It's A Puzzlement

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Yul Brynner as the King of Siam in "The King & I"
Yul Brynner as the King of Siam in "The King & I"



Whether for Felix

With yarn balls,

Rover with snow banks,

Or the King of Siam

Facing odd customs, -

A puzzlement's a puzzle,

However they view it.


As much as they can

Resources are needed

To get under or over

Around it or through it.


To figure a way out

Or how to undo it.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay




Purr for me.

I'm stroking

With the grain.



______© Nellieanna H. Hay



Bafflement.

Transparent

As window-glass.

The knowing

Without

Knowing.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



If Destiny lacks

Destination point,

Then it’s the trip

And relishing it.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay




You play tricks

With my memory.

I forget

What they are.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay














Alone,

I feel so much at home,

I wonder --

Where have I been

All my life?


But if I'm a shooting star,

I hope you are

Going my way, too.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

What a lovely assortment of poems! And the King and I. I remember it like it was yesterday! Thank you Nellieanna for this beautiful welcome to the new year. I hope you had a good holiday!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Randi! I loved The King and I. Good ole Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. I'm so pleased that you enjoyed this. Hope your holiday was lovely, too. Mine was pleasant.


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LaThing 3 years ago from From a World Within, USA

This is beautiful, Nellieanna! Seems so lighthearted yet there is so much to it. I love the part: 'Alone, I am so much at home, I wonder -- where I have been all my life?'! So thought provoking.....

And King and I, what a classic! Enjoyed your Puzzlement..... Beautiful, voting up and everything.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Ah, what a lovely surprise to begin my day with.....you packed a great deal into so few lines....and that is one mark of a very good writer.


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breakfastpop 3 years ago

I love each and every one of your poems. Up and beautiful and awesome too!


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

I love this, Nellieanna!

I agree wholeheartedly with you - destiny is not a point somewhere in the future - although death could surely grab us around every corner and finally it surely will. I see destiny as the track we are on. We can always change it.

I love to be alone in my home, but I don't want to go, or be, somewhere else alone. And then, of course, I like to go anywhere, seeking adventure, with someone I truly trust.

Lovely, profound and thought-provoking poems :)


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JayeWisdom 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

Hi, Nellieanna...As usual, all of your verses, even when brief, are lovely and thought-provoking. The initial illustration elicited a big chuckle from me.

The line that spoke to me most was:

"To figure a way out

Or how to undo it."

Aren't we often faced with puzzles in life that require ingenuity to solve? Perhaps it is the solving of these puzzles that helps keep our "little gray cells" working....I hope so.

Enjoyed, voted Up++ and shared.

Jaye


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Scarface1300 3 years ago

You sway me withh your prose, such a marvellous array and so well written. You are an Inspiration dear Lady................. Chris


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

‘Tis a puzzlement!” Well of course it is, my wise King. (Yule Brenner was wonderful in this film musical.) Wise in that he knows enough to want to learn, think, to observe and to ask why without assumption.

I just love these marvelous poetry vignettes …they are profound, and not unlike like Haiku in their strong yet delicate form, “Oh yes, but….” “The knowing without knowing.”

I adore...

“Purr for me.

I'm stroking

With the grain.”

Voted up and much more for this masterpiece. :-)


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Your lovely poetry, Nellieanna, is a sweet tribute to the beloved actor, Yul Brynner. who could say more with his powerful eyebrows than most actors with their speech. Thanks for reminding us, m'luv.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Lizzy, thank you, dear! When I wrote that 'alone' thought, I really was just fully discovering myself. There is much to consider with the words and between them. I appreciate your votes!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Billy - a visit from you gets my day moving in the right direction. Thank you for the valuable comments!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Breakfastpop - been a bit since we've crossed paths. I'm honored! You were here when I joined HP nearly 3 years ago and have been kind to me ever since. Thank you for your great comments about my poems!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Martie - dear CD - Perhaps destiny is whatever is actually happening. Thinking it's some far-off dream is probably the most absurd idea but seems to be commonly thought.

What is, for better or worse, is obviously - er - what IS. It's never forever by its very nature, so long as we live and breathe, but as it happens is the only time and place it can and does exist!

Your way of stating it is excellent - "destiny as the track we're on" and "we can change it"! If we miss that basic truth, we've missed the essence of what this life is! Many folks do, sadly.

I am like you: - enjoy being alone in my home (and close-by) but prefer company for 'doing things' involving adventure & venturing. I knew a gal in my aerobics class whose husband was wrapped up in his architecture work & never went with her anywhere. That gal had traveled almost everywhere on the globe alone! I admired her bravado & self-sufficiency but, still, it seemed rather empty. But she loved it, so what the heck? - :-)

Thank you for the lovely comments!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Jaye! Thank you! Wish I could transfer the meaning-with-brevity of my poetry to my verbose prose! Those seems to be the traits that cling to each one. But it's the way it is.

Oh, yes - we're constantly faced with puzzles requiring ingenuity. I do suspect it's built-in to keep the 'machinery' oiled! Of course, no one has any idea how anyone else's brain works. I've been told "you think too much", but I honestly can't imagine NOT thinking all the time, sometimes major thinking, sometimes minor, but always going on. It's kind of a self-education in progress, maybe. One hopes to learn to avoid pitfalls and to promote great things. But it's the process which is really the joy of it. It FEELS good, like exercising one's muscles does.

So glad you enjoyed the initial illustration - it actually grabbed my attention & inspired the hub! My archives have such things saved from ads from many years ago. I saw that one looking through my stash & thought - YEAH! I added my title and twist and the rest followed.

I really enjoy your comments!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Chris - what a lovely comment! Swaying you is quite gratifying - an ultimate of effect and response one wishes and values! I'm always delighted when you visit. Thank you.


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I love this selection, refreshing, simple but profound.

Bafflement.

Transparent

As window-glsss.

The knowing

Without

Knowing.

Sometime the answers are staring us right in the face.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Genna, dear friend . . . I just loved the musical - only saw it on film, and such a good experience. I liked that about the King, too - he was proud and arrogant, but not too proud or arrogant to be open to learning. Have you seen the 1999 movie loosely based on the musical, "Anna and The King" with Jodie Foster and Chow Yun-Fat, but actually based on the true biographical story by that name which inspired the musical? It has little music, except that they dance. It's really an inspiring story & so beautifully filmed - a joy to watch. Maybe I'll watch it tonight, in fact.

Thank you for the honorable compliment, Genna. Haiku interests me. I have a lot of opinion about it but no real skill in it. The reason may be that I've too much respect for its underlying meaning & formality and not enough desire to construe and contrive my stuff to fit the formula, even though occasionally it seems that my subject matter somewhat fits & sometimes my form sorta fits, just naturally. But 'natural' is my forte. I can set out to write poetry, but doing so never produces my best stuff, which seems to just guide my hand to get it down as it pleases.

I probably couldn't meet the criteria for Japanese tea ceremony either, even if I understood its standards!

Much haiku I see seems to miss what impresses me as the most important trait of traditional haiku, which is that it speaks of universal truth in the most extremely simple, limited words which simply illustrate, but do not say it. It definitely doesn't expound on the natural examples nor dwell on personal events & feelings, even if they speak of great truth in the personal realm. The reader is supposed to see the IS-NESS of great truth in insignificant examples used, they're not spelled out for him. I wrote one years ago when I first became aware of the form but wisely titled it 'Quasi Haiku'.

It's the only poetic form about which I have such strong opinion while having so little talent, so usually I keep it to myself! It's embarrassing. But I needed to explain, since your compliment was very dear to me.

I know what you meant by your comparison & really appreciate your seeing something THAT valuable in my poetry for comparison! I'll treasure it!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh, BJ! Yes - that describes Yul Brynner so well! He was such an actor!!

In some way - (different though they were) - he and Anthony Quinn exemplified the same kind of masculine energy and effectiveness!

Thank you for that reminder - and for a lovely comment! This hub was such a lark & romp! Felt good! Hugs.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Rosemary, so happy to see you! You're so right in your summation! Answers - if they're of any value - usually are staring us in the face, IF we're seeing enough to detect them!

Thank you for the lovely visit and comment!


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

You might want to change one of the 3 S's in glass to an 'a' Lol, I only just noticed :))


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh, thank you, Rosemary! It's fixed. :-) That's what friends are for! Hugs.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Very very well done. I bow to you. Thank you.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Delightful poems to puzzle over. Enjoyed much also pics and video. Hugs. Passing this on.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

There is also great beauty in your words Nellieanna and especially those above.

I think I probably say the following in each comment but I shall repeat again.

You are so inspiring my friend. After losing myself in your words I feel a fresh wave of inspiration flow over me.

An inspiration of true beauty which comes from your heart.Your dignity is also prominent and last but not least your talent Nellieanna ;you have the gift of a big and warm heart ;you then weave this into and around your tender words.

Here's to wishing you a great day ahead my dear friend.Lots of love from my little corner of Wales.

Eddy.


Sunnie Day 3 years ago

Good Morning Nellieanna, Happy Friday!

I am always excited when I see you post, knowing what a treat I will get to read! :)

I loved all these poetic pondering thoughts..this was my favorite!

"I feel so much at home,

I wonder --

Where have I been

All my life?"

Have a wonderful day...

Love,

Sunnie


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

"Resources are needed To get under or over Around it or through it."

Could it be the biggest puzzle of them all - LIFE?

i adore how you skip and smile through it!

An adorable ditty, Nellie!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I love these! Everyone of them made me think. The one about playing tricks with the memory made me chuckle. I voted these up and everything else. A very enjoyable read this morning with my coffee. Thanks so much.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Martin - thank YOU for the visit and words of support!! It's such a pleasure to see you here.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Rasma - hehe - yeah - puzzling over what poetry means is often required! I often do! Thank you for coming by and leaving such a fun comment!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Eddy, you make me blush. But thank you so much for perceiving and enjoying my work. I feel your comments of praise are deeply felt; that's just so gratifying, because I respect you greatly.

I can concur that what I write comes from my heart. I've no other way to do it. My mind really is more businesslike, I guess. When I write prose, anyway, that's how it usually comes out, certainly not brief or sentimental. But my heart seems determined to be heard and pours out poetry in its own behalf. Where they meet congenially is in painting and designing the scenes, the way one would set a table for a meal. I believe we all quest to be completely whole and who/what we are. So when we find a way to bring it together, it's just the most satisfying thing. Then, if and when it speaks to others, that is the ultimate! Thank you, my dear friend from a corner of Wales!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Sunnie - I just visited your audio "Pondering Thoughts of This One Writer" and loved hearing you narrate such a lovely poem - (and others). But the words "pondering thoughts" used here to describe my poetry really rings true with your voice fresh on my mind!

Of course, we ponder when we write, especially poetry. Poetry is truly personal writing, - perhaps even when it's epic poetry. The subjective slant surely invades it. I'm not apt to write epic poetry (too lengthy!) but if I did, I'm sure it would be a vehicle for my slant on the event or era.

Being at home "in one's own skin" is almost trite nowadays, but when I wrote that, I'd never heard the concept - it was just gathering steam on the west coast - haha. I was stuck in the midwest. I simply had the experience of really knowing 'me' at last and wondered why it took me so long (I was 40!) Since then, this acquaintance has improved.

There's such security in being whole with oneself and knowing one can rely on it, especially in a world with almost no real security or reliability. If I had one wish, it would be that everyone felt that sense of being 'at home' inside. Then one is more easily at home with others.

Thank you so much for a lovely comment!


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arb 3 years ago from oregon

What do I say that hasn't been said?

From puzzle and mystery the garden is fed

the butterfly drinks from the glorious spread

rather than questions which busy the head

it uses each moment as though it were thread

and weaves from the mystery, a beauty instead.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

hehe - Leslie - Yes! It is a ditty! When I clicked "publish now", I wondered if anyone would bother even to read it, it was so much fun & personal in a delightful silly way.

Your comments always make ME think! Thank you!!

Yep, LIFE IS the big puzzle - except that it's easy to miss that the moves come with the flow of it, don't they? Trying to pre-plan them can even result in missing the moves that are flowing by one's position!

Resources and working around it is important, but that's a wise observation and term:- SKIPPING (and of course, smiling). It helps one avoid getting badly or permanently snagged on treacherous shoal hazards, which LIFE provides abundantly. Working around serious one which can be worked around, sure. But SKIPPING over more trivial (in retrospect) or simply those which are not resolvable really does beat stubbornly tangling with and stopping to get hung up on everything in the path. It's one of the skills one should pick up along the way. So often just sleeping on that stuff proves those slicky hazards to be merely tests of one's ingenuity with wispy roots of their own, hoping, maybe that one will give them the permanence they lack.

I've been a really good designer and seamstress and one of the things I learned for myself was which things need, deserve and even benefit from fussing over and which ones really don't. It's a matter of discernment. Hems, for instance - (back when we put them in by hand) - - the more one fusses over them, the uglier they look from the outside, where it matters. To be 'invisible', they must be loose and pick up only a thread to hold onto.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Victoria. Now I'm smiling. There IS a lot to that little 2-liner. Best to not remember every little manipulation. hehe. Thank you for reading and enjoying with morning coffee. That image is such fun. Hugs.


Sunnie Day 3 years ago

Hi Nellieanna, So happy you enjoyed the pondering poem...I have been doing a lot of that lately..hehe...I cant say I have slipped into myself completely yet but I am on my way..I do think it takes time...coming full circle seems to take a life time doesn't it...To be acquainted with oneself is truly a wonderful thought. For me taking the time to do that has been a challenge but the past two years has opened that door and I am thankful...Sending a big Texas hug your way!

Love,

Sunnie


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Alan - as I began to read your comment, I was preparing to say that you needn't say anything in comment; just being here to show your interest says enough - but then!! Your poem is simply exquisite! Now it is I who really is speechless. Thank you dear friend.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Sunnie, precious lady - You ARE yourself. It's not something added! What can happen is that one peels off extraneous layers, maybe imposed by others or perhaps adopted by oneself, trying to be more acceptable by others, without realizing how wondrous one simply IS, when what one only needs is to let extraneous stuff fall away and let the inner light that's there - shine forth. No reason it should take a lifetime, when we're all born 'all of a piece'. But we do pick up other self-imagery along the way at times. But when one recognizes that he or she is simply still 'in there', it's not that big a deal to let it simply be and start nourishing one's true self. And no reason everyone else must accept what you discover. Perhaps they will - it's easier for them to, when one does oneself. But it doesn't depend on them. Their own issues are working.

I remember when it finally dawned on me that my ideas had at least as much validity as those I'd thought somehow had to count for more for some reason - either they claimed it & I accepted that or I just perceived it to be so, doubting myself. It was just suddenly clear and was such a revelation to discover I didn't 'have to' prove myself OK, that I AM OK. wow. Sounds sorta silly to explain. But it's how it works. It's not some sort of applied conceitl It just IS and includes one's strengths and one's weaknesses. Everyone has their own, so of course, one does, too! It goes-with the species. Being a good specimen is being authentically the one which one IS. Wow - what a revelation. One's own can be embraced and worked with as one decides, oneself. If one likes it as it is - it's OK. If that changes, it's OK. One doesn't have to be perfect. Wow. Imagine that! Understanding oneself is a worthy project. Self-acceptance doesn't depend on it, though. Just realization does. But it's just how it is: YOU are a great YOU.

To be honest, from my perspective I see you as a very whole soul, surely always one! You can hardly hide it. But others' perceptions aren't the key. If your own experiences of the last couple of years have clarified it for YOU, that's what is wonderful. So don't expect it to be difficult.

(BTW - I just discovered the city from which you hail is where I first married, had my two children and lived the 2 first years of the 18 - the 2 while my ex was in the AF, based there!)


Sunnie Day 3 years ago

Oh Nellie when you explain it in your wonderful gifted way, it all sound so much more less difficult..thank you...How wonderful that you started out your married life here. It is growing leaps and bounds. Should you want to come for a visit, I have a lovely spare room and we will do a tour,...which will still not take long as it still is considered a small town..lol

Love your friend always,

Sunnie


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

I admit I got carried away.

George & I used to go down I-35 on the way to and from the ranch, till we discovered a less stressful route. haha. So we went through there pretty frequently, stopped to eat sometimes, but really never browsed around. I always strained to look at the old AFB from the highway. At one time I'd lived on the base and could see the back of that duplex from the highway! We'd lived in town at first, though.

I'm sure it's all changed dramatically! Both my elder sisters graduated from university there in the 1930s, when I was a little kid. I remembered trips to move them over there from Del Rio into the dorms, or seeing them off on the train with their trunks. It had changed a lot from then to when I married there in 1954!

I'd love to visit you some time! I usually don't drive distances a lot these days, but it's not that far! I'd just love to visit with YOU. We'll see! :-)


Sunnie Day 3 years ago

There are many beautiful back roads for sure! Even the base is HUGE! The door is always open! :)


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LauraD093 3 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

Loved this hub was feeling pretty down---after reading it gave some buoyancy to my tired mind and spirit-how wonderful to know some still believe in the concepts of "Shall we dance?'" Great sequencing also -voted up and awesome.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Sunnie! I've lots of memories around there! Hugs.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

LauraD - How great that it gave some buoyancy. No reason to not go along with 'Shall we dance", considering many of the alternatives. :-) Besides, it doesn't require much belief; just some feet-shuffling!

I visited your most interesting hubsite just now to know to whom I'm speaking and read your hub about early childhood impressions. Your life story is remarkable! I'll be reading more of your work!

Thank you for your visit to mine here!


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Hi Nellieanna;

I haven’t seen the more recent film adaptation with Jodie foster. I had the pleasure of viewing the musical years ago and was afraid that a remake wouldn’t do the original justice. But after reading your comment, I will definitely watch "Anna and The King." Thank you. :-)

Haiku is challenging in that there are many vise-like rules to follow; so many that can appear contradictory, it seems they trip over each other while vying for our attention. (I wrote a hub titled, “Can You Haiku?” as I was frustrated when trying to learn this art form.) You describe the purpose of Haiku perfectly: “The reader is supposed to see the IS-NESS of great truth in insignificant examples used; they're not spelled out for him.” And your considerable talent would do Haiku more than justice, Nellieanna. :-)

Enjoy your weekend my friend.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah, dear Genna! - Well, "Anna and the King" doesn't really compete with "The King and I". It is simply excellent on its own merit.

So often, such things are disappointing, though. My mother loved the B&W movie, "Lost Horizon" in 1937, based on the book written in 1933 about Shangri-La, a civilization hidden in the high Himalayas and discovered by survivors of an airplane crash in the bitter snow and cold. People didn't age and lived by a rule of moderation. (She took me with her to the film when I was only 6); and I've always loved it too.

She was so excited when another "Lost Horizon" in Technicolor came out in 1973, and I took her to see it; but it turned out to be a musical and was ao disappointing to her that she cried. Maybe someone seeing only it for the first time would have liked it, as a nice musical. It's colorful &has a musical's sweetness. It just fails miserably to capture the essence, the spirituality and philosophy of the book or the original film. I saw a comment with a u-tube version saying that the '37 film is genius, the '73 film is abomination. That was Mother's response.

Of course, The King and I, the musical, was my introduction to the story of the English teacher, Anna Leonowens in Siam to teach the King's many children. And Anna and the King is also a take-off on the original story. To me, each has charm and value. I don't want to give either up!

I'm going to look for your "Can You Haiku". I'm not kidding that I'm restrained about talking about it, and even more so about writing it! hahaha. I'm too much of an iconoclast. I CAN, but I truly even have trouble writing an ode, it's so confining. haha. I'm incorrigible! But thank you for your lovely encouragement!


Vincent Moore 3 years ago

I loved Yul Brynner in most of his movies, yet The King and I was so special and it drew us all in to a master at work and play. Life is just one big ball of thread, we are always trying to unwind it but never succeed in doin so. We just keep getting entwined like that cute kitty you posted here. Life is certainly a puzzlement of sorts, yet it's so fun trying to just the right pieces to connect and get to the whole big picture of life. Bravo, voted Up and shared.


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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

This is wonderful and whimsical! I got here late but am readung again to relish. Up all the way!


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Curiad 3 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

Beautiful Nellieanna, The ultimate puzzle is the puzzle that is made of many puzzles, we solve one only to find that there are dozens more...

Mark


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ken - thanks for another wonderful visit! Yes - life is full of twists and turns and sometimes, knots. I suspect that if and when we got it unwound & untied, we'd be at the end. Each new loop provides us more chance & means for improvement and learning. We grow. As you say - it's such fun! It's what makes life the interesting venture it is!

I love Yul Brynner in this musical version of the story and loved it ever since seeing it when it was first released. I have it on DVD and watched it again last night, in fact, partly to compare it with "Anna and the King" released in 1999, which isn't a musical (though it has the scene of the big ball and banquet for the Englishmen at which Anna and the King led off with the first waltz and the children sang a few songs in English as part of their schooling.

It was the music with the film credits which grabbed me by the heartstrings and I've just published a hub which includes that, called "What Do I Tell My Heart". Yun-Fat Chow, who plays the King in it, is as strong & masculine as Yul Brynner, but in a less percussive manner.

The film tells more of the story unfolding and I was more grownup when I saw that version - some years after it even debuted. I've the DVD of it, as well. It's not a matter of 'either/or'. Both are wonderful films and actors, but different. My two hubs based loosely on them are different, too.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, Jim. No such thing as late - it happens when we connect with a hub, old or new! This is quite new, actually. I'm so pleased you came and are readiing again. Thank you for coming now - and for the "up all the way"!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Mark, Yes. Puzzles within puzzles. Layers. Isn't it wonderful? :-) Thank you! I'm so glad you came by! Great thought addition.


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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

hahaha... nice one... and it speaks of your humor, appreciation of simplicity, the complex nature of things and irony! I must say this had me smiling as each verse opened up and asked its own set of questions.. Nice work Nellieanna... your style is unquestionable! PD


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Rob - it's always a delight when you drop by my hubs and comment. This one is such fun - thank you for the very gratifying response! Hugs.


dreamseeker2 3 years ago

I love the last thoughts in poetry you have placed here:

'But if I'm a shooting star

I hope you are

Going my way, too'.

Voted up and awesome! : )


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah, Gwen - - gives one pause, doesn't it? tee hee. Thank you!


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Here in the world is your Publisher! Lots of grace dancing across the stage here.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Mike - wow. Really? Thank you!


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Prisana 3 years ago from Thailand and Colorado

Dear Nellianna,

I was drawn to your hub after reading a thoughtful and beautiful comment that you wrote to Pearldiver. Did you know that The King and I is banned in Thailand? I must admit, it was hard for me to read your poem freely, without thinking about a recent case regarding Thailand's lese majeste law:

"The issue of interpretation in regards to whether material falls foul of lese majeste laws was also raised by a Matichon reporter who said that the newspaper's website had posted a poem on its website to honour HM the King. The poem raised the ire of several dozen royalists who interpreted it as offensive. The grey area surrounding interpretation and intent posed a challenge in the application of the law.

Others at the FCCT event also raised the point that what people post on Twitter and Facebook, usually intended only for a small group of friends or followers, can now be raised before the courts. Statements without any intention to defame the highest institution can be interpreted as politically subversive in such instances.

Aside from the complexities surrounding the law's enforcement, there is no doubt that the number of lese majeste cases has rocketed since the 2006 coup. "

The King of Thailand is genuinely beloved by myself as well as by nearly the entire country. There is a giant elephant puzzle sitting in our country now and no one is allowed to say anything about it.

Now what? Is a question that sooner or later must be discussed freely for our country to move forward in a positive direction. But for now, writing the wrong words in a poem could mean 15 years in prison, while child molesters and murderers get bail and less time.

Thank you for writing this poem. It certainly was thought provoking which is the beauty of poetry and freedom of expression.

All the best,

Puzzle (the meaning of my name in Thai)


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James-wolve 3 years ago from Morocco

You are the master of this art and I give you here a standing ovation!


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LauraD093 3 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

Love your work. The insert from the King and I brought back some fond memories. It was the last stage production I ever saw with my father. Thanks.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Prisana! First I must happily thank you for your visit to my hub & a comment of mine on one of Pearldiver's hubs. I so admire his work.

I like knowing the Thai meaning of your name! Interesting!

Then I also truly thank you for your insight about "The King and I" and how it's viewed in Thailand. I had no idea.

Oh, my! This is so very educational for me!

These considerations and facts about serious repercussions for the Broadway musical in Thailand are totally unknown to me prior to this moment! Like many here, I've loved The King and I for so many years & have never heard anything but good about it or questioned its fondness for the King's personality as portrayed in it. I've also written a hub focused on another dramatic movie about the historic 1860s visit of Anna Leonowens and her young son to that country in the service of its king as governess to his progeny, titled "Anna and the King". My hub about it is titled "What Do I Tell My Heart".

My motives were admiration and an appreciative sense of a culture of which I have no first-hand knowledge, certainly having no latent hint of intent of disrespect or slander. I assumed the writers of the musical, books and movies shared good will. These presentations simply convey a sense of what is otherwise foreign and convey nothing negative to me. Otherwise, I'd have avoided promoting either of them in my own presentations like the plague!

That said, though, now that you tell me of the actual response and consequences to The King and I in Thailand and that it appears to have offended your country's good king and his supporters, I must consider that and can fully understand what you're telling me. I appreciate knowing this!

On a broader canvas, it truly saddens me that much misunderstanding results from honest but mistaken intentions to comprehend each other on this small planet, with a likelihood which arises when differences in traditions and the native reverences of each culture are major to themselves and able to produce dramatic results if they're not given respect, even to the extent of mutual persecution and maligning.

No matter one's personal growth beyond natal beginnings & upbringing, there remains the seed of early perspectives, I suppose; - at least, until something enlightens it.

I'm an intelligent, educated person; but still, I must admit this is the first I've ever heard of "lese majeste" or laws making it equivalent to treason. In a democracy, it simply lacks application. I've been keenly aware that a monarch or a religious or other major leader deserves respect similarly to the respect I was taught to show those deserving it in my everyday habitat. But the only instances of crime and punishment in this regard which one sees regularly here are in courtrooms, in which the judge and the court itself cannot be crossed or shown contempt, at the risk of being punished by fines and/or imprisonment. In order to experience that, however, one must have been brought to court for something specifically wrong having been done or suspected to bring one to judgement. The ordinary law-abiding citizen never faces that situation in a lifetime.

The basic fact of our country's never having had a monarch rule from its (relatively recent) inception, and even the fact that it became an independent country precisely to shed active domination from another country's monarch's rule, has determined many general attitudes. At any rate, awareness of a risk of insulting a monarch is simply not now a major part of our national awareness at any level.

But in a world community in which there ARE great and honorable differences, that's no excuse for ignorance or disrespect of the sensitivities and legal concerns of other nations which do yet have beloved and revered monarchs for whom special respect is required. It's not much different from respect and regard for significantly different religious views, leaders and governments, is it? There is far too much lack of give and take in that area, too.

The closest I can personally relate to having my feelings set off by seeing tangible evidence of others' total ignorance & disregard of how things really are in my own bailiwick are certain distorted depictions of my Texas and the entire American South and West. Those distortions seem to thrive abundantly around the world and even in other regions of my own America, in spite of the true facts contradicting them! I'm able to dismiss and disregard these distortions, but they still prick (or amuse) a bit. They get my attention, at the least. It also puts me on notice & horrifies me that actual hatred & prejudice is brewed, birthed and sustained over time & changes by just such mistaken ideas being perpetuated. Humans tendency, it seems.

All I can really effectively DO in response, tis to be an example myself of who and what we are; or at least who and what I am. I must admit, I may be atypical. Really, who ever is "typical" of any place, age, race, or any other arbitrary type or label? All behooving me to be as generous as I can toward others' differences, both known and unknown. As this instance illustrates, so many things which may flame fires of protest, seeming to be slights or offenses are simply unknowns to the perpetrators but keenly noticeable to their targets.

I remember discovering by chance that my young son thought meatloaf was an actual cut of beef! It was a misunderstanding in his mind which I had no way of clearing up before because it wasn't apparent till it came out! Such are undisclosed assumptions!

I admit that when I write poetry, it virtually never is politically motivated in any way, but is looking at the humanity involved, often my own and as I notice it is being shared with others.

Prisana - thank you for following me. You've stirred much contemplation for me. Thank you. Forgive my verbosity.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

James, dear new friend - thank you!


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Prisana 3 years ago from Thailand and Colorado

Thank you for delving so deep into my comment. On my way to Cambodia at the moment. How rich these lives we live, made even richer by the free flow of thoughts and expression. It is not a political desire, just a human desire to be able to watch a great movie without it being interpreted as anything than what it was meant to be; an entertaining though factually inaccurate work of art.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

LauraD093, How lovely that this brought back pleasant fond memories of seeing it with your father. Such a beautiful personal recollection, I'm sure. I've only seen it in movie versions and think of them fondly, too!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Prisana - Cambodia - wow!

Oh, yes, exactly. You have captured the meaning beautifully! We are enriched by the free flow of all thoughts and perceptions. They needn't be interpreted politically in every instance, though I'd never wish to use that as an excuse to be insulting or disrespectful in any way; certainly not ever deliberately. I refuse to join in when mean jokes and remarks are being promoted as means to put down those who're supposed to be 'enemies'. I truly dislike using any form of ridicule to demean anyone or their beliefs; and there are efforts to do just that by otherwise civilized people!

As for factual accuracy, of course, works of art are almost by definition interpretations of facts at most, not pretending to be straight facts themselves. But even going further, it's no secret that history itself is greatly interpretive and even distorted purposely to suit the agendas of whomever records it!

Thank you so much for your lovely response to my rumination about these things which your important comment stirred - and for taking the time to return and share it.


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Enjoyed reading all your poems, each one of them beautifully written. Always admire and enjoy reading your poems. Voted way up.


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sujaya venkatesh 2 years ago

a good collection


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, Vellur! I always enjoy when you stop by. Makes me feel special. These are a light-touch selection of poems. Thank you!


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

Sujaya Venkatesh - I’m delighted to see you. Thank you for enjoying. I’m swamped with ‘other’ work lately so haven’t been circulating as much as I’d like. I look forward to visiting your fine hubs when I’m back soon!


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Harishprasad 2 years ago from India

Bafflement. Transparent as window glass. Knowing without knowing. Alone. I am at home....... Nellieanna , you create worlds so unique, so wonderful with such extraordinary tools/words ! Every time I read your poems, it is like wandering in some fantasy lands. You write poems that I read as dreams ! Really remarkable and great craft ! Thank you. Voted up.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

Harish, I'm so honored and humbled with your praise. Thank you! I wish I could claim 'craft'. I just . . . write what pours forth. It pleases me at the time and sometimes, to reread it and say to myself, "Oh, there you ARE, Nellieanna!" So when others like it and see its value, I just have to attribute all that to power beyond me, my muse or the master creator of the universe -- because I know it merely flows through me, not so much 'of' me. You've lifted my day! Thank you.

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