Val enjoys writing prose in rhymes by always leaving a message of a life truism in each piece.
Here we are, assembled at these Hub Pages from different countries, continents, cultures, different walks of life, interests, mentalities -- to form this large group of virtual friends.
After all those exchanged gestures of praise, admiration, and appreciative expressions, we like to forget how we are many miles apart -- while so often it may feel as if we just had a face to face chat with one another.
Those tiny, and not much telling photos of our Profile page somehow seem enough for us to compose a full living person -- and we prefer not thinking how we are actually creating each other in our mind.
Someone said: "We're only as alive as we're alive in other people's hearts", which, at times makes me think how, even if not in others' hearts, but at least in so many heads around the globe there is a mini file of this Val from Canada. So that, every time they may read one of my posts, that moment of identification happens, as they think: "That's Val all right".
Which means we are not strangers if we can recognize each other, and then it becomes a matter of our heart what our tastes may create beyond that recognizing. And I must say, there is a lot of friendliness going on here, as by creating friends out of "names-and-pictures" we are using our creativity for more than our articles.
So that, in some other corner of this beautiful world I can picture our friend Bill walking with his Maggie in a meadow, and another friend Down Under sitting on his porch and creating some good poetry, and our Miss Dora singing in her church with those eyes filled with divine faith looking up; and I can picture our Good Witch Bev with some Tarot cards spread in front of her... as well as a whole gallery of other friendly hubbers doing "their thing", as they have made them known to all of us.
In this modest personal tribute to our virtual group friendship -- which at times feels so real -- here I am adding the following two pieces of my rhymed prose.
Friends I'll Never See
Many virtual people have touched our heart
from Jesus to the Buddha, to untold others
from us in time and space being far apart
yet, somehow becoming soul brothers.
In childhood we all had an imaginary friend
one that never existed outside of our mind
that's how it comes easier to understand
how many virtual ones we could find.
It's in this friendly network called Hub Pages
where many hearts have managed to meet
ones of all different mentalities and ages
making of that site a friendship retreat.
Now no day may pass without dropping by
refreshing a feeling of being each other's fan
to read some posts, and say "thanks", or a "hi"
while renewing this friendship as best as we can.
Never to meet each other, except for this way
creating good memories that we cannot lose
and in our mind friends we may forever stay
connected by more than by a writing muse.
So maybe just a photo, with an attached name
but that's what from them our hearts can create
making of it much more than just a virtual game
and so much more of us than a literary playmate.
Embracing Differences with Friendship
They're saying how opposites attract
but life has more stories where it ain't true
and I don't even mean gays to prove that fact
that what we have in common gives more of a glue.
And yet somehow we like to meet our antipode
if of mellow nature we watch movies with action
finding something interesting in the folks abroad
although never so much as to call it an attraction
As I am writing at this friendly online site
it often seems it's not where I may belong
for with the most I am like a "day and night"
seeing our common traits anything but strong.
Search me why I still like them all so much
with them and me of different soul vibration
but then I am fond of their own literary touch
all coming up with their own unique creation.
Even those newbies have their charm
with an ambition that just may ring a bell
some may write crap but don't mean harm
who cares if they can't create, or even spell.
We are all friends as even fingers don't look same
so let's cherish each moment we spend together
embracing differences between our mind frame
no matter if we're birds of a different feather.
© 2021 Val Karas
manatita44 from london on May 02, 2021:
Val, I'm a sucker for beauty --the Heart's beauty; for inclusivity and diversity ... the richness and oneness of this sacred Earth.
I love your piece!! What a wonderful article and poem to read on Sunday! God bless you my brother! Jai Val!
Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 01, 2021:
This is a beautiful tribute to the virtual friends of Hubpages! Perhaps, you have expressed on behalf of everyone here! My feelings are the same about this wonderful community!
Over the 9 years, my HP friends have become part of my life, and I can't miss interacting with them!
Thank you for sharing! God bless you!
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 01, 2021:
We are so lucky to meet and interact with people from around the world on this site. We often make friends, even if they are virtual ones. We can learn from one another and share ideas. That is fantastic! Hooray for HubPages! May it long continue.
John Hansen from Queensland Australia on May 01, 2021:
Hi Val My Virtual Friend,
Thank you for writing this tribute to all of us in this little online community. I have thought of doing something similar but just haven’t found the right words yet. You have done it so well.
I am glad you can picture me relaxing on the porch writing poetry lol. It is like with our writing, especially poetry, it is often left up to the reader to interpret our message and read between the lines, what we are really like as people is largely up to their interpretation of us through what we write and our tiny profile picture.
I know I have a picture in my head of what everyone here, that I interact with, is like...but realise, in some case, I may be completely wrong.
Anyway, from one virtual friend to another....thanks pal.
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 01, 2021:
Thank you Val.
Val Karas (author) from Canada on May 01, 2021:
Brenda -- As always, so much of your interesting comment could be added to the text of my hub. It's a true pleasure having you as a friend as well. Have a fabulous weekend, dear.
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 01, 2021:
This piece is exquisite.
It is quite amazing how we become friends with just that mere photo and a few words.
Yet we all have that picture in our minds each time we see someone's name.
You have captured this very essence quite well with your words.
We may all be birds of a different feather...but it's fine.
That's the way it's meant to be.
We touch one another in a manner that is unique. One that others don't quite understand, but it feeds our soul.
Nice to have you here as my friend, even if it is virtual.