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Poetry, Every now and then i get a little bit lonely when my friends don't come around

Updated on June 14, 2014
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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.

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My critter friends have lost their way to my new house

Every now and then i get a little bit lonely when my friends don't come around

My sweet hummingbirds have deserted me

Since i've moved to my new home across town

I continue to make their tasty sugar water but still they roam

Leaving me feeling a bit let down

My other fine feathered friends never stop at my shiny red feeder, although it contains an exquisite mixture of seedy delights

I gaze out my bay window hoping to see them again, but they never arrive, guess it's time to turn off the outside lights

I guess they're all over at my old home thinking, " Ruby's flown the coop "

I guess my squirrely friends are waiting for pecans and peanuts

The pigeons i'm sure are worried ' cos they miss my leftover soup

The black bird scavengers most likely are perched on my old white picket fence

Wondering and hoping i'll return again

If only by chance

Maybe if i move my feeders away from my sad weeping willow tree

Maybe they saw willow crying

And went elsewhere to dine happily

Maybe i've solved my problem, moving the feeders away from the sad old willow tree

I guess i'll just do it

Then wait patiently


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    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Thandi. They are all back. I have more hummingbirds here because i have many more flowering bushes that they love. I have a pigeon sitting on her egg on my patio. I go out everyday and talk to her, she's not afraid. I guess you can tell that i love birds. Thank's so much...

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      4 years ago from Lagos

      Very touching indeed. I hope they all come back someday; only if they knew how you miss them so. A great write, Ruby.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Audrey. They are back in full force. Woopie! Thank you for coming.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Such a touching write Ruby! They'll be back!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Leslie. Your comment blows me away. Thank you! I know the feeling, i miss my cleome flowers. I kept some seed and planted them but they didn't come up. sigh..Hugs my dear friend. Please come back and write on HP again....

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      Karen Silverman 

      4 years ago

      You have such raw talent, its frightening! You write a poem that reads like a novel!

      Funny and sad too...i've moved and missed a silly bush...lol

      hugs my dear friend

      miss yaxx

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Shyron. Yes they all came back. I even have a pigeon nest on my back patio. I guess you can tell that i love birds. Ha.Thank you. Glad you liked the song, me too...

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Ruby, they will find you, God will whisper on the breeze, you new address and soon there will be more than ever before.

      I guess I am a little late, I see they came back.

      So happy they found you.

      Blessings - Love the song

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Lisa. I'm a happy camper, they all came back! Thank you for coming by...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I moved my hummingbird feeder to the front light pole and got my first one today. Woopie! The others are starting to eat out of the feeders, so all is well. Thank you Frank...

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      Lisa Chronister 

      4 years ago from Florida

      This is beautiful, and well written! I really hope those birds come back to you!!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      4 years ago from Shelton

      always i can send you the birds that storm my gardens LOL I have to admit some of them are pleasures.. so I can somewhat feel the loss.. thank you for expressing it so poetically...:)

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Rasme. That would be fun to feed crows, i never see any. Thank you. The birds are finally eating out of the feeder but no hummingbirds yet. I'm still hoping...Thank you...

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      It's true we always miss what we are used to. We feed crows that fly into our garden and it is a delight to see them grab a piece of bread or something else then carefully look around and then fly off. I hope your hummingbirds come back. Blessings to you.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Jo. Seems like i never have a camera within reach when i see something like you described. I know the feeling, happy when they arrive and sad when they leave. Happy you enjoyed. Thank you...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Jo. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. A summer without hummingbirds is no fun, i'm hooked for sure. Thank you for tweeting. Blessings to you...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello dis-cover, as i said above, the birds are eating from the feeder, but not the hummingbirds. I will think positively as you suggest. Thank you..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello rebeccamealy, happy to meet you, so glad you liked my poem. Thank you for coming by..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Harishprasad. Your comment is heartfelt. Thank you. I do really enjoy feeding the critters. I guess my mother's habit rubbed off on me. She never wasted a scrap of food, she fed the animals. Thank you for sharing..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Peg. I wish everyone would put a feeder at a nursing home, you would see some happy campers. I worked at a nursing home where they allowed the residents pet's to live with them. That made them so happy. We lost a good nurse because she was allergic to animal dander. Thank's so much..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I hope you are right Vellur. This is my first to experience them not coming. Thank you for a kind comment...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ann. I did move both feeders and the birds are coming to eat, not the hummingbirds, i made fresh sugar water and tied a bright ribbon on the pole, so i'm hoping. Thank you so much..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I'm glad you enjoy critters shanmarie. I knew there was a reason i follow you. Thank you much..

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Ruby, don't be sad, your little friends will find their way back home. Yesterday I was getting ready for work when I noticed the most exquisite little goldfinch appeared on the tree outside the window. Luckily, I had my camera close by. You're blessed to have such exotic visitors to your garden. I would feel sad when they leave also. Enjoy them when their choose to visit and wish the luck when they fly away. Brilliant poem, loved it.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 

      4 years ago

      Just Beautiful! I hope your feather friends come around. I am sure they will. Sending you blessings and hugs! ((((((( Ruby))))))))))))

      Shared, tweet and Up she goes.

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      Nikolic Predrag 

      4 years ago from Serbia, Belgrade

      This beautiful poem really touched me. Think positively, I'm sure your little friends will find you again. Blessings to you.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      What a lovely poem, and a bit sad. I love the photos!

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      Harish Mamgain 

      4 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Ruby, I love this poem as it reflects a beautiful heart that craves for such lovely beings as birds. You long for your friends that cheered your heart every time they visited your premises. To have such wonderful empathy with birds is really a very beautiful thing. I earnestly wish return of your friends to your new home. I think you'll surely find some new fascinating friends and we'll be blessed with lovely poems on them by you. It is really a very sweet and touching poem. Voted up and shared.

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      Peg Cole 

      4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Your little friends will find you, Ruby. These guys know a soft touch when they smell those colorful songbird seeds. Sometimes it takes them getting used to the new feeder and the human smell on the device. I'm headed out today to get a Shepherd's hook and a new birdfeeder to hang outside of Louise's window at the rest home where she and Mom have moved. They really, really miss their bird friends that were outside their kitchen window. Off to Tractor Supply now. Take care. BTW, I love Bonnie Tyler and that song is one of my favorites.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      4 years ago from Dubai

      Am sure your friends will come back to you and visit you everyday! Great poem, beautifully expressed.

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      It is sad when we lose the contact of animals and birds who visit often. I hope they find you or that others do; they're certainly missing out by the sounds of it!

      A sad poem but it has a hint of optimism and I'm ever the optimist. Lovely!

      Ann

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      Shannon Henry 

      4 years ago from Texas

      I love watching the birds and the other critters outside. It's always a treat then they grace us with their presence. They'll be back, wait and see!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh Mike you've just made my day complete. My bags are packed, waiting for Martie to swing by in her jet to pick Mar and me up. Rose's pastery, heavenly! Earl's flapjacks are so good. I'm so glad you unlocked the door for us again. I can hear Elvis singing, keep the coffee hot, arrival time is soon. You are a dear sweet friend. Cyber hugs...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello bravewarrior. Happy to see you. I think you're right, surely if not my old ones, new ones will show up. I just put fresh seed in the feeder, it's a wait and see situation. Thank you for coming by.....

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      mckbirdbks 

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

      Good morning Ruby. I have dusted the juke box, made fresh coffee, Rose just took a batch of pastry from the oven, Earl has fried up th grill to make you a big-o-batch of flap jacks and we can all sit and swap poetry. Your poetry this morning is 'for-the-birds' (ugh) They will find you I am sure. I droppped a nickel in the juke box - Elvis is playing 'I Hear a Sweet Voice Calling'

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      Ruby, I hope your birds find your new home. I'm sure they will or maybe you'll make some new feathered friends. They'll be back - I have no doubt!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Martie i can relate so much with your comment. When our cyber friends leave HP and go elsewhere, it leaves a void, or when we lose a friend and they are still on HP it's worse, but like you said, free spirits will do whatever they feel. I remember writing a piece about losing a friend when i first started writing, i was very upset, but i've learned and maybe have put a shield around my being. Thank you dear one for your insightful comment.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Jodah. I have some beautiful finches, all colors, but they don't touch the seed. I bought the seed for colorful birds, at least that's what the package noted. I will keep trying. Thank's for the encouragement...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I'm hoping Genna. This is the first time i haven't had a squirrel or birds to feed. I have a lot of birds flying around but they don't stop at my feeder. Thank's for sharing..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Bill. I love that song too. That's where this little ditty came from. I couldn't get it out of my head, Ha, Thank's for coming by...

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      Martie Coetser 

      4 years ago from South Africa

      Wow, Ruby, this poem touches the core of my soul. Birds are completely free, so when they come to us and enjoy what we have to offer, they provoke a special kind of joy in our soul. When they are no longer interested in what we offer, the most devastating feeling of loneliness becomes our lot.

      I see our online friends in the same light. They are all FREE spirits, eager, or not eager, to read what we have to offer. When they're no longer interested, our feeling of loneliness is hard to overcome.

      Keep on attracting those birds. Sooner or later they will find you again. I hope sooner than later.

      Love you, Ruby!

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I am sure it would make you sad to lose your friends Ruby. As others have said it may just take them sometime to locate your new home. Just keep putting the feed out and they will come. We have a family of finches that feed on seed we place outside our bedroom window. They are beautiful to watch, but they haven't been here for a few weeks. Maybe they go elsewhere over the cold months. Lovely poem, voted up.

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      Genna East 

      4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      You words are so endearing…and written from the heart with such imagination. I was amazed at the number of blackbirds swarming in your backyard. That cardinal is gorgeous with his brilliant red tufts shown against the contrast of winter white. I suspect your friends will return; they just need a little time to find their way. Voted up and shared. :-)

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I always loved that song...she reminded me of Meatloaf...weird, I know, but that's who I think of when I hear this classic. Anyway, I hope your feathered friends find their way back....very creative poem my friend.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Kevin. I sure hope you're correct. Ok i'll cross my fingers and hope. Thank you for the beautiful comment and sharing...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      That is the best offer i've had all day. Let's crash the joint and sip away, Mike won't care, he said to come anytime. The jukebox is waiting and maybe a friend or two. Whoo Who

      I love you too Dear one...Thank you....

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      The Examiner-1 

      4 years ago

      It was beautiful Ruby. I am sorry that you lost your friends, I hope they find their way but you should get new ones. Cross your fingers and maybe you will get both. :-) I voted it up and shared it, plus pinned it.

      Kevin

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      Maria Jordan 

      4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Oh Ruby,

      This song makes me 'weep like a baby'...wow, did I belt this out as a young gal 'over and over and over...'

      Those fickle birds will be back, my Sista, never fear...in the meanwhile, let's crash the Cafe and have some special tea. I don't think Mike will mind. I like your poem but I love you, mar

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