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Deer in Summer ... A Poem

Updated on March 11, 2017


For John...



Deer in Summer


The deer did not run…

he paused in the dense green laurel,

his eyes gathering of us

and the woodland stream.

How close we were…

stilled in our modesty.


Lowering his head

he drank of the shallow flows,

silent in grace…

no speed of spirit waste

or remembrance lost.


We were all of this place…

the knowing of it,

the flawless

savored moments.


How soon would we run…

how far and how long?

No one could tell us

the last of the when,

of sweet sense and touch,

the being and desire of us.

Such beauty is not found

in ancient voice

nor in symbols on a page…


Like the tender breeze

drifting with time,

....we only know

....what is

in the garden before the fall.




Music composed by Thomas Newman; video by krisat001 of YouTube.



© Written and copyrighted by Genna East. All rights reserved.

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Beautiful verse, Genna! Voted up, beautiful, and awesome.

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

      You pen hears its own music, is graced with its own tune, is remarkable in its melody. A wizards wand I say, with the deepest respect.

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      Annette Donaldson 5 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Beautiful images, you have a style all of your own. The visions you gave me were stunning. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Genna, this is grace on a page. It really flows just like the water you describe and fills the reader with peace and tranquility.

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      Ophelia Madden 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      very nice!

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      Maya 5 years ago

      There is a beauty and poignant reality of life and strength in this that really touched me Geena. Freeing in a way. You have a deep and profound way of writing about life that is very unique – -- very special.

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      This is beautiful and soothing. Up, Up, uP!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      You have described a beautiful picture here Genna, thank you for sharing and voting up, best wishes MM

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      DanWW 5 years ago

      Dear Lady;

      I read this two times my friend.

      Even your free verse has melody to it. Your words are your own – no one else’s.

      There is a kind of elegant and subtle suspension of moments in time as we know it and then – bam - the meaning hits you with a velvet punch. ‘The garden before the fall’ was a perfect metaphor. Wow beautiful.

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Wow, such a gentle peaceful reading poem. It relaxes me! it's like medicine.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @WillStarr

      Hello Will. This was a personal experience that wasn’t easy to write, which makes your supportive comments and vote appreciated all the more. Thanks for sharing your kind thoughts about this little poem.

      @mckbirdbks

      Hello Mck! I think the wand belongs to the deer, the woodland stream, and those moments I will never forget. Thank you for your kind and generous words.

      @thebluestar

      It’s comments like yours that help make my day – thank you!

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @hyphenbird

      What a nice thing to say. Today was a tough day for me; but your thoughtful comment lifted my sprits with a smile. Thank you. :-)

      @krazicat

      Thank you!

      @Maya;

      Thank you, sweet friend. It’s the first time I have ever written about this experience….I almost chose not to.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @breakfastpop

      Hi there and good to see you! It was a soothing experience and one that was unforgettable. Thank you!

      @moviemaster

      Thank you and good wishes to you as well. :-)

      @DnWW

      Very perceptive; that has a lot to do with the poem. I was also worried that no one would catch on to the “garden before the fall.” As always, it’s good to see you my friend, and thank you.

      @cardisa

      Nature is good medicine for us all. There is so much we miss about it; yet without it, we cannot survive. Thanks for stopping by and for the kind comments.

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

      I stopped by again to read and enjoy the wave of elegance it provides.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Wow, Beautiful Genna, This brought a soothing, gentle calmness while reading your words..Thank you..

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you Mck and thank you Ruby.

      There are moments in our lives that transcend how we think of ourselves and our relationship to the world. And the manner in which we try to control over our daily lives…like the deer, we really can’t and that’s okay because there is soooo much beauty. It’s a shame that we often miss it.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This beautiful poetry captures a moment in time and freezes it in memories of that sweet moment. No one can know what is awaiting us in the days ahead and that is probably all for the best. Beautiful! Votes up!

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Precious.. almost scared, the way you speak about this encounter..beautiful!! Genna.. your words paint the picture and set the tone. Voting this up and beautiful :)

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Wow, that was amazing, lovely visual affect, so beautiful, rated up! cheers nell

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Sometimes we are blesed with a moment in time that is very unexpected and pure.

      For me, this evening, it was reading this reflective piece of beauty and sharing.

      Thank you, Genna. Voted UP & AB, mar.

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      Jon79 5 years ago

      I am late to the party Genna East. I haven’t looked in for some time and was blown away by this wonderful poem. Your poetry is so graceful yet strikes with another subtle and inner meaning that is beguiling. I am happy to see you back

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      Nadine M AuCoin 5 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

      Magical, truly magical words!!!! Your words paint pictures in the mind!!

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Peggy W

      Thank you, Peggy; I could not have said it better concerning your comment about those special moments. :-)

      @Sofs

      Those moments were sacred; you expressed this perfectly. Thank you!

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @NellRose

      Thank you, Nell, for the visit and those kind words.

      @Marcoujor

      What a nice thing to say; thank you…I truly value your comments.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Jon79

      Hi Jon; I guess I’m late as well. I’m not sure how often I’ll be able to publish – perhaps once or twice a month - but will give it a try. Good to see you again, and I am pleased you enjoyed this little poem.

      @MaggieMay

      That is one of the best compliments I have ever received. To paint pictures in the mind is what I always hope my words will accomplish…like I often see you achieve with your own words. Thank you, Maggie.

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      samiaali 5 years ago

      Hi Genna East, I loved your beautiful, peaceful poem! :)

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This was so cute and beautiful. I love your poem. Thanks for writing and share with us. Well done and Rated Up!

      Prasetio

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      Doug Turner Jr. 5 years ago

      My kind of poetry: subtle, crisp, alive. Very enjoyable piece here, Genna. The beauty of this world apparently makes your imagination run wild.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Smiaali Thank you and you are quite welcome.

      @Prasetio30 Good to see you; it's always a pleasure, I and appreciate your comments.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Doug Turner Jr.

      Thanks, Doug...I love the crisp and subtle comment. "Imagination run wild"? Very cute metaphor. And it does! Good to see you, as always. :-)

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Your Poetry is Simply Beautiful Genna, and certainly conveys what you were feeling, for all of us to now Enjoy. I too Vote this one UP!

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you, B. I am happy to see you, and am delighted you liked this little poem.. :-)

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      Poetcrtcs 5 years ago

      Pretty poem Geena. But I think the meaning is lost. What does the part of the deer drinking at a stream have to do with the rest of the poem?

      This is why people don't read poetry. You guys make it too hard to understand.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello Poetcrtcs...

      I’m sorry you feel that way about poetry.

      The deer drank from the stream as we drink from the stream, but not in the same way. The moment was the union, the understanding and realization of that beautiful moment; and how we are all from “that place.” It has much to do with nature…of the outdoors and the nature of ourselves as well as the connection. These are moments wherein we rise above self; the combination of spirituality, beauty, nature, realization, survival, the concept of time, etc. To be overly simplistic, it connects the disconnect. The more I try to explain this, the more I fear the words get away from me. It simply was.

      I hope this helps, and thank you for stopping by. There are wonderful poets, here, on the Hub. Please click on their comment avatars and read some of their wonderful contributions. I think you will be surprised by what you find. Take care. :-)

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      Yaduvanshi 5 years ago from Bharat Vrse

      Beautiful Genna

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Yaduvanshi

      Thank you; this is one of my favorites, and wasn't easy to write. Take care and thanks for the visit. :-)

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      Rhonda Musch 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast

      Beautiful and magical. I trully loved it. Voted it up and awesome and beautiful as well.

      Sweet wishes Rhonda

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      Joanna Chandler 5 years ago from On planet Earth

      A lovely excerpt. Graceful words!!

      Keep up the good work

      God bless You

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Rhonda Waits

      Thank you and I truly appreciate wishes. Take care. :-)

      @LadyFiddler

      Thank you for the kind and thoughtful words! They are special.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      the words are beautifully carved in the poem. plus the beautiful picture too. amazing work.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That was lovely, Genna! It was comfortable and soothing, just what I needed as this week draws to a close. Thank you for a touch of beauty.

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      Sunnie Day 4 years ago

      This was exceptionally beautiful. It reminded me of a song..I placed the link below for you..Thank you for sharing this. Your words are so gentle and caring, like a deer.

      http://youtu.be/UZv3jzOTE70

      Where I have moved I see deer right at my door..they are truly beautiful.

      Hugs,

      Sunnie

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Billy;

      Thank you; I'm pleased you found it soothing and lovely. Good to see you.

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Sunny;

      What a lovely thing to say, thank you. We used to have deer as well when we lived further out in the country. They are so beautiful and graceful. I so enjoyed the music you provided through that link. Hugs.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Such a beautiful hub and I vote up plus save. Have a wonderful day Genna.

      Eddy.

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you, Eddy...this is one of my favorites. Good to see you!

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      Joanna Chandler 4 years ago from On planet Earth

      This is a lovely excerp Jenna :) i like it

      Have a wonderful Wednesday

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      I absolutely love your poetic voice Genna---I look forward to reading your pieces and to being emotionally and intellectually moved each time--

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I think soothing is the best word for this beautiful poem. I can picture a deer drinking from the stream...me watching from a safe distance. "...we only know what is..." How true and well spoken.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      This was fantastic...

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Lovely poem and your picture is very beautiful! :-)

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Lady Fiddler

      Thank you! This is one of my favorites, so your kind comments are very much appreciated.

      @Audrey Howitt

      Thank you, Audrey. You are one of my very favorite poets, and I look forward to your poetry as well. As always it’s good to see you! :-)

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Tillsontitan

      Thank you, Mary. :-) I think at the “end of the day,” when the summer passes and the fall happens in the biblical sense, it is these precious moments, among others, that we take with us. Good to see you.

      @Frank Atanacio

      I am pleased you liked it, Frank, thank you! :-)

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Ignugent17

      Hi Meldz. I truly appreciate your thoughtful comments – thank you. :-)

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Beautiful. You always amaze me. Up and beautiful.

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @KoffeeKlatchGals

      Thank you, my friend. This is one of my favorite poems, and your kind words mean a lot to me. Hugs.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This is very good, sorry I missed it this long! ^

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      try to pay you back for visiting my page.. but it seems ive read the newest before and I read this one before but the odd couple story I checked out loved it before and now this little piece as I mentioned above fantastic poem :)

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you, Jackie. I don't write as many hubs as other hubbers so it was easy to miss. Good to see you. :-)

      Hi Frank;. I so appreciate your encouragement and thoughtful comments. Thank you! :-)

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Sometimes being in our beautiful world reminds us that we are connected and are all just a part of a whole. Your poem was very beautiful and a perfect reminder of that truth

      Anna :)

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you, Anna. I so agree in that everything exists in relationship. Thank you for that lovely comment. :-)

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      Peg Cole 22 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      Awesome and serene in its beauty. This takes me to a quiet place with visions of nature. Lovely.

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      Genna East 22 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you, Peg. This poem holds a special place in my heart. Good to see you.

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      mckbirdbks 22 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      This piece was perfect to read this afternoon as I take a break from staring at a blank page.

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      Genna East 22 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Mike...

      How kind of you to stop by. It's always a pleasure to see you, and I am pleased that this poem offered bit of a respite. Those shadows on the page you mentioned will not stay shadows for long...your muse is a marvel!

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      Patricia Scott 8 months ago from sunny Florida

      A gentle kind of peace fell over me this morning as I read this just before dawn. And the music that accompanied your creation is sublime...music has a way of carrying me to another place...in this case, to the place within your poem.

      Angels are once again on the way, Genna.

      And have a lovely Fourth. ps

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 8 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Beautiful & soothing is the poem. Thank you.

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      Genna East 8 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello Pstraubie and Rajan...

      Yhanks so much for the thoughtful comments. They made my day. :-) Have a great weekend.

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      Surabhi Kaura 8 months ago

      What a joy to read this soothing poem! That just made my day. He he :)

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      Genna East 8 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you. I see our mortality closely aligned with nature in ways that are mysterious, yet profoundly beautiful. In a way, giving/showing our appreciation for these elements and experiences are the same as giving our thanks to God. I'm happy you enjoyed the poem.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Oh Genna this is both touching and inspiring! You mold words into an artists vision of scenic wonder. How blessed we are here in hubland to have the opportunity to partake of your endless talent.

      Thank you dear friend.

      Sharing.

      Audrey

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      Genna East 5 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      My deepest apologies, Audrey, for being so late. I've had to take time away from the Hub these past months. I thank you for such a generous comment. It warms the heart. :-)

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      Kenneth Avery 2 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Genna,

      Amazing writing. I could actually see this scene of a deer and the people

      standing still to admire its looks.

      This piece has all of the human emotions--love, fear, anxiousness, and ambition that has yet to be turned loose.

      Wonderful work.

      I saw your comment on my hub about "What Turtles Think About All Day Long,"and though that I would pay you a New Year's visit.

      Now where are the greens and blackeye peas?

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      Genna East 2 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello Ken. Thank you for that beautiful comment! The poem speaks to our mortality...in peace and acceptance, as we are all connected to that deer in summer before the fall, and "that next place." "No need of spirit waste or remembrance lost." I so enjoyed your hub. :-) Have a great weekend.

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      Kenneth Avery 2 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hey, Genna,

      How is the weather in Massachusetts? Snowing?

      You're very welcome for my comment--you deserved it. You work hard at your craft and it shows. Honest.

      I did get very touched by your poetry. I dabble in abstract/prose myself and I have a few that is published. You might want to check them out someday.

      Stay warm. Keep hubbing. And write me anytime.

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      Genna East 2 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Ken. Yes, it is still snowing. I will definitely check out your poetry. Thank you.

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      Kenneth Avery 2 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Genna,

      Your comment made my night. We did not get but a few flakes

      where I live, but that is fine.

      You just keep writing such great poems like this one and you will

      be sure to enjoy success and fame.

      Happy New Year.

      Write me anytime.

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      Genna East 2 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you, Ken. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones.

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      Kenneth Avery 2 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Genna,

      No, dear friend, thank YOU for being a Great Friend, Follower and oozing with talent.

      I enjoy your writing style.

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      Gilbert Arevalo 2 weeks ago from Hacienda Heights, California

      I love how you feel nature. You included a beautiful composition by Thomas Newman.

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      Genna East 2 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you, Gilbert. Music and nature are my heart, and often form the basis of my creative writing. I appreciate your encouragement and kind words.

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