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Once Upon a Yesterday

Updated on November 3, 2014

Once upon a yesterday

When the sun rose in the east

Where a single rose stood in a glass

At a dreamer’s neighborhood café


Those were the days of a simpler time

When all was illustrated before the storm.

Thoughts of great sieges and placid nights

The scent of fragrance with lilies and thyme.


One hopeful plan led to another

And peace flowed through my baroque pen.

The epitome of great thoughts escaped anon

And protection burst forth for the Earth Mother.


Trees bloomed at the apex of the day

And everything was on a balance, though delicate,

Then came the ultimate westward slide

Where I could not stop time as it faded away.


And as I see the setting sun

Watching the photographs fly out the window,

Another one finds the amber and tattered memory

Of the time when that chance meeting was young.


Shaking my head and clearing my throat

Picking up the inkwell for another act and scene,

I caress my old volume of Shakespeare’s sonnets

As I remove my mask and overcoat.

© 2014 Deb Hirt

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      Deb Hirt 21 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Missy! Thanks for visiting for a bit in my little corner of real estate. There is so much that we take for granted, and sometimes it takes a good kick to see it, eh?

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      Missy Smith 21 months ago from Florida

      This poem was so nice. If I can imagine the scene as I read, I love that. And I saw it clearly. I too get caught up looking out windows and reminiscing about the past as I take in the scenery. Some say don't live in the past, but I see no harm in visiting it on occasion.

      This was a beautiful poem! :):):)

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      writinginalaska, thanks for saying so. Many of us are in tune, so much so that we can easily find others of similar mindset. I am on a temporary sabbatical, if you will, gaining my degree in ornithology. I shall return!

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      writinginalaska 2 years ago from southeast Alaska

      this one gave me goose bumps... in a good way. reminds me of a piece wrote on my own Hubpage. GMTA :)

      thanks for the mental ride down visual lane....

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      That is definitely the sign of a creative vein, Emin. Keep on encouraging her with more pieces.

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      Emin 2 years ago

      Mega Bloks are great for sparking llitte imaginations being all colorful & bright. Our granddaughter loves to build llitte houses for her teeny, tiny dolls & could spend half the day arranging & rearranging the mega bloks to suit her style.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You are very welcome, Allen. Glad that you enjoyed this piece.

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      Allen 2 years ago

      I would say a little both of both. I hate see them get on that bus but I know that they're going to learn which makes me Happy. The kids like the bus rides and tlnikag and playing with their friends, but the school part they hate. Thanks for the chance to win.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Barbara Kay! Thanks so much for reading, and I am so pleased that you enjoyed the piece.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 2 years ago from USA

      Your poetry is beautiful. I love your photo too with the little girl. It gives memories.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Precisely, Sanjay. Illustrative material shows people how things can be put on the move.

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      Sanjay Sharma 2 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

      You write beautifully. The phrases,

      I could not stop time as it faded away...

      the amber and tattered memory....

      create deep impact on the reader. I felt like being transported with the photographs flying out of the window. That is how the being gets dissolved into eternity.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, truthfornow. If you like that, imagine the scenery at Boomer Lake!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks so much, Kevin. I appreciate your spreading my thoughts around.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Jackie. So many things ARE food for thought, eh?

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      truthfornow 2 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      I love the imagery of this poem.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      That was alluring to the time and place Deb and such delicate words to express it. I voted up, shared and tweeted it.

      Kevin

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Fine poetry and food for thought. ^+

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Why thanks, motv! I appreciate your reading it.

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      Ivan Lima 2 years ago from U.S

      Nice poetry!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Jamie! My pleasure, indeed.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Nell. Yes, that does make a great deal of sense.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      Well written, a joy to read! Jamie

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Beautiful poem, it makes me think that if our yesterdays were different by just a tiny thing, our today's would be something else too, if that makes sense! made me think! lol! voted up and shared!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Cris! If it wasn't for yesterday, there would be no today.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      So poignant Deb! Casting my vote up and across ('cept funny).

      You just reminded me of Barbara Streisand's "memory"--one of my favorite songs.

      Love from the sky~

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hello, DaveOnline. Thanks so much for the interest. Poetry strikes upon occasion, which is a good thing.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      No, Mel, I am not really a poet(grin). There are so many changes at Boomer right now, not much is in the offerings. However, I will be doing another issue very soon with the few discoveries that I have. Not only that, my work schedule doesn't help. That could be improving though. Also lots of other things are on my plate in the birding world.

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      David Edward Lynch 2 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      A beautiful poem, stirs the heart!

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      Very stirring words. I have missed seeing your weekly bird reports about the Boomer, so I dropped by and found out that you are now a poet. Great hub!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Eddy. So glad that you liked it!

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      Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful poem Deb ;loved it and vote up plus share onto my FB page A Brand New Dawn.

      Here's wishing you a great day .

      Eddy.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, torrilynn! Thanks so much for reading.

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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      This was very refreshing in a sense. I thank you for the read.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, manatita, I appreciate your input.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Beautiful and romantic, too, Deb.

      Great poem! Nice memories.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      My pleasure, Alicia. Thanks for reading and the critique.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an interesting poem contesting some vivid images and an air of mystery, Deb. Thanks for sharing it.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Dave. There's always something going on in my head.

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      Dave 2 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Another inspirational piece of poetry from your heart. Wonderfully accomplished, great read,voted up,interesting and beautiful.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Kim. As you know, the mood tends to strike upon occasion.

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      இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу 2 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

      Pretty prose indeed, dear Deb!!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Jodah…I appreciate your presence. Thank you kindly.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      ChitrangadaSharan, I'm glad that you felt my simple piece worthy.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Pamela. If you truly have nailed it, I commend you for knowing me that well.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Very nice poem aviannovoice. well done.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Beautiful poem, nicely expressed!

      Feels nostalgic, thinking about glorious past memories. Thanks!

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 2 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      Your second poem of the day for me. I've read it and read it and tried to not put myself and my experiences into it but try to feel what you were feeling. I think I have it guessed.....

      Thanks for sharing your poetry of present or of past. Voted up.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Faith Reaper. Thanks for your continued support. I dip my pen in my inkwell for you.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, suziecat. I do a little bit of this, and a little bit of that. Depends on what strikes me.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, Deb, your poetry is brilliant and I always enjoy reading it so much! You are multi-gifted and am I thankful that you share your gift of poetry at times with us.

      Up ++++ tweeting and G+

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      suziecat7 2 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Loved this - I need to visit your work more often.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Mary, I pluck my strings in a symphony for all to see, and interpret as they wish. However, I am the master of the double entendre, too.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Bobbi, thanks so much for your kind works. Art can be in so many oems, and I am truly fortunate to share more than one form.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Billy, and yes, sometimes people DO forget who I am...

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Jeannie, but it really is my golden pen...

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      I'm sure there will be many different interpretations but I see this as a writer with all her memories, "watching the photographs fly out the window". Thinking, thinking of the past and opening her heart to write.

      Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

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      PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning from My Computer room in chilly Florida,

      This was a beautiful first poem of the day for me. I love your poems and pictures you take. I bet it feels great to be so talented, and your fans enjoy it all---and I am one of them.

      Have a joyful week.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oops, I meant Deb...sorry about that.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Perfect images and very creative lines. You did well here, Jen. Simply beautiful poetry.

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      jeannie dibble 2 years ago

      Beautiful writing, thank you for sharing your words with us....

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