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Senryu, Memory alive

Updated on January 31, 2012
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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.

My Sister Bea with her precious companion Dinkie.
My Sister Bea with her precious companion Dinkie.
Bea and me playing five hundred rummy, her raking in the quarters. I never won!
Bea and me playing five hundred rummy, her raking in the quarters. I never won!

Gone but never forgotten

My sister Bea Bea

Gone but never forgotten

Memory alive

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Remembering fun

Recalling laughter clearly

Unrelenting jokes

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She loved to shuffle

Five hundred rummy her game

Unbeatable wins

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Her best pal Dinkie

Companion for nineteen years

Both rest in peace together

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Michael, Your comment brings a smile..Thank you..And yes, Please call me Ruby. Happy you thought it was a great tribute..Cheers

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      RUBY, I hope that you don't mind that I call you by your name .I feel that we are such good friends by now. I hope you know that she is waiting for you bty the Lords side playing cards with him, and probably beating him too. Great tribute!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you martie, I have found that we endure whatever comes our way. It hurts but we go on and in a way, I think we are stronger. You know from all of my writings that i believe i will see her again, pain free and happy..Thank you my friend. You are special to me. I love it when you come to visit...

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      Ruby, I cannot even imagine losing one of my sisters or brothers. The mere thought that one of them could die before me, pulls my tears. It must be horrible living with the knowledge they're forever gone. But then, I do know we get the strength we need to bear anything coming our way, good and bad.

      Beautiful song!

      Take care!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello A.A. You are a riot..HaHa ( Ellie May ) We used to have the most fun, playing rummy, fishing, camping. She had a camper and an old pickup truck. We would go camping and hit the dance clubs at night. We had a ball. Thank you my friend. I appreciate you..Cheers

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      Augustine A Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

      Ellie May (Ruby my dear), a lovely and fitting tribute. I love pictures. I always imagine listening to the laughter, the day to day noises, and the moments captured in film. I can imagine the talking and laughter there must have been while you visited with her, and how Dinky must have begged for attention. I'm sorry for your loss, but happy you shared her tribute.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh Eddy, Thank you. Your words fill me with unspeakable joy. I know i will be with her again. We both will be with out loved ones someday. You are such a comfort to me. Thank you..God Bless...

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Oh Ruby I just want to give you a big huge hug; but as I have always believed they only leave their earthly bodies and their spirit which is what makes them who they were and still are is alive and taking care of you everyday.

      I am also sure that she loves your poem and knows without a doubt how much you love her.

      So very very beautiful and from deep inside your beautiful heart.

      Take care my very dear friend and have a wonderful day.

      Eddy.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Kay, I know you are correct. We will meet again and maybe play a little five hundred rummy, eventhough i know i could never win..HaHa..Bless you and thank you for kind words..Cheers

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      KDee411 5 years ago from Bay Area, California

      Ruby, what a wonderful tribute to your sister. Yes you will keep those wonderful memories of your sister alive. Sounds like she was a very good and happy lady. You will meet again. I believe Dinkie is up there with her as well.

      That song is so beautiful too, it was sang at a Mary Kay Convention the year before Mary Kay died. It brought tears to my eyes then and now.

      God Bless.

      Kay

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello truthfornow, Her memory is well and alive with me everyday, and yes, Dinkie was her GREAT love..Thank you for coming by..Cheers.

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      truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Seems like you have a great sister. Her memory still with you. Her and Dinkie look like they were great companions. This is a great memorial and tribute to your sister.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Genna, You are so kind. Thank you for a heartfelt comment. You made my day..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello girltalksshop, Nice to see you..Thank you for coming by..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Susan, Lucky you, getting to see Bette in person. I have always adored her. Thank you my friend...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Sophie, I didn't think about you having to be their Girl Friday, HaHa You made me laugh...

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      What a lovely, heartfelt tribute for your sister, Ruby. And the song complements your poetry perfectly. There is simplicity yet something profound moving to your words that this Senryu style captures, absolutely. :-)

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      girltalksshop 5 years ago

      Moving piece of poetry, to one lost by not forgotten. Nice poem. Voted up!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Beautiful Senryu poem for your sister. Bette Midler singing Wind beneath my wings is such a great song! I saw her at a dinner club in Toronto once. Amazing performer.

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      sofs 5 years ago

      LOL far from spoiled... I had to sew buttons on their shirts and wash their socks and hand kerchiefs and be their girl Friday... they knew how to twirl me around their little finger and I being the youngest (and dumbest) always fell for their tricks... :) Have a splendid day my dear!! God Bless you!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Sophie, Wow, five bros. I bet you were spoiled? HaHa..I had three brothers. Yes, Great memories..Thank you. God Bless You...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Lesley, She has been gone nine years, of course, i will always miss her. Thank you for coming to read..Cheers..

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Ruby, what a lovely tribute... Hey I am jealous..never had a sis... brought up with five boys...I only know what it is to have bros.. Sounds like it was fun to have your sister around.. Great memories! Have a wonderful day! God Bless!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I'm so sorry you lost your sister Ruby, this is a beautiful tribute to her.

      Best wishes my friend, Lesley

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello raciniwa, I am so happy this lifted your spirit. Thank you so much..Cheers my friend..

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      hello Ruby...what a great way to share this with us...it uplifts my spirit...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Hyphen, A sister is precious but so are brothers and you had some fun loving ones. Dinkie did not know he was a dog, he was so spoiled. I miss him too. Thank you Dear one for a sweet comment..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Will, Thank you for coming to read. Your comment brings a smile..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ricky, Thank you. There is not a day passes that i do not think of her, esp. in the spring. She loved to plant flowers and she was an avid fish catcher. When i would go fishing with her, I would get tired and want to leave, once I turned all her worms lose because she refused to quit HaHa Great memories..

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Your poem is shows exactly why I have always longed for a sister. Your love for her and precious Dinkie is strong and glorious.

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      What a sweet tribute, Ruby! Well done.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      AE, this was deep. Sorry about your loss. You keep her memory alive with your poetry though and in your heart. A wonderful job.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh drbj, I had no idea you had lost a Son. I am so sorry. Everytime i hear the song, i think of her. When i first started in nurses training, i quit everyday for a month, ( In my mind ) It was so difficult. She encouraged me, threatened me, helped finance me. She was the wind beneath my wings, but we go on and remember the good times, as i am sure you do. God bless you. Thank you my Dear friend

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      This is a lovely tribute, Ruby, to your sweet sister, Bea. The Bette Midler song, my dear, is one of my favorites, too. I play it in memory of my youngest son, Scott, whom I lost when he was 28. He truly was the wind beneath my wings, too.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Elena, After she passed away, this song reminded me so much of our life together. She was always there cheering me on. Thank you my friend...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Blossom SB, Thank you for coming by, happy you thought it was a nice tribute. Cheers...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Spitit Whisperer,I am always happy to see that you have graced my page. Thank you for thoughtful words..Cheers..

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      A beautiful Tribute to your sister and her friend. That song "wind beneath my wings" is so perfect for this Poem.

      Lovely, Thanks.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Vincent, I love your words. I believe i will see her again too. It broke my heart when she died, but i was glad her pain was gone. With the cancer being in her brain, she could no longer walk or talk and the pain was evident. Thank you for kindness my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Flora, There were twelve of us children. I was the last. ( I know my Mother said, " Thank God. " HaHa..Thank you..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank's again Sunnie, She was a great Sister, encouraged me in every way. She only had one child, Charles. He was my age, so we were more like a brother and Sister and she was like our Mother. Take care..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Sky, Thank you, I think she would smile if she remembers winning all my quarters..HaHa Happy you came by..Cheers

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      What a beautiful tribute to your sister. Voted up.

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      Xavier Nathan 5 years ago from Isle of Man

      A beautifully penned tribute. Thank you.

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      Vincent Moore 5 years ago

      A wonderful tribute to your sister, she is smiling down on you as you scribed with your thoughts all around her. We are born, we live, we love, we share and then we cross over to be followed by our loved ones we left behind. You will both meet again, I'm certain of that my friend. Hugs

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      FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

      Sorry to hear your sister died. Mom lost her sister in 1988 at the age of 46 from cancer. I never had a sister.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mck, What a nice comment. Thank you. I really do love this type of poetry. I am addicted..Counting syllables..LOL.. See you for coffee..Cheers..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Debbie, I am sorry for your loss. Losing a Sister is like losing a part of you. Thank you for a thoughtful comment..Cheers my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Writer, Thank you so much. I appreciate you my friend..Cheers

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      Truly a beautiful gift having her for a sister. That song is one of my favorites too. She sounded like such a wonderful person that loved you very much. Sending a special hug.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Sunnie, She was more like a Mother to me. She had a Son my age. I stayed with them more than i stayed at home. She died of cancer that started in the cervix and metastasised to the brain.. I loved her so much, and was thinking about her a lot today. The video i put on of Bette Midler singing, ' Wind beneath my wings ' always made me think of her. I was the only one who got to go to college, she helped me all the way through..Thank you so much for coming by..Cheers my friend..

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      Sky9106 5 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      No better honor to bestowed , than a showing in the memory.

      You have become the cool professional at this thing,.

      .A beautiful tribute to your beloved sister.

      Way to go "AE"

      God grant us the serenity.

      Bless.

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

      Hello Always. That was so nice of you. Your sister is surely smiling as is Dixie. You are becoming accomplished at this form of poetry.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow.. great tribute.. sounds like you had a wonderful sister.. I lost my sister back in 2003.. I have wrote several pieces on her. great job.. voted up

      debbie

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Such a beautiful tribute, Ruby.

      I am sure your sister must be so proud of you.

      Wishing you peace and joy, my friend!

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Great poem for your sister. Voted up and beautiful, Joyce

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      Hi Ruby,

      This was such a heartfelt tribute to your sister outlineing all the wonderful things you remember about her. She was the rummy champion I am sure..:) Thank you for sharing with us. God bless you!

      Sunnie