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Affirmation Hall of Fame

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” ― Helen Keller - IrrevocableFate

“…there is absolutely no better time than now to go uplift someone else – whether in offering a shoulder, a prayer, or simply just a smile. The passage of time has a way of showing us what truly matters. Do not forget the littlest things can make the largest impact – what you say and do today reflects on how others will remember you tomorrow. “ - LadyLincoln

"You may think you are a writer with small skills, but your words could change the world." - Manouilidis

"No one can write knowingly of the weather who walks bent over on wet days." – E.B. White - xlntwtch

“Laugh at life; or life will laugh at you!” - W-Lupus

"It's never too late to be who you were meant to be." ― George Elliot - PHarold

“Nature never repeats herself, and the possibilities of one human soul will never be found in another.” ― Elizabeth Cady Stanton - CelestialMemories

"Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old." ― Franz Kafka - AlwaysRainCheck

"Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway." ― Eleanor Roosevelt - amrgalal7

"You can't just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood. What mood is that? Last-minute panic." ― Bill Watterson - GuinevereToGwen

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome." – Anne Bradstreet - a-fiery-boom

“There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it’s like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.” – Ernest Hemingway - DrippingWords


Do YOU have a place here in the future? Submit a quote.
Encouragement-Affirmation-InspirationI have envisioned a way to feature many in our literature community in a way that would give attention to a broad spectrum of folk regardless of their skill level. This could be a great way to present yourself to the community and be a source of encouragement or inspiration to many others.
Here is how it will work.
1. Spread the word!
2. Note me with an uplifting quote of encouragement, affirmation or inspiration.
The quote should be brief and pointed; A few sentences preferred, though longer quotes of exceptional merit will be considered.
Cite the author if it is known; or you may write your own quote that fits our title's definitions.'Link' or 'thumb' a piece of your own writing in the note and state why it is meaningful to you. (If you are uncertain how to do this note me for help)
3.  Depending on the response, I hope to build a library where the best and brightest uplifting quotes, and the featured providers, are displayed daily; though I suspect it will be


sand left, sea right
children all around;
summer swirl
Once in a near and far-away land
There was a blind ogre who sang in a band
The drummer, an octopus, with warts on his toes
Never did mind he hadn’t a nose
They played on a park-bench, near a bent swing
A field mouse on trumpet, the dog tickled strings
Having no bagpipes, a very strange thing
The python attempted to dance Irish fling
The stage-hands were butterflies, though one was a slug
Who slithered along and drank from a mug
Never cared much for music; and don’t ask me why
But here I relented—happy as a fruit fly
first kisses
briar buds and skunk cabbage
shedding their frost

her flower of youth
in a long-closed book
brittle petals

milking buckets
a kitten’s jester dance
…silken streams

barefoot children
a bee's path
among the clover
In Their Seasons
1) The Herons Nest; June 2014 Issue
2) Frogpond; Spring/Summer 2014 Issue
3) World Haiku Review; Spring Issue - April 2014
4) A Hundred Gourds; September 2014
Folk get downright huffy when it is suggested that they may be ignorant.
No need really, ignorance is just not having command of all the facts of a matter.

The only shame in ignorance resides in those who choose to remain in that place.

Still pretty much a lurker these days.

Grandchildren are, well... Grand!
Owning up (reluctantly) to my advancing years, I'll post a birthday selection from 'Those Roads all Travel' that tells where my heart still dwells.

Too Soon Passing

Childhood loses its savor, the light of its charm dimmed
Delights – too soon passing

Oh, the joy! That ragged progress between totter and churn, that
Wild-eyed experience between terror and glee
Found scattered
Behind clumsy cruising
And proceeding a full-throated gallop
Coyness or horror
Plain upon faces too green for hidden thought
Subtlety unattained

Ill-conceived as progress, this state lies abandoned
Joy has lost its fairest face…
Folk get downright huffy when it is suggested that they may be ignorant.
No need really, ignorance is just not having command of all the facts of a matter.

The only shame in ignorance resides in those who choose to remain in that place.

Still pretty much a lurker these days.

Grandchildren are, well... Grand!


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Ronald Kirkland
Artist | Hobbyist | Literature
United States
My writing speaks of my "Inner Child" that part of me (us) that responds to our world without filter or mask. We learn to cover these raw emotions to defend that fragile entity. I'm learning that any hazard associated with exposing that true self is worth measured risk.

Current Residence: Harvest, Alabama
deviantWEAR sizing preference: Men's Large
Favourite genre of music: Non-Commercial
Operating System: Windows 7
Favourite cartoon character: Calvin & Hobbes
Personal Quote: My art is a delicate dance between creativity and comprehension.

...and Stuff

Thank you literature volunteers; GrimFace242, neurotype, IrrevocableFate and ShadowedAcolyte for serving our literature community. These folk deserve all of the support we can give them. And a special thanks to DorianHarper,Beccalicious, and the many who preceeded them in much appreciated terms of service. :heart:


Purpose to be AFFIRMING to each one you meet! :hug:

You can make a difference in how others view their day - and perhaps their entire lives.


Published at 'DailyHaiga'

To see my Haiga that is posted/published nowhere else, please visit here -…


DAILY DEVIATIONS :iconhonoredddplz::iconhonoredddplz2:

:bulletred: Daily Deviation ~ October 11, 2013 :bulletred:

Old Man - MusingThere was a time
       ...a man in prime
His rest now drawing near
Life is sweet - still
It moves the day apace
     Springtime breezes scatter song
          Summer's sun refrains
Joy still comes - in simpler vein
     ...what once was long pursued
Flutters lazy by - no mind
He's glad of fin and feather
Finds glee in croak and crow
In things that grace the skies above
Or amble by below
There may be time,
For sitting back a spell
     (Time will only tell)
And while
Autumn's fine attire is fitting
For age's hoary crown
   - He hopes to use it well
Working rockers at his ease
Stalling winter's grim disease
Featured by DorianHarper

:bulletred: Daily Deviation ~ October 29th, 2012 :bulletred:

MeanderingHardly a mountain, though on lowering days its head sits wreathed
By the mists of a passing front, aged and befogged as bygone elders
Doddering about – before there were names for the malaise
That hazed their thinking
And from this modest crown there slouched and sloped
A long shoulder, meandering down to meadows below
Pausing now and again to coddle a pleasant hollow
Casting a sloping pitch – enough to rush a torrent
After a sudden shower
Seldom pooling
Its glint and glimmer burble among the stones
To join a rill and plash and swirl and putter about a root
It's there I'm apt to wander
Not much of a path, hard passed and thorny
As twisted and narrow as the thoughts of bigoted men
Treading there finds stern resistance and stones to turn the foot
The clatter and crunch of brittle leaf – acorns pop and skitter
A plenteous crop, beyond the appetite of wild things at forage
Leathery husks abound, pignut hickory – the ebon stains of walnut
On taking pause the quiet lay, a
The suggester writes: "This piece puts you in the place, puts the sounds in your ears and the scent in your nose, and it causes you to imagine things without explicitly saying them to you - to fill in the gaps." Suggested by chadwood and Featured by Beccalicious

:bulletred: Daily Deviation ~ March 1st, 2012 :bulletred:

For Those Who Lived Suggested by LiliWrites and Featured by wreckling
Removed for Publication

:bulletred: Daily Deviation ~ October 21st, 2010 :bulletred:

A Coward's HeartWere confidence placed in boundless joy
and night airs sweetly scented…
dancing to a rhythm band
reveling  in senses,
then gentle,
hopeful heart's desire
would ease my
For sparrow I had kenned her,
dreaming tender love;
yet she a raptor
     - nothing taming;
bearing talons,
matched in kind.
A coward's heart I grimly bear -
from peace estranged;
this blighted soul
sore lacking.
For giddy love
     - within my grasp,
it's sensual clamor bending;
now felled by fear,
then ravaged there,
and cast adrift
at last.
Says the suggester "The undulating waves of assonance and half rhyme I'd say are worth it alone, and I love the stopstart, heartbeat rhythm." (Suggested by Penessence and Featured by Memnalar)

:bulletred: Daily Deviation ~ April 4th, 2010 :bulletred:

Hero of GondorFrom no mean blood of Númenor, so few remain; his kind
Boromir, the mighty heir, of Gondor's Steward Line
Amidst the flow of Anduin, his brother standing near
Osgiliath - they broke the bridge and faced the nameless fear
    The Pride of those who now remain – so few
    Which Morgul hordes so long pursued
Then there came repeated dreams, to trouble minds of men
As eastern skies grew ever dark, a western light drew them
Imladris seek, and there you'll find, a bane and broken sword
Doom has beckoned wisdom there, to draw the Halfling forward
These tidings brought to Denethor, nothing dared they hide
Against all hope, through countless leagues, he bade his son to ride
Though in the battles with their foe, his mighty arm they'd miss
Fate had drawn him from his liege, to span dark wilderness
   The council formed - each heart then weighed
       Before them all, the Ring was laid
   They knew in time, all hope would fa
"A fitting tribute for one of Tolkien's most memorable characters." - Featured by fllnthblnk

DLD's I was featured on DLD by caybeach

:bulletyellow: Embrocation -poetry- Featured by DrippingWords

:bulletyellow: Of Fabric Woven -Prose- Featured by xlntwtch

:bulletyellow: Are There No Words -Poem- featured by thetaoofchaos

:bulletyellow: Afghan Rue -Poem- suggested by saiun featured by norui

:bulletyellow: Spring Cheer -Poem- featured by passingavery

Also receiving a DLD but removed due to publication

:bulletgreen: Damp-Knees -Haiga- Featured by TwilightPoetess

:bulletgreen: For Those Who Lived -Poem- suggested by LiliWrites featured by LadyofGaerdon

:bulletgreen: Yellow Jackets -Prose- featured by SirBret

:bulletgreen: Night Haibun -Poem- featured by Mahi-Fish

:bulletgreen: Bearing Pain -Poem- featured by kersee9

:bulletblue::bulletblue:I am Honored - Thanks to all involved.:bulletblue::bulletblue:




:bulletblue: :bulletblue: Critique Welcomed :bulletblue: :bulletblue: :blowkiss:


I happily support and/or participate in the following clubs/groups.



- And Yes, Meaningful STAMPS

:iconhonoredddplz::iconhonoredddplz2: :icongreatartistplz: I was featured on DLD by caybeachClub Stamp 2 by Critique-It :thumb140147359: haiku-club stamp by the-beastie I Suggest DD's Stamp by IdaLarsenArt 2011 March Renga Tree Stamp by saiun


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beeinthebottle Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014   Writer
Rattle is doing a special issue on Japanese form poetry. I thought you might be interested:….

I hope you're doing well! :heart:
rlkirkland Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hey, Thanks!   ...bookmarked.
Not really writing much right now, grandchildren have become a bigger draw! :heart:

Am wel as can be expected for a geezer. :)
I hope you and your loved one are faring well too. :sun: 
beeinthebottle Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014   Writer
A sweet place to be...and we're doing OK. We sent our only off to college, so we're brand-new empty nesters.

Rattle accepts pieces "published" on dA and such. It might be fun to try. (Said by someone who has put writing on the back burner, for now.)
deinktvis Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Student Writer
thanks heaps!
Eefera Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
Happy Birthday (albeit a bit late) my friend.
I've missed your encouragement and your poetry in my time away from dA.
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