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A Writer's Passage ... A Poem

Updated on August 15, 2015
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I had stopped writing, creatively, for a long time

until one day, a few years ago...


I left you behind,

My unseasonable prose,

To rest unborn

With the shadowing...

The bereft companions

Of a stilled writer’s heart.


Distant and uncertain

My care had become your burden.


I marked the place to find you again...

Or so I thought.

I held my breath, waiting

For the season to pass,

Forgetting the mark.


The moment I lay the burden to rest

Was the day you came back for me,

Silencing the shadowing.


Was it just a moment ago that we knew?

The joy and quiet of knowing, silent,

That curls itself around the word,

Embracing within…

And becomes.



"Seeing The Field"

Note: “Seeing the Field” is a scene with Matt Damon and Will Smith, taken directly from the film, "The Legend of Bagger Vance," that was directed by Robert Redford. This wonderful video was downloaded on YouTube several years ago by The Leadership Yoga, with which I am not affiliated.




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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love that scene from the movie...the perfect clip for your beautiful poetry.

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Genna,

      I feel your words and this video clip speaking directly to me at this time in my life. Thank you for this inspirational piece which makes me feel hopeful for the days to come.

      Voted UP and absolutely Awesome. Love, Maria

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Genna, what a wonderful poem. I think I have been in that same place. The film clip is wonderful, with two of my favourite actors, and now I have to watch the movie which surprisingly I haven't seen before. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

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

      Hello Genna, The most sought after scotch is properly aged. The most coveted wine is cared for and kept to reach its maximum heights to savor. There are old masters, but not new masters. And there is a true writer’s heart.

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      W1totalk 3 years ago

      It just speaks to the moment. I just am and have felt this way. Great poem.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Genna,

      Your poem is amazing. Thank you for sharing and I am so blessed that I am here at this time when you are writing to read your great gift. There are those times in our lives when we must step back and focus and then return to be all that we are meant to be in this life. The video clip is profound. I have not seen the movie, so I must watch it now. In watching the clip, it reminded me of the times of my serving the Lord, and knowing that I just need to get out of His way, as I know He certainly does not need me, but then I realize those are the times He is using to have me focus on what He would have me to do to glorify Him.

      Up and more and sharing.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I agree with Billy...your poetry and the clip, perfect.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Dear Bill, Maria, Jodah, Mike, Wto2Talk, Faith, and Jackie…

      Thank you! This poem is something I’ve been meaning to write for a while. I knew that I would be penalized in points since the length of this poem doesn’t confirm to HP’s criteria, but I didn’t care.

      Redford’s perfect moment, combining dialogue, music, direction and acting, is profoundly true. It’s the only clip I could attach to this poem. When we rest with complete candor, focused, unselfconscious, shutting out the noise and the “shadowing,” it comes, but only in its time. We have to be ready, and learn how to “get out of its way.”

      Thank you, everyone, for your wonderful comments and encouragement. I hope you all have a terrific week. :-)

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

      The best thing I have ever written is 66 words and took the longest to write. Your poem may fall short of criteria, but not on merit.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      your poetry gennaeast...awesome,

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      I really like your poem, Genna. It touches on the soul of the poet and the desire of the poem to be known. Well done.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      I agree with mckbirdbks dear Genna, as far as meeting criteria, remember e.e. cummings wrote a poem, "you are my sun, my moon, and all my stars" and that was it!

      Have a great week,

      Faith Reaper

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Amazing! Your poem hits right in the writer's heart. So true and full of meaning for all of us. The selection of that movie clip is the icing on the cake, "feel it with your soul"!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from New Jersey

      Love this! Writing about writing is such a lovely thing! And you captured it perfectly, the struggle that we all share when....the words just don't come.

      If you have time, I would love to know what you think of "casualties of a poets war" on my page. It has similar themes! Blessings to you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Your poetry took my breath away and then when I clicked on ‘Seeing The Field’, my heart nearly rose into my mouth. How George would have adored that film, that scene. He was a natural golfer from his youth and placed it alongside fishing, which he learned as a youth and became his favorite things.

      I can see why it relates to almost any part of one’s LIFE, though. That inner focus which gives itself over to the unspoken inner wisdom which brings one closest to the - what? - the truth, that authenticity, the perfect fit of one’s efforts which raises it a level above the mundane.

      Like others here, I’ve not seen that movie but now realize I must see it.

      I seem to be blessed with - (and also cursed with at times) - the natural instinct to ‘get out of the way’, especially creatively. That also means I can seldom ’summon’ it and simply ‘apply myself’ creatively but must wait to be summoned. Small price, I think. I notice it mostly because I have to apply myself to more analytical left-brain projects. It’s such a contrast, but I think it works for me.

      I’ve experienced periods of almost no writing but honestly, have never felt them as long shadows. I don’t question it or feel deprived or shut off. Hard to explain. Perhaps it’s that I’ve learned that when it comes, it comes with something of value to me, either in its poetic value or in its self-revelation - or both. I can honestly say that I just don’t feel it as an issue or a problem, or feel myself less whole. It’s almost as if, even if it never returned after an absence, I’d know it was as it should be. It always does return, though. I attribute that to ‘getting out of its way’ which somehow seems my most natural thing. Maybe that is why it came to me that my faith can be expressed in 4 words: “There is no problem.” - at that level, certainly.

      I’ve at times written no more than 2 or 3 words which simply ’saw the field’ and went right into it, saying it completely. Then again, I’ve written lengthy passages which brought the field into view, though sometimes I’ve had to go back into that length and remove the stuff still in the way and obscuring the field before it was right.

      It is so very valuable to hear each others’ experiences with this thing we share - writing - and especially writing poetry, which has its own being, connection with life and even its own criteria. We come from different backgrounds and perspectives, and each brings with it our own life, being part of what our ‘Field’ is and must be, in order to be authentic and valuable. Knowing our own unique - and our common - senses of what it is we are doing is truly valuable. But also knowing where our compatriots come from and are going gives our understanding much greater breadth and depth. We are blessed with a way with words to express what it is for ourselves and we are blessed with an understanding to fathom what it is for each other. We know that, were we all the same, how tiresome that would be! Best of all, whenever any of us is able to ‘be there’ and ‘get it’, there is a universal recognition of and applause for the thing called ‘excellence’.

      I’m so glad you wrote this and especially that you passed through that time of . . .

      “ . . . unseasonable verse,

      To rest, unborn,

      With the shadowing...

      The bereft companions

      Of a stilled writer’s heart. “

      OH, how beautiful, dear Genna. Thank you. Much love.

      ps. - that illustration is wonderful. It almost ties in with the hub I'm making now.

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      I find your words to be truly inspiring. Up, beautiful and awesome.

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      DnWW 3 years ago

      I like the way you were one and the same with what you left behind, and what came back for you to become ‘we’, and how ‘we’ is also all creative writers.

      The moment I lay the burden to rest

      Was day you came back for me,

      Silencing the shadowing.

      Shadowing – following in search of, in the shadows. Your poetry always has beautiful layers. The clip is perfect with this poem.

      Dana

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      Catherine Tally 3 years ago from Los Angeles

      Although your beautiful poem is brief, the wisdom in it speaks volumes. :)

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      The moment I lay the burden to rest

      Was the day you came back for me,

      Silencing the shadowing.

      Love the above a great poem Genna and here's to so many more.

      Eddy.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello Mike; Frank; Phyllis; Faith; Mary; Theater Girl; Nellieanna; Pop; Dana; Cat; and Eddy…

      My apologies for not responding sooner, but work has been demanding this week, as have the unforgiving and constant, arctic-like temps.

      Thank you for your wonderful and thoughtful comments…they are all special, each in their own way. :-)

      Most of you have written that you haven’t seen this film, so I thought I would explain the background to the scene. The notation on YouTube directly under this clip states that Damon’s character is a “frustrated golfer.” This is an understatement. Junuh (Damon) returns to Savannah in 1931, the southern town of his youth, after a ten year absence following his horrific experiences during WW I. He was the only one from his company to survive a major battle. Although winning the Medal of Honor, he is much changed. Years earlier, he was “Georgia’s favorite son”; he played golf with extraordinary skill and won a major tournament before the war.

      Junuh returns to Savannah as a drunkard and is closed off to everyone, including his former sweetheart, Adele. Adele organizes a major golf tournament to help revitalize Savannah and her family’s lost fortune as a result of the Great Depression. Hence, the inclusion of the famous, real-life Bobby Jones character in the clip along with Walter Hagen.

      Junuh is enlisted as an unwilling player in the tournament; he is terrified, but accepts the challenge out of a sense of duty. Will Smith plays the mysterious character of Bagger Vance who shows up at Junah’s home one evening and volunteers to be his caddy.

      Golf and life share a lot in common. As creative writers, sometimes, we stop for a while; for whatever reasons…they are our own. Inevitably, whatever we choose, chooses us. As Bagger said, “There’s a perfect shot out there trying to find in each and every one of us…” Life is a gift of possibilities; how lucky we are as writers to be able share this with others, if only for a moment.

      Hubpages also provides us all with that opportunity. We are so fortunate to be here; I regard it as a privilege and an experience I will always treasure because of you. Hugs and have a great week! :-)

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, Genna for the introduction! It's so good to hear of a movie which has real lasting value! So I ordered the DVD of ‘The Legend of Bagger Vance’ which I’ve just received. I'm entranced with the story and what is obviously a lot of food for thought. I can hardly wait to watch it. One can almost see Bagger as a sort of human version of Pinocchio’s Jiminy Cricket, whose ‘conscience’ voice in the puppet’s mind was such a beneficial influence helping him to become a real boy, as it was depicted in the old Disney movie in 1940 which I loved when I was 8. It stirred my mind to wonder whether there really were such ‘voices’ and about the process of becoming fully human. Will Smith is perfect in the role. I really liked the clip you included here in your hub.

      I also just received the pre-ordered DVD of Season 4 of ‘Downton Abbey' a little earlier. What a watching feast!! Tomorrow I’m expecting another DVD of an amazing movie that relates to writers, which I’ve watched on TV and had to own. I will let you know more about it, possibly via a hub at some point.

      Yes, this thing we all share at Hubpages is quite a wonderful ‘family’. We are truly fortunate to share in it! Hugs.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Nicely done. I have not seen the movie listed, I may have to pick this up soon.

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      A true writer will always be driven by some or the others force to write. Sadly, too many responsibilies may keep them from writing, and so, whatever just never becomes...

      Thought-provoking poem and video. Thanks, Genna -))

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      Maya 3 years ago

      This is a beautiful poem that took courage to write my friend. Occasionally creative writers do stop writing for a lot of reasons. Rimbaud, Harper Lee, King. The list is long. There are times when the best thing a writer can do is to not write. The clip is a perfect ‘match’.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      A perfectly wonderful and poetic combination.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Nellieanna;

      Dear Nellieanna;

      I so agree with you about films, as you so aptly stated, “with lasting value.” This seems to be occasional, at best, these days. I prefer older films. Although we rarely go to the movies, Sosh and I saw “All Is Lost” with Robert Redford. He and I are both fans of Mr. Redford. One of the films I might define as being close to perfection in overall quality of production is his “Ordinary People.”

      You have Season 4 of DA in its entirely? Ohhh…how wonderful. Enjoy! :-) I have kept up with this season on PBS.

      I think your dear George would have loved the Bagger Vance film as well. I look forward to reading your next hub, Nellieanna. Hugs. :-)

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Teaches12345

      You will enjoy this film. I appreciate your visit and comment…thank you!

      @MartieCoetser

      Hi Martie. Yes, I agree; we almost always go back. Thank you. :-)

      @Maya

      Maya!! Hello, my perceptive friend. It is such a pleasure to see you. I wasn’t aware that Rimbaud or King stopped or for how long. Nelle Harper Lee is one of my favorite authors, but I wouldn’t presume to guess why she never wrote another published novel after Mockingbird. It’s a shame that prying critics, journalists, etc., wouldn’t leave this incredibly gifted writer alone. Some of the ridiculous questions they asked about the novel – including explaining some of the symbolism – were unfortunate. She never expected the book to do well. Nevertheless, after working on such a classic for years, the last thing you want to do is to have to explain it, and repeatedly at that. It’s no wonder that she refused interviews early on. (Can you imagine the dissection they would have performed on a subsequent novel?) The pressure of fame is also difficult. She once said, “I have said what I wanted to say and I will not say it again.” I have great admiration and respect for Lee.

      Thank you for your special comment. And I loved your pun on the “match.” Hugs. :-)

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @GypsyRoseLee

      Thank you, dear Rasma! :-)

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      What a great way to mix poetry with a video from a movie. Well done

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you, Nadine. :-)

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We do all need a break from time to time or most of us anyways. You couldn't of picked a more perfect clip than the one did from Seeing The Field, to accompany your beautiful poem.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Beautiful poem Genna, and yes something we all understand, loved the video too, I had never seen it before, voted up and shared, nell

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      b. Malin 3 years ago

      Genna, A lilting Poem...Sometimes taking time out, is a good thing. For we come back refreshed, and able to write a better, Poem or a Story with the confidence and clarity that we were searching for.

      I too remember that movie...good choice for this Poetry.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      Beautiful and moving poem. I think we all go through it sometimes, writing can sometimes be like pouring your own blood on the page and it can make you so weary. Beautiful poem, and what a perfect scene to accompany it (I love Will Smith in that movie).

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Susan; Nell; Barb; Wiccan

      Thank you for the visit and wonderful comments. I agree that this is something almost all of us understand, as Nell stated; the “clarity and confidence” as Barb noted we may seek or put aside for many reasons; or it can be like “pouring blood on a page,” as Wiccan wrote. Susan, this is the only clip I could have picked for this poem…thank you.

      Have a wonderful week, everyone. :-)

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      K.A.E Grove 3 years ago from Australia

      nothing like losing sight of a beloved friend, only to rediscover them again. I often feel this way with my writing. and if I leave writers block to dwell in my mind too long it is often hard to find the friend that writing is to souls like ours

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      This was sooo nice :) keep up the good work.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Nighthag

      I love the expression in your comment...it is perfect. Thank you for those beautiful and profound words. :-)

      @LadyFiddler

      Thank you...I will keep trying. :-) Good to see you, Lady.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 3 years ago from Great Britain

      I don't know the movie but your poem was truly amazing.

      Awesome.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you! It's always good to see you...I hope you are enjoying your week. :-)

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      Alastar Packer 3 years ago from North Carolina

      I'm mighty glad the stilled writer's heart found its beat again. Inspiring and beautiful poem, Genna.:) Pleased to share!

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Beautiful poem, and the photo fits it nicely, somehow.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @AlastarPacker

      Hello...it is so good to see you. Thank you for those encouraging words, and for sharing.

      @Rebecca

      Hi Rebecca. This was not easy to write...which makes your lovely comment that much more appreciated. Thank you! :-)

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Your work is stunning Genna--just stunning

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      Oh...what beautifully written verse. I hope there is more coming. Jamie

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Audrey...

      Thank you! I am sorry I am late in responding but have been much too busy with work. Good to see you! :-)

      Hello jhamann...

      Thank you for those nice, encouraging words. I am struggling right now, trying to find the time to write amidst work demands.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      I got caught up in the beauty, power, majesty, music and spirituality of the video. Your poem was awesome too. Hari Om Tat Sat. Much peace, Genna.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Than you, Manatita. I truly appreciate your visit and support. :-)

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      Linda Rogers 2 years ago from Minnesota

      This is really beautiful writing Genna. I can relate to what your poetry was saying. I have had times when I put down the pen; whether it be lack of inspiration or the busyness of life. I can truly say that these past four years of writing again, have been healing and happy.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you. I am so pleased that you found your writer's pen, and are once again enjoying the journey. Hugs, and thank you for this beautiful comment. :-)

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 2 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      Beautiful capturing of your intended message. I can relate to it completely. Voting way up and sharing. Pinning, too.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you, Pamela! I think many of us can relate, at one time or another. Good to see you. :-)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Genna, this was certainly a perfect shot. Your poem is inspirational and beautifully done, the excerpt from the film perfect moments in an imperfect world

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      I'm not sure what happened, I seem to be cut off in my prime with half of my comment disappearing. I won't repeat what I wrote, suffice to say I loved the poem and video.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you! Your comments came over quite well. It's a pleasure to see you as always, and I appreciate those kind words. :-)

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      Imtiaz Ahmed 2 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

      I really liked your poem Genna East. Enjoyed the video. I am voting your hub :)

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you...I am pleased that enjoyed the poem and video. :-)

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      Mothers of Nations 2 years ago

      I very much enjoyed this poem. I had also stopped writing poetry for some time but not because I didn't want to... As time passed I realized I had gotten out of touch. My heart ached to write again and so I begin...

      God bless you...

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I am pleased that you began again, and I look forward to reading you poetry. Thank you for that special comment.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I am pleased that you began again, and I look forward to reading you poetry. Thank you for that special comment.

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      Robin Grosswirth 20 months ago from New York

      Sometimes, we just get stuck in a funk, and communication in text stalls. One day, if we are lucky, the words begin to pour out again, and we get to commune with language and our readership. I am very stuck and cannot get my message out. I used to love to write, but in the state I have been put in, I am without words any longer. Good for you that yours returned.

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      Genna East 20 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you, Robin. Your words will return...it takes time. I wish you the very best! :-)

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      ocfireflies 19 months ago from North Carolina

      Genna,

      You are the poet I wish I could be. As always, I am filled with admiration. Voted up, shared, pinned... Only you could capture what so many of us can relate to and do it so beautifully.

      Blessings,

      Kim

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      CrisSp 19 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      What a wonderful read this morning! Hits my heart damn straight and you took me as a prisoner. We must seize the moment!

      Obviously, I missed this but thanks to ocfireflies (Kim) for sharing and reposting it.

      You have all my votes (plus pinning & sharing) and love from the sky. ~

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      Nadine May 19 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      What a wonderful poem every writer can relate to. Keep at it.

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      Genna East 19 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @ocfireflies

      Hi Kim. What lovely praise coming from one of my very favorite poets. Thank you; I am humbled by your words and am grateful for your support. Happy Sunday, my friend. :-)

      @crisSp

      Thanks so much for those kind words. You made my day. "Seeing the field" is something we all keep in our hearts. :-)

      @NadineMay

      Good to see you...thank you for your nice comment and support! :-)

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      Nadine May 18 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      What can I say, very creative, smooth and the words run like a string of pearls.

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      Genna East 18 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      What a lovely comment -- thank you Nadine.

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      Patricia Scott 16 months ago from sunny Florida

      Genna, this really hit home (although I am not a poet) as I writer I felt what you expressed and my pen was silent for many years.

      Your movie clip is a goodie...one of the best from a movie I watch again and again.

      Thank you for sharing....Angels are once again on the way to you ps

      shared

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      Genna East 16 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you...I know what it means when our pen is silent for some time. I am pleased that yours is no longer, my friend. :-)

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