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Surfacing

Updated on May 05, 2009

Surface. n. 1. Outer shell or area; the layer first encountered when touching a thing:

"We stand on the surface of the Earth."

"The log lay submerged beneath the surface of the lake."

"Your surface is smooth, soft, and warm."

To penetrate the surface: to enter the next layer.

To break the surface: to very slightly enter the next layer.

Also, first layer of discussion.

"We have only just scratched the surface of this issue."

Implication: many more layers beneath.

"You are more than you seem on the surface."

2. Substance applied as a protective outer layer.

"The floor had a wood surface over concrete."

v. 1. To surface: to rise as from deep water back into breathable air.

To rise to the top of and partially emerge from a lower layer into an upper layer.

Surfacing: The act of rising to the surface.

Also to emerge, as from hiding.

"After three weeks underground, he surfaced."

Resurface: to come out of hiding or rise out of the water again.

2. To apply a substance to the outer layer of an object.

"They told me to surface the table with polyeurethane."

Resurface: to reapply an outer layer to an object for its protection.

"They resurface the driveway every spring."

On the glass ceiling not a ripple betrays

As I break through and breathe anew the flames

Of sunlight shattered across this broken plain

Encircling my halved body in motion

Standing at first unsteady it heals whole

Faintly giving yet secure as an ocean

Frozen in warm stasis of semi-rigidity

Warm beneath my feet as I walk ashore

I look back and watch my footprints disappear

Then climb rays of light and pockets of air up

A slight jump and I glide aloft

Breast stroke vertically to the chill cloud

On the vapor I do a handstand

Gently lower my feet and find the surface hard

Like snow and I stand there

In stratospheric winter

The sky green and brown and blue

Covered with houses and trees and people

Above them earth and molton rock

Beneath my feet the universe

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      LAmatadora 7 years ago

      How beautiful this is!! And the brief explanation on the many definitions of Surface made it all the better to enjoy!! Great hub!

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      accofranco 7 years ago from L Island

      i love this Ruben... it was quite enjoyable and explainative too. Kudos!

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      Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

      Surface is an interesting concept, I think, LAmatadora.  Like your new avatar!

      Glad you like it Accofranco!

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      LAmatadora 7 years ago

      muchas gracias...and happy cinco de mayo!

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      Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

      And you as well!

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      Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      "As I break through and breathe anew the flames  

      Of sunlight shattered across this broken plain"

      I can feel this.

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      Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

      A great compliment. Thank you.

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      Ivan the Terrible 7 years ago from Madrid

      Is the surface from inside the bubble different than the surface from the outside?

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      Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

      It all depends upon which side you're on, Ivan.

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      Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Interesting!

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      Sheila 7 years ago from The Other Bangor

      intriguing -- has substance

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      mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

      I'm assuming this is associated with planet earth. I'm not going to say what I think it sounds like to me. tehehe

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      Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

      Thank you, Gypsy Willow!

      Thank you, Teresa!

      Oh, please say, May!

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      feeweewv 7 years ago from Between A Dream And Reality

      I'm not sure why but this reminded me of a saying... "new feet, tryin 'em out"... I like this one... what am I sayin'? I like all of your work Tom.

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      Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

      Thanks so much, Feewee! I just wanted to mess with some dimensions...

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      GeneriqueMedia 7 years ago from Earth

      Love your poetry!

      Will search for more...when time allows!

      G|M

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      Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

      I'm glad you like it! I like your work too!

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      Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

      ditto them all........liked the definition as an introduction.

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      Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

      Thank you, Hawkesdream. The hub is a great place to try new things.

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      mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Sounds like sperms again. LOL

      Really sounds like the sperm cells are trying to enter the surface of unfertilize egg.

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      Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

      ONE of us has something on their mind CONSTANTLY

      Ok, maybe both.

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      Paper Moon 7 years ago from In the clouds

      On the surface, it seems to be like a "Word of the Day", but when one scratches the surface, one finds a stalker... I mean a little piece of your inner workings.  I loved it.

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      Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

      I'm glad you liked, Paper Moon. I like the new avatar.

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      Paper Moon 7 years ago from In the clouds

      Does it say "guy"?  There seems to have been much in question as to my masculinity, (albeit from only a few) much to my wife's consternation. Sheesh!

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      Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

      If you look close, the character does seem male, yes. But if you're having identity ambiguity probs, you might want to adopt Bing Crosby (somebody I know who sung "Paper Moon") or some other blatantly masculine figure so there is no longer a question. Don't get me wrong - I like this avatar and I liked the previous one, too. It's just if it gets in your way while you're trying to interact. Then I think it has to go. Hope that was helpful and not unwelcome. If I have said too much, please accept my apology. I like you and your stuff, and have no interest in pissing you off.

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      Paper Moon 7 years ago from In the clouds

      Yes, one wouldn't want to P O a jester. Then again, it may be fun. LOL. Any thing you have to say would be welcome indeed. I have nothing but respect (except the occasional respectful disrespect)

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      blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

      I surface when the waters get too deep in the everyday trials of my life. :)

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      Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

      Paper Moon - such a writer. Scratch the surface, you just find more writer underneath.

      It's a blond poet! Writing a little poetry on my poem. Thanks, Blondepoet!

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      Cindy Vine 7 years ago from Cape Town

      Did she sing it as a nursery rhyme to you then, Bad?

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      Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

      I'd like to hear that nursery rhyme m'self, I would.

      Oh, and Cindy, thanks for moderating while I was in the loo.

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      marisuewrites 7 years ago from USA

      very nice, good combination of informing and ....moving...=))

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      Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

      Thank you Marisue!

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      trooper22 7 years ago from Chicago

      You rock Tom. Definition, and poetry combine for a unique and extraordinary journey. You have set the bar.

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      Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

      Thanks so much, Trooper.

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      Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Context is all. Great (and clever) poetry Tom. Thanks for sharing :D

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      Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

      My pleasure, Cris! It's fun to take an artistic chance here and there. But you know all about that!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Artistry is alive and well on hubpages and you are one of the artists, Tom.

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      Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

      Thanks so much, Peggy. It is a good place for it!

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      Ivan the Terrible 7 years ago from Madrid

      So what is the mind process you tap into and use when you write your beautiful prose? I am curious because I love to write fiction but I have never been very good at either poetry or prose, even though I enjoy both entirely.

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      Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

      For prose I maintain an ear for music while I write and try to think in concepts rather than simple meanings.  I began this by thinking that a person is so much more beneath the surface, like any object but moreso, and then thinking about the concept of the outer layer, with its connotations and implications.  I let my mind out of its enclosure, like a dog out of its kennel.  Release the hounds!

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      Am I dead, yet? 7 years ago

      words that go from poetry to prose, Very nice Tom.

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      Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

      Thanks very much, AIDY. It was fun to write.

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