wall,

Why do I look different from before?

Mirror, will you tell me why,

Myself in you I can't recognize? 

 

Mirror, mirror on my wall,

My hair is thin, sparse and hoar,

The firmness of my skin has gone,

M'eyelids are drooping, and my teeth, worn.

 

Mirror, mirror on my wall,

Why am I shorter than before?

My eyesight is getting weaker,

The miles in my daily walk longer.

 

Mirror, mirror on my wall,

In you I see m'father more and more.

In my face someone'd ploughed deep furrows,

What would happen in "the tomorrows"?

 

Mirror, mirror on my wall,

Why is my body aching and sore?

Where is the sparkle in my eye?

Where are the things I cannot find?

 

Mirror, mirror on my wall,

On m'mind there ae scores of questions more...

O, gone where has my youthful face?

Is it in another time and space?

 

Mirror, mirror on my wall,

Why don't you answer me at all?

I look at you at least twice a day,

May Faith, Hope, Love come our way ev'ryday.

 

-- poem written at sea on April 7, 2018 on board the ms KONINGSDAM whilst on a 14-day cross-Atlantic cruise with my better half from Ft. Lauderdale to Rome. (only USD 50/day/person; airfares extra)  :)