May Bride

A White May bride

waits reposed

inviting the kiss

of descending Spring


virginity floats

in fallen blossoms,

revealing the fertile green

leaves of Summer



Her sister waits

in maiden gown

of Spring pink,

pedaled bows


Soon the fruit

of May weddings

will bow the branches

of my apple trees.

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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

A wonderful Spring poem, your use of imagery, both verbal and photographic works so well here! Up, Awesome!


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Hey Guy! you beat me to it. I'm reading yours! I have six crab apple tress that simply exploded in the last two days.In two weeks the blossoms will be gone and something new will rise up and steal my attention. Anyway, back to Pier 39. Thanks for the visit.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Beautiful imagery and rhythm in this arb--beautifully done!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Simply lovely tribute to the gorgeous abundant flowering trees and the fruit to come forth from them! Not wasted word or image.

(I'm glad you reversed the order of the comments from oldest to newest!)


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Hello Audrey, Thank you for your gracious comment. BTW, I did watch the video. Left a comment for you on that hub site.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

I'm glad your glad Nellieanna. Wanted to post my apple trees but Randy had the camera. I will replace the pics with my very own apple trees tomorrow. Right now they are alternating white and pink beauties. I took one look this morning and just had to pay them tribute.


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swb78 4 years ago from Gainesville Georgia

I see that we--the poetry crowd--are on the hunt tonight for some great readings *laughing*. I just finished xstatics poem and now yours arb--it is a beautiful poem--WP


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Can't wait to see your own trees, then!

One reason I'm glad about the order of the comments is that there also seems to be no delay in their posing this way! Yippee!


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Lovely poem and ravishingly beautiful flowering trees. Twenty-five years ago, we planted four apple trees in our yard. The never produced good fruit, but they were beautiful trees, all year round, even the bare branches were elegant in winter.

Like Nellieanna, I also am glad you reversed the order of the comments. I often find much of value, not only in the original hub, but in the conversation that takes place in the comments. :) Theresa


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

(oops- my typo before; should be 'posting', not 'posing'.)

Thank you, Theresa, for mentioning the conversational advantage to a chronological order for comments.


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

You are most welcome, Nellieanna. And we are conversing. :)


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Thanks swb. What a delight to awake to to such a crowd. Coffee, poetry and friends. Life is delicious.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

O.K. Confession time! I finally went to settings to find out what was going on with the comment box. Apparently, I have been there before with no idea of what I was doing. Had I known that I was disrupting the discourse between you and Theresa, I would have put in an extra phone line and put the tea on. Apparently, I also clicked an obscure little box indicating approval needed before posting. Returning from my year long journey in the desert, trying to find the me that was following me, there were changes in names, pictures and settings. I don't do well with change. Thats why I've stay married for 44 years.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Hello Theresa. My apple trees are actually, crab apple trees and I chose them specifically for their spring color and the dwaft size, although, I prune them to exaggerate their height and shape. As always, thanks for your welcomed visit. I left a comment regarding the order of comments above with Nellieanna. I know you read all the comments anyway.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Could I get the two of you some crumpets?


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Maybe a recliner?


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

tee hee, Theresa - that's what I was thinking as the dialog was starting to unfold! And there's hardly anyone whose conversation I'd enjoy more, too!! Thank you!

And look - NOW we've gotten Alan involved. (which is nice, considering that it IS his comment box!!)

Alan! Well - I slept so well, I overslept and just now am up (well, at 11AM - been getting myself and my fruit fixed) and now am enjoying the delightful conversation with my fruit and coffee. So crumpets must wait. Rain-check? (my fresh fruit is only without other food. Digests better that way.)

Recliner will be nice once my coffee is finished, maybe with the crumpets; - - otherwise - risk of spilling liquid on my laptop. BTDT. Not a pretty thing.

Well, well. Even though you claim that change is unwelcome, you DID look into the comment box gnarl and resolved it, embracing a valuable change! Impressive!

BTW - again, you mention your desert wandering, as happens from time to time. Mebbe you'll tell us what it was all about one day? We're much too polite to just PRY. :-) But we're ok with not knowing, if you prefer merely to tease with it.

Hugs.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

You did mention it's being confession time. Just so long as it's not reciprocal! ;-)


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Good afternoon Alan and Nellieanna -

You two have been busy, while I was running around town - I try to do all my small errands on a single day if I can. I am in the middle of a three week break between teaching (spring semester - summer semester) so I was looking forward to immense vistas of time spent admiring the verbal craftsmanship of others and doing some word-crafting of my own.

But life intervenes inconveniently. I was appointed to serve on an administrative search committee at the university, so tomorrow and Friday I will be sitting in many, many meetings. Hmmm, I wonder if I can manage to look interested and attentive while composing prose in my head? I am tempted, but committee work and quality prose both deserve my undivided attention.

Anyway, all this to say I will be returning to read more or your (plural) writing, but it may be a little while. Some hubs I can read quickly and respond to quickly, but others require a couple of read-throughs and slower, more thoughtful answers, but I am sure that I am preaching to the choir. :)

Alan - I believe you said something about tea, crumpets, recliners (I prefer a rocking chair, I think).... Glad you were able to work out the comments box situation...so much easier this way. I will check back from time to time to see if I am missing out on anything. :) Theresa


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Alan - You did not give me permission, but I hope transitioning from arb to Alan is acceptable. Returning to the apple trees...the dwarf crab apple trees are just gorgeous.

My husband and I did not know what we were doing and so after about eighteen years they died one by one and they died; I finally had the last one taken down about two years ago.

The front yard has seemed rather barren, but with some encouragement and coaxing a few small trees and bushes are beginning to fill in some of the empty space. I am congenitally incapable of growing flowers (friends and in laws have tried to help me, all to no avail), but for someone who knows very little I am reasonably successful with bushes and trees. So there is hope for a verdant view from my front porch once again. :) Theresa


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Alan, I keep returning in hopes of seeing your photos of your own trees! The alternating colors will be so lovely to see!

In Indiana I had apple trees, but apple's a fruit tree not at home in Texas, though A&M did succeed in getting some dwarf fruit trees, including apple, to thrive at an experimental station not far from the ranch, in a whole large area where no fruit trees are to be expected. - Indiana had wonderful persimmon trees growing wild.

Here in North Texas, we've other kinds of fruit trees; pear, plum and peach are plentiful. At my teenage West Texas home in San Angelo, we had a fabulous apricot tree next to the house. That tree was my friend in several capacities.

Here, there is a special magnolia in the front, planted by my Michael (empire mike) when he was a kid; and so nurtured by me despite damage from heavy snow and ice weighing its large evergreen leaves & breaking limbs a couple of years ago. A couple of nice shady bois d'arcs in back. Tried planting some crepe myrtle several years ago. Out of the three of them, there's been only one scrawny bloom to convince me they're even really crepe myrtle. But - - there's the shallow soil situation and my measly green thumb working in opposition.

Theresa, I'll be eagerly awaiting your return after you've served the university good. It would certainly be tempting to write in one's head or to surreptitiously scope the committee members for any signs of texting in progress. ;-}


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

I will speak of the desert and the water I found there soon. When you are filling comment boxes all over hub land it is difficult to get up in the morning. I will let you get back to your fiber!


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

tea for two and two for tango.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

We will think of you in your meetings and await your refreshed return. The rocking chair comes with a cat and 6 tails.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

If I presumed the liberty of addressing you as Theresa, I am in poor position to decline. Would not anyway. Sneaky Nellieanna figured it out on her own last year, but, I wouldn't have it any other way. I am related to every garden on the planet and if God would give me charge of them, the world would be a beautiful place. Be well and enjoy the damn meeting!


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Well butterfly, this is my last unanswered comment. I have been painting with my sprayer from 8:15 until 5:00 and I am exhausted. I failed to get the pictures today, maybe after dinner or before I start in the morning. 1 and 1/2 more days of painting and good for another 7-10 years. I thought SW Texas was cactus and more cactus with some cactus thrown in here and there. I am so happy to hear that, in fact, you have all kinds of beautiful trees. I have a flowering cherry also. Planted it last year. Couple of more years and it will be the envy of my apple trees.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Alan - you got me there. I plead guilty to the stuffing comment boxes. But was actually mostly working on a hub to publish soon.

Fruit's more than fiber. It's my youth & vitality elixir; & I take no other meds.

As or if you're ready to share, you can be assured of gladness for your thirst-quenching experience, spiritually or more tangibly. It's a deep-seated gladness with and for you regardless.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

O.K. Nellieanna, I have posted the trees. Not as spectacular as the stock photos, but, their mine. You can glimpse little parts of the rock garden in the foreground.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

They are lovely! Gorgeous! Yes - the rock garden. We need more pix of it, too!

Thank you! It's a treat.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

I will wait till the rock garden is in bloom, end of June through Oct.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

OK! Lovely thing about living things is the way they are always continuing! How good!

Looking forward to that.

And how great that your painting is nearing DONE. What a sense of accomplishment.and -

I think I missed the tea and tango!


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Probably stuck in comment box making friends!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

oh Well, my own tango needs a lot of work. ;-) I get the mood, the drama, but somehow the low 'dips' elude me.

Tea - I can handle.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Goodnight. I'm going to the Dallas Museum of Art in the morrow with my friend, Val, who has membership, and takes me as guest. I drive. It will be fun and I need to get fairly normal sleep, if I'm to keep up! Show's about the Roarin' 20s. Should be - - - roarin'.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

I hope you have a wonderful day at the roarin '20s. I will be roarin on my roof with paint gun in hand and a can - can of paint.(:


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Thank you! Your well-wishes will add to the day's fun! And I'll visualize you roaring' up there atop the roof with a paint gun! (What? Not a 1" paint brush?)

Enjoy it; - just be careful. Sounds more dangerous than the DMA.

I notice you've done a bit of editing of the 'May bride' tree. Looks very good.

I'm nearly ready to go, just eating a bit of my fruit and sipping my coffee. We'll have lunch when we get there, which is part of the day's fun. It's a charming lunch room with yummy food. So - Now it's time I finish getting ready to leave the house to go pick up Val. Yep!


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

A girls day out is filled with giddiness and indiscriminate jubilation. Why do I know that this will be no differen?


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Cuz you're psychic?


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

psychedelic perhaps, but my only psychic gift is knowing someone is at the door when the door bell rings.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

I'm not very psychic either, but enough to question that.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Late in my responses today. Been working on an essay, more intricate and difficult than I anticipated. It is good that I am not psychic, otherwise I would never answer the door. I only do so to satisfy my couriosity,


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

I understand; and there's really no time deadline - I hope! It's way later for mine. Meanwhile I've slept and have gone out for a few groceries before it heats up. Already 80; - but before I had anything in my tummy. whew, I'm exhausted.

I'm smiling about your curiosity. . . . I figure that psychic ability relies heavily on curiosity, sensitivity and keen observation skills.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

I have finished my escapade in painting, posted my completed essay, which is sure to stir the needed controversy to push my readership finally, above 10,000. Then I can bask in the ensuing rewards lavished on me by hub pages. There are rewards,right? A banner with my unfurled name or money? Money would be nice, then I could justify my time writing to my wife, who by now, thinks I have 140 girlfriends.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Congratulations on completing the painting! Good work well done, I'm sure!

Tee hee. When that formula works unfallibly for increasing readership 10 time over, please schedule classes in it!

But, seriously, it should! I just read the essay and am truly impressed. Its premise seems too true and well supported to stir controversy, though. But some folks will take issue with anything.

Either way, there should be tangible rewards! At least sufficient to convince your wife you're not using the time over here for enlisting girlfriends! (are you? - grin . . .)


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

I am happy to be done with the painting. Writing is reward enough for those who must write. I don't know what men do with girlfriends. I can barely find time to talk with my wife. (So she says) Can't imagine trying to match the conversational needs of multiple women. When I need to talk, I write. When my wife needs to talk, we talk. Between the two, I need to nap.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Yes, painting is one of those projects that is most satisfying when it's done - and well done, as I visualize yours being.

I can't agree more that the writing IS the reward for those of us who must. Even sharing it was unnecessary for me for so long! But now that I do, it is also a wonderful reward.

I can't imagine what men do with multiple girlfriends. It seems more to indicate a lack than a plethora, though. Your man's perspective on typical female demands for conversation does emphasize that it would pose problems for a gentle man. Perhaps those who collect girlfriend just don't converse with them.

Anyways, sometimes vocalization speaks less effectively than dynamic silence if there is really something to be shared, is it not?

I'm glad you write. You express yourself so well, and on so many levels of your being.


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shimmering Dawn 4 years ago

This is picture perfect! Amazing poetry! Loving it!


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Shimmering dawn! What a delight it is to see you here and thank you for such gracious comment. You already know how much I esteem your work.

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