When I Look in the Mirror

Copyright © 2005 by Tiki Kritzer Seger.  All rights reserved.


When I look in the mirror,

I see new lines on my face.

I go dancing in the evening,

and feel completely out of place.


My daughter wears bikinis;

I don't go bathing anymore.

Wearing sun hats and caftans,

I stroll along deserted shores.


When I think about my teenage years,

I can't believe that that was me;

flirting wildly and dancing in the rain,

full of dreams and feeling free...


My mother comes to visit;

she looks so old and frail.

She tells me that she feels so strong,

but she's no longer young and hale.


When I look in the mirror,

I see new gray strands in my hair.

There is dignity and strength,

where I was once so young and fair.