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It All Begins: a Poetic Analogy About Life

Updated on February 20, 2018
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A lifelong reader & writer, Liz writes poetry; articles on this, & other sites; & playing with words. She also enjoys movies & reviewing.

It All Begins...

It all begins as a point of light,

a spreading blush of blue;

Till soon the entire field is full

with the iridescent hue.


Fickle, though: the slightest move

does banish it;

a blaring of reds and yellows appear.


Trumpet mutes come into play;

and green evolves,

spreading an earthly glow.


Colors shift and shift again;

now showing:

a reprise of all,

displayed in fractured array.


Now spider-web borders

of black are into the pattern wove,


Till shifting and changing for all they are worth,

(show-offs);

they cannot still a pattern repeat:

each one, seen once, and then extinct.


Shifting and changing,

all day, all night,

the glowing colors flow.


And in the crystals' falling shifts,

I see the world,

hear it grind

to a restless, syncopated beat.


Still the colors meld and break and fall

as I sit, staring

through my kaleidoscope of dreams.

History of This Poem

I originally wrote this back in May of 1988, and made some revisions in 2009 and 2010.

Its essence, though, is unchanged. It happened that I had a new kaleidoscope toy in my possession, a different type than the ones we had as kids. Instead of internal bits of plastic or crystalline bits that physically shifted as you turned the case, this one had no moving parts.

It was made of a single tube, and at the end, a clear glass marble was fastened. It magically made kaleidoscopic images from anything at which it was pointed! My mother and I, along with my kids, found this endlessly fascinating.

This, then, was the inspiration for this poem. As a matter of fact, I still have that toy, and bring it out from time to time; it makes me smile.

© 2010 Liz Elias

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    Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi again, Audrey--thanks very much for the share! Peace!

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    Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

    You should be proud--I shared it

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    Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello, AudreyHowitt--

    Thank you so very much for your high praise. I am tickled pink that you enjoyed the poem so much.

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    Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

    Wow--what a beautifully written piece!!! Just gorgeous writing!

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    Liz Elias 7 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Thank you so much, Eiddwen! I appreciate that very much. Be well, friend.

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    Eiddwen 7 years ago from Wales

    Great hub and thanks for sharing.

    I rate up.

    Take care

    Eiddwen.

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    Liz Elias 7 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Thanks very much, epigramman! I am flattered and honored by your praise.

    It is good to hear from you, and I'm glad you have two wonderful furries to keep you warm!

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    epigramman 7 years ago

    ...well it all begins right here with your wonderful writing style - and it's so very wonderful to hear from you - I sincerely hope all is well and that you are healthy and happy - you have such a great attitude towards life and living - at least I can pick that up in your writing - and believe it's your writing style in which you are truly a shining star and have carved out a poetic niche all of your own at the Hub.

    Thank you for your commnents - it really made my night here by LAKE ERIE in Ontario CANADA with my two cats Tiffy and Gabriel - please stay well and keep thinking those good thoughts.

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    Liz Elias 7 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Uh-oh, Micky Dee--be careful! Those really sticky webs usually belong to black widow spiders... :-O

    Thanks for stopping by--glad you enjoyed!

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    Micky Dee 7 years ago

    Well done! Encore! I ha one particular web to catch my hand yeasterday. It was the tackiest, stickiest stuff. I was a bit in awe of it. Thank you Ma'am!

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    Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

    Written beautifully, I stopped hopping to read this again! great read! :)

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