The Glorious Sun

Like some lazy lizard sucking heat

from the lap of a desert rock

I surrender my arching belly

in worship to a sun,

flowing over the sky blue sink

high above me.

Captivated, intoxicated

held in the seductive embrace

of a virgin liquid yellow,

that bathes my impatient flesh.

Spill, until even the memory

of snow

melts in the lap of summers

fragrant grass,

and nurses a longing

born from the stingy breast

of winter.

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lisa/facebook 4 years ago

Hey arb, love the lizard sucking heat from the lap of a desert rock and the stingy breast of winter that would not nurse the longing. Awesome imagery.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Lisa! You are my biggest facebook fan! Thanks for reading. I'm going back out to sit in the sun and enjoy a beer. I may even put some down for the lizard.


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Sounds like the Oregon Winter we just got through alright! Up and enjoy that sun!


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Hello my Oregon neighbor! Well xstatic, it seems that summer will come with a vengence. I am not opposed to being taken by force, although compliance is hardly something I would play hard to get with. Hope you enjoy it as much as I will!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Ah that virgin liquid yellow sounds so good. When I need some sunshine to warm my veins through winter I shall come and visit your hubs.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Hello Rosemary! I shall make every effort to leave the residue of summers warmth here for you to take as you need. Thanks for coming by and commenting. It is such pleasure to entertain in the midst of sun and garden!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Lovely imagery. Nice vicarious enjoyment for us fans, visualizing you and the lizard lounging and wallowing in the yellow liquid bath. :-)

Last week and into this one, it's been hot and muggy here; - up in the 90s - temperature and humidity. Night temperatures haven't dipped much, either. Yesterday I gave in and turned on the A/C for the first time this year, though the heat wave wasn't our first by any means. It'd finally drained me, in spite of active ceiling and floor fans.

No sooner than I had the house cooled off and dried out than a COLD FRONT moved through! Today I'm almost shivering! What fun and great timing. hehe Your nice mild warm garden sounds most pleasant and entertaining!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Again - my comment doesn't post. boo hoo - should I try it again? I saw it here when I first posted it - but then - nada. . .


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Lovely imagery. Nice vicarious enjoyment for us fans, visualizing you and the lizard lounging and wallowing in the yellow liquid bath. :-)

Last week and into this one, it's been hot and muggy here; - up in the 90s - temperature and humidity. Night temperatures haven't dipped much, either. Yesterday I gave in and turned on the A/C for the first time this year, though the heat wave wasn't our first by any means. It'd finally drained me, in spite of active ceiling and floor fans.

No sooner than I had the house cooled off and dried out than a COLD FRONT moved through! Today I'm almost shivering! What fun and great timing. hehe Your nice mild warm garden sounds most pleasant and entertaining!


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Hello Butterfly! Well my sun is short lived. Tomorrow and the next couple of days will cool into the 50's and then maybe 70 this weekend. Sorry about the texas heat wave. heat waves are rather fond of the lone star. I have been doing man work today - getting the house ready for paint. Feels good to work, but, I hurt everywhere. I think even my hair hurts! Ibuprofin and the heating pad.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Thanks Lisa


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

I don't understand this reply box. I aprrove and then it just stares at me with a status approved indicator. So I go down and post a comment only to come back and find a big reply sign waiting. so I'm replying again!


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Really lovely imagery! Great closing lines in this piece!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

The reply box is puzzling, indeed. I thought it must just be my comments. It's happened to them in other instances, as well as here. But, though you replied to a comment by Lisa, her comment isn't visible. Hm. Perhaps there's a glitch with HP (?)

Aw, sorry your balmy weather isn't yet here to stay. Fun while it lasted, though. I'm sure it will return, right?

It's actually to be relatively cool here for the next few days, too, though. Here, we relish every little extension of cooler days as they rapidly dwindle. Soon they'll be all gone till the few will which will start to be sprinkled around in late September. Last summer we broke all the records. We had 70 straight days with over 100 degrees - and a number of them were WAY over it. I had to abandon leaving the A/C off during ANY part of the days, though I prefer to leave it off whenever possible. It simply never cooled off enough.

How great for you with the pre-painting project! I bet it did feel good, even though it made aches. Yes, Ibuprofen (and try SportsCream, too - but not on the achy hair!) will help. Will you be doing the painting?


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

It would be lovely if you would delete my redundant posts. Seems the first one just comes up when the second one pokes it!


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Yes, I will do my own painting! Have always done my own everything around the house, kinda a jack of all trades and master of none. Actually enjoy my improvement projects.I give up on the reply box. I will go to hub school today and figure it out!


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Hello Audrey! Thank you for the kind comments! I do think a lot when closing. My days in marketing. The last thing read, most remembered.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Good for you, Alan! I so admire that spirit and spunk! I'm sort of the "it" here. "If it is to be, it is up to me" is my slogan. Of course many projects ARE beyond my scope.

I've written a bit about some of my experience with DIY - at my ranch. It's too much to post on your comment thread - and might just duplicate and triplicate from here to 'kingdom come"! - (in case you're still matriculating at hub school!) It's not too brief, so maybe I'll make it into a wee hub on my own time and space. But know that you've inspired it!!


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Hi Nellieanna! Love the " I'm It" terminology. I do many things because I'm it, but, mostly because I have a penchant for creating. Love to garden, landscape, and build. What I don't like is the "fix me" that won't wait upon my discretion. Of course, which of us does not like doing anything when it suits us? We should collaborate on something regarding the comment box. We could e mail alternate stanzas and publish as misfits imprisoned by the hubland comment box! Ha ha!(:


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

I do things for the love of it, too. Of course, as you mention - there are those TDLs (my mother's term - "Tiresome Details of Living" for stuff that pulled her from the many creative and exploratory things she did out of the love of doing them).

Both my parents were very active 'doers". I have an adage "If it can't be fun, why do it?", though. Which is not an excuse for avoiding the less-pleasant jobs, but a nudge to make them more enjoyable in the doing, too! I admit there are some which escape my upgrading, but - oh well. I do 'em anyway. Sometimes they can even be salvaged. I love a challenge as well as a pursuit I know I already love doing. And I've done many borderline chores.

Also I find my prioritizing changes as time goes by and becomes obviously less limitless. Otherwse, I'd probably not be taking so much of it writing, but rather 'keeping' every little thing in perfect order. Time was I could manage quite a bit of both, along with many other kinds of creativity. I find more and more impetus to give more to the things I both want to do and know only I can do, if they are to be done at all. :-)

I started converting what I'd written for the comments earlier here to a hub and it's developing a life of its own. haha. Perhaps it will be worth reading. I'm having fun writing it, anyway,

The collaboration sounds fun. And the characterizations sound about right, too! hahaha!


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Just finished a write that has been tugging at my absent mind and will now, turn my attention to another tugging, less patient. His paws scratch about my sitting. His walk is overdue and he will have none of it from me today. I am looking forward to your humor unfolding in your coming comment hub. I have a sense about it and my sense is more dependable than my other wayward gifts.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

I read the one that tugged you to publishing! Incredibly good. I'm almost afraid to comment, it's so good.

I'm sure your canine buddy is no more eager to get out and walk than the master-in-charge-of-those-things.

Hopefully your sense about my comment-hub isn't relying too heavily on its intrinsic humor though, in its very chronicling attempt, it brings along plenty of odd, but typical foolishness from this quarter.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

My sense has never been disappointed in the flight of butterfies. As to being afraid, not in your dna. I am glad that you like the one that kept its tugging. It will find home with you more than most who will come to read. Once again, my garden seems more content than in your absence.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Now that's encouraging words in which a person can indulgently bask! (bask, bask . . . )

By the way, perhaps the secret to outwitting the selective hub post/snatching demon is to wait it out. My last one was there when I first hit "post' but when I came back to be sure shortly later - gone! That's the phase in which I typically try to decide what to do about it and end up posting it again. And even if I leave again and return - it is usually still MIA. Also - it doesn't show up on my Hubactivity list. But this last time, I went away and did other things for awhile. Usually in the past, if I give up & leave for awhile, maybe even log off,- then, the next time I look, both posts will be there. So this time I just decided to simply outwait it. And - voila! It was here when I did return, just the original post.

Makes no sense, of course. Most of my posts show up right away and that's the entire sequence. Why it happens somewhat randomly here is a mystery.

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