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A poem, The vine covered cottage

Updated on August 22, 2012
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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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The aroma of apple pies

Looking at a beautiful vine covered cottage sitting atop a tulip lined hill

Overlooking a Flowering meadow

So serene so still

My mind wanders back to childhood , seems so very long ago

A joyful time

That's difficult for me to let go

A time when happiness prevailed as the children frolicked about and played

When a Mother and a Father were together

Faithfully gathering the children around as they knelt and prayed

I can still remember the curtains that hung so fresh and bright

The fireplace that warmed us

Each and every night

The smell of food cooking on the old pot belly wood stove

The aroma of apple pies

Picked from our treasured grove

Then something happened we didn't quite understand

A big truck came to move our Mother away

From our peaceful meadowland

Now that i'm grown, when i see a cottage high upon a hill

My thoughts return to childhood memories

I guess they always will.


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      Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Beautiful poem, so peaceful and happy until right at the end.

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      Lovely poem in every way..Good home grown goodness.Wonderful moments in time..

      Hugs,

      Sunnie

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      very nice poem, and I loved the pictures. childhood memories abound. nice expression

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      Augustine A Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

      Hate that hard times follow good times. But they do, and as a kid you can only do what you can to survive. Lovely Ruby...

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Ruby this poem seems to tug at the heart strings.. a beautiful tale with a sad ending.. your words so picturesquely bring out the emotions. Lovely! Have a great day.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Ruby such a beautiful poem and then the ending.. I am so sorry.. it made me cry... why do things like that happen? I know it's terrible. I love your beautiful writing the pictures so peaceful and I love the Elvis video. Awesome hub ...I voted way up

      Be Blessed

      Debbie

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Lovely poem. I love the song you chose to go with it too!

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      Xavier Nathan 5 years ago from Isle of Man

      Beautiful images and so comforting. Thank you Ruby.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      "I guess they always will." Beautiful words and images of a simpler time and place before the realities of life entered our little world. Loved this!

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      50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

      Ruby, a touching writing nicely done, I enjoyed the Elvis icing of a song that has been such a long time since I heard it, it all went together well voted you up. Thanks for coffee entertainment with skill,

      Dust

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Ruby,

      You are the most tender soul. Your poetry is written from your beautiful heart of memories rich.

      Very lovely-- Voted UP & Beautiful. Love, Maria

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Oh so truly beautiful Ruby;I love country cottages and would love to live in one surrounded by Nature's beauty.

      Thanks for sharing thi true gem my friend and i am bookmarking this one into my Special hubs slot.

      Take care and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Always. You have penned such a nostalgic piece from times that are refered to as 'simpler'. Yet the troubles were just as frequent than as now. You put this together very well. Listening to Elvis right now. Thanks.

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      Sky9106 5 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      Welcome as I can see you reminiscing of the earlier days, when we met , it's beautiful , thanks for sharing.

      Great work "AE"

      Bless.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Becky, It is a childhood memory my Sister Mary told me about.Everytime i see a vine covered cottage, I think about that time in life. I was a baby and do not remember the event.Thank you for coming by my corner. Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Sunnie, It must have been wonderful when families had their own orchard. My Mother was an excellent cook, her pies were special..Thank you my friend..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Michael, Thank you. Glad you liked the pictures..Cheers

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      Irob 5 years ago from St. Charles

      very nice poem

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello A.A., I guess a lot of people had some hard times, but i remember some good times too. Thank you my friend..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Sophie, These are memories related to me from older siblings. A very emotional time for them. I was a baby and do not remember. Seeing the picture of the vine covered house brought the poem..Thank you for coming to read..Cheers my friend..

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Ruby - This was so sweet and beautiful and serene,

      And it was written only the way that you can.

      So sorry that the Mother in the story you wrote,

      Ran off with that good looking truck-driving man.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      drbj I am absolutely cracking up here. You could make me laugh in the middle of an atomic bomb..HaHaHaLOLLOLLOL I adore you, ( Not a woman thing ) HaHaHaHa

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Debbie, Nice to see you. I an glad you enjoyed my cottage story. I love the video too, of course Elvis was my first love...Cheers my friend..

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      A lovely sweet, warm and dare I say 'homely' poem Ruby.

      I could just imagine you all playing in front of the fireplace.

      I am still smiling at drbj's comment.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Susan. Thank you. I love the Elvis video too..Cheers my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Spirit Whisperer, Happy to see you. Thank you for words of comfort..Cheers ...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Billy, Your comment is true. Simple day's of the past, some good, some not so good but that's life. Thank you my friend...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Dusty, So good to see you. Glad you enjoyed with your morning coffee. Thank you my friend...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mar, You are so kind, thank you for gracing my page..Cheers my friend..

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      Peg Cole 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Right from the heart and beautifully written. Up until I saw the title of the Elvis song I thought Mother moved away, then I caught up with the story. I'm so sorry for your loss. This was a lovely remembrance.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hrllo Eddy, Thank you so much. It would be wonderful to live in the country and be close to nature..Cheers my friend

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mike, I agree. A more simple life can go 'south' too. Thank you. Happy you are listening to Elvis..Cheers my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Sky, yes, my mind drifts to times past sometimes. I am glad you are out of the hospital. Hope you are feeling much better. Missed your poetry..Thank you my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Irob, Nice to meet you. Thank you for visiting my page..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Rosemary, Your comment made me smile. Thank you for coming, and yes, drbj is a great 'cheerer upper' Take care my friend...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Peg, So nice to see you. Not a very happy occurrence, but we all surived. Thank you for commenting. I appreciate your visit. Cheers

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      This is a beautiful poem until the end. Voted up and beautiful, Joyce.

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      Tracy711 5 years ago

      I totally loved your poem. It brings back wonderul and loving memories of my childhood. I can smell apple pie fresh out the oven. thank you for the lovely memory. You are a wonderful writer :o)

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Beautiful and refreshing to read. "The aroma of apple pies..." Oh, I have visions of hot apple pie, with vanilla ice cream melting over it. lol

      Great Poem.

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      oh, the apple pie must be delicious, though I haven't tasted one in my lifetime...so refreshing Ruby...

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      Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

      Excellent poem and so Touching! Thank you for sharing.

      Voted Up & Awesome. Best Wishes, Kamalesh

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      Caroline Marie 5 years ago from Close to Heaven

      Hi Ruby I love this poem. Very happy childhood memories. Thank you for sharing!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Joyce, Glad you found it enjoyable. Thank you for coming by..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Tracy711, I am happy it brought back pleasant childhood memories. Thank you for coming by..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Elena, Good to see you. I love apple pie with ice cream too. Happy you thought this was a refreshing read. Thank you..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Raci, Good to see you. You must have a piece of apple pie topped with ice cream, It is delicious. Thank you..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Kamalesh, Happy to meet you. Thank you for awesome words. Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Caroline, I am glad you enjoyed reading of past memories. Thank you for coming by..Cheers

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Beautiful, Poignant Poem Ruby. Childhood with its happy times and sad times, you've woven it together as only you can. Past Memories to look back upon and Smile, and maybe shed a tear. A Vote UP and Beautiful my friend.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      I too have such fond memories of stuff that we all used to do as a family. The home that we lived in and the memories we shared there...priceless!

      thanks for making me also wonder those streets.

      voted up and awesome Ruby!

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      Capedium 5 years ago from Texas.

      Your poetic style is extraordinary.. Nice poem!

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      Oh, Ruby, you have touched my heart with this one. How sad to grow up to know your biological mother only through your siblings. But, of course, spectators don't have the strength and courage given to those who have to cope in less fortunate circumstances. And most amazing: God always provides substitutes for our missing beloveds.

      Yet, the longing and yearning for the real always linger in us.

      Excellent poem, my dear Twin :)

      Hugs from me to you :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello b. Boy, you nailed it. I started to write about a cottage where the family lived, then it turned into a mother's abandonment, which is true, but i had no intention of going there when i started to write. I guess some things remain in the psyche..Thank you so much..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ruchira, I am so glad it brought back good memories, thank's for telling me..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Capedium, So good to see you again. Thank you for your extraoridinary comment..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Martie my boot-scootn' pal. So nice to see you. Your encouragement never fails to lift me up and away..Thank you for being a Dear friend. Lots of hugs back at you....

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Beautiful and very moving Ruby...

      Best wishes and hugs Lesley

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      Ruby, This is a very touching poem and absolutely beautifully written. Up and beautiful.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Leslie, Happy to see you. Thank you for a touching comment..Hugs..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Pam, Nice to see you in my corner..Thank you for a lovely comment..Cheers

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Peaceful, romantic, poetic and filled with the grace of a lady who has a grip on words that touch the heart.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Annette Donaldson 5 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Ruby, such beautiful poetry stirring lovely images of home and memories of our past. You have such a tender way with words. I loved every single word that you have written hunnie. x

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Rolly, Thank you so much for kind words. Hugs to you..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Annette, You are so kind. Thank you. Hugs..

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Another beautiful poem my dear friend. Your such a gifted poet and a natural AE. AE=Always Excellent:)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ricky, You are so kind. Thank you very much. Your comment brings a smile..Cheers

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      acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

      Such wonderful words and a great poem - Thank you.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      This just pulled at my heart strings! Wonderful memories and bittersweet ones--you pull at emotions very well--Lovely, lovely write

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      Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States

      The poem is wonderful and the art is perfect to go with it. Lovely!

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      Senoritaa 5 years ago

      Exceptionally brilliant portrayal of early childhood memories. You rock!

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Lovely images and description. Thank you-you've painted a very vivid picture of this home life. :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello acaetnna, I am sorry to be late answering. Somehow i wasn't notified. Thank you for kind words. Cheers my friend.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Audrey, Your comments always brings happiness. Thank you so much..Cheers.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Tom, So nice to see you. Thank you for gracing my page. Thank you..Cheers.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Senoritaa, Good to see you. I like that phrase, You Rock! Thank you my friend...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Denise, I appreciate your lovely comment. Thank you so much..Cheers.

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      IntegrityYes 4 years ago

      I voted up for sure.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Yes, Thank you..Cheers

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      Susan 3 years ago from India

      Amazing share always exploring. Voted up.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you Susan. You are so very much appreciated..

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