joyfulJOYFUL

One dot from a pointillists’s brush,
starts the ripple in a river’s sheen.

Grab the energy of love,
fling it long and fling it wide.
Build positives and can-do-its
into mountains of hope.
Add a life-time partner
and work together
to pass it on.

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Tending the bar today at dVerse, asking everyone to write a self portrait quadrille: 44 words – no more, no less; not including title. Stop by and see how folks paint themselves with words rather than a brush!  Photo Credit: Pointillism by NikkiNavaille. 

62 thoughts on “joyfulJOYFUL

  1. kanzensakura August 1, 2016 / 3:04 pm

    Just like I imagine you in real live! wonderful and full of vitality and positivity.

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    • lillian August 1, 2016 / 3:10 pm

      One stone thrown in the pond can make soooo many ripples! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed.

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  2. Grace August 1, 2016 / 3:10 pm

    What lovely brushstrokes Lillian. I love that energy of love and work together to pass it on.

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    • lillian August 1, 2016 / 3:11 pm

      Thanks, Grace. Was going a totally different way til this morning — frustration, writer’s block and then I just sat still for a minute, looking at photos of our kids and grandkids on my desk and…there ya go! 🙂

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  3. p.s. August 1, 2016 / 3:19 pm

    Sheesh. How amazing it would be to see yourself that way, so full of light and a beautiful power to do good, love, and make things happen.

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    • lillian August 1, 2016 / 3:34 pm

      I’ve been accused of being a Pollyanna – and that’s okay with me. Lover of life and love!

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      • p.s. August 1, 2016 / 7:09 pm

        OMG, I flipping LOVE Pollyanna. I have accused myself of being Anne of Green Gables. 🙂

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      • lillian August 1, 2016 / 7:09 pm

        Kindred spirits are we! 😊

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  4. Victoria Young August 1, 2016 / 3:21 pm

    A beautiful ripple of love you’ve created – and a new metaphor! So much to pass along 🙂

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    • lillian August 1, 2016 / 3:35 pm

      Thank you! A fun one to write and so fun to read others!

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  5. Bodhirose August 1, 2016 / 4:04 pm

    I love the joy that you and your life-time partner created, Lillian…feels like happily ever after!

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    • lillian August 1, 2016 / 4:05 pm

      It is indeed — thankful for every day! 🙂

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  6. Glenn Buttkus August 1, 2016 / 5:23 pm

    Yes, absolutely, Lil’–we choose our imprints, our aura, the emotional tenure of every moment; a very poetic portrait of one aspect, or two, of you. Thanks for hosting the Q at the Pub today.

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    • lillian August 1, 2016 / 5:24 pm

      Thanks much, Glenn. Always a privilege to receive a comment from you – truly!

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  7. jillys2016 August 1, 2016 / 6:47 pm

    DelightfulDELIGHTFUL! Last night I attended an event where an artist is on stage with musicians and paints to the jazz. The energy of his acrylics was infused with the music. That is the experience of reading your poem! You paint with such energy and joy 🙂

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    • lillian August 1, 2016 / 7:05 pm

      Ah, so glad you enjoyed, Jilly. A point on the pointillist’s brush to expand and expand and expand! 🙂

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  8. Charley August 1, 2016 / 6:50 pm

    Painting with words and good deeds. …hmmm! Maybe you learned to do that by keeping your eyes on a master artist. Great imagery in your poem.

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  9. Victoria C. Slotto August 1, 2016 / 8:23 pm

    Pointillism–what a perfect metaphor for a lifetime and I love the glimpses of you I discover in the spaces between the dots.

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    • lillian August 1, 2016 / 10:13 pm

      So glad you enjoyed! Glad you noted the metaphor — the one keeps adding — the ripple effect.

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  10. ghostmmnc August 1, 2016 / 9:28 pm

    Thanks for hosting, Lillian! Great subject for the Q44! Your poem is so inspiring and happy! 🙂

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  11. Dr. Crystal Howe August 2, 2016 / 12:09 am

    This is beautiful, Lillian, kind of reminded me of a recipe. Thanks for the prompt and your inspiring response!

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    • lillian August 2, 2016 / 7:54 am

      …a recipe! Hadn’t thought of it that way. 😊

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  12. Sumana Roy August 2, 2016 / 12:35 am

    this little poem is a bundle of joy and i feel so happy to be in the rippling and shining words…

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    • lillian August 2, 2016 / 7:55 am

      You can join me anytime! Happiness is dVerse friendships!

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  13. Mish August 2, 2016 / 12:38 am

    Love everything about this starting with the way the title crescendos with joy. A very uplifting quadrille!

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    • lillian August 2, 2016 / 7:56 am

      Ah…so glad you noticed the title–tried to get it to look like a ripple but the crescendo effect is even better! So glad you enjoyed!

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  14. debi August 2, 2016 / 7:04 am

    I’d rather be around a ‘Pollyanna’ any time of the day!

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    • lillian August 2, 2016 / 7:57 am

      Smiling I am — and tipping my coffee cup to you!

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    • lillian August 9, 2016 / 7:09 am

      I’ve been busy flinging it in the wooded Adirondacks since Wedensday — totally off grid. Woods, black sky with screamingly huge stars, quiet lakes. Back late last night so catching up with reading today! Thanks so much, Bryan. Glad you enjoyed.

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  15. Rosemary Nissen-Wade August 2, 2016 / 8:53 am

    Great advice, beautifully worded.

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    • lillian August 9, 2016 / 7:12 am

      Thank you, Rosemary. Have been off-grid since Wednesday. Returned to Boston last night so am catching up on reading and writing this early AM with my steaming cup of coffee near by. Five days in the Adirondacks: dense woods, beautifully serene lakes, the calling loons in the stillness of the air….was absolutely serene and beautiful. A different kind of calming peace from the ocean we so often visit.
      Glad to get back to my reading and writing now.

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  16. Imelda August 2, 2016 / 12:54 pm

    Indeed, we are all a speck of this great creation, but we are the dots that can make a difference. 🙂

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    • lillian August 9, 2016 / 7:12 am

      Exactly, Imelda! Thanks for reading…and so glad you enjoyed.

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      • Imelda August 10, 2016 / 10:58 pm

        My pleasure. 🙂

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  17. katiemiafrederick August 2, 2016 / 1:03 pm

    First oF aLL.. thanks
    Lillian.. for providing
    this dVerse prompt..
    gonna have lots of fUn
    poeticAlly responding therein..
    so trUe heRE my friend thE ioN
    of PASS i oNs oN.. in positivity
    dEfeats the negativity of
    desPair aWay from
    hope as we
    hUmanS noW
    have poTenTiAL
    for either And oR HoPE
    liGht bodies Or anD DArk
    thE sAme we CreATe in much
    more than just the symbols oF thE
    SenSes and EmoTiOns thAt maKe
    us mini-me’s of God oF UniVerse ALL
    sAme.. oh.. the stars and bLack wHOle
    SuNs too.. a BreaK oF DAwn and moRninG
    StaR of Love juSt Waiting to BE uS wE riSe
    TogeThER
    OnCe morE
    aS liGht of StAr
    BRiGhtLY noW
    ShiNing LiVinG
    LOVE’S liGht..:)

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    • lillian August 9, 2016 / 7:13 am

      Love shines brightly all around you my friend! Just back from 5 days off-line in the the Adirondacks — so catching up now. Lovely to see you with my morning cup today…..your aura of stars surrounds you always! 🙂

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      • katiemiafrederick August 9, 2016 / 8:31 am

        A trip to the Adirondacks
        Certainly sounds Lovely..
        Nice to you see you
        Back friEnd Lillian
        With your
        Coffee
        And
        Kind
        Words..:)

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    • lillian August 9, 2016 / 7:15 am

      Just back from 5 days off-grid in the beatuiful Adirondacks. So getting caught up on my reading and writing this early Boston morn. So glad you enjoyed this one. I just reread it and yes, it does sound like a recipe! 🙂 Stir it well, for sure 🙂

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  18. Janet August 4, 2016 / 6:40 pm

    you sound like a beautiful person…I esp. liked
    Build positives and can-do-its
    into mountains of hope.this:

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    • lillian August 9, 2016 / 7:16 am

      Thank you so so much, Janet! I’ve been offgrid in the Adirondacks literally in a cabin in the woods since Wednesday, so just getting back to my reading and writing. So very glad you enjoyed this one. I think that can-do attitude is a critical one….especially as our bodies grow older and can’t do as much 🙂

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