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A poem, Too late

Updated on December 18, 2013
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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.

Annie just had to find the strength to forget and move forward.

Annie and her two year old daughter Lilly arrived at the beautiful Ocean Drive Hotel in Miami Beach yesterday

Annie sat watching the tide waves go out and return methodically again today

Losing all hope that Ray would keep his promise to meet her and his daughter , remembering the day their daughter Lilly arrived

The days passed without a visit, not even a friendly phone call, realizing it was just another one of his habitual lies

Annie waited at the hotel one more day and night

Determined, She packed her bags and dressed Lilly in her yellow ' Daddy meeting dress ' boarded the plane, eager to be taking her last hopeful flight

She never once looked outside the window, never looked back

Excited to be going home, anxious to get her life back on a solid track

Ray was out of breath from running, finally reaching the locked boarding gate

" Here we go again he muttered out loud, seems i'm always running late. "

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Susan. Thank you again. You are bringing all of my old hubs back to life...YEA!

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      Susan 3 years ago from India

      Wonderfully written always exploring. Thanks for sharing.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Linda, You are so kind..Thank you..I think Ray missed ' the boat ' too many times.Hee,,Cheers.

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      Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

      What are we gonna do about that Ray. He is definitely spending his days alone and lonely~if only he'd made it on time. Another great poem Ruby-your such a talent.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello radhikasree, Yes, what if?....................Happy it touched your heart. Thank you for sharing...

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Had Ray met Annie..........the soft, silent ending of the verse touched my heart. Voted up, beautiful and sharing it.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Gals, HaHa, Ray had better listen! Thank you for coming by..Cheers..

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Ray, Ray, Ray. Wake up and smell the coffee. He does stand to lose two womerful people if he's not careful. Love the poem. Up and awesome.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Pearldiver, Happy to see you. Thank's for the congrats. I never dreamed that i would have so much to write about. Cheers my friend...

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      Rob Welsh 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      A poignant piece well done for the writer and somewhat rare/underdone for a father who missed more than the point.. Yee haa.. congrats also for your 200 hubs Ruby... good on you... this one's a keeper! Take care.. PD

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Presetio, Thank you for reading and commenting. Happy you injoyed..Thank you my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Hyphen, Some men do not feel the need to take care of their own, my reason for writing this, A friend who moved on and is now living a beautful life. Thank you my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello snakeslane, I love your comment. Taking that last train to Nashville might have given Ray an excuse, but he is a loser and will always use a flimsy excuse..Cheers...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Rosemary i know you did respond to this hub. I remember telling you how much i appreciated you..Thank's again my friend....

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Beautiful as always, Ruby. Thank you very much for writing and share with us. You have done a great job here. Voted up and God bless you :-)

      Prasetio

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I can understand hours but days? No way. I would not have waited three days! Tell us why he was so late and didn't call. Grrrr, some parents!

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      Verlie Burroughs 4 years ago from Canada

      Hi Ruby, Ray wasn't just a little bit late, he was days late...So where the heck was he? I hope he will 'Take the last train to Clarksville'...Regards snakeslane

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I commented on this as soon as you published Ruby but I don't see it now.

      I said that maybe he should have made a little more effort, he is the one missing out. Sad but often reality

      Good write Ruby

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Vinaya, I always look forward to your comments. Thank you for being a special friend....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Life Iz Beautiful, I am thrilled you liked this and i agree, Ray needs to wake up..Cheers my friend...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Nell, You are so funny. Memories of your dad must be great..Thank you my friend

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Ruby, I loved your style. This is between prose and poetry.

      Have a great weekend.

      Cheers

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      Salini 4 years ago from India

      Another unique work of art from you, Ruby... I think Ray needs a hit on his head! he can always call!!! anyways, I love your poem...

      Voted interesting and up

      Have a lovely day ahead..

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      This reminded me of my dad! lol! he was always late, even if he left the house with us he would go back for something, and we would be stood at the station, train coming in, moaning hurry up! loved it! nell

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Graham, Happy to see you. Thank you for your ' well done ' comment. Cheers

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Ruby. A sad lesson in life here my friend. Very sharp and to the point. Well done.

      Graham.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ryem, I think we share the same start in life from your comment. Thank you for sharing your childhood with me. Thank you..Cheers..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Cloud, I am thrilled that you liked this piece. Your comment brought smiles galore. Thank you for sharing my friend...

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      Ryem 4 years ago from Maryland

      This story hit close to home for me and it feels like you've beautifully written about my childhood. I'm happy to have read this one. You're getting all of my votes and I'm sharing.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi suzzycue, Your point about the phone is very true, something i will remember. Good to know you like Carol King, she's one more of my favorites. Thank you...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hey Fossi, Great poetic reply! I think the apron strings are severed never to be donned again.Hee. Thank you my Hippy pal...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Eddy, So glad you enjoyed. Thank you for sharing...Cheers..

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Such a lovely short story style poem here Ruby, I enjoyed every bit of it and felt like it was a movie, and I just loved the ending quite funny indeed and ironic. Wow! Cool stuff and so creative of you, so visual with the anxiety of that flight status and all, thumbs up on this one and its getting shared everywhere.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Vickiw, Your comment is full of wisdom, missed oppurunities are usually lost forever..Thank you..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Gypsy, I agree. Regrets are the worst kind of pain. Thank you....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Martin, I have seen this in the hospital too many times. I remember i stayed with my mother for days and nights, ( She had a stroke ( CVA ) She passed away the evening i went home to rest. Thank you...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello nighthag, I think this was his last chance to turn things around..Good to see you...Thank you..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Vellur, Your comment is very true..Thank you....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Leslie, I wonder if Annie will relent? I think not but we gals are a forgiving lot. Love you too..Thank you...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ruchira, I agree. I used to work with a nurse and she was late most of the time, she was finally let go. Thank you..Cheers..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Cardisa, I saw that movie and laughed my butt off too. Thank you for coming by my page..Cheers..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Amy, The idea for this piece came out of nowhere but i'm sure it has happened. I read about a woman who left her child with her husband and did not return so i guess it happens both ways. Thank you Dear one..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Susan, Guess what, your man knows he will have a great meal no matter how late he is..Ha Cheers my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Audrey, I think Ray has been asleep too long, don't you? Ha..Happy to see you....

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Always we share a love for Carol King Music. It is a shame people do this to each other . We should always have respect and a caring word on the phone as we never know when that could be the last time or words we have with our people we love. Wake up Ray time does run out.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mar, Do you think a calendar would help? Hee..I seriously doubt it. I am glad you liked the song. Thank;s for coming to see me..Sister Mar..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Pam, Yes, i would say that Ray is a slow learner..Ha..Thank you..Cheers..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mike, Thank's for the poetry. i love it. You are right of course, Lilly will be the one who will suffer, not knowing your father is hell, been there, done that...Cheers my friend....

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Oh, knock it off Ray,

      Your lack of punctuality

      Shows your over casualty

      Lilly and Annie are not some play things

      For your entertaining

      Annie, I'm afraid, has cut the apron strings

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Oh how wonderful Ruby;a wonderful read and I vote up plus share.

      Eddy.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      What a shame that they miss the connections in life. Even missing by a few seconds is just too much, and another opportunity is gone - but this time it might be the final straw. Lovely, sad and thoughtful poem.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Poignantly sad. At first I thought there was hope. Ray needs a new watch. I've known people who have been late for the most important things in their lives when they could have been on time and all I can say is that the regrets later are just not worth it.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. I have seen too late(twice in hospitals). Your words are much kinder.

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      K.A.E Grove 4 years ago from Australia

      nothing worse then missing the moment to turn things around, I loved this!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Beautifully expressed, late comers may miss golden opportunities in life.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Nothing just...'SEEMS'...someone always causes it 'to BE' - like Ray himself, perhaps..

      hmmmm...why is it (some) men just cannot take responsibility for their own actions - or inactions - whatever you may have..

      he better get there in time - is all i can say..lol

      Boy..did this catch me at the right - or the wrong time..

      Grrrrrrr...(lol)

      up and sharing, Shauna

      love ya sweetie!

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Not long do people appreciate late comers....beautifully expressed, ruby

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Skeety, HaHa..I think he needs both. Thank you..Smiling...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Genna, No phone call would do it for me. I would never make that first flight. Cheers my friend...

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      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Reminds me of the Jim Carrey movie where he is always working and forgets to keep his promises to his son. .....yes....Liar Liar...lol that movie made me laugh so much I think I may have wet myself.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi drbj, Hee..I've got another good one to add to my collection of poetry and i agree..Ray go fly a kite...Cheers my friend....

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I'm glad that Annie dressed little Lilly in her beautiful yellow dress and boarded the plane with an attitude that was anxious to return to the life she and Lilly have together, resolute in her knowing that 'daddy' will remain irresponsible and careless about love. People only change when they want to. Apparently, even his own daughter isn't enough to inspire his motivation to show that he cares. Powerful piece, Ruby, that has me fuming!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Bill, Hee..Ray will probably be late for his funeral..Thank's my friend...

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Sounds like my man .... always perpetually late.

      Great poem!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Oh, Ray! Wake up, won't you? Ruby, this is wonderful. Thanks so much. Voted up and sharing.

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      "There's something wrong here, there can be no denyin..."

      but not with your poetry or pitch perfect song choice, Sista Ruby!

      Voted UP and ABI. Come on Ray, get a calendar, man! Love, Maria

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      Ray sure is slow to catch on! This is an interesting story but I see why she got on that plane.

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      mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Ray now has time to ponder his fate

      as he finds himself on the wrong side of the gate

      Annie used her daughter as bait

      the fallout is Lily's from her parents hate

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      SkeetyD 4 years ago from Barbados

      Ruby, Ray needs some serious time management skills or he needs to do more cardio! Another excellent hub. I always enjoy reading your work

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      There is "late" and there is "too late." Not even a phone call? Ray needs to wake up!! Very well done, Ruby. :-)

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Well, my dear Ruby, Ray did try

      Although he was late for the flight.

      I hope that when he did reach home

      Annie forgave him - all was all right.

      But I admit that if it were me,

      I would have told him, 'Go fly a kite!'

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That is a habit that Ray might want to break in the near future so he doesn't lose those dear women.

      Love your style, Ruby! Well done my friend.