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A tribute to our imaginary friends, Peace, Wealth and Happiness:an inspirational etheree poem

Updated on August 13, 2013
The dove of peace.
The dove of peace. | Source

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Why we have Imaginary Friends

A poetry challenge was declared by Linda Bilyeu, Laurinzo Scott and Daisy Mariposa to write a poem on an imaginary friend.

Like other friendships in our lives, friendships with imaginary companions are important as a sources of motivation, comfort and support. Imaginary friendship is not just a childish concept. As adults, we turn to them for solace when our physical, spiritual and emotional thresholds are stretched.

I thought of three personified, imaginary but important friends to me. They are Peace, Wealth (in all forms) and Happiness.

Peace in our hearts sets the tone for other good things in our lives. It is the emotional comfort that we need for survival.

Wealth is an imaginary friend who appears in all forms. Spiritual well-being and the stability of our relationships are forms of wealth.

Our good friend happiness appears naturally when Peace and Wealth show up. I give them a poetic tribute in the form of an etheree.

The chrysanthemum, the flower of wealth
The chrysanthemum, the flower of wealth | Source

What is an etheree?

An etheree is a ten-line unrhymed poem, the writing of which calls for the gradual build up of syllables with each line. The first line has one syllable, the next two, and it follows for ten lines. For more on different poetry forms, do refer to Daisy Mariposa’s well-explained hub on the subject. Do enjoy this little etheree on Peace, the many forms of Wealth and Happiness, three friends we should always treasure.

Peace and love usher in happiness.
Peace and love usher in happiness. | Source

To Peace, Wealth and Happiness

Peace,
loved friend,
a beacon lit,
she restores our paths,
steadily scaffolds
us and our friend wealth,
who comes in many gracious forms,
both the true soul mates of happiness,
three fancied and essential friends for life.

Afterword

With peace comes an abundance of wealth in all forms and our eventual happiness. Three entities, above everything else, that we should love and treasure.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Deb!

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      Lovely poem, Michelle. I enjoyed the photos you selected to illustrate it, also.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      I have made many friends here on HP! Thanks for sharing, Mary!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      "...sould mates of happiness"....you've captured it beautifully and it reminds me that HP has brought us many soul mates of happiness as we travel through this writing journey together.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and shared.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      These are the things, indeed, that become our friends. Thanks for sharing, valley!

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      Michelle...I missed this one. It is interesting that you speak about concepts such as 'wealth' and 'happiness' as imaginary friends rather than say an imaginary person with a name and certain personality traits....which is what I think of when someone refers to an imaginary friend...this was a great hub, both interesting and educational....and I love the poetic form that you have used:-))

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Hi, Leslie!! Glad you like my friends too! Thanks for sharing!!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Michelle..i loved this etheree and am very tempted to attempt one! i also concur completely with your 3 choices...

      Very well done - i learned something toooo...

      sharing forward..

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Paula! Yes, an etheree is something that we can add to our hubs! It is short and makes a simple point. Thanks for sharing, glad you like it!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Michele....Congrats on meeting a challenge....Thank you for educating us on what an etheree is...and especially for blessing us with an exquisite example of one, that has a spiritual lesson...UP+++

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Jackie.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Kathi!! I do too. Let's hope they become real for all of us!!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Bake Like A Pro! Thanks for sharing!! Glad you like it.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Very good, well written and attractively done. ^

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Lovely Michelle, I like your imaginary friends and hope they become a reality in your life! Kathi :O)

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Hatter.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for the great compliment James!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      I think it's actually getting quite popular!! Hope more will jump on the poetry wagon too, Daisy!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Go ahead, cre8tive! You'll love them!!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Yep, it's a poetry challenge! Thanks for sharing, Bill!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Glad to share, Vinaya!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Kidscrafts! We need these three friends around!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Audrey!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Yes, Jo, we all can! Thanks for sharing!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Carter!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for the read, Mary!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Truly interesting reflection. Thank you

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      Bake Like a Pro 4 years ago

      Very nice. I enjoyed the poems. Thank you for sharing. Voted up and shapring :).

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Beautiful work. I'm not at all familiar with this form, but then I'm not a learned poet either.

      Voted UP and shared.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      This is an interesting style of poetry...good on you for giving it a go..you did great...I am not a poet at all but so admire others that are...cheers

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Peace, Wealth and Happiness, yes I can aspire to such a life. Beautifully done.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Beautiful piece!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for this lovely poem. I can totally appreciate people who write poems because it's definitely not my strenght!

      I love your choice of imaginary friends as well : Peace, Wealth and Happiness. Excellent choice!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      I have imaginary friends. I write about them in my stories and poems. This is a beautiful poem. I did not know etheree until I read this hub

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There must be some movement afoot. This is the fourth hub this week about imaginary friends. Well written, Michelle.

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      cre8ivOne 4 years ago from Midwest, USA

      I like it! I am a poet too and now I have to write an etheree or two myself!

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Michelle,

      Thanks for sharing your first etheree poem with us. You did a terrific job!

      Thanks, too, for including a link to my Poetry Forms article. I hope our Facebook group will interest lots of people to read...and write...poetry.

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      James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

      You are surely a fine poet. Your gifts are on full display in this excellent etheree. Thank you!

      James :)

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Hi to you and Sue, Linda! Thanks for reading!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, janine!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for reading, Carol!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Well done Michelle. Sue & I enjoyed your hub:)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      I loved how you intertwined the three here and just beautiful Michelle. Have of course voted up and shared all over!!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Beautifully done and is a tribute to the best of life.

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      Pavlo Badovskyi 4 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      Nice hub . Voted up, etc!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      A poetic tribute to peace, wealth and happiness