MILK AND HONEY

CXIV.



"Milk and Honey" - a phrase with many pleasant associations. One is:


"He brought us to this place, and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey. . ."

~ Deuteronomy 26:9




Honey is more than mere promise. It is a delicious, abundant food which is also good for health. Honey has been used as medicine throughout man's history. What better treatment exists for a sore throat or a better natural sweetener for one's food?

It happens to be the nutritious food reserved for and made by bees. That we humans can share in all its wondrous qualities which endow it with natural preservative so effective that stashes of honey captured in ancient pockets remain fresh,- is nothing short of amazing.


However, choosing honey as my theme is for the sake of none of that, but merely to admire and glorify it, both alone and teamed with another of nature's wonders, -MILK, - for their pleasant combination aesthetically. So please - join me to enjoy.



HONEY

In these days

Of expiration dates

On anything

From toothpaste

To bottled water, -

How good it is that

One thing

Nature provides

Has no limits,

Never expires!

Honey!


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Source

Touching

Little luxuries

Of sensory perception.


The pages of the menu

Like finest suede

Excite, delight my fingertips.


Each entre del mundo looks tastier

For glorious presentation there;

But I must choose my lot.


Honeyed Lemongrass Chicken

With flakey rice; -a treat!

Looks good enough to eat!


Some Pinot Grigio to moisturize

And soothe a parchéd throat -

Or - some inhibitions - lose!


Why not!


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


"In The Twinkling of an Eye"
"In The Twinkling of an Eye" | Source


Theme song keeps returning,

Alive, elusive melody.


I resist percussion,

And wait upon the harp strains

To clear the air,~

And recognize my key,

~ To simply know me.



______© Nellieanna H. Hay


This lovely view

Pours forth as silk,

Like sweetest milk,

Or languid honey

Spilling over spoon,

Like golden sun or moon.


Imparts a sense of majesty -

Embracing day,

Caressing night, -

Fulfills the way

To all there is that matters

In every sight -


Of all that is most true.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


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theseus 4 years ago from philippines

I like honey not only to cure a sore throat but for all the wonders it can do for our health.

Like your previous writings, this is a beauty. And the pictures, they are simply amazing. God bless you.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, theseus. Thank you for being my first visitor here!

Yes, being a health nut, I like it for all those wondrous capabilities, too. But those weren't the main subject of my hub. I was truly caught up in the ambience and aesthetic beauty of it, which carried through like a magic carpet - colors, textures, side-effects. And practically feeling the smoothness and taste of honey in my mind as I went along. You know how the process of creativity can do that! :-)

I'm so glad you liked it for that, too.

Hugs.


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MelChi 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

You have a beautiful way with words - I loved this article about honey. Voted up and beautiful! :)


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Melchi - Thank you for a lovely compliment. I'm pleased you liked my choice of honey to feature - in a bit of a way. When one thinks of what to write and highlight, one never knows if anyone else will key in to it. It's so gratifying to have chosen or presented it appealingly.

I appreciate the votes, as well. Hugs.


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daisyflowrs 4 years ago from Richmond, VA

Nellie, you always cheer me up. Honey is also good to apply to your face for about 15 minutes. It's a natural face peel. The skin feels smoother than a babies bottom when the honey is washed away. Well, if the baby happens to have diaper rash, my metaphor doesn't really work. I don't know what restaurants you get to dine in, but the ones I can afford either have the menu on the wall behind the cashiers or the menu is so sticky, it is hard to open. I like going out to dinner with my parents (no sticky menus).


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Wonderful Poetry and photos again! I once read that honey found in the pyramids, thousands of years old, was still good. It is an amazing substance. The difference in the taste and color of honey derived from different sources is remarkable as well.


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DavePrice 4 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

Imagine that, such sweetness flowing from a "honey" of a lady!


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daisyflowrs 4 years ago from Richmond, VA

DavePrice, that was priceless. Where are men around my age, near me, who have 'nice'?

xstatic, who was the intern who had to try the honey and then be studied by a physician for a few hours?


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Voronwe 4 years ago

Such a grand harmonious flow of words and mediums! And very nice imagery for thoughts.

I especially love the second poem...The world seems to be there for us and also to contradict us at times. "Among infinite energies set to undo us", very thought-provoking.


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Beautifully written, Nellieanna. In fact, I might even say, "deliciously written". I love the poem which starts with

"Touching

Little luxuries

Of sensory perception."

and then there is the exquisite use of words in

"Or languid honey

Spilling over spoon,"

This is so evocative; dare I say that it even erotic (in the nicest possible sense, of course).

O Lady, you have a way with words.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon

Friend of butterflies the bee's, flitting from garden to garden, tirelessly working to produce. Reminds of the writer. Golden elixir of flowing sweet sticking to my pages. Reminds of the writer. Little luxuries of sensory perceptions, reminds me of the writer. Perhaps, you know her too? Beautiful and up, sideways, right and left, inside and out. As always!


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dallas93444 4 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Wow!

What nature has made from bee spit: honey!

Perhaps a life lesson: to make good from what is available... and to enjoy the process!

Another great one: awesome!


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

very nice


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Daisy - Yes! You're so right! I didn't mention the cosmetic values of honey, which are many. My intention was to extol specific qualities here. I'm pleased that others are mentioned in comments. Thank you!

I go out to eat fairly rarely these days. I enjoy it when I do, but actually prefer my own simple food I make at home.

Hope you get to go out to dinner with your parents often! :-) Now YOU are a parent, with the likely prospect of being the one taking them out to nice places. :-)


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, James! Oh - yes; it's wonderful how different flowers make for different flavored honey. Wouldn't it be something to know what flowers went into the making of that honey found in the pyramids?!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dave - your own poetic heart flows sweetly. What a delight to see you here! I feel honored. Thank you for the lovely compliment. Daisy is right. You're really nice -always!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Daisy - Dave's a wonderful friend and a delightful gentleman. Yes, he is nice, through and through; - so i his lovely wife, with whom I've become friends on Facebook. I had the privilege of sharing real-life chat over multiple cups of coffee with Dave when he was coming through Dallas some time ago. He's exactly the person he seems: authentic, interesting and the embodiment of the faith he champions in his writings here.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Voronwe - Thank you so much. It's so satisfying when the elements of a presentation fit & work well together. A main feature of life is its insecurity. It would be static, not life, otherwise. Thank you for thinking about it. Hugs.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ian! I've really been missing you, my dear! 'Delicious' is - - delicious! Thank you. How can one contemplate honey without experiencing its sensuousness? It stirs all the senses. . . well, sound maybe only with the bees' buzzing. It's evocative stuff; yes, approaching provocatively erotic - - in a nice sense, as you say. . . :-)

I'm so pleased to see you here. I always cherish your comments! They uplift my spirits and I glow in your approval! Hugs.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Alan, who inspires butterflies to flit and fly for approval! How flat it would be without them!

Bees and butterflies share the tireless pursuit of the nectar, each with special objectives, each valuable. Both pollenate so there will be more flowers & the making of honey. . .so special. What good they do for gardens and humans! Thank you, dear heart. Your praise is like milk and honey for me!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dallas!! - haha - spit! haha! - That's so true. What else, from a true scientist who is also a deep philosopher, ever alert and aware :-)!

I love it. We needed that light touch so we don't get stuck in the honey! Thank you for the fun visit!


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arb 4 years ago from oregon

Hi Nellianna! I did listen to the audio this morning and posted your link and a note to the bottom of my hub. Unfortunately, I inadvertently, deleted my comment box also. Thank you for the link. I listen to it 3 times. Wish I had before writing the hub. There were some quotes I could have used, ie: We will certainly all hang together or we will hang alone".


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

What amazingly beautiful writing here!!! I am glad I found this one, as I almost missed it. Yes, honey, God's natural sweetness is always the best. Love the photos. Really great piece here. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Alan - I'm honored! That was a special webpage for me when I assembled it. Can't say "wrote it" - since all I did was bring the Declaration of Independence into focus!

I've several other similar pages on my site in my Section V, which I call HERITAGE, Subtitled "America, My Native Land".

Everything in my mammoth website is listed by Sections in the Directory, which is referenced on every page in the site, usually with a link called "SITE". The Directory is the link to my Oasis website which is on my Hubpage profile here. It is: http://nellieanna.com/directory.html

You see, before Hubpages, it was where I did all my unimpeded self-expression. haha. I went out of my way to let it be a private affair. I didn't promote it or try to get it on Search Engines. It was just my place where I could write and create freely, and where I liked friends to visit. Google had almost every page listed, though, before I even knew it! haha. Those people are tenacious! :-)

Anyway, Thank you. I just sent you mail with a suggestion for your Comments Box. PLEASE feel totally free to use or to disregard it. I just had to offer it, though.

And as for the things you gleaned from my page on the Declaration, heck - write a sequel to "No Man Is An Island" and use 'em - and more of the thoughts circulating up there in that brain! :-) The timing is ripe for highlighting our Heritage and Roots! The country is in stress and at crossroads! Anything concerned and informed citizens can do to express that concern and honest conviction is valuable!!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Faith - How pleased I am that you found this hub and enjoyed it!! Honey is almost symbolic for so much that is good for which we can be grateful! And for sure - Natural, God-given it is! Thank you, my friend.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon

Thank you nellieanna for the help. I did add a new comment box and have kept the comment, although I am absolutley floored that you achive such things. My suspicion that you are in fact a CIA operative in poets disguise gains considerable support. Whatever and whoever you really are matters not to me. I am simply happy that you are. BTW, I see that you have met Sphinx (spelling)I am so happy that you did and found time to read her. I think she is talented and will watch for her.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

haha. No - not CIA. I work for a different kind of gang - ( mostly me). I guess my Dad's exhortation to be 'systematic' got to the left side of my brain, at least; while Mother's opposite example (chaos and creativity) captured my right side (which is 1% more in control of Nellieanna than the left side;- hence butterfly, pixie, minx (George's designation for me) and all that more noticeable stuff, while quiet organization is less dramatic and just works in the background, mostly. I always prefer the fun stuff, too, I should add, which stuff like taxes are not.

But I just can't do anything without systematizing it in the background, you see. I ferret out all the possibilities pretty much on my own, so it's not always simple to explain it. In this case, - it was, telling you.

It seems so natural that for most of my life, I just figured everyone was the same way and figured it out their way. I also figured everyone went into chaotic mode to create. For me, that was more so when physical materials are involved. I've been a designer & expert seamstress all my life; and when that process gets going - everything comes out of tis organized place and flies through the air in the sewing room - fabrics, sketches, trims, zippers - everything that might play a part in the creation of whatever it will be! It's my kind of gardening, I guess. At the end of every sewing day, everything goes back into order, though. It can seem that nothing even happened in the room!

Sewing well was the first "actual me" I recognized,( at about 12) - so that I thought maybe I'd make it. It was about the same time as writing took noticeable root. What a relief! I knew I'd never make it in music or on the stage! haha - Too much stage fright, for one thing. Things to be done privately worked for me best. Later other influences opened up and set free the more interactive me, but I still require a lot of that privacy. It's not a cave - but sort of is. Do you relate to that?

OOPS - you said it didn't matter to you and here, I've gone into such detail to explain! haha - (see how organized I am!) ;-)

Yes, I'm so taken with Sphinx (your spelling is correct, but it's an easy one for typos). What a latent talent! I'm thrilled that you brought her to my attention, Alan! It's a lovely network, isn't it?


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota

Dear Nellieanna-I would first like to mention how beautiful your new profile picture is. It's stunning!

Now to comment on your poetry-You are such a talented artist. Only you could take the topic of honey to magical directions. You do it all: your own quotes and sayings, poetry, informational hubs, photo's, and the list goes on and on....


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arb 4 years ago from oregon

Well, you obviously have figured out that you aren't like anybody else. I would wager (a safe bet) that you are the only one in hub world that achives comments. I picture you with an auto feeder and a hose from the tap so you don't have to leave the computer. I won't attempt the occasional potty break for fear of my suspicion. None the less, You are the one of a kind, that all of a kind, want more of that kind. Figure that one out. Of course after achiving it, you can come back to it next year. I just realized your file on me is deeper than the one the IRS keeps. I am hopelessly yours.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Linda - what a delight to see you visiting my hub. It's been too long. Thank you for the personal compliment. Wanted to be more "in season".

I really appreciate the compliment to my hub! Don't you love to feel an affinity with something and then make it into a theme? Happens to me all the time, but many get jotted down and misplaced and other ideas don't make it to jotting-down and minutes later, are lost forever! Then by some miracle, one does, especially when some small thing triggers it to the forefront. That happened in this instance.

That's the fun of it! It's spontaneous & unpredictable; - at least it is for me. When it comes together nicely, well, it's reward enough! When it also pleases others, the reward is humongous.

Hugs.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Well, perhaps I'm not too much like everyone else;. . . but, then, everyone is unique and unlike everyone else. Keeps things interesting.

BTW - I've a very active 'other' life besides the computer, y'know. As I've mentioned, - around here - 'if it is to be, it is up to me'. haha.

I surely can't figure that riddle out. But it's quite nice, I choose to think!!

I blush. - Didn't intend to keep a dossier on you!

Somehow - you always were . . . .sort of . . . mine? Or does the dossier achieve that? hehe :-)


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arb 4 years ago from oregon

sort of is better than not at all. I think!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Much, actually!


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Jahvonnie 4 years ago from NC

I really liked this poem thanks for sharing


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Jahvonnie - I'm delighted by your visit and gracious comment! Thank you!


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anglnwu 4 years ago

There is so much beauty and song in your poetry. Very well done .


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Aninwu - what a lovely comment! Thank you so much!


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QudsiaP1 4 years ago

Is it just me or did everyone else also have a sudden craving for honey?

Nellieanna, your hubs are sweet and gentle as ever and I love the subtle sense of humbleness that you bring to it. You are a picture of divine perfection. Well done madam!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah - that's a strong likelihood! Yum! :-) Qudsia, what a kind compliment; - well, several, actually. Thank you, my dear!


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

Raindrops striking the keys of a xylophone could not make sweeter music.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

What a sweet compliment, dear Mike!! Thank you for coming and commenting! hugs.

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