April poetry tucked away in my backpack

Driving along in my Honda CRV I see a stop sign up ahead

For some silly reason it unlocks memories that were suposedly left for dead

Memories of lost love and devastating hurt

Why would I choose to go there again after I've regained my pride and climbed out of that sinkhole dirt?

The stop sign warns of a detour coming in sight

I think I'll take that road to a new beginning. A brand new inner light

May's new moon is approaching soon

The April showers will end and May flowers will be in full bloom

The sweet aroma fills up my senses

Aha springtime invites me to open all old pent up defenses

The sun is shining through my sunroof as I drive an unknown course

I feel enthusiastic and happy. No looking back at the past. No feelings of sad remorse

P.N. A new day is dawning for me

I feel alive and free

Of course my muse hates the sun

So musey is on the run

" Good riddance " I say

Come winter musey will return for another day

But I plan to be in Florida soaking up the warm sunray




Lyric, you fill up my senses.

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Faith Reaper 19 months ago from southern USA

Ruby, I love this beauty here! You are so creative and it is interesting how you derive so much inspiration about the detour. Great metaphor.

Spring does invoke feelings of happiness and rebirth and renewal. Everything seems so fresh and new, like a new beginning.

Your imagery choices are beautiful too.

Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

Have fun in Florida soaking up the sun. Let your light so shine ...


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mckbirdbks 19 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Ruby - you have penned a poem of renewal and promise. It is time to sail into all the sunshine life has to offer. Voted up and shared.


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mary615 19 months ago from Florida

It's wonderful to have new beginnings, and the chance to start a new life. Welcome to Florida, you will love it here. I came here in 1965, and never regretted the move.

Voted this UP, and shared.


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bravewarrior 19 months ago from Central Florida

Come soak up the Florida sun, Ruby! I love this poem of taking roads unknown to leave behind past pains.

The flower photos are stunning, especially the orchids. One looks like a ballerina and the other looks like a dove in flight. Isn't nature amazing?


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always exploring 19 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Faith. So good to see you. Yes spring has arrived and I'm getting ready to move to a smaller house. ( downsizing ) Then after the summer I plan on going to Fl. for the winters. I did that for about eight years and I loved it. I do feel a new beginning is on the horizon. I'm glad you liked my metaphor. Thank you for sharing...


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always exploring 19 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mike. You know I thought my beautiful home was all I needed to make me happy, but instead it takes all my time. I want to be free to travel and spend more time with my family and like you say get all the sunshine life has to offer. ( I like that. ) Thank you so much....


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always exploring 19 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mary. As you can see I love springtime and the thought of a new beginning spurs me on. A year ago I would never think about giving up my home, but today I'm thrilled at the thought of less house keeping and upkeep on a house built for a large family. I sold it to a young couple with four children. That's what this house needs, I'm happy. I used to go to Fl. in the winter to a place called Leesburg which is about 30 miles from Orlando. This time I'm thinking about going down in the Keys. They tell me it's much warmer there. I'm not sure yet. Thank you for the welcome and thank you for sharing..


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always exploring 19 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Shauna. I love the flowers too. My favorite is the dove. I would love to grow flowers like that. The thought of taking a detour to forget past hurts popped in my head and that's what I'm doing. I need a change. Thank's for the welcome to Fl. Glad you liked this piece. Thank you so much.


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billybuc 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

A good and talented writer can find inspiration everywhere. You just proved that fact, and I loved this detour. Thank you for making the start of my day a special event.


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always exploring 19 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Bill your comment makes me happy to be a writer. Your approval means a lot to me. Thank you so much...


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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia

Ruby, wonderful poetry and I love the theme. Beautiful accompanying images, and to end it with Annie's song...perfect. Love it. Voted up.


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Larry Rankin 19 months ago from Oklahoma

Great poetry!


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MartieCoetser 19 months ago from South Africa

Strange how something can suddenly arouse memories we have buried. Keeping one's eyes focus on the present and the future is an ongoing task.

I wish I could go with you to Florida. Enjoy the sunshine, Ruby :)


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clivewilliams 19 months ago from Nibiru

mmmm, quite a poet aren't you miss always exploring...


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drbj 19 months ago from south Florida

This is a lovely paean to the summer

Especially when winter can be such a bummer.

Take a plane today and get thee to Key West

Where the weather is warm and the sunset the best.

PS - I'll join you there

At Mallory Square.


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always exploring 19 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello John. So glad you liked this piece and the video. John was another one of my favorites. Thank you so much..


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always exploring 19 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Thank you Larry. Happy you enjoyed....


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always exploring 19 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Martie. I am so ready for a change. There is so much more I want to do besides cleaning and dusting a house that's much too big for me. I bought a smaller home, it's brick and really cute, really all I need. I wish you could go to Fl. too. Maybe someday we all can meet face to face somewhere. I would love that. I hope you are feeling better. Take care my friend. Hugs...


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always exploring 19 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Clive. I never think of myself as a poet. I just love to rhyme. Thank's for coming by...


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always exploring 19 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Yea, drbj is back! I've missed your humorous poems. If I get there, we will certainly meet and have a ball. So glad you are back on HP..Thank you....


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Nadine May 19 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Lovely poem about what Spring brings to us all. New life and new beginnings. Great photos.


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Genna East 19 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Your backpack is filled with gems, Ruby. I’m pleased that you told your winter muse to “take 5” (and more), as you view spring and its metaphor of renewal and promise, along with the new moon. What a creative way to express a wonderful new outlook on life and what stretches ahead on that detour. :-) Congratulations on the new home purchase, my friend. I’m excited for you. Hugs. And I love the Denver song. Voted up ++ and shared.


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AudreyHowitt 19 months ago from California

Funny what stirs up memory Ruby! This is a gen though--


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always exploring 19 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Thank you Nadine. Happy you enjoyed..I loved the flowers too...


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always exploring 19 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Genna. The arrival of spring always fills me with new hope and the urge to travel. I am so happy to have sold my house and finding another smaller one just seemed to be. Funny how this piece came to be. Sometimes it's good to take a detour. Thank you so much for best wishes...Hugs..


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always exploring 19 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hi Audrey. I agree. Memories pop up in the strangest places. I know they do for you too. Your poetry is full of memories..Thank you. Hugs..


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Perspycacious 19 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

If there is anyone who cannot identify with this poem, they have either not ever been hurt, or they just don't know how to read!


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Frank Atanacio 19 months ago from Shelton

very creative always exploring.. i thought it was a metaphor at first for winter finally giving way to a fresh new spring.. but I got it.. loved it.. kind of felt sad as the words had me wrapped and tied.. voted up and awesome


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tillsontitan 19 months ago from New York

How true this poem is Ruby. The littlest things can set off our memories. I like the way you picked yourself up, dusted yourself off, and looked forward to new beginnings.

Enjoy Florida! We're headed to Disney next week with two of my children's families and two of my grandchildren.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and beautiful.


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always exploring 19 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Perspycacious. Your comment made me lol. I see you can see between the lines well. Thank you..


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always exploring 19 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Frank. This is just a whimsical piece about taking a detour into a new beginning and forgetting the pain from the past. Happy you enjoyed...Thank you..


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always exploring 19 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mary. Spring is a time for new adventures. So happy you liked this piece. Have a great time in Fl..Thank you...


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Cardisa 19 months ago from Jamaica

Wonderful poem Ruby. I always like your spontaneous poems. It's supposed to me cool here, but it has been scorching here in Jamaica. I wish I was somewhere cooler enjoying spring...lol


DJ. Anderson 19 months ago

Outstanding, Ruby! And, to think, I almost missed this as we have been traveling on up the road.

Like you, I wonder what dredges up some of those old, unpleasant memories. Maybe, we should look at them as stepping stones to a brighter tomorrow. The pictures of the flowers make a stunning border

beside you lovely words and you could not have chosen a more telling

song. This is the trifecta of talent, beauty and the perfect song to bring it all together.

Great job, Ruby!

DJ.


DJ. 19 months ago

Ruby, I could not get a copy of addresses to print so I had to hand

write many addresses. I have copied your e-mail address incorrectly.

Please shoot me off an e-mail so I can see where I need to correct.

Thanks,

DJ.


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Shyron E Shenko 19 months ago

Ruby, this is beautiful.

I have not written an April poem,

But, one keeps going round inside my head

My muse tells me to write it down

I don't have the time, I reply with a frown

Voted-up, UABI and shared


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Jo_Goldsmith11 19 months ago

I so enjoy the richness of the words you have used to describe passing through from bad to better times. The time to re-new ones heart and steady as we go towards a brighter days ahead.

So beautiful, inspirational and positive message. Voted this way and Up to the Angles! May they continue to be available when your muse takes a vacation! :-))

Shared so this may bless others like it has done for me.


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jhamann 19 months ago from Reno NV

Beautiful photographs. Love the poem. Enjoy the April sun in Florida! Jamie


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always exploring 19 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Cardisa. I know I should feel sorry for you, but I don't. I envy you! Jamaica, who could ask for more? Hee. So good to see you again. Thank you for coming by....


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always exploring 19 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello DJ. I like that idea of stepping stones to a brighter tomorrow. You are so wise. your friendship means so much to me. Thank you..Cheers


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always exploring 19 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

DJ. I sent you an email.......


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always exploring 19 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Shyron. I'll be watching for your April poem. Thank you for coming by..Hugs..


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always exploring 19 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Jo. My your comment is sweet. I'm so glad you enjoyed. Thank you so much...


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always exploring 19 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello jhamann. happy you liked the poem and photos. After summer Fl. is on tap..Yea! Thank you...


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manatita44 19 months ago from london

Yes, a new beginning...always a new or eternal beginning. The old has gone. Excellent Poetry! Salaam!


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always exploring 19 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Manatita. I agree. Down with the old and looking for a new beginning. Thank you for always supporting my work. Peace..


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Nell Rose 19 months ago from England

Wonderful poem Ruby! and the John Denver song playing along really made me see what you were saying, loved it! I actually sat through a John Denver concert on tv the other night, I had forgotten how lovely he was, and his songs were amazing, nell


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Gypsy Rose Lee 19 months ago from Riga, Latvia

Great music, great poetry and pictures.


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tobusiness 19 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Ruby, another brilliant piece from you. Often it's in the little detours of life that we find the most hope. Good luck with the move, have a lovely holiday, Florida sounds great. As usual, the weather is teasing us merciless here in the UK, the sky is a gorgeous blue but there's still a chill in the air.

Take care now, my best to you.


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Vellur 19 months ago from Dubai

Beautiful!! Great poem and I love John Denver's song. Voted up.


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AudreyHowitt 19 months ago from California

Hi Ruby! Just thought I would spread the love around a bit!


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torrilynn 19 months ago

Hello Ruby : ) this was a really great poem. I like how I can feel the warmth and sunshine radiating through your poem. Blessings


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always exploring 18 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Nell-Rasma-Jo-Vellur-Audrey-Torrilynn. So sorry I'm late. I'm in the process of moving and redecorating. So happy to see you all. Thank you for coming to read and comment..


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radhikasree 18 months ago from Mumbai,India

Hi Ruby,

I was wondering where you were. Some ways always remind us of our past.

Voted up, beautiful and awesome!!


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always exploring 18 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello radhikasree. I've been away for about a month. Downsizing to a smaller home and having some redecorating done. I will probably not be on line as much for the next two weeks, but I'll be back. Thank you for a beautiful comment...


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Lady_E 17 months ago from London, UK

Beautiful Poem, Ruby. Your next hub will be your 200th.

Congrats in Advance. :-)


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always exploring 17 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Lady E, It's always so good to see you. We go back a long way. I miss your hubs. Come back little Sheba. lol..


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Nadine May 17 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

That was an absolute wonderful read and together with the images, beautiful.

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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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