1999

Photo by Gayle Rose

Sunflower in my garden; photo by Gayle Rose

emerging calm
took a stand
independence
reigned and
I felt good

 
flourishing
within and
feeling sure
life was
humming
carrying
me along

 
though one
thing dark
was lurking
still and
causing grief
and a cracking
heart
yet I knew
I could not
change, I
let it go
to take
its time

 
writing latent
no interest
yet, but a
book picked
up, laid
a spark

 
went on
vacation
like never
before,
enjoying
Naples
and places
up north

 
time of
growth
and becoming
solid, vipassana
was my
morning daily,
content with
life, work
was good,
I took care
of me and
I loved you

dVerse Poetics offers 1999:  http://dversepoets.com/2012/03/10/poetics-1999/

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  1. BRose: plain, mindful poem, superb photo…well done! RT

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  2. nice…sounds the year 1999 was a good year for you overall…loved esp. the flourishing in connection with your pic and that life was humming and carrying you along…a good feeling..

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  3. smiles….this has a really nice flow…i like that you acknowledge that all was not right but you did not dwell on it either, we just have to roll with it…also like the last lines…i took care of me and i loved you

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  4. Very nice picture of that sunflower…and I like that you are content with your life and grateful for your blessings ~

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  5. a beautiful journey in healing and starting to live again.

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  6. You had a goid year, when writing poetry becomes part of the equation, indeed. I loved Italy when I was there? Would go back and stay a while if I could. Your poem captures those moments sonwell of a year that must have been transformative.

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    • Yes, it was a good year and yes, very transformative…the Naples I was referring to is a city on Florida’s gulf coast…sorry about that…but I can imagine Naples, Italy must have been quite an experience for you. Thanks for sharing with me.

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  7. 1999 sounded a good year!… Lovely poem which took me along your journey.

    Enjoy your Day Gayle.. ~Sue..

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  8. Shawna

     /  March 11, 2012

    I love this! Such a gentle easy flow, ending in the vipassana which explains your calm and acceptance of all things, right or wrong, good or bad. You breathe, you live, you press on, smiling and blessing the world with your good intentions and positive energy.

    The big sunflower immediately reminds me of the ’90s; do you remember that brief style, perhaps a spring or summer season when every article of clothing created had sunflowers on it? I’ll never forget my short blue overalls and white summer dress, both splashed with big yellow flowers. :)

    I love this transition in your poem:
    “though one
    thing dark
    was lurking”

    What an incredible attitude, just allowing the pain to run its course:
    “let it go
    to take
    its time”

    You make such a great point that books can change our lives, bring us into our true selves. They are other worlds that cahnge our personal worlds.

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    • Yes, I do remember when sunflowers were popular on things…clothing, kitchen towels, and on and on…such a humble, friendly flower. I had a cute dress with sunny sunflowers on it.

      From that book that I happened to pick up…I learned haiku and then some other types of poetry..it brought about such big changes in my life..to this blog.

      Thanks Shawna, for your most generous comment and visit to me…I so appreciate you taking the time. And for a great prompt at dVerse!

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  9. This has a feel of peace that I really like.

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  10. Lovely poem. Your serenity and inner peace is enviable.Some of us can only ever aspire to this state.

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    • Believe me, I don’t remain in this state…and even wonder how I project that into my writing…but I am grateful for the peace that I have attained in this sometimes very bleak world.

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  11. Even though it was about ’99 it rings with the anthem from HAIR – Let the Sunshine in. Lovely.

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    • Hey, I really like that idea, Gay. The late 60s and early 70s were a pretty cool time in my life too…loved “Hair”!

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  12. A whistle-stop tour through your momentous year: Bravo.

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  13. A peaceful walk to the past and back ….
    Lovely, Gayle.
    Hugs ….

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  14. the last lines make for a healthy relationship

    withered wanderer

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  15. I love that the poem makes a “stem” for the crowning glory at the top, the sunflower! I suppose that metaphor works for your trials, too, my friend. You are the flower and the trials and victories build the stem which supports who you are. :)

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    • I hadn’t noticed that I made a stem for that sunflower…you’re right. I certainly did feel more like a sunny sunflower during that time. Thanks for sharing that with me. :)

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  16. The sunflower reminds that all things bright and beautiful can return to us again.

    A lovely fluid reflection, Gayle, on a happy time that offered a little healing and promise. I love its positive tone!

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    • Thanks so very much. It certainly was another year of growth and healing. I’ve been away so will be playing catch up…yet again. I so appreciate your visit.

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  17. After I found that these are my sister’s favorite flower I came to realize how amazing they can be. Nice write and beautiful photo.

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    • They are beautiful…and there’s something so cheery about them. Driving through Kansas once…I saw fields of them…just stunning. Thank you, Renee.

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  18. Mindfulness in a post. Most enjoyable and what a lovely sunflower you have, Gayle. You must have a green thumb.

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  19. well..here we go again. wordpress is playing monkey :)

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  20. i have been trying to post a comment on your blog, and apollorose’s blog using my email id for last five minutes without success.

    where are you?

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    • Sorry to hear of your trouble, Trisha. I was away for several days and have felt like taking a break from the rigors of posting and visiting for awhile.

      I may send you an email…I’ve been wondering about something…

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  21. Androgoth

     /  March 28, 2012

    What a truly delightful poem Gayle
    and I too like your Sunflower, excellent :)

    Have a very nice rest
    of evening dear friend :)

    Androgoth XXx

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    • So glad you liked this, Androgoth. I chose this transformative year to write about…it was a good one in a lot of ways. Still catching up…so sorry. :)

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      • Androgoth

         /  April 12, 2012

        No need to apologise just have
        a really nice day today, and more
        importantly, a wonderful evening
        also :) ;)

        Androgoth XXx

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