Bugle Me A Day©

XI.

graphics by nellieanna
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Bugle me a day.

The way

Now seems unclear,

To pray - too dear to try,

To plan another day - too raw.


If BEING became easier

Knowing slipped away,

And inspiration vanished

Like a flaw.


Perhaps I travel light-speeds

And TIME is standing still!

Feelings seem untouched, but seared,

And yet - intense.


Apart from all I know or knew.

But this I know:

I will never be the same again.

And you?


_____ © Nellieanna Hay



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Earth Person


So long

The Earth

Sits silent,

Ravaged from without

And doubt within,

Until one day ,

One moment ~

Answering

An EarthQuake!


〰©Nellieanna H. Hay



Driftwood,

Uniquely knarled

And beautiful,

Ravaged by currents,

Tumbled by stone,

And left to dry alone,

Yet it prevails.


_____ © Nellieanna Hay




Soul-evolving,

Stalling, dawdling, crawling, -

Sometimes so slowly

It's imperceptible,

Stuck.


Then LEAPS

To where souls are not

Supposed to cross -

And MAKES IT!


Then there's no reverse,

For cowards, even.


One must stay

And play the course

Until it ends.


How glad am I that I am not alone,

Glad we needn't synchronize

Our crawls and stalls, -

Our leaps, our stucks

To be companions.


Glad that simply being here's enough.


So here I come,

Crawling, Leaping, Rolling headlong

Toward tomorrow!


_____ © Nellieanna Hay


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

Beautiful poetry, Nellieanna. You use an economy of words to express an abundance of thoughts and feelings. Good stuff.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

Beautiful as usual. I enjoyed reading your poetry.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Suzie - I love your work too. Your Sounds of Nature - um um! And Cameos too! Thank you so much for visiting here!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Kaltopsyd - thank you! I appreciate your good opinion!


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dianacharles 6 years ago from India

love your ink sketches and the 'lyrics'.........well that is is how it sounds......a melody :)


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Joshua Kell 6 years ago from Arizona

Excellent poetry and art Nelleanna. I very much enjoyed your words, and needed them today. Thanks.


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Feline Prophet 6 years ago from India

I only stopped by because it was you Nellieanna...I won't dare to make a comment! :)


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Diana!! I appreciate that! I feel I'm a poet, even though I know it may not qualify by traditional standards. But you did me honor, because to me poetry's main identification is its "music" regardless of how it's achieved. Thanks for that! By the way, only the first picture is my INK sketch. The others are just some of my digital art. :)


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Joshua - I've read some of your work and your entrancing profile. Thank you for the visit and very kind comment. I like that it filled a need!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

FP - I am always honored when you stop by and read my stuff for any reason! I'm curious, of course, why you won't dare to comment, and I could jump to any of several conclusions, but I am not going to try to imagine why because it's totally impossible! Perhaps you'll do me the honor of explaining one of these times? I'm a big girl - I can take it!! :)


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Feline Prophet 6 years ago from India

Haha...no sinister reason, Nellieanna! It's just that I don't always 'get' poetry and I don't want to make a fool of myself by venturing an opinion on someone's hard work! I even wrote a hub on my unfortunate Philistine nature! :D


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

ah - Now I understand! In fact, my friend Advisory Tab, who just has joined HP, who happens to be from a neighboring country of yours, has mentioned the same thing. He, too, is extremely articulate in English, though it is not his native language, and is very well-read in it - but he admits to not 'getting' poetry in English.

I suspect it is typical, since poetry tends to rely on "understood" (or not!) imagery which may be part of the early-ingrained & internalized sense of one's native language. It is often quite subtle, and full of personal references employed by a poet which are not always that easily deciphered even if in one's native tongue! One hopes it will strike a familiar or mutual note in someone else with similar experience or feelings.

So you're certainly excused and all is forgiven! I was a bit afraid that either I'd said something offensive or that you really didn't like it a bit! :( I'm relieved!

I might add to more exactly clarify, that much of my own poetry was written decades ago at a time when it was intended just for me, not to share, but almost as a diary to help me hang on to my own being AND to "pass inspection" by a tyrannical husband who tried to dominate my every thought and "own" me. To this day, it's been shared only on limited basis & there are volumes which have never been read by another soul! It was written prolifically over a lengthy period during an 18 year marriage.

He spoke only English but from a shabby background, culturally, with a limited exposure to literature, for sure, so that it wasn't too difficult to say what I needed to record in my poetry for my own purposes and still go waaaaaaaay over his head! He was self-aggrandizied too much to ask & thereby admit he didn't, besides. heh heh. He would, however, occasionally burn my poetry just in case. But that's another story. I did quickly learn to "work around" that eventuality.


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BJBenson 6 years ago from USA

Yes, I am back and I have so much reading to catch up on . I had to take a little time ...

reading your poems were delightful.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, BJ! Glad to see you, as I always am! I know what you mean. Seems like if I doze off, by the time I look at my notices again, there will be a slough of new hubs and I want to read them all!

I'm so pleased you found the poems to your liking! Thank you!


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M Selvey, MSc 6 years ago from United Kingdom

Nellieanna,

When it comes to poetry, I am with FP in that I do not always get it and am afraid my comments will not do justice to the work and artistry to create such a beautiful piece.

But, I loved and completely resonated with your last lines:

"Writing a poem -

Too easy

And too hard.

Too easy to compose

Some words;

Too hard to expose

My soul

So easily ~."

There is always a risk in writing and it is like the words are begging to be written/spoken. With the truest, most heart-felt words is the risk of exposure. Therein is the art - which you always execute so well!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Margit - you're so keenly perceptive! I've written a lot about writing poetry, perhaps because it was at that time my friend, my confidante, and really my "sky-hook". In fact, one of my "From My Heart" sections in my website has a page with several of my poems about poetry which express my sense of it from various angles and times:

http://nellieanna.com/poetry.html


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Beautiful words, Nellieanna. They really resonate with me. I particularly liked the third poem "Bugle me day." The drawings are also very good and relate so well to the words.

Thanks so much for sharing what must have been very private thoughts in your past.

Love and peace

Tony


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dianacharles 6 years ago from India

I see rhythm in poetry Nellieanna- Maybe because as Language teachers we teach poetic devices and rhythm and meter.Sometimes staccato, sometimes fluid.

To help kids appreciate poetry we try to liken it to music too. It helps.... sometimes ;)


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warrioRR 6 years ago from Rawalpindi Pakistan

Great Great Great

Creation


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

Loved it - and the sketches just flow from the words - or is it the other way around?


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Merlin Fraser 6 years ago from Cotswold Hills

I don't like poetry,

Probably because they made me memorise so much of it while at school, a thoroughly boring pastime and one that I can honestly say did not contribute one single thing to my future career.

Of course having said that, I blame many of my failings on ‘Hissing Sid,’ my old headmaster who was a complete Prat!

Now you come along with this Hub and I have to change the opinions of a lifetime.....

But if you make me apologise to Sid I may never forgive you !

I hope you will find time to read my latest Hub and take my suggestion to heart, work like this should be saved for posterity and I don’t think I am alone in saying it.


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Nikkij504gurl 6 years ago from Louisiana

loved em. good work nelli


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

You have real, top calibre talent. No question about it.

And I ask you to please listen to this carefully and to believe: You are blessed with a turn of phrase that can ensures immortality in literature.

As to your drawings, they are superb. Will you not put up some more for us to look at?


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Tony! Your words "ring true". I truly appreciate it when it's so. Bugle Me A Day was written many years ago and I just felt an urge to share it now. I sense that many of us feel that from time to time.

For me, it was that moment when one has lost sureness but hasn't found wisdom or whatever is produced by that experience I call my "Fertile Flux" time, when I feel uncomfortably out of sync but aware it's in order to become better in sync.

Yes - they were very private thoughts - but aren't most of a person's inner workings like that? Hopefully we learn from those moments of uncertainty that it's ok to be uncertain (and in fact - only during them can we be shown more clarity so that thereafter we are more at ease with our thoughts, even confused ones, being exposed.

Thanks again for visiting & sharing your response, Tony!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Diana! Yes, yes, yes! If people being newly exposed to poetry are aware of its music, it's so much more visceral to them. Words tend to put people off, and the more emphasis on the technical aspects the less they are to like their finished form the way they simply respond to music! Of course, music too has technique and form - but it communicates to the heart and "innards" - as poetry must do to be appreciated. You must be an outstanding teacher!!

Thanks for sharing the additional thoughts about that!!


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epigramman 6 years ago

It 'prevails' like your poetry and will stand the test of time for future generations to discover and cherish!

I am a visitor to your planet and when I return home to Mars I will tell my followers about special earthlings like you who cheer up other people's lives with a poetic spirit and emotional depth!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

warrioRR - Thank you! I went to your site and lo! and Behold - you are a poet! And a countryman of my friend who is a new Hubber, Advisory Tab!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Shalini - - (smile) - - thank you. I guess stuff that pours out of a person is all linked, sometimes pell-mell - but it has the stamp of the person from whom it pours. I've been told & tested and it seems my right and left brains are nearly balanced, with a slight leaning to left, which feels fitting to me. When it's left-brain stuff, it feels natural and connected, so poetry and art are just different ways to express something "in there" that wants to be expressed.

Thanks for your keen observation!! Hope you visit again & again! You always add so much!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Merlin! wow! That is high praise! As for Hissing Sid, not only won't I insist you apologize to him but if I could find him, I'd insist he apologize to YOU!

Of course - "rote" and "repetition" were the methods used at some of those - - uh - - former times to "teach". I guess it hadn't yet occurred to the educational powers that be that people (especially young people) eagerly absorb & internalize information made interesting & shown to be valuable to them, and it happens almost effortlessly!

For a bunch of us who balk at being forced to do most anything, certainly being forced to "learn" when our nature IS to WANT to learn, forcing it works in reverse!

Thank you much for your very kind and gratifying remarks about my stuff!!

I have read the most recent of your hubs I was notified you'd posted - I'll be sure to see if there are others!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Nikki - fellow poet - thank you!!! Big smile of appreciation!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

De Greek!! My most revered critic, hub guru and friend! Thank you for such great words of genuine liking this! I'm sure that with encouragement like that, I'll be encouraged to post more of this genre hubs! I wouldn't want to "wear out the welcome" for it though! ;)


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

epigramman - Thank you! Now I'm humbled if this is going to be communicated back to Mars! That's quite a responsibility! I'd better really watch my "Ps and Qs"!!

(or whatever alphabet is appropriate!)

Seriously - I appreciate the approval more than you know. After years of keeping some of these scribblings almost exclusively to myself, it's nice to have them graciously received! I write currently too, but many, many have been tucked away, hand-written on 3-hole notebook paper, dated, but seldom titled & kept in those folders with the metal fasteners so one can add up to several inches of pages.

There are about 10 such volumes, just as written at the time - between 1965 and tapering off in 1985, plus numerous envelops with scraps of paper, real books with blank pages, filled, and I've not been above scribbling on the frontespiece of a real book! Even a few composed on word processing software. I wrote in my earlier years too but most didn't survive conditions later on.

But during the much-writing time, while doing my daily chores, I'd think of poetry, almost already composed, I hardly knew from whence - and run write them down. Or I'd be out walking and some ordinary thing would compose itself into lines.

Some days there would be a lot; some days none or few. I never sat dow "to write" without knowing what & hardly ever revised because doing so resulted in a different poem.

If I shared them at all, I copied them by hand and the only changes might be in the arrangement of the lines. I can seldom repeat one with the same line arrangement! LOL

But I seldom ever showed them to anyone, and then, very selectively.

Perhaps you Martians underatand this process & can explain it to me!


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ramkkasturi 6 years ago from India

Coming from an Indian it might sound strange but I love poetry and I have been caught in the middle of the commercial wave. You are now taking me back to the literary world where I see solace.Thanks


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh, RamK - that's most gratifying! Perhaps it depends on where one gets into literature in another language? I'm such an ignoramus when it comes to foreign languages, I can't speak from much experience. Being born and growing up in a border town between the US & Mexico, I was exposed to Spanish all my life. I played with Mexican kids at the ranch and we got along without speaking each others' languages! LOL. I studied Spanish formally all through school, made high scores in it - because I was quick to learn vocabulary, spelling, grammar, etc. But when I took "Conversational Spanish" - uh uh.

I laughed later and said -'well no wonder! I seldom got to speak English either!' You see, I grew up in a home with two very articulate parents and three much older also articulate siblings. So I never got to speak a word during real discussions, - or at least not so it was noticed or acknowledged!

It's surely one reason I learned to write and to express what I had to say in that way!

Anyway - that's my story and I'm sticking to it, as they say. (I did get over my extreme shyness during the second half of my life, by the way, and I learned to speak up, to speak in front of a large audience or wherever. But once the die is cast, one never totally changes, I suppose.)


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

Very beautiful Nellieanna, I'm not an expert but your words are full of meaning, especially the Earth Person. Rated up and beautiful. :)


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, hypnodude. That makes two of us. I'm not an expert, either. I just write what comes forth. Sometimes I even like it!! Those are times when I feel like I must be in cahoots with my muse and otherwise all I can write is blah. But I can still feel just what I felt writing Earth Person. I appreciate the positive feedback!!


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howtoguru 6 years ago from Texas

I'm blown away. This is very beautiful. It's not often I read poetry that is actually worth the time, but this definitely is. You speak from the heart. Keep it up.


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raisingme 6 years ago from Fraser Valley, British Columbia

Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful and dare I say it BEAUTIFUL!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

howtoguru! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!! Poetry is so personal, isn't it? - Some speaks to one and some doesn't. I have the same experience reading it. Even famous poets sometimes fail to strike a chord. So I truly appreciate that mine spoke to you!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

raisingme! My goodness - that is lovely that you think so!! Thank you so much!!


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

I thought this hub was really awesome and beautiful. I love poetry and you have some very real talent at writing and poetry and your sketches are great as well. Loved them. Cheers.


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MPG Narratives 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

You can write, you are artistic, is there anything you cannot do? Beautiful, I'd love to see more. Well done Nellieanna.


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blackreign2012 6 years ago

Brava~ excellent! Great piece ~hugs~


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

One of my favorite writers, Jack Kerouac said, "Don't use the phone. People are never ready to answer it. Use poetry."

Some things are just not ready to be shared when the thought comes to your heart and mind, and some will always be too calloused or insecure to know what they missed by not being there to answer the call.

I felt my soul-evolving, crawling, rolling, leaping along as I read your lovely words and looked at your beautiful art. I felt a little less 'Stuck' just now.


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suny51 6 years ago

hello- you make these poems easy to understand for people like me too,with no sense of poetry Nellianna, but I am here to remind you that you promised me a treat, to celebrate the occasion, but I see neither,the party,nor you.When lots of people starts to love you,You may get confused whom to love,Just tell them I hate you,Everyone will get back,But not the person who loves you truly and thats me.LOL


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

LadyJane -Thank you! That warmed my heart! You're so dear!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Mpg - There are things I can't do for sure, but I try them anyway! I'm a very ordinary musician but I love to play and sing anyway. Thank you for the compliment!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Blackreign. I'm honored. I went to your site and read some of you word. So powerful!! Thanks for the visit, read and kind comment!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

lalesuv-most admired poet yourself - those are thoughtful words and quotations.

One never knows why other's respond or don't. We can only know about our own motives and what we share. Sometimes that may be enough of a challenge!

To know anything I've ventured helped you feel a bit less stuck (though you seem very free to me!) I'm gratified.

Thanks for sharing that with me!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Well Suny, my friend - you must excuse me, (I dislike to play the age card, but sometimes it's necessary) - I don't recall about the promise, but I'd be happy for a memory jog. It sounds like something I'd promise, all right.

Now about giving anyone any message about anyone hating anyone does NOT sound like something I'd do, so that's out. Nor does it sound like me to set up situations to test people's love. But if you say you truly love me, of course I'll be pleased. As the song says, what the world needs now is love!

I'm truly pleased that you like my poetry and that it communicates its meanings to you. They are simple words, but in poetry, I guess I must admit that even though it's simple, not everyone does understand, and it only "rings true" for those with the souls to understand. Otherwise, it's just be so much noise. So I'm glad that they rang true for you - as you say they were eaay to understand!

Thank you especially for bothering to come and read my stuff and leave your comments about it!!


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

Nellieanna your poetry is just the ticket. You see, I do not like poetry. I actually groan when I see it. All sorts of colors go through my mind. Red, yellow, orange, blornge, and rurple. These are not nice colors. They are reactionary and cause great discomfort.

On the other hand, your economy of words has a positive effect. I can read 19 words (word count on your first poem). I might not enjoy it so much, but I can read 19 words.

I was surprised at the imagery, usually I can only imagine finishing the poetry and then cursing myself for not paying attention and realizing that I have read several paragraphs without even knowing or remembering one word.

However, I do remember "driftwood" and that is a start....to remember one in 19 words is a testament to your poetry. Thanks again.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Steve - I understand. I confess that it takes very special qualities in others' poetry to attract or satisfy me. Often I sense that the person has simply "decided to write a poem" and the results come across as contrived or stiff - sometimes just silly. One feels like saying "if you wanted to mention a pretty purple flower why didn't you just do that without trying to rhyme the words?" lol Of course, another poem about a pretty purple flower might be like an song and communicating a mutual sense of the beauty of nature and wonderment of life!

Even well known poets sometimes come acrross a bit too contrived.

Anyway - my stuff was simply written down because it demanded to be and I barely had anything to do with deciding about it. I can never write a poem I will really like if I have an assignment or decide I need to write one. When I've tried to, those sound just like the ones I don't care for in others' poems. Flat and lifeless.

But I'm sure I have penned some you might never really especially like. It's OK. Just as you might write about building or fixing something that didn't ring my chimes. (I haven't found any as yet, though!)

Thanks for reading this and I deeply appreciate the honest feedback. I'm thrilled that some of it spoke to you and possibly encouraged your interest in the genre of poetry.


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

You are a pretty neat gal. Very amusing and so thoughtful. I hope you didn't get the wrong idea, there is nothing wrong about your poetry, it is I. I cannot seem to enjoy the genre. But for you, I give it a try. And it ain't too bad!

By the way, did you see that one of my hubs is up for the hubnuggets this week? You already read it and gave me a thoughtful reply. The hub is called How to get free software legally? Please consider voting for my article, I would appreciate it.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

no, no - Steve, I didn't think you were criticizing my poetry, but I understand that everyone doesn't just love poetry,. per se. I'm flattered that you are willing to give it a try & give it a thumbs up.

I certainly will vote for your hub! My "Following Other Hubbers" came in 2nd in its category last week.

I'm a bit behind in keeping up with reading all the hubs from folks I follow at present. My granddaughter & 2 strapping teenage great-grandkids are here from Indiana visiting. I'd forgotten how much a 6foot 15-year old boy can eat! haha!! He's in althetics and very aware of his diet, too! His sister is almost as tall as he but eats much less.


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K9keystrokes 6 years ago from Northern, California

Beautiful words meshed with beautiful art! Thought provoking and intentional. Your efforts are engaging and spirited. I so enjoy your work Nellieanna! Often is a moment spent 'thinking' on your works. Thank you for sharing.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

K9 - I very much appreciate your stopping to read - and your kind comments! It's most pleasant when someone perceives.


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

Thanks for the, once again, thoughtful reply. Did you notice that I achieved a 100 author score? I was pretty excited. In the meantime, feed the grandkids! They will always remember the trip and all the awesome food there was. LOL Aren't grandkids the best? I love the time I have with mine.


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Joy56 6 years ago

wow. You know what i read a lot a work on here, every day, but i was feeling ever more calmed by each word you wrote. Very well done, beautiful, i will be back soon to read more.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Steve - thanks again for replying. Feeding them was quite a challenge! WOW. It was my eldest granddaughter. She will be 34 this month, poor baby; - she thinks she's getting old! haha. Although having two very precocious teenagers as she does is such a full-time job! They're very good students, very grown-up looking for their ages though still kids at heart, and Aaron knows everything (he thinks - he'll be 15 in a couple of weeks). Bryana is very shy at times and giggles a lot. But they're both about 6 feet tall! So they are impressive presences! Their mom, Carla, and I were like dwarfs among them. Their dad is 6'" though.

Aaron is health conscious for his althetics but eats vast quantities & is still slim.

Instead of increasing wbat I would cook for myself by 4, I needed to increase it by at least 5 & he still ate whatever his mom and sister didn't want, besides double helpings himself!

Fun, though. It was very refreshing to have kids in the house.

Remember, now - these are my GREAT-grandkids!! I have 5 granddaughters, the youngest of whom is only 10! And two toddler great-grands.

Just wait till you have two generatons of grands to enjoy! :)


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Joy - thank you so much for those words. I truly appreciate that you felt calmed in reading the poems. Writing poetry has been both calming and comforting like a friend to me over the years. I look forward to seeing you again when you visit!

I understand about reading many things on here - sometimes they "speak" to one's heart or head - and sometimes they barely scratch the surface! ;)

I truly love what i've read of yours and will certainly read more. I'm sorry that you deleted some you had - what - on your computer or just posted to hubs? Mine go way back and were all hand written originally on paper, some even copied from the original notebooks into "blank books" to share with only a few close friends. However, I had a bad situation in which a mean person destroyed some of my earliest poetry and other memorabilia. I learned to hand-write backup copies! LOL (of course, it was prior to word processing and I never liked the way they looked just typed on a typewriter!) I was urged to learn to use the computer, in fact, by my beloved late husband so I could use word processing. Then it took off to be the be-all of almost everything I do - haha. I have an enormous hand-made personal webpage, by the way:

http://nellieanna.com/directory.html is the url to the central directory.

Thanks again for the visit and for enjoying it!


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

Oh great you are a poet as well. Simply awesome! Thanks for sharing your multiple talents with us. Rating up for you! :)


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

MG - I'm honored to receive your complimentary comment! Thank you for visiting!! :->


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

I love this hub, excellent, I can see the hope, love and the will to go on for tomorrow, I like the sketches too, original and wow, you can sketch Mam, proud to be a follower of you. Awesome, Thank you for this beautiful poem, Maita


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hugs, Maita! Your good opinion means a lot to me! Thanks for the visit and kind words!


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charanjeet kaur 6 years ago from Delhi

Nellieanna, I am awestruck. There is so much more to you than I knew. Wow what paintings, loved them to the core. The poems powerful as ever; a beautiful combination of both words and pictures.

I have to be more akeen to visiting here more. I swear I want to drop be here more than I can. Good work and rating it up.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Charanjeet - I understand. There is so much good writing to read on Hubpages and among those we follow - and we have hubs we want to write. There are just so many hours a day and we all have other lives to attend to, as well. I try - almost never get it all done - to visit, read and respond to all the hubs I get announcements of, as well as to comments on my own hubs - and I want to follow up on it all after responding - there are usually more followup comments where one has left comments. But it is clear that it can't all be done. We do as much as we can and try to priortize as best we can!

I thank you for making this one of your stops and you'll be welcomed whenever you return!! I appreciate those lovely words of approval more than you know!


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Slainia 6 years ago from Goderich Ontario

Your work is so elegant, did you know that? (Probably,b ut I'm telling you anyway.) As another poster said, I love how economical you are with your words - each one has so much strength behind it, your poems just seem to almost - reverberate.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you SO much, Slania! I appreciate the way you worded that, too. In poetry it's so much easier for me to economize words. I suppose I trust the reader more to either understand or go on by. In writing prose I seem to tend not to want to leave any stone unturned to try to be very clear, and it probably overdoes it, possibly puts the reader to sleep! LOL.

Thanks again!


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Pratonix 6 years ago from Asia

Out of the five poems here, I liked this the most:

Driftwood,

Uniquely knarled

And beautiful,

Ravaged by currents,

Tumbled by stone,

And left

To dry

Alone...

It has an elegant haiku quality about it.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Tan! I like that one, too. I'm not good at setting out to write haiku but have tremendous respect for those who can write it well! I appreciate your comment! (and glad you feel free to be selective about which you like best)


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Jodah 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

Wonderful and inspiring poetry once again Nellieanna, and the graphics too. Bugle Me A Day, and Driftwood especially appeal to me.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Jodah. If you noticed the prior comments - they're 3 years ago. This was only my 11th poetry hub, in fact. Now there are something like 161 poetry hubs out of my 224 or so total count.

I decided to highlight several of my earliest hubs on my profile page. They have some of my own favorites of my poetry in them, - the poetry I often recopied over the years into little blank books for special friends' gifts, out of literally thousands of my poems. Of course, I picked my favorites for that and they became most familiar to me. I feel most 'at home' in them!

These in this hub have special significance for me, all written at a very 'undone' period of my life, age 40, with major personal losses and wounds. I never like to dwell on pity-partying and I prefer to look clearly at thingsfor the essence of what is happening and to ferret out the growth potential and value in it.

Often oneself is not the only casualty when there are upsets, so it seems wise to get oneself on track as smoothly as possible, without trying to pretend there's nothing amiss or that it's hopeless! haha. Hence, my attitudes: optimistic realist and realistic optimist! :-)


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agaglia 2 years ago

Hi Nellieanna, Your poetry, as usual is fabulous. I especially liked Driftwood. It got me. :D thanks.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, agaglia! It's such fun to see you stopped here. This was one of my earlier hubs, with poetry from many years ago. 'Driftwood' is among my favorites, too. It has much feeling and meaning.

I just visited your fish hub and responded to your writing challenge. hehe.

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