"Plume" - watercolor by _© Nellieanna H. Hay
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            Not I!

I catalyze,

               I prophesy,

  I speak,

     I write,

          I laugh,

                  I cry;

                          And try

  To light another's fire,





              Inspire a flame

        With sparks of life,

To salve the pain,

   To solve the strife.

To be

A being, -


            _________© Nellieanna H. Hay


Sunlight is delicious

But shadows sweeten, too.

____ © Nellieanna H. Hay


Blue - green - red - orange,

Shapeless colored glass,

No rhythm of its own,

A pile of nothingness.. . .

That which starts to mold it, -

Active and passive forces, -

Are movement and reflection,

Inner and outer resources.. . .

Perfect as a crystal,

A form they will reveal,

Or wispy as a flake of snow,

And changing like a reel.. . .


Still just random glass,

Now varied in expression

Like life within a human soul

Proceeds with its progression.

And of its basic stuff

Itself is always made

While movement and reflection

Determine how it's played.

____© Nellieanna H. Hay

A circle

Is a circle,

Small or great.

This tiny perfect circle


The universe.

_____© Nellieanna H. Hay


               We try

            To explain

          Where we are

             When we

       Want to get there.

         When we arrive

       Where we're going -

             We'll still be

            Where we are.

             The journey

              Is the thing.


____© Nellieanna H. Hay

Recapture it -

                   The way you felt

                    When you were


                Walking in the rain

               And deeply touched.

                     Then explain

                       It all away

                    If you still can.

        ____© Nellieanna H. Hay


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dianacharles 6 years ago from India

I dont know which one I liked the most...because all of them are so evocative and speak volumes. Loved the pix too.

Sunlight is delicious

But shadows sweeten, too.

Loved that....

My school is called Sunshine. :)

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BJBenson 6 years ago from USA

I love your beautiful collection of works. Your poems are so sweet. I can taste them.

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

Beautifully written, very engaging. I especially love the format of your first poem.

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warrioRR 6 years ago from Rawalpindi Pakistan

So cute nice creation as do all time

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suny51 6 years ago

Beautiful dimensions and deep words.

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Nikkij504gurl 6 years ago from Louisiana

beautiful poetry! i loved em all. my fave has to be the first one, "Being" though. and i like how u set it up. nicely done.

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SilverGenes 6 years ago

My grandmother's name was Zillah. It means shade, those welcome shadows beneath the trees, and she was definitely sweet :-) "Recapture it" ah that's the trick, isn't it? Remembering when we were tuned completely to life and a day lasted for what seemed like forever, filled with moments of learning, appreciation and creation.

Kaleidoscopes are interesting in the way they restructure the obvious into something that we see as a new thing when all we have to do is appreciate the original on another level. "While movement and reflection determine how it's played." Perfection.

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

I'm awed by the lovely responses. You know - I've written so much poetry which no one ever saw. It's very very pleasant to share some of it and for it to "speak" to you, for it to be perceived. I think the most wonderful thing in all the world is to be correctly perceived. It doesn't mean being agreed with - but to have gotten across what was actually meant!

I wrote a short one about that once:

To be liked and loved

Without understanding

Is fierce.

And it is. But to be understood is glorious! Thank you!!!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Diane - what a lovely name for your school!! It must set a very joyous mood among the students and teachers! I'm so pleased you like my poems & pix!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

BJ - ah -- that's really good,, when one can taste as well as see and feel a thought or emotion! Thank you!!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Kaltopsyd - thank you! Most of my poems, - all of them in fact, - were written by hand on paper and the "flow" or arrangement of them was always part of their creation. I had to get used to the odd way they look to me, printed out & with it more difficult to arrange on the page to suit me. I've recopied some of them by hand many times for various reasons (for any sharing I've done, it's been hand-written into blank books). Often the arrangements take on new form when I do, but it flowed with my hand in those cases. This is more challenging!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

warrioRR - thank you, kind sir! Very nice praise!

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De Greek 6 years ago from UK


It is a pity that you do not appear to recognise how good your poetry and your painting is.

I should really like to see you published and my wife thinks that you are doing a disservice to both yourself and your fans by not arranging a paining exhibition. I agree with her.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Suni - my faithful friend! Thank you very much for those words of perception!!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Nikki! Thank you, girl! I greatly value your opinion. Being is a special poem, for sure. I was very happy when I wrote it.

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

SG - I love your poetry so, I'm truly pleased you liked mine. Yes - shadows are wonderful. As a kid, my favorite all time poem was "My Shadow" by Robert Lewis Stevenson. I can still recite it - LOL. I could just visualize all the antics "her" shadow was doing in the poem. They do take on a life of their own! Your grandmother sounds like such a sweetheart! And what a precious name. I had an online friend with a name very similar to it. -

Yes, at around 12, I believe we were all at the pinnacle of our most aware AND still ideal stages. We began to really SEE things with a clarity which had not become jaded.

I recall climbing up into the apricot tree from whose branches I could brace myself to lie back onto the house roof and gaze at the stars. I suppose kids now gaze mostly at their iPods and cell phones for inspiration? lol. I had many deep thoughts up in that apricot tree!!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

My dearest De Greek and Natali!! Thank you. You make me feel so good. Maybe when I grow up, I will. . . . ;) I don't know enough yet! Seriously, I do greatly value your opinions and certainly take them under quite serious advisement. If I ever get into high gear & get all the tiresome details of estate administration and ranch management back on track. . .

I knnow - I know - flimsy excuses. . . A person just must DO whatever it is he/she must DO!!! :) Thank you for that encouragement!

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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

Ahhh, Nellieanna, beautiful lady,



Its shadows


Coming in

Or going out"

The wonderful, tragic, joyous, bitter-sweet things in my life these few words bring flooding through my mind. I do so love your poetry! ~ Laura

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Laura - thank you, dear person. I understand. :)

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Awful Poet 6 years ago from The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) (m-M)_0 = 18.41, or 48 kpc (~157,000

Such smooth and flowing pieces.

Thank you for sharing~

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thanks for reading and commenting, AP. Glad you found it pleaant!

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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

All great poemsNellieanna - ok if I got to pick I thought paradox left me intrigued the most, is that a paradox in itself? Awesome writing.

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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

I really like the one about the sun whikch will rise even if it has to rup apart the skies to do! What a wonderful image of power and purpose.

Thanks for sharing these - they are all excellent!

Love and peace


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mwatkins 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

Nellieanna, you amaze me with the power of your images through words. And, I am only learning now that you also created the pictures (Duh on me). I think De Greek is absolutely right about opening up your work! I can't say which is my favorite, because they all speak loudly and individually. Thank you for opening your world to share. I feel a little taller and happier because of you right now. Thank you!

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pinkhawk 6 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

...captivating negative 80 degree Celsius words--so cool! ^.^..thank you for posting..^.^

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Billy - Thank you, kind sir! Yes, I suppose it might be a paradox to like that one the most, although it's one of my favorites too. Many of these were written several decades ago, but I can almost feel the exact feelings I was having as I wrote each of them. They were very vital to me.

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Tony - of all the poems I ever wrote, that one really did express a resurgence of my power and purpose, right after it was at a very low ebb. Thank you for supplying the exact words which fit it!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Michelle - thank YOU! What a lovely thing to say! It is wonderful when one's mere words surpass just communicating and touch another's responses! I deeply appreciate it!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Pinkhawk - thank you. I just visited your site and was quite awed by your descriptive poem about the tree in your native land, right? - The Philippines!

Thank you for your interesting comment about my poetry!! :)

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Pam Roberson 6 years ago from Virginia

These are absolutely beautiful. I've gone back several times to try and pick one to single out, and I can't. I love them all!

Okay, okay! If I had to choose a single flow of words that made me stop and say, "OH!" it would be this:

"The sun

Is going to rise

Come day, -

Even if

It must

Rip apart

The skies

To do it."

Even if it must rip apart the skies to do it...SWEET!! I love it!! :)

Stop making me adore you so much! ;)

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Pam! As I mentioined to Tony - this poem represented a renewed spirit which had been, well, nearly crushed. It was a strong statement for me at the time. I can almost taste the sense of knowing I could go on when I was writing it.

I'm glad you like it! I appreciate your comments!!

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M Selvey, MSc 6 years ago from United Kingdom

Nellieanna, this hub is like a lovely box of gourmet chocolates with just the right amount of sweetness. They are each delectable in their own way and to be savored.

My favorite and the one I always hunt for is the dark champagne truffle. It is "dark meets celebration" and the bittersweet against the champagne creates smooth, melty tingles on the tongue.

If your poem about the sun ripping apart the skies was a chocolate, it would (to me) be the dark champagne truffle... a lesson that, even in the darkest of times, life does continue and, while it may be bittersweet, this is cause for celebration!

Thank you for these treats of the soul!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Margrit - So glad you understand. But I'd have known you would! I love the chocolate imagery!! Thank you!!

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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Your cadence is mesmerizing. To create an evocative metaphor is one requirement of poetry, but to lead the reader through an experience of that metaphor through the rhythm of a drum beat, or a heart beat, is another. You do this.

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

ST - thank you so much! That's a most gratifying review! I greatly appreciate it!

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epigramman 6 years ago

you add new poetic dimensions to your work and we are grateful to share this wondeful journey with you!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

epigramman - I appreciate your observation. Thank you. I'm the grateful one to get to share with you!

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Hi Mam Nellieanna, I like the way you explain life with all its paradoxes, the actions, recapturing moments. Life is really action isn't it, hope and paradoxes but we live it everyday, you saw your life, recapture it, ahh the joys of life. Awesome again, Maita

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Yes - life is certainly made of of seeming paradoxes, though from some perspectives, they even make a lot of sense! LOL. But not much happens without some positive action. You're right! We do live it every moment and really - we can't be sure of any other moments. We have to make the best of it all. Thanks again for visiting and telling me what you think! I appreciate it!!

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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida

I love them all, but I must admit I have always been attracted to kaleidoscopes. I have seen both sides of the glass, the lovely patterns made by bits and pieces up against the mirrors, and the bits and pieces all by themselves. I have owned so many and the one that got broken to find out what was inside was the most important one of all. Once you break one to discover the truth behind the magic, you never want to break one again. It was not me who broke the kaleidoscope, and the pieces inside were still pretty on their own, but the magic was gone from that one and even buying another just like it would not replicate the patterns produced by the first.

Poetry is like that to me, and art. I enjoy the poetry, and have no desire to take it apart to discover the magic inside. Now, Do as De Greek says and get these into a book, or at least put an internet show together. That should be relatively simple as you could do it the same way as you do hubs. There are free web sites, like blogger and hub pages, as well as one from Microsoft, that have cells or capsules. You build it over your spare time and then write a hub about it. At the very least you will have a place to show off your art. This is free, microsoft office on line for small business. They give you a domain name so you don't even have to purchase one. http://smallbusiness.officelive.com/en-us/

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thanks, Faybe! I treasure your story of the kaliedoscope broken to investigate - so totally wrong to try to do that to magic illusions. And we need some magic illusions. Perhaps most of what we see is illusion - there might as well be some really magic ones among them!

Thanks for the lovely suggestions about publicizing my stuff. I have a personal website I built from scratch for the past - well, more than 12 years now - probably 150 pages where I display what I want the way I want, including much poetry and art, as well as just ideas. I think you well understand the motivation to do one's own "thing". It's very strong in me. ;)

If you'd like to take a peek at my site sometime, the Directory where all the pages or their main headings are listed, described and linked is at http://nellieanna.com/directory.html I have five domains already - because I have started a site just for my ranch (though I have several pages about it on my personal site) and 3 others to be sure my various names I use or have used online are exclusvely mine especially in the realm of domain names.

I love you for wanting to help me in that way. You helped me just by being so receptive and perceptive of my hubs - and caring!

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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

There are some many dimensions to your poetry, your writing style, and creativity. I am so glad I have the pleasure to be able to read your work and become a part of an adventure. Rating up for you! :)

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you so much, MG! You're such a good writer yourself, I feel most honored! Between having company for a week and then trying to play catch up with all my notices, I've been trying to get some more up and ready to publish. It's such a pleasure to have this great arena for sharing! Thanks for you hubs and for the visit to mine!

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saddlerider1 6 years ago

What more can I say that hasn't already been said to such a talented, mysterious, artistic soul. Your poetry flows like sweet music to my ears, you make one visualize every word. I am delighted to have come back to read and be mesmerized by you Nellieanna. My tasks the past couple of weeks have been daunting, I am back on track now and look forward to coming back to your hubs. Peace and hugs from the Canadian prairies.

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ken - so glad to see you back! You've been missed!

I definitely understand how daunting are the tasks which can pile up. I'm finally beginning to be able to "see over the top" of mine, too. Just the list of unread hubs has been a challenge, but I am now caught up and keeping up as they arrive and it's important to me. So many generous and talented folks! Looking forward to seeing what you publish next!

Thanks for the very complimentary comments!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you for visiting, gqgirl! So pleased you liked it!

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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

Nelliannna, I read a lot of poetry on here, some of it is very nice but this is AWESOME! I must agree with Diana and say that the lines:

sunlight is delicious

but shadows sweeten too

are wonderful. So glad I found you on the old HP.

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Doloris - how wonderful to hear your approval! You have been one of my heroines from my Day 1 on HP! Thank you!

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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, this were lovely. I like the way it made me try and think how I felt when I was twelve. Nell

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Nell - '-) - Most of us were fairly idealistic still.

So pleased you dropped by and commented!! Thank you.

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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida

I am quite excited to check out your web sites! On my way! Thank you for posting the link to the directory. I am still so new to all of this, and you have been at it 12 years. I am definitely behind the times!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Faybe - let me assure you - I have longevity only because I had to be involved, and then found I loved it.

You probably have a clearer and rosier path ahead of you coming in when more of the kinks have been ironed out anyway. You can do anything you want to if you focus. Trust me. I had no background or training. I just wanted to be able to express myself online because it was such a marvelous marriage of technical and creative that it truly challenged me - and mostly because it was not done all alone for only me and a few close associates, as most of my creativity had been up till then. And that it still is available for new friends like you - and for me to continue to improve it is such a big bonus! If you choose to try it, it doesn't have to please anyone but YOU, by the way.

Thanks for visiting my hubsite as well as my personal website!

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

I visit again to say sweet and beautiful poem, Maita

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SilentReed 6 years ago from Philippines

In school reading poetry didn't make sense to me.Better to bone up on practical matters necessary for earning a living. Recently I found a book of poetry and was so surprise at the emotions I never thought possible for a "practical person"

Read and practice was the advice given and don't be ashame to imitate the style of others until you find what feels right for you and that is the reason for my being here at Hubpages.So many good writers that I am in awe and somewhat hesitant to take the plunge.They say that imitation is the best complement.Please accept mine... a haiku from your poem PARADOX

It's from here to there

no matter where we were,we arrive

at journey's end,another begins

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

It's not at all surprising if one is a perfectly balanced right-&-left brained person, SilentReed. I am, almost, with a slight leaning toward the creative sphere. Perhaps yours leans toward the practical a little more.

Haiku is a wonderful style and it's very well suited to the thoughts of Paradox. You did quite well with them both! Thank you for the compliment, and for visiting my site!

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