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In the Mist, a painting by God

Updated on December 30, 2017
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MizBejabbers has been a professional writer/editor for all of her adult life. Before that, she was just a little girl storyteller.

The beauty of a Thomas Kinkade misty morn
The beauty of a Thomas Kinkade misty morn | Source

Give thanks for this wonderful world


Sometimes I just have to stop my random worldly thoughts and say, "thank you, God, I needed that." I wanted to pull over and take a photograph or two, but it was not possible in the morning traffic. I could only think of the Painter of Light as I drove down the highway, although I knew the sun would not make an appearance that day.

It was all right with me.


Rainy day by the dashboard light.

Fall foliage display on a dreary day as seen through my windshield while winding down the hill to Interstate 40.
Fall foliage display on a dreary day as seen through my windshield while winding down the hill to Interstate 40. | Source

Sometimes attitude adjustments come unexpectedly. Just as dawn was breaking, the rain stopped, leaving the world in a foggy messy mist and me in a dark mood:

All grumbling and grumpy I wiped off my car

Every window, mirror and glass,

So I could see, as I cursed the humidity.

The droplets of moisture, larger than dew,

Then I drove the hairpin down the hillside


Into a scene that intrigued my perception,

Thomas Kinkade perfect, such beauty

stole my breath and enamored my heart.

The clouds embracing the hills, like

gossamer webs on live oaks.


Tendrils of mists clutching at their feet,

and across the way, shining crystals

embedded in a grandmother’s brooch,

lights in line, tiny sparkling jewels

peeking through the fog, silently sitting,


Patiently awaiting a turn of egress.

While I, still enraptured, entered

the rat race with a turn of heart,

regretfully leaving behind

such beauty in my rear view mirror.


Thomas Kinkade Twilight Vista
Thomas Kinkade Twilight Vista | Source

© 2015 Doris James-MizBejabbers

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    • MizBejabbers profile imageAUTHOR

      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      5 months ago

      Thank you, Linda. I'm glad you commented today because today is just a bad rainy day and I needed a little reminder of how we can take lemons and make lemonade. I liked your comment as well.

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      Linda Bryen 

      5 months ago from United Kingdom

      What a lovely poem Mizbejabbers. I love your photos and video as well. I enjoyed listening to the song as well.

    • MizBejabbers profile imageAUTHOR

      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      7 months ago

      Mary, I think sometimes God uses what we perceive as bad situations to teach us beauty. Thank you for reading my poem and your lovely comment.

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      Mary Norton 

      8 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Enjoyed your poetry...sometimes, we do get a glimpse of God’s handiwork and you expressed this beautifully in this poem.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      16 months ago from Washington DC

      Had you not read mine I would never have known you write so the thanks is mutual.

    • MizBejabbers profile imageAUTHOR

      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      16 months ago

      Elijah/Theo, as I was saying, I was really in a grumpy mood that morning until I looked over and saw the lights twinkling through the fog. It was so lovely. I wish I could have photographed exactly what I saw, but it was too dangerous. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      16 months ago from Washington DC

      How did I ever miss seeing "Thomas Kinkade Twilight Vista" as I walked the highways of the Dis-United States of America? I didn't always travel the beaten path so where in the world is it? I must walk it someday.

      Your poem about it is every bit a eye catcher as well.

    • MizBejabbers profile imageAUTHOR

      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      24 months ago

      Thank you, Audrey. It has been raining here again, and each time I drive down that hill I hold my breath that the scene will be recreated. So far, no luck.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      2 years ago from California

      I just thought I would come back and read this beautiful piece--gorgeous writing!

    • MizBejabbers profile imageAUTHOR

      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago

      Oh, thank you, Vespawoolf, it really was the perfect touch for a bad day. I appreciate your comment.

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      vespawoolf 

      2 years ago from Peru, South America

      Your imagery is beautiful. I appreciate the touch of humor in this poem. We all have our bad days. : )

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago

      Oh, thank you, Ruby. That means a lot to me.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      You are a poet. I reread your poem and was rewarded with, " Into a scene that intrigued my perception and grandmother's brooch. " Beautiful thoughts/words. Cheers..

    • MizBejabbers profile imageAUTHOR

      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago

      Thank you, Ruby, for a wonderful comment. I'm not much of a poet, but that morning turned inspiring.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh, this is so beautiful! You captured the mood of a rainy day, going to work, then the beauty of the landscape, spirit lifted! Wonderful..

    • MizBejabbers profile imageAUTHOR

      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago

      Thank you so much, Paula. I appreciate your kind words and the hugs and well wishes. I just wish I could have taken a photo of the scene as it really was. Too dangerous; might have caused an accident. P.S. I'm doing great now; getting my strength back more every day.

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      Paula 

      2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      MzB......This is breathtaking via photo....I guess it would knock my socks off if I had been fortunate to experience it LIVE.

      You're just so talented, MzB.

      (BTW) I'm just now aware that you had surgery. Sending hugs and well wishes to you!....Thanks for this lovely hub. Peace, Paula

    • MizBejabbers profile imageAUTHOR

      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago

      Yecall, thank you for reading and the nice compliment. I've always said that I'm not a poet, so it's nice to receive compliments.

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      yecall 

      2 years ago from California

      Wow! Nice one. I like "Thomas Kincaide perfect" and "cursed the humidity." Descriptive. Your poetry is charming.

    • MizBejabbers profile imageAUTHOR

      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago

      Thank you, Nadine. I'm sorry about the delay in answering, but I've been home after surgery and haven't been able to get to the computer. My morning got such a thrill out of that scene.

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      Nadine May 

      2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I loved your title and together with the pictures your poem came alive.

    • MizBejabbers profile imageAUTHOR

      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago

      Thanks again, friend.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      I did.

    • MizBejabbers profile imageAUTHOR

      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago

      Thanks, Lawrence, hope you liked the poem, too.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      MizB

      Loved the pictures, both from the camera and the WPs

      Lawrence

    • MizBejabbers profile imageAUTHOR

      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago

      Manatita, I think we have a lot in common. Since I couldn't get a picture of God's painting, I used the next best thing.

      Love and light to you.

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      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      Give thanks indeed! Gratitude, adulation, exaltation to the Painter of Light.

      What beautiful scenery! I have just returned from Germany and wrote a poem about it. My pictures were so similar to yours! Just a sunset difference, not dawn. Awesome reflections!

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago

      RD, Thank you. Glad you liked it.

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      rdsparrowriter 

      2 years ago

      Beautiful and loved the pictures :)

    • MizBejabbers profile imageAUTHOR

      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago

      Exactly, Missy, I think you got what I was trying to express perfectly. Thank you for sharing that with me.

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      Missy Smith 

      2 years ago from Florida

      This was just beautiful MizBejabbers! You expressed the view so uniquely. I loved it!

      You just spoke to me about peace and contentment in the comment you left on my hub, and I couldn't help but think about that as I read this. I suppose we have to be open to finding those things in moments, and if we are, we just might grab those two things as our normal days go along. It would be lovely to have it throughout the day. However, we have the scene in our memory bank to go back to if our day of dull gets too much, right? :)

    • MizBejabbers profile imageAUTHOR

      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago

      Nell, I keep looking every day to see if it repeats itself, but so far it hasn't. After a long dry spell, it has been rainy off and on since that day. Thank you for your sweet comment.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago

      Thank you Patricia, for your poetic comment, and the angels. I really did get an attitude adjustment. I wonder how much I may miss after I retire because I'm sleeping.

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      Nell Rose 

      2 years ago from England

      That was so beautiful! the poem, the visual idea of what was seen, and everything! only the earth can give such a beautiful picture and you have captured it so well!

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from sunny Florida

      O such beauty catches in our throats and fills our hearts and souls with a breath of fresh, new air.

      Fortunately it washes away whatever I may have thought was a problem for me that day. Now that I am retired many wondrous moments that I missed such as the rising and setting sun because I was so busy inside a building now appear before me. What a gift God gives us in such beauty.

      Wishing for you a most wonderful rest of the week.

      Angels are once again on the way to you ps

    • MizBejabbers profile imageAUTHOR

      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago

      Thank you for the nice comment, Gypsy, and I love the song, too.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      You've painted a most wonderful scene poetically and I love that song.

    • MizBejabbers profile imageAUTHOR

      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago

      Well, if I had not had to work, I would have slept in and not been awake to appreciate the magnificence, but it is a thought. Thanks for the read and the great comment.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      MizB, this is awesome. What started out as a negative presented itself in a different perspective; one of beauty and appreciation. I'll bet you were sorry you had to work that day.

    • MizBejabbers profile imageAUTHOR

      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago

      We can just let our free spirits come out. Thanks, Ann.

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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      We were taught traditional poetry too and I was never that keen at studying it. However, now that we can use 'free' verse and just about anything we like as long as it has some rhythm, it's much more fun! At least there's progress in something in this world!

      Ann

    • MizBejabbers profile imageAUTHOR

      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago

      Larry, you are so correct. I keep looking for the same scene as I drive to work, but it may have been a once in a lifetime event. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago

      Ann, yes, they are evergreen but they do have a shedding and dropping of acorns just like a red oak or another deciduous oak. Or like a cat that sheds but never loses all its fur. My introduction to the live oak was about 10 years ago when a co-worker, a native of Louisiana, told me the tree outside our offices was a live oak, and she said it was unusual to see one this far north (in the southern U.S.), but I've seen a number of them in the woods now that I can identify them. They, or at least this one, are smaller than deciduous oak trees. Now that I've said that, someone will tell me that I'm wrong. Anyway, the parking lot would become so covered with the tiny acorns that we had to be careful not to slip and fall.

      I'm sensitive about poetry because all we were ever taught was poetry with meter, and I didn't have the talent to make a good grade in it. Thanks again for your comment and for your interest in live oaks.

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      Larry Rankin 

      2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Beautiful imagery. The majesty of the natural world around us so often goes unnoticed.

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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      Have just looked that up and I gather they are evergreen oaks. I love our ancient oak trees and it would be great to have them all year round but ours are deciduous. It seems that the leaves of the live oak are much smoother. All beautiful trees but then I'm a fan of all trees. Thanks for the info.

      As to your poetry, I feel that each of us never sees our own poetry in the same light! I find that poetry from the heart, as in being inspired by something such as this beautiful scene of yours, is always more passionate and therefore comes across with conviction, with words that are themselves more inspiring. Just a theory of mine!

      Ann

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago

      drbj, It was inspiring! Thanks for reading and commenting. I value your comments.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago

      Ann, what a wonderful story about the fox cubs. It should brighten anyone's day. Thank you for sharing. Your last line really strikes me because I have always felt like I was not good at poetry. Sometimes we mellow with age and let the sunshine in, and maybe that is what I am doing. Thank you so much for your great comment.

      P. S. Since you are from the UK, you may have never seen a real "live oak" tree. Oaks are prevalent here, but live oaks grow mainly south of even where I live in the U.S., however, we have a few here. Google "live oak" trees and see their beauty.

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      drbj and sherry 

      2 years ago from south Florida

      What an exquisite view you described, MizB. Thank you for sharing its beauty with us in your praiseworthy prose.

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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      Stunning! Both the poetry and the picture. I love the line 'like gossamer webs on live oaks' etc. Beautiful imagery and it slowly changes in mood as you did.

      Excellent writing and a great idea to set it to driving into work.

      I know what you mean by the weather or a scene changing your mood. One morning I was driving across the levels into work, in a reasonable mood, when I turned a corner and saw two fox cubs gambolling in the middle of the road. Fortunately there was no other traffic; I just rolled to a halt and watched until they realised they had company and scattered away. It gave me a broad smile and lifted my day - I'm sure my teaching was all the better for it!

      This is some of the best poetry I've ever read.

      Ann

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago

      You are just too kind in your praise, Demas. I am just a humble inexperienced non-poet, but I love my fellow writers and bask in your encouragement. Thank you for being here for me.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Painting word pictures with fidelity and skill galore. How precious you are to those of us who are privileged to share such experiences with you.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago

      Mel, thank you for your comment about the lyrical beauty. That means a lot to me. I can write only two types of poetry, free verse and limericks, because I avoided poetry classes in school.

    • MizBejabbers profile imageAUTHOR

      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago

      Chitrangada, I wish we would all realize the beauty of the Creator and stop trying to destroy it. I love your words. Thank you.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago

      John, I have to tell you that your poem "Inspired by a Storm" inspired me to write about this foggy and misty morning. Usually we dread the fog in this area because it really is dangerous, but that morning I was moved to tears by its beauty and thought "why not". I wish I could paint like the late Thomas Kinkade so I could have painted it. I'm so glad you remember Jerry Wallace. The only other version I found was C & W. Your compliments mean a lot to me, my friend.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago

      Cris, the mist was what made it so beautiful. I'm glad you like Jerry Wallace and he's going on your Jukebox Page. I never had a copy of the record, but I do now.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago

      Jackie, that was one of my favorite songs as a teenager (back in the Dark Ages). Thank you for listening and commenting.

      RJ, I like your analysis very much. Yes, we are just small brush strokes and not the whole world ourselves.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago

      Surabhi, thank you. I'm glad you like it!

      Svetlana, I love my beautiful hills of Arkansas, and they were even more beautiful on that day. Thank you for a message we all need.

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      Mel Carriere 

      2 years ago from San Diego California

      You know, a lot of times when I comment on poems here I'm just being polite but this was a rare work of lyrical beauty, truly inspired. Wonderful!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Incredibly beautiful expressions in your poem! And what could be more beautiful than mother Nature, God's own creation!

      Thanks for sharing this refreshing hub!

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wow MizB, I am sure once told me that you were not really one for poetry. Well, this poem was exceptional. You described that scene perfectly that I could see it in my mind even without looking at the Thomas Kinkade painting. Beauty is indeed all around us, if we just open our eyes and observe. Oh and "In the Misty Moonlight", like Jackie, it is also years since I heard that lovely song. I think the last version I heard was by Dean Martin. Thank you for including the original version. Great work all round.

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      CrisSp 

      2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      What a jewel like portrait of God's wonderful creation despite the mist and the mess! And, Jerry Wallace is going into my Jukebox Page!

      Thank you.

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      Ralph Schwartz 

      2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

      Sometimes life reminds us that we as humans are merely small brush strokes in the canvas of everything

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Wow, how long it has been since I heard that song!!! Hope everyone listens to it and reads you accompanying poetry.

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      Lana Adler 

      2 years ago from California

      It's wonderful to be moved by beauty. So many people just pass it by, rushing to get to work on time, cursing the other drivers, the weather, and the world. Sometimes it's right in front of us, and we're too busy to notice. You've expressed the sentiment beautifully.

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      Surabhi Kaura 

      2 years ago

      A vivid image painted. Exquisite!

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago

      Bill, it was breathtaking. I've lived on this hill for 21 years and have never seen the like before. Thanks, my friend.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago

      Audrey, thank you, sweet lady.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Excellent MizB! Love the images you've painted with words...and the picture was breathtaking. If we are only willing and accepting, we find incredible beauty all around us. A fine lesson for sure, for all of us.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      2 years ago from California

      Beautifully penned!

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