Jewelled Apple

CIII.

Source


Sweetest fruit

Whose succulent nectars

Linger on the tongue

To awaken a stirring hunger, ~

Tempting, tantalizing

The ancient spell.


Remember?



______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Remember when

We met in a life before?

We were in a meadow

By sparkling stream,

Between dream

And dawn.

I recall it all

Like yesterday,

Though dream and stream

And dawn ~ are gone.



______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Not everyone

Leaves empty space

When he goes away.

But when you return

The earth again is lit,

Is full

Of warmth

And grace.



______© Nellieanna H. Hay


I like my audience

Of one.

I write for me

- And you -

Who

Are

The One.



______© Nellieanna H. Hay



Splendid rapture

Of the heart and soul

When whole once more!

You came!

The heart I beat before

On half-time

Becomes full-measured.

It falls in step with these,

Between your quarter notes

To fill the gaps between

Our lost eternities.



______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Lavished on the wind,

We live

In ephemeral splendor,

Surrendered to our fates,

Mostly self-contained

In wispy isolation.

And if

We chance to touch,

It shatters us!

Yet sometimes,

Some times -

Touching happens

Perfectly,

So we

become,

Together,

A single membrane

Strong against the wind

Forever.



_____© Nellieanna H. Hay



This love

Opens up

Secret places

In my soul

I never knew for sure

Existed!



______© Nellieanna H. Hay



My love loves me

And lets me be

The self I am

And continue

To become.


By this boundless,

Bondless generosity,

I'm bound more closely still,

Till he becomes my true home

Where love is boundless,

Bondlessly free ~



______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Illustrations used here are adapted from various issues of my vintage collection of Neiman-Marcus 'The Book' catalogs. Other graphics used were created by me with PhotoShop Elements 9 and are not permitted for any other use.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay 2012

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Enlydia Listener 4 years ago from trailer in the country

Very beautiful poems and presentation...I love the first picture of the jewels on the apple.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Enlydia Listener - I appreciate that especially nice, fine-tuned comment. I've felt a strong connection with this hub.

Thank you.


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Capedium 4 years ago from Texas.

I think I need a Jelly Apple.. I hope it lingers in my own tongue..


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Yes, Capedium - that will be most pleasant. In my lengthy domestic career, aiming to please kids and grownups alike, I've made my share of Candy Apples, Caramel Apples, Apple Jellies and pies, tarts and cobblerls. There is something about an apple which supplies the requisite makings for luscious pastries and goodies. I've never made or seen a Jeweled Apple, but apples do inspire such imagery!

Thanks for the delightful visit and your comments.


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empire mike 4 years ago from empire, colorado

has anyone ever told you you have promise as a writer? well i liked it! I HAVE SO MUCH TO LEARN ABOUT LOVE...and you are such a good teacher.


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

All of your poems that I have read are beautiful, and these are no exception, Nellieanna. When I read some of them I have to stop and read them over and over again. There is so much meaning in the words.


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

Every time I visit your hubs Nellieanna, I'm entering a magical world of beauty, serenity and elegance! I believe I have said it before, but I find your presentation and poems to be exquisite.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Well, let me see, Michael, - If anyone has ever said I had promise as a wrier, it's seldom, - if ever, - been anyone related to me! So that's really an encouraging honor! :-) HUGS! I'm pleased that you liked it, beloved son!

I'm not sure how great an expert I am about LOVE, but one thing I'm pretty sure 'bout it is that it's contradicted by mean, heartless - or even indifferent - acts and motives. And I have a theory that "the truth will out" and reveal itself; - both what IS and what ISN"T love.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

AliciaC - what a gracious comment. Realizing what a fine mind you have, I'm quite honored that it probes my poems. Thank you for visiting and reading them!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

SanneL - How pleased I am that you find such qualities in my work, especially when your own is so lovely. Thank you so much!


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

A beautiful page of poetry and pictures. I love the boundless generosity that strengthens the bond between you.


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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

I hope your Easter is as beautiful as your poems Nellieanna and may you have many more of them.


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ananceleste 4 years ago from California

Superb and deliciously engaging! Is a feast of beautiful poetry. Voted up!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Pamela, you always comment about something that really matters to me. That was the way my beloved George's and my relationship was for the 29 wonderful years we had. No day passes that I don't miss him. Thank you.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Christopher - Thank you. It looks like a lovely weekend coming up, though there's 30% chance for a shower on Easter. But it's all so fresh and verdant!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ananceleste - thank you for the visit and lovely comment - and the vote. Very nice!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ananceleste - thank you for the visit and lovely comment - and the vote. Very nice!


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dialogue 4 years ago

wow really beautiful hub. Well designed with quite awesome writings. I really love the way you have presented the above.


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sligobay 4 years ago from east of the equator

Happy Easter Nellieanna. From the Garden to the schoolhouse, great meaning has attached itself to the abundant apple. The story of creation makes the apple the vehicle between mankind and its God; the forbidden fruit plucked from the tree of knowledge. That same handy fruit becomes the vehicle of self-denial, temptation and seduction in the genesis of relationships between man and woman. Your daring to slice and dice this delectable image and infuse it with love is dynamic.

Sweetest fruit

Whose succulent nectars

Linger on the tongue

To awaken a stirring hunger, ~

Tempting, tantalizing

The ancient spell.

Remember?

How do you like dem apples? (Good Will Hunting)

My favorite is:

Not everyone

Leaves empty space

When he goes away.

But when you return

The earth again is lit,

Is full

Of warmth

And grace.

© Nellieanna H. Hay

Your apples fall to the earth of my heart and spawn a fine orchard of succulent fruit. Thank you for your abundant heart and talent. Hugs.


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empire mike 4 years ago from empire, colorado

indeed the truth does out and reveal itself.

and a happy easter to you! i think i'll put all my eggs in one biscuit.

you know what, i believe in the resurrection.

gerry, if you're reading this, you can write a better comment than anything i can create. they themselves are works of art that i thoroughly enjoy reading


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dialogue - what a lovely comment. Thank you! (I'm going to enjoy exploring your hubs - so knowledgeable!)


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Lilleyth 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

Once again you have created a masterpiece which has brought a smile to my day as I tap on my iPhone alone in a model home (no one shops for a new home on Easter weekend) the day before Easter, updating my grocery list from time to time between reading hubs. Happy Easter Anne.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Michael, love! :-) It may a require more patience (or perceptivity) than people sometimes afford it for truth to make its appearance - to their awareness. sigh. But it's inevitable that it expresses itself. . . - after all, it's what's "there", whether or not it's being perceived.

Timing is critical and with clear perceptivity, personal resurrection can happen with every morning's awakening. Right? Perhaps it takes daily practice and that definitely cushions the alternatives. HE practiced it, I believe - and set the standard.

hehe - all eggs in one biscuit. . . . sounds appetizing! Wish I could join you!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah - so good to see you here, Lilleyth. I'm not surprised at a the dearth of takers for model homes on Easter weekend. Thank you, dear person, for sharing your other amusements with my hub - and on your iPhone at that! wow! I love mine but don't use it for serious hubbing - or even reading. :-)


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sligobay 4 years ago from east of the equator

I'm just a rotten old hard-boiled egg that's been redeemed by the sacrifice and grace of an old softie who chose to carry the weight of my human failings on the cross that he bore up a hill. No greater sacrifice than His suffering and death could be made and no lesser sacrifice would have produced the redemption of all mankind. Let us not fail to rejoice in this day which has shined the tarnish of the original apple. Hallelujah. Hallelujah. Blessings and the joy of Easter be with you all. Gerry


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Gerry, - you 'see through' exquisitely. Iconoclast that I am, I was never quite in tune with designating that lovely, nourishing pome (capable of keeping the doctor away) the 'forbidden fruit' which brought down humankind! Moses didn't so designate it! hehe -

But it's provided mankind quite a delicious, ever-suspicious metaphor, hasn't it? And the nature of metaphors is at least partly their classy adaptability.

Ah! 'Good Will Hunting'. Thanks for the reminder. Reminds me it's been too long since I saw the movie! Has several of my favorite actors and a meritorious story about the human spirit.

Your comments are always a great experience! My empiremike describes your talent accurately! Thank you, Gerry - for applying it to my stuff. wow!

My original post of this reply to your original comment was full of errors, so I reposted it just now - after your lovely follow-up comment. You express it beautifully, Gerry.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Exquisite poetry, Nellieanna, but then that is the only kind you write. Your line, 'when he goes away,' reminded me of this beautiful song by Barbra Streisand - 'If You Go Away.' You can hear it on You Tube: http://youtu.be/Mw-85y0zcwk

Thank you, m'luv, for the memories. Voted up, naturally.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

DRBJ - that's long been a favorite song of mine, though I hadn't heard Barbra sing it. Lovely. We share many favorites, it seems! Thank you for bringing that lovely version to me!

I play it on the piano, not all that well, but I enjoy doing it.

Discovered it first on one of my old Rod McKuen LP record - 'way back. Jacques Brel wrote it, including French lyrics and Rod McKuen teamed with him to write the English lyrics.

I made a webpage about it, in fact:

http://nellieanna.com/experience.html

Thank you so much for your approval of my work. It means so much to me.


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habee 4 years ago from Georgia

OMG. I had to read these beautiful lines twice! It's obvious that you and George had something very special, and I was able to grasp so many different emotions in your verse. Wonderful!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Habee - it's such a pleasure to see you visit my hub! Thank you! Yes, George and I did have a most special thing. I miss him so much.


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Jaggedfrost 4 years ago

Love as you express it

so elegantly and with variety

seeing as it is not done so

in general with much tact

Loving how you start at the beginning

where love caused celestial vexation

but eternal approval


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you.

I have only the way I express it - to express it, - as it comes forth.

I love the phrases, "celestial vexation" and "eternal approval" and linking them, even more.

One wonders.


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Jaggedfrost 4 years ago

And what does one wonder?


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

One tends to wonder at juxtapositions which one might love to imagine and to embrace, but might question being quite the reality in a more rigid framework. So then, which is which?


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Jaggedfrost 4 years ago

Could it be that it is both for reasons which are as true as they are difficult to explain without touching the real but unseen? Truth is more elusive then fact. It is why truth is less obtained and more seen as relative. consider that there are two sides to this issue that can and are. Both are opposed to each other and the balance between them where truth lies.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Could be.

My wondering isn't at difficulty with seemingly opposing inexplicable truths and/or suppositions - but at their similarity with ways my mind works.

Truth seems to be multidimensional and manages to fill all the crevices with which it is concerned. It's rather difficult to imagine what IS NOT. So who is to say which possible perceptions are or are not true?


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Jaggedfrost 4 years ago

Trust that which gives peace and clarity. That which calls you to become something more then you are is truth as well. Eventually these too will become contradictions but by that time you will have traveled far enough to know why.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

I love it!! :-)


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Your words dance upon life’s keyboard and play a love song both graceful and pure.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Mike - it's such pure pleasure when a reader clearly perceives the writing. Thank you.

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