Mirror (Submitted by Mike Po)

Dear mirror,
My have you changed. I remember you much younger, happier and more care free. I used to see an athlete. With a rocket launcher for an arm and legs that could turn and burn faster than the speed of sound. I remember the fear you used to place in your adversaries, because they heard of your abilities before even laying eyes on you. Maybe not the tallest or biggest specimen, but an athlete that was completely fearless, because he knew that no matter what physical challenge stood in his way, he'd bust right through it like high school football player ripping through his school banner onto the field under the Friday night lights of his last homecoming game. I remember looking at you with pride and optimism, feeling like you could take on and beat any opponent who dared call themselves that, knowing that one tiny glare from you would pierce their soul and paralyze them to defeat and submission. I remember the smooth talking, flirt, that could charm his way through or in to any situation, job, or female for that matter. ;] oh what a life you lived.
Dear mirror,
Why have you changed? Why do you wear your experience under your eyes and regret on your brow though trying to hide them like fiends try to hide there addictions? Why do you look so drained of power, that your expressions are like the old car battery that doesn't even have the life in it to illuminate a single bulb and silences any possibility of sound? Why do you have so many scars? You're a battle hardened solider who's been through multiple tours of war, earning every stripe, every rank, every wound the only way someone ever could, to bleed while making others bleed more. You look tired and worn like a tire with steel radials showing through its non existent tread.
Dear mirror,
I'm proud of you. Because despite the life lessons, trials and tribulations, and near death experiences, I still see the glimmer of love in your eyes. Though you may have cracks in your glass, you've not yet shattered, and still hold together to uphold your purpose in life... To reflect beauty and strength, optimism and hope. Instead of revealing my imperfections, you
my value and worth. Though missing parts, you are stronger now, more than ever because of the very existence you've experienced. Though many things change, you've stayed somewhat the same. You've taught me the most important lesson I could ever learn... And that is, that all your abilities, strengths and candor is better, not selfishly hoarded, but given away freely to anyone worth standing behind you. And the reflection I see is no longer just me, but everyone who's lived I've touched, and everyone who's hearts I love.

7 Comment

  1. trackrunner12 says: Reply

    Great submission Mike!!!

  2. Mike Po says: Reply

    Thank you so very much!!! I really hope you enjoyed it and appreciate you commenting!!

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