There’s a stranger in my mirror, we graduated together…

just a working stiff,
with dirty hands,
aching bones,
waiting to be healed,
searching for words,
a poem,
a verse,
a story,
a curse,
to ease the pain,
slow the drain,
hanging on to what’s left,
of the past,
youths just a memory,
we all cast it aside,
hoping it will return,
as our journey,
through life accelerates,
waiting for time,
to catch up,
i see the future,
in the eyes of the stranger,
that greets ,
me in the mirror,
i try my best,
to avoid this man,
look away,
he seems to follow me,
even though ,
i walk away,
not in fear,
but in regret,
for the lost words,
of a neglected youth,
that slowly drips,
from the tip,
of my pen,
refusing to let go,
freeing my soul,
as the weathered hands,
of a man,
who can finally,
see the light,
in the darkness,
of the northern nights,
sheds his skin,
accepting the past,
touching the face,
of the stranger,
in the looking glass,
i stand here,
surrounded by ,
ten thousand,
simple words,
searching for a verse,
looking into the eyes,
of my muse,
i smile,
for we know,
it was quite,
the ride,
we no longer walk alone,
and time,
will forever,
be on our side?

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time is on our side….was my graduation song…
simple man…simple words…simple thoughts


  • Eric  David Lough
    Eric David Loughover 3 years ago

    good write man. E.D.L

  • thank you so much…

    – Rocky Loder

  • CanyonWind
    CanyonWindover 3 years ago

    Took a slow drive down memory lane yesterday evening . Stopped by the old supermarket where I was a boxboy in my youth . Now it’s a 99cett store , now its owned by Asians as is the whole town . Went by the Mexican fast food place where we used to hang out in high school . It’s still there and the menu is still great . Asians and everyone else knows good food . Went by my old high school sweethearts and in its place was a huge mansion . So we drove by my old house and people from China now live there , they treated us very respectfully and nice . Somethings never change . Just America and the people who live here . Beautiful write my friend .

  • thank you PoPs….i really appreciate your words…

    – Rocky Loder

  • trish725
    trish725over 3 years ago

  • thank you trish…appreciate the support…

    – Rocky Loder

  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandover 3 years ago

    Awesome write!!

  • thank you Sir…

    – Rocky Loder

  • Catherine Fenner
    Catherine Fennerover 3 years ago

    Change happens, and you feel it. Good feelings well expressed.

  • thank you…

    – Rocky Loder

  • Melodyone
    Melodyoneover 3 years ago

    An exceptional write, Rocky.
    Beautifully moving…through words and time.

  • thank you…appreciated…

    – Rocky Loder

  • supernan
    supernanover 3 years ago

    Wonderful x

  • thank you..always appreciate your comment..

    – Rocky Loder

  • MaryMac
    MaryMacover 3 years ago

    I enjoyed this write Rocky : ).
    Seems I too have a stranger in the mirror but she colored her hair red and now is being told by her college students I look 25yrs younger. I wonder how old they thought I was???
    Peace, love, and joy to you and yours all the days of your life,

  • thank you so much…lol….to have the wisdom and lose the years is wonderful…

    – Rocky Loder

  • SimplyRed
    SimplyRedover 3 years ago

    wonderful heartfelt words …for we know growing older is inevitable but yes sometimes that reflection is not who we were and even who we want to be it just IS xxxx

  • thank you so much..truly appreciate your insight…

    – Rocky Loder

  • LisaMM
    LisaMMover 3 years ago

    A beautiful verse Rocky….to me, it speaks of ones own journey…the good and bad…of finally reaching a point of self acceptance and happiness. Lovely journey….thank you for taking me along.

  • thank you Lisa…anytime Lisa…lol…appreciate your support….

    – Rocky Loder

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