What Man in the Mirror........

Crawling in from a winter day of work
the sun... the wind.... the fatigue...
I was surprised by the reflection in
the mirror.....a moment of intrigue

The wind-burned face the tired appearance
of my own daunting reflection
For an instant I saw my father
talk about a resurrection

I remember the man who spent
his entire work life outside
The textured neckline the twisted hands
the working mans pride

His face burned out in the color of
rough worn leather
Slaving each day of his life
the sun.... the rain..... the weather

The moment of surprise passes
the face that I'm facing again..... is me
"The spitting image " he would say
Oh lord....... set me free

I must learn to sneak up on
the mirror at least for now
A surprise like that could be my end
or the mirror too .....somehow




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HattieMattieMae 4 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

You wrote it so beautifully! :)


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cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

Great poem, I sometimes look at a picture of my father whom people tell me I look just like him. Even I am amazed. nice work.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome! I think the main thing is that we're OK if we can still recognize ourselves in the mirror but I do agree that there are times it's better not to look. If I feel especially low or not quite myself I don't look in the mirror all day.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Amazing write..so many times lately I have passed the mirror and for a quick second I see my mom..when did this happen? So much truth here. Thank you for sharing.

Sunnie


Ghaelach 4 years ago

Hi ahorseback.

There's a lot of truth in this poem.

A lot more people should slow down and take a look in the mirrow a bit more often. Our modern lifestyle whether it be out in the fields or on Wall street it doesn't matter it takes more out of us than we realise.

Take care my friend.

LOL Ghaelach


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JamesPoppell 4 years ago

As usual, another well written poem. I have become a fan of your poetry. Thanks for sharing. Vote up.


Poetic Fool 4 years ago

This is awesome. I've had the same experience a couple of times. I was really taken aback at how much I've grown to resemble my father when he was my age. For me, it was simultaneously exciting and depressing. Still, I understand the sentiment in the last stanza. Great write, loved it!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Hi ahorseback,

I loved this one and it has to be awarded one of my up and away.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Oh this is beautiful and so well written. Now that I have some age and wisdom I see my resemblance to my mother is a gift. The man in your poem sounds like a hardworking, giving man.


cavallo 4 years ago

My mirror has already cracked. When I look at it,it is an improvement.Still prefer my reflection weather beaten, than the pallid city look. Well written.


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cavallo 4 years ago from Newmarket,UK

My mirror has already cracked. Though the reflection is an improvement !! When I see it I prefer it. Rather than the pallid of the city. It is a lived in face. Well written.


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samiaali 4 years ago

Hello ahorseback, It is amazing how we see our parents in ourselves. I can relate to this poem as I have had this feeling myself, in the mirror. :)


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Hattie Mattie , Thank you my friend , Im glad you shared that.....:-}


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Cleaner , It is something that just sneaks up on us!, Whats that ole saying "The apple never falls far from the tree", thanks for stopping.....:-}


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Hi Gypsy Rose , yes you know it girl , we must be okay with "Us" when we look in the mirror !Be well my friend!.....:-}


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Sunnie Day , be proud girl , your mom must have been a beautiful lady!And of course ....such a smile!....:-}


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Gaelach , Yes you got that right ! We should all be more "reflective ........Thank you for dropping in....:-}


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

James Poppell., well thank you , hey is that a grandbaby , Congrats my friend !!!...:-}


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Poetic Fool , I know exactly what you mean ...Thank you for sharing...:-}


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Eiddwen , thank you Eddy , thats appreciated !...:-}


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Hello ! Hyphenbird , Lovely new picture ! And yes we are all mirrored reflections, we should be happy with that , ........:-}


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Cavallo ,Haa! Yes thats it , well lived in face, ...:-} Me too my friend!


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Samiaali, How is my favorite Vet ! Yes, and a fine looking parents you do have ! he he ......Thanks for stopping in...:-}


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is an amazing write and full of truth. Sometimes I see my Mother when i look in the mirror, and I smile..Thank you..


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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

I agree with H-bird, Ahorseback, your father does sound like a hard working, giving man. Salt of the earth I would think and they don't come more genuine than that.

I know this shock however and its like the mirror is playing tricks, you do a double take and that face is still there. Lovely poem and great effect with the reverse image. My votes as always.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

I love this one and can relate to your words.

A big vote up!


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Always exploring , Keep on smiling , she must have had a beautiful soul!....:-}


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Fennelseed , My father was a big man , with a big reputation and definately salt of the earth. Giving Hmm? but a good man .Thank you !........:-}


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Hi Movie master , Glad you enjoyed , and Thank you....:-}


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mljdgulley354 4 years ago

It is amazing what we find when we take the time to look. Loved your poem. Your writing took me to that mirror and I could see what you were looking at. Voted up


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Mljdgulley, I hope it was only a pleasureable experience!lol......thank you very much!.....:-}


girltalksshop 4 years ago

Well written. I could see it all.


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

girltalksshop , thank you my new friend !!....:-}


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

Since my mirror broke, i didn't buy a new...i don't know why...yet, as i remember my face i don't look like neither my parents...a reflective poem at that...simply amazing...


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Raciniwa , I will send you a new mirror to enjoy the reflections you show us !....lol...We are more than happy to see you!......:-}


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kevins blog52 4 years ago from southern Indiana

Who invented mirrors anyway? I know what your saying ahorseback, I too see my dad and often here him in my words as I talk to my children. I guess life's one big circle isn't it. Great hub ahorseback, I voted up and awesome.


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Kevinsblog , yes my friend , full circle ! thank you for stopping!.....:-}

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