A Look At Poetry, The Melody of the Heart

Rachel Nwokoro. The 2016 UK Slam Champion
Rachel Nwokoro. The 2016 UK Slam Champion
Nellieanna and husband George
Nellieanna and husband George | Source

Mark Twain resonates these immortal words:


"Two most important days in life:

The Day you were born and the day you find out why."


Lofty; profound … they speak of Poetry -

An unspoken moment in between Art,

With myriad volumes of expressions,

Journeying through the ether;

Touching the very Soul of varying forms of life.

Truly G Nelson was correct when he said:

“If there is one thing I have learned about writing poems,

It is that they are never done.

Years pass, they sit unfinished, like children,

I always want to help them.”

Poetry is an outpouring of the Soul to the Cosmos...

The Light of the horizon, riding over the waves of Zion.

The poet is a Lover, creating that which is unseen,

Purely for the joy of the Self.

Perhaps the sweet poetess, Nellieanna H. Hay,

Had this in mind, when she said:


“Poetry lightens the heavy load of a heart too full of love,


But there are better ways, I'm told, awaiting better days.” ©

Source
Jalal Uddin Mohammed Rumi
Jalal Uddin Mohammed Rumi | Source

Poetry is the aesthetic beauty, of the graffiti on painted walls;

The immaculate art of Monet;

The howling tornadoes of the night.

Poetry is the raindrops, tap-dancing on my window,

And the flowing river of the Soul.

A Heart of gold cascades its Delight,

Into the radiance of creative Light.

“Poetry is the oxygen of the Soul.” Says Romeos Quill.


Poetry paints a symphony in the artistry of Picasso;

Resonates in the gleaming smile of Da Vinci’s Mona,

While the Universe sings with majesty,

To the glory of its own cadences.

“Poetry is a quiver on the skin of eternity.” Says Lawrence Ferlenghetti

"I sometimes find it difficult to convey, what I truly feel when writing poetry. The words are all there, like children on the top of a waterslide, pushing and shoving, barely being able to slide down the slope of ink, splashing into the pool of ideas, and then dried off by towels of paper that get read on nights like these. But it’s the security guard on top of the slope, who gets to pick what words get to slide down."- Artin Selimi

Artin Selimi
Artin Selimi | Source

Three brilliant poets

Niall O'sullivan, Compere, Poetry Unplugged at Poetry Cafe, London, UK.
Niall O'sullivan, Compere, Poetry Unplugged at Poetry Cafe, London, UK. | Source
http://Mark T Thompson
http://Mark T Thompson | Source
Emily Dickenson
Emily Dickenson | Source
William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare | Source
Surabhi Kaura
Surabhi Kaura | Source

Poetry stirs in the applause at Poetry Café,

Filling the evening, with the energy of approval.

Poetry is the Compere sweetening the ambience,

By adding spice, zest, vibrancy …

To heighten the momentum of gleeful hearts:

“Wallace Stevens was a racist jerk, says Niall O’Sullivan.
I love his poetry. I’m glad he’s dead.”

Poetry flies a kite, into the rhythms of Universal Spirit,

Murmuring joyfully in the Silence.

“Poetry is an act of peace.” Says Pablo Neruda.

“Peace goes into the making of a poet,

As flour goes into the making of bread.”

Poetry is our Light in the darkness,

Enabling us to see the rainbows;

Sow kernels of celestial beauty,

On the blank canvas of the Heart.

Carl Sandberg’s take, is that

“Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.”

While Seamus Heaney says:

“A poem should take you somewhere different....

A poet should be the one least likely,

To step into the same river twice.”

All the interwoven fabrics of life, flows, like poetry in motion.

Perhaps Emily Dickenson had this in mind:


“If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold,

no fire can ever warm me, she says, I know that is poetry!

If I feel physically, as if the top of my head were taken off,

I know that is poetry.”


The poet presents a meticulous design;

Embellishes in such a way that the emotions stir,

While the Heart takes delight in psychic tears:

Listen to this beautiful piece by the poet Niall O’Sullivan:


“Sully is a traitor to his gender,
stuck indoors with his two young daughters,
while his wife’s in town to bring home the bacon.”


God wanted to write a tablet of calligraphy on our Souls,

And so He ascended in the flowing graces of

Shakespeare, Whitman, Wordsworth,

Keats, Frost and many more …

Listen to this masterfully crated piece by O’Sullivan:

“Bowie’s passing doused the dawn in piss.
Sully blubbed alone in the bathroom,

The plants unwatered. Irony? F….off.


The awesome poetess Surabhi Kaura, has this to say:

“Poetry is the tongue of the unspoken.

It's a scarlet music of unlimited emotions

Running amok in the pursuit of soulful splendour...

Poetry is an oxygen to me. It is a drop of water that I yearn for,

When I'm lost in the scorching desert of thoughts.”


Yea! Lord. ‘Though I sometimes walk in the valley of the shadow of loneliness,

Thy Sonatas’ of Love shall bring me a quantum of solace,

And I will dwell in the Delight of Your Bards … forever.

-Manatita, The Flame-Weaver. 9th February, 2016. ©Copyrighted.

~ Awakening The Inner Flame ~

Acknowledgements: Seven of the thirteen quotations here, were taken from the Hub ‘Define Poetry in Your Own Words,’ courtesy of Andrey Spacey (Chef-de-jour). My Dear. Dearer, Dearest Friends Nellieanna and Surabhi, gave me the rest.

This is probably the 10th poem that I have written on Poetry and words themselves. There are also two of my prose works, with similar expositions. –Manatita

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swalia 7 months ago

So beautiful...I am speechless!!!


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always exploring 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

Beautifully crafted, the pictures, the videos, your poetry reading!


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manatita44 7 months ago from london Author

Swalia Shaloo, I thank you so much! What a great sentiment!!

Hi Ruby. Namaste to this beautiful weekend ...to you... to life. Thank you so much, my Sweet. Higher blessings.


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Missy Smith 7 months ago from Florida

This was an awesome hub, Manatita! Everyone who spoke about what poetry is in their own words is right. It's all that, and that is the beauty of it.

I could read this again. I love all the insights. :)


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manatita44 7 months ago from london Author

Love you, Missy. Good to see you here, as usual. Such a fine sentiment! Yes, I got great joy writing this Hub. Gratitude. .. Hugs to the children.


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MarleneB 7 months ago from Northern California, USA

This is by far one of the most engaging hub I have ever read. I enjoyed reading each artist's meaning of poetry. The song is so beautiful, I melted. And, I absolutely enjoyed the experience of hearing you recite poetry. What a wonderful experience.


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manatita44 7 months ago from london Author

Ah..Marlene. Your comment is like the cake my auntie gave me for my birthday. Light, delicious, engaging... so much so that it was shared by all.

Thank you for this succinct captivation of my poetry. In love and Light.


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Nellieanna 7 months ago from TEXAS

I love your masterful, intuitive presentation of various looks at poetry.

That quote of Emily Dickinson's is one of my all-time most favorites in all the world. She uttered those words to her mentor, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, on their first meeting, when she had shyly submitted a poem to him in response to his invitation to young writers to let him help them. He quickly figured out that she was too original and free-spirited to be guided, though.

Here is her initial note to him in 1862 when she sent him the poem:

"Mr Higginson,

Are you too deeply occupied to say if my Verse is alive?

The Mind is so near itself – it cannot see, distinctly – and I have none to ask –

Should you think it breathed – and had you the leisure to tell me, I should feel quick gratitude –

If I make the mistake – that you dared to tell me – would give me sincerer honor – toward you –

I enclose my name – asking you, if you please – Sir – to tell me what is true?

That you will not betray me – it is needless to ask – since Honor is it's own pawn –"'

She is my Muse. Thank you for including my little comment on poetry. I've written so much, including many poems, about poetry, but tried to keep it to 2 lines.


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manatita44 7 months ago from london Author

What a beautiful letter. Even more beautiful is the fact that she could be you! The beauty of re-incarnation! But perhaps this is for another time. Thank you so much, my Dear Nellieanna. I love this information. Such a sweet letter!


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Surabhi Kaura 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada

Waao. So sweet and such a beauty! An excellent melody...

By the way, the Poetry Cafe looks quite warm and friendly. Pleasure to see your song and your poetry recitation here. I also like Emily's letter. So thank you, Dear Nellieanna. Cool. Overall, a great presentation! Have a good night, Manatita.


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Nellieanna 7 months ago from TEXAS

Thank you, Manatita.

Both my poetry and even my lifestyle at the time (1960s and early 70s) which was quite isolated, were compared to ED's by some wonderful friends, Tom and Ginny Marsh (highly honored potters).

Previously, I hadn't really paid much attention to ED since high school and college, but began to study her life (what is known of it) and some aura of her poetry did seem similar to mine, as well as the fact that she kept it all private during her life. It was almost by accident that her works were discovered after her death and, especially, that relatives who discovered them realized their value and got some of them published.

My poetry was extremely private till I began to share it a bit online. I have to admit that I became almost convinced that I was she, reincarnated, and that I was supposed to fulfill what she had not, during her own life. Anyway, for many years, I concentrated on studying her life, reading everything I could find about it. I've never read a lot of her poetry, actually, but it speaks to me.

This is a poem I wrote back then in her honor:

TINY MESSENGER

A litte wren,

Lion-hearted,

Timid,

Yet emphatic,

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 birds are understood

By hummingbirds,

And known

To other wrens.

_____© Nellieanna H. Hay

(Thank you, Surabhi Kaura!)


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Surabhi Kaura 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada

That is so cool. Thanks for sharing the poem, Nellieanna. Superb! God bless you :)


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emge 7 months ago from Abu Dhabi

A lovely poem friend. You are the best in this field


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manatita44 7 months ago from london Author

Good night, my Sweet Surabhi, and good morning too, here in London, UK.

Yes, lots of loving energies here. Your great contributions are always noted as they stir the Heart and Soul. Om Shanti!

Madan, You are a true fan! It so happens, that some truly awesome poets have also graced this page. Still, I do love your wonderful sentiment. Om Shanti!

Nellieanna, A great and indeed exquisite poem! I was actually quite serious. Guruji occasionally told some disciples who they were. He did not do so very much, as it was not always necessary, nor a good thing. He frequently spoke of God's Will, and living in harmony with God's Will.

I would have asked for you. Alas! He's passed on, in the flesh, I mean. Spiritual Masters never die. I would say that the loftiness and sublimity of your art, as well as your Spirituality, more than matches hers, in my book. So good to know you, my Dear. Happy Valentines this Day.


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MsDora 7 months ago from The Caribbean

Such beautiful inspiration from poets' words. This is truly refreshing and empowering. Also good to hear your voice.


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manatita44 7 months ago from london Author

Hey he. Thank you, my Sweet. Thought that you'd seen this video before. I try ...I try ...

Yes, an inspiring Hub. Share with those who appear to have given up. Sweet Valentine's to you, Dee.


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Jodah 7 months ago from Queensland Australia

Manatita my friend, I appear to be a little late reading this but I have been away these last two days. It was wonderful that you shared this in time for Valentine's Day because poetry is the ultimate way to share love. You have included some wonderful poetry from dear friends and famous poets, and the quotes on poetry embrace all my own thoughts. I love Artin Selimi's especially. Nellianna's poem dedicated to Emily Dickenson is wonderful too. My favourite poets you may not be very familiar with. They are Australians, A.B. "Banjo" Patterson, and Kenneth Slessor. This was the perfect hub. Your song and poetry recitations well done too. Thank you.


manatita44 7 months ago

Thank you so much Jodah. Happy Valentine's! You say that this is the perfect Hub. It's probably the most complete compliment I've had. Profound Gratitude. So sorry, I do not know the Australian poets.

The first time I went to a Poetry evening could have been 10 -15 years ago. The best poet was an Australian. So if your man is middle aged or more and have been to London, then it could easily be him. My memory of him is very vague. It was so long ago.

Your input is complete. You've said a lot in few words. Much appreciations. Hope that all is well; that the family is good. I wish you a pleasant evening.


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manatita44 7 months ago from london Author

Artin is my friend. We recite at some events. He has won a couple of slams, I believe, and done well in others. I find that I'm usually too deep for the average audience. I get low marks in Slams, but people say WoW! Astonishing! In spiritual circles. Funny thing, life.


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AliciaC 7 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a lovely hub, Manatita. Thank you for sharing the poetry, quotes, photos and videos. The different components combine to make a very interesting and enjoyable article.


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Jodah 7 months ago from Queensland Australia

Manatita, the Australian poets I mentioned, Kenneth Slessor (was a WW11 war correspondent turned poet) died in 1971 at 7 years of age and Banjo Paterson lived at the same time as Rudyard Kipling and was inspired by him. I wrote a hub dedicated to him a few years ago called: A. B. 'Banjo' Paterson (The Bush Poet). He is most famous for writing "Waltzing Matilda" and "The Man from Snowy River."


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manatita44 7 months ago from london Author

Yes, Jodah. I remember those two poems. I must have seen the Hub. Will still look for it, though. Thanks for the clarification. I have a New Zealand friend called Jogyata Dallas and an Australian Kishore, they are both excellent poets.

AliciaC, I thank you. Hope you had a great Valentine's! Yes, you see the allroundedness of the Hub, eh? I like this Hub a lot! Much Gratitude.


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manatita44 7 months ago from london Author

Jodah, I have looked at Banjo's work. Seems famous. Used lots of diffferent rhyming skills; told narratives ...etc. Excellent work!


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Nellieanna 7 months ago from TEXAS

Manatitia, I love the picture of my George and me! Thank you for that selection!


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manatita44 7 months ago from london Author

Then I'm very happy, my Dear. Lots of Love.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 7 months ago from Riga, Latvia

Your poetry paints such wonderful pictures.


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manatita44 7 months ago from london Author

A lot of pics in this one. Yes, Gypsy, thank you. I'm trying to show that it's so varied; unrestricted; unable to be bound ....

Thank you so much!


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RJ Schwartz 7 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

What a collection of....amazement. It inspires, warms the soul, and give focus to those moments of far off gazing.


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manatita44 7 months ago from london Author

What a sweet, comment, my brother. God bless you. Hope that you're recovering well. You seem a strong Soul. Loving thoughts.


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Frank Atanacio 7 months ago from Shelton

manatita this was so well written loved it my friend :)


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manatita44 7 months ago from london Author

You Bro. You are a great writer, and so I treasure your words even more. Thank you so much!


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bravewarrior 6 months ago from Central Florida

This is a very well put together piece, Manatita. I especially enjoyed listening to you recite poetry. You have a very soulful delivery. But then, that doesn't surprise me in the least. I loved hearing your voice, my friend.

Peace to you.


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manatita44 6 months ago from london Author

Thank you, thank you... I was in a church with a decent audience of liberal minded people. So glad that you like this video. A ppreciations.

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