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Reflecting on Life

I'm a writer, a poet, a dreamer. Born and raised in New York City. I now live in Daytona Beach, Florida. .


There are times,

when I look into the mirror,

somewhere way back in there,

I can see the faces,

of my friends and me.

Perhaps they’re just faded memories,

but the music sounds so clear -

the laughter close and dear.

The years may have flown,

had I but known,

that they’d pass by so quickly,

with ups and downs -

like on a wild roller coaster ride.

I would have stopped,

to treasure them more,

but they just whizzed by

16, 20, 30 and more.

The pictures remain

and they are stored in my mind.

When I look at old photographs,

it seems that the action,

going on there -

could begin again.

If only there was magic in the air

and I could return to yesterday -

for just a moment more.

The road I’ve traveled,

has had it’s twists and curves.

Surprises round many a bend,

but I wouldn’t have it any other way,

for then the friends I now treasure,

wouldn’t be mine

and you and I my friend -

wouldn’t be in this together.

So throughout time

and all the tears and fears,

all the years that have rolled along,

bringing the silver threads

and golden memories -

were worth it my friend.

I must say,

let’s meet once more

and step into yesterday -

reliving all the joys.

Let’s hug and say, “I love you” -

before the closing of our day.

© 2017 Gypsy Rose Lee


Gypsy Rose Lee (author) from Daytona Beach, Florida on July 13, 2017:

Thank you Ann. The Beatles have lots of songs that inspire.

Ann Carr from SW England on July 12, 2017:

Another beautiful piece penned! This reflects my thoughts so well too and the choice of music to go with it is sublime - one of my favourite Beatles' tracks.


Gypsy Rose Lee (author) from Daytona Beach, Florida on July 08, 2017:

That is so true FlourishAnyway but great to have the memories.

Thank you Martie. Nice to hear from you.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on July 07, 2017:

Indeed, friends enhance one's self-image.

Beautiful poem!

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 07, 2017:

It's sad how time refuses to stop even for a moment. This it's important to capture the memories as best you can in your memories nds eye and express gratitude and love for those who mean the most. Before long, you'll look around and they'll be gone.

Gypsy Rose Lee (author) from Daytona Beach, Florida on July 07, 2017:

Thank you Noor.

Thank you Michael.

Thank you Cynthia.

Glad this could give you some comfort Bill. I'm sorry that you're losing your best friend. I will put him in my prayers. Blessings and many hugs to you. I know how the memories keep replaying my best friend from high school days has serious health issues in Florida and she and I so would love to see each other at least one more time.

Thank you Harish.

Thank you Sumit.

Thank you Ventkatachari.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on July 06, 2017:

Wow! So beautiful lines with those deep feelings and emotions. Enjoyed it a lot.

sumit on July 06, 2017:


Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on July 06, 2017:

Love reading the poem and what great concluding verses are : Let's hug and say, " I love you " before the closing of our day. Wonderful poetry.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 06, 2017:

I'm struggling with this lately...my best friend is dying...the pictures of our old movie together keep playing in my mind. :)

Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on July 06, 2017:

Beautifully and poignantly put. I think that even when we realize everything is so fleeting and we try to slow the time, it still passes too quickly. I think it's never truer than when we look back at our kids. I can remember thinking so clearly if only I could hold onto the moments. But moments pass and kids grow up. So we just have to treasure the memories. You expressed it beautifully. Take care!

Michael-Milec on July 05, 2017:

Love it. Truly trustworthy as a very own shadow those memories never leave us, and I suppose it is a good thing

Noor on July 05, 2017:

Great words... loved it.

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