Celestial Fantasies

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Twinkle      ♦      Sparkle     ♦     Flow     ♦     Bestow

          Stardust     ♦     Starburst     ♦     Glow     ♦     Below


_____© Nellieanna H. Hay


A few moments

In my life

Are truly precious,

Their glint and glow

As fleeting

As the sparkle

Of a distant star,

Their source

As real.

As near,

As far.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay







     Come into my crystal world,

    Share its sparkle, joy, delight.

  But also share its shade of night

            When lacking light ~

                  The feel,

                 The touch,

             The tenderness

From which these dreams unfurled

                  Are made.

_____© Nellieanna H. Hay

Star gates,

Soul mates,

Reborn, transformed

Dizzying, vitalizing,

Soothing, tranquilizing

Crazy-sober

Funny-sad

Passionate - mad -

On. . .

    To sparkle,

          Color, sound,

                See and smell

                       And touch - oh-touch!

    Touch the sparkle!

        Touch the sound,

           Touch the color,

              Touch the light

                  Touch the odor!

            Touch reality -

     Touch the feel of love.

Open up the inner walls,

Crumble down defenses.

Let the feel of sunlight in,

The feel of it convinces.

Freedom feels like sunshine.

Sunshine feels like freedom.

                 Here inside.

          ______© Nellieanna H. Hay

       

A moment

Of sheer beauty comes

Unexpectedly,

Nor will it be detained

Moving on as quickly

As it came.

It will not be sustained.

To try to hold or grasp it

Is to spoil it.

Let it go in gratitude

And let its moment

Energize your soul.  


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

  



Encircle the circle

(If you can)

Describe, define

The Universe

And give examples.

Hah!

Traps and tests

Devised by man

Obscure the obvious

Abstract the truth

Separate the inseparable

Self from self

And try to sterilize

Life within.

Spew out logic

Like a flood,

Covering that

Which only states itself.


_____© Nellieanna H. Hay


                                                 If I can
                                           Touch the sky,
                                              There is no
                                             Reason why
                                         I can't touch you!
                                                  I do!

                               ______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Beginning All

   Becomes awhile

        Once more

              To be again

Whole    Complete    Omega.

    Perhaps    The end

                 But

Cannot be.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


How far does light travel

In a single year?

I feel its passage

Hear its silent speeches

Telling all.

I think I’ve even been

A visitor who can simply surf

Some outer, inner reaches,

Trembling on the rim

To fall to Earth

And back again

As in this timelessTime.

I find re-birth

And through a door to go,

Miraculous to be still

Undestroyed by him

Who would.

At that edge of Space

To surf

And so – begin

To live once more..


_____© Nellieanna H. Hay

Reflections

Clods of sod

Blood and mud,

Tear-soaked

Voyage

out of time

And

Back again.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Nellianna, Again, I truly became immersed in your words and art, I felt as if I entered another realm where I felt connected through your universal words. My favorite is the space poem and the pink photo, I was staring and staring at the photo and reading the poem twice. Nice touch with the viedo of Sara Brightman, I like her a lot!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

VioletSun - Thank you. I am always especially pleased when you like it.

Yes, Sarah Brightman is good. Her version of "Stranger In Paradise" is so haunting. The song has special meaning for me. I'm pleased you were the first visitor! Hugs.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

I thoroughly enjoyed all your poetry and particularly liked A moment of sheer beauty and Sarah Brightman's singing is such a pleasure. Beautiful hub.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Just wonderful!

Voted up and awesome.

BTW, I love your name. Nellieanna is poetry all by itself. With your permission, I may use a version of it in one of my early west stories.


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA

These works are too deep for me too wade through blithely...I must take each individually and immerse myself. But, for now, I must say that the verse accompanying the photo of the flowers defiantly clinging to the rock-face sparked a smile and compells me to comment...Bravo!

CP


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

You've used your cosmic voice beautifuly,Nellieanna...it's an art to see the universal chaos and then unify it to ones self without too much chaos.;)


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Nellieanna - your inclusion of Sarah Brightman singing 'Stranger in Paradise' was the perfect accompaniment to your sublime and haunting poetry. Both are unforgettable. Thank you, m'dear.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, these are beautiful, I especially love Ribbons of time, fantastic, you are so talented. Loved it, nell


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agaglia 5 years ago

Nellianna, Wow. I love the illustrations. You blend them so well with the text. and the text-- so inspiring and subtle.

Wonderful all!!

thank you


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Pamela - ah - isn't Sarah Brightman's voice purely ethereal? And such a perfect fit for that ethereal song. I have heard other versions and loved them, but I don't think I really felt it as much as hearing hers. Thank you! The song was currently popular at the time of my eldest sister's and her family's tragic death in Dec. 1953. Somehow that song seemed to me to be rather comforting. I could visualize Harriet being a new resident in paradise, but definitely becoming less of a stranger, as she met with familiar faces of those she had lost earlier, as well as those with her then.

It helped me cope and manage through the tremendous sadness and loss. So - It's always held a kind of magic glow ever since.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

WillStarr - I'm terribly honored that you liked it. Nellieanna is my name, though it began as two names. I jammed them together so I could use my surname as a middle name, and it turned out that I liked it so much better. It had been a bit of an albatross all my life. Kids when I was young found so many ways to meek fun of it and then people were always trying to rename me. I just decided I wanted my real name in full and always. So - Nellieanna was the result. I just wished I'd have modified some of the extraneous vowels - LOL. It has all that the two names had.

Of course you may use it in an early western story. I'd be honored! I'm a western type girl, you know!

And it is an old-fashioned name for which I was named - for two antique aunts - Nellie and Anna. Both born in the mid 1800s, though not western ladies. Each was a half-sister of one of my parents, back when a couple had numerous children - so many that the first wife died before her husband was over the hill. He often married again and had a second family. This was the case for both my parents who were each the firstborns of those second families in 1890 & 1892. So their half-siblings were much much older in history. Anna Catherine was the eldest of the first family of my paternal grandfather, Christian N. Holdeman and Nellie Jane was the eldest of the first family of my maternal grandfather, William H. Russell. And Mother also had a younger sister named Annie Laurie - so I was sort of named for all three aunts. I knew Annie Laurie and only met Aunt Nellie once, when she was quite elderly. Aunt Anna died before I had a chance to know her. But both families were big on genealogy.

Anyway - thank you and glad you stopped and enjoyed my poetry hub. Thank you for the votes!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

It's a classic name for a gorgeous young lady, and I thank you for your permission. I'll let you know when I write it.

Bill


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Wow - that was fast, -Bill! I'll look forward to it!! Hugs. :-)


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Christopher P. - Aw - with your quick and agile mind, I'd be surprised if anything could be too deep for it. But I appreciate the non-blithe approach and I'm flattered you prefer to take time.

That rock-face is part of the Grand Canyon, by the way! We were on a ledge lookout and when I saw that brave flower growing out of the rock on the face of the canyon wall, I couldn't wait to snap a picture of it. And that little tiny poem just fits so well. Thank you for noticing it. Hugs.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Mentalist - I guess I see both ways simultaneously a lot. At the time I wrote those poems was literally a time when I needed to relate in that way. I sort of "skipped the middleman" to get to a vaster perspective more directly. You remind me why - the middleman was where the chaos was, so skipping over that minimized it and kept me more integrated. Thank you.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

drbj - my revered person of keen thought and deep integrity - thank you!! I really was pleased to think of that song when I thought of adding a video, and then to find that sublime version for this hub was almost spooky, it was so fitting. It feels good when that kind of thing happens!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Nell - Thank you! Ribbons of Time is an old poem I felt strongly about as I penned it, thinking how quickly we let if slip through our fingers. I'm honored that you think me talented though I don't really quite know about that. I guess everyone is talented in some way or ways. So maybe this is part of mine. It's what I "do", anyway - LOL.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Agaglia - thank you. While I was in Austin over Christmas - when everyone else was otherwise occupied - as always happens when families are together for several days - I got out my laptop and played with making images for the idea I had for this hub. I'm no real expert with digital art, though I've dumbed along doing it for many years. I neglect to take advantage of all the training that is available and just sort of prefer to stumble along and see what works and play around with it. It does provide one "voila!" moment after another, at the least. And occasionally there are some fun or presentable results. It is fun to play with, no matter what the results. But perhaps if I have a talent, it's for coordinating stuff.V So thank you especially for enjoying the blending. I really enjoy doing that. Hugs.


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christopheranton 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

Beautiful words, and a beautiful song from Sarah.

The flower clinging to the cliff, speaks to me especially of the fragility of beauty.

Thank you Nellieanna.


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gramarye 5 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

Stunning, Devine

You, reached

You, touched me!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Yes, ChristopherA, that brave little flower growing in such an improbable place speaks to me, too. I love the song too. Thank you!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

gramarye - Thank you! I'm gratified!


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

Nellieanna, I’ve just read the most upsetting hub, and my gut feeling sent me straight to your profile, where I knew I would find poems that will calm me down. You have a way to paint life with your words as a kind of a fairy world, a wonderland, as if reality is merely like colourful soap-bubbles. Every bubble, whether it contains good or bad, will burst and disappear, and more bubbles will come, and I will stay and look at them, knowing it is only bubbles, until the day I will not see them anymore, or feel them burst on me. And ohhh, Sarah Brightman is one of my most favourite singers. Stranger in Paradise with your beautiful poems restored my peace in a matter of 30 minutes. I’m so glad to have the privilege to know you. These poems are awesome, and to be pondered over for hours.


Jean Bakula 5 years ago

Nellieanna--

What a wonderful poem! One of my "faces" is that of a tarot card reader. I was reminded of "The Tower". It causes changes that shatter our illusions, but sometimes we discover true new beauties and wonders when those old ideas and illusions are stripped away--even if it is difficult at the time! I haven't written about the Tarot on Hubpages as I'm trying to get a book on it published. But I feel inspired! I have other decks with different outlooks. Hmm...........


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LaurieDawn 5 years ago

Ohhh Nellieanna! What beautiful prose and visuals you paint. You are a true artist of creativity and beauty. I love your work, it is precious that you bless us and share it with us. I always look forward to reading it when it comes out. Just simply stunning.

Blessings and hugs,

Laurie


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Jean Bakkula - most interesting. I know very little about Tarot. And I can't seem to find you on Hubpages, though I'd like to read your work.

I'd agree that whatever causes one to question one's illusions (and most of what we think we know or see is largely our illusion) - is bound to bring other fresh new ideas to light. To the degree with which we are capable of perceiving wondrous beauty, we will find it in newness and in the process, we may discover some truth we hadn't known, but seldom, if ever, does a human being know pure truth. Truth by its nature is pure, yet as it is received & perceived by a person it is diluted and colored by one's own subjective experience and interpretations. But that's OK. It's the journey which is magnificent and worthwhile - and that is by its nature each of our subjective experiences of life!

I'm so glad you liked my poem. Thank you for visiting it.


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

Nellieanna, you do describe reality clearly, but somehow esoteric. If words were colors, your words are delicate pastel colors like baby pink, baby yellow.... Now look at a baby’s room in pastel colors.... it does not reflect the baby’s dirty nappies or colic screams... pajama drills..... only the wonder and magic of having a baby to love. You are simply the best! Thanks for the bEaYtIfUl music.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

LaurieDawn - I'm so pleased that you enjoy my work. You feel deeply, I think - so it does my heart good to know you enjoy it. I love sharing your works too! Thank you!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah, Martie. I've had you on my mind, dear heart. Sorry if a hub made you queasy. Sometimes they do that. But remind ourselves they are only one person's view and there are jillions of other persons whose views are equally subjective, including our own. hehe.

I wanted you to know I haven't forgotten the book of my poetry I said I'd make for you. And of course - I want to thank you for visiting my hubs and giving me such lovely feedback!

I'm amused that you experience my view of life as like a fairy world. Most of it comes to me from quite real experiences and a personal strong sense of reality. But part of reality as I've learned to know it is that it happens moment to moment and therefore, those moments which pass really do disappear from reality - - except in our memories - - which are our own reconstructs, and not reality in its own progression forward.

But anyway - I hope your view is lifted out of whatever downer some hub snagged you into.

Here's another of my favorite song & composers you might find soothing, arranged by the composer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cthQtg5SI40

He's Brazilian - and sings part of it in Portugese.

Ah - yes - pastels. I see.

I had deleted this post to correct a horrid typo. I should have known you'd be up and about there! It is 3:40AM here - I slept but woke up and was shutting down my computer but just had to check for messages.


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rose56 5 years ago

Awesome is right. I enjoyed your hub and the pictures as well.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Rose! What a pleasure to welcome you here! Thank you so much!


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McHamlet 5 years ago

Thank you for this wonderful trip through your crystal world')


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lisadpreston 5 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

Everything you write is magical and beautiful. These poems are no exception. Love and hugs to you. You are the best thing that ever happend to hubpages and I hope you know how much some of us appreciate you and love you dearly.


dianeaugust 5 years ago

I've been out of pocket from hubpages for about a month, but am delighted to read your poems. I like the one that starts "The sheer beauty . . " that speaks to taking the moment in and then being able to let it go. They are all beautiful and read as trademark YOU--which is a good thing! DA


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Nellieanna, only you can write poetry like that, plain, simple in one way and yet so much warmth speading and meaningful. Thank you for the joy of readng. My best wishes for the New Year.


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

You just made it crystal clear again my dear that you are the poetess of the hubs. Every one of these poems stand out clearly with an artistic flare, colors are magical and you spin your treasures with such vibrancy.

De Greek was very astute to put you at the head of great writers and poets to read and absorb in his current hub, have a read. You never fail to show us your brilliant gift of poetry. Thank you my dear I am once more humbled by your magic. Happy New Year.


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

I always love your beautiful words. You have such a magical gift and I know that I can learn so much from you. Thank you for constantly sharing your words.


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ChrisLincoln 5 years ago from Orange (or Lemon...) County, California

Nellieanna,

I needed a balm after a difficult few days, and, as ever, your words and imagery did just that. The combination is like seeing jewels in the gossamer threads of a spider's web at dawn. Thank you,

Chris


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

McHamlet -How I've missed seeing you! So pleased you joined in my crystal world! Hugs! Don't be a stranger, please!!! Hugs.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Lisapreston - You do me great honor, my dear! I do appreciate the kind reception I've received here on Hubpages and I feel the same back - both appreciation and love!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dianeaugust - Yes - those moments usually come and go in nano-seconds, like a sunset or the perfect lighting on a branch, moments which will have vanished by the time one grabs a camera. But letting them go assures others will come. Thank you for making my hub one you've visited on your return to HP!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

hello - hello! - thank you! Yes, they are simple in a way. In fact, as they're being written they seem to be saying and then seem to have said what they had to say. It is what I most enjoy about writing poetry, really - - the way it seems to peel away the superfluous and leave the essence shining clearly without fuss or muss. I wish I could write prose in such a succinct way as I write poetry! I guess the poetry flows through me from some muse with more clarity than my mind has and then when I set about to write prose, I'm thinking about it and on my own. LOL

So I'm so glad you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing the poems. -

And a happy New Year to you, as well.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ken, dear friend - thank you. Your praise is like a bouquet of lovely flowers. I greatly appreciate your reading and commenting.

I don't know why I didn't get an announcement of De Greek's new hub - quite a magnificent tribute to many of his fellow-writers here on HP and very special to be listed among them. Thank you for letting me know! I am sure my position at the first of the list was mostly because I was among the first he met on here. It was quite an honor to be so listed, though, considering the quality of the entire list from first to last!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ken, dear friend - thank you. Your praise is like a bouquet of lovely flowers. I greatly appreciate your reading and commenting.

I don't know why I didn't get an announcement of De Greek's new hub - quite a magnificent tribute to many of his fellow-writers here on HP and very special to be listed among them. Thank you for letting me know! I am sure my position at the first of the list was mostly because I was among the first he met on here. It was quite an honor to be so listed, though, considering the quality of the entire list from first to last!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

acaetnna - thank you, my friend. I think we all learn from each other, and most importantly, I think one of the best things we get to learn here is how to rest more easily in our own styles just because of the gracious support coming forth from each other.

I am so amazed at the wondrous variety of talent and writing styles, of kinds of interests about which which our Hub people write! It's like having access to a broad range of reading right here in our own special assembly of writers. It's such a thrill, too, when someone starts rather shyly and then just bursts into blossom with wondrous works! I like being a member! And I appreciate your work too!

Thank you.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Chris L - How good to feel I might have contributed in some way to easing your strain. There are days like that and sometimes holidays just seem to exacerbate them!

And what a lovely simile you use!- It reminds me vividly of a real scene. At the ranch following a rain (not too frequent out there) we saw gossamer spider webs on almost every barbed wire of a fence and every limb of mesquite, and captured in these amazingly fine webs were droplets of water with the first rays of dawn turning them into a crystal fairyland. Amazing that you mentioned it! Thank you!!


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iamalegend 5 years ago from EARTH

I like the decimal digits poem. What are the symbols in the picture above this poem indicate?Is that any kind of numbers?


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Iamalegend - thank you for visiting and commenting! That is an interesting poem, isn't it? I have a more analytical side so occasionally my poetry reflects it.

The symbols are the western astrological symbols, representing twelve segments of the zodiac. The order of those zodiac signs is Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. I had fun assembling that chart which somehow seemed to fit the celestial theme of the hub.

It is my understanding that there are 3 major branches of astrology, including the Indian, the Eastern and the Western. Western developed in Babylonia, and progressed up through ancient Greece, if I have my history straight.

Those 12 symbols are for the so-called "Sun Signs", determined by, at the moment of a person's birth, where the sun is located against the backdrop of those twelve constellations in the heavens as viewed from Earth. I think this geocentric view is one of the features which distinguishes Western astrology. I know almost nothing of the other kinds of astrology, but I think the constellations positions are more pivotal in some way.

The person's birth horoscope is further associated with where the various planets (including the moon) are located in the same backdrop viewed from Earth at that moment, as well as the 'ascending sign" or which of the signs is rising on the horizon or becoming visible due to the Earth's rotation, at the birth location at the moment birth occurred. This is supposed to determine or reflect the person's external characteristics - looks, career, etc. Mine is Gemini, which happens to be very expressive & especially in writing. Gemini is "the twins" and often the person's face is slightly different on each side - as mine is.

I once found it an interesting study, along with many more scientific probings, though I am skeptical of the reliability claimed by true believers in astrology. My main interest is in the somewhat amazing accuracy of the characteristics attributed to the signs. Sun signs are supposed to be the overall personality. Mine is Aquarius, and in many ways, it fits. It's symbol is the Water-bearer, whose business it is to bring understanding and it is humanitarian, futuristic, "fixed" (ahem - stubborn), perceptive and a bit impersonal.

Of course, the astrological traditions predate most science as we know it and in their time, they were highly relied upon - both as astronomy and sort of the psychology of the times and of course, they predicted future occurrences, which I find too superstitious. But one has to admire the amount of observation & thought which went into these traditions long before telescopes and space travel.


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BJBenson 5 years ago from USA

Yes you do touch us all! Love you , Happy New Year!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

How wonderful to see you, BJ! Been awhile! Hope all is well with you and yours! Thank you so much for the visit and comment!


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

What wonderful, beautiful imagery! These poems should be read repeatedly. Each time I read them I find new meaning and ideas. Thank you!


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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

OH MY, I completly and totally adore the way you think. I feel such a strong connection between me and this great big beautiful universe we are so blessed to enjoy. It's a wonderful postive magnetic attraction. GREAT poetic contribution! Love, Peace and Joy, Katie :)


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Alicia - Thank you. I appreciate that you found them worthwhile. So pleased that you would read them over again! I've just visited your hubsite and I loved what I read!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Katie, how gratifying! I so admire you and your mental processes! I know - it's such a delight and privilege to be part of all that IS - and whatever that fully consists of, I just love it! Glad you like the poetry! Thank you!


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iamalegend 5 years ago from EARTH

Wow! This is great. Thank you madam.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

iamlegend! Thank YOU! I'm so happy you like it!


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Kim Lynn 5 years ago

To use your words "sheer beauty", as always!

Many Blessings This New Year,

Kim


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK

You are such a talented kid. Lucky is the man who has you :-)


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Kim - It is so good to see you here! Thank you for the visit as well as the lovely compliment! I send my best to you and yours for the New Year, too!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

My dear De Greek - at last, a visit from you! I'm honored! I just may go around all day enjoying being called a kid, too! hehe. Hugs and many thanks for the visit and comments.

By the way - I'm so hooked on the BBC presentation of "Pride and Prejudice". I can't thank you enough for steering me to it!


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK

That BBC version is so close to the author's intention that I feel it is how the author herself would have wanted it. The attention to detail is very impressive. You can only understand the difference when you compare it with other versions, perhaps more expensive and better equipped with more famous actors.I was happy to sent you a copy and I am glad you are enjoying it :-)


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh yes, Dimitris. Also, the screenwriter's & other "extra" comments help understanding some of the reasons for minor variations from the book. The fact is that a book is written for reading words must be adapted to a screen on which everything described in words in the book must be shown by actions, visuals & words actually spoken by actors on the screen. Even Jane Austen's most dedicated purists admit they can see reasons for the adaptations.

And in some ways adapting it loses something and in others it gains by the visuals. One thing the screenwriter/dramatist Andrew Davies points out is the way those silent "looks" between the characters "say" so much, more than mere words can describe. He mentioned one instance, - when Lizzie rushes to hover near Georgiana who is playing the piano at Pemberley and Bingley's sister makes a sarcastic remark about Mr. Wickham, who a very tender subject for Georgiana since he had wooed her for her inheritance and quickly abandoned her upon learning he wouldn't get any of it. Georgiana's playing is interrupted as she registers a devastated expression on her face, so Lizzie immediately goes over to her and begins turning her pages of music, both to distract and comfort the young woman, as Darcy gazes on the scene and looks at Lizzie with such love and appreciation, as she slowly and meaningfully lifts her eyes to return the look; - that was an example of the advantage of visuals without words.

Anyway - yes, I watch it again and again. I've collected all 6 DVDs of Austen's works, plus one about Austen's own life ("Becoming Jane") and while I still like the other version of "Pride and Prejudice", now I admit that there is no comparison and I truly adore the BBC version.

It also was the start of a new interest in making period classics into movies, I understand, and when it was first aired on BBC in 1995 - shown over several weeks - it caused the entire country to get involved in each episode as they appeared - and to talk about it over water-coolers and at other meetings. The cast couldn't have been better chosen, and though Colin Firth was the only actor with whom I was familiar, now I feel well acquainted with all of them and really enjoy their work.

So again -- thank you. I probably wouldn't have known about the BBC version or wouldn't have known how superior it is if you hadn't introduced me to it. I'm reading along in the book, too.


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK

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Glad it gives you so much pleasure :-)


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Curtsy. . . ;-)


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mwatkins 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

Nellieanna - I love your stuff, your pictures, your descriptive and thought-evoking words, your song choice and vocalist (Sarah Brightman) -both inspirational, and beautiful. Thank you for being a bright light and a symphony. I trust your New Year is filled with those kinds of things that you bing magic to. Thank you!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Mischelle - thank you, sweet lady! A most refreshing treat! That song meant much to me for many years and Sarah's rendition is so lovely. The New Year is good! Fortunately, it is made up of nows to be savored as they are lived and I love living them. Thank you for those well wishes, and may yours be as good!


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

You take us on an inward journey here--beautiful --as always--


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you for the valued visit, Audrey! Your comment is cherished.

It's a pleasure for me to revisit this much earlier hub, too, in fact.

It's the 35th of my now 152 mainly-poetry hubs, & it was published Dec. 27, 2010. So many of each of my poems and poetry collections on hubs are actually journeys into my soul, so I've been trying to recirculate some of them as featured hubs. I like that option we now have.

As you can see, more freedom was allowed back then with line arrangement; happily, they're left intact, even though now and for some time, the only variations possible in our newer capsules are the one indent, vertical positioning and choice of right or left position of entire capsules. But that's not too bad.

My poetry is always written by hand, in which I've full freedom to space and arrange lines and words as I'm writing in ways that feel to fit what I'm writing. It's an almost unconscious selection, in fact. So it's taken me awhile to adjust to typing them in more block form. In fact, at first, centered lines seemed stiff and regimented! haha. Now there is no such option as centering lines in capsules! But I'm getting used to it, and it's OK.

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