Elements of Serenity


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Serenity is my adornment,

The gift of years.

I envy not that blank

Of childhood innocence, outgrown.

I am become a woman


There is no debt

Against it.

Calm waters bear

No wear and tear

From their past storms;

Nor I,~ from storms I've known.

~~ © Nellieanna


The ashes

Scarcely touch the ground

Till resurrection starts.


With life and truth

This sense of trust imparts.

And so it was.


And left for dead,

Soul staggers to its knees

To finally creep

Into the light of life once more.

Belonging now to no one else,

It answers for itself.

Ransom: cancelled.

Self-claimed remains arise

To walk in light forevermore.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


In midst of chaos

Does one fold and crumble?

Or, - if not, - how?

If one will but stumble

Into a place of inner peace

Which is at core,

-No matter what, -

It will prevail beyond

External shore.

Its nature is greater:

It's to abide amid whatever chaos,

Whatever piles of ashes

In one's wake,

Then transport to newness Now in store.

No matter old dreams' trashes,

They vanish like a flake

As serenity brings new dreams' rising, -

- Much more surprising

Than one would've known before

Entering into each new Now!

〰©Nellieanna H. Hay



The way. ~

Twist a rainbow

'Round the day

And that is where I'll be.

Drop a moonbeam

In a stream,

It will not seek the sea.

But drain it dry,

to bring it near, -

The moon,

The stream -

Will disappear.

_____© Nellieanna H. Hay


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

These are such pretty poems, and I feel serene just reading them.

Thank you for sharing these with us, and have a great weekend.

~ Kathryn

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Rayne123 3 years ago

Beautiful poetry

Speaks many pictures

Thank you


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Good afternoon, Kathryn! Thank you for being my first visitor here! I'm glad you like the poems and felt serene reading them!

I am enjoying a lovely weekend with a wonderfully welcome and needed rain at the present moment. Hope yours is pleasant, as well!

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Laurie, thank you! I think you're right. Poetry is word-pictures! I'm delighted that you came by!

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mommybugz 3 years ago

Very beautiful and very inspiring. I wonder if I shared some with a certain someone..... I especially like the one that starts 'In midst of chaos'

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah, dear mommybugz! I'm so pleased to see you here!

Thank you!!

About sharing it with someone who's a declared non-poetry person, - well, one never knows? I think my poetry makes sense, but if just being my poetry is a turn-off, that might not matter! ;-)

I'm just glad you like it, especially the one I just wrote for this hub! It does say a lot about dealing with life's 'slings and arrows of outrageous fortune', as that other writer, Wm. Shakespeare, had Hamlet discuss with himself, philosophically,- but did not really resolve! We all must deal with them, of that I'm certain, and I believe we must do it in our own ways. I probably should have a disclaimer saying that the views expressed herein are just my own personal views! :-)

My love and best always for you and yours!

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i scribble 3 years ago

Love the musical slide show with its lovely pixellent images. Isn't that piece in the Nutcracker?

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whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States

It is though Elizabeth B. Browning is alive and well. Thank you for sharing this wonderful work. whonu

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, i scribble. I'm delighted to meet you. I looked in on your hub site and read one of your outstanding poems. Thank you for visiting here, and for your comments.

Yes, 'Waltz of the Flowers' is from the "Nutcracker Suite". I'm not trying to rush Christmas/ It's simply one of my long-time favorites which expresses the abundant sense of joy I think serenity - or inner peace - brings.

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Good evening, whonunuwho! As is my habit, before I replied to your lovely comment, I took a peek at your hub site and read one of your works. I was quite impressed by its caring spirit. So thank you for honoring me with such a lovely compliment!

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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

It is so wonderful, to me, as each year passes, that I am able to experience such serenity through all that life has to throw at us at times. It may be one of the benefits of aging, for I remember not having so much peace in the younger years when things in life are disrupting.

When I sit on my front porch in the early morning or evenings and listen to the sounds, such peace fills my soul---and see the slightly verdant rolling hills ...how serene.

Up and more and sharing

Beautiful work as always,

Faith Reaper

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Faith. - Ah, yes. The years well-lived do - (or can, if we allow them to) - bring a sense of serenity that is far beyond mere resignation or just acceptance. It is a real sense of appreciation for it all, foe even those difficult trials which are sometimes our strictest teachers and taskmasters which lead us to greater accomplishments, as well as to our ability to simply enjoy the here and now and forgive ourselves and others for the boo-boos. It feels so good to have 'backbone' and with it, a sense of self-knowledge and peace with all that life brings.

I must admit that I have difficulty with what seems too often a kind of 'bitter faith', which rejects all the wonders of this life and earth with which we're given to "work out your salvation with fear and trembling. . . . for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his purpose" , if you will! That strongly suggests that one is responsible for doing and thinking right. It seems we're given enough time to reach the state of serenity if we are willing to listen to our inner voice and learn from the experiences we've chosen for ourselves;- and we do choose them! haha. We get to make better choices by having experienced results of earlier ones, which, of course, improves our prospects and ushers in the sense of serenity!

As you say, to experience the beauties and wonders of nature around us brings peace, joy and hope. It's all 'there' for the having. Yes, you're exactly right! Thank you for your inspiring comments, as always, dear Faith!

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Jodah 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

Beautiful, and inspiring for my own writing.

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Marie Flint 3 years ago from Jacksonville, FL

The poetry is beautiful and thought provoking. I love the "Waltz of the Flowers." (I guess I'm a ballerina deep down inside.) I'm off to read your other new hub now. Blessings!

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, Jodah, and welcome to my corner of the Hubs. I popped over to get acquainted with yours and I'm so glad I did! You have some outstanding, though too much unsung, work! I hope you'll circulate and let more folks in on your work!

Thank you for visiting mine.

I'm amazed that we've both been on Hubpages for at least 3 years and this is the first I've met you!

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Marie, oh, thank you! I also have a ballerina deep down inside. When I was a young teenager, I prided myself on being able to stand on my tippy-toes and I wore Capezios for regular-wear. (not too wise, for the sake of young feet, however!) I would dance around the house to music on my little record-player and loved to think I was dancing beautifully! I didn't learn to actually ballroom dance till I was a junior in college! It required a partner with a strong lead to keep me from doing it my own way, after all those years of - doing it my own way! Perhaps I should have been in the later generation when dance partners never touch but each dances independently, anyway. haha!

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AliciaC 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

These are beautiful poems. Nellieanna. I love the thoughts and the imagery! I know a poem is meaningful for me when I read it several times, as I do with yours.

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, AliciaC! Then I know you like my poetry enough to read it several times, and I'm truly grateful!

I look forward to reading some of your highly regarded work!

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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

"Twist a rainbow

'Round the day

and that is where I'll be"

What a perfect way to start a beautiful Sunday morning!

Thank you Nellianna for sharing your always beautiful words and images! Up+ and sharing!

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Randi. That is my own very most favorite of all my poems. :-) It's actually titled, "Tao", but I always feel that's rather presumptuous of me. hehe. Nevertheless, there are deep meanings in its imagery, almost worthy of the Tao!

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Kimmie Thompson 3 years ago

"Twist a rainbow

'Round the day

And that is where I'll be"

My favorite line Nellieanna :))

Your poems are so sweet, delicate, and fluffy like white clouds or cotton candy. I enjoyed them all so much. You are such a gift to all.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Awesome! Loaded with so much wisdom, i.e.:

"Calm waters bear

No wear and tear

From their past storms;

Nor I,~ from storms I've known."

Nellieanna, you are simply the best!

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ImKarn23 3 years ago

You are an amazing poet, an amazing woman, and an amazing inspiration.

Seriously, Nellieanna, i hope to emulate you more and more as years pass me by. You make me feel empowered as opposed to trepidatious.

Your elegance and regal bearing combined with your warm heart and compassion borne of experience - welllll - let's just say - i only WISH you were my mama!

HUGS and sharingxx

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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

Birds and an entire hub on serenity. . .you could likely do a series on the topic. I love your first one about no wear from storms. I feel that way when a storm passes. I also really enjoyed the one you just wrote. Oh my goodness, I could say more. But I won't on here. Your hope that is always so present reminds me of some of mine, but yours always sound so much more eloquent! Look at the way you inspire others!

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Kimmie - I am SO glad you're on HP! Thank you for your sweet, fluffy compliment! :-) I never think of those particular lines without also thinking of the rest of the poem, so I hadn't realized how light and airy they are by themselves! Rather nice! Thank you. The overall meaning of the poem is much deeper and more philosophical.

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Martie, my CD - Thank you. Yes, those lines say a lot, as you know. If you knew the details, the date they were written was when the waters had been very choppy and stormy only a month or so before and there were still dangerous waves crashing against the shore. A close look, indeed. I do think it shows wisdom or something - maybe foolish optimism! :-)

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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Wow, Nellieanna. It's hard to claim this as a favorite, because you have produced so many wonderful pieces, but this poem really touched me. Maybe it's the timing, or my mood...I don't know, your words are so powerful and yet so soft. I find myself wanting to quote my favorite lines, but I would have to copy the entire poem.

I am definitely voting and sharing this one.

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

My dear Leslie, thank you for such supportive words! I'm giggling at the idea of you emulating me. I'm very flattered but you already have your own very distinct personality and impact! If I were your mama, I'd just be amazed and would be on the sidelines saying "Right on! Go get'm, tiger!" Thank you much for the beautiful words of kind praise. Hugs!

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Michael-Milec 3 years ago

Good evening Nellieanna .

Elevating. Each word, every line spoken in your poetic language, is opening my eyes to see what you see and ears to hear what you hear, while leaving me speechless. My wocabulary hasn't reach sufficient level to express dignifying presence raising from serenity higher into my spirit where the life and truth resign . I have to come back, because Your words lead me to places where my poems meant much then , before; now bringing life again...

If I understand what to say, perhaps closest gratifying words touching my heart are expressed here :

" No matter old dreams' trashes -

They vanish like a flake

As serenity brings new dreams' rising,-

- Much more surprising. . .

Than . . ."

Thank you for your patience tolerating my presence here.

Voted up, awesome and beautiful.

Stay blessed.

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Shan -- oh my. Thank you. My visual is very vivid of the 'no wear from past storms' metaphor of a storm's effect on water, as it's being lashed about, sometimes swollen to flooding and then rushing pell-mell along, sweeping everything in its path, which also contaminates its own innards. It's the very nature of water's surface to be easily stirred by the slightest breeze or disturbance, so if the attack on it is strong enough, it reaches way down into its depths and disturbs it through and through, too, except water as deep as an ocean. So that was my visual, and then with the aftermath after the storm has passed and the water's surface resumes its calm and its depths settle back down. In the process, there may be effects on the shoreline with broken tree limbs, washed out bridges remaining from the lashing around of the water during the upset, but the water itself resumes its calm and is serene. That was my visual for this comparison. Sort of better to be the vulnerable water than the rigid shoreline and bridges.

As for lovely responses I receive from my colleagues, I confess that I'm amazed. I just feel so 'Nellie Anna', which was something growing up I felt to be somehow 'less than' with which I was stuck. haha. In fact, some other folks liked to use that to unnerve me, perhaps. But I learned to 'be and let be' with a self-acceptance & grew even a bit of appreciation for who I am, which has seen me through. The fact is, though, that I still am 'so Nellie Anna', just doing what I do because it's my only real choice. It IS who I am. haha. If it inspires others, well, good, though I can't help but think they surely could do better just being who they are! ;-)

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Wayne, my goodness. Thank you! You're so accomplished that I'm always quite amazed when you like my work. In this case, that it touched you somehow is very gratifying. These poems which comprise this collection are especially personal and dear to me. So thank you so much for your sensitivity to that, and, of course, for voting and sharing!

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Good evening to you, Michael! Your appreciation of it is lovely! I am pleased if any of my words help you navigate what may be some areas of restoring your own poetic footing. I like to hope that my experiences of muddling through difficult areas can be usefully shared and that my surviving them is encouraging to others, though our experiences may not be identical; still there is encouragement in seeing that someone else has been through challenging things and has come out all right.

I never feel I'm tolerating your presence! I'm quite pleased that you think my corner of the hubs worth visiting! Thank you!

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Jodah 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

Hi Nellieanna,

Thanks for visiting my hub 'Love and Other Muses' and for you wonderful comments. I hope you enjoy the other poems I have written when you have time. As you see most of my poetry is old school rhyming verse, which I find it hard to get away from.

My one attempt was by accident. I had forgotten to write a poem for homework while at school and hurriedly tried to trow some words together at the start of the class. I just wrote down the first things that popped into my head and it didn't rhyme at all. Well, the teacher chose me to stand up and recite my poem to the class. Amazingly he said it was the best he had heard and put a copy on the wall for future students to read.

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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Wow! So many comments! When I was young I observed that some people grew grumpier as the became older, while others seemed to grow in grace. I decided I wanted to be in the latter group. Not sure how that's progressing, but at least I try! Lovely poems.

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, Jodah! Thank you for visiting my Serenity hub. I trust you liked it.

I have read some more of your other poems and find them very enjoyable. Your style is smooth, and no problem with rhyming. I write in both free style and rhyming, though I'm not locked in to either and may combine.

Actually, I just write. There's not usually much conscious intention in it; it's just putting down what arises and has to be written, if that makes any sense. So maybe that's how your last-minute poem was! Sometimes I don't even feel it is I who am writing, but that I am just a tool the muse is using!

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Blossom, yes, I am most blessed in receiving comments on my hubs. Thank you so much for yours!

Though I don't know you all that well, and certainly not well enough for comparison over time, I'd say you definitely exude lots of grace!

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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

Golly. Either the HP ghost is stealing comments again or you afe denying them

... :-P Now I don't even remember what I said other than a wise woman once told me that being "only me" is a lot. ;-) If you weren't "so Nellieanna," what would there be to admire? Hugs.

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Of course I haven't denied your comments, although the above one was duplicated and I denied one of them. Maybe that was the case with the other one. hm-m-m-m - I just don't know. I remember your comments about a wise woman once telling you that being 'only me' is a lot and I planned to acknowledge it! Yes, I concluded myself that being me is what it is, especially at the time when it was about all there was! Thank you for the reminder. I wrote a poem to that effect at that time, in fact:

Being me is my

Only strength.

If it is more fragile,

More vulnerable,

More blind at times,

Then it is also


More flexible

And perceptive,

Being less distorted.

If it were to be relinquished,

There’s nothing to defend,

Since its essence can be destroyed


From within.

And I have tried enough to know

That my essence


My strength,

My only real


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Your lovely essence is perceived, dear Nellieanna, in every brilliant poem you write, every image you share with your readers, and every video you choose to be the perfect accompaniment. You are a rare talent. I have spoken!

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Dr. BJ - Your comment has me smiling. When YOU have spoken, who could question it? :-D Thank you for those very gratifying words of praise! You're the real treat and treasure - and I have spoken!:-) Hugs.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

A wonderful journey Nell. Poetic, picturesque and lovely music. Hugs. Passing this on.

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Monis Mas 3 years ago

Brilliantly written Nellieanna! Have a heppy Thursday!

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Rasma, thank you, dear lady. I'm always pleased that you visit and like my efforts! Hugs!

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Monis Mas, what a lovely compliment! Thank you -n and It was a particularly good Thursday, going to the Dallas Art Museum and 'making a day of it' with a good friend!

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mommybugz 3 years ago

Sorry, it took me awhile to get back to your comment. I did read it some time ago but had no time to answer! I love the poem in the comments to shanmarie! It shows such character, strength and determination. I have drawn strength from the poetry on this hubpage. I hope you will add the poetry about 'Being me is my only strength' I feel I get lost sometimes in the demands and wants of others. I lose sight of me. I do so love your hubpages. And I do so love you!

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, mommybugz! It happens that "Being Me Is My Only Strength" is already on a hub. It's not permitted to use one's work multiple times on different hubs, but repeating in comments threads isn't forbidden.

That hub is supportive: http://hubpages.com/literature/I-Gotta-Be-Me

If you check it out, please do listen to the video on it, too. Lorna Luft is, of course, one of Judy Garland's talented daughters. The lyrics to the song she sings in the video and her tribute to Sammy Davis, Jr., who made it famous, are really worth the time, I think.

There is another hub, "The Courage To Be, The Simple Truth" with valuable contents, from an era of my life with which you've become familiar: http://hubpages.com/education/The-Courage-To-Be-Th...

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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Congratulations on winning the Best Poet Hubbie Award for 2013. It was well deserved.

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, Sunshine - (LInda) Thank you so much! My head is still reeling!

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Michael-Milec 3 years ago

Congratulations Nellieanna. You earned it, definitely.

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you so much, Michael. I must admit I'm overwhelmed!

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Vincent Moore 3 years ago

A brilliant tapestry of finest art, your palette never ceases to blemish of color, your verse and tone simple yet so poignant. A poetess who sings to us through her verse, who spreads poetry around us like bees to their nest. Yes indeed, you my dear are the poetess and laureate of our fine Hub pages. Bravo and applause I send you.

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jhamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

First, congratulations! Second, well deserved, your poems contain so much depth and passion and you deliver them with such perfection. jamie

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Again, my most dear Vincent, you've ferreted out another of my own favorites in this presentation. It's among my dearest little collection of poetry and I am a bit entranced with its fitting, sereve setting, too.

It is poignant, for sure; but also, it is triumphant. When the human spirit survives its storms and gains the reward of serenity, it has 'won' a major prize which will never thereafter desert its host!

If I'm 'the poetess and laureate of our fine Hubpages', if is you I can thank for championing me for that honorable award. Thank you for all your valued friendship and support, - and the applause! Music to my ears!

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, Jamie, thank you for your kind congratulations. In all candor, I must admit that I'm only beginning to not be overwhelmed by the honor.

I do believe my poetry has merit; elsewise, I'd be most foolish to continue writing and sharing it! But I just haven't expected it to be specially or comparatively noticed like this. What can "best" really mean among poets and poetry? It's all so individual, isn't it?

But leave it to my beloved friends and colleagues to think it ought to be! I'm most grateful, as well as happy to continue to deliver my efforts to them for their enjoyment and whatever value to be derived of it!

I'm humbled by the word 'perfection'. If anything, I can claim a sort of excellence, born of TLC, I guess. So I'm going to tuck your compliment into my treasure chest of honors to be savored on those days when I may have wondered 'what on earth am I doing?'! ;-) I so appreciate it.

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Astra Nomik 3 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

Beautiful poetry, haunting and so readable. I am glad I read this.

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Astra Nomik - (Cathy, if I may).

What nicer compliment than, "I'm glad I read this." Whatever exactly it means about my poetry, it says it was good for you! But, of course, you also told me how the poetry spoke to you, all very complimentary! :-)

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manatita44 2 years ago from london

I ran into you a little late... (perhaps) You serve so many humans with the Light of God's beauty. I work in a different yet similar way, 'though sometimes I am too lofty; too sublime; too profound. I thus compromise and lose my strength.

You're balanced, simple, yet poetical and refreshing to the Soul. A great gift or boon from the Supreme Artiste Itself. Hari Om Tat Sat.

Your balance is superior to my own

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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

I discovered I replied to your comment 11 months ago, Manatita, but somehow it either has gotten erased or it didn't get posted to this thread! Here is what I said then:


Ah, Manatita, but is it not so that at the heart of complexity lies simplicity; at the heart of chaos lies balance; at the heart of analytical intellect lies understanding; at the heart of questing lies wisdom; at the heart of the mire lies the clean and fresh earth; - and so on?

When one pares away the layers of whatever it is, one always finds that valuable core, that heart of it. Almost all is extraneous and superficial except the heart of it, though more status is often given to the complicated and its kin. I’m complicated, lofty, profound - somewhat ponderously so, until it is pared down closer to its core. ;-) I don't measure or score in inferior/superior terms. There is only where one is on one's own life compendium.

Thank you for your lovely thoughts. The first poem in this collection explains much that is ‘the gift of years’.

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