"Photographs & Reflections"
Sometimes in an instant
Other times slowly
Falling into another realm,
Shifting sands on an infinite desert
Blinding sun baking your thoughts so you don’t notice,
Until you do.
When had it changed
Talent and ability
Making everything work
Like a maestro
Bringing it all to a crescendo
Home, children, work, bills, finances, dreams
Day after day
No longer pliant
No longer moving in the same direction –
When had it shifted,
When did the boys grow up?
When did my hair start to grey?
When did you get those laugh lines along your smile?
Thirty seven years since we said I do,
How is that possible
It felt like only a short time ago
Our first born cried out his first breath
Our second child toddled after him
And we’d scooped them both up,
Fitting them sweetly in our arms
When had the monsters under their beds gone away?
No longer needing the nightlight on
Or the happy bedtime stories to make them leave
Along with the tiny clothes
And toy guitar
The walls no longer filled
Shelves of treasured mementos
From family trips
And visits to Disney World.
Thirty seven years
How is it possible?
Where did I go?