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Updated on June 27, 2013

Not here. Not there. Over yonder.

My quest to bring yonder back

Began some years ago

Brought giggles to those around me

Ms. Houck,

Why “Yonder?”

I have been asked

To and fro

Maybe it is the mystery

All of the possibilities

Of where yonder could be

Perhaps it is the sound

When you say “Yonder” out loud

How you purse your lips

As you become aware

Yonder could be anywhere

Which makes it perfect

As something to ponder

Is it two lights down-?

Then take a left?

Or passed the ancient ruins tucked away in a field?

Yonder is such a romantic place:

Just ask Juliet

For Romeo did say,

But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?

ancient ruins


Long Black Train- Jill Mason and the Heartland Bluegrass Band

Johnny Cash - When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder


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      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Hi Kim; It's a good word, isn't it? :) Your quest to bring ' Yonder ' back is over, as I breathed new life into it, a few days' ago in my poem called ' Blossom ' lol!

      Good work here.

      Enjoy a lovely evening;

      Yours Sincerely,

      Romeo's Quill

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina


      Since I reference Romeo in the poem, I wondered if you would appear. Smiles. So relieved that I can rest now that you have breathed new life into yonder. Speaking of yonder, I will be over to smell the sweet fragrance of your "Blossom."

      Best Always,


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      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Kim....As soon as I saw the mention of that reference, then like a naughty schoolboy, I couldn't help but chip my two- penneth in;thanks for putting up with me. :)

      All the best to you, fair maiden,


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      Cat 4 years ago from New York


      I love how your pieces allow me to step away from the tedious realities of the thing they call 'daily life'. I don't know where I went but it was beautiful! You always make me think... no, ponder. Yonder is quite a word, with so many possibilities... but why is it that it always sounds so much more pleasing than wherever 'here' is? I want to go yonder; don't know what I want to do when I get there though :D ... I so love where you went with this!

      I love Johnny Cash... brings me back to my childhood, I was so glad to hear a song from him and I loved the other version too, that Jill has a beautiful voice.

      Hit all kinds of buttons and sharing too! Get those people over yonder to get over here! lol


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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Kim,

      What a delightful poem about "yonder" and I have used that word often growing up in the south, and I am relieved to be reminded that Romeo did say such. : ) I really love Johnny Cash and thanks for sharing the great videos here.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      Yonder I go, Faith Reaper : )

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina


      Thank You and my best to you my dear sir.


      I want to go yonder as well. If you get there before me, just holler. Smile. Thank you for your kind words and willingness to help get more people over yonder to come over here.


      How great to know that I have a fellow hubber from the south who is proud that she has also used yonder. And thank you, too for your willingness to send traffic this way.

      Best Always To Such Fine People,


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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      I loved this...and it is quite an odd word, one that I have used, but not given much thought too...but when you give it some thought it seems to get a bit odder?!..thanks for sharing:-))

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      Marie Flint 4 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA

      I took calculus in college one summer and wasn't doing to terribly well with it. Summer sessions were split in two. For the first half, I had a gentleman from the Middle East who kept slurring "dv/dt" (change in delta/change in time), the whole concept upon which calculus is based. It wasn't until the second half, when my new instructor who was from Kentucky explained, "You take this formula and stick it yonder. . . ." My gradepoint went up immediately!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      What a great word hence a great hub.

      Voted up.


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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Love the work here. This word was actually used quite often when I was growing up with a southern family...but not quite in the same tone as Romeo. : )

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina


      Thanks for stopping by. I am rather odd so it makes sense I would get an odd word on my mind. : )

      Marie Flint,

      Greetings! I love your story. I had a similar experience in college. Maybe if enough folks come by here from over yonder, my hubscore will go up. : )

      Eddy and Wayne,

      Thanks for the nice comments and support. I do appreciate it. : )

      Wishing you both a wonderful day in your part of yonder.

      Best Always,


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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Excellent word and great hub! I immediately thought of Carole King's song "Way Over Yonder". ~Lurana

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Love that word yonder. Enjoyed this version and great video by Johnny Cash.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Lurana and Gypsy Rose Lee,

      Ladies, thank you so much for your kind comments and support.

      Best Always,


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      Micky Dee 4 years ago

      I've seen people cringe over y'all.

      I've seen people wince - over yonder.

      I've seen people blink over "thar".

      Perhaps they have too little to ponder?

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Smiling Big. Laughing loud.

      Thank You!

      Best Always,


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      ziyena 3 years ago from ... Somewhere Out There ...

      Lovely ... brings back memories.

      Thank you

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina


      Thanks for stopping by and leaving the kind comments form over yonder in Southern Colorado.

      Best to you,


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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      How clever and playful!

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