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Updated: May 11, 2023

*photo by Abby Ruppert A lone ball awaits patiently,

Cheerfully lonely,

Basking bobbing about,


In sunbaked pool,

For, its playmate has

Gone by way of another.

Will it wait forever,

For love to return,

Or whilst it wither,

Waste away and shrivel,

In the desperation of longing?

Will another,

Perhaps quite young,

And playful,

Come to play,

Today even or,

Some other day?

And like so many before,

Who appear from nowhere,

Leave, forlorned,

That quite cheerful,

Rubber ball of air.

Author’s Note: Abby, again your photo becomes a poetic treatment from me. Perhaps, a wedding where the bride chooses groom over an awaiting ball, batted about in laughter and pool play, earlier that day or perhaps from present or past memories of an old man on a mountain, remembering what was or could have been, had he chosen.

As a pilot in a spin will tell you “Step on the ball!” Or as Ty Webb (Chevy Chase) says in Caddyshack, “Be the ball! Be the ball, Danny!” Abby sent me this photo forty minutes ago, I was instantly inspired from whence I know not, but the Spirit took my pen and voila! I sometimes wait to publish. Nope! Not today. I put it up, immediately upon completion, for all to enjoy, as you search your own personal memory bank for meaning. Enjoy!

tom tenbrunsel

Poet Laureate of My Domain

photo, “Gordon Lodge on North Bay,” by Abby❤️

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Sep 01, 2021

“It brought a tear to my eye. I love it even more! Is it possible you have found a portal to my brain? Thank you, Tom! Made my day!” Abby

Sep 01, 2021
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I am often inspired by a circumstance, story, scene or photo. Abby, I don’t tell everyone this, cause they may think I’m whacko, but I wake up with a thought, photo or circumstance, often in the middle of the night and write. The Holy Spirit sometimes, always by my side, writes some of it, as if I am destined to write certain themes. The words and phrases flow often from whence I know not. Several of my poems have predicted outcomes. It’s uncanny. I’m thinking that with your talent to capture unique photos, as a premier photographer, that you experience the same Spirit. I think we are blessed beyond what we do. Today instantly, “The Ball,” hit me square betwe…

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