What motivates you?

Writing by a golden light in the witching hour

protected by a curtain of darkness, a curtain of sound, the wind in the trees, the sea pummelling nearby cliffs, the talking dark of cricket and frogs...
protected by a curtain of darkness, a curtain of sound, the wind in the trees, the sea pummelling nearby cliffs, the talking dark of cricket and frogs...
My little sliver of a sanctuary, a place of soft ligth, a sudden rustle in an edgy dark, a growl from a tree, there is something out there...
My little sliver of a sanctuary, a place of soft ligth, a sudden rustle in an edgy dark, a growl from a tree, there is something out there...
This world of grand scale, melodramatic skies and spareness, this seductive landscape gives me an endless inspiration...
This world of grand scale, melodramatic skies and spareness, this seductive landscape gives me an endless inspiration...
Within it I feel more like myself, the person I once wanted to be, perhaps a freer, lighter, childhood self...
Within it I feel more like myself, the person I once wanted to be, perhaps a freer, lighter, childhood self...
It's about paying attention to detail with an outsider's eye yet a heart deeply rooted in this place...
It's about paying attention to detail with an outsider's eye yet a heart deeply rooted in this place...
I have always been hungrily seeking the new, yet now, bizarrely, all change. I am content. With this, just this.
I have always been hungrily seeking the new, yet now, bizarrely, all change. I am content. With this, just this.
A next door farmer stops by next morning for his usual cup of tea, his footsteps lost in the great raucous cram of birdsong, the shrills and thrills and shrieks...
A next door farmer stops by next morning for his usual cup of tea, his footsteps lost in the great raucous cram of birdsong, the shrills and thrills and shrieks...
his footsteps lost in the great raucous cram of birdsong, the shrills and thrills and shrieks...
his footsteps lost in the great raucous cram of birdsong, the shrills and thrills and shrieks...
Just like me, he gravitates to this space to meander with thought and work and to sleep.
Just like me, he gravitates to this space to meander with thought and work and to sleep.
A place of soft days, where the morning quietly clear its throat with the whipbird's duet and kookaborra's glee...
A place of soft days, where the morning quietly clear its throat with the whipbird's duet and kookaborra's glee...
I invited him to this little backyard of mine to share his stories of the outback....the life beyond the dirt, flies and sweat...
I invited him to this little backyard of mine to share his stories of the outback....the life beyond the dirt, flies and sweat...
He was just a 16-year-old when he left the city behind to work on sheep and cattle stations up north of endless wastness of Western Australia.
He was just a 16-year-old when he left the city behind to work on sheep and cattle stations up north of endless wastness of Western Australia.
The work he did in freezing cold or oppressive heat was repetitive and arduous, to cut chaff and to pickle wheat, build or repair fences, spray tanks and wind mills...
The work he did in freezing cold or oppressive heat was repetitive and arduous, to cut chaff and to pickle wheat, build or repair fences, spray tanks and wind mills...
But his forte was riding around mustering, riding top quality horses was his reason for wanting a station life. His beloved sheepdog, the bond was indissoluble, fifty years later he still misses him...
But his forte was riding around mustering, riding top quality horses was his reason for wanting a station life. His beloved sheepdog, the bond was indissoluble, fifty years later he still misses him...
One scalding day, he fought a grass fire on a 40-metre front with just a few wet hessiac sacks, enduring livid sunburn and blistered and calloused hands,
One scalding day, he fought a grass fire on a 40-metre front with just a few wet hessiac sacks, enduring livid sunburn and blistered and calloused hands,
interminable warms of mozzies and blowflies, a dense black assembly competed for space on the sweat patch on his back...
interminable warms of mozzies and blowflies, a dense black assembly competed for space on the sweat patch on his back...
Mustering expeditions could last weeks and teh men camped in the open. Hygiene was poor and the food basic occasionally just bungarra (lizard) and bardies (white grubs).
Mustering expeditions could last weeks and teh men camped in the open. Hygiene was poor and the food basic occasionally just bungarra (lizard) and bardies (white grubs).
The company was rough, some bosses tyrannical, some fellow workers lazy, thuggish and vulgar, shooting, gambling and drinking grog whole night.
The company was rough, some bosses tyrannical, some fellow workers lazy, thuggish and vulgar, shooting, gambling and drinking grog whole night.
He was the youngest among them, the older men toughened hom up and taught him practical skills, but that was about it.
He was the youngest among them, the older men toughened hom up and taught him practical skills, but that was about it.
But the country crept inside him and took root. Can mere red dirt and stones and scrubby trees and shrubs...
But the country crept inside him and took root. Can mere red dirt and stones and scrubby trees and shrubs...
rises and falls in the land and haze and a vast blue sky be so potent?
rises and falls in the land and haze and a vast blue sky be so potent?
The sheer scale of it is awesome, so too the enveloping silence. He finished his monologue handing me back his empty cup.
The sheer scale of it is awesome, so too the enveloping silence. He finished his monologue handing me back his empty cup.
After he left I walked, just like every other morning, to the beach, where Indian Ocean gently greeted me...the landscape of a vast seduction finally seduced me...
After he left I walked, just like every other morning, to the beach, where Indian Ocean gently greeted me...the landscape of a vast seduction finally seduced me...
New morning, new day and my last journey, the most beautiful and strange of them all, because it is about finding yourself and finding home...
New morning, new day and my last journey, the most beautiful and strange of them all, because it is about finding yourself and finding home...

There is nowhere

to get my characters from

but inside myself

somewhere,

it never occured to me

to ask myself,

can I do this or not,

I had the feel

of it,

for it

and unsatisfied thirst

to write down what I think.


Since my teenage years

I devoured novels

three a week.

Diving into the heroic waters

of history

and science fiction,

I wanted to live anywhere

but now.

Every night

before I closed my eyes

dreaming about those

long forgotten

and futuristic times.

Making voiceless conversations

with favourite authors

answering their questions

and ambiguities

trying to resolve everything.

I knew they trusted me

to bring my own imagination,

my own personality

to the story

and meet them halfway...


Life is simple,

I said to myself,

pursue your goals,

if you don't have a goal,

you don't have a life,

I felt I had already lived

a thousand lives

every night

with every new story finished.


My goal was to write

just like those authors

of my childhood did.

There was no other way

just keep practising

and practising,

interpreting,

selecting,

arranging facts,

at every page

make a half a dozen decisions

as to how to put over

a certain fact to the reader,

all the time weighing evidence,

not just for its usefulness

but for its provenance.


Use your brain,

but write with your heart,

I said to myself,

create your inner life,

mimic the natural flow

of memories,

senses

and impressions,

choose an exciting place

hide yourself behind

mysterious heroine's eyes

looking out...

make your readers

a proposal,

an offer,

they could not resist to take.


There is a terrific sense of responsibility

to be accurate

in facts and in language.

And then there is the dream-like stuff,

that is beyond everyone's remit,

everyone,

except the writer.


Writers feed on change,

as languages have always evolved,

and societies,

knowledge has increased,

new ideas and inventions emerged.

The rate of change has never been higher

than it is now.

New terms for

new items,

speech and writing fashions

which seemingly are based

on making a virtue of carelessness.

Writing in a different languages

require endless practice

to avoid damage to its precision

and effectiveness.


Reaching my adulthood

my writing was pushed aside

replaced by other goals of my life,

studying to be an artist,

working as a teacher,

three times mother

emigrating to new countries,

learning new languages

and starting all over

again

another place,

another home,

another time.


Travelling around the world

had given me a global perspective

on human nature,

once you put aside

the social and cultural differences,

people are just people,

above everything else,

they want to be happy,

healthy,

enjoying their everyday life

with their family and friends...


Reaching maturity

I suddenly realized,

life is demanding

to take charge

of my own circumstances

to turn my problems

into missed opportunities.


All of the resources

I needed

to succeed

were inside me,

the only stopping block

was my own fear,

and then,

a terminal illness crossed my path

providing me a chance

to get rid of my negative energy,

fear, anger, sadness and guilt

suddenly had no place in my vocabulary.


Life suddenly screamed at me

with its intensity

how precious a moment can be.

I stopped rushing around,

I settled down

and start to write

again,

and yet,

becoming a writer

was not

any more

an important goal for me.


Uncertainty about tomorrow

was more frightening

than the death

sitting there alive

conscious

I jotted down

a constant battle

I was fighting

in my head.


Reflective writing

for the clarity,

in the shadow of death

life has a new intensity

and vivacity.


Crises often bring out

the best in people,

we are forced to

to reach deep down

and grab the resources

we didn't need before.


We, in general,

deal with out death

as we deal with life.

There are people

who take everything in their stride,

apparently fearless

and those

others,

incredibly frightened

to be challenged.

This is the toughtest time in their life,

but for some,

the transendence comes,

they can live in the moment

in away

they have not managed to before.


We watch thousands of fictional deaths

on the screen

every day,

yet,

listening to a real person

speaking of their vulnerability

is intimate

and touches that part of us

that knows

that terminal illness is all around us.


When people approach

their own impending demise,

they usually become introspective

and are struck by the triviliaty

and superficiality of the things

we all do

on a daily basis.


There is nowhere

to get my characters from

but inside myself

somewhere,

it never occured to me

to ask myself,

can I do this or not,

I had the feel

of it,

for it

and unsatisfied thirst

to write down what I think.


What motivates me to love?

The belief that it is up to me

to get rid of negative emotions,

negative beliefs

and all those limitations

that prevented me

before

experiencing the joy,

happiness

and bliss

that truly is

at the core of my being...


What motivates me to live?

The belief in my ability

to create my own future

do not let it to be

pre-determinded by circumstances,

by the limited world I live in.


What motivates me to write?

The will to stay alive.







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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

Hi Beata...Lovely pictures...I'm overloaded on "prose/poems" though, I'd prefer a short article, but that's just me and counts for nothing in the scheme of things.

Bob


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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

Wow Beata, your poem encompasses so much, I have read it twice and am going back again!!so much reflection and so much to come;

"in the shadow of death

life has a new intensity

and vivacity"

Our experiences provide so much and I love your images and the parallel story of the next door farmer. I am going back again for another read as there is so much to take in here. My votes and best wishes to you!!


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

It's OK Bob, I am happy you stopped by, anyway, my loyal fellow hubber, it is just my style and I know it is not easy read or easy to follow for everyone....as I said in my narrative poem, I love to have a discussion with my readers through my words and images...I prefer not to reveal everything and let their imagination and personality fill in the gaps in the stories....meeting them halfway:)

Dear my 'Fenneiseed', I am very grateful for your effort and your perserverance with my narrative poem in words and images and I am very happy your time was not wasted...looking forward to hear from you again:)


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DanaTeresa 4 years ago from Ohio

This is really beautiful. The photos are beautiful too and I love your style of telling a story in the captions.

I can relate to much of this. It took far too long for me to realize that I am in control of my life. I also foolishly pushed aside writing for many years. After suddenly becoming unemployed and struggling with illness, I came accross hubpages and and thought I would give it a try. It has given so much meaning to my life. Your words capture many of my feelings about my experiences so well.

I wish you continued success in life, love, writing, and all that you do. More important, I wish you happiness.

Keep writing. For yourself and for all of us who gain so much from reading it.


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ASchwartz 4 years ago from Kentucky

Beautiful photos. I like your writing style.


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annart 4 years ago from SW England

I love the depth of your writing and I always like the links between the poetry and photo/comments. You manage it all so well. A powerful poem; I agree with Fenneiseed about needing to re-read as there is so much there. As usual, a great hub! Voted up and beautiful.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, my fellow hubbers for your encouraging comments like always, I have realized a long time ago that my style of writing (poetry+photo/comments) is not for everyone...I feel very honoured that some of you take your time and effort to follow my 'long and tangled thread of thoughts'....thank you for connecting with me through my words and images...


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Wow - that was breathtaking and beautiful. I felt every part of it and some I could even relate to. Sometimes we have to dig down deep... but writing definately gives us a will to live. Well done!


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lilian1 4 years ago from Hertfordshire England

Fantastic poetry it is som true how some of us writers think and feel beautifully expressed voted up :)


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

This may very well be your best work. There is so much to digest in this that it requires several readings. Beautiful work!


Writer Chuck 4 years ago

Beata,

Great poem. There is a lot there. Thanks for energizing me. Keep writing!


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Lipnancy 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

You always make my day.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

The quiet spaces you posted are places I would certainly be able to find myself. Writing does keep us alive. Enjoyed your thoughts on this poem.


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b. Malin 4 years ago

I loved your line, "Use your Brain, but Write with your Heart. Wonderful Thoughts and Pros in your Hub Beata.


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traslochimilano 4 years ago from USA

Innovative Hub.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, my fellow hubbers and writers, we are one in struggle, we are one in love....your warm and encouraging comments make me feel truly blessed...Whatever happens we are here to live and write...and write and live...until we can:)


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Paul Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

This is an awesome poem which I really love, especially the ending where you say your motivation to write is your will to stay alive. Sharing with my followers.


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donnaisabella 4 years ago from Fort Myers

Hey Beata this poem has a similar flavor to one of my latest hubs about what has been happening in my life. I pray that you do use that gift of writing to the utmost and I wish you the very best my dear friend. Thanks for sharing so intimately, most appreciated.


girltalksshop 4 years ago

I was mesmerized from the beginning! I loved the thoughts, the road you traveled to get to the understanding of life and death scenarios and goal changes. Beautiful piece of work. Definitely seen from the hearts perspective! Voted up and awesome, of oourse! : )


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I like the lines about using your brain but writing from the heart. What a great look at the adventures of writing in poetic form.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you so much, my fellow hubbers, for another outpour of wonderfully encouriging messages, the huppage community is surely one that motivates me:) Thank you again and all the best with your hubbing and living:)


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rdsparrowriter 4 years ago

I love this :) Beautiful and lovely pictures :)It's an honour to be your fan and the God given opptunity to enjoy the work of all the other writers. God bless you!


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you so much for your kind comment and all the best to you, my fellow hubber:)


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michememe 4 years ago

Beautiful poem and pictures. I enjoyed the part of what motivates you to love? No negative anything. Negative things especially people drive me up a wall. How easily a good day can go down when you listen to negative thoughts and people all around you.


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Awesome, beautiful and from deep within the heart. Love the way you write and express yourself. Doing what we want to do, following our heart, taking decisions are all very difficult to do. But that's what gives us the happiest moments in our lives. Great writing, voted up. ALl the very best to you.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, my fellow hubbers for your wonderful and encouraging comments, I am very happy that my little thoughts and images resonate in so many people, reading your lovely responses make me always realize how connected we all are...none of us is really alone...because there is always someone somewhere all around the world who thinks and feels very similar to us:)


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois

What amazing poetry you write. It's funny how pieces of it jump out at me. The line, "if you don't have a goal, you don't have a life," really struck a chord with me this morning. Thanks you for that.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thankyou 'ktrapp', happy that pieces of my poetry 'talks to you', there is nothing more I could ask for :)


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bmcoll3278 4 years ago from Longmont, Colorado

Great hub really made me think. Voted up


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suzzycue 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Such a combination of words and thoughts blew me away. I read the poem and then went back to read and enjoy the photography. That was the only way I could fully enjoy your work . What a Hub. It left me speachless! Thank you for the encouraging words to keep me writing.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, my dear fellow hubbers for stopping by and leaving your sincere comments, dear Suzzy, we have to motivate each other to keep writing and keep living to the full...it is what makes us great, it is what makes us human:)


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traslochimilano 4 years ago from USA

Awesome Poem Dear And Inspirational..


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kj force 4 years ago from Florida

No words/mental pictures or sentiments left...just awesome job...


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you so much, my fellow hubbers for your kind messages, happy you liked this little piece about motivation:)...keep your motivation up...in writing, in hubbing:)


oceansider 4 years ago

Very lovely poetry and photos!!

Thank you!


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FitnezzJim 4 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

Yet another awesome article, but that seems to be your norm. Twice I was caught at 'There is nowhere to get my characters from but inside myself somewhere'. And the story in pictures, how do you decide what story goes best with the poem you write? I always find them to be complementary but independent, like threads interwoven to form a better picture.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you 'oceansider' for your compliment, thanks my fellow hubber 'Fittnezz.Jim' for your flattering words, I don't know why I write the way I write, just it feels comfortable with me...


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Goods2Go 4 years ago from Far left of The South & Extreme west in my best imagination!

Hi Beata,

I am happy to follow you, as well! As a fresh transplant to an outback of sorts (Abilene,TX), both your photos and (more importantly) your voice speak to me on myriad levels. I really admire this particular hub; relating on a personal level that not all are privy to at this moment in their lives. I look forward to reading more of your work.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you so much, Goods2Go' that you find a time to stop by and more importantly your stay was not a waste of time, good luck in your 'outback', it is strange how moving out, further away from crowds can actually bring you closer to people...people who matter...looking forward to hear from you again and good luck with settling in and hubbing of course:)


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joyfulmommy 4 years ago

Beautiful words and images Beata! This is the 2nd hub of yours that I've read and I really enjoy them. Keep on writing! Have a wonderful day!


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

thank you, Joy-full-mommy, the hubber with the name like yours is inclined to love joyful and inspiring hubs, happy to have another great follower, all the best to you wherever you are:)


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Hot Rod Loves You 4 years ago from Houston, TX.

Very nice, life is what motivates me.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Great answer, Rod, life motivates us all...without life there would be no motivation:)


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Johnathan L Groom 4 years ago from Bristol, CT

a motive... well-done and worth commentary!


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Great answer, Jonathan, a motive is behind everything, good and bad, without motive there is no action and no reaction:)


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you so much, dear Mahua for your beautiful and heartfelt wishes, success is very subjective matter, what means to be successful for one, doesn't mean anything for other....for me it means just keep writing and sharing my views on the world and life around me and connect with people...with many people as possible, because their good wishes and their positive thoughts make my own life more meaningful and worthwhile...so it is a whole circle, so you are all part of my success...thank you, Mahua for being part of it as well....


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CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Hello Beata! Lovely pictures you have in here and I like your line: "All of the resources I needed to succeed were inside of me" -- I personally must dig in. This is a great piece of motivation. Keep up the good work. Peace and love to you.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

thank you dear 'crisp girl' for stopping by and happy you find this piece motivating:) All the best and looking forward to hear from you again:)


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prasadjain 4 years ago from Tumkur

Poem is long,but it could be enjoyed.Photoes are superb!


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you 'prasadjain' for stopping by, yes, I agree with, have to learn to write less and say more:)...it is not easy task for writer to do, maybe I have to do what Hemingway used to do - stand while writing:)


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Anjili 4 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid

My environment and aspirations are key to my motivation. Most of it comes from within as you have relayed in your beautiful poem. A wonderful display of tact on your part. Great hub. Voted up and beautiful


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InspiringWriter 4 years ago from Shenzhen, China

Pretty pictures, very serene.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, my fellow hubbers for stopping by and happy you liked what have your read and saw:) See you next time when you stop by and comment again and all the best with your hubbing and living:)


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Kaili Bisson 4 years ago from Canada

Hello Beata, this is wonderful and the accompanying photos are beautiful. I especially love the caption under the last photo. Thank you for sharing!


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

thanks for your visit Kaili and happy you find the time on my hub worthwhile, all the best B.


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Prakash Dighe 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas, USA

Great thoughts Beata - you've packed in so much in one hub. Like many others, I liked the one about using your brain but writing with the heart, but there is plenty more - and the pictures are great! Voted up!


detroitmare 4 years ago

If you don't have a goal..you don't have a life. I like that. Simplistic but true. From the heart and honest. Beautiful photos as well. Following you. Voted up!


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, my fellow hubbers, happy that my writing is useful for someone up there, here in WA near Perth we have just experienced violent storm and have no electricity for few days, also our farm looks like a desert with fallen trees all around...but every disaster motivates us to work harder and build again, everything from scratch:)


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you Dr Makama, hope you have a nice summer in Europe where I was born:)


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Alayne Fenasci 4 years ago from Louisiana

Timeless expression of truly unique thoughts and experience. Only one person could place those words together to mean something real, and to be that person, you have to live it. Your motive power is real and strong. You have my admiration in your life and your writing.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you so much Alayne for your beautiful and thoughtful answer, I often realize that my readers are those who keep me writing, there is such a great and encouraging comunity here, on the hubpages and every one of us is welcomed to share their unique experience and view on life...I am blessed with such wonderful followers and you become one of them...thank you and hopefully there is sunshine in your beautiful Louisiana:)


Wilbart26 4 years ago

My family intrinsically motivates me to everything that I do, even if I am working with the most difficult task that my everyday destiny gives me, my family gives me strength and hope to execute every mission that will be given to me. My dreams extrinsically motivates me, it gives me unlimited goals to accomplish to become a better person in the society and a better father to my family.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

That's beautifuly said, dear Wilbart, very beautifully:) All the best with accomplishing of all of the dreams that motivate you and looking forward to hear from you again:)


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mejohnson 4 years ago

Well said and very relatable.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you for stopping by, very kind of you:)


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thecrazzykylex 4 years ago from Incredible India!

You wrote such a lonnnng poem??? Hats Off, Beata! That's really not a child's play. It's a lovely poem which deserves a thumbs up. So here I go...


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thanks my fellow hubber, I am 'guilty as charged':) have to learn to write shorter pieces...working on it:) Hemingway was standing while writing, maybe I have to do the same...He said, the good writer can say less by fewer words, but anyway happy you liked it, thanks for thumbs up:)


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

Beautiful! I like it as it tells a story itself. I have to come back to read it once again and again. The photos are great. Voted up and thanks for sharing.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, Thelma, happy you stopped by and your time spent with my stories was worthwhile for you:) The pleasure is mine:)


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Rice Girl 2011 4 years ago from Southeastern United States

Beata Stasak, this hub is delightful. I enjoyed the style of your writing and the photos . . . I felt like I was standing in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Like you, I enjoy having a sanctuary in nature. I also found your style to be quite honest about having to deal with freezing temps, smothering heat, and callouses. Thank you so much for your words and photos. Voted up, awesome, beautiful, and interesting.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, dear 'Rice Girl' for your beautiful and encouriging response, happy to find another great hubber who is close to nature and loves to explore 'human nature' as well:)


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mjkearn 4 years ago

Hi Beata,

Poetry wouldn't normally have been my thing but I think you have just changed my mind. Fabulous hub and awesome pics. Thanks for writing, thoroughly enjoyed. Voting up and all the rest,

MJ.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, MJ, I am honoured you liked 'the scattered images in my mind', maybe you liked it because it is a free verse, a narrative type of poetry if I am allowed to call it 'poetry' at all, but let the linguistic experts argue about that. The form is not important, the content is:)


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jagerfoods 4 years ago from South Carolina, USA

Very nicely done. The combination of pictures and heart felt prose make this a real treasure. I read a few of the comments and was appalled to suggest that you shorten it. I wouldn't change a thing.

On a side note: My wife loves to reads and devours books with a passion. She moved from Germany and speaks both languages fluidly. You both seem to have a lot in common and she would relate to your post on many levels.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you 'jagerfoods' for your kind and heartfelt response, I believe and I am sure that your wonderful wife as well that the knowledge of more languages and more cultures open door for you to different worlds and make you more 'open minded and multi-cultural in good way'.

On other hand, I am aware that English is very short and precise language so different to other languages I know so I have to learn to say more by less words:)


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Wendell Patterson 4 years ago from Alabama

Wow that was an amazing poem


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, Wendell, happy you liked it and all the best my fellow hubber, hope you have a great time in Alabama:)


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Rajan Dhir 4 years ago from Delhi, India

I have lost the time and space of my position in this universe. Thank you.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

You are, welcome, Rajan, hope you find it again:)


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shruti sheshadri 4 years ago from Bangalore, India

I really cannot explain how this poem made me feel! its beyond my scope of words...

Reality of life is really well expressed in your words. An absolute pleasure to read. Some verses are beyond brilliance.

voted up and shared :)


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you so much, Shruti, I am happy that my little creative hub touched your heart, there is nothing more I can ask for:) All the best from Beata


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PK2010 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Great read, the words are coloured with lots of emotions and carry with them a weight of meaning. I keep putting of finding time to write properly, may be I should just make the time. I think I am still searching, I'm a mum of four and a full time worker, you'd think that is not possible, but it is. My life is busy ,but I feel I am just travelling on the path with no destination in mind because I have not got to the place where I have reflected on what motivates me. You have given me deep food for thought. Thanks!


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Beata Stasak 3 years ago from Western Australia Author

It is great PK2010, that my little piece brought you back to yourself to help you to search: Who are you? I have been like you for very long time and would not go back to old ways for anything...change is hard but the right change is powerful and worth of all the effort:) Good luck and keep me informed about your progress in finding real you:)


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PK2010 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Thanks Beata Stasak, will do!


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quildon 3 years ago from Florida

Beata, your poetry evoked feelings in me that other writers seldom do. However, while reading, I felt myself drawn to the parallel story in words and pictures. I would have much preferred to see them as two separate hubs, but that's just me. Voted up and beautiful. I hope you are marketing your work to a wider audience.


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Beata Stasak 3 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, my dear fellow hubber and no, I am not really a marketing type:) ha,ha,ha...just share what is in my heart and mind with whoever stop by...


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Latasha Woods 3 years ago from USA- United States of Aspiration

Very beautiful. I enjoy the speculative nature of your work and the total awareness of self as poetically expressed through your life journey. As a writer and seeker, this is relatable. Thanks for sharing.


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Beata Stasak 3 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you so much, Latasha for your kind response and all the best with your living, loving and hubbing....


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Uriel 3 years ago from Lebanon

Beata Stasak, this is one great piece to read when being extremely down. The last section focusing on the will to live was the most moving!!!

Thank you for sharing this with us :D

As for me, what motivates me to write is the need to cry. I don't really show my tears for i suppress them but through my own little verses are my tears which no human eye can see physically but can feel through my paper. That is what motivates me to write. [ Add to that nature as pure as it is will always remain a source of motivation ].

Best Regards,

Uriel


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Beata Stasak 3 years ago from Western Australia Author

That's beautifully said Uriel, thank you for sharing and all the best with your writing without tears....B

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