by JC Crumpton
The image in the mirror has become my father’s
during my childhood staring back at me,
wrinkles at the edges of the eyes
like an unvoiced thought. Gray at the temples
representing a wisdom I once thought I already knew.
The hands that held my infant children are also his
and the voice soothing their restless nights
and the words to teach to learn to love
and the smile. His eyes look out at me
from the echoing halls of some distant memory
I only remember in rare, quiet moments.
Moments that flee into the shadows
before the onslaught of a new day beginning.
My hands tremble as I glide the razor
across his strong and chiseled jaw
set in the mirror before me.
JC Crumpton's poetry has appeared in journals like Aoife's Kiss, The Penwood Review, and Violet Windows. Cumpton's collection of poems and short stories are forthcoming from Tweed Press. JC's debut novel Silence in the Garden is due out in May 2017 from Galway Press.
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