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Narrative poetry, The grand tour

Updated on April 8, 2013
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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.

I guess it was just a dream, but it seemed so real

The sky turned deadly dark when the wind began to howl and blow

Picking little Jessie up from his yard

Tossing him to-and-fro

Drifting over mountains and valleys far below

Gushing rivers, twirling eddies rising high up in the sky

Jessie mesmerized as he miraculously begins to fly

Locating treasures inside the fluffy rolling white clouds devine

Looking over a rainbow at a sparkling pot of gold

Wondering, " Could it possibly be mine? "

Just then a beautiful white swan appears and tells Jessie, " Climb aboard

We'll see beauty made by our heavenly father, our lord "

They floated upward and saw this city with streets made of glittery gold

People were laughing and singing hymns of yesterday foretold

The swan turned about and began to gently descend

Jessie holding on tightly and feeling secure

Wishing the journey would never end

Jessie woke up hearing his mother's soft and sweet sounding voice

Holding him tenderly

Clearly feeling the need to rejoice

Seems a limb had broken on the old weeping willow tree

A visible lump on his head

Was being inspected lovingly

Listening carefully, hearing his mother say, " Oh my that was a close call for sure

Jessie thinking, " I guess it was all just a funny dream, but it seemed so real

When the white swan took me flying on a most magnificent grand tour.



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    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Susan. I am happy that you enjoy my hubs. Thank you so much..

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      Susan 

      4 years ago from India

      Wonderful hub as always. I enjoy reading you hubs. Thanks for sharing.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Gals, Thank you for a wonderful comment...

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      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      What a wonderful, magical journey you take us on with your words.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Eddy, Good to see you, happy you enjoyed...

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      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful poem Ruby;and here's to so many more to follow.

      Enjoy your weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Docmo, So nice to see you. Happy you enjoyed..Aha the swan, wouldn't that be fun! Thank you my friend...

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      Mohan Kumar 

      5 years ago from UK

      This magical narrative is so sweet and charms the heart. I love the gentle cadence of this simple story and yearn for the return of the swan... beautiful.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Audrey, It is so good to see you. I have missed you. I am thrilled this touched your heart, what more could i ask for? Thank you so much my friend and thank's for sharing...Cheers..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Vinaya, I am thrilled at your remark. Thank you.. I love telling a story whether serious or a fun fantasy. Thank you for all of your supportive comments....

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mike, Ha, Yes we all have been hit on the head a time or two, but we keep on coming back. Thank you for sharing, so happy you enjoyed...Cheers..

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Your poetry always touches my heart Ruby. This narrative poetry is no exception. Awesome and beautiful and sharing! Thank you dear lady.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      5 years ago from Nepal

      Ruby,

      I love narrative poem because it tells a story. Word pictures you use to tell a story in this poem are fresh giving vitality to the essence of the composition.

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      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      I love this Ruby its so visual and was a fun delightful poem to read. Thanks for sharing this jewel, my best part was when the branch snapped and hit him on the head LOL. It happens to the best of us doesn't it, heads up! :)

      5 Thumbs up high on this one and sharing for sure, it was a pleasure to read.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Leslie, I just let my mind run wild with the picture of the little boy and the swan, i love doing that. Happy you had fun..Thank's for sharing my friend...

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      Karen Silverman 

      5 years ago

      Ruby - this was a magical mystery tour - it SO reminds me of Puff the Magic Dragon (minus the 'puff' lol)..

      Much fun was had here, my friend..

      voting up and sharing on..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Gypsy, Nice to see you, glad you liked Elton. I thought ' Rocket Man ' was appropriate for this sky fanasty..Cheers..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mike, Fantasy fiction is so much fun to write..Thank you for supporting my endeavors. I hope you are well..Smiles...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Audrey, I am always pleased when you visit and comment..Thank you so much...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      drbj, I should've made the swan talk, then they could've looked for the golden goose..Why didn't i think of that? Hee..Thank you for adding more fun to this piece....

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Cardisa, I love that word,' Spendiferous!! Thank you so much...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mar, This was surely a ' stretch . for me, but i had a ball writing fantasy. Happy you enjoyed..Thank you my Dear friend....

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Lesley, Good to see you..Happy you enjoyed...Thank you...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello La Elsen. Happy you thought it was charming..Thank you,,,

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Thanks for a great grand tour topped off by Elton. Much enjoyed.

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      mckbirdbks 

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

      Well, I am certainly happy that I came by for the Grand Tour. With Elton John set to accompany the white swan Jessie is sure to remember this tour for a lifetime.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Rosemary, It's funny how a picture can form a tale in your psyche, glad you approve...Thank you....

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello xstatic, Thank you very much. I am thrilled that you were not disappointed. Like i said prior, " It was a fun, make-believe write and i throughly enjoyed the experience, " Cheers..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Bill. Thank you so much. This was such a fun write for me and totally out of my comfort zone, but i loved doing it. Your encouragement means a lot to me....

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Beautiful Ruby! I always enjoy your work so much!

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      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      I am delighted, Ruby, that Jessie

      Is safe and sound after this magical Grand Tour.

      Too bad that the swan was but a dream,

      A Talking Swan would make his fortune for sure.

      ... and a Goose that lays golden eggs would be nice, too. :)

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      Carolee Samuda 

      5 years ago from Jamaica

      Ruby this is magnificent, awesome and spendiferous! I love every word.

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      Maria Jordan 

      5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Ruby,

      What a magical and sweet story ... I love the way you are stretching your mind with creative and unique poetic expressions.

      Voted UP and ABI. Love, Maria

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      Movie Master 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Magical Ruby!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      LA Elsen 

      5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Simply charming. I loved it.

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      A lovely piece Ruby, a wonderful magical journey and all from a bump on the head... home safe and sound again

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      Jim Higgins 

      5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      A beautiful piece of work this is. You never disappoint!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I like seeing you try different forms of poetry, and I love your passion for writing. As an added bonus for me, I love the feeling of beauty that you bring to the world through your words.

      My best to you my friend

      bill

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