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The Heart Of Ruby-A Poem For My Friend

Updated on August 11, 2011

For Ruby on her 88th birthday. I love you.

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God made a solitary earth and sprinkled the sky with stars, moons and planets,

then separated the waters and decided it still was not quite enough.

That was just the start of a grand plan so He breathed life into dry dust and shaped His own image into that of an immortal man even though He knew his creation would sin.

Later, His own Son became love and walked among us as one, healing and saving all the hurting and lost. His heart beat and bled for all the ones He could touch and the ones that sought.

The years turned to millennium, many were born, lived and died. Still the Father of all saw one more was needed to bring beauty and safety to the many who had work to do.

One lovely soul was chosen with care to grow in the womb of a special mother and God the Creator knit her together and in the dark whispered secrets into her tiny ear.

The child was born and named Ruby because she was more highly treasured than precious stone. Her heart sparkled with tenderness and grace.

Mother and friend, we love your gentle face and marvel at the graceful strength you display. Everyone you shine upon becomes richer by touching the jewel that God gave.

We say “Bless You God” for the love in her heart, the richness brought to lives far and near; for whispered prayers on our behalf that she lifted to Your ears.

You are daughter of God and Mother to four, friend to hundreds more; your legacy is joy and a comfort to many. To our beloved Ruby we say “Happy Birthday” and you, we adore.

 

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  • Hyphenbird profile imageAUTHOR

    Brenda Barnes 

    6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Thank you Eiddwen. Ruby is very special to me. I love her gentle spirit and kind heart.

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    Eiddwen 

    6 years ago from Wales

    Sweet beautiful hub Brenda;and I have to thank you for sharing.

    Take care

    Eddy.

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    Brenda Barnes 

    6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Thank you Suzette. Ruby is a very precious lady. Her heart is so pure. I took her some food today that I cooked for her, some favorites you know.

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    Suzette Walker 

    6 years ago from Taos, NM

    Really beautiful poem and a beautiful dedication to your friend. This poem is such a thoughtful gesture, something you would do, Hyphen.

  • Hyphenbird profile imageAUTHOR

    Brenda Barnes 

    7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Hello Fossillady. Thank you. Indeed Ruby is a lovey lady and deserves so much. I am happy my words can help others know her heart.

    I appreciate the visit and kind comments.

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    Kathi 

    7 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

    Lovely photo Hypenbird and a beautiful tribute to your dear Ruby friend!

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    Brenda Barnes 

    7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Thanks Hattie. So is my sweet Ruby:)

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    HattieMattieMae 

    7 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

    Very nice! :)

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    Brenda Barnes 

    7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Oh Epi, you are so very kind. Thank you. I love my little Ruby and I hoped that would show in the poem. I am so glad it did.

    Again, thanks for the kind words and the visit to this very special Hub.

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    epigramman 

    7 years ago

    ....well that is just about one of the loveliest poetic tributes I will ever have the pleasure of reading and yes, Mike said it right - this poem says as much about you as it does about Ruby - a poetic treasure of love, if there ever was one - and this is truly one of a kind -thanks to someone as special and talented as you!

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    Brenda Barnes 

    7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Ah thanks mckbirdbks! From one bird to another, you made my day:) Ruby is indeed sweet and her heart is so pure. She is so surprised to learn she now has followers from all over the world. Thanks for the kind words and the visit.

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    mckbirdbks 

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

    This beautiful poem says as much about you as your sweet Ruby. A heart warming presentation.

  • Hyphenbird profile imageAUTHOR

    Brenda Barnes 

    7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Doug, lol. No, this is a lovely little lady in my community. I doubt she has ever been on the internet. Thanks for the visit and comment.

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    Doug Turner Jr. 

    7 years ago

    Hmmm, judging by the comment left by Ruby from hubpages, this poem is not about Ruby from hubpages!

    I should have known by her picture; the hubpages Ruby isn't 88 -- she's clearly in her 20's!

    Still a fine tribute to the 88 year old Ruby, though.

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    Brenda Barnes 

    7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    RTalloni, you are so kind. Thanks for the visit and sweet words.

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    RTalloni 

    7 years ago from the short journey

    Precious tribute!

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    Brenda Barnes 

    7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Dexis, thanks for visiting. Miss Ruby is indeed blessed with love and she gives even more. She is a beautiful lady.

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    Dexi 

    7 years ago from New England

    Lucky Ruby to have such love on her birthday!

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    Brenda Barnes 

    7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    PK2010. Thank you for seeing Ruby's beauty. I saw her today and fell even more in love with her spirit of gentleness. Thank you for the visit and such precious comments.

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    Anthea Kwaw 

    7 years ago from United Kingdom

    Hyphenbird, your words ooze love and care. Like an artist who is gentle with her hands you are with your words. You paint a picture of beauty and appreciation that touches the heart and emanates beauty. Great tribute. Ruby is truly an amazing woman. YOur words say it all. Here's to Ruby, and to you Hyphenbird for using the power of words to paint such a pretty picture.

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    Brenda Barnes 

    7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    attempted, how cute! You are succeeding in humor not attempting! Thanks for sticking up for Ruby. I read to her today and will tell her. lol

    Thanks for the visit. I have enjoyed it so much.

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    attemptedhumour 

    7 years ago from Australia

    Hi Ruby, hope you had a good birthday, my birthday is on Australia day 26th of Jan so the whole country has a day off. Not for me of course. I hope Hyphenbird is being a good friend, if not let me know and i'll give her a ticking off. No more of that cake, six pieces is enough. Bye, from sunny Australia.

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    Bumpsysmum 

    7 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Hi, yes I've not been on the HubPages for a couple of days, down days find me lacking in inspiration and energy, but feeling better today so playing catchup, I've missed the reading, and thank you for asking :-)

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    Brenda Barnes 

    7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    marcoujor, thank you so much for the precious comments and votes. The more time I spend with Ruby the more blessed I feel. I see more and more how we are blessed to be a blessing to others. I cannot imagine not being able to read. If my reading to her gives her peace or brings her new information, I want that for Ruby so much.

    Thank you again. You are wonderful.

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    Brenda Barnes 

    7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Hi Bumpsysmum. So good to see you. I have been missing you and wondering how you are feeling. Thanks for the visit and comments. You are loved also just like my dear Ruby.

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    Maria Jordan 

    7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    Until I read the comments, I would have thought you were talking about your Mother... dear Ruby is obviously such a figure in your life... what special memories you are creating for the both of you by "being her eyes" and reading to her... you are truly a beautiful soul and

    this was Voted UP & BEAUTIFUL~~ thank you sharing this GEM!!

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    Bumpsysmum 

    7 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Beautiful tribute to an obviously well-loved lady and Happy Birthday :-)

  • Hyphenbird profile imageAUTHOR

    Brenda Barnes 

    7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Oh Gus, you are the bestest redneck I have ever known. I thank you for that!

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    Gustave Kilthau 

    7 years ago from USA

    Hyphenbird - Ordinarily I would make a comment directed to what you have written, but my words would be wasted, for you have said all that needs saying.

    Gus :-)))

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    Brenda Barnes 

    7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Thank you always. I also love her name. It suits her as she is a jewel and of great value to everyone in her life.

    Thank you for the visit and sweet comments.

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    Ruby Jean Richert 

    7 years ago from Southern Illinois

    This is so beautiful and i love her name!! Happy Birthday Ruby.

    Ruby

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    Brenda Barnes 

    7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Hi Doug. Thanks for the visit and great comments. I will tell Ruby that you send appreciation to her also.

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    Brenda Barnes 

    7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Thank you Dave. She is one of the most beautiful ladies I have ever known and I wanted to honor her. So glad you liked it.

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    Doug Turner Jr. 

    7 years ago

    Great dedication to a great person. Happy birthday Ruby! You are one of a kind.

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    Dave Mathews 

    7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

    Hyphenbird: What a beautiful dedication from the heart.

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    Brenda Barnes 

    7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    dallaswriter, you are so kind. Thank you. God certainly does put amazing people in my life.

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    dallaswriter 

    7 years ago from North Carolina

    Hyphenbird, how God continues to surround you with miracles and rubies! Beautiful hub, just like you...

    Voted up and beautiful:)

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    Brenda Barnes 

    7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Alastar, I will tell Ruby tomorrow. I will be going to read to her. We had a birthday celebration for her today and it was wonderful. She is so gentle and loving. I read the poem to her and it meant so much to her. I was thrilled that she liked it.

    Thank you for the most wonderful comments. You are a dear friend and I treasure you and Jan very much.

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    alastar packer 

    7 years ago

    Beautiful Hyph,you just keep on amazing me in the best kind of ways.Tell Ruby she has another friend out there that thinks about her now.

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    Brenda Barnes 

    7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Thank you tnderhrt. I love precious Ruby, her presence is always gentle, meek and strong all at the same time. I appreciate your visit, comments and votes.

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    Brenda Barnes 

    7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Thank you Sunnie. Ruby is so precious and gentle. She has macular degeneration and I go read to her twice a week. She has become a lovely friend. Thank you for the vist and sweet comments.

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    tnderhrt23 

    7 years ago

    Wow, what a lovely tribute!

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    Sunnie Day 

    7 years ago

    Dear Hyphenbird. What a beautiful tribute and sentiments! Thank you for sharing. Have a blessed Sunday.

    Sunnie

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