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A Halloween Poem

The Robot Costume

When he was four years old,
My son loved robots.
Stories, movies, cartoons--
He loved them all.
At Halloween that year,
My wife made him a robot costume.
It was a work of art
Made from cardboard boxes,
Aluminum foil,
And wire hangers.
It took a while to put it on,
And he wore it to a family party.
He stole the show.

But then he walked past a mirror
And saw a robot staring back at him.
He screamed in fear,
Not realizing what he was really seeing.
I've told that story for years,
And it always makes me smile.
But today I woke up
And looked at myself in the mirror
For a long time.
I didn't see a robot,
Not really.
And I didn't start screaming
Out loud.
But I admit to being scared
By what I saw.

JoyfulSilence · 46-50, M
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