Joie de vivre caress our hearts
with exuberant sensitivity
delicious imagery in lush intent
to weave magic in our minds
and jolt our hearts into ecstatic delight…
It is 10-10-10!

Joy of life fill our souls, let us celebrate and
reflect on the subtle wonder of life.


Light shimmers and plays on the surging water
as it streams through our towns.

Delicate snow falls in the turbulent ocean
melting into the universal life energy.

Deservetude of leaves turn from green to red, yellow,
brown as the autumnal song serenades our streets.

Indolent grey days of winter run endlessly into each
other forcing us to retreat, to reflect on the questions of life.

Crisp sparkle of spring as light transforms grey to blue
bursting blossoms that herald rebirth.

Tenacious heat of balmy sun in summer
fills our days with warm wonder and sun soaked limbs.

Archetypal handsome man offers his strength,
experiential knowledge to mentor those in need.

Quintessential beautiful woman leads us
from intuitive intellect and feminine knowing.

Flickering thoughts that pulse new through our minds
creating ways of being, of seeing that have never been conceived.

Stumbling and fumbling towards nirvana
as the rain nourishes then dries from shadow to light.

Tangent thrills to speak a multiplicity of views in excitement
to look through a new lens to see the same thing differently. Ah.

Now is the time of:

Hung Parliaments that end with a female leader
Tied Grand Final that forces two teams to run the battle twice
Debates on Feminism asking has it won or failed? Or is it still in process?
Comedy Festivals that draw crowds wanting to laugh
Fringe Festivals that celebrate and cherish the outsider
Melbourne City is a Green City in Australia – first ever
John Lennon’s anniversary celebrating the father of peace
Artistic Online Communities where leaders are inclusive
encouraging artists to speak and contribute to knowledge making
The “Other” has a voice that is encouraged to speak and be heard!

Perhaps now is the time for:

Collaboration to win over competition
Dialogue and discussion creating new knowledge
Inner knowing respected as much as scientific investigation
Eastern and Western Ideology engaging and seeing the best in each other
Looking with fresh eyes is encouraged and engaged.

So on this perfectly balanced, historical day 10.10.10,
a day of numerical beauty and power…

I feel
a quickening of experience
a spiritual revolution that is kind
a connecting to each other through technology with no barrier
a time where hand in hand soul to soul we become one.

Happy 10.10.10 to all my beautiful RedBubble Friends!

Anthea Slade written 10.10.10

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My poem also known as Joie de Vivre was written on the 10.10.10 in honour of this special day and where we are now.

My painting Joie de Vivre was painted in acrylic and mixed media on the 10.10.10.

Creating art and writing is like breathing to me, it keeps me alive. If I stop creating my world shrinks and contracts. When I start to create again it expands and is filled with colour. I feel whole. To create is to be completely, unabashedly alive.

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  • kevinmawson
    kevinmawsonover 4 years ago

    A delightful write as! BRAVO to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Happy 10.10.10 to all my beautiful RedBubble Friends!


  • Thank you so much my friend km. I hope you have a special 10.10.10 tomorrow. Isn’t it a great number? Have a great weekend. Greetings from Melbourne. as

    – Anthea Slade

  • Del Millar
    Del Millarover 4 years ago

    Beautiful soul this is an uplifting piece with a lovely sense of unity

  • Oh thank you so much my lovely friend. Wishing you a splendid 10.10.10 and hope all is well in your life. So good to see you again. xx

    – Anthea Slade

  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladeover 4 years ago

    Joie de Vivre 10.10.10 by Anthea Slade

  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladeover 4 years ago

    jshade thank you for the favourite and happy 10.10.10 to you.

  • Roz McQuillan
    Roz McQuillanover 4 years ago

    Happy 10.10 to you my friend – it has felt amazing writing the date down today!

  • Happy 10.10.10 to you too dear Roz. I hope you had a great day and it did have an amazing feeling to this day. Was great to catch up with you last night.

    – Anthea Slade

  • helene ruiz
    helene ruizover 4 years ago

    wonderful work!

  • Helene thank you and I hope you had a wonderful 10.10.10.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Mariska
    Mariskaover 4 years ago

    truly beautiful work dear Anthea! xx

  • Mariska thank you dear friend. And I hope 10.10.10 was a beautiful day for you.

    – Anthea Slade

  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosover 4 years ago

    I am asking myself..is that number…series in a row of a couples…
    10-10-10….joyful companions…lovers engaged in a choir,
    so special!!
    It may be..
    for all of that.
    Our younger son, Samuel´2 Birthday.
    And he…for the first time in his life,
    happy as a rabbit in his hole full of dandelion flowers.
    He is with his new love..his dear love…
    after so many strugles for finding himself…lovable.
    Rosa (your poem is a crying of faith and energy.I subscribe to it entirely, and try meanwhile to do my daily labours with calm and love)

  • Wow Rosa I love your interpretation and thank you for sharing this gorgeous and glorious snap shot of your life. Your comments always fill me with great warmth. Your words always sensitive, insightful and touching. Happy 10.10.10 to you too.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Renate  Dartois
    Renate Dartoisover 4 years ago

    My lovely friend your heart and soul always shine through in your writing….

  • Oh thank you so much dear friend Renate for this beautiful heartwarming comment. I hope you had a positive and happy 10.10.10. Love and greetings from Melbourne to you.

    – Anthea Slade

  • LoveringArts
    LoveringArtsover 4 years ago

    A Beautiful Verse of Passion and Soul , A time where hand in hand your Fantastic poem dovetails so well with 10 10 10 ….. Exquisite

  • Paul thank you for these lovely words on my poem and my painting for 10.10.10. I hope that your 10.10.10 was enjoyable and memorable.

    – Anthea Slade

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