Life is a Trampoline!

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Trampoline!

This life’s a trampoline!

And in between

Each bounce,

We grow a little,

Know a little

More about

A Trampoline!

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

It's made of

Intervals,

this thing called

Life.

And goes so fast!

        Mine -

               This time -

                          So precious to me.

Next time

Could be wasted,

Poured out, unrated,

Or perhaps, - sublime!

      Oh, it may reverberate

           with pleasures

                tasted minute by minute,

                       Or - never sated.

And strife may be resolved

so that, at last,

The truth is said

That's in it.

  ______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Light


What really is

Is what

You can’t see

With your two eyes.

You cannot see yourself

From the outside

You cannot see another

From the inside

But you can

Perceive it.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Such abject misery

Total torment

My doubt creates,

Knowing not

What I know.

Such profound joy,

Transcendence

My certainty permits,

Knowing what

I know not!

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Heaven came so close

Last night

With evening star

And moonbeams bright,

With memories made.

It came upon your phantom ship

Into my quiet cove

Where tides

May not Invade,

But love alone

Abides.

         ______© Nellieanna H. Hay

 

Quietly

And on the side

I ride

The tide,

Requiring not

A torrent

to Arrive

At life.

 

 

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Low ebb provides
Another view.
Love YOU first,
Then you'll be free
For loving me
And LIFE.

I don't believe
In Destiny.
But you're
My destiny,
If you occur.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay



Well-trimmed verse

Entrusts itself

Unto

Your

Knowing

Heart.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

The burden of being

Liked and loved

Without understanding

Is fierce.

But I know not how

To fake feelings

I do not feel,

Nor hide the ones I do!

So – why?

I know not how

To edit my soul,

Nor why I should, do you?

Now that you know these things,

I’m glad you like me

Unabridged - -

If you still do!

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

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74 comments

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

"You cannot see another from inside"...it's easier to see your own reflection instead of another's projection,lovely Nellieanna;)


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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa

Each and every poem - a novel on its own! (Thank you, Nellieanna, I love your poems.)


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msorensson 6 years ago

Beautiful thoughts woven into beautiful poetry, Nellieanna.

Hugs, Melinda


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

As always sharing your poetry is divine. I enjoy every one of them they brighten up my morning, afternoon and evening. A joy to read and take all in:0)


SilverGenes 6 years ago

"Beauty is a state of mind" - oh how true! Everything is coloured by our personal perceptions but peace of mind has always been within our control. Funny how many of us wear the ruby slippers yet don't know how to use them.

"Such profound joy,

Transcendence

My certainty permits,

Knowing what

I know not!"

Nellieanna, thank you for sharing the contents of your notebooks - I hope it's as much a process of discovery, albeit different, for you as it is for us who read it.

I love the whole idea of life being a trampoline - all those intervals!

Another that stays with me is "Heaven came so close last night..."

Beautiful!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Mentalist acer, yes that is one of the more thought-provoking ones & for just the reason you mention. We tend to interpret everything according to our own subjective perspective - because - quess what! - It's the one we have! LOL. We can try but we literally cannot see from the other's innards. All the more reason to give them benefit of doubt because there are mostly unknowns from our view. In the rare cases where both parties TRY, sometimes it can be more nearly understanding - but it can never be 100%. For the ultimate, we just have to let some of it BE. Thanks for reading and responding, Mentalist.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

MartieCoetser - how nice to meet you here on my site for the first time. So happy you like my efforts. I've looked at your site and I must say - I'm carried away! I'm a new fan!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thanks you, sweet Melinda, It always makes me feel si very good when you come by and leave your impressions. I know how much feeling you bring to it.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ken - you're wonderful to come and share your response. I truly appreciate it and so enjoy having you here, reading and mentioning that it gives you a sense of joy or lightness. That's so good. Thank you.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Alexandra - Your responses are wonderful. I have no doubt that you know what I meant by those words and the thoughts behind them.

I'm smiling about the notebook challenges. Now that I've typed up a number of those hand-written poems it's a mind-boggling challenge - (as it's always been) - to try to organize or catalog them. Over the years, I've sorted and re-written chosen ones into litte blank books, but I always have to sort through them all looking for one I know but need to see. And some of the blank books have repetitions with each other - in fact some have repetitions within one book! LOL

Thank goodness for Word's ability to alphabetize, though without titles for the most part, I must just enter first lines, which are, of course, quite familiar to me and it's a start. But then when I type up more for hubs or just to get them typed and then must tie them in with which hub I put them on (hopefully not to oferlap too much!) - it's another challenge, even though organizing & coordinating are among my strongest suits.

But my feeling about it is that any progress is - progress. haha It's a bit like cleaning the garage. hahaha. And today I began to track down some things about my eldest sister to write, discovering that I had made a scrapbook about her, which I knew, but had forgotten how much I wrote by hand in it about her life. I don't know if I'd want to write a hub about it - but perhaps someday. So there I was up in the top of my closet getting down boxes of keepsakes again.

Oh well.

And yes - the poetry is always discovery for me. Remember they were written in the first place to keep "me" where I could find me and it's still nice to discover again, though I'm no longer elusive. ;-> In fact, it's rather nice to discover how consistent I am and always was, even though others had me wondering!

Heaven came so close last night - yes - one I love too.

Thank you, dear friend.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Wonderful and inspiring words and poems. Thank you so much for sharing. You are so gifted for putting the right words into the right place.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

It's all so pretty and soothing as all your work. Life does travel fast. I just sat down and two days have gone by!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

hello, hello - well, you know from writing that the words pretty much dictate their time and place and all we as writers add is being in that "right place" when the words are at it! And it is a gift - from wherever they come to be their transporter and recipient! I've pondered about that a lot! Thank you so much!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Micky - again - thank you, dear heart. But in thinking about time and how it works, I'm not sure it's not both always "here" and only here for the time when we can both be fully conscious of it and also have a change to DO something with it. We're the fleetig part. Time is constant. Hm. Did I say that? - LOL ;->


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Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia

I love the way you write and also loved those little pics too. enjoyed that and what great exercise and callorie burning methods.


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

You work is beautiful and uplifting and I thank you for giving me the pleasure of reading and enjoying it.


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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

Whatever you do, please do not edit your soul, Nellieanna


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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

You are a poet and you "show it..." Reflection is good. Each time I am aware of another facet... of my life of "diamonds."


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

I had to come back and re-read again with my favorite Organic morning java in hand and slowly sip while I soak in these once again. Firstly may I extend my accolades of thank you for mention of my name in your HP interview, I am truly humbled to be considered by you as someone you enjoy reading. I like many are faithful followers and fans of yours and I remain so always. Below is just one of my favorites you penned, it speaks to me:0)

Heaven came so close

Last night

With evening star

And moonbeams bright,

With memories made.

It came upon your phantom ship

Into my quiet cove

Where tides

May not Invade,

But love alone

Abides.

May not invade but love alone abides:0)) truly magical

My heart is full now for today, please refresh me tomorrow:0)) Hugs


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

Yes, life is certainly a trampoline! And I love trampolines! Lovely poetry... do I even have to say it anymore? :D


MaryRenee 6 years ago

Nellieanna: You have a true gift for writing! this is really lovely, I just love it! Thanks for sharing! :)


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Thank you for the lovely selection of poems and unique verse. I love the way you express yourself in these poems. It is a pleasure reading what your write.


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Sissi Ravano 6 years ago

They are so beautiful poems, I love them all. You inspire me to write what I feel inside. You have an undescribeable great capacity in you. That is so rare nowadays.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Eileen - Thank you! I loved your hub about making regular routines into healthful exercise and I think that's what you're referrinng to with my suggestions, though trampoline is good exercise, as well, but not everyone has one in her house! As you say though, we can all exert ourselves doing whatever we do anyway to provide a lot of good workout. Glad you enjoyed the hub here!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Breakfastpop, I'm so pleased that you came by and that you foundit worthwhile! Hope you'll drop back anytime and I'll be checking your site too! It feels so good to know my efforts give pleasure!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Smile - Petra - No danger. I found out back then that it's not possible anyway -- and that was when it was being encouraged and I was even willing and trying to cooperate. I hope no one can or even tries edit his or her soul, in fact. We should be true to them and always be authentic, as you are, my lovely friend! Thank you!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dallas, ;-) I remember that phrase as "you're a poet and don't know it" and always loved it because it was usually applied when someone sort of spontaneously says something with rhyme or with poetic consequences. And isn't that about the best kind? But for YOU to say that I show it makes it really special! Thank you!

Yes, for sure - reflection is so good. Knowing oneself makes knowing and understanding others a little easier, too.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ken - OK - where's my cup of that java? OK, Ok. I'm about to have some! So - bottoms up!

And all I can say about praising your writing is "what's not to like/" It is full of honesty, insight, clarity, sensitivity, feeling & a good measure of practicality. Not a bad package! Thank you so much for your appreciation of mine! I could easily post poetry every day but I don't want to wear out my welcome! (blush)


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Kaltopsyd - No nothing more need be added! - You covered it quite well! :-) Thank you. Very well expressed, I might add!! I love that! Thank you, young friend!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

MaryRenee - What a sweet heartfelt compliment. I appreciate that so much. I can certainly sense your feeling for life and I see by your profile we have many things in common - except age, of course! I truly have socks older than you! LOL.

My mother graduated from the Univ. of Chicago (and the Art Institute) with two simultaneous bachelor's degrees - in 1917!!! I was born (quite a few years later) almost as far away from there as possible - in Del Rio, Texas where I didn't see snow till I was 10 - and then it melted as it touched the ground. But i can assure you, I learned from Mother to WALK FAST!! She was used to that wind off Lake Michigan setting her pace! I had to jog to keep up with her even as a toddler! I've been a strong walker ever since! Thank you for sharing your attention and interest both with Hubpages and with my hubs!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Pamela - that's very high praise from you with your refined tastes and quality writing skills! You write extremely well and have such a range of interests! I love your definition of personal boundaries as "what is me or what is not me". So true. When one thinks of it that way, it's quite simple.

One of these days I would love to pick your brain. My cousin (Mother's side) researched the family history and qualified for DAR. I didn't follow through at the time for various reasons, but would love to get on with it for the sake of granddaughters & great granddaughters. As you say - it is a legacy one can leave the future generations.

Anyway - your background and interests caught my eye and I like you! Thanks for honoring me by visiting my site!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Sissi Ravano - thank you, kind lady! I love to be able to inspire others to write from their hearts. I was just looking at your hub site and I love your attitude on life and the healthy lifestyle. It is so important to take care of ourselves the best possible ways and I can see you understand that! I'll be checking out your hubs more now that I've met you!


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

So true....very insightful. Really enjoy your philosophic approach. Thanks.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, dear friend. I suspect that we see many things in common! I appreciate your taking time to check me out.


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akhimamun 6 years ago from UK

its lovely hub,thank you. I enjoy reading your hubs.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Akhimamum - thank you! I've been reading some of your hubs too, since we hadn't crossed paths previously. You write very interestingly and with great feeling! Glad you enjoy reading mine!


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Storytellersrus 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Your sweet words create pictures profound as haiku.


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Steele Fields 6 years ago from drexel hill,pa

It's inspiring to see how prolific you are as a writer. You truly seem to be the embodiment of a life long poet and you are truly in touch with your inner beauty. Thanks, Nellieanna!


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MPG Narratives 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

You have given me a love of poetry I thought I never had. Your words flow beautifully and to create images in my mind. Thank you for your lovely words.

Also contrats on being interviewed for the newsletter, you are a very intelligent woman, I am humbled to 'know' you.


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

This thing of time racing beyond sixty minutes per hour

can I'm sure be rectified by blinking slower.

Thank you for sharing your talents. Take Care.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Storyteller,

I'm pleased that my words commuicate! Thank you for telling me so!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Steele Fields - I had to go "meet" you before replying and I'm so pleased that I did. Your hubs made an impact on me! And your compliments do too, that much the more. When writing my poetry, I didn't expect it ever to be read by many other than myself and certainly not for its poetic stature, so I'm most honored if and when it passes the criteria of "poetry". Thank you.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

MPG - that is most pleasing to hear! First of all if my little poems open up a very special avenue of communication to you and mostly that they do communicate to create images for you. And thank you for the kind words about my interview! I was thrilled to be asked but then wondered if I'd rattled on too much - but that's me - what can I say? ;o)


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

B-l-i-n-k-i-n-g . . . - yes it does help!! Voila'! Thank you, Pearldiver. By the way - I'm become an instant fan and want to recommend you to everyone who hasn't already met and been carried away by your story and your poetry. You are a "Unique" and kindred spirit.

Thanks for visiting me here and commenting!


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McHamlet 6 years ago

"Heaven came...on your phantom ship," what a moving image, I loved that in particular and also:

"Love

Brings us to our knees,

That we might

Truly stand."

How true, and at a very deep level. If more people meditate on this, the world will be a better place. And thanks to you Nellianna, I'm sure they are and it is.


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DREAM ON 6 years ago

I feel the presence of an angel when you write.I enjoy your hubs more than ever.Your fan club grows but your heart never changes.You are so loving and sweet.I just wanted to thank you for your support,encouragement and guidance.I love all your creativity!!Wonderful hub.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

I so respect your opinion and good encouragement, McH! yes, it's true that honest love could cure most of the ills of the world. Earth's resources are sufficient if love were in charge.

And yes, I agree that the phantom ship image is moving in more ways than one, I think. It was a sensuous inspiration when written.

Thank you for your most astute comments!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dream On - what a lovely compliment. I'm quite humbled but have to admit I am very glad you are enjoying my hubs! I'm smiling, remembering my Dad's giving me Kipling's "If" when I was young & encouraged me not to let praise overwhelm me. I feel that it is more a reflection of the giver's good graces than of mine. And I'm ever aware of my limitations but if I can contribute anything, I'm overjoyed. There are so many great writers and big hearts and brilliant minds on here! I just want to do my part.

Thank you for coming and leaving such encouragement.


ralwus 6 years ago

I don't like you so much as love you dear woman of wise words. Someday I hope my life will be more like my hammock, but right now we have too many mosquitoes buzzing 'round it to enjoy the slumbering sway. x and a hug, Charlie


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

haha - Oh, my - Charlie! And your sway and swagger are inspiration to so many!! But you must also do what feeds your own soul and that is a cherub underneath there, methinks. Love you back!


ralwus 6 years ago

Oh you rock! kisses my dear.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

My nicest curtsy!


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Your such a gifted treasure. Thank you so much for bringing light and joy into our lives. May you be radically and abundantly blessed. Peace :)


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munirahmadmughal 6 years ago from Lahore, Pakistan.

"Life is a Trampoline"

A truth as visioned by the poet out of alifelong shades of meaning of a single word. It has shined and awakened the hearts of the readers and moved them to express themselves.

Life is a creation.Life is with purpose.Life is meaningful.Life is a great blessing and favour of the Creator. Let life be used in service of humanity whereby dignity of mankind is maintained, rights honoured and respected, rule of law is established.

May God bless all.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Katie - thank you, my friend! I have been radically & abundantly blessed! Thank you! :-)


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

munirahmadmughal, thank you for the sage words! Yes, life is all of that and its use and purpose is well described. Certainly it is to be used for the good of all we've been granted. Thank you for your thoughtful comments!


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yaritza 6 years ago from San Antonio, Texas

I so dig that... great writing. : )


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Aren't you kind and sweet, yaritza! Thank you for the read and comment! I just "met" you on your hub site, too! Welcome, fellow Texan!


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Hello, Nellieanna, you are definitely at the right place and that is another point I have never heared or read. You can see I am not the only one. Your fans, which are appreciators, are enormous.


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SilentReed 6 years ago from Philippines

those curlicue reminds me of the Tao. Nellieanna,there is joy and from you life's aura emanates.Your poems are the yang to the yin of my soul :))


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

hello, hello - thank you, dear person. One is always at the right place if it's appreciated! Hugs.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

SilentReed - I'm pleased to remind you of the Tao. Thank you for the personal appreciation!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

I just love the way you write and illustrate your hubs! Your poems just touch the heart and awaken some resonant chord in my own rhythm of life.

Thank you for sharing Nellieanna! You are really a gifted artist!

God bless!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

What kind comments, Jill. I'm so happy that you visit and like my hubs!


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nicolace 6 years ago from Teddington, UK

Wow, my praise in word is little in letter but how could I surpass your poem that's better?


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, nicolace! I value your praise! No need to think of "surpassing" anyone. "Do" you - that's what only you can do!


kims3003 6 years ago

Wow I am truly impressed. I can not believe I have not seen you before now. I am grateful I was directed to you today. I look forward to reading your future writings - your master pieces.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hi, kims3003 - how nice to see you here! It's not surprising that our paths haven't crossed before. I think there are something like 160,000 hubbers! LOL. Anyway - glad you came and likedwhat you saw. Thank you and hope to see you again!


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mysterylady 89 6 years ago from Florida

I love the "life is a trampoline" metaphor! I also like "If I lack the wind it is because my sails are free."


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, ML! That makes me smile!!!


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Dolores Monet 2 years ago from East Coast, United States

Hi Nellianna - life certainly is a trampoline. Sometimes we even fall off. Onto our heads! I love reading your poems. They seem to put everything into perspective. You offer hope with your words.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh, yes, Dolores - It’s an activity fraught with dangerous possibilities. That’s why it so easily resembles LIFE! Each of them not only thrives on change and chance, but wouldn’t/couldn't exist as what they are without them! Each exists by being dynamic rather than securely static.

One of its most valuable lessons is to teach us that, by its being life and by our being alive, it is never to be a static, certain or secure interaction. Its very nature keeps it in motion with no certainties (other than ending eventually for each of us and a few lengthy features of the planet and solar system in which it all moves) and certainly without promises, except, perhaps that consequences will fit actions, usually.

We must carve out our paths with care and then expect them to be upset, - but often by better plans than those we were trying to pursue! Once we realize all this, we are so much better equipped to trampoline and to ‘know a little more about the trampoline’, and to take it more in graceful stride, especially learning that its nature is to be active and sometimes unpredictable and that otherwise, we’d all be static - i.e.:- dead. We must love trampolines and life for their actual natures and not for our ‘druthers and illusions about them. It’s a gigantic relief, really! ;-)

It contains & offers the hope, actually! We can change and improve in the process. Living, while dangerous, is full of hope & opportunity and we’re capable of being adaptable to it if we but will move with it and not resist against it!

Thank you for a lovely comment, Dolores! Glad you dropped in here! It’s one of my earlier hubs. Not too many visits but it’s worth a peek, so I featured it on my headline! :-)


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Dolores Monet 2 years ago from East Coast, United States

That's a good idea, Nellie. I've kept some of my older hubs on the carousel (isn't that what they call it) hoping to give them a bit of a boost. Now you've got me thinking about it all, I remember my first time on an actual trampoline. I was in high school and never what you would call athletic. I bounced up high, fell down a lot, laughed my head off when I fell awkwardly (not off but uncomfortably) hurt something but the fall was so stupid, instead of feeling like a jerk, it seemed so funny. We must not worry over our mistakes but just move on, should not beat ourselves over the head for our troubles, but accept them and keep bouncing.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

Gosh, Dolores. I don’t know. Oh, I think I get it. The ‘carousel’ is that group of up to 5 hubs one can choose to display at the top of one’s hub page right under the profile and before the whole list of all one’s hubs. It that what you mean? If so, yes - I try to keep refreshing those with some of my older, now more obscure hubs.

Last time I went to make a few changes, though, they seem to be changing how it works. For instance, I couldn’t just go change one or two of those I had showing to others. Each time I went to ‘edit my profile’, all the previous featured ones were gone. One time there might be 5 spaces for titles, the next time there were 3 spaces and then another time there were 4. I have so many hubs, sometimes by the time I get there to make changes, I've forgotten which ones I thought about featuring, so I've been accustomed to switching back and forth to get them edited and changed. Now, though, I guess I need to write down which ones I want to switch to, since they'll all need to be changed at the same time or else.

I don’t know quite what is going on. But it’s no big deal. I tend to adapt and work it, however it’s presented. It’s one of the prices of not creating everything from scratch oneself. Best to just go with the flow and save taking blood pressure meds. I'm glad I have no meds I have to take. hehe.

That’s horrid to fall jumping on a trampoline. I’m not sure I’ve ever been on one. My caution as a kid (having only one seeing eye and therefore, no depth perception) sort of kept me from trying some things. Also, I never recall seeing a trampoline when I was growing up! That was even a better reason not to have tried one! I always imagine myself doing things as if I were really doing them, though, and that wouldn’t be something I’d easily take to, although I can also imagine getting into to it and being addicted. Perhaps it’s how and why I wrote the poem. I write about the ocean too, and have almost no experience with it. One needn’t have actual experience with things in order to ‘experience’ their essences and effects.

You are absolutely right. We must not fret about mistakes. They are over and done with and cannot be recalled. The present and future CAN be ‘done’ though - so that is where we need to invest our focus and efforts.

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