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Almost Happy

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A rocky stream in the U.S. state of Hawaii.

A rocky stream in the U.S. state of Hawaii. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is the one and only poem worth keeping from any writing related class I took in college, roughly 5 years ago. Rhyming is definitely not my strong point, but this piece struck me as extraordinarily above average.

ALMOST HAPPY

It’s a beautiful day—
I love the fall weather.
Too cool for a T-shirt,
Too warm for a sweater.

The sun is shining,
And there’s a glorious breeze.
The sight is so breathtaking—
Gorgeous orange leaves.

As the water trickles,
Down the wondrous stream,
My heart is soothed—
I begin to gleam.

It’s been so long
Since I’ve been so calm.
The sound of the water
Plays my heart’s song.

I wouldn’t trade this feeling—
Not even for the world.
The peacefulness is priceless—
Worth more than pure gold.

The sound of the birds,
As they twitter and twatter.
The frog on the lillypad—
The slightest splatter.

I will remember—
Everything about this time.
For I’m ALMOST happy,
But I just want to cry.

My soul is at rest,
For once in my life.
Away from my sorrow,
Self-pity, and strife.

I’m so afraid of losing this moment—
I can barely speak my thoughts.
I think that’s my spirit washing away—
With the water, down the rocks.

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My love affair with leaves

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I like to dabble in photography, and by “dabble” I mean take pictures that I think look cool–I have no credible knowledge on the subject. My boyfriend has a plethora of knowledge about it, but the most high-tech I get is turning on my macro setting. I also don’t like to alter Nature photographs–with my pictures, what you see is what I saw the moment I took them. I don’t stage objects for the pictures, and I don’t do any editing whatsoever, aside from the occasional cropping.

My love affair with leaves began many moons ago, when I was a child. I have always been fascinated with their detail. They continue to capture my interest today. Here are some of my favorite photos I’ve taken over the years.

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“Birth, life, and death–each took place on the hidden side of a leaf.”

-Toni Morrison