ENCHANTED CANOPIES

LXXVIII.


Love you first.

Then you will be free

For loving me.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



We were

Each other's refuge

For a little while

When it was needed.

And now we understand

~ It could not last.

Experience succeeds

Where explanation fails.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Frightfully,

Delightfully

Breathlessly ~

Old and new

Is love implanted! -


Ever warm

A lovely balm,

A refuge,

And a canopy

Enchanted.


It never comes

The same way twice

Nor loses spice

To make it sizzle,

Make it go.


It's always you

In every turn,

And shape and form.

It's always love.

Someday you'll even know.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


No one ever told me

How to get from there

To here

From where

I started.


Yet -- here I am~


Transit happens

Either way.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Half a moon

Is better than

No moon

At all.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay




There's still
A warm spot
Where we touched.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay











Surrendering

Delivering

Remembering.


Waiting

Walking

Running.


Here I am!


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



How insensitive

Is Life.

And yet

It is the only sense

There is,

And needs

No proof.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay




Quiet certainly

Lazes in its sun,

Smiling frequently.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay




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© 2011 Nellieanna Hay

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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

It seems I've said this before but you write like snowflakes falling silently as I stand, alone in an Aspen forest wondering how it is that I was allowed to have it all to myself....

It is a scene that is never tiring.....


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Mark, what a delight to see you! Thank you for those lovely words! I appreciate it especially coming from you! And thank you for being my first visitor so quickly! :-) Hugs!


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poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

The Suburban Poet said best what I have tried to explain many times, "snowflakes falling". This is just that beautiful, that peaceful, wondrous. I can't imagine how much time you put into the images that accompany this so well. Combined it all became something greater than the parts that comprise the whole. Bravo!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Poetvix - that is beautiful! Thank you from a grateful heart. I'm honored and humbled.

It's so lovely to be appreciated.


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christopheranton 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

Snowflakes falling is probably a good description, or those little seeds that get planted in Autumn and then give us beautiful flowers in Spring.

Thank you Nellieanna.

Lovely poems.

Lovely pictures.


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sonia05 5 years ago from india

Few words can convey so much!! Your poem is simply lovely, I am enchanted for sure! One line has really caught my attention i.e

"Experience succeeds

Where explanation fails"

Amazingly beautiful with great depths!!!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

You know how I revere your good opinion, Christopher! Thank you for it!

:-D


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Sonia, thank you. Those two little lines really did contain a lot of what I was thinking and feeling, though it's a truth which can so easily escape one's attention! I'm pleased that they conveyed it to you!


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

So simply written with a feathery touch yet portrays so much. I now understand what someone meant when they said there are hubs then there is hub art. Just beautiful


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

Nellieanne, the Suburban Poet surely hit the hammer on the nail by describing your poems with falling snowflakes. I remember small glass balls I had when I was a child, filled with water and silwer glitters and scenery on the bottom – some trees, a house, people…. When you turn the ball upside down and back on its ‘foot’ again, the snowflakes fall and fall down on the scenery. I could play with those balls for hours, mesmerized, and now that SP has mentioned ‘snowflakes’…. Of course, your poems – in here and everywhere - fascinate me endlessly.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

For me as a man I read Nellieanna's work and feel the femininity and delicate touch that attracts me to women in the first place. It is a style that I could never emulate because she embodies the snowflake in it's whispy descent and soft landing on the earth for our enjoyment while I am aggressive and forward in my style. But I can appreciate beauty such as this and I can be drawn to what it is that I am not, especially to her calming nature just as I am drawn to a quiet forest in winter....


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Rosemay - Thank you kindly! What a lovely phrase, 'hubs and hub art'! Someone captured a fine-tuned difference which may apply in other parts of life, as well, just as one detects the subtle difference upon entering a building which houses related people and one which is a family home, with character even in the paint on the walls and its own special style which permeates. There is even "art" which sort of embodies those fine-tuned differences like that! I suspect a main difference it that one arises viscerally and the other almost as a project. What a fascinating concept! And I so greatly appreciate that you thought to apply it favorably to my hubs!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Martie - I love that. You know, as a kid I had never seen real snow till I was about 10 - and then it didn't last when it hit the ground! But we had one of those glass balls, which I thought of as a crystal ball - haha - and I could sit endlessly as you describe, being amazed that the snow was falling on the little village or scene on the bottom of it.

But it may also have been responsible for my being shocked & amazed when I saw real snow falling on Del Rio. I couldn't believe it came down in those tiny flakes, tiny, at least, in relation to the expanse of the big scene all around me! The flakes seemed no bigger in actual size than those in the ball falling on that tiny scene in there! I guess by my calculations, those were like bucketsful in the ball and like powder in my reality! I asked Mother why they weren't like bucketsful and wondered how they'd ever be able to cover the ground, being so small! I probably thought that was why they didn't, though, of course it was because the ground was too warm. haha.

Thank you for the lovely peek into your childhood too - and for appreciating my poems! Hugs.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Mark - oh my - what a lovely compliment you've given me! I 'enjoy being a girl' and the nice thing about it is it feels like it fits quite well! :-)

I think people's expression has to express who they are, if it's authentic, don't you? I wouldn't want yours to be otherwise than it is! Its strength and clarity - sometimes it's even forceful or fierce - expresses your thoughts and feelings when you're writing. It's certainly masculine, though I suspect that each gender has its moments of close kinship with the emotional expression of the other, just not predominating in our styles or at least not to the same intensity.

Mine are never deliberate and simply express what I was feeling at the time or convey some overall perspectives which are typically mine and permeate everything I do, actually, - just as I'm sure yours do, yours. We wouldn't want it to be otherwise!

I also guess each of us has a tendency to wish we could "pad the corners" for our fellow travelers, and so often what they really want & need is for us simply to listen and perceive them. Poets tend to hang our feelings out for all to see, and probably stir even more protective and nurturing feelings in our readers than folks with more limited or mundane means of expression. But each poet expresses with the natural 'tools' of his or her gender and individual personality, so some of us are more like falling snow and others more like tsunamis! Viva la difference! ;->

Thank you for your insight, Mark. It's always so refreshing, prized and most welcome! Hugs.


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

My Dear Nelli Ma'am! Your Poem is as Beautiful as your Glowing Face. It's an Honor to be your FAN. LOVE YA:)

VOTED UP SO HIGH, BEAUTIFUL, INTERESTING, AWESOME.

With lots of Love & Respect

From shanaya:)


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Shanaya, my dear - thank you for the lovely comments and votes! You are so kind! Love you too! Hugs.


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anglnwu 5 years ago

Beautiful words, beautifully rendered with such warmth and tenderness. Rated up.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Anglnwu - thank you! I visited your site briefly just now and see that you have a love affair with words, too. So your comment is especially meaningful to me!


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Few poets are as talented as you, Nellieanna, with the ability to convey love, romance and hope in so few words. You are blessed m'dear, and so are we to read your exceptional and memorable creations.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh, my, DRBJ! What a great compliment! Thank you. It pleases me so much to connect with my little verses. Hugs!


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

Nellieana, so beautiful as always. "Half a moon is better than none at all." For some reason this line resonated with me this evening. Beautiful...


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Augustine - I suspected we were kindred spiits! Now I'm sure! Thank you!


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Ever think of changing your online presence to the ‘Jedi Poet’?


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Mike. . . I think. . . :-) They were the really good guys of the universe - or at least the galaxy, right?


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

That was them. It was a long long time ago in a far off galaxy.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Well, then, I may qualify: - I've been poking around far off galaxies for a LONG long time! Last I visited any of them, I had pretty good press! ;-> Thank you. That was fun! Hugs.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

The beautiful pictures complimenting your very words. A brilliant hub. Thank you for giving again so much pleasure.


Duchess OBlunt 5 years ago

Brilliant. Thank you for sharing this with us.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

My dear hello, hello - You give me such a boost to my morning by your visit. I love these pictures too. They're soothing, aren't' they? Hugs.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Duchess OBlunt - It's always a pleasure to share with Hub friends! Thank you for coming by and commenting, and also for the lovely fan mail. Hug.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

How did I miss this... these? O wicked Hub Pages.

Or was I just being told to wait until a day like this to read thoughts as lovely as these.

I love them all, but we must all have a favourites, and I love this even more than the others:

"We were

Each other's refuge

For a little while

When it was needed.

And now we understand

~ It could not last.

Experience succeeds

Where explanation fails."

Nellie, you peeked into my heart and I didn't see you come, or hear you go.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Sneaky li'l thang, am I not? :-) Tippy-toed, barefooted and doe-like.

(I prefer being discovered to making a big noise.)

I can understand your liking that one best, Ian. It is quite meaningful to me, too. Refuges are so precious.


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Nellianna,

I am thoroughly enchanted by your writing. It is timeless, mesmirizing with your comfortingly beautiful photos. Thank you for helping to restore some peacefulness to an otherwise frenetic day. Voted UP & UABI-- have a lovely evening, mar.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you marcoujor, for a lovely compliment. It is gratifying to be able to provide a sense of peacefulness!. Thank you for the votes, too as well as the well-wishes for the evening.


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

Lovely, sweet and heart warning quotes and to know they re original is awesome. You re a force to be reckoned with. Bravo


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ubani - once more, you've honored me with your thoughtful comment! I'm a life-long poet, (and it's a LONG life!) - and am only now sharing them with others except for a very few - a very select few. So it's heartwarming and gratifying when they are well received. Thank you!


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, Nellieanna, I loved your poems so much I had to come back for some more! nell


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Nell - I couldn't be more pleased! Thank you! Hug.


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Nellieanna you are always

my calm in stormy seas

your words fall gently on

my soul and act as a

soothing balm healing me

from sad day and long night

caressing me with those

gentle words I adore thee for

your music to my ears each time

I gather here amongst your

enchanted canopies of

picturesque delights

Simply beauty at it's finest, thank you sweet Nellieanna.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

My dear Ken - your comments expressing that it calms or refreshes you to read my poetry are like fuel for my soul. Thank you! I know you have so many stops to make, too, so I value your stopping at my pages all the more!

I hope your heart is not heavy, though I know it takes time and working through some of its "stormy seas" in order to rise, Phoenix-like, from them. All in good time. All in good time. . .


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Saddlerider, your output in poetic phrases is enormous, and yet they are comments on the work of another person, as this dear lady, and yet what you write is all of a high quality. I envy you.


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Nellieanna I reccommend that you cut and paste Ken's comment into a file Name it "My First Book Review".By Ken Snowdon


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ian -- and Mike!

Ken & I have been a "mutual admiration society" for as long as we've both been on Hubpages. His work has a quality, visceral power and originality which is unmistakable and I can't agree more that his comments on my hubs (and others') are literary works of beauty in themselves.

And - the idea of collecting these glorious comments of his on my stuff into a book to call "My First Book Review" by Ken Snowdon is so intriguing! Wow. Practical, too! It would, indeed, be a positive effect for my stuff, especially when he becomes famous!


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

I agree Ken Snowdon has a destiny, and his work will find a vast following. That's all the more reason to follow that intiruguing thought to a positive conclusion.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Aw, Mike - I'm smiling! It's truly wonderful to bask in the glow of many people I greatly admire looking out for me! Hugs.! :[)


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

This is so gently beautiful and to me conveys such love and romance. I can definitely relate to your wonderful words. Thank you so much.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Acaetnna - That pleases me so much! Nice to return to this hub myself and meander through its pleasantries.

I know what a true romantic you are, so I'm especially pleased that you've enjoyed it! Thank you!


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Susan S Spencer 5 years ago from UK

Ethereal. Vote up.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Susan - thank you! And welcome to Hubpages! I've visited your site and look forward to reading more of your work!


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DREAM ON 3 years ago

Your talent never goes unnoticed.With such a flare of excellence.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Dream On. Do you realize you delivered a double whammy of a compliment? A FLARE is like a spark & blaze produced by it; & a FLAIR is like a special style & ability at it, (which I think you intended to say, but gently managed to multiply it by 2. :-) I love them both! So it gets another Thank You!!

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