Hearts and Rainbows - A Poem

Me and mom with hearts and rainbows (and the sun!) in my eyes.
Me and mom with hearts and rainbows (and the sun!) in my eyes. | Source
Life is good, just as it seems.
Life is good, just as it seems. | Source
My sister (left), her best friend and our Great Dane, Zorba.  Childhood full of innocence and dreams.
My sister (left), her best friend and our Great Dane, Zorba. Childhood full of innocence and dreams. | Source
Rainbow holding my dreams.
Rainbow holding my dreams. | Source


Hearts and Rainbows

This was originally written in 2000. I've since published a poetry book with the same title. I hope you enjoy.




Hearts and Rainbows…

Love and Dreams.

May your Life

Always be

As It seems…


…when you’re Young.


For Life is Beautiful

And full of Wonder

When you see It


For the First Time.


(you’ll look back later, but it’ll

just feel like a dream)


(Remember when you were young?)


Hearts and Rainbows

Love and Dreams.


Always remember them…


‘Cuz when you grow older

And you learn

To deal

With

“all the Other Things”,


You’ll need to go back

To

Love and Dreams.



Shauna L Bowling

Refining, Defining, or Rhyming

All Rights Reserved


© 2012 Shauna L Bowling

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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

GREAT poem, brave! So full of promise and love. Voted way up and more!


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thanx, TT. You're quick on the draw!


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PHILLYDREAMER 4 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

It would be so nice to go back to those days.


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

As long as we keep them in our hearts, we'll be true to ourselves and not lose site of what's important.

I spent my formative years in Philly. On the city side of City Line Avenue. I went to catholic school in Bala Cynwyd. Where in Philly are you?


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Such a beautiful poem. One of my favorites from you. They say "youth is wasted on the young", but not if we appreciated is from the beginning to end.

You have a wonderful creative mind and I just love this.


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you my friend. I've actually posted two poems and the next in my Green Tips series today. I don't have a lot of time of late, but I try to post as least on the weekends.

I'm so glad you took the time to stop by. (Still wish you lived next door!)


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PHILLYDREAMER 4 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

I live in New Jersey now, but I used to live in Frankford by the El tracks.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I'm so damn glad you didn't do a recipe; I'll love you forever for that very fact. LOL....When will this month be over so the recipes will disappear from this site?

Back to the poem....beautifully written, so full of promise and happy times. Your mom was a beauty, as is her daughter.

Well done my Florida friend!

bill


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Haha @ Bill regarding the recipe hubs LOL, Great poem brave! I love when I get notifications telling me you have published another hub! :) My impression from this poem is to dream big, and then fulfill those dreams! Great job, voted up and more! :)


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and beautiful. This is so delightful and sweet. To always be like it was way back then. Thanks for the memories. Passing this on.


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H.C Porter 4 years ago from Lone Star State

Beautiful! Hearts and Rainbows, Love and Dreams.... when seen through a child's eyes is uplifting. We certainly allow ourselves to become tainted with age... but when he can realize the simplest things that we knew as children, we become better adults and much more capable of making those Hearts and Rainbows, Love and Dreams a reality. I loved the hub! Voted Up and Beautiful!


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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

"Hearts and rainbows", what a special time it was with fun and games and Mum and Dad taking care of "all the other things"!! Lovely poetry and adorable family photos. When I was about the same size that you and your sister are, we also had a black great dane - called 'Skip'. Thank you for sharing this delightful hub and for bringing back some special memories. My votes and best wishes to you Brave Warrior, and sharing.


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

Oh this is so beautiful bravewarrior. I always remember the younger version of me. Life was much simpler way back then.

I also do remember how I feel weird, maybe that's why I really did not really enjoy all the childhood time I had but still had a very good memories of those frozen times :)

I'm always in hiding.. just reading and writing most of the time just to escape reality.. I spend the time doing all the chores inside the house, taking care of things Im not supposed to do.

It's really weird because i feel guilty when I just play the whole day when I know my mom is working hard to get us money and me just passing a lazy day.


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Lot Rillera 4 years ago from Philippines

a nice poem brave warrior, I always remember my childhood days playing with my sisters and friends, Mom always get mad to us because we don't listen when she call us because all we wanted is just play and play. those are happy days and missing the old days too.


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snowdrops 4 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

oh i can feel all the hearts and rainbows! very sweet memories!


Hubert Williams 4 years ago

BW, tell me the truth, How many times did y'all ride that dog?


RobinP 4 years ago

: ) That brought back such great memories...thank you for sharing that and allowing us to reflect and recall a much simpler time in our young lives...as always, beautifully written from your heart and soul : )


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Bill, I guess that's the perils of having a gagillion followers - you get inundated. Or maybe they just want you to eat your veggies? haha. Seriously, thanx for the comment my good friend. My mom still is a beauty at 74!

Fairy Godson, the beauty of poetry is each person reading interprets it a little differently. I believe in dreams and will never stop dreaming!

Gypsy, thanx for taking the time to visit my corner. It's a pleasure!

H.C., beautiful sentiment. Thank you so much!

Annie, I'm glad I was able to bring some happy thoughts and memories to you. Great Danes are awesome dogs, aren't they?

Spy, yes, life was simpler then. We, as children, most of us anyway, were carefree. I played alone most of the time. Just me and my imagination. I preferred it that way, actually. I was a dreamer even as a little girl. I'm glad you've started coming out of your shell and are no longer hiding. You have so much to share!

Lot, having play interrupted by reality was a bummer, indeed! I'm glad you 've enjoyed my poem.

Snowdrops, I'm glad I was able to touch you with pleasant memories!

Hubert, you're too funny! We couldn't ride Zorba, as their backs aren't strong enough, but he was my pillow. We'd lay on the floor and watch TV. I'd lay my head on his chest and he'd throw his monsterous arm over me. Ahh, those were the days!

Thanks to all of you for the warm reaction to this heartfelt poem!


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Robin, you snuck in on me! You're always doing that in some manner! haha, just kidding. You're my "person" and I'm glad you felt compelled to comment.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Wonderful memories Rasma. What a beautiful memory from the past. In our hearts we are still children. "When we were younger"


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

So true, Lord. I know I've aged and I've grown, but I'm still young at heart!


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whittwrites 4 years ago from the Philly area

Great poem, love and dreams, are what gets us through life


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acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

Beautiful and so accurate.


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

whittwrites and acaetnna, thank you so much for your comments and spending time in my corner of HP. It means the world to me!


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Life is incomplete without love and soulless without dreams... and you sister have put that forth in the most beautiful manner..

Great work


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shalini sharan 4 years ago from Delhi

you are emphasised the importance of love in a unique way

loved it


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you so much, shalini! I'm glad you enjoyed it!


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Ah, my brother, you make my heart swell! Coming from such an amazing poet as yourself, you've made my day! BTW, how's your back?


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Such beautiful, soulful words with those gorgeous pictures. Loved this poem. The family photos are absolutely gorgeous. thanks for sharing!


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eddy4me 4 years ago from Wales.

So very beautiful.


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you for your kind thoughts, Mohan!


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you, Eddy and welcome back!


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

you reach across the space and avenues of time and distance and speak to each of our individual hearts that have been touched by love ~ ~ ~ both broken and mended.. this is simply beautiful

debbie


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

What an amazing comment, Debbie! I'm pleased to have touched you in such a way!


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RobinGrosswirth23 4 years ago from New York

Shauna, another beautiful piece. Yes, we must hold tight to the reminders of our days gone by, when we were young, that "Rainbows, dreams and love" are still on the periphery and attainable.

My vote is in........


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Welcome to the rainbow, Robin! May we forever retain some of our innocence in order to see the beauty all around us!


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heavenleigh707 4 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

So beautiful! I adore the pictures and the wonderful poem. Ah, yes! To return to the time we believed in things that others try to process out of us.

Much love to you, dear Shauna. :)


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you, Heaven. Does Mom not look like a young Liz?


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heavenleigh707 4 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

Yes, I do see that! Would love to see more pictures. :) Wonderful!


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

I think I have a recent one of Mom in her gardens. I'll email you privately.


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heavenleigh707 4 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

:) I think it is wonderful how we pay tribute to our parents here - and to all of the sweet things that they instilled in us about life. :)


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

HP allows us such a great forum for expression, doesn't it?


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Beautiful poem, and your mother looks so pretty! It's true, there are times when we need to go back to our dreams, and rainbows :)

Voting up and beautiful!


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Lizzie, dreams and rainbows help keep the ever changing world beautiful no matter how ugly it may seem. Thank you for your comment. Enjoy your day!


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

I remember my first days at school, I didn't mind that my Mum waved goodbye. From that day to this I've been an independent lady with good memories.

Voted up and beautiful, Joyce.


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

writer20, independence is something we learn through 'seeing' what we are taught. I'm glad you have found that and I'm sure, so are your parents. We can't become who we want to be if we can't rely on ourselves to get there and overcome obstacles along the way.

Thank you for stopping by and thank you for the follow!


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Awesome and so good to see one with a positive mind


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you, DDE! Positive is the only way!


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

So they say...youth is wasted on the young! Beautiful poem.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you Wayne. I love your comment!


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Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

True words indeed, childhood was so full of wonder and dreams and as an adult we do spend hours on 'all the other things.'

Your right though it is all the good stuff from when we were little and also the happy times since that make the 'other things' alright. Positive, hopeful poem, fab!


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Glad you like this one, Anna!


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epigramman 3 years ago

Hearts and rainbows .... love and dreams ...... pretty hard to beat 'four' perfect poetic gems like that - not to mention the sweetest poem I've heard/read since I was 5 years old.

Sending you warm wishes and good thoughts from Colin , Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel on a really crappy day here by the lake with a sloppy mix of rain and snow - and Canadian angst due to the weather - lol - lake erie time ontario canada 4:53pm


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Epi, so glad to see you again. It's been a while! I actually just published my first poetry book. I entitled it Hearts and Rainbows - A Poetic Look at Life. It's available on lulu.com and is supposed to be available on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com. I haven't yet checked the latter two, but it's definitely available on lulu.

Thank you so much for stopping by. This is one of my favorite poems.


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epigramman 3 years ago

...and a very heartfelt congratulations on your new book ..... I am so happy for you.

lake erie time 6:38pm


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you, Epi. I'm thrilled. I set a goal and met it. Now I have a novel to work on. That's next!


DJ Anderson 3 years ago

Hello, bravewarrior,

I have been slipping in and out of your Hub Pages reading your wonderful works. The Hearts and Rainbows is one of my favorites. You are a very talented lady. I will be following you.

We winter in Fort Myers, FL., so we are almost neighbors!! Ha, ha

DJ.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

DJ, I apologize for taking so long to respond; I've been behind, which is not unusual for me. I'm tickled you've been rambling around in my corner. This is one of my favorites, too. I just published my first poetry book and I entitled it "Hearts and Rainbows - A Poetic Look at Life". Of course, this piece was included!


DJ Anderson 3 years ago

Congratulations on your first poetry book!

That is so exciting. You have a beautiful outlook on life and it shines through your writings.

No need to apologize that it took a while to get back to me.

You have quite the following!

Again, congratulations on your new book!!

DJ.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thanx DJ. My following is nothing compare to some. A few of my the people I follow have over 1,200 followers!


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ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

bravewarrior,

What a beautiful poem and way to start a beautiful day. Thank You.

Best Always,

Kim


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Kim, I'm pleased my poem was able to start your day off on the right foot. Thank you for reading!


Au fait 2 years ago

Just thought I'd leave a little comment as a 'guest' to show you that being a member isn't necessary. Anyone can leave a comment. It does say above this comment box "sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages account," but it isn't required. It's just a suggestion, so maybe that confused someone.

Very sweet poem, by the way.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thanx, Au fait. I have the comments thing figured out. It wasn't my configuration; it was that of someone who posted an interview she did with me.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

I don't see my comment here. That's odd because I posted it several hours ago. Anyway, I think this is a beautiful poem that well describes how carefree childhood can be. and then we must grow up . . .


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Sorry, Au fait. I forgot to hit the "approve" button. You should see it now.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Beautiful poem Shauna, well done. Glad Au fait commented on it or I may have missed it.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

It's nice to see you checking out my poetry, Jodah. Writing poetry is how I began my love for writing.


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

lovely poem Shauna, just what I needed to read before going to bed.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Aw, Nadine I'm so happy my poem has given you restful thoughts. You've made my night with your comment. Sweet dreams!


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Shauna, beautiful poem, and so true everything is hearts and rainbows, for me it was butterflies and rainbows and the sweet smell of rain with the rainbows.

Blessings and hugs

Shyron


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Shyron, I love the smell of rain, too. The richness of the Earth comes alive with wonderful scents after a rain.

Thanx for reading!


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Good day to you bravewarrior i love your display name.

Your poem is short, sweet and effective i love it , your mum is sure a beautiful woman. Your pics are cute also.

Keep up the good work

~~~God Bless U ~~~


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you, LadyFiddler. I have to agree with you about my mom. At age 76, she's still beautiful!


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Oh, Sha, I wouldn't have wanted to miss this poem and these photos for anything in the world!

Your mother is absolutely gorgeous. And what a darling baby you were. I couldn't take my eyes off of the picture of you (the black and white) and just wanted to reach out and hug you.

When I first glanced at the photo of you and your sister, I thought Zorba was a horse. She was a great dane.

Needless-to-say I totally enjoyed this hub as well as the long trail of comments. Going to share this and thanks. Audrey


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Audrey, the picture of Zorba (boy dog) is with my sister (left) and her best friend at the time. And, yes, Zorba was a Great Dane.

My mother is still gorgeous at 76!

I'm very pleased that this poem captured your attention. Thank for reading and leaving your wonderful comment.


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

Your pictures compliment your words and remind us to treasure the moment. If only we knew that when we were children!

I loved the pictures Sha. Such beauty in your family, now we know where you get it. Of course I'm jealous that you had that beautiful Great Dane!

Voted up, awesome, beautiful, and interesting.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Mary, Zorba was awesome. I have such good memories of him. He died shortly after I left home. My mom says he died of a broken heart. That's not really the case, but it was her way of letting me know he mourned when I left.

Thanks for the votes, my friend!


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Wonderful Sha.....I love it. What a sweet, precious "little girl" our bravewarrior was. No wonder you grew to be a hot Mama! In all honesty, if I had to pick your baby photo (like the one of you alone) from a group of dozens...I definitely would have chosen correctly. UP+++


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Hey, Paula! You're my third commenter today. I'm thrilled to see you here, especially since I posted this poem over a year ago. Very cool.

You can see me in my baby pic, huh? Isn't that amazing?

Enjoy your weekend, my friend!


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Oh course I can remember when I was young...I still am, I'll never grow old! Beautiful poem and love the photos! :)


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Linda, I love your comment! It's all in the mind and spirit, isn't it? You've got the right attitude, Sunshine!


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MsDora 23 months ago from The Caribbean

So right, Shauna. We are especially blessed when we experience happy, healthy childhoods. Thanks for the good-feel and the message in your beautiful lines.


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you for reading, Dora. I actually incorporated the title of this poem into my poetry book. It just felt right.


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida

So sweetly shared holding on to the innocence of our childhood fills our lives with such joy. Such a lovely embrace beauty and goodness.

Voted up+++ and shared

Angels are on way to you this evening ps


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bravewarrior 22 months ago from Central Florida Author

Patricia, thank you for visiting this poem. It's important to hold on to some of the innocence and yearning we have as children. That's what keeps us going. What keeps us striving. It moves us forward to adventure and new horizons.

Thank you for sharing.


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Phyllis Doyle 22 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

Shauna, I am so glad Patricia shared this poem of yours so I could see and read it. It is lovely and so meaningful to me. It is a reminder that when times are tough, it is good to remember days of hearts and rainbows and those good feelings about life. Thank you for writing this beautiful poem.

voted Up, +++ and H+


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bravewarrior 22 months ago from Central Florida Author

Phyllis, I'm so pleased that Patricia has shared this with you. I actually published a poetry book in 2013 and took inspiration for the title from this particular poem. It's called Hearts and Rainbows - A Poetic Look at Life.

I'm thrilled that this poem has touched you.


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vocalcoach 22 months ago from Nashville Tn.

I just love this poem so much I found myself coming back for another visit. Your photo is absolutely precious and very sweet. Thank you Sha!


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old albion 22 months ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi Shauna. An absolute delight. Innocence and dreams, you captured them beautifully. Well done.

voted up and all.

Graham.


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bravewarrior 22 months ago from Central Florida Author

Audrey, what a nice surprise to see you here again! You made my day!


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bravewarrior 22 months ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you, Graham. I'm glad you enjoyed this poem.


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Mhatter99 21 months ago from San Francisco

sorry, I don't comment more. typing is very hard for me.

I wanted you to know, I think you do good work.


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bravewarrior 21 months ago from Central Florida Author

Martin, you have no idea how much it means to me to see your comment here. I know why you don't comment on yours or anyone else's hubs. I am truly honored. Thank you, my poetic friend!


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York

I came the re-read to think of childhood innocence again. Beautiful.


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bravewarrior 21 months ago from Central Florida Author

Mary, I think I need to do the same. I'm so thrilled you came for a second look. Thank you so much!


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whonunuwho 20 months ago from United States

Rainbows and dreams are so important to our lives, without them we would be at such a great loss. Nice work my friend. whonu


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bravewarrior 20 months ago from Central Florida Author

Whonu, I'm honored to have you read and comment on my poetry. It means a lot to me. Thank you!

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