A lily found among the weeds-Poetry

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When we see a dying lily we act by giving it water and loving hands-on care.

I looked and saw a lily in a deep, obscure valley surrounded by brown weeds with a deadly look of despair

I noticed the area was void of beauty and the drooping, lonely lily was in need of emergency hands-on care

I fed and watered the lily until it stood quite proud and tall

It rose above the weeds. Buds opened. Then a gentle breeze scattered seeds cascading toward a fresh flowing waterfall

A refreshing cleansing consumed my thoughts as I watched the water trickle into a crystal clear blue stream

Vividly realizing I'd witnessed the birth of beauty in this forsaken summer scene.

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annart 15 months ago from SW England

Wow! What stunning poetry, Ruby. I love the flow and rhythm of each expert rhyming section. Outstanding! Love the photos too.

Ann


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always exploring 15 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Thank you Ann. After all the rain all summer, we are now in need of a downpour. Seeing flowers drooping is sad. It only takes some care to bring it back. Thank you kindly for your wonderful comment..


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mckbirdbks 15 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Ruby. What an excellent piece. Seems maybe the mourning of summers passing may be upon us. Beautiful sentiment.


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whonunuwho 15 months ago from United States

The seasons are always changing but our memories of each...their best, remains firmly in our minds. Nice work my friend. whonu


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always exploring 15 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mike, I'll try again to respond to your comment. The other one disappeared as soon as I commented. You are correct when you say that we mourn the passing of summer. I am not a winter person unless I can lay on the beach in my dreams, lol. I don't think I've congratulated you on winning the best fiction award. YEA..Smiling BIG time...


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always exploring 15 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello whonunuwho. I know and I always hate to see summer end, but you're correct, we can remember the beauty in our garden's and flowers. Thank you much for reading and commenting....


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marcoujor 15 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

This is so sweet on every level and listening to Engelbert Humperdinck is icing on the cake...

Keep em coming, dear Ruby. Love, mar


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WillStarr 15 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"Then a gentle breeze scattered seeds cascading toward a fresh flowing waterfall"

Great line!


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Jodah 15 months ago from Queensland Australia

What a beautiful piece of poetry Ruby. Good work.


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Frank Atanacio 15 months ago from Shelton

love the photos and the poem awesome


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Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

Ahh, this one is just exquisite, Ruby! Beautiful beyond words, well, any words I can come up with, but you certainly have done so here.

This may be the most beautiful poem I've read recently.

You excel in your poetry. Lovely imagery to accompany.

Sharing

Blessings for a lovely weekend ahead


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Phyllis Doyle 15 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

Very lovely poem, Ruby. I felt like I was right there in the summer breeze watching it all transpire. Well done.


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always exploring 15 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mar. So good to see you. Happy you liked my poem and Engelbert, he has been one more of my all time favorites for years. Thank you dear one..love you!


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always exploring 15 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Will. A dying lily gave me the inspiration to write this. Happy you liked that line. Thank you..


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always exploring 15 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello John. So glad you enjoyed. Thank you for ' the good work ' comment.


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida

Beautiful photos and no doubt the lily thanked you kindly by becoming lovely once again..it is amazing what a lily TLC can do for an almost expired plant...

Angels are on the way ps


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always exploring 15 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Frank. Thank you for the awesome comment. Happy you enjoyed.


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always exploring 15 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Faith. Your comment warms ' me ' heart. So happy you enjoyed my poetry. Thank you for sharing. Blessings my friend.


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always exploring 15 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Phyllis. I'm so glad you were able to be in the scene, a sweet compliment, thank you..


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always exploring 15 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Patricia. It takes hardly any effort to keep our plants beautiful, some water and as you say good old TLC. Thank you. Many blessings my friend.


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Shyron E Shenko 15 months ago

Ruby this is amazingly beautiful. I agree with Patricia the photo's are also beautiful.

Blessings and Hugs


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ahorseback 15 months ago

No Lillies will die with you and I around my dear ! Nice !


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billybuc 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

Ruby, I think this speaks to much more than just lillies. Beautiful work, filled with truths.


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drbj 15 months ago from south Florida

Ruby found a lily so dry and so still

She watered it until it had its fill.

Now the lily is a thriving beauty.

All because Ruby did her loving duty.

Look out your window, m'dear, and you'll see

All those lilies singing, 'Water me! Water me!'


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clivewilliams 15 months ago from Nibiru

beautiful poetry my friend


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Gypsy Rose Lee 15 months ago from Riga, Latvia

Wonderful poetry and music. Often if we take the time to look we can find beauty where we thought there was none.


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MartieCoetser 15 months ago from South Africa

Water and seeds.... Without it there will be no birth and growth. Thought-provoking poem. Thanks, Ruby!


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always exploring 15 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Shyron. I guess you can tell how much I hate to see a dying plant from neglect, plus the idea of winter coming is not a pleasant thought. I'm happy you liked it and the photos. Blessings and lots of hugs....


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always exploring 15 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Ed. You got that right! lol. Thank you.


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always exploring 15 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Bill. Thank you for believing in truths and seeing some in this piece. I appreciate you!


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always exploring 15 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello drbj. I adore your poems on my hubs. Thank you my witty friend..


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always exploring 15 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Thank you Clive. Happy you enjoyed..


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always exploring 15 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Rasma. I agree. Sometimes I think the wild flowers are just as beautiful. Thank you...


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always exploring 15 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Martie. What would we do without rain and seeds? It would be a world void of beauty. Thanks my friend. When are you going to start writing your stories again? I miss them. You are a good writer! Hugs..


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Genna East 15 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Written by a gentle, sensitive heart with a beautiful imagination. This poetry is so inspiring and uplifting. Ruby, you are what gives in life, and we, like that lily, are lucky to know you. Hugs.


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always exploring 15 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Genna. What a sweet comment! I'm so happy that you find my poetry inspiring and uplifting. It's people like you that gives me the desire to write. Thank you dear friend..Hugs..


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manatita44 15 months ago from london

Poetically exquisite and seen with a Keatsean or Whitman eye. Wonderful, Ruby!


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Vellur 15 months ago from Dubai

Beautifully penned! Lovely write.


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always exploring 15 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Manatita. When a poet such as you makes a wonderful comment about my poetry, well I'm thrilled! Thank you so much..


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always exploring 15 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Vellur. Thank you for a beautiful comment....


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Sam Tumblin 15 months ago from Eunice, La.

Nice Poem Enjoyed Reading It!


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always exploring 15 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Sam. Thank you. Happy you enjoyed..


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prasetio30 14 months ago from malang-indonesia

Beautiful poem and I love it.Thank you very much. Have a good day, my friend :-)


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always exploring 14 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Prasetio. So nice to see you writing again. Thank you for the visit.....


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RJ Schwartz 14 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

Amazing amount of detail with just the right amount of words, well crafted and enjoyable


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always exploring 14 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello R J. Nice to meet you. Happy you enjoyed. Thank you.


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B Brian Hill 14 months ago from Long Island, New York

I love how much emotion and images that you can pack in a few words. Spreading the seeds! I really enjoyed this one.


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always exploring 14 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Brian. I'm so glad you enjoyed this. I loved writing it. Thank you.


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shprd74 13 months ago from Bangalore

ruby, Nice poetry from you,

since you like plants too,

i (am) just like you.

- Hari


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always exploring 13 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Hari. So nice to meet you. We have something in common, plants and poetry. Thank you..


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shprd74 13 months ago from Bangalore

My pleasure too. check my poem we earthling.

- hari


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always exploring 13 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello hari. I read your poem and loved it. I left you some fan mail. Thank you again.


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shprd74 13 months ago from Bangalore

thanks ruby once again.

- hari


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always exploring 12 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

You're welcome hari. Cheers

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    I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.


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