Heather has a Bachelor's Degree in English from Moravian College and has been freelance writing for more than 12 years.
Looking over old pictures from a very distant past
Of a youthful girl wearing a bright pink dress
Full of white polka dots and eyes brimming with hope
Hard to fathom that 10 year old freckled face
Starring back from those semi-faded photos
Connected to the ashen, and still freckled, visage popping up
Through the large continuous cracks in the broken mirror
Wondered how time and circumstance separated the two
Wisdom and a few wrong turns caused shoulders to broaden
Girlish twinkle faded as the bulb of a once bright youth burned out
Obsessed with finding ways to escape current predicament
Nothing drastic by any means; just opportunities to smile
Music from the 1980s to dance to and remember a different era
Where the fashion was over the top and the music came with videos
Stuck on repeat the songs of a former self proclaimed "golden god"
Hair full of a lion's mane blood curly hair that grew tattered
From drugs, parties and the rock star lifestyle
One too many twists in the road led to a few accidents
Some sadness and heartbreak now crept into their performances
No longer bright and airy as a newborn
A grown up who survived a few storms to be standing
Doctors often wondered how they were still alive
Heaven knows the answer to that question
Lost friends and loved ones alike
Often pondered the answer to that very inquiry
But nothing concrete ever managed to materialize
Managed early success to hop into solo success
Full of bright and colorful music videos
To only be asked about his earliest "golden god" status
Unfair to connect someone to only 12 years of their life
So much happened before and after that
Never seemed to generate as much mystique as that chapter
Curious to see how the two scenarios connected
Lunacy to compare a music legend with a regular working stiff
Only similar in vaguest of senses obviously
Innocence hardened and faded away due to time and circumstance
Happened to all walks of life no matter how hard they tried
Can not stop living life in order to maintain status quo
People changed as they get older; impossible to stop time
There was no form of wizardry to prevent it from stopping
Just keep on living and realize that not all change can be bad
Accepting both the good and bad was the ultimate challenge
Only time will which will win out.
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on February 18, 2021:
Time is indeed the object that wins.
Nothing we do can turn the hands of time backwards. We can only look forward touchong those memories from the past.
Learning to love oneself...as we are Right now...in the present.
We cannot go back.
Those youthful years were full of promise. There is still more on the road ahead. No giving up just yet.