Thursday, August 2, 2018

DOPPLEGANGER/imaginary gardens with real toads

DOPPLEGANGER


One day
You brought a picture
That to you thought looked
Just like me

I kept it for a long time
And then it slipped
From my knowing
Did it really look like me

Or was it in your eyes
You could see
The face of a girl
That looked just like me

Each leaf on the tree
Is different
Yes, they all look
Like leaves

But still different
No one is really is
Just the same
As another
We are each unique

August 2, 2018


Have you ever wondered if there is someone who looks just like you, but you've never met them? I've been told numerous times I have a twin. Well, not an actual genetic one, but someone who bears a strong resemblance. I've yet to meet my doppelganger.

Of course there are those distant relatives living and deceased who have marked resemblances to yourself or another family member. My youngest daughter, Carrie, bears an uncanny resemblance to Cher. There is a genetic connection because Cher's mother and my father were distant cousins. Carrie doesn't always look like Cher. It can come in the tilt of her head, a smile, or her theatrical ability to slip into a character. 

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Doppelganger literally means double walker. There have been numerous references to them throughout history. They have been referred to as ghosts or the speculation we humans are time travelers. In this picture my husband Charlie was eighteen years old on a family vacation. He is on the far left with a girl standing behind him. One day he was looking at the picture and called me to come look at it. We both agreed the girl standing behind him held an unsettling resemblance to Dawn when she was seventeen. Is it possible? Is he playing ping pong with his daughter who traveled back to the future? 

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For today's challenge I want you to write about an encounter with your doppelganger/time traveler. It could be a painting, a photo album, a magazine, or face to face. Meet him/her in whatever circumstances your imagination creates. Please make sure it is a new poem, post it on Mr. Linky, and visit your fellow poets to discover their responses to their double walkers.


1 comment:

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I like the idea of a double walker, and LOVE your poem.