Remember the cabin among the trees hidden like rabbits resting in nests of autumn leaves?  By the window that looks out on the river there is a writer’s desk  with printing ink and fresh flowers on the sill,  froths of tenderness kissed by the sun.
Can you recall the  warm days we shared  among redwoods that spoke to us?  The memory evokes such nostalgia for that ache, fierce with crushing devotion. I left a heart shaped basket of seeds in the arch of a tree for the birds to scatter.  I will always  remember you and the cabin by the river,  the sultry nights I would dance for you,    sheer layers floating  to the herringbone floor.

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86 thoughts on “beside the River

  1. What great imagery, Holly.
    Your prose is a creation of creating and appreciating.
    Writing, flower growing then arranging, bird watching and feeding, remembering and finally the come hither dancing ….. an Isadora Duncan sweeping the floor with passion.
    Love this! xoxo

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    1. Thank you Resa. We are on the same wave length, last night I was reading about Isadora and decided to write about her with some great photographs I found , instead I wrote this. Isadora is calling to me though. xoxoxo

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      1. Ahh, neat!!!
        Here we go, wave lengthening, again!
        xoxoxoxo
        Will be doing a thank you post for Tim on Art Gowns. Will use the sketch I did of you in Lady Anne. (I need to do one of you in Velvet Tango)Anyway, will use a sketch of Marina in Cecilia Lionheart.
        You little matchmakers!!!
        What a fabulous video/song Tim made!!!

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  2. This was a wonderful tender tribute to past memories, you portray such a magical secret haven so brilliantly. ‘Froths of tenderness kissed by the sun’ – beautiful imagery, Holly!

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        1. Thank you so much Tom I appreciate your inspiring and generous words. I was reading your new story but was interrupted by work so I have to come back around, what I read was amazing , looking forward to finishing it!

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  3. Ahhhh, once again Rene, I am mesmerized, beguiled, dumbstruck to silence with the imagery, emotion, and feelings evoked by this short masterpiece. What I truly love is how you create an entire epic story of thoughts and visions in such a short, concise paragraph. What your eternal spirit must know, your heart has clearly felt.

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      1. It is always my pleasure and from the heart, Rene. Your gift of poetic writing is second to none from way over here. I can’t be wrong, I wear good quality glasses 🤓 on a side note, are you familiar with Poetry Magazine? It was established in 1912 and is the oldest magazine in the world devoted to English language prose still in operation. My grandmother had a subscription when I was a kid and recently I found a copy from the sixties she gave to my maternal grandmother. I found it when cleaning out my grandfathers house. So naturally, it brought back some good memories and I subscribed. I can honestly say that your poetry captivated me more than any of the leading poets of modern times published in the magazine. They are not less in their skill, it’s simply your writing evokes so many of the senses, memories, dreams or visions. Someday, if you feel adventurous, I feel you could have your place in this famous collective of the poetic stars of our times.

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        1. I’m really dumbstruck ( I stole that from you) by this beautiful compliment Dan. I will have to search for Poetry Magazine, I’m not familiar with it but I love to read poetry and I’m fascinated at the way poetry has changed over the years and not just since the pastoral poems of the renaissance but the more modern poetry over the the last fifty years, the beat poetry etc. You have made me feel very good about my writing and I really appreciated that because I admire your work so much and consider you a brilliant writer. Thank you again Dan, I really am quite speechless. 🤗

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          1. I Thank you as well Rene. I think you’ll see the mood of the world in their selections. It changes every issue and they do biographies, histories and other interesting views or themes in poetry. I am more a fan of the Renaissance and the Romantic period, which gave birth to the evolution of progressive and liberal thought, but not in a bad way as we sometimes politicize that philosophy today. My druthers aside, there is heartfelt outpourings and clever humors with a mix of everything swirled into each volume. I read in Dan Simmons’ Hyperion Cantos that poets are the bullets in truth’s bandoleer. How true, I think. You belong among them. As for me, most of what you read was me working hard at finding ways to make hard subjects addressable from me to the reader. It doesn’t always work because it is difficult to do. To choose a subject and give the characters a believable life in a fantasy world comes only after trial and significant error on my part. For you to appreciate that effort is the greatest gift for which I am grateful. 🤗

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          2. I look forward to reading this poetry collection magazine. It sounds fascinating. I couldn’t be more sincere about your writing. I wish I had half the imagination you have, perhaps I could borrow your head elves sometime. I love romantic period poetry too. I am a romantic for sure. Thank you for all the lovely encouraging and inspiring words you send my way Dan. Your are so generous and awesome!

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          3. Ha ha ha! I would love to see what your head elves and my head elves would come up with. I’m sure the ladies would have a lot of OMG moments with those rowdy rascals in the house. You may need some extra Hibiscus tea to calm them down first. 😜🤪🤓😏. This writerly world we have here is a beautiful thing. I am always amazed at the creative expressions that come out in every way, young or old and all between. It gives me inspiration to create my stories and hope that our future isn’t as dark as we sometimes feel it is. Write on, right on. 😊

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          4. Perfect 👌 I imagine many a smart phone photo collections will be filled with clever images of our attire and sparkling personages. Florabama will never be the same for the locals.

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          5. There is no doubt the people will be proud to fund our appearance. The dreams we’ll leave them with will change the monochrome colors of their existence to rich hues of red on black with white satin peeks at a more vibrant life. And then the music and dancing starts. 🧛🏻🧛‍♀️💃🏼🕺🏻

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          6. Brilliant idea! We’ll be the dynamic duo fighting cringe in Floribama. We can afford a Vampire Mobile kinda like the Batmobile only fancier. I wonder if Resa can make us some costumes?

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  4. I wrote a comment yesterday, but it doesn’t seem to find its way through the process. And, every time I try to resend it, the thing is …scolding me like “You wrote that same thing before”, and sending me back.
    So I send it again with this prologue, hoping the machine ‘ll be more benevolent this time:

    This is so heartfelt and dense. So touchingly defenceless.

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    1. Oops, it just happened again. I got thrown out in the middle of my message. Anyway I so enjoy your blog , text and music. Thank you for the wonderful compliment! Have a great day.

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  5. Bonjour HERAT ce matin, Que le soleil soit rayonnant ou qu’il pleuve

    Le jour nous invite à sourire à s’émerveiller
    Prenons le temps respirer

    Prenons aussi du temps pour nous
    Arrêtons -nous quelques instants pour mieux repartir

    Je vous offre ces quelques mots de douceur avec gratitude
    De bonne humeur en éclats d’énergie , telles des pépites de vie

    Que leurs bienfaits rejaillissent sur vous
    Belle journée à tous et à votre famille

    Prenez soin de vous Bisous
    Bernard

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  6. ” I left a heart shaped basket of seeds in the arch of a tree for the birds to scatter” what a beautiful image that has left in my mind Holly…
    A nostalgic memory trip…. As it evoked one of my own 🙂 Thank you dear Holly, your words are always laced in beauty ❤

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