Linger

Photo by Gayle Rose; Hibiscus Bloom

Photo by Gayle Rose; Hibiscus Bloom

How quick we are
And impatient
We’ve become
So many in a hurry
Their lives in a flurry
Gone the stillness
Of a moment to be
To linger and tarry
Examine and wonder
Such a loss, such a shame
There’s so much to ponder
To see the beauty
To notice around us
Myriad small joys
Abounding among us
Take a moment, won’t you
Slow yourself down
Nature especially
Can bring us around
It’s the simplicity of life
That connects us to see

Join me this afternoon as I host Open Link Night at dVerse Poets.  Link up any one poem of your choice to share.

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  1. Very true. We all need to take the time to enjoy the simple things.

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  2. I’m glad I’m one of those slow moving Southerners…snails out race me. But it certainly does give one the chance to the relax and just absorb it all. Very true in these thoughts.

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    • I’m one of those slow-moving Southerners too, Toni. I like to look for things that others might miss in their haste.

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      • I like looking at the bugs and the tiny flowers and watching hummingbirds along the way…and other stuff as well. We get to see much, don’t we?

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        • I’m the same way, Toni. I love looking at little lizards, bugs, tiny weed flowers. I wish we had hummingbirds to stare at…I would love that! They are here but not in our yard… Yes, we notice a lot.

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  3. So true, Gayle, and thanks for hosting at dVerse!

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  4. Yes Gayle, I agree and am a big offender of this. This is really inspirational and it reminds me to not miss the moment – for those are what life is made of. If we miss them, we miss life.

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    • Well, we all get busy with life, Victoria but it truly is inspiring to me to be still and really see what’s around us. Thanks for coming by.

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  5. So true.. no matter how complicated life gets.. we must strive to enjoy the simpler things in life 🙂

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  6. scotthastiepoet

     /  August 11, 2016

    Yes, yes Gayle connection is the thing, for sure and a inner stillness and openness of spirit the key to it all – thanks so much for this. With Best Wishes Scott

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  7. Very clever Gayle! The way you’ve used words and phrasing slows the reader down from the first few hectic lines to a more relaxed reading pace which almost peters out at the end. Wise words too, reminding us to take time to look around and to observe how unhurried nature is. Lovely! 🙂

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    • Thank you, Jacqueline! I think it was accidental how that happened with the words and phrasing…it wasn’t a conscious choice but I’m happy it worked out like it did.

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  8. Oh I do wish we could linger like that … the moment now in summer’s last days… I felt exactly the same thing.

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  9. Beautiful Truth as the season shift…though Im happy to see the change.

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    • Thank you, Morgan. We barely have any change here between the seasons although sometimes our winters can get quite chilly in contrast to our blistering summers.

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      • 😮 lol, I do enjoy our four season in Pennsylvania. I think I would miss them terribly if I lived in a climate without change.

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  10. I agree that beauty and “myriad small joys” abound, if we take time to notice! Love the photo and slowing flow of your poem, Gayle.

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  11. They surely are the smallest wonders that are the biggest gifts, Gayle! The flow and rhythm of this is appealing!

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  12. It has become such a struggle to be still in a world that seems to be trying to spin itself apart.

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  13. Interesting that we both published photos of yellow hibiscus blooms in our blogs today..

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    • Hey, I did take a moment and click to see what hibiscus you had there. Humongous! I’ve never seen them that large before. Mine is the normal garden variety but I do love that yellow.

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      • I have a regular yellow with a deep rose center as well… My favorite up until now. It is called a Spanish Dancer. Where do you live? I’m in Mexico.

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        • I live in sub-tropical Florida in a small town on the southern east coast. I was born and raised in Orlando. I’m guessing our weather is similar to each others.

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          • We are sub-tropical, but a mile high so we don’t have Florida’s heat and humidity. The Lake Chapala area where I live is supposed to have the second best climate in the world. Temperate in all seasons. Right now we are in the rainy season and it rains most nights and some days.. Terrific thunderstorms.

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  14. Blogging has done a lot to slow me down–both in photography and in taking every morning to write. As we get older I think we learn that more time spent at fewer activities can be so rewarding. I agree with your poem, in short!!

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    • Yes, fewer activities can be rewarding. I don’t like to be overly busy, it doesn’t sit right with my nervous system. 🙂 Writing is very much conducive to my ‘speed.’ Thank you for linking up a poem at dVerse and paying me a visit too.
      Gayle ~

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  15. Yes, so true. It’s probably the reason why so many of us are overworked and stressed to the max.

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  16. I love the wisdom in this and that hibiscus is stunning. We’ve just planted one in our garden–another for an indoors pot. I should say David did the planting, I will do the enjoying.

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  17. The simple things are the best things. Wise and true.

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    • I find them soothing to the soul. Thanks very much, Ayala. I really enjoyed your poignant poem…thanks for sharing that.

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  18. Sometimes we’re running away from depression, I fear.

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    • You could be right, Nan. Maybe slowing down and communing with nature a bit could help that depression. Thanks for your visit.

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  19. I like how your opening lines evoke the very hustle and bustle you write of and then gently slow us down to ponder. So skillfully done. As I scrolled down to comment I saw the background image of the basket of shells and wanted to nothing for a moment but sit on a porch play in them.

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    • Thanks for your generous comment, Raivenne. I collected those shells many summers ago and I did that very thing with them when I got them home…played with them and then cleaned them up to put in that basket. I love those shells!

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  20. When we make haste
    We lose grace

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  21. Trying to catch the details and even the nuances of those details I believe is what makes life beautiful. Lovely post.

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  22. Ah, just what I really needed today. Thanks for a dash of motivation, Gayle. I love every bit of this piece. ❤

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  23. ah those still quiet moments are to be cherished!

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  24. a wonderful invitation to slow down!

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  25. How true. We are so lost in the bustle of instant everything that we have no patience to process the things that are happening within us.

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  26. Beautiful photo! Wonderful words reminding us to slow down indeed. So much beauty around us, ours to see should we just take a breath and pause. My daughter has a book on simplicity — less “stuff” — more appreciation for the natural and the simple things.

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  27. So true. Too busy doing the urgent to see the important.

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  28. And this is what my weekends are for – being in the moment, soaking up the true stillness of life. You reflected this so well.

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  29. I feel this especially right now, as I watch young people around me spinning like tops………..no time to gaze at the sky, too much busy-ness. Loved this, Gayle.

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  30. You got it right…and you said it well, too.

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  31. So true, as I found out over the past few days!

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  32. This has a wonderful cadence to it. Very much like the act of contemplation where thoughts cascade one after the other and create a focus and an insight. I enjoyed reading this!

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  33. This is a beautiful reminder to stop and smell the roses. Loved it.

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  34. I have always loved nature… the world is moving pretty fast. I’m sure a lot of people feel like they don’t have a chance to take a breather.

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    • Seems like the world is moving faster and faster. I’m fortunate that I have the time and desire to notice the small things around me. Thanks again for being our host and letting us get to know you a little better, Sean.

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