Art of the Diver: Portfolio of Dragon Pearls

Dragon Pearls.
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Portfolio... Please... Enjoy

Album # 2 - 'Art of the Diver.'

Art of the Diver:'Portfolio of Dragon Pearls' is the second album in a unique series of original poems, haiku and quotes, written by New Zealand poet Pearldiver. In this mixed album several subjects are covered and are woven into profound words that provide a testament of the range, talent and depth of the poet.

Though each poem in itself may be worthy of it's own individual publication, the author has chosen to provide a collection of interesting pieces complimenting one another and genuinely highlighting the art of the diver, when heart felt words are written from the heart. Also within this album are poems that serve as an allegory, providing more than one perspective on the chosen subject. 'Portfolio' is an album that should be read aloud, to be gain the best context and emotional structure within the poems. Enjoy the dragon's pearls on offer in this uniquely deep album.

Towards the end of the album is Vote Here module. The author would appreciate you choosing the poem that you consider to be the best represented here. Simply click on that choice and tick the box... Voting allows the author to gauge more directly, the tastes and preferred genres of the readers... Thank you for participating.

The special poetry works contained in this album include:

'Casting Pearls' - Dragon Zen about wisdom.

'Forever' - Short poem on long term relationships.

'Losing Friends' - Short poem on why we should spend more time with others.

'Tall Poppies' - Short poem on silencing cynical people.

'Back Yourself in Life' - Why you owe it to yourself to believe in you.

'The Demands of Peace' - Reasons why peace should prevail over war.

'Through a Warrior's Eyes' (Samurai Haiku) - 5 Original Bamboo Haiku.

'The Critic' - Short poem on what it takes for a perfect kiss.

'Within The Sanity of Tears' - A story of tragic consequence behind the pain of abuse.

'This True Sense of Self' - A Fibonacci Poem for men to consider.

'Just Hold Me' - Short poem on the power of arms.

'The Trouble With Boys' - Satirical poem about slow boys and fast girls.

'A Most Perfect Moment' - Short poem about the beauty of nature's interaction.


Copyright © 2012 - 2013 Pearldiver – Art of the Diver with all rights reserved.

- Casting Pearls -
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‘Casting Pearls’

Be as the Dragon - Think deeply and listen wisely

For there will always be those truly, life-defining moments

Loudly and profoundly crying out, pleading for, only an enduring wisdom

Moments when perhaps, all one has to offer is, the subtle purity of pearls

Greatly grown and gathered, each illustrative of one life’s sacrifice made

Sparingly shared, given only to enhance a worthy moment and thus satisfy the plea

As opposed to lost, wasted, or squandered, on vast expanses of truly foolish perspective

Be as the Dragon - Bravely fill life with your subtle purity and beauty

For the true skill, wisdom and art of the diver will always be reflected, within the luster of those pearls gathered from and cast with, the greatest depth…

__________©_________

* Words by Pearldiver *

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- Pearls # 15 - 1000 -
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‘Forever’


I believe everyone comes to this place, perhaps only in a dream

As if they are searching for something far more

Expanding on, floating in and out of life’s chosen realities

So many seem to seek, that which is beyond

Real time or, the true measurement of one’s life

Searching in all ways, people seem to be, always searching for

Immortality or, a love’s eternal presence, infinitely hoped to see

The longest time, the farthest place, the greatest memory

It doesn’t matter what we search for; it’s about the endless energy

Gained from the passion, the belief and our very quest to be

And in my dream I found out, what my quest means, to me

It’s all about the quality of life and what it takes to be, truly happy

And knowing that the love I have for you

Will always last and therefore be… Forever!

__________©_________

* Words by Pearldiver *

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- Pearl #12 -
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Losing Friends’


With real friends, there never seems to be enough time, to show how much we care

Enough opportunities or chances, to let our hearts have their say

Though with great ease, we can also remember every friend, no longer here

Lost along the way, never believing that their time would come, that day

And how each time, we may have found it hard, to reach out beyond the trend

By accepting that losing friends should merely be part of life, in the end

Well that doesn’t stop the hurt, or make amends for, the words we didn’t say

And if this once we can allow ourselves to grieve as others do, as others pray

Then perhaps we’ll find a true friend, with whom to share words with, before our day

Or maybe share the final journey in celebration of, our reasons to not pretend

Why we choose to spend less time, with those we love: The real cost of losing friends

_________©_________

* Words by Pearldiver *

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- Pearl # 11 -
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Tall Poppies.
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‘Tall Poppies’


It’s just a case of having confidence

It’s not my arrogance that you see

Sure you can defame me and criticize my stance

But deep inside you truly know, almost enviously

That for you, having true confidence is, just a fallacy

I don’t believe arrogance is called for, with sincerity

How sad, that confidence requires, all those things

That you, just aren't mature enough, to be….

Get a life of your own to criticize and you will see

How fools senselessly try, to cut down, tall poppies...

__________©_________

* Words by Pearldiver *

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- Pearl # 3 -
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Bayonet Charge.
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‘The Demand of Peace’


The demand of peace, like war, requires vast degrees and reserves of courage

But unlike war, it has the power to set free or dispel wrongful perceptions

It calls for an end to all hostile actions based on human differences and frailties

It demands honesty so brutally delivered, as to force all illogical madness to dissipate in favor of true compassion

It demands a peaceful quiet, to replace the din and haste of war, a tranquility in which the reestablishment of all truth’s innocent nature can be achieved

That time, when more than merely men of war seek real reason, within a logical purpose encompassing what has been, what they have done and seen

And that time when, all new breath is drawn to enable us to learn what it is, to seek within our hearts, the poetry written and to be found there

Within those soulfully profound words once published and stored, perhaps in childhood days, set to teach us, what can be achieved.

And who we really are, when we have the courage to demand peace, to embrace reality and share positive change, to love our fellow man, wholly and unconditionally, as our children once did of us.

_________©_________

* Words by Pearldiver *

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- Pearl #2 -
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- Edo Protocol -
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Your fate is assured and sealed.

- Dark Window -
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‘Through a Warrior's Eyes’

(Samurai Haiku)


Angry clouds form

Cold hail thrown at my path

I see my enemy…


Snow brings purity

To honor a foolish head

Red icicles weep...


Cool breezes caress

Hazy summer days together

I see my friends…


Mornings by the sea

In tides constant rise and fall

I see my lover…


Spring buds forming

Fragrances borne only by rain

I see life’s reason…


* Original Bamboo Haiku by Pearldiver *


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- Pearl # 8 -
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The Critic’

Ah yes, a superb presentation and balance

I tasted the slightest hint of blackberry and star anise

There expertly hidden, within the texture of the pear

Subtly enhanced by an opposing tartness, in your glaze

Long and delicately lingering, as only sweet aniseed can

When confronted by such passion on display


How could I not enjoy, such a labor of love so dear?

How you excel in every respect, far beyond any peer

How could I not fall madly, hopelessly in love?

When confronted by such a passionate entrée

Of your lips and your exquisite, lingering taste

Nothing could surpass this perfect kiss…


* Words by Pearldiver *

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- Pearl # 7 -
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Source

‘Within the Sanity of Tears’


I cried a tear for self love found again

I cried a tear in pain

I cried a tear for art and its relevance

And for those unjustly blamed


I cried a tear for helplessness felt

I cried a tear in pain

I cried a tear for all young guinea pigs

More than humiliated, they tortured us again


And I cried because my ability to stop, was gone

Left with no shelter from that rain

Oh they tried so hard, to break our minds and spirits though

I refused to gave in, to all the pain


I cried a tear, for ambitions swept away again

I cried a tear in pain

I cried a tear for a stolen child in me

And cursed your callous mind, clearly insane


And I cried a tear for peace regained

I cried a tear in pain

I cried a tear for trust, and jagged, consequence

But fragmented memories, always remained


Yet I shed not a single tear, the last time I saw you

Still struggling, with your lies and your insecure fears

I just couldn’t bring myself, to forgive you, as you are, so insincere

Damn your betrayal and the fate of wasted, hollow years


It's so ironic, that you never found, who you really are, or could be

So you sabotaged, the one with love's greatest ability; the one loving you most

And as you failed, to find yourself, he found himself there, within your pain

Don't you just hate it, when conscience comes, to taunt you again

With the innocence, of a child's face, upon the vision of his ghost


If only honesty had prevailed, no tears would have needed to be shed

But you chose instead, to destroy that love, with bitterness always near

Oh how often, we are lost and found, within the salty, sanity of tears

Oh how you, tried so hard, to break my young, loyal spirit and yet

I still want to say phuck you though! But we both know, who won the bet

and with it, found myself again, unlike you...

Within the strength it took, to not give in to all the pain

and your lies, and your cowardly denial of, those insecure fears!


I still remember when, I cried a tear for self love restored

And cried so many more in anguish, from the pain

And I have cried, many tears as I tried, dispelling all contempt, held for you

And now within the salty, sanity of tears, I just sigh, and I pity you again!

________♣________

* A Tribute to the Lost, by Pearldiver *

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- Self - Man's Potential - Copyright © 2012 Pearldiver Poetry with all rights reserved.
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- Pearl # 6 -
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Just Holding My Frog.
Just Holding My Frog. | Source
- Pearl # 14 -
- Pearl # 14 -

‘Just Hold Me’


In one selfless act of Love

Oh what great powers exist and are given so freely

Within your arms and the duration of a hug

Changing everything to perfect

Removing all that ails, one’s soul

Your hug envelops the world, forcefully stating

“It’s alright you know... it’s alright to be, as you are”

“Just take what love you need... to be whole!”

___________♦___________


* Essential Poetry by Pearldiver *


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- Pearl # 5 -
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There's nothing clear about boys.

‘The Trouble with Boys’


The trouble with boys, some mothers say

Is that they only want, one thing

Well yes, to some degree that could be true

But most guys say, it’s not wanting to, buy the ring


Guys find it really frustrating they say

That so many mothers have said

“Believe me, boys only want one thing

Now girl - get that through your head!”


The right girls are hard to find, slow boys say

It’s hard to convert them, from such facts of life

Yet nobody bothered to ask, exactly what boys wanted

If they’re simply not seeking a wife


The trouble with girls, it’s been decided

Is that they never say, exactly what they need

Boys wish that their own mothers would explain

Exactly why, girls seem such a difficult breed


Imagine if they could realize how special love is

They might even understand girls and their parts

They may even try, so much harder to satisfy

And just imagine, if they never broke girl’s hearts


The trouble with boys, most smart girls say

Is that it takes far more, than just one thing

To get their boy to know the exact moment when

To say, “I love you” and to show it with that ring…


* Words by Pearldiver *

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- Pearl # 9 -
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A most perfect moment
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‘A Most Perfect Moment’


Just floating, summer’s first monarch butterfly

Across this valley of thoughts, blatant floral desires

Open paper like wings, purposefully caressing the air

Her passion for flying, displayed in each banking turn

Wild flowers below stand up and seductively beckon her there

Come drink and talk to me, of the wonders you have seen

I have the sweetest nectar and see in you, the greatest need

Share the most perfect moments, you’ve ever hoped, could be

Come, lie and rest awhile, share your summer dreams with me

And we'll be friends all summer, if only you'll agree....

___________♦__________

* Essential Poetry by Pearldiver *

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- Pearl # 1 -
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Please VOTE Here for the poem that you liked most.

Which of these did you prefer the most?

  • Casting Pearls
  • Forever
  • Losing Friends
  • Tall Poppies
  • Back Yourself in Life
  • The Demands of Peace
  • Through a Warrior's Eyes (Haiku)
  • The Critic
  • Within The Sanity of Tears
  • This True Sense of Self
  • Just Hold Me
  • The Trouble With Boys
  • A Most Perfect Moment
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Please: A Moment TO VOTE.

I hope you enjoyed this portfolio of pearls. If so, please do take a moment to choose which piece you liked most and enter your vote for that poem on the right. Thank you for taking the time to read this album of essential, original poetry, by Pearldiver. Remember, all contents within this album are subject to Copyright, with all rights reserved.

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Some consider article theft is just like picking up nuts!

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Thank you for reading and commenting on this album. 46 comments

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Dear, dear Rob. This all takes my breath away. I have read each poem, each so different - but connected as a person's facets are connected, while remaining exquisitely unique. I've decided to wait to vote for just one up front, with the intention of writing my reply separately to each one, if that's OK with you. One long comment thread, even for me, it not reasonable to address my responses to them all. One premature vote for a favorite would do them all an injustice.

I must mention that your illustrations are an art exhibit in themselves. Just lovely- and perfect for the portfolio.

As a whole, it's clear why you decided to group the poems into one Portfolio. They're each part of YOU and your being, so they fit together. But for another person to simply lump them all together (even after picking one as favorite) - would be, well, impossible to do them all justice. Ranking them this soon, if ever, would only reflect my own liking of the message or the style or that one part of the man I know as Pearldiver. Each truly deserves its own response after more contemplation, I think - and as I read them as a group, I felt both their groupiness and their uniqueness. So bear with me in my multiple replies and their random timing, please. I don't wish to rush it.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

BTW - it occurred to me that you might not want that plan of mine to influence other commenters' responses. So I wouldn't be at all offended if you delay approving my comment - and this one for the time being at least.

I'll add another more general one now, so it can be my initial comment without mentioning my plan to read and respond to each poem and my reasons!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Dear, dear Rob. This all takes my breath away. I have read each poem, each so different - but connected as a person's facets are connected, while remaining exquisitely unique. I'm mulling over it all and relishing doing so.

Your illustrations are an art exhibit in themselves. Just lovely- and perfect for the portfolio. You are a consummate artist.

I'm amazed by this work! Trust me, I'll have more to say about it when I catch my breath!


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Xenonlit 3 years ago

It is a pleasure to read a great poetic voice. This is amazing work that elevates the art along with it. Cheers!


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

Hi Nellieanna, wow, I feel honored that you would review this portfolio on this basis, though I do appreciate your reasoning as a whole... I think this 2600 word document may be a bit too large for many :) But then that also serves to keep me up to play on the reading trends etc. which always tend to be high with my work. So yes, quite a dedication I see Nellieanna and truly one I am grateful for.

I know that I am promoting the comparison of apples over oranges & that is, as you rightly commented on, is not really fair... this was to be a 3 or 4 album collection with each being different but collectively completing an extensive study... Factly, when I look at word count on these 2 albums so far, it really will wake me, I feel, I might as well do a book... :) Thank you for this, I will let the expert have her time with these poems. Oh I meant to say earlier... Some can wear pearls as they are meant to be worn and Hahaha... I've noticed that some just eat the oyster and miss the rest! :) Carry on m'lady... PD


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

Hi Xenonlit, thank you for your positive comment and compliment... I appreciate your kind words and review of 'Portfolio' .. I hope you got the chance to vote for what you considered to be the best pearl on the string... Cheers for your support.. take care.. PD


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shiningirisheyes 3 years ago from Upstate, New York

With wise forethought, infinite wisdom and maturity many of these fine poems weave wonderful messages. Some nod toward courage, sacrifice and bravery while others reflect the results we will be handed should we take for granted such wonderful and rare gifts such as true love and dear friendship.

Voting up and sharing for everyone to enjoy.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Have you met my friend phillydreamer.hubpages.com? He runs a radio show for poets. Love to hear your work recited.


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LaThing 3 years ago from From a World Within, USA

This is like putting a child in a enormous candy store and telling her to pick 'just one'!! How can I pick one from all these beautiful, breath taking poems! I think, my beautiful and wise friend :), Nellieanna's idea is great..... But if we all did that, it will take over your hub, LOL.

Your opening with the wisdom of the Dragon (whatever kind he may be!), then working your way down to relationships, feeling emotions, etc. is brilliant! The poems, themselves, are passionate, stunning, and awe-inspiring!

Excellent piece, thanks for sharing with us.

PS: I did pick one to see how the voting was going...... And no one else picked anything!!! And I didn't want to come out of the Candy store empty handed...... So the one that I felt close to, the most, is 'Forever'!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

‘Casting Pearls’

Be as the Dragon - Think deeply and listen wisely

For there will always be those truly, life-defining moments

Loudly and profoundly crying out, pleading for, only an enduring wisdom

Moments when perhaps, all one has to offer is, the subtle purity of pearls

Greatly grown and gathered, each illustrative of one life’s sacrifice made

Sparingly shared, given only to enhance a worthy moment and thus satisfy the plea

As opposed to lost, wasted, or squandered, on vast expanses of truly foolish perspective

Be as the Dragon - Bravely fill life with your subtle purity and beauty

For the true skill, wisdom and art of the diver will always be reflected, within the luster of those pearls gathered from and cast with, the greatest depth…

* Words by Pearldiver *

Copyright © 2012 Pearldiver – Art of the Diver with all rights reserved

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Rob, it isn't the length of the hub that makes it need clear focus on each part for me. It's the colossal significance of each part. I just can't gloss it over with a one-size-fits-all observation, other than that I sense it's nearly autobiographical. Am I wrong?

OK, In all honesty, on that first reading this was the one which most related to me. In fact, now as I'm reading it separately, I've tears in my eyes for the crystalline purity & truth of it. Since it says it all, there's little more to be said. It's all there "within the luster of those pearls gathered from and cast with, the greatest depth…" How did one so young gather such wisdom?

I fully expect that the others, one by one, will each be my favorites too.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

ps - Mhatter's suggestion prompted me to try making a little video readin "Casting Pearls", then it occurred to me that I don't have permission to do so! So it's just sitting mutely in my iMovie workshop. But it made the words become internalized for me!

YOU should make one yourself, as he suggests.


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

Hi shiningirisheyes, thank you for reading and reviewing these poems and for your positive comment... I'm pleased that you enjoyed them and picked up on the messages within, as some are very deep. I appreciate your support and encouragement... hope you were able to vote for what you considered to be the best in this album... cheers... take care..PD


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

Hi Martin, thanks for reading this work and for your suggestion.. I don't know him in any respect other than having read some of his works.. I have recorded all my poetry for the purpose of both reciting and for security purposes, given the amount of pirates in the world that we are exposed to via this and other sites. Glad you liked it and hope you got to vote for what you considered to be the best work... take care.. PD


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

Hi LaThing, thanks for enjoying your trip through a 'candy shore', yes that is an interesting way of looking at a poetry album... but be careful not to break your teeth on the pearls... of which there are a few amongst the sweets. Glad you liked this album, it's #2/4... Thanks for voting and that was a nice choice... as Nellieanna stated, it's quite a hard ask and clearly one many are not prepared to take.. so cheers for doing so... take care PD


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

It will take me several visits to work my way through these--but the first piece was lovely and I expect that they will all be really beautifully wrought


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

Hi Nellieanna, agh 'Casting Pearls' - great you nailed it completely... I truly expected this piece to be criticized by many (not those who have wisdom though) as being 'arrogant' or equally threatening, to anyone who does not understand its meaning... I did consider putting up a synopsis for each poem.. but then decided I didn't have the time nor inclination to write something that would delete or detract from the range of interpretations on offer overall.

Pearls of course relate to wisdom and as such, it would not pay to not have a good handle on the subject, if wanting to write objectively on it. For me, I have spent my whole life listening to hearts, many hearts, of all varieties, ages and degrees of beating experience... also many hearts that beat within the wind, the sea and other creatures... if I have gained wisdom from those experiences, then I have a large cache of pearls... which as a dragon astrologically (eastern) is one of my roles I am told... so I guess in that respect, yes.. this could be referred to as being autobiographical in its nature, though many relate to other hearts I have heard Nellieanna. I have many critics who constantly feel a need to put down those who have deeper personalities... I don't abide fools... hahaha can't you tell?

Great first choice by you btw and one that must settle well with the levels of wisdom I have found in your writings and friendship.... thank you for that... PD


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

Nellieanana, sorry I didn't comment on that suggestion, but I have recorded my poems and can talk to you about this later via a different platform... so sure I will... Cheers.


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

Hi Audrey, thank you for taking the time to peruse this album. Portfolio does consist of 13 pieces, so it quite a mission that requires a quiet place and a bit of time to read through, to really appreciate it. Take as much time as you please... cheers for your positive input.. you take care.. PD


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LaThing 3 years ago from From a World Within, USA

I will check out the #1 from this series. Still reading this set..... And Everytime I get a different prospective of these poem, amazing, isn't it?

Pearls are my favorite gem, they actually have never harmed me, but has always enhanced my being :)

Thanks again for sharing such gem with us, be well!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

I understand, Rob. I've recorded many poems, too. I write by hand and have slowly been transcribing them to my computer. As of now, there are 1350 poems transcribed to a folder, and many other hand-written ones waiting while newer ones occur. Poetry is such a way of life. I think mine has wisdom, but expressed differently from yours, and with a different perspective. Surprising, though, how much overlaps. Isn't that the beauty of it? Each person's heart and mind has its own cache.

No problem regarding audio or video recording. I was just inspired by your poem at the moment and enjoyed the venture, presumptuous as it was, especially @ about 3AM, when I looked a fright.

I've always loved pearls. For one thing, my mother invented a fairy tale she would tell me when I was very small about An Old Oyster - who was cast out of the oyster bed because he couldn't make a pearl. He was sent off to a dreary spot by himself and his only salvation would be if a lovely lady oyster took pity on him and learned to love him. Of course, that happened and he was so overjoyed that he made the biggest, most perfect, beautiful pearl anyone ever saw. When they returned to the oyster bed and showed the others, he was proclaimed "Cap-i-tan" of the bed and the happy couple lived happily ever after. I'd beg her to tell me the "Oyster Story" again and again. I wish I had a more exact version of it, but I was so young, and I suspect that she never told it exactly the same, anyway. It was her own invention. haha

I'm eager to quietly and thoroughly look into your next poem here, 'Forever' and let it speak to me. This is such a treat. I prefer not to rush reading and studying your Portfolio or to rush responding. I hope you don't mind.

'Tiresome Details of Living' (Mother's name for them) impose upon me. I'm getting a new roof due to hail and wind damage and conducting lots of exchanges with insurance & roofing folks. Annoying.

Yes, I've noticed you don't abide fools. . . . i'm smiling.

Btw - I'm Aquarius of the Zodiac signs (Feb. 2) and Monkey of the Chinese birth signs (1932). I'm satisfied with both of them. Each fits in many ways.


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

Yes pearls do enhance one's being and perhaps that is the reason that they represent wisdom... and why in Chinese philosophy they are sought after and guarded by dragons... hence the title.. Most of these works can be interpreted in several ways, which was my intention.. #1 and #2 are vastly different albums, as #3 will also be... thanks for reading this poetry, there are some interesting outcomes among the sets.. cheers LT.. take care.


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LaThing 3 years ago from From a World Within, USA

I read your #1 before, didn't realize that this was the same set. Yes, they are different. Both are beautiful..... Looking forward to the next one.

Goodnight, Robby.


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

Oh Nellieanna, you must publish some of your treasure chest, that's amazing 1300+ poems, fantastic! What a great oyster story, it's quite appropriate in regard to how oysters act in company too. Now that is funny Nellieanna, I picked you for a water bearer! Private to the point of secretive, trend setter, with her own style often at odds with the status quo, especially in dress & color sense (caring only to be different) creative but requiring her own space, sensual and playful, intelligent and ragey! And you take on monkey characteristics too?? No wonder you were so carefree and happy.. good on you Nellieanna!! Ah, but did I get that right?

Ummm, I think so, your light and fun loving nature allows you to be strong and headstrong at the same time, while others wonder.. how does she do that! Enough.. if I'm only half right, then no wonder I like you!! Hahaha.. passionate -forever passionate!

We will continue later... you enjoy yourself my friend... talk later.


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada

PearlDiver, I shall choose the floaty, flighty pearl of summer, to help me remember now that winter's here. Thank you for this awesome page of pearly insight. Regards, snakeslane


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Rob, I've published a total of 189 hubs, 128 of them are poetry hubs with multiple poems per hub. It's more "public-ing" than I'd expected or intended for the very many years until I came to HP. But here I am, sharing & publishing prose & poems, both from the past and the now!

Aha! You do know Aquarii well.

Only one slight difference. I'm not different by preference or for the sake of being different; I simply AM & have little choice of being who I am, with my differentnesses. As far as I'm concerned, there's seldom, if ever, any reason or justification for making a point or an issue of it. I just AM & go forth BEING myself accordingly. No big deal. I'm sure you can fully understand that!

Sometimes humans can make things far too complicated; that's most often when we're trying to fool ourselves - or others. haha :-)

Being genuine is what's normal, though its rarity may make it appear as off-beat! But we're simply always either being & becoming . . . or trying to deny, cover or protect our true being (or allowing others try to) as if we weren't entitled to it;- which is the ultimate absurdity & tragedy.

Glad you approve the oyster story, and happy to know it rings true to how they behave socially! Mother probably had researched them and that trait would have caught her attention. :-)

Yes, I am carefree & happy, being 'a realistic optimist' and an 'optimistic realist' so that I expect good things and attract them; & I deal with realities, living each day in its reality, for which I'm grateful. Taken as it comes, reality is good. Attempting to sidestep it can be disastrous. If it begs more of the goodness one prefers, then often one can make appropriate choices to redirect it.

If 'others' think me 'too' anything (or not enough anything) - or wonder about me, - well, so be it. It's the peripheral history of my life but it they choose to make it part of theirs, it has nothing substantial to do with my life. I've been a quiet oddball all of mine; it's where I belong & am comfortable; wouldn't have it any other way. Probably the one thing I most appreciate & value from 'others' is perception & good faith, so thank you for yours.

So it seems that you've got my number, my friend who still likes me! wow! It's refreshing & mutual!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Your poetry and the images are all so delightful. They bring about so much imagery and emotion. My all time favorite is Forever but they all have something to say. Enjoyed. Passing this on.


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

Hi LT... sorry I missed your last post... yes the 2 albums are vastly different and I hope do compliment each other.. the next is different also.. cheers for that..


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

Hi snakeslane.. good choice that one, yep, butterflies represent so much and they have the greatest needs when it comes to finding floral suitors.. thanks for taking the time.. glad you liked this album.. cheers.. take care PD


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

Hi Nellieanna, hahaha I am different for exactly the same reasons, none of us are text book star signs, though I'm the same as Ken in many respects.. I agree with you on many points in your post, especially when it comes to perception and good faith.. I will write you a more complete reply offline and come back and post it later Nellieanna... it's really late here and I have an early start... I will continue this soon.. PD


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

Hi Rasma, thanks for that vote and for your awesome comment.. really glad that you enjoyed this album.. appreciate the share and you time reading my work... cheers and take care.. PD


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Thanks for the reply. No rush. Rushing is not good for one's health. :-)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

‘Forever’

I believe everyone comes to this place, perhaps only in a dream

As if they are searching for something far more

Expanding on, floating in and out of life’s chosen realities

So many seem to seek, that which is beyond

Real time or, the true measurement of one’s life

Searching in all ways, people seem to be, always searching for

Immortality or, a love’s eternal presence, infinitely hoped to see

The longest time, the farthest place, the greatest memory

It doesn’t matter what we search for; it’s about the endless energy

Gained from the passion, the belief and our very quest to be

And in my dream I found out, what my quest means, to me

It’s all about the quality of life and what it takes to be, truly happy

And knowing that the love I have for you

Will always last and therefore be… Forever!

* Words by Pearldiver *

Copyright © 2012 Pearldiver – Art of the Diver with all rights reserved

Ah- - Magnificent. . . The embrace of realism here, coupled with respectful acknowledgement of the vast unknowns.

". . . life's chosen realities. . ." - how accurate!

I tend to think that "Real" IS "Real" whatever, however & whenever; - and whether. -Humans are equipped to perceive it or not, and may sometimes PREFER to - not.

So-called 'supernatural' is just that much MORE natural, rather than other-than-natural, anti-natural or sub-natural. The natural we know is that which is native to this little corner of what-all and we scarcely have exhausted our knowledge of IT. In fact there's probably more we've not discovered here than what we have. Maybe we're too hung up on trying to substitute our own creations for the natural at our disposal!

Yes, "all" surely is the endless energy - unless it has an expiration date! What's reasonably knowable is that NOW of which one is a part, - the eternal NOW, already immortality, though our bodies in their present manifestation are 'mortal' - they return to the immortal stew, while, probably the real "pearl" inside is born of its shell or like the caterpillar's cocoon is shucked to release the butterfly.

What will last, will last. What will not last, won't. No problem. There is no problem.

I love this one, too, Rob!! Whoo hoo!


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

Well there you go Nellieana... rushing to miss the wisdom of the words... "Don't Rush!" ........ kabump... kabump... and another fast thought was run over! Cheers..


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

'Forever'

Thank you for appreciating this so perfectly Nellieanna... in essence you have reviewed this poem through the author's eyes and nailed it's best interpretation. I must say that I was a bit taken back when I read this poem aloud and in intended context, the first time.. I had almost written it blindly... it took me no longer than 5 minutes to pen 'Forever' - I just felt the need to write something and this is what came out... really surprised me.. as it usually takes me a long time to sculpture a poem into what I want.

In this poem, one of the points being made is that from what I have learned of people, irrespective of what they say to the contrary, it seems that humans carry a similar urge as beavers - an urge that drives them to build a lasting dam, perhaps to catch all those parts of their lives that they want to become or help support an 'immortal' testimony of their being... and that irrespective of whether or not one follows that urge... they can ultimately gain that same result, simply by loving another human... 'forever'

Glad you liked this Nellieanna... thanks for your wonderful words of wisdom... cheers... PD


Vincent Moore 3 years ago

Pearl please forgive me for my lengthly comments on your masterful works of art in both pictures and words. Delete those which you feel to wordy or wandering off in some fashion or other. I simply adore your work and not often enough do visit to rest awhile and be filled with content. I had to still myself and read each piece and reply as I have for fine pearls such as these must never be cast away with neglect. Your pearls have filled me and I am thankful for many that have rolled my way in my life. Some often full of wisdom and some I've neglected and been burned for doing so. Hail to the PEARL for sweet wisdom is achieved for those who study them.

Casting Pearls: My Mentor when I was just a boy taught me early "Not to cast pearls before swine" nor sleep with bedfellows that pine for your beauty only. I admire the skill of the diver as much as the pearls he casts before the wise. I always wanted to share with the dragons not slay them.

Forever: I have always wanted a forever relationship all my life, however it became so fleeting. Elusive as the Blue Butterflies path beyond the dark jungles mist. Oh to dream and and search and find is a true gift. Immortality if founded in truths as time will bare, the genius of the mind must be immortal and it's measurement is eternal.I am forever blurred in my vision, yet seeking like the man in the mirror.

Losing Friends: Such mighty words and learnerd insights. I have lost many friends, some to death and others through shear neglect. As time has passed and my cards dealt, my reclusiveness became a reality. Once a man about town, full of confidence and talking his game. He now sits back as a watcher of man and loses himself in his past, the man, the father, the husband he could have been. Losing a friend is painful and uneccesary, yet we all do it, why? for to many reasons that make little sense.

Tall Poppies: The confidence to soar like the eagles, be proud of who one is, achieve recognition in life and rise to the top of ones profession with ease. I tip my hat and recognize and honour their achievements. It's the other flip of the coin where all the above traits are for self gain, dishonourable gains, greed, destructive, causing harm to others, etc etc. These are not Tall Poppies but weeds disguised who get trampled in the end. Be a Tall Poppie with pride and confidence and deligence that command the respect of men/woman/child. Be honourable, walk talk and if necessary carry a Big Stick.

The Demand of Peace: The peace strived for by man has been attempted throughout history. Wars have come and gone, billions have perished in our wars on earth. Man's maker claims LOVE your fellow man/woman/child as I LOVE you. Words have been fashioned to dictate the importance of LOVE everlasting. Yet man's animal instinct, the discovery of fire, the need to put meat in his belly and have it fuel the fire in his veins have also given him a taste for blood. Wars will not cease, blood will never stop flowing until this world is made anew. Having the courage to demand peace however I will embrace those fearless leaders on this earth. Will it come?

Through a Warrior's Eyes: To walk through adversity is a Warrior's plight, follow the way of the Samurai, he see's life's reason through all seasons.

The Critic: The perfect kiss, diving for the hard to find Black Pearl, it's majesty, it's texture like no other. The shining gloss like lipstick stuck to our lips awaiting caress from another. Oh the tartness and licorice taste of star anise adding sweetness to the balance. the critic nonetheless an aritst hopelessly in love with a lingering taste to capture his attention.

Within the Sanity of Tears: I can't find the words enough to express the Pain I feel reading this masterpiece my poet friend. Let me just say, I chewed each word and felt the holloweness of my stomach as each one struck a chord in my very soul. I felt abuse, hate, kindness, aloneless and loss most of my life and LOVE has been my downfall, for I never truly found it nor would I allow myself to discover it. To have loved so deeply and kept it's warmth with me forever, I would have slain any demon for it, yeah I walk in the valley of darkness now, forever being the man who lost what he once longed for, now buried. My tears fall reading your work.

Just Hold Me: I have been at my weakest, feeling the child in me each time I was able to be hugged, all pretenses flew away like a swallow flying higher. The embrace gave me strength to continue, the tears I left wet on the shoulder remained with kindness, for I felt loved at that moment in time. And thus leaving me whole as I wanted to be again, not broken and lost like the child I was.

The Trouble with Boys: I will only say that the trouble with boys are those who never cease from being boys. Maturing evades them and cursed is the girl/woman who marries this boy. Choose wisely for marriage is an opium that must be carefully administered or it will be toxic to the bitter ending of it. I know first hand, married twice, the poison was bitter. Don't get me wrong I believe in marriage everlasting, but sadly the percentages are low of that being so.

A Most Perfect Moment:

A most floral ending to your artisty of weaving words that enlighten and fill our hearts with love and hope for eternity. I am so delighted to read this most perfect moment. One of my poems The Blue Butterfly signifies my adornement for them. Their flight and floating nature hovers around me and uplift my love for nature, I could lay in a meadow of butterflies and accept my last breath on earth in their floral display of color and mysterious flight.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

‘Losing Friends’

With real friends, there never seems to be enough time, to show how much we care

Enough opportunities or chances, to let our hearts have their say

Though with great ease, we can also remember every friend, no longer here

Lost along the way, never believing that their time would come, that day

And how each time, we may have found it hard, to reach out beyond the trend

By accepting that losing friends should merely be part of life, in the end

Well that doesn’t stop the hurt, or make amends for, the words we didn’t say

And if this once we can allow ourselves to grieve as others do, as others pray

Then perhaps we’ll find a true friend, with whom to share words with, before our day

Or maybe share the final journey in celebration of, our reasons to not pretend

Why we choose to spend less time, with those we love: The real cost of losing friends

* Words by Pearldiver *

Copyright © 2012 Pearldiver – Art of the Diver with all rights reserved

Dear Rob ~

Yes, one regrets lost moments to tell those we love that we do, letting those golden opportunities slip through our fingers. But what is more glorious than, after even a lengthy virtually silent separation with an old friend, to fall easily in step as if no time or distance had intervened, nor contact been absent when a moment of reuniting comes 'round? That's happened to me on several occasions with such friends. Our lives - marriages, etc. - separated us, but our hearts abided.

What is sad, though, is when -eventually, even after many of those reunitings, to get a call from a husband or son or daughter of the friend telling one that the friend has died. My first ever friend- since we were toddlers & all through the intervening years, - died in such a sad way, with Alzheimers. The last I'd spoken with her on the phone when her husband set up a call, she really didn't know who I was. Then, soon, she was gone. Poof. My life-long friend. My Dorothy with whom I'd played dolls and written elaborate stage-scripts for them, gathered on Saturday nights to listen to "Your Hit Parade" and visit back and forth when our families each moved from the original town, -- and shared so many a good reunion over all the years. Gone, about 6 years ago.

Another old, old friend since Jr. High, has become so paranoid that she won't allow even her own children to visit her at her home. Her husband surreptitiously asked me to try to befriend her, and since I still felt we WERE friends, so of course, I tried to contact her, numerous times. But she wouldn't answer the phone, and when I went to her door, it was barricaded like a highly top-secret place impossible to circumvent.

She had always assumed the lead in our friendship, being a couple of years older, as all my peers were, including Dorothy, since I started school so young. When Jean, for some reason, decided to write me (snail mail, though she lives not all that far away), -- it was 16 handwritten pages of 'poor, brave me' accounts of her life, for which, of course, I felt sympathy; but also I sensed manipulation between the lines. After first attempting to write a hand-made reply to each of her items in a long, handwritten letter of my own, I changed my mind and wrote just one page, on which I sympathized in one sentence with her many misfortunes and quoted this favorite Camus line as a sincere invitation:

"Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend."

It apparently was rejected. She didn't reply; though much, much later, when I tried calling again, she did answer and we chatted.

I care for her, but realize that my caring is perhaps not in the way she feels she requires. Our friendship came about because her home life was pitiful & my folks took her in. We became like sisters for several years. My folks sent us off to college together and would have supported her all through it, but she decided to strike out on her own. So the history is complicated.

The thing is, though, I've grown & no longer can fit her requirements as a little sister/friend, and am unable to pretend that I do. It's sad, but it's reality.

Of course, Rob, you realize that, at my age, fate has me outliving all my old, long-time friends and family either in a physical or a mental sense, or one leading to the other.

I'm blessed with new ones, though, and I long ago learned to hold even precious 'pearls' lightly, may be especially precious ones. If they want or need to fly, or if their time comes, they must be allowed to and I must go on and stay true to my best friend who's always here - - moi. It's not something I attempt to explain often. Somehow I think you may comprehend it.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

‘Tall Poppies’

It’s just a case of having confidence

It’s not my arrogance that you see

Sure you can defame me and criticize my stance

But deep inside you truly know, almost enviously

That for you, having true confidence is, just a fallacy

I don’t believe arrogance is called for, with sincerity

How sad, that confidence requires, all those things

That you, just aren't mature enough, to be….

Get a life of your own to criticize and you will see

How fools senselessly try, to cut down, tall poppies...

* Words by Pearldiver *

Copyright © 2012 Pearldiver – Art of the Diver with all rights reserved

No comment, really, or nearly none - except for this little poem I wrote once to attempt to explain my resident confidence to someone at the time who would surely misinterpret it & would attempt to punish me for having it. . . as you say, out of envy, so shaky was his and terrified that I might arise and outshine him, which I had no need of or intention of doing, especially because, in essence, my children were hostages & were my main priority!

AQUARIAN SIGNS

Be not intimidated,

Be reinforced

By signs of life herein.

As the flow is fed,

So it distributes

Life ahead.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

11-71

(BTW --He had no capacity for understanding it.)


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

Wow Ken, I'm not sure what I can say about your awesome review of 'Portfolio' but I sure appreciate that you have spent a lot of time reading this album to provide such an insightful album of individual comment to each poem. Thank you so much my friend, I am most honored that both you and Nellieanna (two of the best poets on HP) have taken the time to offer such indepth and valuable feedback on my poetry.

I know from your words and poetry that you have had similar events occur in your life as I have written of and perhaps that is why we have both used the power of writing to deal with issues that many could simply not comprehend, let alone get through... so never feel alienated or alone by that mate. Great kudos to you for taking the time to interpret my work and being, so accurately Ken.... cheers.. I feel so humble and very lucky to have got to know you my friend... take care.. PD


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

Yes, real friends don't dwell do they... I mean they do just carry on as if no time has passed and therefore those major aging changes tend to be overlooked by them... that is an experience I'm sure many have had, but perhaps not considered how incredibly kind some friends can be hahaha.

It must be extremely hard to handle outliving those who lose their everything and then their life as a result of Alzheimers.. I just could not comprehend what I would do if I contracted that terrible disease, as I have always been so dependent on my ability to think and function mentally. So sad.

Having an active mind is, I'm sure a very relevant reason why many live long and active lives Nellieanna... many just retire and 'give up' if you know what I mean.. they cease being 'productive.' I always remember the words of one of your native musicians, who died as so many of my favorites did.. too young.

- Lowell George for his time was an amazing steel guitarist, who played, penned the lyrics and music of the US (southern) band Little Feat. He wrote a song called 'Old Folks Boogie' - a swipe at everyone over 40... "You know when you're over the hill... when your mind makes a promise that your body can't fill!" - clever lines indeed... On turning 40, I made a personal undertaking to not make those sort of promises.. unless I had full control of my body :)

I appreciate your presence Nellieanna... may you always be able to make such promises.. and damn the torpedoes... you take care you hear... and thank you! PD


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

Nice piece that.. and I would say wasted on many... it's sad that there is often a need to justify one's talents and confidence to insecure and badly balanced others Nellieanna... but many are so wired that they feel a need to take down others, as if to prove themselves to be something more pathetic than their attitude... Good on you.. the upside is a nice piece that will outlive the party... take care.. and thanks...


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Kenja 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

Dragon Pearls, haikus, beautiful imagery. What's not to like? Good show Pearl. The thing nicer than nice. best, Ken


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

Hi Ken.. thanks for your positive comments ... I'm glad that you liked this album, I appreciate your words and vote.. cheers for that... take care.. PD


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Ah, Rob - Thank you for such kind words & encouragement!

I'm impressed by Ken's great comments, too. It's good to see differences in how any one poem is received by different readers with unique responses and perspectives, each relating to his/her unique experiences. It's what makes this Portfolio of yours wonderfully interesting. It's what I enjoy about comments to my own work. None of the readers' comments is a carbon copy of any others' nor do they usually duplicate my own intention in writing the pieces. It's communication & dialog in action! If, in responding to my stuff, someone relates to it almost as I felt when writing it, it's like finding a long-lost cloned twin! Tt's amazing to discover inherent valid differences in others' responses to the same exposures. :-)

Thank you so much for your enlightening replies to my latest comments here. We truly seem to have had similar life events &/or stimuli which stir similar responses; and there's no doubt that we each found writing as part of our living them; mine were and are my 'bosom' friends.

I so enjoy your writings, too. Scorpio, hm? Two of my siblings were scorpions. You probably know, of course, that there are levels of the Scorpo: - scorpion, snake and eagle, the most evolved of the Scorpios. Surely, you may have reached the eagle status!

(Replies to the other responses to follow, if needed. I'm verbose enough as it is! But your remarks are so worthwhile!)


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

Hi Nellieanna, sorry about the lateness of this reply, life responsibilities do tend to vary don't they and in my case, writing seems to be the first casualty.. Yes, I am an accomplished flyer Nellieanna.. I have in my early days flown in formation with some of the best, including Icarus :)

Eagle evolution has been kind to me, in that I can still eat corn on the cob without my beak getting in the way and my eyesight remains sharp at distance... but I must say... I could never ever accept the need to have such sensitive tail feathers, given life's needs to stand up and talk like a man, without smiling irrespective of how one's feathers move in a variety of different breezes! :)

I do appreciate your efforts in reviewing my works here, as I do your candor and friendship... I have a great deal of respect for those with the courage to talk from the heart and to be real. You take care and be well my friend... all the best... PD


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Besarien 18 months ago

Your images add very effectively another layer of nacre to these pearls of your poetry. I really enjoyed reading every one. "Forever" if I had to pick. Voted up!


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Pearldiver 16 months ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Besarien,

Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on this collection... Glad you liked that piece, I do also. Sorry it has taken me so long to get to you, I will make special point of reading your works... take care

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