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What Are The Joys Of Life?

Updated on February 19, 2012

Crescent moon, single star

reflecting on the ocean,

pounding waves against coarse sands

set the day in motion.

Black curtain fades, lucid light

creeps along the skyline,

subtle pinkish orange,

God's signature is the byline.

Fisherman's silhouette

casts line into the sea

human candle, unaware

his calmness reaches me.

Dolphins ride the surf,

crab washed onto shore,

salty breeze against my face,

who could ask for more?

Ripples softly wash bare feet,

distant churchbell rings,

lessons learned, joys of life

are in the simple things.

The above poem was written by me when I was employed as a Medical Secretary at an institution for the mentally retarded. Each year the Library held a writing contest, and they offered three categories: Poem, Short Story and Essay. I always entered all three categories.

As most writers know, it is easy to put writing on the back burner. One day passes, then two. Suddenly I find a few weeks have passed, and I have done zero writing. However, with this annual contest, I was forced to write because there was always a deadline.

I have to tell you what inspired me to write this poem. Each year my husband and I left our jobs for two weeks, and we went on vacation. We loved Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We always stayed at the same hotel, located on the ocean.

Every morning I would sit on the balcony, before daylight, with my steaming cup of coffee and my journal. I was always entranced with the fall crescent moon, and a single star below it against the navy sky. I would then glance at the beach which was still dark. I could hear the waves hitting the shore. All was so peaceful, and the brisk air was exhilarating.

Then I spotted a bright lantern on the shore. As daylight began, and the sky lightened, I saw the silhouette of a lone fisherman casting his line. Eventually I would leave the room and walk along the shore.

This whole scenario inspired me to write the poem because I was so in awe of the beauty and simplicity of that moment in time.

I have one regret. I wish I had approached the fisherman and talked with him. You see, each year we went, he was still there, fishing, living his life, doing what he loved.

We hope to return to Myrtle Beach within the next year or two. I wonder if he is still there?

Sincerely, Blessings, Sparklea :)


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      Life Under Construction 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      Oh sparklea, what a wonderful poem you have here together with the story how this came to life. I do hope you still find the fisherman, i'm sure there's more on him other than the usual fishing and casting the net..oohh how i loved to know. You can write a hub about it again..

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      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Wow, beautiful response! Especially about the kindness of God...a perfect description of our Creator. Thank you so much for visiting this hub and for your taking the time to respond. You are a blessing! Sincerely, with gratitude, Sparklea :)

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      7 years ago from RUIMSIG, SOUTH AFRICA


      God is amazing

      He chooses every baby's DNA and blood type

      He puts every star in place to float in the sky

      He creates every fingerprint with a rare design

      He makes an egg to burst open with life.

      God is great

      He selects all the love-songs for every bird to sing

      He makes broken bones mend

      He gives every flower its specific perfume

      He cares for seeds and they turn to fruit.

      God is awesome

      He tells the seasons when to change

      He gives us air so we can breathe

      He feeds multitudes of living organisms on our planet

      He waters fields of green carpets with morning dew.

      Every leaf is a marvel of God's genius

      Every baby is filled with God's love

      There is nothing in this world more precious

      than the beautiful kindness of God.

      © Bernard Levine

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      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Hi Larry, THANK YOU SO MUCH. I don't do much poetry, but I will probably post a few on HubPages hoping a few will inspire. I am so touched that you take the time to read a few of my Hubs. I love reading yours too. Blessings always, Sparklea :)

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      Larry Wall 

      7 years ago

      You never cease to amaze me. Writing poetry has been something I have tried and achieved a level of failure that is almost incomprehensible.

      I have visited the part of South Carolina you mentioned. I had a business trip to Kiawah Island. It was the first time I had seen the Atlantic Ocean. It reminded me of the scene in the play, Ragtime, talking about the immigrants who left their homes and families to come to America, looking for freedom and prosperity.

      As I said, your writing never ceases to amaze me. A beautiful hub.

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      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thank you so much for voting up and awesome! Very honored by that! Somewhere I have a picture...that's one of my goals, to get my pictures in order! Blessings, Sparklea :) Thanks also for taking time to read this :)

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      7 years ago from Planet Earth

      Well done! I like the way you brought all our senses into play! You always write with the reader in mind, and your words stir us! Voted up and awesome.

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      7 years ago from delhi

      welcom sparklea :-)

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      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      favouriteboyforev Thank you for your comment, I totally agree! Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      7 years ago from delhi

      do what gives you the setisfaction,this is the real joy of life :-)

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      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Hi Cat On A Soapbox! I LOVE YOUR NAME TOO! Thank you so much for your comments. I don't write ALOT of poetry, but did when I was working because of the annual contests. Your feedback means a lot and so much appreciated! Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      Catherine Tally 

      7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi Sparklea, (I love your name!) Your poem awakens my senses and transports me to the seaside. I especially love the imagery of the fisherman, patient, faithful, and full of hope. Thank you for sharing your beautiful creative expression of Myrtle Beach!

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      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      duffsmom, Oh, you SHOULD make it a point to go to Myrtle Beach, especially in the fall! Very little traffic, low tourist season, and so peaceful. You would love it.

      So glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for taking the time to read it. Blessings, Sparklea

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      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      glmclendon, yes, the joy of life is truly in the simple things. It is one of my most memorable moments which I will always cherish. THANK YOU for your feedback, blessings, Sparklea :)

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      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      billybuc thank you for stopping by read my hub. I so much appreciate your comment. It means alot. Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Teaches 12345 THANK YOU for your taking the time to comment. So glad you liked the hub. I have a picture somewhere. IF I locate it I will attempt to add it. Still learning so much about hub pages. Blessings, Sparklea

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      P. Thorpe Christiansen 

      7 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      What a wonderful picture you've painted here. I enjoyed it so much - especially your explanation of inspiration. I have never been there but you made me want to go. Well done Sparklea!

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for the good read. Ths is really a joy of life and few of us get the opportunity to share this with a love one. Keep up the good work!

      Stay Well

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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beautiful images and poetry. I am glad I stopped by to read such a wonderful poem.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      I can almost see the fisherman and the dolphins in the water. You truly were inspired by the view! Enjoyed your hub, Sparklea.


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