Wandering mind, narrative poetry

A precious find

The tired old man looks in the mirror, his walker within reach nearby

A somber look in his eye's

Seem to whisper a sorrowful goodby

A man with moral integrity and kindness, a devoted husband and a dear friend

A man with impeccable character, never complaining about his fraility

Fully aware his life is slowly waning closer to the bitter end

He worries about his wife, what will she do when he finally departs from this life?

He wonders if memories of good times will be enough to quell her loneliness

Hopefully she'll remember the joy of their abundant life

Then smiling having no doubt whatsoever in his wandering mind

Knowing she'll remember him kindly

Telling him numerous times, " You're one in a million and positively my most precious find. "

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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

This is such a sweet story and I suppose when we get old many of those thoughts could be in our minds. Rated up and awesome.


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

A beautiful poem and an lovely story of true love. Great write, voted up beautiful and awesome.


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Lord De Cross 3 years ago

A wonderful inspiration. Gray hair is already looming upon us. Life has an start, and the ending is not even thought of.


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Very reflective, beautifully written piece.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Goosebumps and good feelings, Ruby! Thank you.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

I can tell from the first photo, Ruby,

That the man is a gentleman and a sage.

He'll always remember his wife's birthday,

But never ever her age!


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Young love...I do not believe there is an age limit on it...!

This was sweet and tender, Ruby and I sure love the song.

Voted UP and ABI. Love, Maria


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

A strange truth, isn't it. Lost in time. Ageless. thank you


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

Gorgeous! So deeply touching and melancholy!

i love him!

and you, my friend..

sharing..


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

wow kind of sad in a way..but I like it voted up


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

Hello Ruby, you give us a glimpse of the reflection of this man's life, and reveal that he is kind and loved; beautifully done. Everything here is so positive.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Pam, When i was a little girl i lived next door to an old married couple, they were both 90, she died in the morning and he died that evening. Everyone said he died from a broken heart. I will never forget how sad i felt that day. Thank you......


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Vellur, Thank you, happy you enjoyed..


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Joseph, Oh that dreaded gray hair! I thank ' nice an easy ' every month.Hee..Thank you.....


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Wayne, Such a nice compliment, thank you for visiting my page....


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Bill, So pleased you liked this one..Thank you.....


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

This most beautiful poem tells a life-long story about a very special man. The photo of him, old and gray, looking at his reflection of a young, handsome man was rather touching. I really love this! Voted up and all good ratings with some sharing. Have a pleasant day !


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epigramman 3 years ago

My mind wanders amuck when I think of the woman I love - and yes I always start my day by looking into the mirror and saying Today is the day you shall meet the most beautiful woman in the world - and here I am.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

This made me sigh and go awwww. Love that first photo and agree with Frank that it is sad. Beautiful too though.


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

Beautiful poem and words. This made me think of my father - what precious memories.


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

One in a million Ruby. I've always wondered where wandering minds go to when they decide to go walkabout... it doesn't take that long to realize that it wasn't that long ago that we were young... it often doesn't even feel like much time has passed... Wow.. it would seem that there is a lot of wandering potential with that thought! Nice work as always... Thanks for sharing our talent.... take care.. PD


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Ruby, your poetry still brings tears to my eyes. The man’s reflection echoes back his youth and vigor, and young love with the woman he still loves so dearly. And she loves him in return, in kind. That is part of what he sees in the mirror that never fades. Beautiful. :-)


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hey drbj, I knew i would get a poem from you, you've brightened my day as you always do..AGE..I ' ain't ' goin' there..Hee..Thank you......


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mar, I'd forgotten about that song when i was trying to find an appropriate one for this piece. I am so pleased that you enjoyed and i agree, there is no age limit when it comes to love. Cheers my sweet friend...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Martin, I was thinking how fast time passes when i saw this picture, it is strange when you feel young on the inside and look older in the mirror. Thank you....


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Leslie, Funny that you would say that you love him, i felt the same . He is so special. A lasting true love is beautiful. I love you too my witty friend. Isn't it about time for you to write another rant. I love everything you pen. We are like two peas in a pod in our beliefs.....Thank you....


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mollymeadows 3 years ago from The Shire

This is sweet, Ruby. I have witnessed many older relatives at this stage in their lives, and it's beautiful to see this kind of peace. :-)


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Frank, It is nice to see you on my page. I know it's sad but their love was real and lasting, so they will be together again. Thank you...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mike, I was hoping this would be a good feeling write. Thank you so much for telling me it was. As you know i'm prone to write about sadness, but i wanted to write about a good marriage that stood the test through time. Thank you so much....


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Audrey, I'm so glad you enjoyed this piece. I really like to look at a picture and write what i think he may be thinking. Thank you much for sharing..Cheers..


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Epi, You are sweet and kind and i love your heart. Thank you for a beautiful comment..Cheers my friend..


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Hi Ruby another wonderful poem and thank you so much for sharing a always. So nice to be back reading your poems again.

Enjoy your weekend.

Eddy.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Susan, I guess it is somewhat sad but all good things must come to an end. He had happy memories. Thank you...Cheers.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello suzettenaples, I am happy that it brought back memories of your father. Thank you so much for a beautiful comment...Cheers...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello PD, I agree. Time passes so quickly and we all do our share of wandering. I'm glad you enjoyed. Thank you kindly.....


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Genna, You expressed my thoughts perfectly when i saw this picture. I agree, true love never fades. Thank you Dear friend...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Molly, I love to see an older couple who have loved each other throughout time and are at peace with their life. Happy that you have memories of family like this..Wonderful. Thank you....


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Eddy, Good to see you again. Happy you enjoyed..Thank you...


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and beautiful. Memories are so precious. Passing this on.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Rasma, Momories are precious. Thank you for a beautiful vote...


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epigramman 3 years ago

Hello Ruby my dear and I am just checking in with you to say hello.

I bought a George Jones cd the other day at WalMart for $5.00 and he sings all of the music of Hank Williams Sr. so I will play that tonight.

It's been a cooler day here by the lake with a strong southwesternly breeze off the water but plenty of sunshine.

Love and hugs to you my dear friend from Colin and his cats Tiffy and Gabriel at lake erie time 5:05pm


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Epi, I bet his music will skyrocket since his death. I think i will go look around at Walmarts. Are you putting your poetry in ebooks? If so, i want one...Love and hugs along your way..


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Absolutely beautiful, ruby. This is so true of our older folk, I am sure they all think this way, so sad, and yet it is life. I also love the photo at the top, so apt. Wonderful, nell


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Spirit Whisperer 3 years ago from Isle of Man

This is a beautiful poem and reminds me to appreciate what I have. Life is so fragile and goes by so quickly we can miss so much if we are not paying attention. here is to paying attention to what we have NOW! Thank you Ruby.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Nell, I'm glad you enjoyed. Thank you for a wonderful comment...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Xavier, So nice to see you. I agree. Live and enjoy each day. Thank you...


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

That's beautiful. Reminds me of "If Tomorrow Never Comes" by Garth Brooks because of the wondering if the love given was enough.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Beautiful! What a privilege to have good memories to cherish of "... one in a million and positively one's most precious find. "


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

Beautiful poem. I especially like "He wonders if memories of good times will be enough to quell her loneliness".


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Shannon, I love that song by Garth . Thank you for coming by my place....


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Martie, wouldn't it be wonderful if we all could leave this earth with that feeling? Thank you Dear one....


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Gals, So happy you enjoyed. Thank you...


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Lady_E 3 years ago from London, UK

Aaawh.... that was so touching to read. I could relate it to someone who is elderly and special to me. Cheers. Have a good and sunny weekend. :-)


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Elena, Happy to see you and glad you could relate. I wrote this thinking about a couple who loved each other for many years..Thank you. Have a great weekend my friend...


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epigramman 3 years ago

Hello my dear sweet friend and esteemed colleague from Colin and Tiffy and Gabriel - we're just checking in with you to give you a nice big hug and hoping sincerely that all is well with you and your family these days.

Love from all of us at lake erie time canada 2:59pm


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Hi Ruby, and here I am too, checking on you. Thanks for the visit. I believe you are chewing on your writer's block, but thank heavens, still around, reading and commenting. Just want you to know that your are loved to bits by me and all :)))

Oh, and Happy Fathers Day - (I know you were. like me, most of your life father as well as mother.)


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Epi, I am fine. I just have that dreaded writers block. It will pass, it always does. You are kind my sweet friend. Thank you for coming to see me...Take Care..Hugs...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Martie, as i told Epi, i have writers block and no desire to write but it will pass when i least expect it. I love you too Dear Martie. You need to take us on another adventure, maybe it will inspire me to want to write again. I think i am burned out, or either lazy..lol..Cheers and hugs....


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epigramman 3 years ago

Good evening Ruby - just woke up from a liitle nap and I've been feeling a bit depressed today but I have my Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel by my side and I think I will make it movie night to shut the world out for awhile and watch someone else's problems - lol lol lol - just remember we all love you very much here at lake erie time 8:22pm and I just shared and linked your main introduction hubpage on my FACEBOOK wall for all to see


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Oh Epi, I am going through a depressive state too. I just can't get interested in writing or reading. BURNED OUT..Three years is a long time to be at my computer. I am sure i will write again, inspiration needed A.S.A.P. You are so very appreciated. Thank you for all the nice things you do for me..Love and Peace...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

I think i will watch a good movie tonight too. Thank's for the idea Epi....Cheers


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nighthag 3 years ago from Australia

this was soft like a beautiful sunset, a sweet write on the fact that love itself will live on long after we have left, in the memories of those we have shared our lives with, in the smiles of our children and the laughter of our grand kids .

this is the sort of love we all desire... just beautiful


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello nighthag, Your comment is very beautiful. Thank you..Yes, it's the circle of life in our children, what a lovely thought....Cheers....


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

Ruby...i just almost had a coronary scrolling all the way down here! lol..

need to catch my breath, pantpant..haha..

just wanted to visit to say hi!

sharing this beauty again!

I'm so sorry to hear that you're burnt out. i know far too well what that is - medically speaking...sigh..

don't be hard on yourself...your body and mind know best. You have too much talent and too much to offer the world to ever stop writing!

we'll be here when you get back!


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SkySlave 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Such a grim subject that can be very hard to deal with, yet a great positive and warming vibe pulls it all together. I really enjoyed this. Thanks!


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ALUR 3 years ago from USA

This reminds me of my father, a kind & gentle spirit who is still today the man that bears many burdens but holds his tongue for fear of hurting others


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Diane Woodson 3 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

You are a fantastic writer, we all have our great writings but this one is very special. It reminds me of my dad too, but will not get sad today!!!


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Leslie, I've felt burned out before but never this long. You are so sweet to care. I appreciate you. One of these days i'll get inspired and write an epic..Hee..Are you not writing on HP any more? If you are writing somewhere else, pray tell where?..I miss your witty rants Thank you for coming by and bringing cheer. Love ya..Hugs,,,


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Sky, Nice to meet you. Happy you enjoyed. Thank you....


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello ALUR, Nice to meet you. Your father sounds like a wonderful person. Thank you for stopping by....


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Diane, I feel as if i know you, ( email ) thank you. No, not a day for sadness. Happy you enjoyed....


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

Ruby,

A man's love is beautifully elucidated in this narrative poem. I think I recognize this man amongst the people I have met.


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Danieltastic 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida

Nice little read, an emotional little journey. Thanks for the post!


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radhikasree 3 years ago from Mumbai,India

A beautiful poem filled with emotions and sentiments. The old man is really faithful to his wife.

Up, beautiful and awesome.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Vinaya. I know this man too. Thank you dear friend.....


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Danieltastic, Thank you for coming by my page. Happy you enjoyed...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello radhikasree, I have missed you, glad you are back on HP...Thank you for reading and leaving a thoughtful comment....


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

Oh Ruby! i've been missing you SO much i can't tell you! BUT - i don't want to intrude and bother people!

I sent you a notice that i wasn't going to be writing on the hub any longer and that i started a blog, and i SO wanted to see you 'click' on over..

when i didn't see you, i just thought you don't...'travel'...much, and i understood that, as neither do i..

Listen - my blogs doing better than i ever did on hubpages but it is missing one crucial thing - YOU!

http://imkarn23.blogspot.ca/


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Leslie, I never received an email from you telling me you were leaving HP. I have been wondering why you haven't written anything lately. Now i know and i will be following you on blogspot. I am going there now. I am so glad you came back to tell me where you are.

Hugs my Dear friend....


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

Beautiful! This is a journey of a mans life who is so loyal and loving to his wife. Very emotional and excellent journey. Thanks for sharing.


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sunilkunnoth2012 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

Oh! What a nice expression of feelings. The romance, concern, love, trust, pang of departure....It has all. Really touched me. It gave me happy as well painful read. Thank you for sharing. Fantastic! I must say once again.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Thelma, Thank you. When i looked at the picture i thought he had a look of contentment. I'm so glad you liked it...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello sunikunnoyh2012, So nice to meet you. Thank you for a fantastic comment, happy it touched you.....


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ubanichijioke 3 years ago from Lagos

Wow! Sweet one!


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Thandi, Happy to see you again. Thank you for a sweet remark...


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thelyricwriter 3 years ago from West Virginia

This is a very touching article Ruby. Life is so short, it literally passes in a blink on an eye. Absolutely beautiful, voted up, awesome, beautiful, and shared on FB. Best wishes dear Ruby :)


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Susan Recipes 3 years ago from India

Very heart touching hub. I simply liked it. Vote up.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Susan, So glad you enjoyed. Thank you for reading all my hubs..Cheers..


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ubanichijioke 2 years ago from Lagos

Very good write. I hope when the clock of time winds to my old age, I will go without regrets. I love this poem so much. Thanks for sharing


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello again Thandi, Happy to see you. I hope i will go without troubling thoughts. I'm thrilled that you liked this poem enough to read again. Thank you much..


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Such an emotionally touching piece Ruby! How did I miss this one!


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Audrey.I'm afraid we all miss one sometimes, so many to read. I'm happy you found it. Thank you for a touching comment...

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