Another Blue

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If a person's favorite color is blue,~ blue tends to dominate the selections and surroundings of the person's life, with one more 'Blue' always still missing and needed for completion! __nhh

. . . .Lady Lists the Blues


Blue bells, blue skies,

Bluebonnets, blue stairs,

Aqua-blue butterflies.


Can't have too many blues.

Cornflower eyes, leather chairs,

The Blue Suede Shoes.


Blue jeans, blue cars.

Of course, blue funks

And twinkly blue stars.


Famous Blue Willow;

Blue swimming trunks!

Favorite blue pillow!


Blue moon, blue crystals.

Royal blue bloods

With steel-blue pistols.


Gloomy deep blue moods,

Bright blue flower buds,

Scarlett’s blue net snoods.


Our whirling blue planet

On the edges of space

Of slate-blue granite.


Fishes called bluegills,

Delicate blue laces,

Boys' and girls' favored thrills!


Bring on more blues

To chill hot sunny days

Among their cool hues.


Songs of blue and blues

Will chase away the grays!

How they brighten and amuse!


Gainsborough’s Blue Boy,

Christmas boy drumming,

Blue-robed Helen of Troy.


More blues to prop 'em up!

The blues keep coming!

Need someone to stop 'em up!



______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Moody Blues Nights in White Satin

. . . .Kaleidoscope

Blue - green - red - orange,

Shapeless colored glass,

No rhythm of its own,

A pile of nothingness.. . .


That which starts to mold it, -

Active and passive forces, -

Are movement and reflection,

Inner and outer resources.. . .


Perfect as a crystal,

A form they will reveal,

Or wispy as a flake of snow,

And changing like a reel.. . .


Components?

Still just random glass,

Now varied in expression

Like life within a human soul

Proceeds with its progression.. . .


And of its basic stuff

Itself is always made

While movement and reflection

Determine how it's played.


____© Nellieanna H. Hay

. . . .Blue SaturnDay Blues Now Gone


Forlorn,

Soul stands outside itself

And knocks;

But cannot enter in today,

Although it sees inside and knows

How many lives it is away.


A soul brought near

To all of self

Yet is denied

And cannot be, ~

It won't reveal;

Not yet.


The fragile heart,

Burdened with dream's

Excruciating ecstasy,

Is too unreal;

Droops and gasps

Yet still persists

Because the dream exists

Beyond the door.


Shadow deepens at locked door;

Still desert soul inside is hoping

To ripen and to flourish

In my dream.


From misty ground arises,

Vitalizing vapor - steam, -

To nourish,

To restore.


I awake; it is not real.

Ground is parched

And desert, still,

For now - until

That distant verdure

Can become

Reality for me.


Before the day you came

I did not dare to dream

That desert meeting moisture,

Comes alive.


Then I knew, through dreaming: -

The dream itself was overflow

Of that reality!


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



(Not the actual stained glass window I made into a stained glass bedspread.)

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. . . Stained Glass Quilt


Blue stained glass

From salvaged antique window

Blended by its leaden strips

With multi-colored glassy shapes

To form a glassy pattern -

Flowers, leaves and vase.


How vividly I remember

Scaling, copying all onto

Design for king-size spread,

Matching exact colors in fabrics.

Joining with strips of 'leaden' cloth

Connecting each 'stained glass' field

To make it real, ~

A quilted masterpiece.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Diana Ross - Lady Sings The Blues


Blue is happy.

Blue is gloomy.

Blue delights.

Blue depresses.

Blue is so remote!


I'm ambivalent.

I led you on.

Blue is not my color.

Blue digresses

Like an asymptote!



______© Nellieanna H. Hay

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James-wolve 3 years ago from Morocco

Wow Gem! Once again your work is so beautiful! I love your work it's so amazing and creative! I'll keep reading your things!


Vickiw 3 years ago

Dear Nellieanna, your beautiful poetry and pictures are enough to chase away the blues in life! Really lovely, just like you!


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Monis Mas 3 years ago

Beautiful, Nellieanna! Lovely photos, too! I hope you are not feeling blue today - it's sunny and springy here. Happy Easter!


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

How very clever and beautiful, Nellianna! You are a wordsmith of the highest order my friend. Very well done!

Have a wonderful Easter weekend!


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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Nellieanna, this is another beautiful series. Blue is my favorite color and your poetry leaves me feeling anything but blue.


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MrsBrownsParlour 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

I really enjoyed the list of blues, the kaleidoscope and stained glass pieces (objects I love and find inspiring, along with cobalt blue glass in any form)....but the poem that took my breath away was the SaturnDay one. I love the whole thing but especially this part:

"Soul stands outside itself

And knocks"

I know that feeling, and that is just an amazing statement of it.

I love blue because it is the color of the sky and the seas, and this poetry collection made me wonder if we call it the blues because of that melancholy existential ennui that makes us feel like we are disappearing into the wide expanses.


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MrsBrownsParlour 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

I also am thinking of this song now:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoN2nUTzCOo


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Twilight Lawns 3 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

I haven't been on Hub Pages, with any great enthusiasm, for months and here I am, reading another one of your excellent hubs, my dear friend.

How lovely... you and the hub, of course.

Big hugs,

Ian

x


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agapsikap 3 years ago from Philippines

Blue is happy.

Blue is gloomy.

Blue delights.

Blue depresses.

Bluer than blue, you're the only life this empty room is ever had.

Life without you is...bluer than blue, Nellieanna.

B...eautiful!


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

What a lovely way to use the color blue in so many thoughts and poetic verses. The pictures are laid out beautifully with the poetry, and you have chosen the perfect song as well. Absolutely delightful!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

James, I'm totally honored that you admire my work and want to continue reading it!! Thank you!! I look forward to seeing you again~


SilverGenes 3 years ago

The Moody Blues was the perfect accompaniment to the words. The poetry took me along, as always, into quiet places in the mind as the asymptote beckoned in seductive indigo. I love your poetry and thoughts...they take me back and forward. Hugs xx


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Vicki, dear friend, - thank you. I'm smiling at the thought that my poems and pix might be able to chase away any blues! That's a supreme compliment! And thank you for the others, too!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Monis, - oh, no - I'm not feeling 'blue'. It's not part of my life. Oh, sure, I've felt blue on occasion enough to know what it is, but I don't cling to negativity once I let it run its course, - as it always will if one just lets got of it and pays attention to the new experiences happening around one: life in profess, in other words. Each day brings a new supply to which we need to be ready, sensitive & positive.

Thank you for your concern, dear friend! Yes, today is pleasantly balmy, just a bit cloudy. Not raining but we had some in the night, & are due for more tonight and tomorrow morning. The timing's not ideal, but rain is so needed & valuable to us that it's like a gift from heaven! Little ones may not appreciate that, though, when their egg hunts are upset.

Hugs and thanks!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Billy - thank you. This idea was brewing and it was fun to do. I had an in-law whose passion for blue was so great that almost everything in her life was blue - clothes, home decor, car, boat - - haha. In fact she named their boat "Another Blue!". Everyone who knew her was amused and it was my inspiration for this.

A wonderful Easter weekend to you and Bev, too! Hard to get used to it being so early this year! It's still winter in some parts of the continent!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

I'm unable to get my replies to post right now.

AHA - that comment posted. I'll try again on my replies! Sorry about the delay in replying to all the wonderful comments!!

Trying to reply to Jim - I'll skip that one and try another one then come back to it.

Well that worked. Maybe I included some forbidden symbol in the one to Jim. Dunno.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hi, Jim! I'm pleased that you're feeling 'anything but blue' from my poetry hub! And, well - I'm hardly surprised it's your favorite color, noticing your big blue eyes! (grin) I've had many dear friends with blue eyes who are inevitably in sync with blue! It's almost a universal favorite, really!

An advantage of my present age is that colors which really weren't my 'best' ones earlier became compatible with my new coloring. But with eyes that look brown (really are more green) and my hair with lots of red in it, 'back then', my better colors were the 'Spring' palette of green, yellow, peach, orange, ivory, in which I actually felt 'more myself', - rather than blue-toned colors, which even includes most red, pink, purple and the true blues. The more 'true blue' a blue is, the less compatible it used to be with my own coloring. 'Robins' egg blue' was my best blue choice, with its slight leaning from blue to green. Now, though, what doesn't work with silver hair? I'm kicking up my heels! hehe.

Besides, I'm finally resigned to not having blue eyes! When I was little, I used to stare at the blue sky, hoping the color would somehow trickle down to my eyes! :-) It just wouldn't, so next best - I was drawn to people who HAD the blue eyes which were the ones I could see, looking out with my own. Now that contacts could do it, I'm 'over it'. ;-) Now that contacts could do it, I'm 'over it', except for admiring them in others, where they belong! ;-)

Thank you, dear friend, for visiting and lovely comments!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Lurana -

I can so understand your affinity for the true blue cobalt glass! A beautiful color and glass gives it real "light'". One thing that attracts me to stained glass and also to screens that are backlit with light, so that colors on them have that quality. The surpass 'matte' colors on paper and canvas as a 'whole-other' kind of 'light' art. Artists with the ability to capture the illusion of such light on matte surfaces get my admiration, too. It's almost an additional 'sense' they bring to it.

The SaturnDay poem came from an earlier time when it well described my then-current situation which required keen perception of & insight into the challenges it mentions. The sense of standing outside one's deepest self is overwhelming, even it it's fairly temporarily. Mine threatened a longer 'stay'. Poetry always help sort things out and find the way most important (to me) to deal with them - or to hang on to my inner resources which were dealing with them. So the poem has a semi-sequel in which the desert has 'come alive" with the verdancy replacing the sense of aridity. Some times this sense is expressed by people poetically as hunger or thirst needing filled or some presence needing released. If it's a vacancy needing to be filed, I"ve found that looking for a filling deluge outside of oneself seldom can fill it adequately. That's what is so good about writing. It's much more than just venting. It's a way of resolving & healing.

Your observation that perhaps we call it "the blues" is related to the melancholia and sense of endlessness of what we can perceive of space and 'the universe' of which we have no control. I hadn't thought of that - but it has much food for thought! I've remained something of an optimist even during harsh circumstances. Maybe it's because of my leaning toward warmer colors, though I always loved a blue bedroom! hm.

Blue is a 'cool' color, which seems a little more removed from one's own sense of warm red-blooded life coursing through before becoming blue when it's been drained of its life-bringing cargo of new supplies of oxygen and is then charged with removing residues of poisonous CO2 and various debris to be expelled and replaced again with fresh new O2. Hm. interesting! Lungs and blood at work to keep one alive. It's too easy to forget what a miraculous system the body is & what unnecessary burdens we place on it!!

The video with Suzanne Vega is simply exquisite in every respect. I'm so pleased with the discovery of the "new-to-me" artists. I'm saving them and this one is especially wondrous.

Thank you once more, my dear, for your visits and interaction! Very refreshing.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ian!! Oh, you rascal, you! How are we supposed to manage without you and your writing?? I know, I know. You're unenthusiastic. But wouldn't that improve if you came around so we could all benefit??? It's YOU who's needed around here! I am happy to see that your computer is working!! So plug it in more often, my dear.

Thank you for this visit and your most welcome comments! Big hugs ! I can't tell you how delighted I am to see you, dear heart!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Agapsikap - how NICE! Thank you! You fill a room very nicely yourself! Hugs. I'm so pleased that you came by and enjoyed my hub!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hi, Pamela! I appreciate your specific responses to the BLUE hub! It's so valuable to hear what strikes a chord in the reader and good to not only have fun making it but sharing it positilvely and actively! Hope your Easter time is lovely, too!

It's hard to believe it's here already!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Alexandra Thank you for keying into the good fit of the Moody Blues song, which is not about blue directly, but sets the perfect mood for it. The illustrations in it are so fitting, too! I' corralled d several possibilities for musical accompaniment, but sort of went with my gut with that one which almost presented itself!

I'm smiling at your noticing the reference to asymptote, a physics phenomenum which has fascinated me for years. It never occurred to me to use in in a poem before, - but when I thought about it's not only rhyming but expressing the very character of blue I needed:- something that nears and gets closer without ever meeting or crossing through its nearly parallel partner. I suppose that if one could follow into near infinity, it might meet and cross over - - but. . . Blue has that sort of infinite ability to toy with one's perception! It's such fun to share such pointless but fascinating thoughts! Thank you!! And of course - for the visit and lovely comments!!

Hope to see you more often!! Hugs, treasured friend.


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

Blue is not my favorite color, but you almost make me want to take it on as such! And it is such a beautiful color. . . ;)


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

B is for the Beauty in your poetry,

L is for the Loveliness you display.

U is for the Unusual images and graphics,

E is for the Empathy you convey.

Put them all together, they spell BLUE which is what I would be if you went away. Trust me.


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cat on a soapbox 3 years ago from Los Angeles

Nellieanna,

Blue is anything but blah as you have shown us here. Blue has sometimes kept me in a holding pattern before releasing me into that glorious space which restores my spirit, and I will always hang onto the promise of its far-reaching hope. I love your refreshing outlook and always look forward to your beautifully presented creative writing!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Shanmarie - Oh, my! We've this in common, for sure! You've expressed my feelings about blue. It was never my favorite color but I've always admired its beauty, too. That sounds a bit contradictory, but it's the difference between wanting to wear and surround oneself with a color, and in still enjoying it on others and in its own elements. There are particular shades and tints of blue I like for myself, (such as robins' egg blue and electric blue), but they're not the most "true blue" of its varieties.

Thank you for reading my hub and leaving a really good comment!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear DrBJ! - what a delightful original DRBJ poem about my poetry! I'm smiling from Texas to Florida! What's not to trust? :-) Hugs!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Cat - Ah. Yes - blue can do that to me, as well. It's amazing what effects color has on one! Thank you for sharing yours.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

A real gem... a crystal.... look through and see the magic of the world (your words). Thank you


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

:-), Martin! I like that! Thank you, friend!


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

What a lovely word-symphony about blue, and beautiful applicable videos!

Well, in the range of blue, royal- and midnight blue is about all I like to wear. I don't know why, but blue is not my favorite color.

So, I'll stick to this verse:

"I'm ambivalent.

I led you on.

Blue is not my color.

Blue digresses

Like an asymptote!"

~

Beautiful, bountiful blue -

a bouquet of poems.

all of them so blooming true....

~

Ps: I love drbj's comment :)

Hugs to you, Nellieanna :)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah, dear Martie! - Seems we may share an ambivalence about blue. I know why it's not my favorite and also why I admire and respect it. Therein the ambivalence, though I've long embraced midnight or navy blue as a basic color. At one time it was my 'basic black', I guess. Harriet wouldn't approve me wearing black. To her it was equivalent to letting a kid wear chinchilla; - just 'not done'. She approved of brown or navy for me, which colors I didn't mind.

But I never felt good in or wore royal blue till I designed & made myself a gorgeous blue-velvet formal gown when in my mid-40s. My hair had turned gray by then & I was having it 'blonded' then, so my coloring conflict with royal blue was mitigated. But wearing pure royal blue, even thinking about wearing it stirs a tad of of the old revulsion - a 'downer', though looking at it doesn't. Go figure. Ambivalent!

Love your poem and love YOU! - Oh, yes - DrBJ's poetic comment is a complete delight, too. How lucky I am to have such kind & talented friends! Big hugs. dear cyber daughter.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Thank you for this enjoyable journey all in blue. Enjoyed and passing this on. Wish our gray skies would go away and they'd be clear and blue. Hope you had a Happy Easter!


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MrsBrownsParlour 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

I love stained glass because it gives artists the chance to paint with light, as you said. There is a wonderful stained glass museum at Navy Pier in Chicago with many historical pieces of astounding beauty---and it is even free to the public, which makes it a great cultural resource. Some of the pieces have lights that cycle on and off so that you can see how light enhances the work; they are very different 'before' and 'after'.

I deeply appreciate your comments about poetry being both a source and activity of healing. It has been that for me.

I like your thoughts about blood and oxygen! And I am glad you liked the Suzanne Vega song too. :-)


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

Ah, yes- ' the Dream is Always There'...

that line jumped out at me - perhaps it's the...timing? Hmmmm...?

blue is my favorite color - i'm not surprised to see you paying it the attention usually reserved for pinks and reds! (lol)..

of all the blues - YOU are both 'Royal' - and 'Deep'...to me..

BLUE-tiful!

upandsharingonxx

Happy Easter


dreamseeker2 3 years ago

Wow! Never knew there was so much about blue in the world. A favorite color of my mother's. Great piece, Nellie...voted it up and awesome! : )


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Blue is my favorite color! The second piece in here is stunning--and all together, this is just a gorgeous hub!


SilverGenes 3 years ago

I had to pop back in after your reference to black being inappropriate for girls and young women. We share this, too. I remember picking out a lovely dress for a dance in my teen years, only to be told that black just wouldn't do. Since there were no other 'appropriate' dresses (I used to think we were Amish), the black was selected but not worn until it had made a trip to the dressmaker to attach a hideous 'shocking pink' collar. Sigh. It was a Valentine's dance and I looked like an advert for chocolates. My entire wardrobe was navy blue, tan, or grey and accented with royal blue, turquoise, baby blue, and the occasional 'tasteful statement colour'. The jeans that came in later years (no, they were not permitted when I was young) were my blues of choice and remain so. Perhaps that's why I am partial to indigo :)


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jhamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

So Beautiful and colorful. Happy Poetry Month. Jamie


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Rasma -=- Thank you! It is like a journey, you're so right! We've had lovely clear blue skies - and warmth for several days, but tonight a cold front is moving in, lowering temperatures and bringing several days of much - needed rain. So it will be gray, for sure. But April is supposed to bring showers to make the May flowers bloom! :-) Up to a point, 'I love a rainy day' as the song goes.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah, dear Lurana. Yes stained glass is wonderful. I've never tried making it, though I've wished I could. I did try he painted-on-glass effect of stained glass, which was fun, but the colors fade eventually. I just tried it on small samples and was glad I didn't really try it on a large piece or window.

I also love beveled and etched glass. The cuts in the glass produce prisms which capture the light spectrum and break it into colors that are lovely. As a kid I was so fascinated with prisms.

That alternating light among the stained glass pieces sounds fascinating.Showing that effect by before-after. Ingenious.

Poetry has been my confidante, friend, confessor, savior and ongoing helper.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Leslie, my dear, - yes, that thought is well timed. It's not just only that the dream is always there, but also that, like the lotus, it rises even out of the murkiest depths, as in ". . . the overflow of that reality". We can always look for it wherever we find ourselves.

There is much to admire about blue, though it's not my personal favorite. I love all colors but have always felt most kinship with green, if I have to select 'just one'.

Thank you so deeply for your complimentary comparison of me with 'royal' and 'deep'! I'm honored. Love your coined word, 'BLUE-tiful'. Fits YOU! Hugs and love, sweetie.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Gwen - it's pretty amazing that there are so many things associated with blue! I had to stop myself from finding more!

If blue was a favorite of your mother's, did she tend to dress you in it when your were little?

Oddly, though Mother loved color passionately, I never felt that she gravitated to blue, except in painting sky, water & distant mountains. Oh, she chose it for the small patterns against all-white backgrounds of the tile floors in our kitchen & bathroom. Her favorite color was red.

Thank you so much for the votes and lovely comment!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Audrey - I can picture you in an elegant blue formal gown! Lovely! So pleased that you like my hub! Thank your for the compliments!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Alexandra, dear, - thank you for returning! What a treat! Interesting that we shared the taboo against black being appropriate for girls & ingenues. Now, one sees black clothing for very, very young girls. What next? Babies in black?

One of my most beloved dresses in my college wardrobe was a muted blue the color of the clear sky in the west just after twilight. Harriet approved, too! It was a silk 'semi-formal'. (Ever heard that term? It was also 'waltz-length'.)

The shocking pink collar does sound rather hideous. :-) Funny about the Amish thought. You know that my dad was from Mennonite heritage, and they were the precursors of the Amish though the Amish broke off because they thought the Mennonites were becoming too worldly! My grandmother Holdeman had only black, dark gray, brown and navy clothes - - with no colorful accessories or relief. Easy to imagine her contrast - & reservations about - my colorful mother!

Then as a bridal consultant in my day, I had to wear black, dark gray or navy (no brown). Even bright accessories were not allowed. History repeats.

Jeans came in later years for me, too. No kind of pants were permitted at school from 1st grade through college in my time. They weren't worn for eating out, going to movies or on dates. The only pants I owned were for work details, picnics, any sports activities or being out in the country.

Later jeans became my uniform for everything except (rarely) going to weddings and funerals, church, ultra-formal restaurants or the opera. I lived in them, winter and summer, employing heat or A/C to make the same collection of jeans all-weather comfortable; - up till about 5 years ago when I became frugal about my thermostat & utility bills. Now I wear very warm clothes in the short but cold winters inside my coolish house and very cool ones in my warmish house in our long super hot summers.

I remember when my older sister, Ruth, bought her granddaughter some faded jeans & went straight home & dyed them a nice rich blue. haha. She had no idea that they weren't on sale because they'd faded from being too long in the display window in the sun! I guess if they'd had ragged holes, she'd have taken them to a professional to mend!


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

I so enjoy reading your comments as much as your hubs!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Jamie - thank you so much for your kind comment! (Every month is poetry month for me. ;-)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Shanmarie - thank you! What a lovely thing to say!!

(Afterward, I often think I've run on and on way too much in the comments!)


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

Haha, I don't know about that. You're just so gregarious, I can't help it! It's like a ray of sunshine. Your positive nature is contagious. :)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Awgeewillikers! Thank you. I do feel positive about people and life. If it's contagious, nothing could please me more. When I see people unnecessarily burdened with negativity, I truly hurt for them. Of course, real burdens are real, and there's no arguing with that; but so much can be either lifted from or added to them simply by one's attitude & response to them. It becomes more one's nature as it's one's practice. I know this from experience; it's not just some theory.

I know no way to effectively instruct anyone in it, though. One can only demonstrate it.


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

Oh, I don't think you can really instruct anyone in it. I believe in clinical depression and heart break, things of that nature; I am human and have experienced heartbreak and pain. However, I think faith, hope, and God keep me looking for a positive attitude and a way out of a negative situation. But, I know what you mean about hurting for others that are burdened by that kind of pain. That, and unnecessary negativity in general. . . not from clinical depression. . .but general anger at life and the world.


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

A vivid description of the color blue. Royal blue is actually my favorite color. Good work as usual. voted up!


SilverGenes 3 years ago

Nellieanna, my first dance dress was a powder blue organza/tulle affair and it was a 'semi-formal'. My shoes were silk and dyed to match the dress, something we always did for such occasions. Just writing this reminds me of passages from Jane Austen books (hehehe). Yes, I remember the waltz-length :) It was very elegant and still reminds me of Audrey Hepburn.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello again and welcome back, dear Shanmarie. I understand what you've expressed.

Humans are susceptible to many possible paths for our lives and it's not all that easy to recognize them at their beginnings to choose wisely. It helps to think ahead & to fully understand oneself, realizing what one own self can & cannot do when confronted with various likely situations, even those we may not have experienced before which are capable of upsetting us,- to our own and others' detriment. So the main thing isn't what will happen to one as much as awareness of what one has authority & ability to control, namely: - oneself! :-) Just that one pre-thought awareness can vastly simplify the picture - any picture that arises.

Even being ready and prepared to take a deep breath, count to 10, or stretch can help, but more so is the self-knowledge about what one's own psyche needs and can contribute to alleviate - or would further agitate - a tense situation (if not considered).

I've learned to fully acknowledge my feelings to myself: - all of them. Very important for my well-being. Sadness, hurt, frustration, disappointment, anger, resentment, envy - - these are all authentic feelings which arise in a human being, (if I'm any sample). I am sure they're naturally part of being human, not some impostors. They even have value within their own life-moments. They're like red flags to caution one against danger or making inappropriate commitments or. . . . so on; whether they are accurate or not takes thought. It's futile to try to deny or ignore them at their moments. They're real and one feels them. Stufffing them delays their emergence, usually with less appropriateness and more consuming strength.

There's more to it, happily. People have free will and can learn, though it's largely a 'do-it-oneself' kind of learning. We agree that one can't really instruct anyone else.

Here's some of what I've also learned: Negative feelings are 'of their moment' UNLESS I hang onto them past their moments, which realistically may linger briefly while the situation lingers. What can happen, though, is that I must exercise my option to take them into my being as if they indefinitely belong there as who I AM & as if they're supposed to be accepted as 'HOW IT IS'; - which then can become how it is. . . . OR NOT if I exercise my other choice! I've another option to let them go! Holding onto debilitating feelings after their moments pass would be as absurd as laughing heartily and trying never to stop laughing like that. It would hurt my jaws & always be at odds with the real moments in progress- or which would be available as my choice instead if I hadn't chosen to preserve some negative emotion after its moment and situation had passed!

One continues allowing love or feeling happy for one's life because one recognizes them as beneficial, so they continues to be nurtured and refreshed willingly because it's what one chooses and prefers.

Why of why, nurture & prolong one's own negative emotions which drain and block out one's potential responses of better ones in ongoing life moments? That's what happens if we're unaware of our own complicity in keeping & feeding what we really wouldn't prefer, - sadly, - till sometimes they've grown exponentially stronger than &/or have taken over ourself and our life?

When a situation is in progress which stirs negative emotions, noone is at one's best to think about any of this unless it's been thought about, realized & internalized in quieter moments. If it has been, another benefit is that one is even less prone & susceptible to negative responses because of realizing their temporary reality which often results in lasting damages & regrets when the situation has subsided, or else it may prolong a situation unnecessarily.

Emotions will always arise when situations honestly call for them, and when we're unprepared. It's what's done with them after the situation subsides which matters, which is in our own hands.

Of course, if the situation which arouses negativity so that it's chronically one's whole picture and beyond our control, then that may be the focus needing resolution. It's still one's personal choice.

We cannot change or fix another person or even the situations which we share. All we can do is demonstrate our own convictions & effective self-management; that is what for which we ARE responsible and have direct access to do.

These are but my own perspectives on these things, of course.

Love and hugs, Shanmarie.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh, Marlene - thank you for coming by and leaving such a pleasant comment!

I'm not a bit surprised that royal blue is your favorite - - it suits your regal bearing! Glad you enjoyed my treatment of blue. Thanks for the vote!


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

Ah, and right you are! I thought about it after I posted to you, and I realized that there is a way people are "taught" to be positive in the manner of self help tips. However, it requires, as you say, a desire and decision to hang on to only the positive thoughts. I do not tend to be emotional and I often react to things shortly after the fact rather than in the moment, but I feel deeply when I am hurt. Yet, I also try not to hang onto those feelings longer than the time it takes to heal and anger is just an emotion I never like to hold onto--fleeting in time. I wish so many more people would do the same. Anger has its place, but it also ruins so many relationships. I think it should be recognized for what it is and then turned loose and all forgiven.

That said, I think you have just given one more example to the value of "blue" in the world. ;)


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Alexandra - ah. hehe - that sounds so memoirable! Bet you looked gorgeous!

I had a long powder blue 'net' dress. Tulle wasn't a frequenter in Del Rio, Texas at the time of my first formal party, nor had waltz lengths made their appearance for formal wear. (My wedding dress for my 1st marriage was waltz length, though.)

The occasion for the blue net wasn't exactly a dance; more of a party for new members of a 'club'. I was a couple of years younger than all my peers and was SO extra-awkward, but this was a "store-bought" dress which did a lot for my confidence. haha.

I don't remember my shoes, but sure they were not dyed to match. I doubt if Del Rio had found that technique yet, either. It may not even been introduced in general yet. I had some of those dyed-to-match later when a little sophistication had rubbed off on me from Harriet, plus when I was out of the boonies, though not especially by choice. Oh - what memories. How we're each made up of so many influences!

Yes, it is reminiscent of Jane Austen books! Maybe one reason we like her works. They were both 'of her times' and 'of all times to follow' as far as what people - especially female people - go through in 'rites of passage'. (a nice play on your words, isn't it?).

When Audrey Hepburn made her appearance and I was repeatedly told I resembled her, it probably did more for my confidence at the time than even blue silk shoes would have done.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Shanmarie! Good for you! You come through to me as a very thoughtful and earnest person who wants to and does the right things. I sincerely admire you.

A thought: depth of honest feeling needn't be the determining factor in how one chooses to direct one's reactions to them, fortunately,- if we realize that the other person - or agitator - can't 'fix' our feelings for us & that his/her motives may be totally benign anyway.

We build ours on a backlog of our own expectations - realistic or not! Others in our life are also into theirs. It can be a match or a mismatch, so that what arises may be an ordinary misunderstanding because each of us has only the one subjective perspective, perception & backlog on which to base his/her responses to others. We want to be considerate of theirs if we're nice people - but we really can't judge what-all they expect or need emotionally, can we?

My anger-level is very high. I have one but it's quite difficult to arouse. But it can be quite devastating if it's reached - and I have no Taurus influence in my chart! haha. But I tend to think and weigh input before I react to it. I've endured far more devastating circumstances and treatment by others than is likely ever to occur again, so it's all a little bit 'small stuff' when it encroaches now.

I value my emotions very highly! They're what prove I'm alive! They all arise and so I'm fully functioning! Anger isn't responsible for ruining relationships but reactions to it are. You've got it! Turning it loose after it's exploded and go on with the knowledge that there's almost nothing to forgive - but to understand and know whether or not one is up to facing it if it's chronic in the relationship.

I tried 18 years to make an impossible, abusive marriage work for a reason that became moot anyway. The only thing really that was preserved and rescued - at least for many years, some still unreduced, was my own integrity. I never reacted the way I was expected to, in kind. I kept my self intact, when it was being deliberately attacked. Poetry helped and it wasn't venting against the barbarism, but was preserving the decency and civilized. It was also attacked.

One does wish more folks would have better self-understanding so as to behave better, but that's beyond one's power to cause, even with a pristine example. Nevertheless, a sane response to even the most violent reactions not only preserves the integrity of one's own self, but tends to mitigate the agitation for them. I don't wish the devastation of being controlled by ugly emotions and motives on anyone. They're to be pitied more than anything. It's a consuming and inescapable way of life for them unless they see through it. For others in their paths, their torment can be avoided. If only they all realized that. sigh.


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

How very kind of you to say! I appreciate the compliment, though I am not sure I am worthy of admiration. In fact, I would turn the compliment back on you.

Anger is what it is. Everyone gets angry sometimes. Emotions cannot be reasoned with sometimes. We may not even feel a particular emotion for any logical reason that is discernible. What matters is most definitely how you handle it. :)

You know, I think this conversation has just inspired a song. Thanks!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Wow -that is pretty spectacular! A song! Keep me informed! Hugs!

I appreciate your thoughts about it. All emotions have their own spectrums of intensity, from mild to extreme. Anger tends to swing to its extremities very easily - and seems to control one.

We almost need to learn to identify potential situations which are apt to ignite it for us & have measures in our minds to 'kick in' if those situations are arising, till we outgrow the things that set us off.

I hated the way temper affected me so much that I wanted to avoid its extremities. Now when I feel it begin to flush my cheeks, I'm ready for it enough to keep my cool at the onset which tames it. What is great about that is that it tends to disarm whoever is on the other end much better than the ultimate anger could. And afterward, one has no headache or stroke-like high blood pressure lingering on, no burned bridges to repair, no embarrassment from acting like a mad person. One has the satisfaction of knowing one's helped, not hurt, too - and left it open for repair if needed.

You're right that it's too late to think it through and reason it through if one's plunged into it, full-blown. It needs to be a little foreseen or quickly identified as its potentiality at the first signal. It nearly always has one. (I'm thinking of some 'surprises', though!)

It's not necessary usually for it to burst into full fury. One can be ready to 'cut it off at the pass' before it really gets out of hand. That in itself is a state-of-mind, - knowing it is possible to anticipate in time.


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

This is also very true. I will say, though, that I think there is a difference between getting mad and getting angry or furious. Mad is temporary, often justified even if only for personal reasons. It passes quickly and does not usually cause much damage. Anger and fury cause rage and tend to linger. I rarely get angry, not the way I used to as a teenager, and even then it was usually because someone else was yelling at me first. Now, more often than not, though, I tend to walk away rather than engage in a yelling match. It simply is not worth it.

Funny how we ended up talking about anger from the subject of blue. I just love the way the human thought process works.


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Yes, you've defined the degrees of the emotion of anger. Getting mad is almost a different emotion, and can range from annoyance to righteous indignation, which do tend to be more moderate & easily assuaged & forgotten, - or put into constructive use, as to power opposition to real social irresponsibility or wrongs; or even to 'drive a point home' with measured sensibility.

But fury and rage are levels of uncontrolled anger that have risen & reached those levels from a spark set off by a situation which triggers them, predictably; with a trigger which fits the person's 'buttons', which can and must be understood by the person who is mature and responsible.

Watching some TV shows in which people flare up over and over at the same things and persons show so clearly what is going on. It's not as transparent if it's oneself involved - but it really is just as predictable & identifiable. It's one's personal assignment to learn to foresee and avert those situations and results in one's own makeup. Not possible or necessary to know everyone else's, though experience teaches if if one hangs around for repetition!

I'd rather eat nails than be drawn into a yelling match! You're so right! It's not worth it. In fact it's of no worth whatsoever unless one wants to strain one's vocal chords an alientate the other person, making any real meeting of the minds impossible!

I've been in very few yelling matches, but enough to know how little I need that! It's well worth learning about myself and anticipating my triggers and/or boiling points so as to stand back from approaching them. People often manipulate others by pushing their buttons. Getting someone to fly off in anger is the easiest ploy for that. No one can protect those 'buttons' but oneself, by knowing them and refraining from exposing them to attack. The other people involved are not the issue. They've their own to handle - or not.

There's nothing more disarming than a clear, calm, sensible response, especially if the other's intent is to wreak havoc, manipulate or take advantage. In any event, it's the best course for oneself and one's well-being. It turns out to be the simplest and easiest, too.

Yes I like the way our discussion has meandered, too. I think it proves how interwoven human experiences are. They're related, 'all of a piece' when we get right at them. It shows how related we all are whenever folks can discuss without rancor or fear, - just exchanging ideas and feelings freely, valuing and respecting each other's views. I love it too.


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

I particularly love cognitive psychology and developmental psych. The thought train and open discussions, the places they go. . .I just have to watch what I say sometimes because when I get too comfortable with someone I tend to speak what is on my mind at the moment and expect that person to discuss it with me if clarification is needed or it is taken differently than I intend it to be. Also, sometimes I say something I think just for the sake of voicing it and then it is taken as something that was supposed be read between the lines, so to speak. But I am digressing yet again.

As for sensible and calm response, yes, it most often works the way you intend. And when it does not, it definitely helps keep you sane and ulcer free! They say you can kill an enemy with kindness. . .


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

I'm smiling. I so well know what you mean about speaking your mind or 'off the top of your head' and then realizing it wasn't 'heard' as intended or was totally misconstrued!

I've virtually given up on expecting to be understood as intended generally.

EVERYONE is a little subjective 'reality' composed of individual sensitivities and experiences. EVERYTHING that enters a person's awareness must be perceived and filtered through 'all that' subjectivity to even be comprehended. It's unrealistic to expect anyone else to see or hear anything as one meant, if, indeed, one's own thoughts haven't shifted since voicing them!

This is where I say we need to 'give others the benefit of the doubt' and try to withhold instant judgement or interpretation. If we wait a bit, either it may clarify more or become of no matter as that moment progresses into the next and the next. We can get too caught up in semantics and probing and forget what the main points were!

We can edit and choose our words carefully - and still be misunderstood.

Anyway -if one is 'saying it true' and with all the clarity one can muster, still being prepared that it may not be correctly received but wants or needs to share it; - whatever happens is not fatal.

There are people who cannot read between the lines when appropriate and those who always read between them when inappropriate! One must just say it truly and let the pieces fall where they may.

As for sensible and calm responses, there's no mileage in intending or expecting that it will work on anyone else! It may. It may not. It's more likely to be positive than of delivered angrily, - but nothing is guaranteed.

One must simply represent herself honestly & honorably, - and as effectively as possible. But the effects cannot be expected or relied upon. It leaves one's own jurisdiction as soon as it reaches other's receptors.

I find myself taking a deep breath when I finally press the "Publish button" and release my 'soul' - er- hubs- for public scrutiny! But I tell myself 'so be it' every time.

One's best judgment prompts one's actions and then they're released into the vast otherness & unknown. What we can know ends with our own selves, and we may not have mastered that completely!

Fortunately, it's not likely to be disastrous, especially if it's one's best. But even if it is disastrous, so be it. What else could or would one do? If there's an answer to that - then one can do it, instead.

What's really funny is that we can totally goof up and say all the wrong things and it may land on deaf or inattentive ears anyway and be accepted without examination. It's all chance and risk! Life is such a delightful contradiction in which the 'rules' are like shifting sand. Oneself is one's major project to try to 'shape up' and be a positive influence.


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

Haha, that is why I say I am a conundrum that makes sense only in my own mind! It is strange how I will be so direct in that manner sometimes, yet also not reveal the deeply personal to many. Really, in the end, we are all just human anyway so there should be no reason to worry about whether or not it is a disaster to do so. I like that view...life is one big contradiction, isn't it?


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

I suppose we all are! But if we make can sense of ourselves to ourselves - well, . . . as I like to say - 'that's one!"

We all do tend to reserve our most personal selves from too many, and surely, wisely so. You're so right that we're all just human. There is certainly no cause to worry or even to hide from others, who're mostly too busy with their own selves to worry much about ours.

Many years ago I realized that my faith is very simple and I could express it in 4 words: "There is no problem." :-) The contradictions and problems are all temporal & are of our own making.

Good night. - My carriage is already become its real self: a pumpkin!


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DREAM ON 3 years ago

You have changed the color blue for me too.Seeing so many possibilities.I love the blue of the ocean and could watch it for hours and hours.Now the blue sky catches my eye.I am surrounded by blue that I never seen before.The blue trim on the bottom of my computer screen reminds me of the hub you just wrote.Blue is more than just a color it is my border for all colors to come.So off to enjoy more blue all I can say is thank you.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Wow, Dream On! I've hit the jackpot with your renewed visiting of hubs being visits to several of mine! Thank you! I'm honored!

And this comment of yours is so interesting. The sea is, indeed a lovely blue, at least the Pacific is blue. The bodies of water more on eastern shores of our continent seemed to me to look more green, and less calm and soothing. I'm rather terrified of the Atlantic and the Gulf, in fact - from my limited experience with them. My equally limited experience with the Pacific made me love it. Also the very large Lake Amistad outside Del Rio, Texas and crossing from Texas to Mexico is very blue.

How fun when a color one hadn't noticed much starts to 'catch the eye' - even just a trim on the computer. My laptop's screen's whole background is blue, with stars and a glowing galaxy, maybe our own Milky Way.

As I've explained in other replies, true blue is not my personal favorite color, but one I admire and respect. There are so many examples of it in nature and life - and in music - I was inspired to write the hub about it.

Blue complements you as your border - a vibrant electric blue, perhaps! So be off to enjoy it! Hugs.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

OOps. I hit 'Post Comment' a second time when it was too sluggish, and it posted it twice. So I'm replacing the duplicate with this little addition. :-0

The stuff we have to do to get along in cyberland!


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girishpuri 3 years ago from NCR , INDIA

:) ( Smiling ), God bless


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pagesvoice 3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

Our mutual friend ImKarn23 will be the first to tell you that I struggle with poetry and don't really read too many of them except yours and hers.

You are a master at your craft. You magnificently reveal a canvas of blue oceans, rivers, streams and skies in my mind, taking me to a place of peace and serenity. I honestly never appreciated poetry because I didn't understand it. You have the uncanny ability of opening my eyes to a new genre for me. Thank you.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Girish -Thank you. Your comment is like many of my poems - brief, with messages in the spaces! Nice.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dennis - I'm truly honored. I'm especially complimented if a non-poetry lover discovers a relationship with it. So I'm so pleased that it communicates a sense of beauty & serenity for you.

I understand why the connection happens when it's happened, which pleases me all the more, though I wouldn't know that the person wasn't already a poetry lover, since it's simply a 'connection' between my poetry and the reader (or not). Little would I have known that you hadn't loved the genre all along! Thank you for sharing that!!

I just love ImKarn23 (Leslie)!


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starstream 3 years ago from Northern California

Shades of blues are my favorite colors. I appreciate your poetry and photos too!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, Starstream, and welcome to my hub. Thank you so much for visiting.and leaving such a gracious comment. Also thank you for the follow and fan mail.


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

OHHH I love blue.. MY FAVORITE COLOR.. Hello sweet friend..

I have missed you.. so much.. what a sweet BLUE poem this is..

many blessings

I am sharing on my poetry sites on Facebook

Debbie


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

You reminded me of the poem I wrote about BLUE..

love you girlfriend

http://hubpages.com/entertainment/maybeloveisblue...


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CMCastro 3 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

I also wrote a poem on hubpages.com about the color Blue. I really believe that it is God's favorite color. Thank you for your vision. Without "blue" , we would not be able to appreciate "happy". I enjoyed your hub.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you so much, Debbie! I just checked your "Maybe Love Is Blue" poem and left a comment. It is lovely and your illustrations are breathtaking.

Glad you like my 'Another Blue" hub. The idea haunted me till I did it! haha. I have another hub honoring an old film & song, "The Moon Is Blue" and there are so many favorite songs about blue which find a place in my various hubs, as well.

It's not my most favorite color but is one of my favorites, especially some of its variations with more leaning toward green and/or the darker shades & some more muted ones which remind me of twilight.

In fact, I don't think I've ever met anyone who dislikes blue! It's almost a sure-fire-bet for guys' favorite color, especially in its truest hues, both shades and tints with no other color present in them.

I'm going to be a bit scarce this week while preparing 2 tax returns, but will be dropping by to check on things. :-)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Christina - I went to your hub site and tracked down your lovely poem "Obsessed With Blue". I just love the illustrations with both words & pictures to verify that title's claim! Just beautiful. Your blue-eyed daughter is lovely.

My daughter has blue eyes, too. It's surely all the Germanic heritage from both sides teamed up to defy the more dominant trait from my mother's 'black-Scotch/black-Irish' heritage. Mother's eyes & hair were coal black, while her skin was ivory-white. She could tan, though; but it was not considered becoming in her hey-day (born in 1892), so she wore deep bonnets and covered up when in the sun! Dad's red-headed Germanic heritage meant burning, not tanning, so he covered up in self-defense!

Mother covered up me & my 3 siblings, who have/had eyes ranging from black to green with tints in between and hair from black to red.

My children's dad's parents were of German & English extraction, with blue eyes. My son's eyes are brown and my daughter's, blue; both blondes like their father. Some of Dad's genes , rather than Mother's were transmitted for her, obviously! Her 5 daughters are all blue-eyed, but her grandchildrens' run the gamut.


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

Nellienna,

Blue has multiple meaning. We can relate blue with beauty, for instance, blue sky, blue see. We can also see blue as pain and suffering.You have a wonderful poetry style.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Vinaya - thank you so much for your comments. How true that blue is associated with many joyous, beautiful things of this life, while also it is the essence of many emotional states that are negative and trying. We use phrases to describe those, such as "blue mood', "feeling blue", "blue anguish", - even a slang phrase, "a blue funk". One may be overcome with blue thoughts or blue expectations or blue doubts.

Perhaps all colors have such a duality of associations. I think of purple representing regality or 'purple passion', but also we have 'purple rage'. There is the joy of yellow but also yellow cowardice. Green is the essence of living things, but also of envy. Red is the color of valor but also of blind fury. Orange is the color of energy, but also of vain-glory. Black and white have perhaps the most extreme associations. Artists have used colors to suggest the entire parade of emotion, both positive and negative! It's so interesting!

I'm so pleased that you like my poetry style!


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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

Nice work there Yellow Rose! Your playfulness shines through any Blue day! Good to see Ian out of the blue also! Blue is my ocean in which I find so many interesting things and reasons to embrace life. Once again you demonstrate to all of us why we should embrace and celebrate your life Nellieanna! Thank you for that.. we are all the richer for your words. Take care my friend.... PD


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, Rob! It's a pleasure to see you! Your comments just 'hit the spot'! Thank you! Yes, I associate you with the blue ocean! & yes - I'm so happy to see Ian back! I just hope to demonstrate that anyone can embrace and celebrate life! Why not? Happy if something I write is encouraging! Hugs.


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ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

Nellieanna,

Greetings and Congratulations! After reading this hub and others, it is obvious why you would receive the Hub Poet Award. This particular hub caught my attention for a variety of reasons, but I will only share one of those reasons.

When I was still in the classroom, I would offer a prompt on the first day of class in order to "diagnose" where each student was with his or her writing ability. One time, I had the class write about the word, "blue." Naturally, my high school students thought I was crazy and kept insisting I give them something more than one word to write about. I did not budge. The students eventually realized I was not going to budge, and the result was just incredible. I got some of the best and most original works all from that one word: blue.

Thank you for your beautiful work and for reminding me of that great experience as an educator.

Wishing you warmth and wonder,

ocfireflies aka Kim


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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

My favorite color is Blue. This is what led me to your hub. But I must tell you this... It amazes me to read the lines you have written. I just can't imagine how gifted you are as words never end with great thoughts and meaningful lines. Surely you are gifted!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, and a pleasure to meet you, ocfireflies - Kim! I just discovered that my reply didn't post to the comment thread! Luckily, I keep copies of comments so, here it is as it was written:

Thank you for visiting and especially for choosing this hub to visit. It goes back half a year, and it's thrilling when a somewhat archived hub gets noticed! They fade out of view so quickly, it seems.

I appreciate your approval of my being awarded that honor, over which I'm still reeling and overwhelmed. It's not that I don't have confidence in what I do, but I truly don't expect recognition. Each approving comment I get is like a special award! I've only begun sharing my work of a very very long lifetime - (still in full progress, by the way) - so it is all still rather 'new' to me.

I LOVE your story of using the single word, "blue" to challenge your class to write about it! Thinking how sometimes literal, not to mention how reluctant, students can be when it comes to composing poetry or any other totally original work, I can just see their faces when you announced their assignment to them!

I'm especially pleased to have reminded you of that!

I treated myself with a quick visit to your hub site and one of your own hubs! Good work! I shall return for more!

I love your profile pic and that you explained it in your profile, too!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear JPSO138, thank you, my new friend! (And also thank you for following me! - I’m honored!)

Blue is almost a universal favorite, and it’s so abundant in nature! What do we miss most during long dreary winter days but the golden sun and the clear blue sky! It seems to announce all is well and everything good is right at our fingertips! My state’s flower is even blue: the Texas Bluebonnet! I must confess, though, I love green a little more! Having grown up in a semi-arid part of my state, green was so valuable. Blue, we had with us always!

;-)

Don’t be too amazed, my friend. You must remember how long I’ve had to write so many many words, and how much long, eventful life has gone into them!

I’ve always written privately, and there was a midlife period when I wrote dozens of poems a day over several years, writing them down as they came to me. I'd rush from my daily chores to grab my pen and notebook paper and write as fast as I could. I kept them all in notebooks and accumulated seven thick notebooks during that period. I didn’t ‘try’ to think or write, but just followed my muse’s lead and got them written down before they escaped.

Of course, I realized how much they express my deepest thoughts and feelings, so I treasured them for that value. I needed to be able to read and review them myself. We don’t usually sit around communing with our deepest selves, but writing gives us the chance to review those parts when other things have crowded in.

We’re all gifted with and in our deepest hearts and souls, but we may not always be responsive to capture them when they arise to the conscious level, because they don’t linger around waiting to be discovered! ;-) They are tender and, we think, perhaps - vulnerable. I’ve realized that we’re less vulnerable when we are in tune with our whole beings.

We do all have our own gifts. They may differ from others’, but those deepest, most intimate thoughts and feelings surpass all our own other interests and talents. I’ve always loved to construct, - to sew, to paint, to cook, to create tangible results, even playing piano is more ‘tangible’, I think. I have many ‘practical’ interests and have achieved various ‘accomplishments’, but felt a need for ‘more’. Mother encouraged me to take pride in my accomplishments, but it was in writing from the heart that deeply inside my soul was touched and satisfied, and it was never an ‘accomplishment’ to me. It was being in touch with my deepest self.

So it was only after decades that I shared my writing with others except a few poems with a few folks, and it was nearly 4 years ago when I came to Hubpages, not intending to share my poetry here either, that I began to want to share them. I just joined to please a writer friend and to lend him support, I thought! haha. The result for me has been very gratifying. Now I see that if I can share some of the deep thoughts and feelings which carried me through my valleys, it may give others encouragement to delve into their own inner wisdom, so I’m happy if my example might shed a little light for others - and I like that it’s purely voluntary! haha!

Thank you for what I sense is most sincere appreciation of my efforts! Hugs!

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