678 The Present can never be the Past. 5-28-17 (you know what to do)

We sit at our dressing table.
We lean against our sinks.
We peer into our mirrors
to stare at the line in our forehead
that wasn’t there yesterday.
We see the gray encroaching
as the blonde, the black, the brunette
has faded or fallen to the floor.
We try to find our past selves
in our present faces.
But they are gone.
We are here now
as we are now,
not as we were then.

The opposite also is true.

We cannot hold a mirror
to our Past
and expect to see our faces
reflecting back at us.

The Past had different wrinkles,
different blemishes,
different beauty,
with the painted dot on the cheek
where we would use a cream
to erase the flaw.

We cannot demand our past
to look like our today
or to think our thoughts as we do
or to say as we would say.

About Ken Greenman

Married and Happy. Retired and busy. Living in NC. 71 and counting. December 12, 2020 and it's 72! ... I would love some written comments, critiques, adulation or kind suggestions.... If you have the time and or inclination, please feel free! Not in fear but by faith. We will see. See you later! If you ever want to talk for real, email me and I will send you my cell number.... I am enjoying this!
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