A poem, Too late

Annie just had to find the strength to forget and move forward.

Annie and her two year old daughter Lilly arrived at the beautiful Ocean Drive Hotel in Miami Beach yesterday

Annie sat watching the tide waves go out and return methodically again today

Losing all hope that Ray would keep his promise to meet her and his daughter , remembering the day their daughter Lilly arrived

The days passed without a visit, not even a friendly phone call, realizing it was just another one of his habitual lies

Annie waited at the hotel one more day and night

Determined, She packed her bags and dressed Lilly in her yellow ' Daddy meeting dress ' boarded the plane, eager to be taking her last hopeful flight

She never once looked outside the window, never looked back

Excited to be going home, anxious to get her life back on a solid track

Ray was out of breath from running, finally reaching the locked boarding gate

" Here we go again he muttered out loud, seems i'm always running late. "

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

That is a habit that Ray might want to break in the near future so he doesn't lose those dear women.

Love your style, Ruby! Well done my friend.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Well, my dear Ruby, Ray did try

Although he was late for the flight.

I hope that when he did reach home

Annie forgave him - all was all right.

But I admit that if it were me,

I would have told him, 'Go fly a kite!'


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

There is "late" and there is "too late." Not even a phone call? Ray needs to wake up!! Very well done, Ruby. :-)


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SkeetyD 3 years ago from Barbados

Ruby, Ray needs some serious time management skills or he needs to do more cardio! Another excellent hub. I always enjoy reading your work


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Ray now has time to ponder his fate

as he finds himself on the wrong side of the gate

Annie used her daughter as bait

the fallout is Lily's from her parents hate


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

Ray sure is slow to catch on! This is an interesting story but I see why she got on that plane.


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

"There's something wrong here, there can be no denyin..."

but not with your poetry or pitch perfect song choice, Sista Ruby!

Voted UP and ABI. Come on Ray, get a calendar, man! Love, Maria


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Oh, Ray! Wake up, won't you? Ruby, this is wonderful. Thanks so much. Voted up and sharing.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Sounds like my man .... always perpetually late.

Great poem!


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Bill, Hee..Ray will probably be late for his funeral..Thank's my friend...


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I'm glad that Annie dressed little Lilly in her beautiful yellow dress and boarded the plane with an attitude that was anxious to return to the life she and Lilly have together, resolute in her knowing that 'daddy' will remain irresponsible and careless about love. People only change when they want to. Apparently, even his own daughter isn't enough to inspire his motivation to show that he cares. Powerful piece, Ruby, that has me fuming!


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hi drbj, Hee..I've got another good one to add to my collection of poetry and i agree..Ray go fly a kite...Cheers my friend....


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica

Reminds me of the Jim Carrey movie where he is always working and forgets to keep his promises to his son. .....yes....Liar Liar...lol that movie made me laugh so much I think I may have wet myself.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Genna, No phone call would do it for me. I would never make that first flight. Cheers my friend...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Skeety, HaHa..I think he needs both. Thank you..Smiling...


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Ruchira 3 years ago from United States

Not long do people appreciate late comers....beautifully expressed, ruby


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

Nothing just...'SEEMS'...someone always causes it 'to BE' - like Ray himself, perhaps..

hmmmm...why is it (some) men just cannot take responsibility for their own actions - or inactions - whatever you may have..

he better get there in time - is all i can say..lol

Boy..did this catch me at the right - or the wrong time..

Grrrrrrr...(lol)

up and sharing, Shauna

love ya sweetie!


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

Beautifully expressed, late comers may miss golden opportunities in life.


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nighthag 3 years ago from Australia

nothing worse then missing the moment to turn things around, I loved this!


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for this. I have seen too late(twice in hospitals). Your words are much kinder.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Poignantly sad. At first I thought there was hope. Ray needs a new watch. I've known people who have been late for the most important things in their lives when they could have been on time and all I can say is that the regrets later are just not worth it.


Vickiw 3 years ago

What a shame that they miss the connections in life. Even missing by a few seconds is just too much, and another opportunity is gone - but this time it might be the final straw. Lovely, sad and thoughtful poem.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Oh how wonderful Ruby;a wonderful read and I vote up plus share.

Eddy.


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Oh, knock it off Ray,

Your lack of punctuality

Shows your over casualty

Lilly and Annie are not some play things

For your entertaining

Annie, I'm afraid, has cut the apron strings


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mike, Thank's for the poetry. i love it. You are right of course, Lilly will be the one who will suffer, not knowing your father is hell, been there, done that...Cheers my friend....


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Pam, Yes, i would say that Ray is a slow learner..Ha..Thank you..Cheers..


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mar, Do you think a calendar would help? Hee..I seriously doubt it. I am glad you liked the song. Thank;s for coming to see me..Sister Mar..


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suzzycue 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Always we share a love for Carol King Music. It is a shame people do this to each other . We should always have respect and a caring word on the phone as we never know when that could be the last time or words we have with our people we love. Wake up Ray time does run out.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Audrey, I think Ray has been asleep too long, don't you? Ha..Happy to see you....


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hi Susan, Guess what, your man knows he will have a great meal no matter how late he is..Ha Cheers my friend..


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hi Amy, The idea for this piece came out of nowhere but i'm sure it has happened. I read about a woman who left her child with her husband and did not return so i guess it happens both ways. Thank you Dear one..


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Cardisa, I saw that movie and laughed my butt off too. Thank you for coming by my page..Cheers..


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Ruchira, I agree. I used to work with a nurse and she was late most of the time, she was finally let go. Thank you..Cheers..


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hi Leslie, I wonder if Annie will relent? I think not but we gals are a forgiving lot. Love you too..Thank you...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Vellur, Your comment is very true..Thank you....


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello nighthag, I think this was his last chance to turn things around..Good to see you...Thank you..


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Martin, I have seen this in the hospital too many times. I remember i stayed with my mother for days and nights, ( She had a stroke ( CVA ) She passed away the evening i went home to rest. Thank you...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hi Gypsy, I agree. Regrets are the worst kind of pain. Thank you....


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Vickiw, Your comment is full of wisdom, missed oppurunities are usually lost forever..Thank you..


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City

Such a lovely short story style poem here Ruby, I enjoyed every bit of it and felt like it was a movie, and I just loved the ending quite funny indeed and ironic. Wow! Cool stuff and so creative of you, so visual with the anxiety of that flight status and all, thumbs up on this one and its getting shared everywhere.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hi Eddy, So glad you enjoyed. Thank you for sharing...Cheers..


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hey Fossi, Great poetic reply! I think the apron strings are severed never to be donned again.Hee. Thank you my Hippy pal...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hi suzzycue, Your point about the phone is very true, something i will remember. Good to know you like Carol King, she's one more of my favorites. Thank you...


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Ryem 3 years ago from Maryland

This story hit close to home for me and it feels like you've beautifully written about my childhood. I'm happy to have read this one. You're getting all of my votes and I'm sharing.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Cloud, I am thrilled that you liked this piece. Your comment brought smiles galore. Thank you for sharing my friend...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Ryem, I think we share the same start in life from your comment. Thank you for sharing your childhood with me. Thank you..Cheers..


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old albion 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi Ruby. A sad lesson in life here my friend. Very sharp and to the point. Well done.

Graham.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Graham, Happy to see you. Thank you for your ' well done ' comment. Cheers


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

This reminded me of my dad! lol! he was always late, even if he left the house with us he would go back for something, and we would be stood at the station, train coming in, moaning hurry up! loved it! nell


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Life Iz Beautiful 3 years ago from India

Another unique work of art from you, Ruby... I think Ray needs a hit on his head! he can always call!!! anyways, I love your poem...

Voted interesting and up

Have a lovely day ahead..


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

Ruby, I loved your style. This is between prose and poetry.

Have a great weekend.

Cheers


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Nell, You are so funny. Memories of your dad must be great..Thank you my friend


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Life Iz Beautiful, I am thrilled you liked this and i agree, Ray needs to wake up..Cheers my friend...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Vinaya, I always look forward to your comments. Thank you for being a special friend....


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I commented on this as soon as you published Ruby but I don't see it now.

I said that maybe he should have made a little more effort, he is the one missing out. Sad but often reality

Good write Ruby


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada

Hi Ruby, Ray wasn't just a little bit late, he was days late...So where the heck was he? I hope he will 'Take the last train to Clarksville'...Regards snakeslane


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Hyphenbird 3 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I can understand hours but days? No way. I would not have waited three days! Tell us why he was so late and didn't call. Grrrr, some parents!


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

Beautiful as always, Ruby. Thank you very much for writing and share with us. You have done a great job here. Voted up and God bless you :-)

Prasetio


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Rosemary i know you did respond to this hub. I remember telling you how much i appreciated you..Thank's again my friend....


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello snakeslane, I love your comment. Taking that last train to Nashville might have given Ray an excuse, but he is a loser and will always use a flimsy excuse..Cheers...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hi Hyphen, Some men do not feel the need to take care of their own, my reason for writing this, A friend who moved on and is now living a beautful life. Thank you my friend..


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hi Presetio, Thank you for reading and commenting. Happy you injoyed..Thank you my friend..


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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

A poignant piece well done for the writer and somewhat rare/underdone for a father who missed more than the point.. Yee haa.. congrats also for your 200 hubs Ruby... good on you... this one's a keeper! Take care.. PD


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Pearldiver, Happy to see you. Thank's for the congrats. I never dreamed that i would have so much to write about. Cheers my friend...


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

Ray, Ray, Ray. Wake up and smell the coffee. He does stand to lose two womerful people if he's not careful. Love the poem. Up and awesome.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Gals, HaHa, Ray had better listen! Thank you for coming by..Cheers..


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radhikasree 3 years ago from Mumbai,India

Had Ray met Annie..........the soft, silent ending of the verse touched my heart. Voted up, beautiful and sharing it.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello radhikasree, Yes, what if?....................Happy it touched your heart. Thank you for sharing...


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota

What are we gonna do about that Ray. He is definitely spending his days alone and lonely~if only he'd made it on time. Another great poem Ruby-your such a talent.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Linda, You are so kind..Thank you..I think Ray missed ' the boat ' too many times.Hee,,Cheers.


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Susan Recipes 2 years ago from India

Wonderfully written always exploring. Thanks for sharing.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Susan. Thank you again. You are bringing all of my old hubs back to life...YEA!

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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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