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Haiku, The parched earth

Updated on July 28, 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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Dark clouds gathering

Soil hardened dusty

Cracks visible everywhere

Grassland brown dying

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Dry leaves curled upward

Weeping Willow sad grieving

Once swaying limbs limp

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Beautiful Rose bushes

Hybrid petals unopened

Hiding from the sun

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Dark clouds gathering

Beseeching intervention

Heavenly downpour

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Plant life flourishing

Robins bathing in birdbath

Hummingbirds whizzing

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Rebirth so amazing

Watching as it all takes place

Spectacular view

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      Kathy 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi Ruby! Oh, this is like a big relief! Thank goodness for the rain! Right now, this very moment, my poor weeping Willows and ornamental cherry as well as the Raintree are suffering. Al has to water, almost, daily. The heat and drought are stifling. Your words bring a mental relief, at least. Beautifully stated; the refreshing, life saving gift of rain from above. Oh, I hope my little farm is given such relief soon. Very lovely images! UP Awesome and Beautiful

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Amazing haiku that brings us nature back to where we started in life; free will and with no much worries. You did excel on this inspiration Rubi!

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      Matthew Weese 4 years ago from Auburn

      With every death, a life follows. great poem.

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      snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

      Such a lovely tribute to Mother Nature always. I worry about the birds and wildlife when there's a drought. Although it doesn't happen here very often. Regards, snakeslane

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Ruby... thanks for this writing. Nature has a way of balancing herself out over time. Drought is hard to see at the best of times. Will be praying for the many who are suffering to the southeast of here...

      Hugs from Canada

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Beautiful flow ..... And great vivid picture drawn with words! Awesome.....

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Just had a look at my winter-dry and hibernating garden - looking forward to August - end of our winter - when I can feed it properly and sow colorful flowers to sparkle in the shades of shrubs and trees....

      Always, your haikus always evoke vivid images and ideas....

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      QudsiaP1 4 years ago

      Absolutely beautiful, while reading t I kept wondering if the pictures were your inspiration or you found the pictures to match later. Either way they go with the Haiku beautifully! :)

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

      We have been blessed with lots of rain this summer. I feel so badly for people and animals caught in drought conditions. Some children in parts of the world have never seen rain. Isn't that awful? Your poem is lovely and I am glad it ended wet.

      PS-I love Michael Bolton

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      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      I love the transition from basically desolation to beauty Ruby. I also prefer longer Haikus to three liners as well. I loved it. Beautiful!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Now that's a hub and haiku worth reading. Six for the price of one! And each one done with exquisite care and beauty! Lovely work Ruby!

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      sofs 4 years ago

      Beautiful Haikus Ruby! Kind of describe the weather here. I wish for some rain too... the heat is drying up my Dahlias and my mums... the orchids too seem to be finding the blazing heat too much to bear... I only hope there will be some rain before they curl up and die... Your Haikus have made me hopeful. Have a lovely weekend.

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Nature is beautiful and so are your words. Great pics too!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Kathy, I was sitting at my computer when i heard a splattering on my window then a downpour. It was wonderful. It has been so dry here too. After the rain everything came alive. I am an avid bird lover. They all seemed to appear at once. The birdbath was full and the hummingbirds really were whizzing. I didn't use the word hover because they were too excited to hover. Ha I hope you get rain soon my friend..Thank you for gracing my page....

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      win-winresources 4 years ago from Colorado

      Hi Always-

      Very nice. I was getting parched just reading it. Lucky the rain came.

      The fierce pounding sun

      not always such a bad thing

      ripens tomatoes

      -DW

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Lovely haiku, friend,

      The parched earth made me thirsty.

      God, his rain did send.

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      Joyce Haragsim 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

      So wonderful I love your Haiku poem. Voted up and beautiful, Joyce.

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

      Hello Always - what a refreshing piece of writing. The cycle of renewal so well penned. Your choice of photographs is perfect.

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      angela lett 4 years ago

      Sounds like NC. We have been experiencing a heat wave, but it rained and rained and rained yesterday. It was such a relief for me as well as all the vegetation. I like you hub. It was very vivid and descriptive of life without the restorative qualities of rain and the benefits that follow after a good downpour. Great job.

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      IntegrityYes 4 years ago

      That is powerful,Ruby. I voted up for sure. I am glad that you keep writing. WHOO!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      The sets of haiku accompanied by beautiful pictures are wonderful.

      Wonderful thing to read in this gloomy morning, here in Kathmandu.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      beautiful Ruby.

      You narrated the whole scenario of how mother earth rejuvenates when water is poured.

      many votes and sharing it across

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Lord, It was an amazing site to see. I didn't realize how much the birds enjoyed the rain until i watched the activity, Thank you for inspiring words....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mathew Weese, Happy to meet you. Your comment is thought provoking. Thank you..I agree.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Dear Ruby, We got rain in St. Louis, too! Tonight the temperature is in the 70's!!! It is a magnificent reprieve from the triple-digits. There is a 300-year old tree nearby that survived a lightning strike, a close encounter with a helicopter, but is dying from the drought. It is scheduled by the city for removal in the fall. So sad...

      I especially love your emotive descriptive words about the weeping willow. Very beautiful, visually exceptional Haiku art, Ruby.

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

      Wow Ruby, amazing haikus.. beautiful rose bushes hiding from the sun..wonderful words.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing thee with us

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Beautiful haiku's, perfect descriptions and pictures.

      Loved this, thank you and voted up

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Snakeslane, We hadn't had any rain for so long, everything was so dry. I watered about everyday, but it's not the same as rain. It was amazing how everything came alive after the rain came. You're lucky to live where there is no drought. Thank you..Cheers my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Rolly, Good to see you. Yes, it is wonderful how nature replenishes the earth. Thank you for visiting my page.

      Hugs from America..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello La Thing, Awesome comment, happy you enjoyed. Thank you..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Martie, I know you will be happy to see spring arrive. I love the fall but winter,NO..Glad you found inspiration from my haiku. I love to write in this fashion. Thank you Dear one..Hugs**

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Qudsia, The activity of the birds inspited me first, then i found the pictures. Happy you enjoyed..Thank you...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Hyphen, You were blessed to have lots of rain. Even the corn in the fields are twisted here. I do feel for the children in the world who never see the rain, sad...BTW, I love michael Bolton too..Hee..Thank's for coming by..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Cardisa, Happy to see you. I never can stop with just three lines. I'm thrilled you enjoyed..Thank you..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Bill and thank you for a beautiful comment..Happy you enjoyed..

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Wonderful Spy! Such beautiy in the earth, especially when those skies finally opened up pouring down much needed nourishment.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Sophie, I guess the whole world is needing rain in certain places, then flooding in some areas. Orchids, lucky you...Thank you...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello truthfornow, Thank you. I'm happy you liked my haiku..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello DW, You're correct about the sun and tomatoes. I grow my own and i love them, i've had to water them a lot..Thank's for the visit..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello drbj.

      I knew i'd get a poem from you

      And yes, God came through.

      Cheers my friend..

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      An awesome job my dear friend. The earth is very beautiful. I always enjoy riding across America. I travel to Arizona and back to West Virginia. I love seeing each state and its beauty. So fun. Loved it Ruby, best wishes my dear. Up and awesome!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Hi - Still wonderful although I did not mean to address you as Spy! LOL

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you Joyce. I always look forward to your visit..Cheers my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mike and thank you. I am always pleased when you like my work. Your encouragement keeps me trying to excel. See 'ya at your little cafe. My place of refuge where i meet the best people on earth.. Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Angela, Nice to meet you. Thank you for a wonderful comment..Cheers.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Integrity, You are always so kind with your comments. Thank you my friend..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Vinaya, I am sorry that it is gloomy where you are at. Hopefully the sun will shine brightly for you my friend. Thank you for coming my friend..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ruchira, It's a wonderful happening when God replenishes the earth with much needed rain. Thank you for sharing. Cheers my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Amy, My your accolades are so appreciated. Sad about the tree, maybe someone will plant a tree in remembrance. I am glad you got the rain as we did. Thank you for coming by..Cheers..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Spy, Thank you..Glad you enjoyed..Cheers..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mhatter, I was happy to share thee with you my poetic friend..Thank you for gracing my page..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Leslie, Happy you enjoyed.. thank you..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Shining, I agree. It was a beautiful scene that inspired me to write. Thank you for coming..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ricky, Thank you my friend. I agree. Each state has it's beauty. Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Shining, I know. We read so many, we tend to get mixed up. Don't feel bad, I have done the same..Thank you for coming back..Cheers my friend

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      I love the way your pictures perfectly accompanied your beautiful Haiku. This was beautifully done.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Pam, Thank you so much..Happy you enjoyed..Thank you..

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      A spectacular view indeed! this was so true and lovely too, what would we do without rain? great stuff Ruby!

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      ExoticHippieQueen 4 years ago

      Beautiful photos with your haiku, great descriptions of drought, then relief!

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      BobbiRant 4 years ago from New York

      We finally got some rain in NY state and the grass is turning green now. But many places this summer are still parched. Great poem, very descriptive of how dry it is in the U.S. this year.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Nell, I knew you got lots of rain. I watched Wembledon and the rain delays. Thank you..Happy you enjoyed..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Exotic, Nice to see you. Thank you for dropping by..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Bobbi, I can't remember a time when it was this dry. What a relief to see the rain..Glad you got a rain too. Thank you..Cheers.

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Parched earth and rain. Despair and hope. Loss and rebirth. Your Haiku brings them all home in beautifully constructed Haikus. Vivid, vivacious and very very good. Thank you Ruby. Voted up/beautiful.

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Ruby,

      I feel tearful with joy for you reading this. I may be over analyzing but I see so much hope and renewal in the rain after a long drought. The pictures are a fabulous choice as always and the song, inspiring indeed.

      I am happy for you. This is simply beautiful. Hugs, Maria

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Ruby, I came back for a second read. Your haiku are beautiful.

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Beautiful collection of haiku Ruby. The transformation is amazing as soon as the rain comes. Everything comes to life again.

      It has rained here for 11 days non stop here now, we are just about to start building an ark. :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Docmo, Thank you so much. You inspire with your words,,Thank you..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mar, You are not analyzing, I do feel a rebirth of joy. You are wise to look deeper my friend. Thank you..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Vinaya, You make me feel so proud. Thank you for coming back. Bless you my faithful friend...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      OMG Rosemary, ten days, I can't imagine. If you do build an ark, please make room for me.HaHa..Thank you my friend...

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      BeyondMax 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Oh Ruby! This is so vividly beautiful, I swear I can feel and breathe all the changes! It's amazing!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Max, I'm thrilled, your comment brightens my day..Thank you, so glad you liked it..

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Ruby, Rebirth is so Amazing...What a Beautiful and Thought provoking Read. You are quite the Haiku Poet, Girlfriend!

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      Lovely. I particularly enjoyed the ending. It was like the dawn of something beautiful. Thanks. :-)

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      molometer 4 years ago

      Wow what a turn around. Bring on the rain. I do know what it is like to wait for rain and the relief when it comes. I miss the hummingbirds.

      Great haiku the parched earth. Voted all the way.

      PS but Michael Bolton? Please I had to listen to him for years. lol

      Michael

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      It rained over night here and darn I missed it :) My grass has never looked so dead.

      Wonderful haiku's and hopefully this drought won't go on much longer.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello b., I agree, rebirth is beautiful. Everything is greening up again. The earth was in dire need of rain. Thank you for comin' Girlgriend..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Elena, Thank you. Happy you enjoyed. I like that, "The dawn of something beautiful" Cheers my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Michael, HaHa, You don't like Michael, HaHa..I don't know what happened to him, he looks so much older. Happy you came by. I hope you see Hummingbirds soon. I love feeding them. One came close to my hand but didn't land. Cheers across the miles..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Susan, We got another good rain last night, a little too late for the farmers. I'm glad you got a rain. Thank's for dropping by. Cheers my friend..

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      Tom Rubenoff 4 years ago from United States

      Your poem captures some of the drama and beauty of both the trial drought and relief from it. Thank you.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Tom, Thank you. I'm happy that you envisioned the joy of rebirth after a drougth. Thank you..Cheers..

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      This is raining here and i can very well co relate your beautiful creation with the weather, an awesome share, thanks Ruby.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello girishpuri, Thank you so much. I hope you are needing the rain in India..Cheers my friend..

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      CBM1987 4 years ago

      I'm from arizona, rain is something we look forward to i remember sitting outside underneath the porch with my grandad, just watching the rain. Taking in that sweet scent it gives off here in arizona. As i traveled, I realized rain's distinct smell varies from place to place. Though so far I've only found arizona / california's rain to be as sweet as nectar. I could only imagine what a tropical forest rain scent would be, but it alone sooths me down to the soul.

      Loved the haiku,

      those i've never been good with. I think partially because im incapable of fallowing the rules... something english teachers, both loved / hated about my writing style.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello CBM, The rain sure was sweet here, it had been dry for so long. I get the same soothing feeling listening to the rain. Have you ever tried a Rictameter? I think with your style, you would rock. Thank you for supporting my work..Cheers

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      CBM1987 4 years ago

      Ah I will definitely have to try that ! It actually looks like my style quite a bit, I'll do some for fun just to see how it goes !

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello Always. I stopped by here tonight and read your beautiful Haiku poem. This was absolutely lovely. I can only repeat what has been said in these great comments above about the depth of the life cycle so naturally captured in your few brief words and images. Wonderful to read, refreshing and captivating.

      We must be living where this poem takes place because the downpour we got a couple of days ago refreshed the earth in just hours after months of the parching heat and sun of the drought.

      "Rebirth so amazing".

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Peg, Isn't it wonderful to see the rain when the earth is so dry? I am glad you got a good rain too. Thank you for a beautiful comment..Cheers

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      Cathleena Beams 4 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

      Awesome - This is beautiful. I just published my first Haiku poem today entitled Haiku - At the Beach. Voting yours up, all the bells and whistles, and sharing!

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      Senoritaa 4 years ago

      How perfect!! The transition from the parched earth waiting for the heavenly rains, to the growth of life and greenery around could be felt in your Haiku collection. Once again, terrific job!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Cathleen Beams, Happy to meet you. I want to read your Haiku. Thank you..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Senoritaa, Good to see you again. Happy you enjoyed..Thank you my friend..

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Such a wonderful poem and here's to so many more to come.

      Eddy.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you Eddy..Happy you enjoyed..

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      raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      beautiful haiku Ruby...love the pictures...

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      Susan 3 years ago from India

      Wonderful poem with some great pics. Thanks for sharing.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello raciniwa, I missed your comment, i'm so sorry. Thank you..I miss you writing on Hubpages.........

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Susan, Happy you enjoyed..Thank you for reading my old hubs....

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