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In The Midst Of Misery-Poetry

Updated on February 27, 2017
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My name is Ruby. I live in Southern Illinois. I love to write poetry, short stories and flash fiction. I am a retired R.N.

Returning to memories of golden days.

Although devastation was visible as far as the eye could see

The soldier spotted a piano in the midst of misery

He moved his weapon to his back and tapped the ivory keys

A peaceful calmness entered his overwrought psyche

He remembered his childhood, sitting at the piano, his mother smiling gleefully

The tune echoed in the blackened, shattered trees

Suddenly a blue bird lit on the edge of a scorched tree limb

Reminding him of happy days and the pond where he used to swim

The bird tweeting a melody, bringing him back home, playing with his friend

The days of war vanished, only sweet memories remained

Until he heard the roar of the helicopter hovering to take him to battle once again.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Graham, so sorry to be this late answering. I've been doing some traveling, just now noticed your comment. Thank you for the kind words. I'm happy that you enjoyed.

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      Graham Lee 8 months ago from Lancashire. England.

      Wonderful words Ruby. They show the real side of humanity. We all seek love friendship and above all peace of mind. I hope our soldier made it home.

      Graham.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 13 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Audrey. Captivating is a beautiful comment. Thank you...

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      Audrey Howitt 13 months ago from California

      Genna is right--what a compelling write!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 13 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you Tamara. So happy you enjoy my poetry. Your comment is humbling.....

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      Tamara Moore 13 months ago

      Your words, here, are stunning. It made me want to smile, and also cry. This is truly a work of beauty. I'm starting to feel sentimental; I'm sure it shows. This really moved me.

      Hugs,

      Tamara

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      Ruby Jean Richert 14 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you Nadine. Funny how a picture can unleash a story/poem, taking you into the psyche of the person. Cheers...

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      Nadine May 14 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Wow interesting what you created from this piano in the forest with the solder. You have a creative story telling mind.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 14 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Rasma. Happy you enjoyed. Thank you...

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 14 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Most emotional and passionate poetry.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 14 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Greg. A person's will to live and remember good times in the face of danger outweighs any fear. That's what makes the will to live so strong. Thank you so much for visiting many of my poems....

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      greg g zaino 14 months ago from L'America- Big Pine Key, Florida

      Thank you, Ruby.

      Two worlds separated by years and circumstance, yet even during the darkest moments a bit of sun still shines.

      Good going my friend.

      Peace always,

      greg

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      Ruby Jean Richert 14 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Randa. So nice to see you visit my page. Thank you. I love Lennon's ' Imagine ' too.

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      Randa Awn Handler 14 months ago from USA

      I'm not surprised this cool photo inspired you! And, I can see why Lennon's Imagine comes to mind! I love that song!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 14 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you lifegate. Happy you enjoyed....

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      Ruby Jean Richert 14 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mar. I can't imagine publishing my work, but thank you for believing in me. I'm so glad you liked this one. Hugs galore!

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      William Kovacic 14 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      So very well done, Ruby! Loved it all the way through.

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      Maria Jordan 14 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      You knocked this poem 'out of the park', dear Ruby.

      Like others, I reacted with chills and tears - your words lead me along and allow me to see and be in the thick of things.

      Think about publishing your work...and please put this new favorite "in the midst" of your collection. Happy Sunday and love, mar

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      Ruby Jean Richert 14 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Thanks Clive. Blessings my friend..

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      Clive Williams 14 months ago from Jamaica

      bless my friend

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      Ruby Jean Richert 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Clive. You and I feel the same about war, and yes, we all do have reflections that bring us back to happy times. Thank you so much....

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      Ruby Jean Richert 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Tim. Your comment is poetically lovely. Thank you so much...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you Chris. I'm thrilled that you were captivated. Who could ask for more?

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      Ruby Jean Richert 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Theresa. Thank you for your stellar comment. I am thrilled!

      Blessings..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello PDXKaraokeGuy. I don't think we've met before. Thank you for coming by...

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      Clive Williams 15 months ago from Jamaica

      I think everyone in life or who is still living has a point in life where things were great and certain things we do, people or objects bring us back to that place. War is for the stupid though.

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      Tim Mitchell 15 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Amazing poetry Ruby. A stark truth contrasting soothing memories, which are also truths. It grasped me holding me still as I reflected my walk within life. Thank you for sharing.

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      Chris Mills 15 months ago from Missoula, Montana at least until August 2018

      Ruby, the first two phrases captivated me. Beautiful and sad and very well written.

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      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      Wow, Ruby! This is writing at its best. Powerful stuff here yet with tender moments. This is one of the best poems I've read or the best.

      Love it so much.

      Stellar!

      Blessings

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      Justin W Price 15 months ago from Juneau, Alaska

      LOvely imagery

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      Ruby Jean Richert 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Nell. Thanks for the powerful comment. I appreciate your continued support for my writing.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Dana. That's why that picture made such an impression on me, with all the scorched area and trees, there stood a piano, and he took the time to play among the ruins. Thank you for seeing that...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello hari. As long as wars are fought, men and women will be in harms' way. I'm glad that you liked my words. Thank you...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Martie. Yes, we tend to forget that soldiers had peaceful lives' before fighting in wars. Your comment relays that factor well. Thank you..

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      Nell Rose 15 months ago from England

      Ow Wow Ruby, powerful stuff! that was awesome!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Kljones, so glad you could relate to this piece of poetry. Thank you for coming by....

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      Dana Tate 15 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Even in the most miserable circumstances joy could always be found.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Paula, I'm blown away by your upbeat comment! I must say that I did feel his reflections as he looked back to his childhood. I love looking at a picture and writing a story, that is, if my lazy muse is willing? Thanks a million for coming by and making another rainy day happier...

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      Hari Prasad S 15 months ago from Bangalore

      The first thing that come in mind is that War is forced upon everyone, even on the one in frontier.

      Sad and also hopeful poetry at once.

      Excellent words ruby.

      - hari

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      Ruby Jean Richert 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Bill. News flash, you made my day with your comment. I'm sooo ready for some good news! Thank you...

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      Martie Coetser 15 months ago from South Africa

      My heart goes out to all soldiers, but at this moment especially to the musicians among them. Profound picture with words, thank you, Ruby!

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      Along with the wind 15 months ago from colorado

      Very inspiring, and being a veteran, I can definitely relate. Thank you for this beautiful poem.

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      Paula 15 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Ruby~girl......AMAZING! What a talent. I'm blown away. This scenario is alive! So vivid I felt it, saw it and heard it all. Simply poetic genius!...........Wow, Paula

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      Ruby Jean Richert 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mike. Your comment blows me away! Coming from a great poet, who could ask for more? It's funny how a picture can wake up a sleeping muse. Thank you. BTW, I miss your poetry....

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Stop the presses...Ruby has just published her best work yet! News at Eleven!

      Love it!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Manatita. Reflections are a part of living, even in dangerous times. I'm happy you enjoyed. Thank you..

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      mckbirdbks 15 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ruby - Your work has reached new heights. Heights that few reach. This is so well done. Just, wow.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you Eric. Your comment " treasure " is meaningful to me. No matter how dark the subject, memories are the threads that weave our lives' So happy you enjoyed...

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      manatita44 15 months ago from london

      One for reflection and cute at the same time. It came over to me that we really know - even if instinctively - of the good times or memories, and long for them, and deep down we really appreciate beauty and hate war.

      Sometimes a necessary even if terrible business, having to fight.

      Nice poetry!

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wowsa Bowsa, this is really good. For some reason, no matter how dark the setting was -- it brought on a sweet melancholy as opposed to a deep sadness. A treasure.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you Genna. I wanted to write so badly and looked at some images on the internet, this image jumped out at me. I am so glad you thought it was compelling. Imagine is a favorite of my many favorites. Thank you my friend. Hugs...

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      Genna East 15 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Ruby, this poem and photo gave me chills. Literally. It is that compelling -- and one of your best. John's "Imagine" is the perfect accompaniment to the silent song the soldier played on the piano and words of the poem. So well done, my friend.

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