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One Hundred

Updated on July 16, 2011

One Hundred

One hundred drops of rain

Hardly felt nor noticed

Falling from the sky

Never reaching the ground

Underneath the scorching sun

Of a parched desert


One hundred blades of grass

In the thick Irish lawn

At Carrigaholt Castle

Stand and wait to be counted

By the finger of the icy wind

Rushing past

Oh how many years have those stones

Heard the strange lament

Of those same blades whistling

On the cliff so high above the sea?


One hundred shells

Scattered on an empty beach

In the middle of the night

With no footsteps to discover them

No hands to rescue them

Pounding against the shore

As waves and waves are churning

Shells, mud and water

Grinding into rocks and sand

Becoming bits and tiny pieces of that very same beach


One hundred sounds

In a jungle moist and deep

Full of life, growing in every space

Ferns and animals hanging in the air

Insects in every square

Birds of all sizes and colors

Who can sort out

Just one hundred small sounds?


One hundred grains of sand

Slipping through the narrow glass

Falling and falling

To join the thousands

Who fell before them


But these hundred grains of sand

Were watched by trillions of eyes

And billions of hearts echoed in unison

As each one fell

Seemingly in slow motion


Not a sound could be heard

for miles around

screens filled with a single image

not a dead man stirred

watching each grain roll gently down the glass

until it reached the last.



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One hundred hubs, I have written on this site

It seems unfathomable because I know

what kind of work it took to write each and every one

We all pour ourselves into our writing, whether it's research, reporting, poetry, prose, stories, or just playing with rhythm and rhyme.

And 100 is just a number...

But the relationships I've formed with you all, and what we've all discovered within ourselves and about each other can't be quantified.

Namaste' and brightest blessings.


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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      I am writing a hub about one hundred and came across this great hub! I loved your poem and the deep feelings it portrays...from rain hardly felt or noticed to sand watched by trillions of eyes...you have certainly done yourself proud dear lady.

      In writing my hub I will be linking to yours, I hope you don't mind.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      it's an ongoing party here, you're never late! Glad to see you and thanks!

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'm four hubs late but congrats on your 100th!! :)

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      Thanks so much Katharella! You always know just what to say! That's what I love about your hubs, its like reading exactly what you're thinking or sitting right in front of you and having a conversation with a friend!

      Hahaha weren't we just talking about world religions? lol

      Yes, I feel very lucky, not only are mom and dad here, but they care enough to read my stuff...now that's love

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      Katharella 6 years ago from Lost in America

      Everyone has said everything! :) When you write you bring your reader with you! Why was I not surprised to see the graphic at the end! hah.. Sorry I wasn't here when you posted this, a lot has passed through my mail being off writing other places as well.

      I have to say, seeing a note from your parents give me a twinge of jealousy,(not in a bad way) but as mine are gone I'm always glad to see those who are here.

      Congratulations, we all can make 100, but when there's that one person who makes the 100 milestone with all you've put into yours, you deserve a special accolade! Um, I don't know if I can talk hubpages into an E accolade, but your comments reflect it. There's very few feelings as great as having your parents say they're proud. I think that's actually even better :) Off to see what else you've been up to!

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      Denise, thanks so much for visiting and sharing in my celebration!Thanks so much for the rating and compliments. I was just on your site the other day perusing around while I had some time! So nice to see you again!

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Erin-Bravo. It is an accomplishment to reach that 'magic' number of 100. And now look at you-102! Your beautiful smile on your avatar tells it all!

      Lovely poem. Rated beautiful.

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      Nellieanna, thank you so much for visiting my site. I had to think of some creative way to celebrate my hundredth! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. It felt like such a milestone and I had to take a moment and just look back...Thanks for your votes and all your great support and advice and wonderful wisdom this past year. Hugs my friend!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Erin! Beautiful hub! I love the lead-in with such a beautiful poem. I thought that was "it" - it can certainly stand on its own. But then to discover that you're celebrating your 100-hubs moment WOW! My sincere congratulations, my friend! Hugs. Votes UP and accolades, too!

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      ExoticHippieQueen, Thanks so much for your visit and your words. I so appreciate your comments and votes! Brightest Blessings.

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      ExoticHippieQueen 6 years ago

      Congratulations on your 100 Hubs! And what an awesome way to celebrate, by bringing 100 of each of many thing into a poem. Brilliant! Voted up and awesome!

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      Thanks Nell, whew! That's a high order! I'm no Nell Rose!!! Cheers my friend!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Congratulations! and what a fantastic poem to go with it! I look forward to reading your next 100,200,300...! lol I loved this, cheers nell

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      My lovely goddess daughter, what more of a compliment could a goddess mother get from a child she's known for so many years and then watch grown into adulthood except to hear that you still think "I rock"! Really, baby girl, your own writing is amazing - and to think you can "see" so much in mine just blows ME away. I love you forever and a day. Momma Fey

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      Epi, thank you so much for visiting my Century milestone and for getting back to the writing I know you do best...I'm off now to read one of the Epic lovely dark ones I know you composed with me in mind!!! Thank you sweetheart!

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      caity the fairy 6 years ago

      Congratulations on 100!! That was such a beautiful poem.. Every time I read your writing, I am completely blown away... not just saying that. The visuals of the shells, the grass, the sand, the moist jungle... I could hear, smell, feel, taste it all while I was reading. You have an incredible command of words, language, and the imagination. I am so proud to know you, to be part of your life and your circle. You rock!

      xoxox

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ..okay Erin I'm back here at lake erie time 9:11pm with a dark one for you called Bones in Clothes - it's a kind of a present for you after putting you through all of that mushy stuff of mine - lol lol

      have a great night and be stay well my friend and keep thinking good thoughts.

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ....I'm always so embarrassed when you catch me in one of my lovey dovey moods so I will make it up to me lovely Erin by 1. congratulating you both in quality and quantity 2. by posting this to my Facebook page with a direct link back here 3. and getting back to my dark roots in the next day or so and returning to murder, mayhem and something even more horrific than Epi's love life - lol lol

      I sincerely hope all is well with you my friend and I am so proud of you for putting together this most momumental hub.

      lake erie time 8:09pm

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      Peggy, congratulations on your 100th too! Its quite a milestone! I'll be sure to check it out. Namaste' my friend.

      (Peggy I just checked and you are at 321 my friend, Congratulations!)

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      Thank you Amanda, for your visit and comments. Namaste'

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      RNMSN,

      thanks so much for visiting to mark my 100th and for commenting! I couldn't have done it without all the great friendships and encouragement I always find here on the hub.

      Namaste'

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      Prasetio, thank you my friend. thanks so much for all your support and I have to say you work so hard on your hubs and they are top notch! Going outside of your language and always bringing us knowledge of things we've mostly (or at least ME) never heard of - you are a trailblazer. You inspire me my friend. Namaste'

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      thank you Eiddwen! And I won't (actually can't) stop writing - and I expect you all to keep up too - as you are my motivation and greatest allies in the cause! love and blessings!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I just came in at #100 but judging from this poem I know that I will want to read more. Congratulations and here is to the next 100!

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      Amanda Severn 6 years ago from UK

      Beautiful poem, Erin, and a nice way to mark your century. Very original!

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      Barbara Bethard 6 years ago from Tucson, Az

      gorgeous poem Erin and inspiring!!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This was so beautiful, Erin. One hundred means everything and you had done this very well. Thanks for share with us. My vote always for you. Cheers...

      Prasetio

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Congratulations Erin and don't ever stop writing. Here's to the next hundred and while you carry on writing, I will carry on reading.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      Sanjay, thank you so much my friend, for such a young person you have such brilliant insight. I think people see it though, but don't forget that along with that there is so much beauty, and hope, and faith - always. I never write about pain without presenting it as just another challenge and presenting all the beauty, joy and depth of it. You are so wise my friend, for such a "humble man". Blessings to you.

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      babasanju 6 years ago from India

      Oh my sweetest friend.. you’re simply the Best of all. Never ever think 100 drops were not noticed; drops formed in pearl will remain and remind all gentle hearts that it was she who taught us so much. I feel the words are coming straight from a pure heart that is so human and so close to the nature and feels the pain of nature..In fact I see the writer hiding one’s pain by calling it pain of sand, stone and grain..Etc

      All those who can’t see a beautiful heart of a person who wrote this are unfortunate. You’re THE BEST. Loved the POEM. ITS so Touching.

      Love Little Sanjay

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      Oh Ruby, so many adventures we have had this year huh? And together we learned not to take our love to town...lol! My friend, we have been through Vegas, Woodstock, your country dancing...I'll say...we've many more adventures left and much more of our hearts and souls to pour out here on hubpages. I will come visit you. Hugs my friend.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      One hundred beautiful writes, whether it was a story, or soul searching poetry, i loved them all. Thank you my friend. We went on another adventure, and we had a ball. Come see me at my place. Hee

      Cheers

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      Mom and Dad,

      Thanks so much for your continued support and for continuing to read my hubs - those words mean so much to me. I'm so proud of you too - Happy 51st Anniversary! Love you forever.

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      b.,

      Thank you so much and thanks for all of your support for so long this past year...we've both written so much! I see us both continuing on through the years! Blessings my friend!

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      Mom 6 years ago

      Congratulations, sweetheart! Your writings do inspire so many people. You have a gift beyond comparison! We are so proud of you!!! Love, Mom and Dad

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      What a Beautiful, Beautiful Poem in Tribute to your 100th Hub. A Big Congratulations Erin, May I be wishing you that over, and over, again my Friend through the years... You've written some Wonderful Hubs and I look forward to many, many, more!

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      Saddlerider, you must know that in every poet's soul there is that sadness that lingers along with all the passion and the dreams, that sometimes stops you dead in your tracks and renders you helpless and aching. So much so that you can't believe you have anything to say...You moved me to tears with you comment. I will treasure it always. When I do get to that dark place - that's exactly when I will pull it out and hold it closest to my heart.

      My dear friend...you have earned your place on my refrigerator with all the precious words I stand to read most often. Thank you...you don't know how much that meant to me.

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      Will Starr, Thanks so much...and stop - you're making me blush!

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      saddlerider1 6 years ago

      Wow you did it girl. 100 Hubs and more to come, your inspire me with your writings, a creative writer and poet, with so many gifts and brilliant scribes. 100 may be just a number but believe me when I say this, you earned every single digit.

      I am not far myself from 100 and I often wonder what I will write for that landmark.I want to congratulate you on achieving this landmark, your deserve it and I am so honored to follow you and call you an equal amongst my poet friends.

      Keep writing, we need to hear your voice, we need to read your feelings, we need to hear your heart beat, poets are romantics, dreamers, creators, artists and so much more. Please write, never stop writing, it's your life, it's your heart beat, it's your constant. Hugs....from a fellow poet admirer.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Congratulations on your hundredth hub Erin, and I like the new avatar...how pretty you are!

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      Thank you so much Rob...I know I said its just a number - but it really is so much more than that. Yes, a milestone in my life, a tribute to my hub family who brought me here, and a notch by which I can gauge my growth...

      Its been quite a journey, and I do appreciate your visit and commenting :) Blessings

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      Rob Winters 6 years ago

      Congrats on making your century Erin. Nice way to mark the milestone too even if it is but a number :). I agree with you that the journey & all the experiences entailed & gained are the most important factor. Well done on the big 100 all the same.