Fleur-de-lys

XIV.

Fleur


Beautiful blossom,

Radiate

Your artistry

In misty white;

Illuminate

The shadows

Of the Heart;

Create yourself

For Special souls

To See ~

With only

Inner sight.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay



watercolor © Nellieanna Hay
watercolor © Nellieanna Hay | Source



A flower
Cannot be admired
For durability...
So life provides
Fresh flowers
For their true admirers.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


You blew across my desert

      Like a sea-breeze.

             I give you back

                   The blossoms

                         Of my heart.

_____© Nellieanna H. Hay



Summer tune a 'humming,

About to burst in bloom

Like an instant

Crystal snowflake

Fallen by mistake

Into this season

Breezin’ through

Between eye blinks,

Too quickly to think

If it belongs

In summer’s song.

Then sizzling back

To nothingness

From where it came,

Leaving not a trace.


_____© Nellieanna H. Hay

watercolor © by Nellieanna Hay
watercolor © by Nellieanna Hay | Source

If a rainbow

        Touched this gray existence,

               If this voice became

                     A symphony,

If everything were

       As it should be,

              It would be

      As you are to me.

                  ______© Nellieanna H. Hay


I think we feel life most
- by contrasts


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

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83 comments

SilverGenes 6 years ago

Perhaps we do - without the contrast we would have no reference. These are truly beautiful. "To Lovers of Rosebuds" touched me deeply. But oh, Nellieanna - "One who loves-Gives it forth - Like roses, their perfume." This is so true. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we all carried that perfume!


ralwus 6 years ago

Dearest Nellie, I could only read one, I am exhausted and so wanted to visit you before I go to bed. I shall return tomorrow refreshed and ready to enjoy these. g'nite x Charlie


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Feline Prophet 6 years ago from India

The fleur-de-lys was our school symbol! This brings back such happy memories! :)


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Jemmy-T 6 years ago from Lovely Home

Nell, it's just beautiful ...

I love the "flowers2"


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

Nellieanna - beautiful as always!

Create yourself

For Special souls

To See ~

With only

Inner sight.

Your words and the pictures exude a fragrance of feeling across the virtual world.


suny 6 years ago

I shall not write any thing funny any more,

If every thing were as it should be

it would be mom and not a mam.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Suny!! You just write whatever you wish - just please don't go away!!! I think I understand. And please understand that I and so many others have been missing you greatly!!!! It would be really nice if you'd be back for posting your wonderful hubs!!! Hugs!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Feline! WOW. What a delightful coincidence. Fleur-de-lys is symbolic of a couple of cities in the US. I lived in one for a year (and visited it often for many others) - Louisville, Kentucky. Some of my poems were written there and it reminded me of the symbol. It's also a symbol of New Orleans, Louisiana, where I've enjoyed many short vacations.

One can notice the French influence in both cities, of course. But it is a lovely and beloved symbol in any case, and if it's YOUR school symbol, - well - I'm truly pleased that it reminded you of happy times!! Thanks for sharing that, my friend!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Jemmy-T - How lovely to meete you! I'm rather partial to the Flower paintings, too So thanks so much for your compliment, as well as your visit!

Hope you will come again!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

halini - I love the way you epressed that! Now you have me pondering the "virtual world" in its context here. - But, then, I would expect no less inspiration from YOU!! Beautiful! Thank you, dear person! You're one in a million!


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poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

Yesterday had to rank as one of the worst days in the last few years. Thank you so much for making me smile this morning... the writes are as beautiful as the flowers they are about.


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Nellieanna, Aye, is fine pleasantries you've written, and with out contrast what would we know for sure?, 50


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

Very beautiful....lots of philosophical wisdom here. My favorite: To Lovers of Rosebuds. Thanks for helping to make this a beautiful morning.


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Your poetry is as beautiful as the flowers. So lovely.


ralwus 6 years ago

A real pleasure to read your veritable symphony of prose. Much symbolism here. Ahhh, Rosebud. Wells?


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

You put a very pretty package together Nell. Thank you Ma'am!


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McHamlet 6 years ago

Beautifully done. I particularly like the following image:

"You blew across my desert

Like a sea-breeze."

Your poems are a fresh sea breeze for the mind.


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

I have to agree with McHamlet..that image stood out for me as well. Although all of them were beautiful and were as fresh as cut flowers, I could smell them. Everything about flowers I love...thank you sweetness for your love scent and for breezing across our hubs once more like a pixie dropping rose pedals.


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always exploring 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

Very beautiful, Summer tune a 'humming

caught my eye.

Cheers


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SilentReed 6 years ago from Philippines

Why do I keep coming back to read your poems. they only bring contrast to the black and white reality of my stark existence.Perhaps to hope? :-)


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

You make me do it every so often. Read that poetry stuff. I love yours though cuz it almost always has two or three word lines. Bless you! I sort of enjoyed some of this. Wow! You know I don't want to. Love the art work. Very nice presentation.


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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

You have the "gift." SteveoMc, reminds me of my thinking about poetry before I had to take Romantic Poetry in Chaminde University of Honolulu... I thought it was going to be all about "mushy" stuff. To my surprise I learned a lot!

Contrast: I met a young kid while I was doing a 90 day Euro Rail Pass thing in Europe. This 21 year old kid had already acquired nuggets of wisdom. I know, nostalgia... he told me life is all about "contrast." Until you are hungry you do not appreciate food. Until you have been in the valleys, you do not appreciate the mountains... Life is indeed like that. Great broad-bush poetry with a fine brush of detailed "word-smith" utilized to create an integrated picture poem reflecting what is and can be...


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Nellieanna, once again a great collection.

thank you for sharing

hope you're well

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Nikkij504gurl 6 years ago from Louisiana

beautiful as always...one sounded familiar bout the rose oderless regardless its bloom.. ive read a poem just like that but still beautiful...regardless. i love your poems.


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christopheranton 6 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

Beautiful hub Nellianna, and the pictures are especially lovely. They complement the poems really well. I especially liked your poem about the rosebud. I liked the combination of sensible advice and beauty.


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tracykarl99 6 years ago from San Francisco

Such romantic poetry ~ as beautiful as your artwork! You are very talented and inspired, Nellianna! Thanks for sharing.


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Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

An inspiration of coler's contrast to it's fleeting existence without words...


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

poetvix - Thank you, fellow Texan - for coming here so I could also discover YOU! I love your work. Glad if mine cold cheer your morning! Please come again!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

50 - your good opinion is truly valued!

Absolutely, by contrast is probably the only real "sense" or awareness we can have of most things! And LIFE, by its dynamic nature, fortunately produces & provides ample contrast, though it's often just those about which we balk & gripe the most - LOL.

But I always remind myself that 'perfection' - if it were possible - would mean static & dead. We have to have the friction to get the smooth. In perfection, nothing else or more would be further needed, so nothing would need to happen, to be done, no risks would need to be taken, no contrasts would or could be noticed, - it would just be - NOTHING. ugh! Not my ideal!! hehe

Excellence is as high an aim as I want & I don't have to attain it to be happy! (whew!) ;->

Thanks for the welcome visit!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

alekhouse - you're such a dear. I guess Lovers of Rosebuds is another way of expressing about contrasts. Many of the goodies also have the "thorns' to remind us to respect & appreciate their beauty and other sensory delights. Glad you felt uplifted! Thanks for coming by!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

breakfastpop - Thank you for the lovely compliments! I am greatly pleased that you came by!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

ralwus, Charlie, dear friend - Thank you. Your astute observations are always so unique, as well. Yes - there's ample symbolism.

H.G.? LOL. You're subtle!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Micky - glad you enjoyed it. While I'm sometime deep & like to be, I can hardly ever resist a pretty presentation, but I like to think it doesn't minimize a serious thought. According to what my mother wrote in my 'baby book', 'pretty' was my first word ever spoken! LOL Thanks for coming by and commenting! Always appreciated.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

McHamlet - thanks. That's one of my favorites, too. Sometimes a person does blow across and lift the fog, and sets one's own mind freer to create! I've had that experience on several occasions. In fact, this poem was written during one of those. Thanks for the visit, kind sir! Love the way you express it.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

And Ken, amazing that you and McHamlet had a similar response. After seeing my ranch pix, I'll bet you can well imagine how refreshing sea breeze imagery is to me!

I like the idea of being a rose petal-dropping pixie too. Sort of a tinker-bell character - wow! What fun! Thank you.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Always Exploring! Yes, summer tune's a'humming! - Well - it's summer here in this hemisphere, and flowers are everywhere - so I thought it fit the theme! Every boulevard is full of crepe myrtle and all the gardens and yards are abloom! So glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for your comments!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

SilentReed! - Whatever the reason, i'm thrilled that you do keep coming back! I very much enjoy your comments. I dream in color, by the way, so I've plenty of color to share!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Steve!! awwwwwwww. Well you make me find out how to repair my washing machine, so it's only fair! LOL. And you do it with such clarity I think I really could follow your excellent instructions! And I'm glad they're NOT in two or three word lines like too many instruction manuals are!! I need details!! lol

Yeah, I know you aren't trying to become a poetry afficionado & I don't expect you to. Nothing mandatory about it. But if you do happen to like some of them, it's not a lifetime commitment! hehehe

Just know that I'm not trying to lure you with few words. That's really how most all of my hundreds of poems are written. Glad you enjoyed some in spite of yourself and thank you for the compliment of the art work, too! Hugs, my friend.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dallas - thank you!! I confess I'm sort of fussy about poetry I read and like. It has to have some of Emilty Dickinson's description of it:

“If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only ways I know it. Is there any other way?”

I also like to feel a real response when I read something & I can't abide trite. But of course, these are totally subjective evaluations. I don't judge on form but prefer there be 'music' to it somehow. I find that I strain at strained poetry and far too much poetry is strained or comes across as being strained.

Anyway - I have to empathize with those who feel some antipathy toward the poetry genre. Of all kinds of writing, there seems to be more possibility for blah & trite than any other & it seems so obvious when someone has been motivated mostly by a need to "try" to write poetry. Not that inspiration can't take over when that happens, but all too often, it fails to.

I know my stuff isn't appealing to everyone, but I'm just as critical of it as I am of any. It can be mushy or wise, funny or light-weight, but trite is anathema to me no matter who's the author - it just won't do.

I feel very honored when others like what I've written and am not surprised when & if it fails to measure up to others' filtering systems of preferences. When it does, I'm honored & humbled! So thank you once more!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Zsyzsy Bee - thank you for that high approval coming from you! Glad you liked it.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Nikki - That one about the non-scent of the rose regardless of its bloom is one I've posted on my website for a long long time, probably since 1998 or so. There are not too many of my poems on it - (I was always leery of having them "lifted") but that one is a standard on it. Perhaps you saw it there or someone quoted it from there. It is definitely my original work. It's in one of my 1970s handwritten notebooks among many others I wrote in that era. It reflected my contemplation & sadness at being deceived in thinking I was genuinely loved & giving myself to a long relationship when I wasn't really valued in it, much less really loved.

Thank you for your kind comments!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

christopheranton - thank you. I admit that I'm a blend of realist and artist. I appreciate your noticing! To me, it's essential to consider both. Thank you for the specific notice and kind words about both! I have such respect for your writing and expertise!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

tracykarl99 Thanks! I appreciate your appreciation! - Most kind of you!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Nellieanna, I so love the flowers and the poetry was beautiful. Yes, we need the contrast in order to feel the world around us.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Mentanlist Acer - What a lovely comment!

How true and so many of the most precious experiences are just that (snapping fingers!) fleeting and momentary, aren't they? Most of them would be wooden & boring if they were fixed down. Color is, after all, part of the light spectrum. Its greatest beauty is its luminescence & near transparency, rather than being flat, opaque and matte.

To capture it inevitably is to limit it. The essense of such a fleeting experience can hardly be contained by mere words.

Thank you!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Pamela - I'm pleased to see you! Thank you for the gracious comments, dear lady!


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

You're poetry is as delicate as you lady. Loved them all. You are so talented. Cheers.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

You blew across my desert

Like a sea-breeze.

I give you back

The blossoms

Of my heart.

I love that...


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Only a wonderful person like you with a loving, caring heart can write poems like that. THANK YOU.


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Beautiful! I save this hub to read slowly as I usually do. Poetry and art has to be savored.

This one is my favorite:

You blew across my desert

Like a sea-breeze.

I give you back

The blossoms

Of my heart.

I am curious, have you exhibited your art in galleries?


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

LadyJane - thank you, lovely lady! Glad you enjoyed it and that's one of my all-time favorites, too!


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msorensson 6 years ago

Oh.. beautiful, Nellieanna..All of them..but the message that struck a chord with me was that of the rosebud.

That was why I needed to read it today, so thank you!!

Much love,always, Melinda


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, hello - you're so gracious! You give me great honor!m Thanks you from the bottom of my heart!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thanks, Violet Sun! How nice that you prefer to read and savour! Heavens, no. I've never considered my art of gallery exhibit stature. It's very off-hand. But thank you!!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thanks, Melinda. Glad you like them. I understand about needing respite at times. This day has had many troubling messages. It's good to have a different kind to relieve the tension. Thanks for coming here. Hugs.


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Ingenira 6 years ago

simply beautiful. :)


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

Beautiful poetry as always. Do I even have to say that anymore? :-) I also like the pictures. Very nice. Thanks again for the good read.


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miss_jkim 6 years ago

Ah Nellieanna,

Such beauty are your words and your paintings. Because of them everything is as it should be and your rainbow has touch my heart.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Oh dear sweet gifted angel, given my recent work (thank you for your VERY powerful contribution) I certainly needed this freeing experience. The beauty in Fleur de lys has breathed a new life into this new day for me and now I can move on in a positive and different direction! Peace and Gratitude for you :)


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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa

While I was reading this, I saw a little fairy flying from flower to flower, touching them lightly with her little magic wand. And in the background, I heard the sound of a German flute. Beautiful, Nellieanne. You always manage to send my thoughts to Fairyland.


akraus 6 years ago

Wow! I really enjoyed reading your work :) You have a style that you hold true to in all of your pieces. It's like everything connects, and I truly enjoyed it!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ingenira - thank you so much. I visited your hub-site and enjoyed it so much! So pleased that you visited mine and seem to enjoy!!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Kaltopsyd - I thank you and truly appreciate it - as always! You never have to say it, - but please do when it feels right to do so! I never tire of hearing that you've enjoyed my stuff. Glad you did! :-) Hugs.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Miss_jkim - thank you for lovely comments from a lovely person. I feel better for your having visited!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Katie - Oh, thank you for your kind response to my lenghy comments. I hesitated but felt called on to speak up, though. It's a troubling subject & to know someone who's experienced it close to him really brings it home to oneself. I do hope you move on & upward. It's not the best place to dwell overly long. Thank you for visiting my Fleur de lys & I'm happy that it was good for you! Hugs to you!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Martie - awwwwwww - that's so lovely! Ah - a flute - perfect! You're so dear to share such delightful senses & feelings! I think I'll flit around a bit! hehe. Thank you!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

akraus - That's wonerful to hear! Yes, I suppose that's so. Whatever one expresses tends to have the flavour & persoality of oneself. I hope it's not too boring! LOL. Thank you so much for the very nice comments!

By the way - I visited your site and read your first post. I applied to be your first follower & fan!


Pachuca213 6 years ago

This is beautiful! By the way, the fleur de lis is my favorite symbol and I have it all over my house! So this hub was especially great!


culturespain 6 years ago

Nellianna - those are very good. Really exceptional. My mother is poetess and I shall show her what you have written. I think she will be very impressed. Beautiful writing which puts us all to shame...


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Pachuca - amazing to share a love of a symbol. I've always loved fleur-de-lys. Thank you for coming by and commenting!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

culturespain - thank you so much! I'll be eager to hear what your mother thinks of my poetry! I've gone to your site and was reading some of your articles about Spain. I'm quite impressed! So interesting and well written!


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Pratonix 6 years ago from Asia

Nellie, have you ever published a book on poetry? On Amazon, or Barnes & Noble?


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Pratonix - no, I have not published any books. The only former exposure of a few of my poems has been to a few friends in little hand-written "blank" books, selected poems just for the person and a few on my personal website which I began to build (from scratch) in 1997 and keep maintained. Why? Seriously - thank you for asking, but I ask why because recently someone commented that they'd seen one of my poems elsewhere. It occurred to me that perhaps someone had seen it on my site & had quoted it, since it was one which had been on there a long time. But there was a slight implication that the poem might not have been my original work, which greatly bothered me, since my work has been so private for decades, each poem dated when written & hidden away in hand-written notebooks for the most part and it is all definitely and completely my original work.


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Pratonix 6 years ago from Asia

I asked in good faith. You should try to publish a book of your poems. Have you tried Lulu?


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thanks for the vote of confidence, Pratonix. I didn't think you implied that, of course. I haven't given serious thought to publishing a book. But it's a possible thought, for sure. We shall see. Thank you!!


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Nellieanna enjoyed you flowing poems on flowers - bringing out beauty and calm. Thanks.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Lovely comment, Billy. Thank you, kind sir!


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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

The responses to your hubs are amazing. I learn from them...! Keep them coming!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Often I find so much good thought and information on comments - both on my own hubs and others'. It's one of the special perks on Hubpages, actuallt!! Thanks for yours, Dallas! I find I'd rather get around to commenting on fewer hubs and with more depth than on many with less, although I appreciate every one I get of any kind! At times I focus more on getting to them all and other times to really studying the hubs & commenting about main ideas. One just can't do that with so many as the list grows!


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

As fragrant a Hub as I have ever read! Full of life and contrasts and scents and colours. What a blessing on this windy August day. Thank you so much.

Love and peace

Tony


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Tony - that's truly a beautiful comment! Thank you!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

I love the paintings that flowers1 and flowers2 and the poems that goes with it,

I like best "If A Rainbow -- --

Maita


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, my dear little friend! "If A Rainbow" is among my favorites too. So sweet of you to visit my poetry sites!! Hugs!

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