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Wispy Things

Updated on May 30, 2011
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Sometimes like now

You can almost see their gossamer figures

Swirling about you in a loving embrace

Here and there the glint

Of knowing smiles and sparkling eyes

Pop like the bubbles in champagne

You can almost feel the soft brushes

Of tender fingers as they sweep by


Where do they go

When all you feel is the black ooze

Squishing up between your toes

When the static of the nothing

Burns in your ears

When the loveless billows of life

Suck the last bits of joy from your lungs


Are they here in the frantic moments

Lost in the crevices between fearful thoughts

Do they fall to the ground like dandelion fluff in a rain storm

No stronger than an insect's wing against a rogue wave


Or could they be like stars above the noisy city

Like a cricket's song lost beneath the freeway's drone

Are the sweet wispy things always with us

Always smiling on us

Caring not one way or the other

If or when we slow our fearful selves

Enough to see


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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      Beautiful!!

      There is always some whispyness floating about somewhere, regardless of where we're at in life.

      This is a great one. :]

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      Robert Elias Ballard 6 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Wonderful writing, enjoyed so much, thanks

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      Patricia Costanzo 6 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain

      Thank you Ben. The trick is to find it in the darkness.

      Greetings Fiddleman, nice to meet you.

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      Susie 6 years ago

      Beautiful! When we stop rushing through life, we can feel them.

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      Patti Marshall 6 years ago

      I think of you as a sweet wispy thing :) Beautiful! Love the imagery of gossamer, black ooze, and a rogue wave.

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      Patricia Costanzo 6 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain

      Hi Susie. Yeah, I think the trick is to take time to be still.

      Thanks Sissy, I think you're a sweet wispy thing too.

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      tlmntim9 6 years ago

      Like lightning bug fire.

      Very well written

      Tim W

      tlmntim9

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      Patricia Costanzo 6 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain

      Thanks Tim. Just as real I'm guessing, although I've never seen a lightning bug.

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      W. B. Isley 6 years ago from Monett, MO

      I agree with the last stanza. They are always here. We just have to take the responsibility to calm ourselves to see them.

      What's that phrase? Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me.

      It is amazing how you bounce back from depression on a regular basis. I used to take medicine for mine. I have taken the responsibility for my self to, 'be still and know that I am God.' This helps.

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      Patricia Costanzo 6 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain

      I do bounce back... just gotta find my happy place. I wrote a hub about that :)

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      ahorseback 6 years ago

      I like this , serenity and peace for some is hard to find. I always amazes me how few can "be there". ;-]

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      Patricia Costanzo 6 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain

      Some have farther to go to get there. Thanks for the follow ahorseback.

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      brian miller 5 years ago

      what a fanciful write...like little faeries...of angels...turns rather dark there in the middle...and even in those moments they dont leave us...perhaps we just cant see them for all else...great piece...i enjoyed it...

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      California Ink in Motion 5 years ago

      Just beautiful image You got me with this part:

      Are they here in the frantic moments

      Lost in the crevices between fearful thoughts

      Do they fall to the ground like dandelion fluff in a rain storm

      No stronger than an insect's wing against a rogue wave

      I can so relate to this! Thank you for sharing.

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      Bodhirose 5 years ago

      I think it is in stillness and quiet that we will be able to see these "wispy things". I love this very sensitive writing. Beautiful.

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      Ann LeFlore 5 years ago

      This is Beautiful. I was just introduced to the poetry site and I am happy to read this. I think this is a wonderful piece and so well done.

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      Claudia Schönfeld 5 years ago

      this has a beautiful dreamy quality to it...and still you build the bridge into real life with all the darkness and questions....feel a bit like if i had my head in the clouds and with the toes grounded in the everyday sand grains...lovely piece..

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      Anna Montgomery 5 years ago

      Claudia said it best so I'll just add my voice to the back up singing.

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      Patricia Costanzo 5 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain

      Hi Brian, thanks for commenting. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

      Greetings California. Thanks for reading me.

      Bodhirose thank you for your sweet comment.

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      Patricia Costanzo 5 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain

      Hi Ann, I'm glad you found me.

      Hi Claudia, I wouldn't expect you like 100% sugar :)

      And a lovely voice you have Anna!

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      Seasideauthor 5 years ago

      Beautiful post loving

      calmness to frantic back

      to enough to see.

      Thanks

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      Patricia Costanzo 5 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain

      Thank you Seaside :)

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      Tashtoo 5 years ago from Nova Scotia

      A beautiful write and fantastic take on the prompt! Loved it!

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      Patricia Costanzo 5 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain

      I'm glad you liked it Tashtoo!

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      Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      So gently wistful.

      So wistfully gentle.

      Well I know what I mean anyway.

      Marked up... of course.

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      Patricia Costanzo 5 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain

      Wow Twilight, I guess I haven't checked this account in a while! Sorry for the delay. Thanks for the comment.

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      Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      How are you? Glad you are in the land of the living.

      I hardly use HP any more but read stuff.

      But HP doesn't notify me if anything has been published so I am losing touch with many people

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