A Wee Bird Whispers

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Perhaps

Now and then

A poet-bird

Is hatched,

Leaves footprints

On the air,

Aware

She was.


The proof

Lies in

The words.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Another World


Remember when

A mockingbird

Made serenade for us?

Remember when

A forest flower

Was May bouquet for us?


Remember how

A drop of rain

Did microscope

The woof and warp of muslin

Into a lustrous magnitude

To be my satin gown?


Remember that

Each sigh and teardrop

Transformed itself

For sparkling jeweled crown?

I said it couldn't last, -

Remember?


______© Nellieanna H. Hay






A wisp of life
Brings forth a surge of living.
A silent gift
Inspires a life of giving.
A perfect gift
Compels eternity:
A life so lived
As to give
Life to life,
And that,
Inherent.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

march.1954



Merely a wren,

Timid, yet emphatic,

Lion-hearted,

Came, became,

And studied life

From inside out

With eyes so fresh

And undistorted,

No one else

Could understand.


Coded into simple words,

Bees and hummingbirds,

And locked away

With gentle hand,

Till sight and heart

Outgrew the fragile nest.


At last the wren

Lay down to rest

In cradles of

The larger Self,

Where wrens are understood

By hummingbirds,

And known

To other wrens.


_____© Nellieanna H. Hay







A wee bird whispers

Lyrical songs to me,

Secrets of myself or universe,

Not always plain to see.


The even-balanced backdrop

With measured lines and spaces

Suddenly Is changed, made free

By wee bird's tiny traces.


The flutter of its brilliant wings

Brings an esoteric quality

From out the filmy mist

And from the depths of sea.


I must needs listen or I'll miss them.

I must embrace and kiss them

If I'm to receive these truths

This wee bird sings again.


I would share with thee

Elusive secrets from its song.

So come, let's follow misty melody,

Discover bliss beyond.


〰©Nellieanna H. Hay

9-25-13



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Rayne123 3 years ago

Beautiful words and great pictures

Laurie


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you for the visit, Laurie, if I may call you that. When someone I've not yet met stops by one of my hubs and graciously leaves a comment, I like to go to his/her hub site and get to 'know' the person a bit before I reply to the comment. I see that you're a fellow poet. Your works are very inviting and I look forward to reading more of them. I love the one about butterflies.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Enchanting... Thank you for this flight of imagination.


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emileesmom 3 years ago from Oakley

I love that. Very calming I guess is the word i would use. Thank you for sharing


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Beautiful and very peaceful words, Nellieanna. I love the layout and the pictures you've included. You are very creative!


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Beauty wrapped up in simplicity....or simplicity wrapped up in beauty...I'm not sure which this is. :)


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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Beautiful, comforting and, so, you! Thank you!


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Monis Mas 3 years ago

My favorite part:

"The flutter of its brilliant wings

Brings an esoteric quality

From out the filmy mist

And from the depths of sea." ... Lovely...


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Martin, thank YOU for visiting and for your lovely impression of my hub!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

emileesmom - Krystie, if I may. Since I didn't already know you, I visited your hub site, where I appreciated reading your new Hubber's profile and will look forward to your beginning to publish your own hubs! I have to tell you, your beautiful little daughter is a heart-stealer!

You sound like someone with much to write. This is such a friendly place, with writers from all walks of life who know the value of writing about them and the importance of supporting one another in our efforts, both writing and living. You'll find friends and colleagues here.

Glad you liked my hub Thank you!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, Shauna! Yes, this was a peaceful hub. Maybe it needed a warning: do not enter if you prefer to be upset or gloomy. ;-) Occasionally I am inspired for a theme by a picture, and that was the case here, when I ran across the title picture among my long-standing collection of interesting things from old magazines. That little bird grabbed me, especially since birds weave through my poetry from over the years.

Thank you for your generous comments!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Billy - not to worry! I'll take it either way! Each is a lovely compliment! :-) Thank you!!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Randi, what a lovely thing to say, "so, you"! I'm glad both that it seemed typical of me and that it felt comforting to you! Thank you!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Monis Mas - Thank you for mentioning what you especially liked here. I rather like that stanza, too. The fanciful visuals it conjures up are pleasing! :-)


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Beautiful poems and video!

Tonight I am a little wren and you are a hummingbird, my dear Nellieanna :)

"At last the wren

Lay down to rest

In cradles of

The larger Self,

Where wrens are understood

By hummingbirds,

And known

To other wrens."


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jhamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

What beautiful poetry! I am in love with the words. Jamie


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, dear one. Sometimes life's vicissitudes temporarily convert a mighty eagle to its wren-beginnings. It is safe to abide there while needed, and to nourish one's heart and soul in just the right amount and dosage.

Remember, each day, each moment bring new horizons and songs, my dearest Martie. And so they will. My heart goes out to you.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Jamie, I truly appreciate your kind, heartfelt words! These are among my own favorites, some from the past and some from right now. Thank you!!


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Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

Nellieanna these are beautiful. You seem to be close to nature and it's beauty. I loved how you said 'wee', it is like the language here. Your poetry seems to span decades, and maintain it's beauty and meaning. It was a pleasure to read.


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

Serene is the only word that comes to mind while reading these! Birds are so delicate and beautiful, especially hummingbirds. I often find myself enjoying the sounds of birds whenever I am out and about in nature. That and the sounds of water. Both are serene. And I look forward to hearing birds each spring, though they don't seem to be gone as long down here in the south.

Anyway, thanks for the serenity you've provided here!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, Anna! Thank you. I do love to be close to nature, but I guess one always is, if one is close to one's own nature. I love the word, 'wee'. It somehow connotes the idea of smallness in a delicate, poetic, - but not demeaning, - way, more than either 'small' or 'little'. When I was thinking of the title, I tried 'little' but it didn't express what I felt about it.

Yes, my poetry does span many decades. I've been writing poetry for at least 7 of my 8 decades and it collects!! I'll never get it all transcribed, probably. But it's a pleasure to, at last, be sharing some of it in the process!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Shan. Thank you. The other morning a little bird landed on my kitchen window-sill and was enjoying looking at the 'bird in the glass'. I almost held my breath, being so very close to it, lest it fly off too fast. It did fly off when it became aware I was there (maybe I had to breathe!) - but it was such a pleasure observing its unabashed vanity and charm!

There are some magnificent birds that migrate through here, coming and going on their annual flight. Same at the ranch. It's funny to see ducks and egrets in that arid land, getting a drink from the main source of standing water on the whole place - the big tank in the compound. Of course, they visit the troughs scattered around the place, too. The Texas Parks & Wildlife encourages ranchers to make sure they have safe access to the tanks and troughs by means of providing surfaces on which they can perch to drink. There are wildlife cameras posted around close to some of the troughs and feeders to see what kinds of critters come to them. It's always such a delight to download them and see, especially since I'm not down there very much these days to see first-hand.

There are also native birds, some which dive down and snatch insects on the water's surface without disturbing the water! - But the variety is amazing, from owls to quail and wild turkey- dove, cardinals, road-runners, shrikes (ugly bullies) - phoebes, scissortails, those lovely painted buntings, - just to name a few that come to mind. You're right. Both birds and water are soothing and serene.


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

We do that, too! I'll tell the kids to watch the bird or the squirrel. Of course, they usually move so quickly that they don't see it long before it flies off. One time, we did get to watch a rather big woodpecker up close, though, before it flew off.

Even the "bully birds" can be fun to watch. I found out how territorial hummingbirds can actually be when fighting one another for food. And mockingbirds that attack other animals. I know they're not supposed to be thought of as good birds, but they fascinate me. I love the sound a cardinal makes and have heard mockingbirds do it. I've heard them make the sound of my telephone. . .etc.

Birds are even often in the fairytales! There is something magical about them, I suppose.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Yes, the bully birds have their rights too. We watched a shrike attack and kill a cardinal, though and it was distressing to see. But our game manager cautioned us to not 'play God', that it's nature's way.

I have observed how competitive and mean hummingbirds are about their food. They'll give up getting it themselves just to keep another bird from having it!

I've seen woodpeckers at the ranch, too. I'd forgotten.

Yes -they're sort of magical. They're like flying fish! haha


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

When I was growing up, there used to be a woodpecker in the tree outside my window that would wake me up in the mornings.

You've reminded me of that painting I was telling you about...the water/sky thing. There was a flying bird/fish in it ;)

By the way, where did you get the graphic of the hummingbird? It's lovely.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Yes, woodpeckers make good alarm clocks. So do whipperwills!

I find visual ideas from a variety of sources. Have developed a keen eye for random graphics to be saved over the years from magazines and store ads & hung on to till one strikes just the right 'note' for a hub. This is one of those, which I worked with & cleaned up so it wasn't advertising whatever it was. It's a better fate for a periodical than being thrown out after its month of glory and forever forgotten!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Thank you for the journey into the world of birds. Love the video and pics. Passing this on. Hugs to you Nell.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Good morning, Rasma! I'm so happy that you enjoyed the glimpse into the birds. Don't you just love the little creatures? Thank you for your comments and votes! Hugs back to you! :-)


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Michael-Milec 3 years ago

Hello Nellieanna ,

Voting awesome and beautiful. Your poetry takes a soul to desirable riches , returning refreshed: -

" The proof

Lies in

The words. "

- wandering trough life where belong , even now needed to be lead toward depth of eternal...


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cat on a soapbox 3 years ago from Los Angeles

Good morning, Nellieanna! There could be no better way to start today than by reading this beautiful hub of yours:) Our backyard songbirds are usually chattering and flitting about, but the Santa Ana winds are gusting instead. Your words and images fill that void now as I think of the tiny bird and its ability to lift one's spirits , give hope, and encourage strength. I have always loved birds (except in cages) and get such cheer and inspiration from them. As a girl, I fell in love w/ Cinderella's helpful and supportive winged companions in the Disney's animated version.

One of your verses here is as lovely as anything I've ever read:

"A wisp of life

Brings forth a surge of living.

A silent gift

Inspires a life of giving.

A perfect gift

Compels eternity:

A life so lived

As to give

Life to life,

And that,

Inherent."

It is a lovely gift to me. Thank you!

My best to you,

Cat :)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Michael, -- it does my heart such good to hear that you like my poetry! If any of my words inspire or encourage your own, I am gratified! Thank you so much for your continued interest in and support for my work!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Good morning, Cat (though here it's become afternoon). Why am I not surprised that you enjoyed this hub, knowing you're such a lover of nature, as you express in your own lovely poetry and writings?

I suppose those Santa Ana winds are part of the weather system which is to bring us a change in weather tomorrow, according to the forecast. Frankly, I'm noticing a difference already. I have to confess that I'm ready for Fall!

It is amazing what a 'lift' a little bird coming within one's view brings. They're so wary, though. They seldom linger long, - like so many of life's sweetest treats!

Yes the Disney animations I recall as a girl seemed to almost always have kindly supportive birds hovering near the heroes and heroines, sometimes even warning and protecting them from the 'bad guys'.

Thank you for the lovely compliment! That verse was written as I was recovering from a tragic death of my eldest sister and her entire family, with whom I'd been very close during my undergraduate years at SMU here in Dallas. They were in a car-train accident the prior December, 1953. I should have been with them, but for a twist of fate.

When I wrote that, I'd returned for graduate work at the University of Texas, which kept me blessedly occupied; but moments of intense awareness overtook me at times. I remember exactly when I wrote that little poem. How wonderful that it's a gift to you, all these years later!


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cat on a soapbox 3 years ago from Los Angeles

Dear Nellieanna,

I am so sorry for the long -ago loss of your sister and her entire family. Few of us ever experience such tragedy. It moves me all the more to know that this poem, whose beauty brought tears to me this morning, came from you at a time of great sorrow. I will treasure it. I believe that each simple twist of fate has its purpose although it is not always evident at the time. Thank you for sharing your very personal story with me :)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Cat. Yes, it was an incredibly traumatic experience. Now, I've survived all 3 of my siblings, who all were considerably older than I. I'm the only surviving member of both our parents' and my generation of the family. But Harriet was only 35 in 1953 and was in her prime. They had 3 little boys and their maid with them, all of whom perished instantly. I was in Houston, or there is no doubt that I'd have been along with them to help with the children instead of the maid. I'm sure it had its purpose, though the entire circumstances at the time & in its wake made it surely the most devastating tragedy of my life up till then - or even since. I was 21 and nothing comparably tragic had ever affected my life before. What happenchances set our life's paths!

I didn't intend to be gloomy, but that poem is the "light side" of that tragic situation. I've many lovely & sisterly memories of her and her beautiful family!


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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Beautiful poems and images, but the story behind them is so sad. You must be a very strong person. God bless you for sharing.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Blossom. Fortunately, that tragic story is not behind this entire collection, although it left a strong imprint on my life for many years, and of course - I still miss her. I do agree, though, that the trials and challenges one must face strengthen one's character and resolve. Many of my poems were written during times of stress and challenge, yet they mostly reflect a positive response to the externals, I think. It never seems to me to be useful to wallow in the negative. If it is going on, who needs to expand upon it? ;-) The next moment may bring relief, and better to have focused on that likelihood.

I just published another hub about serenity, which I certainly learned through some of life's challenges. I find it a bit distressing to observe many young folks nowadays who seem to be so tossed about on every slight change in their everyday situations, from elated one moment to in deep despair the next, with what seems like little or no emotional 'padding'. Oh - haha!- That reminds me of something my mother used to say: that 'a mother can't pad the corners for her children.' I go a step further and say one must supply one's own padding!


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Dear friend, I'm sure that on the morn that you hatched, poetry sang from the treetops. Your work is almost as beautiful as you are!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Wayne, that is one of the loveliest comments I've ever received! Thank you!!


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Dearest Nellieanna,

I am so glad you are sharing from your favorite collection of poetry, so that we all may enjoy the beauty and artistry of your words. I just love the little birds of the air, so free to soar and roam about the heavens.

Reading these poems of the birds, brings back sweet memories of my mother who also loved birds and I remember reading so many variety of books she had on birds. Then, I would get so excited when I saw one of the birds in my backyard that I had learned of from her books.

Yes, wonder what they are whispering about all of us!

A very lovely read here this night. Thank you! Enchanting video.

Up and more and sharing.

Hugs and love,

Faith Reaper


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Faith, - so we both had mothers who loved birds! My Dad called her his 'Hummingbird', in fact. I, too, have sweet memories of her interest in the birds, which affected me growing up, too. I love having books to help identify them!

I'm happy to hear that your exposure to your mother's books on birds interested you to learn about them. One Christmas, George & I gave his little great-grandson several tools for learning about birds, including a beautifully illustrated bird book, a little binocular to watch them and a few other things, one being a little plush stuffed toy bird. The child always got so many toys and games of every description, so we hoped to introduce him to something a little different. But we rushed it before he was ready, and we never knew whether he ever really got into it! It was when he was only abut 6. He just turned 13 and his passions are the Univ. of Texas and playing baseball. Everything in his room is decorated with orange and white and 'hook 'em horns'. :-) The only feedback we got about the bird gift was that his father used the binocular in his hunting. Funny I should recall that!

Thank you so much. I couldn't be more pleased that this was nice for your evening pleasure!

Hugs and love back at you!


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tirelesstraveler 3 years ago from California

This is a lovely collection of poems. The lay-out complements them beautifully.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, tirelesstraveler. I visited your site and read your profile and I must say I'm awed. You obviously have a positive attitude about life and it shows.

Thank you for visiting here and leaving your positive impression of my poetry and hub style!


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Marie Flint 3 years ago from Jacksonville, FL

Another artistically creative hub! The video is very beautiful. I am continually amazed at the technology available at our fingertips. I just discovered YouCam on my laptop computer the other day. So, in the back of my mind, I'm toying with the idea of a video hub. I have a book of Christmas stories by Pearl S. Buck. If they're not too long, these could be a series--just a seed of an idea.

Thank you for sharing your creativity, Nellieanna. Blessings always.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Marie! Thank you for visiting here, too. I'm pleased you enjoyed it. I agree that the video is beautiful. I'm mad about Zamfir and the panpipes but never dreamed he'd have one just about birds, which has been beautifully illustrated, as well.

Yes, yes - the technology coupled with the artistic landscape is what attracted me to the internet in the beginning when I stumbled into it almost 17 years ago! I am both right & left brained and here was a place where both apply!

I had thought it was the very last thing I'd want to do, - till I found myself connected. I'd bought a new laptop for my regular business stuff and it happened to be equipped for the internet. So I decided to register the PC online with it & save the stamp; and soon discovered the other wondrous things it offered! In a few months, I'd plunged into starting a webpage, knowing nothing about it & thinking I'd see how it worked out, but soon learned that I had to put something on it or lose my free site. So HTML entered my life in a hurry! haha.

So much then was primitive compared to how things are now, but I still value the 'do-it-myself' approach to much of it, though, of course, it would be insane to reinvent things which are so easily accessible! Still, knowing basics is like knowing how to cook if one is going to hire a cook - not that I'd ever want to do that! haha.

I think a video of the Pearl S. Buck Christmas stories would be priceless, Marie! I do hope you'll do i! If individual stories are lengthy, perhaps the series would be all the more attractive: - something to enjoy over the days leading up to Christmas, like the Twelve Days! I can't wait to see what you decide to do!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Words fail me, Nellieanna ... almost! This is so beautiful, so different, so imaginative, so YOU! Thank you for this treat. :)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

I'm so pleased that words didn't totally fail you, Dr. BJ. Thank YOU for the treat of your beautiful, unique and pleasing comments!

This one was a real pleasure to do!


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Michael-Milec 3 years ago

Hi, Oh Nellieanna , one (me) need to be bold enough to try to admit, that after all , no matching words to comment adequately .

Your talent, your gift to write poetry, and a grace of expression made me to leave a scene of consecutive series of pictures that constitute a unit of action so close and yet so far away, that only fantasy make a sense.

Voted up and awesome and beautiful.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Michael - thank you, my friend! Your words do quite adequately! I appreciate your attention to the details and am happy that you've visited!! Thanks for the votes, too!


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Michael-Milec 3 years ago

Good morning Nellieanna .

This has to be noticed and evidenced , how nicely you treats my unforgivable error: for several days I was pondering on your " On wings of fantasy, " to " own " the depth of its message; reading from my laptop and typing in my iPad, which caused me overlooking where the comment belongs. This latest comment pertaining to " on wings of fantasy" I have to resubmit where it belongs, leaving to your jurisdiction to do with me what you want as well as with present comment or the next , so that my carelessness might remind me what a distance I have to go yet, before arriving to the proper position of " a contributor."

Thank you so much and have a nice day.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Michael, you need not worry. I am somewhat aware that you may have some language challenge with English; - possibly it's not your 'first' language? You would not be alone in that, if so. Many of our best writers here are using a secondary language, which is never as easy as one's own mother tongue. I would be lost if I had to use another language. I studied Spanish in school and grew up around it, but if I tried to write in it, it would be a disaster!

Anyway, you do so much better in making yourself known and understood. As to which hub you intended for your comments, I wouldn't have guessed your comments weren't placed where you'd intended! Call it my own pride in my work, but I would expect that you, of all people, would appreciate this hub, "A Wee Bird Whispers" and its poetry and message, too. So it never crossed my mind that your comments might be meant for another hub! I just accepted them and appreciated them right here.

Of course, for you, knowing your own intention, misplacing them was not OK! You had a real response to the other hub and intended your comments for it! So of course, I understand and say that there is no harm done, whatsoever!

Your explanation of how it happened is so very understandable! We have and use all these interacting techie devices, and how easy to be reading on one, thinking about it in our minds but, in typing out our response on another device, we easily could send it to a different destination! THAT could happen in a twinkling of an eye - and probably HAS happened to everyone who uses these wondrous devices! It feels embarrassing but it is not a big error. I understand your chagrin.

But you have no need of an apology to me - or to yourself. It's OK!! Of course it is.

So when or if you decide to place your comments here on "On Wings Of Fantasy", just do it! I'll appreciate it there, but I now know that you have enjoyed and appreciated that hub, either way!

You are much too hard on yourself, by the way. As far as I can tell, you ARE a real contributor here and your good attitude and good disposition make you a dear one!

Perhaps you'll enjoy "A Wee Bird Whispers" too! Just keep visiting and contributing as much as you prefer to! Everyone here has challenges to meet!

Thanks for your well wishes, too. I expect it to be a good day, even though it includes a visit to my dental hygienist.

;-)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

PS, Michael - I just found your comment on "On Wings of Fantasy" too - so thank you doubly!


Vincent Moore 3 years ago

You have taken the feathered friends and enhanced them with your magnificent words and verse, you my dear are a true poet, your visuals are always stunning and without equal. The wee ones land in your path and sing to you whilst your creative mind sets them on pedestals for them to rest awhile and hark to your brilliance and beauty of their species. Wonderfully penned dear poet. High marks, tweeted and shared.


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

There is something ethereal in this collection for me-as if you are holding your breath as these little ones cross your path--really beautifully done


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Vincent, my dear poetic champion, - your musical words of praise for my poetic efforts and the beauty of our feathered friends do my heart good! Thank you for the high marks, tweet and share, too! (I should try to visit Twitter sometimes! Have been a reluctant member there for a number of years, but never became really into it. It has some lovely members, though! There YOU are!) Hugs.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Audrey, ah, thank you!

How can one write of birds in an earth-bound language? Their very nature is ethereal, isn't it? To behold them in their graceful flight or teetering on a limb, cautiously watchful lest some basest of predators get them, one is reminded of the hope, as well as the tenuousness of this home we share on Earth.

I'm so pleased you dropped in with your special observations!


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

They are amazing creatures really--and often when I sit and watch them, I feel freer in my own soul


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JayeWisdom 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

Dear Nellieanna - Your verses are, as always, beautiful and meaningful. The way you juxtipose words and phrases, use alliteration and the rhythm you employ so deftly to make your poetry "speak" to the reader--all these add richness to your poems.

The proof is here, on the screen, that your talent was already remarkable nearly 60 years ago when you penned the poem dated "March 1954" and has only deepened as you write new poetry, such as the poem dated 9-25-13. Reading your comment that you wrote the earlier verse after such a tragic family loss embues your words with the power of your mind and character.

I don't think I've been around to congratulate you for winning the HP Best Poet award, but I think you already know I agree with that assessment. You are so deserving of honors for your work, and I--among many others--thank you for sharing it so selflessly with your HubPages fans.

Voted Up, Awesome and Beautiful/Shared

Jaye


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah, Audrey! What a delight to see you again!

You've described my feelings when I observe those lovely creatures! Of course, I see them here in Dallas around my home, but the most glorious place I know to enjoy their amazing antics and activities is down at the ranch, so far from congested human interference, and so very freely enjoying the habitat their various species have chosen.

My George & I spent many a morning and an evening sitting quietly on our patio, sipping our morning coffee or our evening sherry, while watching them flitting around, some tending their nests and feeding their young some nose-diving fractions above our tank's water's surface, questing for their morning or evening meals of busy flying insects brought out by the time of day, as well.

Each bird species, sharing its own special habits and graces, even the roadrunners and owls, and of course, the phoebes, quail, doves, cardinals, painted buntings, sometimes wild turkey, and the occasional between-seasong migrating species, stopping for a welcome drink of water in that arid land!

There are few natural sights more soul-freeing than the birds, as you eloquently observe!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear, dear Jaye! Your knowledgeable approval is always a pleasure to receive! I'm enjoying that you notice the forms of my poetic efforts as well as the content! It is the marriage of each that makes it 'poetry', isn't it? The thoughts and feelings can be expressed in other, more prosaic ways and would be effective. But with poetry in its ways, somehow it speaks more directly from the poet's heart and to the reader's.

I appreciate more than you know that you notice that my poet's heart was beating so many years ago. That was actually, not only time of terrible grief but of equally terrible self-doubt. My sister would have scorned my poetry-writing, or any serious writing, for that matter. Her vision for me was quite different, both more practical and more social, which is why I wasn't with them in that car. I'd had to flee her vision for me 6 months prior to that event, and she had definitely not forgiven me for my ingratitude, and so -never would or could. I was suddenly stripped of the flash of courage it took to flee, filled with regret and guilt. Yet, there I was, invariably myself for want of any real choice - unreformed! I may yet write a hub about that time.

So, of course, it truly is that the mind's power and character that poem may valiantly demonstrated means a great deal to me, still.

Thank you, Jaye for your lovely congratulations regarding the honor bestowed on me by my fellow writers and compatriots here and, yes, I know and value that you're in agreement! Hugs.

PS: I've also run across the original hand-written draft of a short story I wrote at age 12, dated Dec., 1944, for a contest sponsored by 'Seventeen' magazine. I didn't win or place and their rejection was worded in the exact best way to discourage further story writing, or publishing, probably! It began "We can't all be champs." Oh, the stab-wound. If they'd just say I didn't win, I'd have thought nothing of it. But to classify me as a non-champion pierced my young heart! :-)

Still, the setting of the writing of it is a story in itself, in fact. The story itself surely reveals some of the stirrings and yearnings of my juvenile heart, and, perhaps, even some flashes of a developing clarity of observation.

I'd thought the little manuscript on notebook paper was long-lost, till I found it just days ago among many poems and jottings from various years, which I'd obviously stashed in an early Neiman's gift box to contain the unruly bits and pieces out of sight. My penmanship then was orderly but also 'of my age': round, back-handed, with the i's dotted with little circles! I have to smile! :-) I'm scanning the story, in fact, and intending to transcribe such of the poetry as is legible. Some is written in pencil, which has dimmed with the years. What an amazing 'look back'!


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klidstone1970 2 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

How enchanting! Your words evoke such a feeling of serenity. I absolutely adore "A wee bird whispers lyrical songs to me". It has brought a smile to my face on such a beautiful afternoon.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, klidstone1970! (May I call you Kimberley?) Thank you for visiting and leaving such an uplifting comment about my hub and its theme poem! Glad it's been a 'smile-making' one!

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