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A lily found among the weeds-Poetry

Updated on September 3, 2015
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I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.

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When we see a dying lily we act by giving it water and loving hands-on care.

I looked and saw a lily in a deep, obscure valley surrounded by brown weeds with a deadly look of despair

I noticed the area was void of beauty and the drooping, lonely lily was in need of emergency hands-on care

I fed and watered the lily until it stood quite proud and tall

It rose above the weeds. Buds opened. Then a gentle breeze scattered seeds cascading toward a fresh flowing waterfall

A refreshing cleansing consumed my thoughts as I watched the water trickle into a crystal clear blue stream

Vividly realizing I'd witnessed the birth of beauty in this forsaken summer scene.

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    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      You're welcome hari. Cheers

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      Hari Prasad S 

      2 years ago from Bangalore

      thanks ruby once again.

      - hari

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello hari. I read your poem and loved it. I left you some fan mail. Thank you again.

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      Hari Prasad S 

      2 years ago from Bangalore

      My pleasure too. check my poem we earthling.

      - hari

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Hari. So nice to meet you. We have something in common, plants and poetry. Thank you..

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      Hari Prasad S 

      2 years ago from Bangalore

      ruby, Nice poetry from you,

      since you like plants too,

      i (am) just like you.

      - Hari

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Brian. I'm so glad you enjoyed this. I loved writing it. Thank you.

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      B Brian Hill 

      2 years ago

      I love how much emotion and images that you can pack in a few words. Spreading the seeds! I really enjoyed this one.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello R J. Nice to meet you. Happy you enjoyed. Thank you.

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      Ralph Schwartz 

      2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

      Amazing amount of detail with just the right amount of words, well crafted and enjoyable

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Prasetio. So nice to see you writing again. Thank you for the visit.....

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      prasetio30 

      2 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Beautiful poem and I love it.Thank you very much. Have a good day, my friend :-)

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Sam. Thank you. Happy you enjoyed..

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      Sam Tumblin 

      2 years ago from Eunice, La.

      Nice Poem Enjoyed Reading It!

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Vellur. Thank you for a beautiful comment....

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Manatita. When a poet such as you makes a wonderful comment about my poetry, well I'm thrilled! Thank you so much..

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      Nithya Venkat 

      2 years ago from Dubai

      Beautifully penned! Lovely write.

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      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      Poetically exquisite and seen with a Keatsean or Whitman eye. Wonderful, Ruby!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Genna. What a sweet comment! I'm so happy that you find my poetry inspiring and uplifting. It's people like you that gives me the desire to write. Thank you dear friend..Hugs..

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      Genna East 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Written by a gentle, sensitive heart with a beautiful imagination. This poetry is so inspiring and uplifting. Ruby, you are what gives in life, and we, like that lily, are lucky to know you. Hugs.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Martie. What would we do without rain and seeds? It would be a world void of beauty. Thanks my friend. When are you going to start writing your stories again? I miss them. You are a good writer! Hugs..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Rasma. I agree. Sometimes I think the wild flowers are just as beautiful. Thank you...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you Clive. Happy you enjoyed..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello drbj. I adore your poems on my hubs. Thank you my witty friend..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Bill. Thank you for believing in truths and seeing some in this piece. I appreciate you!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ed. You got that right! lol. Thank you.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Shyron. I guess you can tell how much I hate to see a dying plant from neglect, plus the idea of winter coming is not a pleasant thought. I'm happy you liked it and the photos. Blessings and lots of hugs....

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      Martie Coetser 

      2 years ago from South Africa

      Water and seeds.... Without it there will be no birth and growth. Thought-provoking poem. Thanks, Ruby!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Wonderful poetry and music. Often if we take the time to look we can find beauty where we thought there was none.

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      Clive Williams 

      2 years ago from Jamaica

      beautiful poetry my friend

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      drbj and sherry 

      2 years ago from south Florida

      Ruby found a lily so dry and so still

      She watered it until it had its fill.

      Now the lily is a thriving beauty.

      All because Ruby did her loving duty.

      Look out your window, m'dear, and you'll see

      All those lilies singing, 'Water me! Water me!'

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I think this speaks to much more than just lillies. Beautiful work, filled with truths.

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      ahorseback 

      2 years ago

      No Lillies will die with you and I around my dear ! Nice !

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      2 years ago from Texas

      Ruby this is amazingly beautiful. I agree with Patricia the photo's are also beautiful.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Patricia. It takes hardly any effort to keep our plants beautiful, some water and as you say good old TLC. Thank you. Many blessings my friend.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Phyllis. I'm so glad you were able to be in the scene, a sweet compliment, thank you..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Faith. Your comment warms ' me ' heart. So happy you enjoyed my poetry. Thank you for sharing. Blessings my friend.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Frank. Thank you for the awesome comment. Happy you enjoyed.

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Beautiful photos and no doubt the lily thanked you kindly by becoming lovely once again..it is amazing what a lily TLC can do for an almost expired plant...

      Angels are on the way ps

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello John. So glad you enjoyed. Thank you for ' the good work ' comment.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Will. A dying lily gave me the inspiration to write this. Happy you liked that line. Thank you..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mar. So good to see you. Happy you liked my poem and Engelbert, he has been one more of my all time favorites for years. Thank you dear one..love you!

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Very lovely poem, Ruby. I felt like I was right there in the summer breeze watching it all transpire. Well done.

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Ahh, this one is just exquisite, Ruby! Beautiful beyond words, well, any words I can come up with, but you certainly have done so here.

      This may be the most beautiful poem I've read recently.

      You excel in your poetry. Lovely imagery to accompany.

      Sharing

      Blessings for a lovely weekend ahead

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      Frank Atanacio 

      2 years ago from Shelton

      love the photos and the poem awesome

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      What a beautiful piece of poetry Ruby. Good work.

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      WillStarr 

      2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      "Then a gentle breeze scattered seeds cascading toward a fresh flowing waterfall"

      Great line!

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      Maria Jordan 

      2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      This is so sweet on every level and listening to Engelbert Humperdinck is icing on the cake...

      Keep em coming, dear Ruby. Love, mar

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello whonunuwho. I know and I always hate to see summer end, but you're correct, we can remember the beauty in our garden's and flowers. Thank you much for reading and commenting....

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mike, I'll try again to respond to your comment. The other one disappeared as soon as I commented. You are correct when you say that we mourn the passing of summer. I am not a winter person unless I can lay on the beach in my dreams, lol. I don't think I've congratulated you on winning the best fiction award. YEA..Smiling BIG time...

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      whonunuwho 

      2 years ago from United States

      The seasons are always changing but our memories of each...their best, remains firmly in our minds. Nice work my friend. whonu

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      mckbirdbks 

      2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ruby. What an excellent piece. Seems maybe the mourning of summers passing may be upon us. Beautiful sentiment.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you Ann. After all the rain all summer, we are now in need of a downpour. Seeing flowers drooping is sad. It only takes some care to bring it back. Thank you kindly for your wonderful comment..

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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      Wow! What stunning poetry, Ruby. I love the flow and rhythm of each expert rhyming section. Outstanding! Love the photos too.

      Ann

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