A poem, Abandoned ocean cave

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The whitecaps ripple reflecting memories of past events

There are moments when my mind rushes like a flapping ocean wave

I observe myself staring

While standing in an old abandoned ocean cave

The whitecaps ripple reflecting memories of past events

Like lazy summer nights together

In a hurried pitched tent

Making passionate love, swimming against the swirling current stream

Around and around

As we glide aimlessly downstream

Cooking breakfast on an old makeshift barbecue grill

Hot coffee, bacon and eggs

To get our morning fill

Searching inside the old weathered water soaked cave

Finding names and dates, some very old

Lovers initials lovingly engraved

Then I see a painting of a lovely garden scene

Brings back the aroma of sweet lilac

I used to put in my china figurines

Suddenly I hear a knock on my door.......................

Slowly I leave the ocean cave

And the beautiful decor

I know in my heart of hearts i'll visit again real soon

Happy memories will forever remain hallowed

Surrounding the shallow

Lagoon.

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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

What beautiful images of the travels you take in memory and imagination...wonderful description; I can so relate!! You are so wonderful at painting real pictures that inspires your readers to recall our memories, too. And, being there in memory and fantasy; imagination, is so very real.....and then, brought back to the present by a rap on the door, a ringing phone. Romantic in the broadest sense of the word, whimsical, magical, Ruby! You wander in places that I often frequent...UP Beautiful Awesome


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

hats off to ruby! the ending is perfect!

vote all + shared.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Wow! So romantic always...you are so gifted. Thank you for sharing from your heart. Regards, snakeslane


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Mesmerized and touched by the vivid image of your words. Lovers that mingle kisses and passionately sharing those waves that refresh their inttentions. Great Piece Rubi!


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BeyondMax 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Oh, Ruby, what a beautifully expressed, nostalgically romantic journey! So captivating and heartfelt!


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sassydee 4 years ago from los angeles, ca

love the picture and the poem go so well together voted up and beautiful


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sassydee 4 years ago from los angeles, ca

love the picture and the poem go so well together voted up and beautiful


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snowdrops 4 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

captivating beautiful poem Ruby!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Ruby,

I felt like watching the ocean from a cave. Your Descriptions are wonderful.

Regards


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sharonchristy 4 years ago from India

So beautifully, I felt as if I was seated on some small boat bobbing away peacefully on the tame seas! You create such a fascinating and lovely air! Loved it!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Oh Ruby, you did so well with this one! This may be my favorite among all of your writing. The images are exquisite! Bravo!


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Great poem, AE! Very descriptive! Voted up, up up!


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Perfect use of symbolism with this fine poetry. This has to be one of my favorites. Excellent and unique photo to visualize this wonderful work.

Excellent and voting up.


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Senoritaa 4 years ago

What a beautiful journey to and from the cave, and that picture is breathtaking as well.


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shea duane 4 years ago from new jersey

lovely!


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Gorgeous, vivid imagery, Ruby. I was captured, enraptured and like an interrupted daydream, brought back to earth. Heavenly


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

This sounds like youth well spent rather than abandoned. The imagery is captivating, well done. Makes me wonder why anyone comes to my place for breakfast, with such an inviting place as the Abandoned Ocean Cave available.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Ruby, this is beautiful so beautiful.

Voted up and awesome, Joyce.


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Sweet memories, written so beautifully.

That photo is awesome. Thanks. :-)


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Kathy, I'm so glad you could relate. The picture sent me back in time with some truth and a lot of imagination. So much of my writing comes from a picture. Your complimentary comments are so encouraging. Thank you so much. Cheers My Friend


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Snakeslane, Your sweet comments always brighten my day. Thank you so much my Canadian friend..* Hugs *


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Lord, So happy you were touched by this piece. Who could ask for more? Thank you so much..Cheers


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drpastorcarlotta 4 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

As always soooooooooooooooo beautiful!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Max, I love your beautiful comment. Thank you so much..Cheers


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Sassydee, Nice to meet you. Thank you for an up vote. I appreciate it..Cheers


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello snowdrops, Happy you found this piece captivating. Thank you so much..Cheers


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Helllo Vinaya, I'm thrilled with your comment. Thank you my friend...cheers


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QudsiaP1 4 years ago

I love the imagery and the backdrop you set the reader against Vinaya. Wonderful indeed.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Sharonchristy, Such a beautiful comment. Thank you so much...Cheers my friend..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Billy, I'm so glad you enjoyed this one. Thank you for a lovely comment..Cheers my friend...


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Dexter. Good to see you again. Thank you for reading and thinking it was descriptive. Smiles my friend..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Shiningirisheyes, I'm happy you thought it was one of my best. Thank you for telling me. Cheers..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Senoritaa, I am glad you liked the picture, as soon as i saw it my imagination took off. Ha, Thank you for coming to read my work..Cheers..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello shea duane, Nice to see you..Thank you..Cheers..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Amy, Your comment brought a BIG smile. Thank you so much. Your support means a lot to me my friend..* Hugs *


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Aha Mike, There's no place like our little cafe. You serve the best food and fun times and the music 'ain't bad..What makes you thing this was a time of youth..HaHa Just kidding, couldn't resist..Thank you for always coming to read my poetry..* Hugs *


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Thank you Joyce. I appreciate your awesome comment...Cheers my friend...


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epigramman 4 years ago

Ruby my dear (the Monk tune) I don't say this to many women BUT

I love you!!!!!! George Jones allowed me to say that to you - but just once - lol - and this is one of the most beautiful pieces I've ever read - me is inspired - big time.

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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

congratulation... imagination working overtime on this... :-)


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Ruby, I always get lost in your graceful poetry. This is no exception. Such a beautiful elegant poem. I often find myself thinking about past memories. I reckon it can be good and bad to do that. As long as they are good, why not. Voted up, beautiful, and awesome. Shared on twitter.


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

Mike, people come to your cafe after they've been loved up in the cave. Scrambled eggs with bacon and wheat toast please...

Ellie May, such a romantic, sensual, beautiful poem you've written. It's so vivid and realistic that I have to believe your name is written in a cave near a body of water. I can so see that. Let's go to the cafe and get's some bacon and eggs, my treat...


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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

What a beautiful place to have, full of memories and sensations, nostalgic, to go to and savour. Beautiful words creating wonderful visuals of a place you know and love, thank you so much for sharing just a glimpse of your shallow lagoon. Just beautiful AE, my votes and best wishes and sharing.


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shalini sharan 4 years ago from Delhi

this was a rather imaginative and elegant poetry


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Hi Ruby,

Has been way too long but always enjoy your writing. I feel as if I was in the cave looking out to the ocean..Beautiful descriptions of a wonderful dream.

Love and hugs

Sunnie


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Love in a cool cave with Elvis, my dream. The poem is just romantic and so real. My husband and I went away on trips like this when we were young. Thanks for the lovely read and for the great song by the incredible man who touched all our hearts.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Elena, I'm glad you liked the photo. I thought it was so creative..Thank you..Cheers


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Drpastor, You're soooooooooooooooooo COOL for coming to visit. Thank you Dear friend...


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Qudsia, Happy to see you. Thank you for your wonderful comment..Cheers


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Epi, I'm so thrilled that you were inspired BIG time. When i saw the picture my imagination erupted, Ha..Tell George " Thank you " for letting you come visit. Thank you so much for your support and building 'me ego up and away...* Hugs *


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mhatter, You got that right..Hee..Thank's for making me smile..Cheers


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Ricky, You are so kind with your generous comments. Thank you. We all look back sometimes, the key is to not stay there. Take care my friend..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

A.A. LOL, You are a riot and i love it. There 'ain't nothin' better than a snuggle in a cave then going to Mike's Emerald Wells Cafe for bacon and eggs, i'm on my way. Thank you my friend..Smiling..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Annie, I'm so glad you enjoyed this, some memories and like Mhatter said, " A lot of imagination " Ha.Thank you for sharing. I appreciate that. Cheers my friend..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Shalini Sharan, Nice to meet you. Thank you for visiting my page..Cheers


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Oh Sunnie, How good to see you. I miss you and your wonderful stories. Where are you writing? Thank you for coming to see me my friend. Cheers..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Aha Hyphen, Love in a cave with Elvis, i'm grinning from ear to ear. Yes, happy day's are good memories that last a lifetime, tearing up, such a baby! Thank you Dear one...Cheers...


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

A fascinating graphic to begin with and then beautiful evocative poetry to accompany it, Ruby. To say nothing of the perfect finishing touch - Elvis. Very imaginative, m'luv.

Speaking of imagination, is that young face in silhouette facing left which is formed by the ocean rushing into the cave entrance - is that you a few years ago when you were in your 20s?


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello drbj, I had to go take another look at the picture, I didn't see the face at first, then after staring under the face, I saw the face of a young woman. I am amazed, it's not me. You have a keen eye m'luv. Thank you for a blockbuster comment..* Hugs *


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

Voted up and beautiful. I could sense smelling the spray of water in this well written piece that brought a picture of love, serenity, peace and beauty all rolled into one.


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old albion 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Hello AE. A lovely hub throughout and then you finish with a lovely song and live performance from The King. Brilliant.

Up / interesting.

Graham.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello pagesvoice, Nice to see you. Thank you for a beautiful comment. Cheers


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Graham, Good to see you again, Happy you enjoyed this piece and yes, Elvis will always be the King. Thank you so much..Cheers.


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BobbiRant 4 years ago from New York

On this hot, hot day in NY, I enjoyed reading about an ocean cave, sand and surf and could feel the sea breezes in my face. Beautiful, simply beautiful.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

This is fabulous Ruby - you created beautiful images - voted up/beautiful


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Bobbi, Thank you for a beautiful comment. I'm so happy you connected..Cheers.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Thank you Lesley. I'm thrilled. Thank you...


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sofs 4 years ago

Great imagery and passion in your words. They make wonderful memories I am sure. Beautiful!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Sophie, Some memories, a lot of imagination. Thank you for the beautiful comment...Smiles


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Beautiful poetry ruby...loved it!!


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acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

Wow this is so beautiful as always, you are such a natural poetess. I so loved the picture and the video was amazing too. Awesome and of course voting up and pressing the appropriate buttons too.


Vincent Moore 4 years ago

A very unique framing picture of your cave. It draws you in, I felt like I was standing there beside you enjoying my view. Your imagery was perfect as were your words. I always enjoy reflecting back to pleasant memories for without them this poet would go mad. Hugs to you my sweet genius.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Ruchira, So glad you enjoyed..Thank you..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello acaetnna, You are so gracious with your sweet comments. Thank you so much...


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Vincent, I felt the same way when i saw the picture, how could you not write about a lovely memory? I am so happy that you reflect back on pleasant memories. Thank you so muck my poet friend...


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi Ruby, lovely poem and I wish I could have such lovely imaginary journeys, nice to see you, nell


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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

fantastic presentation and very effective selection of words, i luv this hub, GOD bless you


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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Hello Ruby;

I’ve been away for awhile due to work and had check in with my favorite authors. When I looked at the photo I was immediately struck at how the opening to the cave is the silhouette of someone’s left profile. This has to be one of your best poems – truly beautiful, Ruby! Your images take us there through the opening portal of memory that beckons so seductively and sweetly. Up and much more. :-)


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radhikasree 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

Your imagination is so superb while portraying the emotions that burst out when memories wave your minds. Soon you're coming back to the present state describing the artifacts and antiques inside the cave.

A real poet's art!!

Voted up, beautiful and sharing across.


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

This is truly a magnificent poem!! Beautiful picture of past memories.... Loved it! Voting up and beautiful.....


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Nell, I'm sorry to be so late. Nice to see you. Hey, remember our journey to the Royal Wedding? We had a ball. You should take us to the Olympics..HaHa..Cheers my friend..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello girishpuri. Good to see you again. Sorry i'm late answering..Thank you so much. Happy you enjoyed...Cheers my friend..God Bless You..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Genna, Happy to see you back on Hubpages, missed you. Sorry i'm late. Thank you, your comment is wonderful. I'm thrilled..Cheers My Friend..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello radhikasree, You're so generous with your comments. It is so great to write a piece that's enjoyed by others. Thank you for sharing. Cheers My Friend....


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello La Thing, My, your comment fills me with joy. Thank you so much..Smiling..


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi Ruby, great idea! haha!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Nell, HaHa, I can just imagine, one of us would drown, another would break a leg and the Queen would ban us from ever entering England..HeeHee


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ahorseback 4 years ago

I read this and didn't comment , I can't believe it ! Ooooo! the image this creates ......I have too much imagination . Beautiful ! Awesome.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello ahorseback, Good to see you. I can relate, my imagination runs amuck..HaHa Thank you for coming by..Cheers my friend..


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billips 4 years ago from Central Texas

A lovely poem 'Always Exploring' - I can see what you are saying in my mind - I also enjoyed Elvis - definitely one of his best - B.


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mollymeadows 4 years ago from The Shire

Ruby, I love the imagery here, and the idea of keeping your happy memories in a place as magical as a sea cave. Thanks for bringing us with you.


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Very nice. GBY.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Billips, I'm thrilled that you could see. Thank you. And yes, Elvis was one-of-a-kind, he will never be replaced. Thank you for coming by my page..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Molly meadows, Thank you. I love to take others to a happy place..Thank you my friend..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Stars 439, Thank you and God Bless You Too. Thank you for visiting my page..


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

What would we do without our memories to look back on. Loved this poem!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Susan, So glad you liked this one. I agree, good memories last forever..Thank you my friend ..


IntegrityYes 4 years ago

I definitely voted up.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Yes, And thank you again...Happy you enjoyed my friend..


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Always, This creative and lovely piece was truly full of imagery and beauty. Such a wonderful place to visit through your words. And the icing on the cake was the beautiful song like only Elvis can sing it.

Loved it all.

Peg


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Peg, So glad you enjoyed the piece and Elvis. Thank you for visiting my page..Cheers


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

love the imagery you bring out in this poem Ruby...the remnants of the past...


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello raciniwa, So good to see you. Yes some old remnants of the past. Thank you Dear one..


dreamseeker2 4 years ago

Love the face in the opening of the cave. Great poem too. Voted up and interesting. : )


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello dreamseeker, Nice to see you. I love that picture too. Happy you enjoyed my poem. Thank you for coming..Cheers.


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coffeegginmyrice 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

Beautiful imagery! Beautiful poetry! Beautiful choice of photo and yes, Elvis too...made me sing along to the top of my voice that made my daughter yell from her bedroom, "Mom, you're too LOUD!" Oh, I had the earphones one, lol! "Sorry, I got carried away."

This poem is carrying me away too to the caves, warm waters, ripples, crystal clear mirrors, bats are fine, blue lagoons, scribbles and markings of couples inlove...how I miss all these back home in the Philippines. Your poem flashed memories infront of me. Wonderful, always exploring!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Tess, I'm so glad this piece brought back memories of your homeland. And, Elvis, hands off..HaHa..He's mine!! There will never be another like him or MJ.I miss them both. Thank you for an awesome comment..Cheers my friend..


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

Very surreal style poetry, I love all the visions of that awesomely decorative cave you spoke about, and it felt as if I was there for a brief moment.

This is what makes poetry so powerful and when its written with a flair of brilliance, wow! You definitely have that magic touch with your words Ruby.

Thumbs up and out and I loved the image you chose to use, so figurative and appeals to the imagination.

It was like the cave was some sort of paradise home front of sorts you got me hungry too thinking of a hot barbecue steak which I can no-longer eat LOL, oh so smooth!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

The photo really drew me in and the poem is just amazing. This is one of the most beautiful and inspiring poems I have read on Hubpages. Beautiful!!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Aha Mike, You thrill me with words of acceptance. Happy you enjoyed And saw the beauty of rememberance... Cheers..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Oh, Thank you Tammy, You make my heart sing with gladness. Thank you. Cheers..


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Oh Ruby, memories can be so bittersweet. I sometimes yearn the good memories and hold them dear! Being alone in nature, like a cave, makes us be still and your poem brought that out. Can so relate!


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Fossie, So good to see you my special friend. Memories will always be with us and thank God for them. So happy you could relate..Cheers.


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carolp 3 years ago from Switzerland

Everytime i drop by at your site i always find something that interest me, Your poems are great and this one brought my mind in a journey of memories, of peace and tranquility.

Hope i will be having more time and read more of your poems & writings.

Regards.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello carolp, Nice to see you. Happy you enjoyed and it brought you a feeling of peace and tranquility....Cheers...


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Mike Robbers 3 years ago from London

Very beautiful poem and imagery. Enjoyed reading :)


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mike, Nice to meet you..Happy you enjoyed..Thank you....

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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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