I stepped through to the other side
walked right through the looking glass
trying to find my family
I found my grandmother, recognized her
right away. I’d seen pictures of her
but she’d never seen any of me.
We were like distant strangers
converging on a moment in time and
after we’d spent hours talking
she smiled the strange smile of remembering.
“I feel as if though I’ve known you all my life.”
And her words felt to me
like lying across grandma’s lap in summertime or
being held near grandma’s bosom listening
while she sings to me, songs her mother
used to sing to her. I felt the weight of history
in the lyrics of her songs.
But one day the mirror shimmered.
Grandma looked at me like the stranger I was.
“What are you doing sitting on me?
Would you get up off me please?”
I stretched my body up toward the sky
so I could kiss her cheek
and slid away with all her other
Peace & Love,