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Flash of Joy
by Regis Auffray
Thursday, July 29, 2010
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Flash of Joy

I felt a twinkle of joy today.

Was it brought on by the Rufous Hummingbird
chirping at its reflection in my window?
The radiantly coloured fountain of flowers
pouring from the hanging basket by the door?
The sweet scent of cedar
lingering in the mid summer air?
The gentle touch of morning sun
on jewelled dew laden grasses?
The ethereal song of a Swainson's Thrush
descending from a nearby stately hemlock?
The giddy greeting of a Black-Capped Chickadee
calling from the nearby emerald holly tree?
The soaring Red-tailed Hawk
Seeking awakening thermals?
And so much, so much more...?


What made my heart flutter
like the wings of the swallow-tailed butterfly
flitting over the gaudy hydrangeas by the fence
was none of those wonders.

It was a wish of seeing you today
that sadly, swiftly faded like a soundless sigh.

© Copyright 2010    Regis Auffray




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Reviewed by lois christensen 8/19/2014
Countless marvels come from your writes, Regis, and I love this one, the photo I love also, it's just a tremendously uplifting poem even with the sighing ending.
Reviewed by Jane Noponen Perinacci 11/17/2012
Awaiting a blissful moment........and then the let down! Ah, I felt it!

Love ya!

Reviewed by The Poetess 8/31/2010
"A soundless sigh. . ." beautiful.
Reviewed by Daniel Keith 8/24/2010
A wonderful write Regis. Very heartfelt. May God bless you every day of your life.

Reviewed by Emile Tubiana 8/23/2010
Cher Regis , Ya-t-l mieux qu'une etincelle de joie? What count in life is to be surrounded by happiness and joy.
Excellent mon ami.
Love Emile
Reviewed by c lea harris 8/19/2010
Loved the butterfly effect, and sometimes, the simplest things can be that flash of joy. How amazing life is. Now that things are going alittle bit better in my life, and I have finally gotten my computer back, I can read, post and be with my AD friends again, missed you guys and hope that we can make a reconnection,,,coni lea
Reviewed by Jerry Engler 8/18/2010
To have such an acclamation of descriptive joy fade into the end of ultimate disappointment is very, very poignant, my friend, but you did it well, and it achieves very, very well poetically...Jerry
Reviewed by Janet Caldwell 8/12/2010
Tis lovely my friend. xxx
Reviewed by Kathleen McDonald 8/11/2010
This is soft and beautifully done Regis

Reviewed by Michelle Mills 8/6/2010
"It was a wish of seeing you today
that sadly, swiftly faded like a soundless sigh."

My goodness, this was lovely, and oh so wistful. You get better and better every day Reg. Such a pleasure.

Love you...
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 8/4/2010
and I thought of you...
as I always do dear & sweet friend
I will be in Canada in September for my birthday!
Love & See You Soon ;)
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 8/3/2010
Any flash of joy is worth the time..One day you will have that soul mate that you so deserve..You are a wonderfully patient man.

Much peace, love and light,
Reviewed by Chessly Nesci 8/3/2010
Most often we have that "Flash of Joy" sadly it doesn't always last. What you do have is the lovely memories that made your heart flutter. Beautiful imagery Regis! Of course, I am a little sad because I wanted a happy ending and not a soundless sigh...If only all of all wishes could come true! Take care, ~Chessly
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 8/2/2010
Beautiful capture, live amongst all of the above mentioned is a very lucky well.

Reviewed by Kate Burnside 8/2/2010
Love gets all the antennae on high alert so that every moment seems like an absolute lifetime and our powers of observation are straining at the bit, noticing everything and magnifying the whole. Such beautiful observations of the natural world around us here as well as crystal rivers of pure and heartfelt emotion that leaves your reader with a sympathetic and totally comprehending sigh. Like a kingfisher's rainbow flash is this joy which always leaves us both breathless with the privilege of having witnessed and experienced it, AND with always the wistful desire for more and time hanging heavy until the next time. Lovely writing, dear Regis. xx
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 8/2/2010
A love struck poem if I ever read one!

Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 8/2/2010
So colorful and bright, sorry for the disappointment, keep hope alive.
Reviewed by Paul Judges 8/2/2010
A delightful poem, Regis
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 8/1/2010
The endgame was a disappointment but overall the day sounds like a success. No fires, tornadoes, or dreaded olympic tourists. Hummers are noisy little critters despite their pint size proportions and they amuse me to no end. Patrick
Reviewed by Jon Willey 8/1/2010
Regis, may you soon know the return of that "Flash of Joy". May you harbor it long and sweet my dear friend. Your insight into the phenomena of personal joy is unique and so poetic Regis. I am thankful it was your choice to share it with me. May joy return to you this day and cradle you in the arms of peace and love. Jon Michael
Reviewed by Don Juan Amante 8/1/2010
perhaps the wish will soon come true. great work.
Reviewed by William Bonilla 7/31/2010
A beautiful nature write
filled with fantastic imagery
Peace & Joy on to you

Reviewed by E T Waldron 7/31/2010
Oh Regis, this was glorious, until the last lines! Superb poem ,even with the disappointment;-)
Reviewed by Inspire Hope 7/31/2010
Beautifully and written with excellence.....made me smile!!!
Thanks for sharing and for caring!

Much Love,
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 7/31/2010
I have missed this expressive side of you, Regis. When you are truly 'on' your mixture of nature and relationship tugs on all of the senses. Beautifully written. Love and Hugs,
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 7/31/2010
good one Reg, fun and joy do have away of flashing on by, can't seem to get enough, cheers
Reviewed by Darkest Angel (Reader) 7/30/2010
Such a sadness: one that, with all the beauty in the world thrashing at the eyes, still awaits the one who never came or comes. Those beautiful things seem to be less beautiful, and crowd the passionate thoughts with wishes--wishes to share them with "the one". I love this one, Regis. In this, you have made me feel like crying; it is a very emotional writing for me.
Reviewed by Louisa Dobbins 7/30/2010
Astounding reflections and beauty to behold.
Reviewed by Debby & Gordon Rosenberg 7/30/2010
great details...since you created the first flash....add on a few more until they string together a whole day
Reviewed by John Flanagan 7/30/2010
Beautifully thought through, Regis, and fine sustained natural imagery...and the final personal 'twist' smacks the reader with its vibration, a vibration that lingers.

Reviewed by J'nia Fowler 7/30/2010
Nicely done.
Reviewed by jude forese 7/30/2010
a flash of joy can make a day worth experiencing ... nicely crafted ...
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 7/30/2010
Such a wonderful flash of nature's joy followed by such a sad ending.
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 7/30/2010
WONDERFUL POEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 7/30/2010
So upbeat and full of happy images...until your last lines...which were a surprise. Well written.
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 7/29/2010
This was such an upbeat poem poem Reg only to have your toe dashed against a rock because what made you all so upbeat was a fading wish. I know exactly what that feels like. This has a real message dear brother and I know first hand the emotions it took to share this. Thank you.

Love & hugs,

PS: I am not at my home computer but using a patient loaner laptop #20 at Munson Medical Center, in Traverse City. Michigan. I am having a stent put in my heart tomorrow (today) at 11 am. I ghave been here a week and went through all kinds of tests, but if everythibg goes well I should be home by Sunday.
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 7/29/2010
I was wondering what can generate such a joy and when i came to the line "It was a wish of seeing you today" I knew I was at the peak of a beauty mountain, only to fall to the next line " that sadly, swiftly faded like a soundless sigh", then I started listening to the sound of silence for a while before my fingers touched the keyboard. Regis, I truly admire your works and the way you smith the words or articulate verses to create a strand of emotions that can take the reader to heights of elation.

Reviewed by Susan Smith 7/29/2010
Wonderful poem, full of images, sounds, feeling ... and how important your love is.
Reviewed by Ann Marquette 7/29/2010
Beautiful, yet my heart dropped at the last two lines...sadness.
Reviewed by Lena Kovadlo 7/29/2010
So I click on your poem and read it and all the lines are the same size but then I click to log in to AD so I can post a review and all the lines after the 'holly tree?' line are smaller in size. Is that some PC glitch or are the lines meant to be of different sizes toward the end and I just didn't notice that the first time around? Personally I think they should all be the same size otherwise the appearance is not that good.

I know that you have decided to punctuate this poem and grammatically it seems correctly done but for some reason I am not a fan of all those question marks. I find them distracting somehow. Not distracting to the point where the read is interrupted or made less enjoyable, but just somehow distracting.

Content-wise it is an incredible poem. It's got great imagery and plenty of emotion. And just when I think this poem is entirely dedicated to nature there is a twist in the end. Very effectively done.

The flow is as smooth as a gentle stream on a warm spring day. Such a treat to read this poem. Pure enjoyment. I think it is one of your best!

Reviewed by JMS Bell 7/29/2010
Reviewed by D Johnson 7/29/2010
Anyone that has ever loved and lost, knows only too well the words you have written.

Reviewed by Christine Tsen 7/29/2010
Beautiful Regis ~ of bloom and thorn, and I enjoyed the birds which I love to watch too!
Reviewed by Michelle Schaeffer 7/29/2010
Intelligent and brilliant write my friend* In the end it was such a telling contrast!
"swiftly faded like a soundless sigh" Perfectly descriptive of the humbleness of love.
And beautiful!!

Please write more POETRY...! ;) Your terrific at it!

Your friend,

Michelle l Schaeffer
Reviewed by Felix Perry 7/29/2010
Origianal and excellant imaginative write my friend...bravo.
Reviewed by Lew Duffey 7/29/2010
very well written and yes, I can identify with this.
God bless,
Reviewed by Mamta Sharma 7/29/2010
Like floating in the rainbow dream!But sad too!Very beautiful Regis.
Reviewed by David Maclellan 7/29/2010
I was travelling along with the splendour and gayety of your verse Regis, then the last two lines hit me with sadness. Nevertheless, the imagery in this poem is fantastic!
Bless you Regis,
Reviewed by Paul Berube 7/29/2010
Very well done, Regis.
Reviewed by Douglas Bentley 7/29/2010
Reg, you build and build and build us with anticipation
Then you abruptly drop us back down
Back to reality.
Written in tears
Sadly you expose
Everyone has those fears.
Reviewed by Susan Sonnen 7/29/2010
Oh, dear, I was floating and then instantly crashed! Which can only mean that you did your job well with this poem, Regis. :)
Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo 7/29/2010
But thank God for all the glorious beauty you speak of that surrounds us as it helps to get us through the moments -- whether it be minutes, hours, days, or even longer -- when our hearts are empty and longing for the one we love. Beautiful, as always, Regis ~Hugs and Love, Elizabeth
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 7/29/2010
It melted into my heart like a bittersweet chocolate bar, what rich sense and sentiment in your pen. Blessings! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Donna Chandler 7/29/2010
A surprisingly sad ending that I didn't see coming.

Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 7/29/2010

This is so sad yet so beautiful. Fantastic write.

Reviewed by Sudo Nym Poet in Motion 7/29/2010
Hi Regis,

How lovely...certainly speaks well of Summer and then ...
Sadly, swiftly faded away....

Very nice...Sudo Nym ~ Poet in Motion
Reviewed by Dayvid Graybill 7/29/2010
Regis...I agree with Peter. This is incredible poetry! As I was reading, I was reminded you are a man who is so alive, in tune, and a piece of all that surrounds you. After the "no," in the sadness, I discover you are so much more than all the above. Incredible poetry!

Reviewed by Peter Schlosser (Reader) 7/29/2010
Incredible poetry Regis.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 7/29/2010
Rufous Hummingbird, so my dog Rufuz is now a hummingbird, kinda neat thought...;-) Pretty write sir Regis...ed
Reviewed by John Bidwell 7/29/2010
Ah Regis- like a beautiful bubble- weaved from waving a magic wand- it streams into existance lighting up with all colors- and then bursts.
I so relate.

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