Artistry Of Life

LXI.


If I forget to paint the day,

The day reminds me

To gather up my brushes.


___© Nellieanna H. Hay


Is this the negative exposure

Of reality,

Or the developed film?

Now that it's all digital,

It may be neither!

Oh! Where is the artist?


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



So much

Depends on

So little.

Life

Is such

A fragile thing.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay





As long as

There are risks,

Surprises,

There is

Life.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay



Story written and illustrated by Donald S. Vogel, an artist of life!
Story written and illustrated by Donald S. Vogel, an artist of life! | Source


It casts no shadow,

Leaves no trace.

It is the moment,

Fully lived.

Eternity,

Surpassing

Time and space.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



Book and illustrations by Donald S. Vogel
Book and illustrations by Donald S. Vogel | Source


Can life forgive us

If we die of thirst

Upon her shoreline?

--

There is nothing more

And nothing less

Than this:

A total moment,

Fully lived.

Perhaps it is

The first

And final step

To God.

--

Heaven is

Knowing

When

You've

Found it.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay




When I try

To fix and fasten

The flow of life,

The glow of life

Grows dim.

To have it,

I must let it go

To float,

To flow,

To grow,

To know,

Become.

Perhaps to take me close

Again

If it is meant to be.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



By Donald S. Vogel
By Donald S. Vogel | Source


There is no mystery

Except the mystery

Of blindness

To the experience

Of LIFE!

LOOK!


______© Nellieanna H. Hay






Life is now

And now is

Quietness,

Absorption,

Vitality.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



Graphics copyrighted 2011 by Nellieanna Hay, designed using Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.

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De Greek 5 years ago from UK

I am so pleased to see you back in form :-)


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Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

Really beautiful photos, and I loved the poem too.


SilverGenes 5 years ago

"There is nothing more

And nothing less

Than this:

A total moment,

Fully lived."

This really struck me. Isn't this what we did as children, when each moment was a lifetime? It makes me wonder about the message behind 'time outs' - perhaps a lesson too well learned. Your graphics are beautiful as is the message. :)


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Skin deep is only a measure for understanding that reality can be fantasy and perception may be a lie.;)


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah-h-h - Dimitris - Yes, I'm back in form ;->

Thank you! Hugs! xoxoxo . . .


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Jo, thank you. I'm happy that you came by and enjoyed! Where in Kentucky? I lived there once or twice, many years ago. It's a really beautiful state.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Alexandra - Yes, children know. It's just as true for us grown-ups, but often we've lost sight of it. "Message behind 'time-outs'"? I'm not sure I fully comprehend.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Mentalist -Ah, yes. It seems abundantly clear that what we consider 'reality' is 'as perceived subjectively', and is as varied as there are individuals subjectively perceiving it and that there is no truly objective perception. Perhaps there IS objective reality, but humans are not equipped to perceive it without our subjective interpretations distorting it, - at any given moment, in myriad different ways.

Thank you so much! I always enjoy your thinking comments!


SilverGenes 5 years ago

Nellieanna, what I meant is that a 'time out' for a child does indeed feel as if one is being removed from life and left to wait in suspended animation while each second ticks by unlived and unexplored- like Disney with the promise of resuscitation! I don't know that I like that kind of message. Nothing a child can do should result in loss of life for any amount of time. We have enough adults fully prepared to fritter away a lifetime without teaching the young how to become adept at it. Perhaps the consequences should be better related to the infraction. We should be teaching how to live each moment constructively and not how to subsist while waiting for another shot at getting it right... just some rambling Sunday morning thoughts that took me into a deeper pool than I had anticipated LOL.


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McHamlet 5 years ago

"Can life forgive us

If we die of thirst

Upon her shoreline?"

Wonderful Nellieanna, wonderful. You always make me think and smile')


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

McH - Thank you. Those words were vividly enlightening and liberating to me when I wrote them. I appreciate your noticing them!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Alexandra, I thought it was something along those lines, although I considered also that it might relate to actual instances of grownups among us taking a kind of timeout; - and I think that in either case, there is positive value in it, provided one is fully aware while doing it that it IS one's choice of how to live & invest those present moments, in remembering, anticipating or dreaming about another time and place, 'real' or imagined. If we realize what we are doing, it may be beneficial. It is almost the stuff of creativity, in fact. It's when it is mistaken for "life" and is separate and apart from the reality of our present living in the moments we really have to invest that it my become dangerous or even pathological to our well-being - because plunges into serious escapism seldom resolves real life issues and results in missing out on real life. But certainly AWARE visits to and consultations with our imaginations can be extremely useful and may even allow us to live more constructively in the real moments and surroundings at hand. It is part of our nature to dream & contemplate possibilities which are not yet realities. All "right brain" or "left brain" limits our fullest beings and potentials. Awareness is the key, perhaps, and being fully aware that it is a choice between looking at the actual possibilities being presented on every side of our reality (which we might never have imagined) - and delving into our own stash of ideas, which might be possible. It's a seductive choice, precisely because it is not an arbitrary one. That's what makes it a choice - - life's major responsibilities are clothed in our ability to choose.

Whew! Yes - these thoughts do lead into a deeper pool! :-) Who knew? Not bad for a Sunday morning, huh? Hugs


SilverGenes 5 years ago

Nellieanna, I love it! Those healthy adult excursions can be like trips to a five-star spa and I think of them as 'time away' rather then the childhood enforced 'timeout'. There is so much fruit to sample in this life that I can scarcely breath for excitement sometimes and that is when a deep breath and a spa visit is wonderful for centering and grounding. When it is mistaken for life, it is as you say; potentially pathological and dangerous. You used a word that is key in my opinion - choice. One must always have the choice to take time out and use it constructively, otherwise it becomes an incarceration.

I'm one of those oddities who use left/right brain equally so have always enjoyed swimming in that pool to solve problems of all kinds, whether it be math, a life situation or a story plot LOL. It is indeed seductive but I needed a swim today hehehe.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah-h-h-h yes, Alexandra - I LIVE in that pool, because it is my own reality. Both are equal weight and importance - and, yes - that IS part of one's choice. Ruling stuff OUT is rather sad, though at all times, it is vital to be aware of what is being given permission to come IN. There is where the awareness needs to be evoked. What? How much? When? Why? are questions one must ask oneself. It matters.

Me, too - I love using both sides, though I'm a bit partial to one. If I had to choose which side of the brain I wanted to "live in" - I couldn't, probably. I'm glad I don't need to, but I lean 1 degree to the right.

What is dangerously seductive is gloom, I think, which is not a side, but a shading choice. It's all the flimsier, but just as seductive and engrossing.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Simply beautiful thoughts and such truths, nuff said...hee


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Fossillady - Thank you, dear person! I'm so pleased you like it. Big Hug!


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Poignant reminders of some of the simple things that we often fail to see or recognize.

Is this maximumism, subtly dressed up as minimalism? Or delightfulism?


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shanaya 5 years ago from Living in my Own Dreams:)

Dear Nellie Ma'am! I am so Touched with your Beautiful POEM.

'Please know

If I go away to grow,

It is because

I must'

'Wonderfully Expressed' I must add.

UP so high, BEAUTIFUL, AWESOME.

With LOTS OF HUGS & KISSES

SHANAYA:)


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Keith - too bad you're already taken! I just love the way your mind works. So -- how do you classify it? :-) Or - - do you actually see much need to? ;->


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Shanaya - I am so pleased you felt touched and keyed in so well to that little poem. Thank you!! Hugs back at you!


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

I think delightfulism sums it all up rather nicely.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Awwwww - KEITH, that's so delightfully nice! Thank you!


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

It is always such a beautiful experience and pleasure to read you poems. They are really exceptional in every way.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, hello, WHAT would I do without you? Thank you so much. Hugs. I'm truly pleased that you enjoy them!


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Merlin Fraser 5 years ago from Cotswold Hills

"As long as

There are risks,

Surprises,

There is

Life."

I loved them all but this one was my favourite, it saddens me when I walk around and see the expression of discontentment on the faces of people especially the young.

They miss so much looking down at the ground, hoods up and ears blocked with stupid earphones.

Yesterday I sat on a bench in the local churchyard and watched as Swifts performed their wonderful aerobatics for my pleasure as people walked past with neither a look upwards or to me.

I smile and wonder who is more alive ?


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh, Andy - yes! It saddens me so much to see people OBLIVIOUS to the reality of interesting or beautiful sights and activities around them! They are so often oblivious to EACH OTHER, first of all! One has to wonder what is so gosh-awful fascinating about the voice on the other end of the cell phone line or texting screen - or even the music - that they are so willing to sacrifice all the REAL experience available to them, - for those debatable pleasures? Even at lovely meals out in wonderful restaurants, surrounded by family or friends, - they are blocking it all out with the electronic gadgets in their eyes and ears, and giving total lack of attention of and appreciation to real life. It is pathologically sad and pathetic.

Have they ever even noticed a beautiful sunrise or sunset? (If a paint colour were called "sunrise" or "sunset", they'd possibly think it was the color of their cell phone, since that's almost the only object they focus on from daylight to dusk!) Do they even know that there are stars up there at night? Do they know a rose from a daisy? And smells and sounds escape them, evidently, as well.

Thanks for the great comments, m'dear!


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

Every one of them so very-very true. As always I had to choose a winner in accordance with my current mood -

So much

Depends on

So little.

Life

Is such

A fragile thing.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Martie. One's current mood can be like that. Good that they are not fixed forever! Hugs and love.


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

Beautiful hub, poetry, and artwork. What you said in the comments is so true. Why is gloom so seductive? Of course, it is. But in this beautiful world, why are we so attracted to negative aspects. Your hub is a lovely reminder to seek out the beauty of life. It's everywhere!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah, dear Dolores. Thank you, both for the lovely compliments and for the inspiration to write a reply to your question and response to your lovely conclusion, which - after I wrote it as a reply, realized perhaps it belongs in a hub. So I'll let you know when I publish it. :-) Hugs.


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epigramman 5 years ago

..well Nellieanna I left a nice comment for you, a

shout-out and a surprise for you on my Jesus plays bingo hub ......and what a grand title this is - Artistry of Life - is there not a waltz by Strauss called An Artist's life - and as always your hubs are literally like a work of art - and should be framed in the Hub section at the Louvre!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Colin - Thank you!! appreciate your delightful comments to my hubs and your replies to mine on your hubs. You are such a darling to really BE PRESENT in what you say to everyone! I appreciate it so much!

Yes -Johann Strauss did write a waltz "An Artist's Life". I know the music but really hadn't connected it to the title.

I peeked at the replies to my comments on that hub of yours and am smiling!

It is a really wonderful day too. I finally had my A/C man come and add freon to the thing & it is actually putting out cool air! Whew! Have been struggling with its inefficiency ever since it turned so hot. What a relief! He also looked at another problem and in a minute or two fixed a glitch which was a snag to my being able to take necessary steps to remedy it (my freezer went out). Now I can have it removed! I'd fretted over that too and tried to figure out how to get to the next step to restore whatever order I thought I had without breaking the bank. LOL.

So - your lovely comments are the icing on the cake! Thank you!


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epigramman 5 years ago

...and don't forget I posted two videos on my Facebook page in your honor .....


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Yes! I saw and heard them, Colin. I couldn't leave a comment there because suddenly, after many years as a full-fledged FB member, I'm informed that I have to sign in as a Google member in order to comment. I'm a Google member, too - but have so few instances of using it, I have no idea what my ID and PW are on it. I'm a bit miffed at the imposition, too. If Google now owns FB, at least they could honor FB's membership from the past. ;-> I'm not so dedicated to FBing that I couldn't just forget it!!!!! I strongly dislike the games and endless invitations to join them, besides. And getting told via email that someone asked someone else about me - but I can't see that exchange about me without joining Buzz & giving permission for anyone to see and read anything & everything about me. grrrr. I'm not that gullible!

Anyway - I loved your thoughtful honoring me there! You're such a gentleman. Hugs.


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hi Nellianna - Your hub is so precious and full of vivid photos and inspirational poems. It seems like you selected each photo one by one to adorn the appropriate poem. You have written so many hubs, and I wish I had half the ones you have written. We all do the best we can, and you have outdone yourself. Visiting your site is my pleasure, and thank you for sharing your talents. Shared with followers.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, brakel2! It's certainly my pleasure to have you visit and to have the opportunity to become acquainted with you. I see we're both listed as being on here 3 years, yet somehow we've not met before.

So before replying to your comments, as is my custom when someone I've not met visits my hubs, I've explored your hub profile and read one of your very interesting hubs, the one about photographic memory! I like the way you write and think! You're a master at research and presenting it in a rich and interesting way!

Yes, I've written a great many hubs. Of my 221 hubs, to date, 155 are poetry collection hubs. This one is only #61 of those. It pleases me when the earlier ones are revisited, so thank you especially for that!

Writing these hubs is so much fun, and part of that is, as you've perceived, coordinating the content, whether poetry or prose, with illustrations (either my own or researched art & photography) and with music. Here, I have to smile: I guess it's not outdoing myself so much as just doing myself. It keeps life vibrant, too.

I've so many hitherto unseen poems which I'd not only rarely shared before I finally decided to do so on Hubpages, but which were, - some still are, - otherwise recorded only in their original handwritten notebooks, blank books, on scraps of paper or other unwieldy places, so this has prompted me to transcribe them to the computer. So far they're over 18 MB containing 1549 poems transcribed, including those I'm continually writing, and it doesn't begin to exhaust all waiting to be transcribed. Putting some of them into hubs as I go along keeps transcribing from being a mere chore but extends its timing indefinitely! I'll have to live another 19 years to 100, as hoping, just to get them done! haha


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Beata Stasak 2 years ago from Western Australia

Amazing my fellow FB friend and hubber, thank you for pointing me here, truly enjoyed it:)...all the best from Beata


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you so much for visiting, Beata! Glad to hear you enjoyed it. Hope your weekend is going well! Hugs - Nellieanna


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Beata Stasak 2 years ago from Western Australia

Yes, Nellieanna my weekend has been good, very hot in my parts so swimming in ocean was must:)


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

I'm smiling, Beata! So pleased to hear back from you! Enjoy your swim!

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