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Imprint on the Glass
Nancy Machlis Rechtman


She leaned her head
Against the window
Remembering a time
That could have been yesterday
Watching them chase each other
Through the yard
Flying down the slide
Swinging up to the sky
As barrels of laughter echoed through the world
And believing that making a wish
By closing their eyes
And blowing on the puff of a dandelion
As the seeds blew towards the cotton clouds
Would make their dreams come true.

She remembered a time
When they loved her fiercely
And she could do no wrong
Because all that mattered
Was that she was always there for them
And in their hearts they knew her love was so strong
That she would jump in front of a runaway train
To keep them safe from harm.

But times change
And little ones discover
There’s a big world out there to be savored
And that their mothers are human
And baby birds eventually fly away.

She finally pulled herself away from the glass
And all that remained was the imprint of her forehead
Slowly vanishing back to nothingness
And she wished they knew
That despite it all
Her love had never faded
And there was never any doubt that she would still jump
In front of a runaway train
To keep them safe from harm.

© by Nancy Machlis Rechtman.
Used with the author’s permission.


Nancy Machlis Rechtman is a poet, playwright, freelance writer, and former newspaper copy editor. Her work has been published in a variety of journals, and she writes a  blog called "Inanities." Nancy has lived on both coasts, but currently makes her home in South Carolina, where she enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, creating art, and playing the guitar. Learn more about her at



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Posted 05/11/2024 09:40 AM
This lovely poem touched my heart!
Posted 05/08/2024 12:39 AM
Lori Levy:
Very moving poem, powerful ending.
Posted 05/07/2024 01:10 PM
Glen Sorestad:
This is a most enjoyable, poignant poem and you've given my day a solid kick-start. Thank you, Nancy.
Posted 05/07/2024 12:02 PM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
I love this positive uplifting poem from the title, "Imprint on the Glass" to the last line. This heartwarming, heart stopping poem shows a mother's devotion to her children. I'm sure most of us know our mothers would jump in front of a freight train to keep us from harm.
Posted 05/07/2024 11:54 AM
Posted 05/07/2024 11:24 AM
Ron Stewart:
Well done Nancy. This is a great poetry tribute to Mothers. It reminds me how precious and fragile life is when the imprint on the glass fades to nothingless.
Posted 05/07/2024 10:18 AM
Larry Schug:
Posted 05/07/2024 08:32 AM

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