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#WQWWC #50: Forgotten Ruby Red Bliss


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#WQWWC #49 – Topic: Forgotten

Definition: Unable or fail to remember something. To stop thinking or caring about someone

We get embarrassed, people hurt us, they die, they get Alzheimer’s and don’t remember us. We try to forget the pain. We can’t will forgetfulness or stop it from happening. Eventually, we do stop thinking or caring about someone or something as deeply as we once did. One day we wake up pain free, and think about the person or event, and it’s like it happened to someone else. The pain is forgotten.

It’s just as painful to forget someone’s name as you run into each other at the store or forget a word when you’re in a hurry to finish a blog post or the answer on a timed test. It’s even worse when you are speaking to a group and forget… your name or a salient point. People forget when they get nervous or tense. Practice, relaxation techniques, repetition exercises like mnemonics, and brain exercises all help, but the truth is that we all forget when we don’t want to.

Before I Forget to Mention Other Challenges

Today, along with #WQWWC, I’m combining Lindy Low Le Cog’s Guest Post, “Follow Your Bliss,” for Lens Artist Photo Challenge #175 along with Sunday Stills – “Ruby Red,” and Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge. I also want to include Jez’s Challenge, “Fan Of.” Colleen Chesebro started me writing poetry again and her book and blog can help you climb your poetree. I used my own images rather than Colleen’s for last week’s Tanka Tuesday Writing Challenge. Ju-Lyn’s post, Revel in Repetition also works well with Writer’s Quotes this week.

Looking up ruby red, I found a plethora of reds from bright red to almost black red in that category. Red also happens to be my blissful color especially when it comes to blouses, hats, hair, and cars.

My Choices for This Week

The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions – the little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss or a smile, a kind look or heartfelt compliment.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Forgotten Love

How could you forget
Ruby lips
Meant for you alone?

Free verse (Haiku backwards 5-3-5) Ooops, I had forgotten!  3-5-3 is correct for a Haiku
© Marsha Ingrao

Rewrite #1

Ruby lips
How could you forget?
Meant for you.

Rewrite #2

How could you?
Forget ruby lips 
Meant for you.

Lady in Red

I am a fan of red hair and red hats.

Yesteryear Toys In Store Windows

Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.

Aaron Siskind

Glimpses of Christmas Past

Once a ruby Red pedal car
Ruby red stipes on ruby red pants
Bear wearing ruby red vest 
Pounding ruby ringed drum
Ruby red beads dance
Atop ruby red ornament
Ruby red treats reflected not real
Ruby red car waits for Santa's helpers.

Free verse
© Marsha Ingrao

New Nostalgia

We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community… Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.

Cesar Chavez

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.

Woodrow Wilson
I am also a fan of red pick-up trucks.

Ubiquitous Ruby Red Pick-Up

Wintery display,
You see a red pick-up truck,
In stores everywhere.

Does it nourish souls?
Or enrich the downhearted?
Satisfy longings?

Others' achievements
Dissipated in payments
For fading glories.

© Marsha Ingrao

Forgotten Ruby Red Blooms

Don’t forget to tell yourself positive things daily! You must love yourself internally to glow externally.

Hannah Bronfman
Hanging from the rafters
Dripping beads of water poured 
During summer's heat
Fuscias delight my view

In the fields along a fence
High above all heads 
Hollyhocks gisten in the blazing summer sun
Remind us to smile as we wipe our brows.

Free Verse
© Marsha Ingrao

Almost Forgotten

As the world becomes a more digital place, we cannot forget about the human connection.

Adam Neumann
Of course, I’m a fan of red Volkswagens

Mom’s Ruby Red Bug

Like that toy over there,
Memories have dimmed.
Together going everywhere.

Your key on the chair.
Zip, zip, zoom away
Like that toy over there.

To the coast if we dare
Grab my hat and lip gloss
Together going everywhere.

Traded in disrepair,
for digital delights,
Like that toy over there.

Forgotten fun shifting gears.
Revving at the light,
Like that toy over there,
Together going everywhere.

© Marsha Ingrao

Now it’s your turn.

Tell us what you’ve forgotten, embarrassing, sad, or not. What don’t you EVER want to forget? Thanks so much for stopping by and having fun with quotes. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, if you celebrate it, and the rest of your week!

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    • That’s a great thought, and red potatoes give me a blissful feeling when cut into fourths, sprinkled with basil and salt, and baked in the oven in olive oil. Yum!

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    • That’s ok, Liana. Sorry you missed the deadline, but If anyone is reading comments, they will see your link. I look forward to your post on toys as well. That’s a fun one!

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  1. Marsha, You wove everything together so well in this post I love the red truck and VW bug. Happy belated birthday to Vince! Thank you for linking up with #weekendcoffeeshare. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    • Thanks, Natalie, I’ll tell him. You have a wonderful weekend as well. I can’t wait to see what beautiful place you visit next week! 🙂


  2. Love how you applied so many poetic forms to Ruby Red. I particularly like your villanelle (I am very partial to repetitive lines); the image of the old, forgotten toy really got to me.

    Thank you for linking me in your space!

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  3. A very creative approach to the multiple challenges Marsha! Loved your ruby red images and your trip down memory lane! What a treasure trove of images you must have my friend! Happy thanksgiving to you and yours.

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    • Thank you so much, Tina, for reading and commenting. I have nothing compared to the wonderful images I see in your Lens Artist posts. They are spectacular in so many ways, not just their locations.

      I am wading through about 37,000 images with Cee’s help teaching me how to effectively use Bridge to organize and improve them. Most of my images are pretty amateur, but I’m learning how to correct basic errors and it’s a hobby I enjoy.

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    • Thanks Kirstin. Haiku’s are super fun. The expert is Colleen Chesebro. Her website is devoted to poetry, and I love her Tanka Tuesdays. I pick the easiest to write. 🙂


  4. Glad to see your post chock full of goodies this week, Marsha! You’re probably getting things ready for Thanksgiving and need to spend less time on the blog perhaps? Great to see your interpretations of rubywine (ruby red is close enough) in your images. Great poems to share the various challenge topics. My favorite poem is the villanelle Mom’s Ruby Red Bug, and its corresponding image! I love those red pick-ups filled with Christmas Trees–a popular fad this year in decorating! With both of us moving in late 2020, we have not forgotten our love for our families but have embraced new holiday traditions which seem to work for our new surroundings!
    Have a fabulous Thanksgiving, my friend! Say hello to Vince and Cindy! We’ll be getting cozy with our next-door neighbors tomorrow!

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    • How fun, Terri! We’ve spent some time with with our new neighbors. I had breakfast with 5 ladies on Monday, which was so fun. Glad you like my post. It was great fun to weave all that together. I looked up Ruby red, not wine. I guess I missed that. But there were so many opinions on what that was, I just went with my favorites. 🙂 We bought a new tree this year, and a bunch of red Christmas truck ornaments. I’ll take a picture when we get it up. Vince has been painting the walls getting ready to put the tree in. His 75th BD is tomorrow so we are celebrating at Cindy’s. 🙂 Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Talk to you soon. 🙂

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        • No worries. If you write something, that is primarily what I go on. Cee said the other day that not everyone likes challenges, Since I love them so much, it’s hard to see why someone wouldn’t, but in finding out about challenge hosts, it’s interesting to see what challenges do in their lives and how they got started and why. It’s also so interesting to realize how much time hosts put into their challenges and what steps they go through. People also like to know back stories of their favorite hosts and a little bit about what their real lives are like.

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  5. What a lot of thought you have packed into one post, Marsha – impressive! I love the truck image, and all three versions of forgotten love, each with a different twist on the theme. Haiku is a favorite form of mine, though I rarely post my writing on my blog. Cheers to you and to the holiday season!

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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