Labyrinth of Life


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                       Labyrinth of life,

                           Taking turns

                              On straightaways,

                           Moving by the feel

                      Of what is real,

                 And sensing

          New directions

          As they come and go

              Too swiftly

                  For analysis,

              Perhaps to move

       Into the light again

          To know the betters


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Joy is lucid,

Never fuzzy.

Fuzzy is pain.

Inner light,


Grows, variegates

Into beautiful

Free patterns

Upon this screen

Of life.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay



Swiftly now,
Blurring in a sea
Of distance ~
Evened out,
But for this ~ one oasis



______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Life is


And wiggle-wobbles

Or else,

Suspension in mid-space.

What it’s not

Is fixed and fastened,

Nor obedient.

One must love it as it is

Or miss it


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

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christopheranton 6 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

As always Nellieanna, wise words most beautifully put. I especially liked your final poem. It shows how even the tragedies of life can sometimes have a beauty of their own.

Inkwell780 6 years ago

What's unperceived

"Is in design,What's pre-conceived

Is far behind,

Half-rememberedIn God's mind, Imprinted on your soul.It is - but is not yet - Perfection." Impressive stuff! I love how your lines are non-linear... They sway in whimsies! Brief is truly Brilliance. Thanks for sharing! Sincerely, Matt.

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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa

Nellieanna, once again your poems touched my heart. It is definitely transparent crystal representing inner strength, quite determination and the ability to see beyond reality, there where no trivialities exist. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to read your poems.

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equealla 6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

I also have to admit, the striking words of It is- but is not yet - Perfection. The clinging onto dreams, half forgotten in God's mind, is a poem with deep meaning and truths. Thankfully it is imprinted on the human soul, and someday we will reach and understand it.

Your poems do touch the realm of that perfection, and I am blessed to be enriched with them.

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VagabondE 6 years ago from Hitting the road again

We are defined by our life experiences and your poems capture that very well.

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Christopheranton - Thank you again for reading and appreciating my poems. That's right. Even life's tragedies and uncertainties (and often they're related!) have their own beauty and meaning. As they are occurring, after all, they are all of Life one is consciously experiencing, so that in itself lends them beauty and meaning.

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Inkwell - That poem says a lot about what I sense in words I couldn't quite find for a more prosaic explanation: - that truth isn't necessarity what we see & try to interpret, and it's almost certainly not in our preconceptions. But at the same time, that we are the embodiment of creation in a way & possibly a key to understanding it more.

Glad you noticed it and thank you for the nice compliments!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Martie, thank you, dear lady. I'm most grateful that you choose to read my poems! You do me great honor to come along with me and share. I'm always happy to see your comments and know you've chosen to come read my words! It means a great deal to me, especially that you say it means something to you.

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Equealla, yes - I feel we can reach and understand it, provided we can approach it without preconception of what "IT" is! Too often we t ry to retrofit what could be a clearer understanding into what we have already decided, which distracts, dilutes or even undermines what would be clear otherwise.

Thank you very much for walking along with me, viewing what lies around us.

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Vagabond - how good to see you, kind sir! Ah, yes - we are defined by our life experiences and we actually choose them, at least subconsciously or be default; - so one wonders which comes first - chicken or egg! LOL. My poems do sometimes muddle around the middle of that area, catching slight glimpses of what it's all about, perhaps.

Thanks for the welcome visit!

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always exploring 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

It,s such a pleasure to read your thoughts, Thank you.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank YOU, Always Exploring. My pleasure to welcome you!

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ralwus 6 years ago

Life has wobbled me today. I had a rough one yesterday, but this too shall pass. still loving you. x

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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

"One must love it as it is

Or miss it


Nellieanna, you are so endearing in your writings!, I can never walk away, from those I've read, untouched deeply, in one way or another. Peace, Dusty

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Hi Mam, awesome poem and thoughts about life, truth and beyond, rated awesome, Maita

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SilverGenes 6 years ago

"The rips are passageways for light" - then perhaps we can just move on without dwelling on old wounds and enjoy the prisms of the soul. Thank you, Nellieanna. You inspire and encourage more than you know. This is a rough time for me as well for many reasons - I feel like a bit of a weeble though. We wobble but we don't fall down :)

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Life gets into wobbly mode at times, Charlie. Or perhaps it's in our own beings, -but it matters not which - the effect is the same and none too pleasant! My hope and wish is that it does pass and today is better!! Love always seems to help, if only we must bestow it on ourselves! ;->

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dusty - That's a lovely response. Yeah - the alternative is grim. if we don't love it as it is, we're loving illusions. I'm pleased that you enjoy my writings. I can think of few others I'd prefer to have linger awhile!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you my Maita! I love that you enjoy them! Thanks for the rating, too!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

SG - Yes. They are and yes, we can. I've been concerned about you. Weebling or wobbling are equally therapeutic if allowed to be! Smiling and feeling good are even better.

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saddlerider1 6 years ago

Nellieanna life is full of weebles and wobbles and for some more than the other. Your poetry touches on such a wide spectrum of life's ups and downs and perceptions.

I always feel that I have learned something new about myself after reading your poetry, it often brings to light a memory, thought,experience past or present and often hope for a brighter future.

Thanks as always for your wonderful thought provoking verse. Peace and hugs

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breakfastpop 6 years ago

I absolutely love your poetry. It moves me in ways no other poetry does.

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ken - thank you! Yes, it does touch on many of life's real-life ups, downs and perceptions. Perhaps it gives a special view of them so that they seem less wobbly or at least more tolerably wobbly!

I've mentioned that when I was in the height of writing my poetry was a time when I needed the reminders they provided. Thoughts and reflections came to me and I wrote them down almost without thinking or planning; - then I could go back and read the purest extracts of what I'd felt and be reassured of my existence. So in a similar way they served to bring to my mind my own thoughts, memories, experiences - and I guess - most of all, my responses to them, with time to think more on them than at the moment they were written. It certainly supplied me with hope for a brighter future!!

None were written just for the purpose of being pleasant or earth-shattering or shocking or even inspirational verses. They weren't to serve a purpose - they just were what they were.

I don't know how others feel in writing their poetry so maybe that absense of purpose is typical of all poetry. I don't know. But I've no doubt about my own feelings & motives in writing it.

Because of it, they came out simple and "stripped down" to their essence; otherwise I'd be wordy and excessively elaborate, the "thinking" mode, I guess! That's usually my prose voice, still, in fact - as y'all know!

But for poetry - no excess ever really occurs to me and no effort need ever be made to be brief. For the reader of it, that surely helps! So that it either speaks something straight out or it doesn't, no dilly-dallying needed unless one chooses to dilly-dally over it.

Even its more subtle meanings are clear & right there, if one really reads it. It sounds to me like you really do!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

breakfastpop - thank you! That's truly a great compliment and it feels like it comes from your heart! Very much appreciated. I love it when you come by and share my thoughts in verse.

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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines


These are all so beautiful! I love especially your poem and photograph together. It just played a resonant chord in my heart.

You are truly an artist!

Thanks very much for sharing you art with us!

God bless!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Jill - those are such gratifying words. Thank you. It pleases me so much that resonance in your own heart was felt! Doesn't get much better than that!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Nikki - kisses and hugs. From a poet such as yourself, that's high praise!

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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Very beautiful and smooth!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Um - that sounds so nice to hear!! Thank you, Micky!!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

And I'm so pleased you enjoyed it! I'm struggling with old PC problems and new MAC ordering, plus dentistry - so forgive my delays!

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MPG Narratives 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Hi nellieanna. I must say I noticed you not being around, I missed you. Hope you are feeling well and good for you, a new MAC. Once you are used to it you will never look back, I have used one for years.

BTW, I love 'Sunset at the Ranch', the words and visuals.

Always nice to read your poetry at the start of my day, cheers me all day. thanks, Marie. x

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Marie! - I am feeling fine. Thanks for asking. I really have missed being on here the last week or so. The tooth is healing well, I think and I got the MacBook Pro 13" laptop just yesterday. I'm already in love. I'm presently on my Dell laptop for responding to the comments on my recent hub. Haven't become fully accustomed to everything on the MAC - but I'm so impressed with every detail - even the packaging it was all in was classy. I've had an iPod for quite a few years and an iPhone for a couple of years and I've been quite pleased and impressed with how well they work and do what they do without any extraneous "stuff" - just smooth good workmanship down to every detail. Setting up the new MAC was even a breeze. So I'm sure when and as I get conversant with the differences - I'm going to be in love for life! I got the Magic Mouse and it's wonderful - but still a few things to get accustomed to with it. I'm sort of gushing! LOL

My photo of the ranch sunset is how it frequently looks - and though it's a bit dark to see them, the far horizon has a wonderful view of a mountain range in Mexico. When I was a kid and spent my summers out there, i assumed everyone had distant mountain ranges to view! My eyes were not good from birth and Mother encouraged me to look into distances to help relax their muscles and improve them. So those mountains were great to gaze upon.

The photo was pre-digital and take pre-internet with my little 35mm Nikon. The words are actually about three very short mini-poems which support each other rather well - I wrote them all about the same time in the same frame of mind. I put the words to the photo for one of my earliest webpages. I'm pleased you like it!

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R. J. Lefebvre 6 years ago


I find you poetry refreshing. I have attempted trying my perspectives in poetry, Can't get over the old fashion rhyming. My favorite poet is Emiley Dickinson, her choice of words in phrasing entices me to look for compatriots of unique quality. Your poetry appears on the right footing, for example your Defend poem is not only concise and insightful, once it had my attention, it would not let go.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you again, Ronnie! The Defend poem is one I wrote 30-something years ago and still feel the same.

And there's nothing wrong at all with old fashioned rhyming. I think poetry is not about the technique so much as the heart, however it's expressed in words. I just published a new poetry hub in which there is more rhymed and metered form than I may be known for, though it happens to be as it arose in me in the writing. I find that at times, it comes forth with more or less of the formality.

I think that, with or without the formal rhyme and "beat", poetry needs to be "music", if only in its sense of balance & unmistakeable clarity of sounds, so they rest well on the ear and mind. It must touch one's emotions at almost the non-verbal level, though doing so with words! So the sounds of them is essential - the sensory more than the cerebral.

I'm sure you're familiar with E.D.s definition of poetry, which has stuck with me and permeated my thought about poetry since discovering 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?”

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Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

Thank you so ,much for sharing this with us all . The words and pictures blend together beautifully. Take care and God Bless Nellieanna.

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank YOU, Eiddwen, for stopping in and commenting! I appreciate it!

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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

Should we not "cling to dreams/ nor to reality" we would be even more suspended in a fluid world, but I suppos this is the beauty of life, so I will take it.

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah. Yes, it is. Only when we let go can we have. It seems like an anomaly but isn't.

I'm thrilled that you stopped by, Petra!

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manatita44 2 years ago from london

Profound! Exquisite! A joy to read!

My salutations to the guiding Light of your poetry; my continued support for your good health. Higher blessings.

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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, my dear Manatita! I so enjoy & appreciate your finding Light in my poetry. It was mostly written to keep my own light lit and where I could refer to it and replenish. I'm sure only another poet could fully understand that. It is so rejuvenating to be able to touch and know the light coming through oneself, even when one isn't fully aware or able to believe it does.

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