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Blue ' Ain't ' Your Color----Written In Rhyming Fashion

My name is Ruby. I write poetry, flash fiction and short stories. I am a dreamer who believes in equality for all mankind.

Feeling blue is really only a figment of my psyche's imagination

I remember so well the fun adventure's we enjoyed in our once proud United Nation

Remembering when we traveled far-wide without fear of reaching our destination

We took to the air like an eagle in glorious flight migration


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Now we fear the wrath of programmed terrorists who willingly gives his life in hopes of a heavenly resurrection

Aha the cruise ships, we slept like babies, certain the Captain would steer us safely to the fun amusement awaiting on shore

Now we watch the ships pass on by, my psyche saying, " No more. "

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We went to crowded parades, waving our flag's with happy inborn pride

Now we stay locked inside, afraid to venture outside

Oh how we loved to watch the Cardinals play live in St. Louis, Missouri

Now we watch the game on TV, Missing the sweet aroma of hotdogs and excited spectator flurry

We danced in nightclubs, the band taking our request's so willingly

Now we turn on the radio to dance, missing the good times and feeling sad and lonely

The days of going to live concerts or crowded movie theaters are only faded memories

The fear of mass killings keeps us housebound, adding to our pent up miseries


" Oh wait up " My psyche just interrupted me saying, " Remember your dancing boot's you reluctantly stored away

Why not retrieve them and let's start living again today? "

" I thought you were afraid ( Shane ) My psyche's name, you're the one who feared the most. "

She looked down and admitted, " I was, but I ' ain't ' having any fun, and if you don't move you'll soon be as dry as a day-old piece of toast. "

So I'm puttin' on my dancing boot's, and we're going to start living again.

" Thanks my psyche girlfriend Shane, after all you're still my closest best friend. "


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Comments

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on November 05, 2020:

Very encouring message. Lets LIVE again today! Have an awesome Friday :-)

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on November 05, 2020:

Ruby,

I so enjoyed reading this one.

I, too, have felt that tug of war. We miss so many things out of fear.

We only live this life once so we might as well enjoy it.

Trust that God has your back and go kick up your boots.

Take care.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on November 05, 2020:

Hello Manatita, always good to see you on my page. Thanks for sweet words.

manatita44 from london on November 05, 2020:

You come across as a cheerful and happy young woman, even if things have changed. A touch of Dylan in your writing. Sweettt!!!

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on June 24, 2020:

Hello Anupam. Nice to meet you. Thanks for coming to read this piece. I appreciate it.

Anupam Mitu from MUMBAI on June 24, 2020:

That's sure a level of optimism. Hope this friend of yours always help you to bring back your smile. Though the situation you have expressed there it's of every nation. Take care and stay blessed

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on March 16, 2020:

Hello Peggy. Yes, we have another fear. possibly worse than the terrorists. I guess we must stay locked inside once again, but my bet is we'll get through it once again. Thanks again for reviving another oldie.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 15, 2020:

I like your attitude about not letting terrorists defeat us. Now we have another reason to hunker down and stay home. It is the coronavirus pandemic. Let's pray that we soon recover from that and can once again wear out dancing shoes in public places.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on November 22, 2019:

Hello Devika. Your comments are so uplifting. I love seeing you on my page. Thank you.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 21, 2019:

Beautiful words to encourage each day living. Your talent shines through your work.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on October 05, 2019:

I'm with you Nithya, let's go boot scooten and through all caution into the wind. Thank you my friend.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on October 05, 2019:

A great poem that reflects on how things are today. We should say a prayer, throw caution to the wind, and dance our troubles away.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on December 23, 2016:

Hello truthfornow. Yes it does, but we can't let evil spoil our joy even though we worry. Thank you...

Marie Hurt from New Orleans, LA on December 22, 2016:

It takes courage to keep on living.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on December 16, 2016:

I agree Shauna, She has always been a part of me I would love to have a picture of her.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on December 15, 2016:

Well, Shane is a part of you regardless!

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on December 15, 2016:

Hi Shauna. There is a story behind Shane. When my mother was pregnant with me, a young girl named Shane helped her around the house. When my mother told me about her, I remarked that I loved that name and why didn't she name me Shane instead of Ruby? I also added that the name Ruby was what all the saloon women were called in the movies. My mother's only reply was, " I like the name Ruby better than Shane. " Enough said..lol..Thank you...

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on December 15, 2016:

Shane has the right attitude, Ruby. We mustn't be so overcome with fear that we no longer allow ourselves to live. Evil wins if we let that happen. And this little girl isn't about to let evil win!

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on December 13, 2016:

Hello Audrey. I agree with your comment. We do have much to be thankful for. We are free to live our life anyway we choose, as long as we stay within the law. So let's dance and have a ball. Thanks my friend. Hugs.....

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on December 12, 2016:

To live in fear isn't living at all. We live in a time of terrorism it's true - but if we live in fear these terrorist's have won. I refuse! So do you. We still have so much to be grateful for and happy about. What a great message you've given us.

Thanks my friend - thanks!

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on December 12, 2016:

Shyron, boot scootin' sounds like something we would do, so go girl.

Boot scootin' is something I used to do

Until them dat burn terrorist made me blue

Now I'm fightin' mad

But you made me feel glad

With your poem of happiness and cheer

Let's dance and sing, bringin' in the new year

Merry Christmas my poetic friend........

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on December 12, 2016:

Ruby, Ruby my dear gem of a friend

We cannot live with fear

For fear would shut us in

And keep us from the joys we all have within

So let us squelch and drown our fears

Let us find our dancing boots

And everybody jump right in

We'll find our joy and learn to live and laugh again

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Ruby love your message so put on you boots and lets go Boot Scoot.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on December 12, 2016:

Hello btrbell. I agree. We all have the same fears, but we gotta live, right? Thank you....

Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on December 12, 2016:

Love it! At first, I'm reading and commiserating, agreeing with all the fears. And tben I'm cheering and agreeing again. And who doesnt love Keith Urban? Thank you for a genuine look at our lives.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on December 10, 2016:

Hello Rasma, and I fully agree. Life is good. Thank you my poet friend...

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on December 10, 2016:

Hello lifegate. I like your comment, it's very true. Someone wrote a song with the lyric, " Don't worry. be happy. ' which is a lesson to live by. Thanks for coming by.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on December 10, 2016:

Mike, your poem is deep and has many layers. You say it's not finished. I hope you will finish it. " Lost in words I never penned " brings so much to the surface, yet is hidden. Oh Lordy, my poetic nature is running overtime. lol.. Thank you. When someone leaves a poem on my page I always think of DRBJ. Thank you....

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on December 10, 2016:

Most wonderful poetry and we must accept our lives as they are and not fear what will come but live and be glad.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on December 10, 2016:

Well said, Ruby. It made me think of a sign I saw the other day. It went something like this - "Start smelling the roses before you're pushing up daisies." Another job well done, my friend!

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on December 10, 2016:

Hi Ruby - its not finished, but here goes:

.

A Long Way From Memphis

.

Beauty is not ageless

unlike, faithfulness and grace

And we’re a long way from Memphis

and marked with loves disgrace

.

No more Blue Ridge Mountain fantasy,

her beauty stolen by the wind

while chased by fire to the river

lost in words I never penned

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on December 10, 2016:

Hello Genna. I know I've been watching too much TV, all the violence all over the world has kept me from doing a lot of things I used to do. I've decided to stop worrying and live again. Let's party at EWC. Mar and Martie are already there and Mike is getting ready to read one of his soulful poems. Take care. I love it when you visit. Hugs...

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on December 10, 2016:

Hello Mar. I'm dancing up a storm at EWC. All the old crowd is there. We're sipping special tea, the jukebox is rockin' Dusty has just ordered a stack of pancakes. Mike is trying to quieten us down so he can read a poem. Oh look, Brenda, Martie and Genna has just dropped in, now the party is in full swing. Wooah!!!!

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on December 10, 2016:

Ruby, this is such a relevant poem in light of today's world. But living in fear is exactly what those who would embrace violence want. I say, "Screw 'em." (Sorry to be so candid.) We lose the moment we fail to embrace the dance of life. Loved the Urban tune. Hugs my friend and thank you for this great hub.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on December 09, 2016:

Shane is a sage soulmate to you, dear Ruby.

As Bowie would say, 'put on your red shoes and dance the blues'...

Love ya and let's keep this life adventure going, mar

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on December 09, 2016:

Hello Ann. You go girl! I'm right there with you. Thank you much for a fantastic comment...

Ann Carr from SW England on December 09, 2016:

Fantastic, Ruby! Let's get up and dance whenever we can. I love dancing and I love living and ain't no-one gonna stop me! Excellent!

Ann

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on December 09, 2016:

Hello Martie. Life has certainly changed. We used to feel so carefree. It's sad indeed. I hope your Africa will soon find the cure for corruption. Thanks my friend. Hugs..

Martie Coetser from South Africa on December 08, 2016:

So sad! Criminals stole our peace and trust in humans! Sick! Your poem says it all.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on December 08, 2016:

Hello Kristen. I didn't know that I liked Keith Urban so much until I heard this song. Thank you for the nice touch comment...

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on December 08, 2016:

Great poem Ruby. Love Keith Urban. Nice touch. Beautifully said.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on December 08, 2016:

Hello Eric. I sometimes think women are just natural born worriers. I'm glad you liked this piece enough to read it twice. Thank you so much.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on December 08, 2016:

Hello Clive. I believe your statement is true, so let's throw caution into the wind and start to live again. Thank you much...

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on December 08, 2016:

Hello Vellur. I'm getting my dancing boots out of storage and dance the night away at a Christmas party. Thank you so much....

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on December 08, 2016:

My wife likes to worry about such things. I will thank her tonight for doing it so I do not have to ;-)

This was one I read twice. Such a good message.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on December 08, 2016:

fear is created by governments to instill control. If we all begin to fear life, then we fear living. Soon life will shy away from us.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on December 08, 2016:

Hello Ven. There has been so much negativity I felt like writing something positive for a change. Thank you much for coming to read...

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on December 08, 2016:

Hello Mike. We'll make that old jukebox come alive again! I love your comment. Thanks...

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on December 08, 2016:

Hello Bill. I really have been afraid to travel much. I got up this morning feeling I was missing out on so much that I used to do, so I'm going to stop worrying so much and yes, you are correct, when we stop living, they win. Thank you for always supporting anything I write...

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on December 08, 2016:

Yes, it is time to live life and put on our dancing boots on. Positive and inspiring message, great write.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on December 08, 2016:

A very nice message presented in a rhyming fashion. True, Ruby, that we should not change our lifestyles due to the pressure of other outward elements. Let us enjoy life as it comes. Thank you for ending the note positively.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on December 08, 2016:

I am dropping a nickel in the jukebox at EWC. Dance the night away. :)

Big message here.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 08, 2016:

I totally agree, Ruby! Living in fear ain't living at all. The day we change our lifestyle out of fear of terrorists is the day they win the game. Love the way you stated this.

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