The Gathering by Rhonda Strickland

The Gathering A poem by RestLeSsD

Do you know what goes on
When you go out of town?
You think you left your home quite safe
But let me give you the lowdown!

It’s not the neighbors that step right in
And take over house & home
No; it’s the creatures that live nearby
Who make themselves at home.

They have it planned all along
They know just what to do.
It’s party time on your deck
Oh, if you only knew.

For months they have set up a scheme.
A sneaky contrivance so smart.
A crafty strategy beyond compare
A system too advanced to thwart.

There is only one thing that you can do
This truth is one to believe.
For you to maneuver and foil their plot
You can never, ever leave. . .

That’s right, that’s it, you must stay put.
No vacations, holidays or trips.
Now that you know their secret
It’s time to come to grips.

a rhonda original 2010

John Butler Trio – Ocean
Love this Lyrical Vision, not my own music


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Original shot from the patio area of a home I house sat for in Oceanside, CA. Other photos shot at the beach in Newport & Sea World, San Diego, CA.
Treatment: PP in PSCS2 using a DAP & Fractalius layer, blending modes & overlay textures.
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Hello, I am Rhonda aka RestLeSsD & I am a graphic & web designer. My main media is Photoshop & Dreamweaver. I create 3D art & images using Fractals from Incendia & Apophysis. I use these in my creations formed in PS. I also use Picture Window Pro and Paint Shop Pro.
I am also a poet & I have been writing since I was about 10 years old. Since being here on the Bubble I have fulfilled my goal of illustrating my poetry & writing as well as writing new works…

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  • Rhonda Strickland
    Rhonda Stricklandover 4 years ago


  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckerover 4 years ago

    How gorgeous!!! Love everything about it…excellent texture!!! :o)

  • Thank you, thank you… what cool things to say :o) xoxo

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsover 4 years ago

    Rhonda…. fabulous poem and ART is incredible!!!!! view LARGE for sure… just amazing work once again from you gf. xxx

  • You are so sweet… I was going to go squishy & do an Noah’s ark type story but somehow I got silly instead. . . Glad you thinks it’s incredible… THANK YOU Debbie so much!!!

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsover 4 years ago

    Viewed LARGE all those marvelous animals come alive. Even the Whale way out in the ocean…. love love love it. :))))

  • You came back for a 2nd visit!!! Thank you – that makes me happier – :o)

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsover 4 years ago

    LOL i just wanted you to know how gorgeous it was ….. when i viewed it LARGE the FIRST TIME I didn’t tell you how they all came alive for me… now it is 3!!! LOL :)))) xx

  • We must keep meeting like this… it’s fun!!
    Hugz :o)

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 4 years ago

    So beautiful Rhonda, fabulous blending x

  • Thank you Trudi… you cute koala you :o)

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous creation and work. Very lovely creation.

  • Thank you very much Bunny…

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • kevinmawson
    kevinmawsonover 4 years ago

    Well everyone is saying what i want to say! GORGEOUS WORK Rhonda!!


  • Aw, thanks Kevin. I enjoy it coming from you… it means alot… thank you…

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous compilation, Rhonda….really a special piece!! Beautiful words too, my dear.

  • Thank you Wendi. . . so much fun to create. . . glad you think it’s gorgeous!

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • hampshirelady
    hampshireladyover 4 years ago

    How beautiful is this! Now this is the sort of work I hope I can do soon – lovely – and the poem too.

  • Thank you :o) — Just do what I do and take you time creating and it will be just right. . . can’t wait to see you work. . .

    – Rhonda Strickland

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