Rainbow Fragments Of This Writer's Life

Weary one evening, frustrated with duties

I decided to call it a day

and retire for the night with the thought that some sleep

would be a welcome hideway.

But something strange occurred

as I drifted into sleep

My Spirit left my body

laying in a heap.

As my image floated in the air

I saw what was "me" quite still.

"I'm dead," I uttered, gazing at my corpse

from the windowsill.

Through the milky way I soared

by crescent moon and stars,

passing Saturn, Venus, Mercury,

Jupiter and Mars.

An apparition greeted me

outside a pearly gate.

"It's not my time, is it?" I asked,

"please say it's not too late!"

"I have so much to do on earth,

my experience has barely begun!

Can I review my life thus far,

to see what I have done?"

"Follow me," the phantom's voice replied,

as we floated past green trees

framing prism towers on golden streets

on a hill above blue seas.

Through cloud-lands of illusion,

we continued on our quest.

Suddenly I saw it -

a great big treasure chest.

"What's in here?" I asked.

"Your life," was the reply,

"everything that's happened

since your first lullabye."

Slowly I unlocked the lid

with a hanging key

unaware of all the bios

that awaited me.

As I gazed inside the trunk

full of vignettes of my life,

my sojourn on the planet earth

stabbed me sharp as a penknife.

Childhood pieces drifted out

white dresses with pink frills,

snowballs, popsicles, May Day baskets,

roller skates and daffodils.

But as my teens spilled out, I blushed,

saw the trifles turn to splinters.

Peer pressure, vanity, self-centeredness,

Springs turned into Winters.

Then reality - adulthood,

marriage, job and baby showers,

motherhood, struggling, disagreements,

divorce, heartbroken hours.

Kids with measles, chicken pox,

tonsillectomy,

New love, new marriage, new job, new home,

serious illness, hysterectomy.

Mother of teens!

Barely made it through those years,

times were tough, bitterness strong,

never-ending all day long.

But as the teens matured

and left the family nest,

a miracle occurred

and there was no more unrest.

Suddenly we got along

established a rapport,

turmoil was forgotten

and we loved each other more.

All my life-pieces to this point

lay around me everywhere.

I gazed at each one individually

with gentle, loving care.

Then the formless shadow spoke:

"If you had one year to live, what exactly would you do?

Think about that

for a minute or two."

In an instant, I replied, "I know each day is new,

new chance, new beginnings,

some losses,

some winnings!"

"But did you do what you've always wanted to do?"

"Well, sort of,"

I gulped...

"I planned to be a great writer,

but got here sooner than I'd hoped."

"You must realize," the apparition replied

"that those who live on your planet

just cannot take

their lives for granted."

"Yes, I know, I know NOW,

but is it too late?

Can you bring me back

at a later date?

Please give me another chance

to go back and make things right!

I'll put these slivers back together

and change my plans tonight!"

Then I picked up the pieces of my life,

slowly put them back together,

whereas I noticed different hues and shades

as changeable as the weather.

BLUE mornings sprang forth, gone forever and wasted,

YELLOW sunny days, so bright, were savored and re-tasted,

GREEN pastures flowing in the breeze of serene and restful living,

Thick clouds, VIOLET skies, a time of thanksgiving,

An INDIGO blue diamond ring still sat upon my finger,

unable to return it, unless allowed to linger,

While RED blood signified wars and battles of nations,

Orange sunsets recalled some wonderful vacations.

As I arranged the particles

so that I could live,

when all were put together,

it spelled out ROY G BIV.

"Why, these colors are a rainbow!"

I exclaimed with great delight,

"these broken pieces of rainbow fragments

put together makes things bright!"

The ghost then spoke these words of wisdom and sage,

"Let me tell you a secret about life's backstage.

Each minute of your existence is a multi-colored exercise,

as you learn from rainbow fragments, experience makes you wise...

Instead of tunneling downward

into a deep depression,

go forward with your life

thankful for each lesson.

Nothing lasts forever

always keep that in mind

even evil consumes itself

devouring it's own kind.

A colorful, brilliant, spectral life

is possible every day, for

you see, it's not what's happening,

your perception determines life's way.

'Things always work out' is the rainbow's message,

It's the finale to the end of a storm,

even blackness turns to light eventually,

and coldness turns to warm.

You say you want to write?

Then don't search for time, just do it!

Eliminate excuses

which you've labeled 'around to it.'"

After all was said and done,

I nodded in agreement,

hastily prepared for my return

before discovery caused bereavement.

So the rainbow fragments

in this twilight zone

were all put back together

for my journey home.

Like a tumbleweed I slid

down a colored archway span,

past cosmic beauty never seen,

a dreamer's fairyland.

Dusk was just beginning

as I slid into my form,

happily opening up my eyes

under blankets soft and warm.

I jumped out of bed,

made a list of my round-to-its,

completed them all in such a short time,

turning all into now-do-its.

My final message is this:

I promise to be a lamplighter.

The light is myself, the lamp is my pen,

and daily I'll be a Writer.

Blessings to all Sparklea :)

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Jerami 4 years ago from Houston tx

I'm speachless want to be first to say .....

EXCELENT!


Larry Wall 4 years ago

You are renewing my interest in poetry. The poem is beautiful and it took tremendous courage to tell of your life in such a way. As always, you never cease to amaze me. Your time is still here. There are too many people that need to hear your words.


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Jerami! THANK YOU, Thank you SO much! I so appreciate the time you took to read my poem. I hope it sends a positive message to whomever happens to read it.

Blessings, Sparklea :)


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Larry: THANK YOU from my heart for your input, it is so valuable to me and so very much appreciated. You have a writing gift, and I am so glad you are getting the things you are passionate about on HubPages. I am thrilled you liked the poem. Very encouraging. Blessings, Sparklea :)


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Wow! Wow! This just puts it all into perspective for me. You have written a masterpiece. I am bookmarking this to read every time I need encouragement. I love rainbows and I see them everywhere so this just confirms my goal and dream. Thanks for sharing, Sparklea. Be blessed today!


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

teaches12345: Oh, thank you! My friends and family have always loved this poem, so I thought maybe I would share it on HubPages. I so appreciate your reading it and taking the time to comment. I am a rainbow lover. Every time it rains and the sun comes out, I run outside with my camera in search of a rainbow. I guess you could call me a rainbow hunter!

Thanks again, blessings, Sparklea :)


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vector7 4 years ago

Sparklea, you put beautiful images in my mind and took me for a ride.

And it's weaved with lessons everywhere. It's amazing! You are certainly the lamp lighter and will light many lamps to come. :)

Peace and love from the Father above,

-v7


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

vector7: Peace and love from the Father above to you, too! My purpose with writing is to inspire and uplift. I recently read in a book, "Hearing from God is my priority." Every day I ask God to guide me intuitively moment by moment, and to write through me. I know He is using you in a powerful way through your writing. Blessings to you and have a wonderful day! THANK you for reading my hub. Sparklea :)


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

This is an amazing and wonderful hub. I hope many more read it. It can really help people feel better as well as giving them was to help with depression and hopeless lives. Thank you for such a wonderful hub. Thumbs up!


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thank you Michele: the main purpose is to encourage writers not to put off fulfiling their creative dreams and to not procrastinate, which, believe me, I have done. It is so easy to put writing plans on the shelf to do routine duties. Then all of a sudden, years have passed and the writing has drifted by the wayside. I've learned life can be over in an instant. We never know when it will be our last day. We let "life" get in the way, as I HOPEFULLY demonstrated through this poem. THANK YOU for your feedback, I always love hearing from you. blessings, Sparklea :)


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether

This was such a GORGEOUS poem! No doubt about it, one of the best I've read here on Hubpages...no, the best! I'm not just saying that. I am a lucid dreamer and your imagery of your OBE was fantastic. I loved the entire thing. Exquisite, really. Voted up and beautiful.


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Drtruthman 4 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

Great poem Sparklea. I really related to the OBE part having been there, actually died and written a Hub about it. Just wonderful poem. I voted UP all across.Lee


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

kittythedreamer, THANK YOU FROM MY HEART for your very kind words! I hope whoever reads my Rainbow Fragments is encouraged not to put off their writing dreams, and to try to write a little each day. NO ONE knows if it is our last day. I THINK a lady named Kathleen Norris wrote these words, "Live each day as if it were your last. Some day you'll be right." THANK YOU AGAIN for taking the time to read my hub and for your uplifting comments! Blessings, Sparklea :)


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Drtruthman: THANK you for reading my poem and for your positive note! I will check out your OBE Hub. I so appreciate your encouragement! Blessings always, Sparklea :)


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Wow what can I say this is so awesome. I love your poem and your imagination. You have said it all. Great job I voted way up

Debbie


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Deborah, THANK YOU for your wonderful words and encouragement, plus your vote! SO MUCH APPRECIATED, means alot! Thank you also for taking time to read it. Blessings, Sparklea :)


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

This is simply stunning work and I am so proud of you for writing this. What a great message of overcoming and persevering and marveling at all that life is! I am blown away by this. Peace and blessings to you my friend!


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

billybuc: THANK YOU for taking the time to read this and for your positive feedback. Writing continues to be my passion and procrastination my greatest weakness. My hope is to inspire the reader/writer to put writing first. If we keep putting it off, all of a sudden you realize days, weeks, months and years have passed...where did it all go? Peace and blessings to you also! God bless, Sparklea :)


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Nights Dream 4 years ago from Allentown, pa

The way you wrote this blew me away. The story of a person's life and journey is the greatest anyone can write or read, it will never be duplicated. I learned a similar lesson from death: "We only get one chance at every moment. What we do with defines who and what we are. It also writes the story history will read."

Thank you for sharing this. You are definitely an inspiration to people.


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Nights Dream: Thank you so much for your input, means alot...Love your quote, "We only get one chance at every moment. What we do with defines who and what we are. It also writes the story history will read."

We should cherish every second of our journey. I hate it when I waste time. Huge blessings to you and thanks again...Sparklea :)


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shivanikapoorllm 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

Such a courage and purity!! This is how most of us spend our lives actually!!! I am appealed. Beautiful words..Love it!!

Shivani


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

shivanikapoorlim: THANK YOU for taking the time to read my poem and for your very kind words! Wrote it from my heart and I am thrilled to get positive feedback. Blessings, Sparklea :)


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Unleashed Freedom 4 years ago from star dust, planet Gaia.

beauti-beautiful!!!


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Unleashed Freedom, I so appreciate your taking the time to read this hub. Thank you for your comment, means alot. Blessings always, Sparklea :)


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Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan

Wow, this is powerful! So many deep thoughts expressed with colorful and lovely words. The rainbow of your life and the pull of perception was an awesome observation and so true.

I actually had dinner with a friend last night who was electrocuted and went into God's Presence. She tried to tell me what it was like and as she struggled to put her thoughts into words the tears welled up in her eyes. I said, "There are no words, are there?" She said no, there are no words ... God's presence is everywhere and once you are in it you never want to go back. She did come back because God still had work for her to do.

Thank you for this beautiful reflection on being faithful to what God has called us to do. The time is short.

Voted Up across the board. I continue to be amazed at this gift of yours.

Hugs!

Mekenzie


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Oh, Mekenzie, THANK YOU for visiting and reading this hub. I wrote it from my heart. That friend of yours must be in total awe of God after being electrocuted! Every story I have read about this happening to people, none of them want to return. You are right...there just are no words. I no longer want to waste the valuable minutes God gives us each day, and I hoped to reflect that with this poem...especially for writers.

THANK YOU AGAIN for your wonderful words. Blessings, Sparklea :)


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

A truly awesome hub, life is challenging and for many can be a struggle in many ways you have created such a wonderful hub on Rainbow Fragments Of This Writer's Life


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thank you DDE for taking time to read this and to comment. I think I may have mentioned I entered it into a contest at work quite some time ago, and it won first place. I never turned the poem in until the last minute deadline...I wrote it the day before - I remember it was a Sunday, and I had pieces of paper with verses strewn all over the kitchen table.

FINALLY it came together. I am so glad and thankful for anyone that this poem has inspired. God bless, and thanks again. Sparklea :)


DJ Anderson 3 years ago

Oh, Lea, this is simply wonderful!

You did not miss one item.

This had to be divinely inspired. It is such an inspiration to those of

us who aspire to inspire!!

Great Job!

DJ.


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

DJ THANK YOU for taking time to read this hub. My friends and family just loved it, and so I thought I would share it on Hub Pages. I have no idea how I wrote it as I did struggle at first, but it finally came together. I so appreciate your comments and encouragement. God bless, Sparklea :)


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Hi Sparklea what an experience if i was you and i had gone there i ain't ever coming back lol. I always wish i had such a lovely experience/vision of the heavenly realm even if its in a beautiful dream.

Thanks for sharing part of your life story with us :)


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Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York Author

LadyFiddler, Thank you so much for reading this poem and for your lovely comments. I wrote it on the fly for a contest at my work place. The deadline was the next day! It means so much to me when my hub friends read my material. God bless you, and I am still remembering your hub where you sang "Amazing Grace" - so much from your heart. Sparklea

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