Nooks, Nests & other Dazzling Diversions

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"A change is as good as a rest!" __Lady Grantham of "Downton Abbey"

diversion

|diˈvərZHən, dī-|

noun

an activity that diverts the mind from tedious concerns.


I had scanned the forest

From within and from afar,

And trees are only trees,

I had accepted that.

But suddenly,

From out of these

There shines a light -

As though a secret passageway

Within them falls ajar,

To beckon me to follow!

And there you are!


______© Nellieanna H. Hay





Prisms to the sun

The trees become

At day’s extremities,

Diffusing light at

Dawn or dusk

For haloes in the trees, –

Bursting radiance

From the hearts of these,

Nor wilting with the frost,

Becoming melodies

Of leaf and light

Played on instruments

Of living woods,

Singing silent praises

To the day.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



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Take heart, my heart ~
For you are not alone.
At last
The notes you sing
Ring answers in your key;
For home is where
The heart finds comfort
And you are home
For me.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

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One lucky look,

And then I knew

I'd never want to

MIss a chance

To tuck inside your heart, -

That cozy nook

Where I'm both safe and free

To be myself, enjoy you;

To relish, revel in

Delightful harmony.


〰©Nellieanna H. Hay




Love's nest

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Here is a clue for me and you:

When first they meet

Some birds seem to know

For them, what's best,

As they unite to make

A sanctuary nest,

For tenderness to grow into

A willing bond complete.

〰©Nellieanna H. Hay



♥ When life and love beckon ~

Follow ♥


〰©Nellieanna H. Hay


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May you experience all Love's truth, -
So you can recognize its face,
Knowing both its anguish and its ecstasy, -
To lift you up, for having known its grace.


If you clutch and cling, it withers.

It will not enter traps.

Do not try to mold it differently,

It simply will collapse.


Fitting Love into agendas,

Is but to kill its joy and youth

It will exhaust its sweet perfume

And leave mere whisper of full bloom.



If you try to favor only ecstasy,

It gives the merest trace.

Disfavoring all its anguish, no:

Love seeks its own abiding place.


For Love to lift you up, it must freely BE,

However it may be, cherish it inside,
Even if to go, if by its wish or its necessity.
Or for whatever time Love may abide.


_____© Nellieanna H. Hay


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______© Nellieanna H. Hay

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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Dear Nellieanna;

You began with a quote from one of my favorite series (and I watch very few), ‘Downton Abbey.’

And ‘Nooks and Nests’ is such an appealing title. There is a relaxation and contentment in this; an inviting, intriguing place to stop and rest, and to gather of ourselves -- a respite from the ‘out there’ that gives the mind pause.

‘Zamfir Cavatina.’ Oh, this is so beautiful. I remember this from the ‘Deer Hunter’ that I just watched the other evening.

My favorite lines:

“Becoming melodies

Of leaf and light

Played on instruments

Of living woods,

Singing silent praises

To the day.”

Thank you for this lovely nook; this splendid reprieve from the hectic of the day to remind us how lucky are to know such of life and love. “When life and love beckon, follow.”

Thank you, Nell. :-)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Genna - thank you! I'm almost addicted to 'Downton Abbey'. Like you, I either don't like or easily lose interest in most of the ordinary series on TV. This one holds my interest. I have the 3 seasons on DVD and re-watch them. Each time, I seem to pick up on something clever or of value. I like the cast, as well, and of course, the scenery is lovely. Julian Fellowes is an outstanding writer, for one thing. One of the discs has interviews and casual conversations with cast and crew, discussing the story and making of the films. It's easy to see why he's a good writer. When I realized he wrote "Gosford Park", I ordered it. It is a most intriguing murder mystery, set in aristocratic rural England in the 30s. Between the strong accents and the interwoven story, it took me several viewings to really figure it out, which was rather nice! Now I'm trying to be patient for release of Downton's Season 4 in this country, which won't be till January on TV and even longer on DVD.

I'm so pleased you liked Nooks and Nest and all the rest. Just as I was about to publish it, I discovered I'd written on the title picture "and other Dazzling Distractions" instead of "Diversions" - a whole other meaning! So I worked to fix it! Having good diversions from the 'hectic out there' has meaning for me. Mere distractions, not so much, though the line between them might seem too fine to consider. I used to wish Mother didn't try to merely distract me from a problem. It seemed futile, somehow. But to become truly diverted from one into a more productive path is quite refreshing and restorative. Like I said, though, - fine line, perhaps. But I'm a bit of a fine-tuned person. :-) Gotta live with who we are!

The Zamfir Cavatina from "The Deer Hunter" was a no-brainer for this hub. Then I happened to see Jimmy Buffet performing on the Today Show on the outside stage and fell in love with his liveliness and positive view on life. He is, of course, no spring chicken himself, now, but he has to be among the most inspiring with his joyousness and upbeatness. He did a quite new song called "There Is Something About A Boat" which has a delightfully laid-back positive message. I thought about using it for this hub. Its videos didn't do it justice, but I found this "Lone Palm" and thought it added a bright, expanding note to the hub. The message of the hub is both the quiet contemplation of Zamfir and the bright optimism of Buffet.

Those lines you picked were specifically my vivid response to the tall trees on the hill across the country road from the farmhouse in Indiana where I lived years ago. The thought of their being actual instruments making the ethereal sounds they made and creating the magnificent sight they made doing it really grabbed me. Then the poem seemed to write itself. It's always been one of my favorites. Thank you for appreciating it too. When life and love beckon - - came to me as I was making the hub, along with several others of the poems included.

It also reminds me of the wondrous beauty all around one to be enjoyed, just for the noticing. It's more than just setting out to simplify life. It's more being aware of life and in it as it happens.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Nellieanna, this is such a beautiful series of poems about love. I especially like the one liner: "when life and love beckon - follow". That simple line says it all. I also admire your layout. It's very creative and easy on the eyes. You are a very talented lady, indeed!


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curthen44 3 years ago from venus

I think this is one of my favorite hubs. There's a serenity to it, start to finish. Not even sure which poems or lines I like the most because they all fit so well together. I went back to maybe mention one or two, but...too difficult. Haha. I do really like the last one, but too many others as well.now I have an urge to go find a nest in a lone palm on a beach somewhere. Hehe :-P


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

Ugh. They need parental controls for the net on phones. Apparently Curtis created a HP account. I saw it was signed in and didn't think twice about it not being my account....Anyway, that comment from Curtis is from me.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I have great respect for talented poets such as yourself. Poetry is the music of the written word. The rest of us are the technicians, the foundation builders, the framers, the electricians and the plumbers...but poets....they take the finished product of writing and decorate the bare structure and make it shine. Beautiful work.


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De Greek 3 years ago from UK

Wow!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Shauna! -- Such a lovely comment. Thank you for the kind words! It's gratifying to be assured that I've made a good presentation. :-)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear sweet Shan, I figured out that was Curtis's profile. Even the single line on it, "i love cats my mom does too" is a giveaway that this is not an adult writer! The city of origin and actual and profile names reveal it is your youngster at work wriggling into the big folks' world. But then, of course, since you wrote it, the comment is so totally NOT that of a kid, so I was a bit puzzled till I read YOUR comment! Now I'm smiling, liking your comment, though I have to admit this demonstrates a bit of a bright kid 'out of control' under your roof. 10, is he? Clever of him to sort of trick you into posting under his disguise so, of course. I can't possibly delete the good comment & his HP presence remains intact for the present! Indeed, you do have your hands full & I wish you the best of luck - & him, as well!! (I'll keep a copy of the comment, in case your more local & immediate crack-down puts an end to this shenanigan!

Meantime, if you do go for the nest in a lone palm on a beach somewhere, may I tag along? (that is if there are plenty of large parasols, plenty of sunscreen and tons of music and pleasant beverages packed! :-)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Bill, my friend - what an elegant comment! Thank you! I'm often a mere technician myself, but those hubs of mine don't get much attention or traffic. You gotta know that, when you are 'in the groove' with HP guidelines - and still miss their mark, you might as well just do your own thing, which is my policy in any case. I'm never in high favor! hehe.

I pretty much confine that 'solid' side of myself to comment threads where it may fit a bit & serve a purpose. But my real love is in the poetry and decorative things . . . probably why, of about 220 hubs I've published, 155 of them are mainly poetry & arty romps, rather than the left-brain types.

In my defense, though, many of my poems actually have serious philosophical or even scientific undercurrents, if one is paying attention. I can't help but mixing the two spheres, thought not deliberately. I just write what I'm experiencing, feeling or thinking, & it all tumbles out together. Plus, I'm sort of an iconoclast when it comes to classification. sigh.


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Hello Nellieanna;

Downton is splendid for all the reasons you have stated here so well. Dame Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley is a particular gem. Her lines and her delivery cause me to laugh out loud. And who else but Shirley McLain could play the wealthy and domineering American mother-in-law who coyly delights in saying what she thinks to Violet’s chagrin. (There is certain symmetry to this.) To watch these two ‘square off’ is such fun. Oh well, “Let’s have a picnic.”

The noticing of the beauty you have described so marvelously in this hub is the miracle of humanity. This awareness that gives us hope and joy, peace and clarity. Perhaps this is why we are those creatures God so loves. As Billy said, “poetry is the music of the written word.” This is one of my favorite hubs, Nellieanna. I will return to it often. :-)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

My very dear Dimitris! AW. . . your visit , even via a single positive word, is a treat! Thank you! Hugs! Hope your Saturday evening is going well.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Genna - oh yes! Lady Violet Grantham squaring off with well-seasoned New Yorker m-i-l, Martha Levinson, is something to behold; - both women being so well portrayed by highly acclaimed actresses who're among my favorites for decades. I'm a little over a year older than Maggie Smith, who was born in Dec, 1934, while I was born in Feb. 1932, so we're practically generationally 'kin'.

Then the rivalry between Lady Grantham & Isobel Crawley, Matthew's mother, is not to be scoffed at, either. Their interactions are fraught with such funny under-the-table lines. I'm about 14 years older than Penelope Wilton, who plays the bossy, take-over-everything Isobel & is quite a match for Violet.

One thing it's impossible to not notice about Violet is that she's always able & willing to pull strings to 'fix' any situation which might otherwise cause embarrassment or impinge on the honor of the family or of Downton, & she spares no scruples in that endeavor. She just imperiously orders mountains to move & they do, though ever so quietly, so as not to stir up any pious objections.

It's always heartening when she shows the tender side, example being as she does in having Mr. Moseley win the prize for the best flower at the annual flower show which 'her' flowers - (grown by her gardener) - always win.

I have her in my DVD collection in a number of films over a span of years till now. One of the first of them is "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie". Another favorite along the time line is "Room With A View", and, of course- also, "Gosford Park" & more recently, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel". She just improves with age! Very heartening! Love her line, "At my age, one must ration one's excitement!" May be truer than I'd like to admit. Yes - let's just have a picnic! hehe

Early today, I was noticing books on one of the MANY floor-to-ceiling bookshelves in rooms of this house. I noticed one I'd forgotten, "The Trials of Life", subtitled "A Natural History of Animal Behavior" with amazing illustrations & text by David Attenborough. It focuses on such things as "Arriving" - (birthing young), "Growing Up", "Finding Food", "Hunting & Escaping", "Finding the Way", "Home-making" ,"Living Together", "Fighting", "Friends and Rivals", "Talking to Strangers ", "Courting", & "Continuing the Line -- all from 'lower species' perspectives, from insects to primates. The skills, cleverness & achievements of the wide variety of species puts one as a human in a somewhat humble frame of mind. They construct amazing edifices, planning for their specific needs with effective, incredible skill & intelligence, They possibly 'fight more fairly' than we humans do. It's mind-boggling & puts anyone to shame who lets our human advantages turn into negatives or go wasting or wanting.

I so appreciate your praise of my hub - for all the right reasons.! Thank you once more!


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I just peeked in for a quick minute. Oh yes, Nellieanna! I so agree. And the changing times – both culturally and economically – are also evident in the exchange between these two fascinating characters. Violet is the heroine in a number of ways – and her efforts to maintain the status quo. I simply love this character. Have wonderful weekend, my friend. :-)


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

Sigh. . ..Oh, Nellieanna. I'm pretty sure his HP account is going bye bye - and whatever that may do to the comment, I have no idea. He's 8, just 8!! And he sets up emails and Facebook accounts and is so hard to keep up with. I need to get him something with parental controls that blocks EVERYTHING. . .haha. . .excpet the educational sites they are allowed to use. Though, I don't think he set out to trick me into commenting under his name. When I woke up this morning, he was using my phone because the "non-working" hotspot somehow gave him total access to the internet, which it does from time to time, and he must've signed into HP under the account he made. But, apparently he didn't sign out and I clicked the link to your hub from my email notifications, not noticing it wasn't my account it was already signed into. Didn't cross my mind, though hindsight tells me I hadn't logged into HP from my phone in a good while and with the 48 signout I could not have been logged in.

He's just so inquisitive and he thinks he can do so much more than he should. So many personality traits at play. . . haha. . .You know, he asks so many questions, many random, and some just relating to things he's observing in real life or in a movie or show he's watching. But the thing is, most of his questions are more like "Is so and so this way because of this or that?" and most of the time he is pretty much right, so clearly he can think and reason. And then there are questions like, "When was the first vaccuum cleaner invented?" Of course I had to look that answer up, but then it went to questions about a specific brand or type he is interested in. Yes, my kids (especially the boys) are interested in vacuum cleaners and want one of their very own. Go figure. LOL I can't even vaccum the carpet without one of them taking over for me.

Yes, sometimes they can be a bit out of control, but now you know a bit about what I tried to explain with frustrations and such. However, he has not been allowed to use the phone at all today since then and I will not leave it on teh charger tonight, but put it up instead. Now that things are hopefully going to start to stablize for us, I am going to make a poster with rewards and consequences or something like that.....similar to a system I already use often that works fairly well for discipline most of the time. Maybe if I fine tune it some it will be even more effective. Wish things weren't so complicated. . .sigh . . .but oh well, oh well.

As for a trip to a nest on a beach, I couldn't think of anyone better to just BE with! Yep. . .would be nice . . .no one to answer to or to explain myself to. . .no need to second guess anything. . .and it's a nest, so that means comfort and peace! Hahaha....When do we leave?


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Oh and I forgot to add this (please forgive my multiple comments). One of the reasons I think McLain was the perfect choice for this role is that she is not a woman who is afraid to say what she thinks – a quality I have always admired in her.

Once again, hugs, and thank you for this wonderful hub. :-)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Yes, I love Violet's character, too, Genna. She's so much the core of the family and of the story. Who could forget that it's a dynasty of established aristocrats in a society which treasures them, so long as she's there to remind us? We seem to know the late & absent 'Earl Grantham' through her. We sometimes like him more than at other times through her. He truly fulfilled his role in it all, as his predecessors did before him. We can believe that the family's position might trace back to the times of Henry VIII, at least, if not before - through Violet's presence.

But, then, I love several of the characters for who they are and what they represent in that historic time, too. Carson is the epitome of the precise, perfectionist, high-minded servant class of the time. Each of the professionals-without-rank, the doctor and the vicar, for instance, help explain and illustrate the system in effect at that time and place. The contributions in the military by the upper class is well illustrated. That system of 'entail' couldn't be more clearly in effect. That the ruling class didn't know how to do much in a practical sense is constantly demonstrated, as Anna unties Lady Mary's robe while Mary just stands there and expects it. Then when Sybil wants to have a more actively participating life, she doesn't even know how to boil water! haha. There's the eagerness for the younger women to take charge of jobs or activities that had been unthinkable for women like them before - Sybil becoming a nurse, Edith learning to drive and offering to drive the farmer's tractor when his farmhand who drove was drafted into the army. These historic facts are woven into the story so smoothly, they are simply 'there' to observe and experience vicariously. It's an extremely well-written and acted story. At the least, I feel I know and understand the characters and they constantly prove my premise that I can trust everyone . . . to do exactly what they're going to do! . . . because what they do will always end up fitting their real character, for better or for worse, and even if they've deliberately tried to disguise it! .. . . which fits my other premise that 'the truth will out'. :-). Anyway, those so-real characters are surely among the series' most appealing and compelling 'draws'. As we both have admitted, we're not so easily drawn to watch TV programming, but this one does it for us! :-)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Afterthought: Does the word 'nook' conjure up a deep window-seat with cushions and perhaps a draw-curtain to shut it off and further make it snuggly and private, where one might curl up and read or nap on a chilly afternoon?


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Afterthought: Does the word 'nook' conjure up a deep window-seat with cushions and perhaps a draw-curtain to shut it off and further make it snuggly and private, where one might curl up and read or nap on a chilly afternoon?


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Yep, Shan - you do have your hands FULL! 8, you say? wow. It isn't that I just 'now' know about your hands-full situation & frustrations, though. But it's more detailed now.

They used to have a trite-and-true saying: "If wishes were horses, we'd all be riders!" How true. The poster with rewards & punishments might get it off in the right direction. But, of course, it's the follow-through that counts. It's ever so important, especially for boy-kids, that you establish a level of respect for you, as a mother and a woman. It will affect their regard for and treatment of women for the rest of their lives. Plus, it will simplify your present and ongoing complications with these children for them to KNOW that when you say something, it's going to actually be that way.

I remember a situation when my eldest niece and nephew were kids (they're now in their late 50s). They'd done something they weren't supposed to do and my dad cautioned them in his own quietly unarguable way, which prompted Roger to stop whatever it was, look at Carroll and to say: "I think he MEANS it!" Obviously this was simply apparent to him, perhaps in contrast to the 'usual' warnings-without-backbone.

Kids are sharp that way. They easily gauge the firmness of a grownup, without a lot of fanfare or harsh words. It's something conveyed by its own reality, almost something that the adult 'gives off' which kids easily pick up on. I think it comes from how the adult regards it, - not as a challenge or a game to see who will win, but as something undeniably SO, without question of having to constantly re-prove its authority. It's in the attitude of confidence in that. If the confidence is missing, no amount of threat or gamesmanship will get it across, especially to a kid. Inside, kids KNOW that grownups should have the authority. But if the grownups don't seem to know it, that just spurs them to constantly challenge it, because, I believe, they WANT the grownups to have it effectively, which gives them a sense of security which 'getting by with' never ever does. They have to test the authority to know it's real. When they do know it, they accept it readily. That could be why Curtis is behaved at school. Somehow he knows he's expected to be and so he's 'gotta' be.

OK - that's my sermon for tonight. Make the reservations for the lone palm! haha ;-) (your treat, right?) tee hee


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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

So very, very beautiful. I always want to feel like I've arrived whenever I get home. Thank you for the beautiful music , pictures and graphics to go with it! Thank you! up+++


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, Randi - thank you! I'm so pleased that you stopped by and enjoyed the visit. I share your affection and attraction for "home". It is an intangible but such a deep connection, isn't it? I suppose we gals do have a natural 'nesting' instinct! As I'm out and about on errands or whatever, I find myself sort of 'leaning in' when I'm on my way home! When I walk in the door, it's with a deep breath and sigh of relief and welcome arrival! :-) It's truly a sanctuary.


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De Greek 3 years ago from UK

PUBLISH!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

I would have to say, if I were asked, which is better (the beautiful book cover or the poems) I could not make a decision. Your talent is truly amazing.

Home, where we all love and where we all long to be! YOU are home for beautiful poetry. Definitely a book in the making.

Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, and interesting.


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

If only it were all as simple as that, Nellieanna. Yes, you're right about children and the adult confidence (I've worked in classrooms, rememer), and they know I mean what I say. However, there are other people and factors that also contribute to "my frustrations." The dynamics change when I am left to handle things the way I see fit. But, anyway....I'm not going to go into personal parenting issues in depth on HubPages.

Yes, of course, my treat! ;)


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

"And there you are."

Oh my. I am so reluctant to comment my thoughts because in no way would I ever insinuate that my poetry compares to yours, but let me just say; I find it so easy to just melt and get lost in your words, because I get the same feeling from them that comes over me when I am in my muse. Know what I mean? Sometimes it's like an echo, and you say, Yeah...I got it! You are inspiring, memorable, comforting, and...memorable!


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

i do believe the birds know more about unity and monogamy than we folks will ever! Home is where your beautiful poetry is Nellieanna. You never disappoint..

LOVE the art.

sharing..


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rebekahELLE 3 years ago from Tampa Bay

This is beautiful on so many levels, but mostly it's exactly what I needed this rainy Sunday evening. The title caught my attention on my feed. I love the first lines of the first poem, "I had scanned the forest from within and from afar.." I know they're about to take me somewhere sublime. Each line in the second poem is a beautiful word painting, exquisite. It makes me want to linger as a good diversion will do.

A very nice delightful, tranquil hub, the music also is perfect.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

My dear, beloved Dimitris! Whatever AM I going to do with you, pray tell? If you keep on nagging me, well, I may just have to publish some flimsy tome to satisfy it! By the way, what do you think all these hubs are, if not publications? Any one of the 155 is like a little volume of poetry, at least sort of similar to one to be found at the Hallmark shop. (This one does make the 155th all-poetry hub among my published hubs, you see. I'm not exactly a slacker!)

Seriously, I do love you for keeping it up. Thank you. You're such a precious friend. I really don't know what I'd do without you to keep me on my toes! Hope your plans are coming along well and that you'll soon be sitting under your own lone palm tree on a mellow Mediterranean beach! Hugs.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Mary, my dear, thank you. I suppose whenever one picks up quill or keyboard and begins to write, it's a book in the making. I've been doing it for so long, I hardly know where silence ends & expression begins. But that is what it is to me: - self-expression. I've never really caught the 'publish' bug, but no doubt it's 'going around' and it's contagious! :-)

Meantime, it doesn't have to 'go anywhere' to be what it is, the outpouring of a poetic spirit. Still, when it does go out and reach others as it does here, my heart dances! Maybe I'm just so selfish that I like to connect with those it reaches. Spreading out beyond that is a bit unnerving. But maybe one day it will happen. They say that anything can!

Thank you for the lovely votes, too! Hugs. You're pretty amazing yourself!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dearest Shan - Of course I remember that you've taught in a classroom, and I'm sure you do in your own home, as well. It was meant as a general observation about that intangible aura of confidence which children recognize, respect & admire. That you've experienced it just means you all the better understand the point I was making.

Oh yes, I know about 'others' who manage to either willfully or carelessly undermine even the best confidence & interfere with & disturb or crush that intangible aura between a parent & a child. It can & does happen; I've BTDT, remember. But that it was ever 'there', it can be still what may pull the aura back out of the fire eventually, as I'm personally experiencing now, though decades later, which doesn't help much when the kids are young, in one's care & most in need of that bond of respect &willingness to follow the lead. I am always thinking of you & wishing you the very best.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh, yes, Wayne, I do know what you mean. I have to admit that not every good poem has that deep an effect on me, but when one does, as you've so well described it, it really is like an echo one simply recognizes like one's own lifting up and out on a magic carpet of inspiration.

As for comparing poetry or most any other talent, yours are outstanding, so much so that I don't want to risk comparison! I don't know that those things CAN be compared, though, because each has something unique inherently and vitally embodied in it, which none other ever could have or duplicate. And if not nearly duplicated, how can they be compared? One might compare two pine 2x4s or two T-bone steaks. There, the same characteristics in them both can be comparably better or worse in each sample of the same thing. But can one really say which kind of berry or melon is best, strawberry or blueberry, watermelon or cantaloupe? Each is different and unique and each is simply the 'best' or the 'worst' of its own self only. (Not very good examples, but I got wound up! haha.)

Thank you for cheering my evening up so!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Leslie! Yes - birds and some other animals seem to be better at the virtues to which we aspire and we admire than we humans always are at putting them into practice! Blame it on the cerebrum in us upright, two-legged primates and the elements of will and choice it offers, along with our neglected wisdom of the body which guides other animals. sigh.

I am so pleased that you liked this! I always like it when you come by! Hugs!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, Rebekkah! - I just refreshed myself on your profile and was reminded that we both were poetry judges of the first HubPatron of the Arts contest held in November, 2011. That was such an interesting experience, though hard to narrow down the choices to win!

I really like your current profile picture, too. Very pretty lady!

I'm quite pleased and honored that you were drawn to my hub and were un-disappointed enough to wish to linger! I believe you felt it the way it was felt in the making of it! Thank you!


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De Greek 3 years ago from UK

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What you do here will for ever be a trial run.

Until I have a singed PAPER copy in my hand, then you are not published.

You do not realize your own importance to American and world literature. Put yourself on official record and let people discover your genius. Think of Harper Lee. That is you on the poetry side.

PUBLISH!

PUBLISH!

PUBLISH!

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

My dear Dimitris. Thank you, my guardian angel. I hear you, I really do and you're so kind, and I know, ~ totally honest. But , . . while I admire Harper Lee no end, I'd liken myself to a more classic writer. . . .; maybe Elizabeth Barrett Browning or Christina Rossetti, George Sand, Edna St. Vincent Millay. . . or Helen Hunt Jackson, or. . . how about Sappho? ;-) - - No, not really. None of them. It's no use. I simply don't much relate to any of them; but only to myself & my muse, Emily Dickinson.

When I read the poems of so many quite famous women poets, I just leave feeling that they seemed stiff, - or even trite, or 'trying too hard'; -more self-conscious than aware of 'beyond them'.

The essences I value in poetry are incredibly intimate, fine-tuned & unordinary. Sometimes I think even I sometimes achieve them. Then I become, even more, my own yardstick & critical audience whom I must please, if I'm to call myself a poet.

But I'm always glad you don't give up on me! :-) Your chiding reminds me of - well, the wider responsibility a writer must feel. Mine's very late appearing, as you know!! :-D

Please witness this (and she didn't deem her work publishable, either!):

Nobody knows this little Rose --

It might a pilgrim be

Did I not take it from the ways

And lift it up to thee.

Only a Bee will miss it --

Only a Butterfly,

Hastening from far journey --

On its breast to lie --

Only a Bird will wonder --

Only a Breeze will sigh --

Ah Little Rose -- how easy

For such as thee to die!

___ by Emily Dickinson

ps -would a handwritten little book in your hand, of some of my poetry, - signed by me, - suffice? ;-) (she says teasingly)


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De Greek 3 years ago from UK

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1. You missed the point – as usual ;-)

2. Harper Lee came out of nowhere and left her mark for ever

3. I compared you with her on THAT principle – NOT with her poetry if she did any, and certainly not with her prose

4. Your prose is crap (as I have told you many times) and could not possibly be compared with her ;-)))

5. A hand written book in your own handwriting and signed by you will be worth a fortune one day, so by all means send me one, but you are missing the point – again:

6. I am not posterity - and THAT is what you should be writing for.

7. If you do not publish you will be committing a crime. Against yourself, your family and most importantly against LITERATURE…

8. PUBLISH!

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

:-) Oh, I see. If cajoling won't accomplish it, maybe insult and accusation will! A crime against - - humanity, nearly! wow! Such big guns you wield! No wonder I love you so! (And where is YOUR printed published book, Mr. Smarty-pants? ;-)

I'll start to work on a personally selected collection of my handwritten poems just for you! I don't know about being worth a fortune, but I'd hope it would be worth a fortune in personal caring about a dear friend. And for that, I'll expect all the more top treatment when I come to visit! Or perhaps I should bring it with me?

PS - I didn't miss your point. I'm simply devoted to mine!

PPS - If I know anything, it is for whom I write. :-)

(Save these exchanges: - they'll be worth a fortune one day.)


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De Greek 3 years ago from UK

You seem to think that I am joking and so you ask me about my own book. The answer is very simple: I do not have your talent or anything near it within the light-years measurement scale. If I did, I would have sold my soul to publish.

Start preparing your first book of poetry today. NOW in fact. If you get hit by a truck today, God, or whoever is up there will not forgive you for the loss you have caused to literature and and neither will I. Which is more or less the same thing. God and I, that is to say ;-)))

PUBLISH NOW!


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Nellie.....I would only echo the wonderfully complimentary comments you have received from your loyal followers. I admire your incredible talent.

Dimitris appears to be a "devoted fan!" His praise and encouragement is notable.....the sparring between you & De Greek....is precious.

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

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I know you're not joking, m'dear. As for any comparison of talent: as you say, my prose is crap, while yours is masterful. ;-) - There are reasons why I write poetry! It's there that I can best express big thoughts in concise, minimal words, which, - as you've pointed out, is not usually the case in my prose, though I must assert that it's well-written otherwise! I would never want it compared to yours, though! As far as I know, you don't write poetry, so there's nothing for comparison there and if there were, perhaps it would be crap, and possibly for similar reasons my prose is!

If you meant general literary comparison of overall umbrellas of works & talents, - (regardless of whatever lies beneath them) - then, yours and mine might balance out, though with our strengths in divergent directions. Nothing about any of this excuses you from publishing some of your own meritorious works, over which you DO have control, so don't give me that bs!

I could mention that Ive endured fierce hardship to avoid selling my soul or giving it away and that "I" and it have prevailed and are still not for sale. I even wrote a one-liner saying as much during those earlier fierce times.

My soul

Is not

For sale.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

11-71

Too late to start bargaining with it now, though I don't see that publishing actually would require or cost it. But, then, I've not met with the obstacles you may have. In any case, none of my stuff is lost somewhere in the unlikely even I haven't published some of it before I kick the bucket. Anyway, getting it all published would be too gigantic an assignment for the rest of my lifetime, probably, anyway - so it would fall on others to follow through. Meanwhile it all exists, except what's currently being written. It's crowding my hubs, folders on my computers, numerous notebooks, blank books and pieces of paper stuffed into manilla folders full of it - all in its pristine, original state. Needn't be lost, though I admit to preferring to dictate/manage any publishing of at least some of it. So you've got me there! You may just win this after all! Am grateful for your encouragement. Strong possibility that I could outlive you, you know. I take care of my health! Get busy publishing yours, so it won't be lost to posterity!

Love you, rascal. Whatever would I do without you? :-D


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Paula, thank you! I so appreciate your approval and kind words!

Dimitris began HP not too long before I did, over 3 years ago now, so he was here when I arrived. He was the second person I knew here (the first was the person who encouraged me to give it a try and Dimitris had met him, so probably heard about the neophyte just joining.) He became my first-ever follower & fan, much to my amazement, since I'd not published a thing yet! He's just that kind of a person: a great supporter & encourager. I'm sure there are many other established Hubber-writers around here now who've benefitted from his encouragement and who hang on his every pronouncement. Of course, I have from day 1, though I was curious why he'd followed & fanned me! Some inane comment that I looked good. So transparent - but intriguing! haha.

But I hadn't even planned to ever share my poetry publicly anywhere when I started. I wasn't sure I'd even write anything on here. His following me was a nudge in that direction, though. I ventured with some prose hubs, which he found painfully lengthy, pedantic & verbose, - and didn't hesitate to share his impressions, though a bit more gently than saying they were crap! Now I know what he really thought! :-) haha. But as soon as I began to timidly offer some poetry, he was unreservedly complimentary. It was, indeed, encouraging. I'd only ever showed a few of my thousands of poems to a few very close friends & family. I only knew that they spoke what I felt & thought, not whether that had any other value. As you see, to this day - he still is encouraging me, - in his bossy, highhanded, steam-roller way. ;) He's used to power and authority, I think. I'm immune to it, I know. ;-) What matters to me is that he's a dear person, friend, writer, and above all else: - a GOOD MAN & I TRUST him, which is a very big deal to me.


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De Greek 3 years ago from UK

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...My Angel,

...............My Love

............................My Bad Girl,

....................................................your poetry is literature and your version of literature is light years ahead of everyone else's, most of all mine. The fact that your prose is crap does not detract one iota from your unique genius in writing poetry.

You have reached a stage where you can no longer belong to yourself and to your ego. You are simply at a level which means that you belong to the world. The world of literature. If you think that this is extreme, it is simply because you are a chump. But a chump who happens to be a poetic genius.

Do not get me involved in useless arguments. Just PUBLISH!

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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

Oh, haha. Comments here are nearly as interesting as some of the hubs. You are awfully generous with those handwritten promises. ;-) Must be your standard answer to talks of you publishing your poetry, surely to become classics.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Rascal. Thank you.

I AM myself. There's no possession involved. However, maybe my poetry may not be mine. (Certainly not if it's published!) That's a thought to ponder. Good point.

Maybe 'myself' is a chump, whatever that means. But it's a good one, in that case, if it's what & who I am - 'cuz I like what & who I am (all of it) - whatever word or words might be applied to describes it. I sort of like my crappy prose, too; - not as much as my exquisite poetry, - but it has its moments. It's alive, which is more than some prose is; -- and it doesn't have-to be anything it's not. But it/this might make an interesting poem! ;-)

If my poetry is ready to publish, then - it will. It will never be a rushed deal while I'm alive. It deserves better.

I seriously doubt that you, dear Dimitris, can EVER be 'gotten to' do anything you don't prefer to do anyway; and it's not my intention to, anyway. Unlike some folks, I don't try to make anyone do anything, though I may suggest and urge it, for their consideration. Then I respect their own choice. In that spirit - from this end - this discussion has simply evolved with my greatest respect and honor, because I could never discount what you suggest and urge, nor can I discount my own timeline and readiness. I'm slightly - er - 'fixed' - the Aquarian variation on stubborn. sigh. And I love to be wooed. :-D

Love you, kind sir! - Hugs.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Shan. Handwritten original poetry must have a secure destination address to which to be sent, don't you agree? There are uncertainties to each such address involved, it seems. But, for me, it's certainly not a standard answer or some sort of escape ploy. I perceive you jest a bit! In any case, let me be clear that I have more respect for what it means than to use it so.

The copies I've ever given anyone (and there are not many) were hand-written with great love from among poems especially and individually selected right then only for that person. Nothing routine or trivial in that kind of project, you see. :-) Even the promise of it is special.

I'm SO happy that you're able to connect to HP!! Seems like a good sign and an up-turn of events!


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

Nellieanna, of course I am only teasing! Just reminded me of when I was saying similar things to you about publishing. ;)

As for the crack about addresses, I've always had one (have to get mail somehow) and about to have a P.O. Box for things to be forward here on Friday. :p

In all honesty, I'd never take a gesture such as that lightly nor would I think you would say it lightly. That said, I haven't waited on pins and needles for a handwritten treasure from you given how busy you are with other things going on.

No, no real access to the net or HP yet. It's just occasionally. Today, my phone let me have full access to the net briefly and I was checking emails and read a hub or two. I just take things a day at a time, sometimes even in smaller increments than that, depending on my frustration and/or stress level. haha


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah - that's good. One does need a reliable mailing address, though with the rumors about the Post Office Department lately, one wonders if it's wise to take anything for granted, even that long-standing a reliability!

I've made initial entries into the several promised poem collection(s) but it is something that requires either a nice block of time for each one to complete, or discipline to do it when time permits among other things, which isn't my favorite way. It's an integrated entity, and seems to need to be a start-to-finish project. As you noted, there are many pressing things currently going on in my life, some of the most major of which started around the beginning of 2013 (when you and I also happened to first meet here on HP) and which have accelerated all year, sometimes barely leaving time for the basic time-fillers, such as eating and sleeping! So I also take things in stride, making sure that what I AM doing with my allotment of time has value - at least for me - and supports my healthy progress along what they call "the golden years". Sadly, for too many folks, those aren't golden at all; - - more like lead. Perhaps the greatest talent one can possess is the talent for and satisfaction with LIFE, wherever, whenever it's going on. At least that contributes vastly to any other talent one has, and vice-versa. If it's not doing that, - it needs major attention & possible overhauling.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

PS - this profile pic you may have noticed was one from about 25 yrs ago, in response to a question whether the one I had up before was from 25 yrs ago! It was taken by a professional photographer, and I was in my late 50s, was more glamorous, hair was professionally styled and had both more of it and fewer wrinkles!


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

I think maybe your smile would be unmistakable in any decade! Though, I do love that black and white one I saw in which you look like Audrey Hepburn.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you. I think you refer to that little B&W snapshot of me with Steve when he was a toddler one Easter - 1956, in factk. I had on a little 'pillbox' hat. haha


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

Yes, I thi k that's the one. The dress, the hat, the gloves, even the expression on your face.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Oh so beautiful!!Video clip; words and images so perfectly balanced. You are a wonderful writer and your words I am surer are inspiring so many. Have a wonderful day and lots of love from my little comer of the world.

Eddy.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah, yes. I was frequently compared to her in those days. :-)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Eddy! I'm so pleased that you dropped by! A wonderful, love-filled day to you, too! So far, so good, here! :-)


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

BEAUTIFUL poems, Nellieanna! Oh, and I so love the sound of panpipes!

Your corner is a comfortable home :)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh, Martie, aren't panpipes out-of-this-world? I can't get enough of them.

I'm so happy you like my hub. Nice to think of my site as a comfy home. That's rather special!


dreamseeker2 3 years ago

Awesome as always! I can relate to the first quote in this hub. ~ In September I will be taking a train north to visit a friend. My first time on a train too! It is a much welcome reprieve for me, not having been away from things for so long, that have often dragged me down. I will be free for a few days on my own...without any responabilties. ; ) Need I say more?

"A change is as good as a rest!" __Lady Grantham of "Downton Abbey"

Thank you for such a lovely share! Voted it up! It will shared on my fb page.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Lovely Nellieanna,

I just love my little space of quiet and reflection all alone with my thoughts, and I love doing so reading your wonderful artistry of words you paint here so well before our eyes, and what a delight to our eyes and ears... your words, imagery, art and lovely music.

I must say I am in agreement with your persistent Dimitris!

Voted up ++++ and sharing

Hugs and love, Faith Reaper


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Gwen (Dreamseeker) - thank you! I couldn't' be more pleased that you're about too have a new experience taking a train and feeling free of responsibilities for a nice change/rest! I love that quote, too! It just grabbed me with its truth when I heard it!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Faith. What a nice quiet compliment. Thank you. Of course, I consider publishing some of my poetry. Just more to it than that.

There's just so much of it I've yet to transcribe from the hand-written originals to the computer, where I can find poems because they are automatically alphabetized.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

This is overwhelmingly beautiful, dear Nellieanna. You never disappoint. Your poetry, images and videos all come together to provide the ultimate, enjoyable experience for the reader. Thank you, m'dear.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

My dear Dr BJ - I'm thrilled that you've come by. I much prefer your approval and praise to high HP scores or most any other accolades! Thank you!


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

Hi Nellieana. It's been a while. Hope everything is well with you. Your poetry flows so beautifully. I can't say which one is my favorite because I like them all. Thank you for revealing the secret. "For love to lift you up, it must freely be." I'm curious, what if you set it too free and lose the person? Please share your wisdom with me. very true, you should never mold it or change it and yet so many people think they can when in reality the person can only change if they want to. I really liked Love's Nest, one lucky look and take heart my heart. voted up beautiful


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, Marlene (love doctor26)! Yes it has been a while! So happy to see you now! Thank you!

Hope all is well with you, too! All is well with me, - maybe better than just 'well'. I've 'found' (well, they sought and found me) - some lost and precious ones: wife & grown children of my long estranged son. It's incredibly sweet. My son has still not relented, but his family hope to influence him. Hope so. It's been 41 years. His father has virtually held him emotionally captive.

Truth is, love IS free. It simply exists where it exists & feels welcome and free to be. One can neither set it free nor hold on to it. That is the secret. So perhaps I can best answer your question with another poem:

You can't lose


It


If you've got


It.


You can't hold


It,


If you've not.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

1-6-73


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SilentReed 3 years ago from Philippines

Where does one go to appreciate poetry? One place I can think of is in the nestled nooks of your poetic works. Somehow "works" does not seem appropriate for the spontaneity and flashes of insights we all have come to associate with your poetry. I am reading about Emily Dickinson (your influence ;) and I can't help noticing the kindred spirit that you both share. Your statement that "My soul is not for sale" is definitely Dickinson. It is why I read with amusement your lively banter with Dimitris.

Although I am not aware of the circumstance Emily Dickinson wrote this (you might be more knowledgeable) I thought to insert this into your give and take repartee with "De Greek"

A little Madness in the Spring

Is wholesome even for the King,

But God be with the Clown –

Who ponders this tremendous scene –

This whole Experiment of Green –

As if it were his own! ;)


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

The secret...ah yes...therein lies the truths we all should heed.

This was a lovely experience. from beginning to end. So many words collected together in one place that are memorable and shall be remembered.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps have a lovely week...


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

Neilleanna, Good morning. It's good to hear from you. That's awesome that you have reconnected with your son's wife and grown children. I'm sure that you are very happy. This is great news. I'm doing fine, thanks for asking. I'm sure that your son will eventually come around. Wow, 41 years is a very long time. That's a good way to look at love. It does make sense if you think about it. You can't lose it if you've got it and you can't hold on to it if you don't have it. Yes, looking forward to reading your next poem. Have a nice week.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Silent Reed! What a delightful comment, my dear friend! You do me honor.

I'm pleased you're investigating Emily Dickinson, too. Though my reply to whether I'm aware of the circumstances in which she wrote that poem you quote may include more about her than you ask to hear, she simply was not an easily-tracked poet or person! Here is what I have to say about it, because it is all part of the background involved:

She was not a public person during her lifetime. She wrote for her own edification and self-expression, primarily (as I have done) and shared almost none of her writings with anyone else all of her life (as was my primary mode till I joined HP, and for awhile even then!)

She even used her own unconventional punctuation in her writings, which were never aimed at publication. So her thoughts and responses to her world were expressed in her own cryptic codes a lot, possibly hoping to be indecipherable if anyone discovered her secret stash of poetry. It was posthumously that the neat packets of her handwritten poems, tied with ribbons, were found in her bureau drawer & some of her kinsfolk began to try to decide their fate, including whether to try to publish them. It wasn't instantaneously accomplished, by any means.

By choice and by nature, she literally lived in her father's house, seldom going anywhere, and derived most of her 'contacts' from beyond it from reading, enjoying nature & the company of her dog, Carlo, who often 'speaks up' in her poetry and letters written mostly to her close kinfolks and a few close friends, who seemed to be kept at arm's length physically. If they met, they seemed to have to come to visit at her father's house. She was born there in 1830 & died there in 1886. She never married, nor was 'attached' to anyone.

A brush with a man who was encouraging young writers, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, to whom she submitted a poem, beseeching him, "Are you too deeply occupied to say if my Verse is alive?" brought her into contact with one of her few mentors. She describes his response as "surgery" of her unusual verse, but he pursued knowing more and became a trusted friend, though he admitted that she never really followed his advice or lead.

There are references in many of her writings to her "King" or "Master", though she was not religious, having been unable to commit honestly to the accepted dogmas of the religion of the time and place of her birth and of her family. In the small town of Amherst, Massachusetts, in which her family were prominent and active in founding the university there and in church affairs, she was always in contact with it, though. Her references, to King and Master, however, are unlikely to refer to spiritual entities.

There's ample speculation about implications of occasional references to "madness" and passion in her poetry. Their meaning is unknown, except possibly as part of a very colorful fantasy world of her own. One of her famous poems starts, "Wild nights! Wild nights!" - which leads to much speculation, but uncovers no factual support. There is speculation about possible actual intimacies, but they've remained mere speculation, and are surely based on what probably is simply the lively imagination with which she instills her poetry at times. She always senses more of real life than she knows, I think. Yet she's articulate, witty, quite knowledgeable about many things of which she has no possible first-hand experience. That it might include romantic connections would not surprise me - either way! ;-)

Interesting, any possible application of ED's poetry and circumstances to my banter/serious discussion about publishing my poetry with dear friend, Dimitris. I so treasure his ongoing belief in its value and hope I've not been too cavalier, because I truly value it! He gets exasperated with me, though. We've had the discussion on numerous occasion and I'm ever grateful, as I am to your kind words about my work. I agree that 'work' somehow misses the point. It's more like play! Maybe one reason I hesitate to get into publication which is work!


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Monis Mas 3 years ago

Lovely poetry, dear Nellieanna! I enjoyed your "Secret"...


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Patricia (pstraubie48), thank you!

Oh, yes, an understanding and acceptance of that 'secret' truth would save all of us much unnecessary and futile heartache, probably, - worrying over losses of what we never owned, though which may have visited us and could be treasured for having been!

I'm more than pleased that you've enjoyed my collected words and consider them memorable! I'm enjoying a very lovely day and hope you are, as well. Thank you for the well-wishes and a most pleasant visit!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Marlene - thank you. The connection with my family is wonderful and we are in close contact. It does make me happy and I'm especially happy that I can be here for his wife as she attempts to present him with some facts to which he's blinded himself for many years. So these things that 'go around' do tend to 'come around'! It's with love and compassion that it's all unfolding. We hope it will be possible for him to let go and embrace the truth. He's been under the shadow of many untruths & negative influence all this very long time.

Glad you came back over here! Hugs.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Monis Mas - I'm smiling! Thank you for the lovely comment! (Guess the Secret is out! - hehe)


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SilentReed 3 years ago from Philippines

"Wild Nights!" probably refer to the adulterous affair her brother Austin had with Mabel Todd who was instrumental in publishing ED's poems posthumously. Her brother's house being next door to the family ancestral home, Emily's room was routinely use by Austin for his tryst with Mabel.(Yet it's strange Emily never met her personally except through correspondence) There is also speculation that Emily Dickinson suffered from epilepsy, hence her recluse life in the family home both to protect her as well as the family name from the stigma since epilepsy was considered a form of "madness" at that time. One also wonder if the "master" is an imaginary figure during her bouts with epilepsy where she received her deep perception or "divine" visions that impacted on her poetry. One thing that I am curious is if Emily Dickinson ever dabble in Eastern school of thoughts or Western esoteric teachings like the Theosophical Society of H.P Blavatsky (Annie Besant who adopted Krishnamurti was also a prominent member) which would explain her unwillingness to commit to the puritan religion of her father.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah, Silent Reed! You're caught! I see that you are both an ED student and were subtle enough to display otherwise and lead me to attempt to explain the circumstance in which she may have written "A little madness in the Spring. . .", when you have obviously availed yourself of ample knowledge of her and her family, including their unconventional behavior and support of each other in it! :-)

But, dear friend, I not only forgive you, but thank you for directing me to probe some of the more recently expounded details about them and their unconventional antics. By the way, I'd think that Emily's reticence about meeting anyone face-to-face could easily account for her not having met Mabel Todd except through letters and notes, which were always her central forte. Some speculation is that the trysts took place in the family dining room, rather than any of the bedrooms. Perhaps a dining room table lends a more R-rated element to the story!

So much about Emily Dickinson rests on speculation, - even dramatization, that it has prompted me to view it with considerable reservations, even including the most traditional accepted biographies, with which I'm most familiar. There is much more written and asserted than there is 'proof', I suspect, and the explosion of tomes about her seems to outdistance the quality at times, and seems to turn into showmanship more than accurate biography.

There is certainly much that is interesting about all of it, though, and much that seems plausible. Her own poetry and letters probably 'tell the story', though in such personal, cryptic form as to lend themselves to being as variously interpreted as they are and continue to be!

I wrote "My soul is not for sale" in Nov. 1971, before I was especially aware of Emily Dickinson or of any similarity between our writing. She had been slightly covered in my early courses in literature, but had not impacted me much. When I first became really aware of her, it was through a little book based almost completely on her own quotations and works, which was given to me by someone with whom I'd shared a few of my poems who noticed a strong similarity in both my life at the time and my poetry. Since then, at times, I've felt such kinship with her, that I felt I almost identified with her. But perhaps that is how all the interpretations of and about her are founded: upon her almost mystical persona. With such a private person as she was, possibilities for interpretation seem almost inexhaustible! I still feel a closeness which is simply undeniable.

I wouldn't be surprised if Emily had dipped into Eastern and other esoteric philosophies, which sometimes overlap; though perhaps her rejection of puritanistic religion would have led her to investigate those rather than vice-versa. I suspect that her own logic and mental disposition were always her lead in her quest for and embrace of understanding.


Elena 21 months ago

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Jodah 7 months ago from Queensland Australia

Hi Nellieanna, what wonderful poetry I found within. I was about to say how much I loved the first poem, but as I read on I found even more gems. This made my day as did the song "Lone Palm" by Jimmy Buffett. He is my favourite singer and listening to his songs always puts me at ease and a smile on my face. Loved it.


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Nellieanna 7 months ago from TEXAS Author

Ah, John. I truly appreciate that you liked my poems. Few of them were written for that purpose (to be liked by others), as you may know, but were just my personal 'record' of having 'been' - alive and whole, no matter what. So they simply captured my mind's and heart's responses to simple everyday stimuli around me. It makes it doubly gratifying if and when they also touch others' minds and/or heartstrings with kinship and recognition.

It's a little sad to me that so much poetry is written bewailing life's unfairness, challenges and injustices. Mine were more to think on happier things that wouldn't give up within me. To focus on the negatives was the opposite of what was needed! For me, it was both healing and life-saving to focus on more positive things instead. It didn't matter whether or not anyone else agreed. haha. It was my own therapy!

Oh, Yes! Things that put one at ease and make one smile are so valuable! I'm glad Jimmy Buffett does it for you. I've always enjoyed him. Plus, some of the smallest, almost insignificant moments of my days, these days, seem to accomplish it all the time. The indication it's happened REALLY is often that I breathe really deeply - all the way in & down, more than ordinarily. I can't seem to practice it all the time, so its occurrence is especially a treat! It can be while rinsing my face with quite warm water, massaging my wrist to help the CTS (and it does help), stretching out full length, hearing an especially nice piece of music, receiving welcome words from a friend or relative, thinking of a beloved person or even just pausing to think and say "Thank You" out loud for the many blessings I enjoy. Feeling thankful is such an 'upper', isn't it?


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Jodah 7 months ago from Queensland Australia

Yes, you certainly have a point that too much poetry is focussed on the ills of the world and the writers own personal traumas rather than to lift up and make one feel good about life. I am sometimes guilty of using it to highlight a problem I see in the world, too. Maybe that is why I occasionally write a comedy piece or Limerick to lighten the mood and bring a few smiles. We do need to focus more on the things we are thankful for.


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Nellieanna 7 months ago from TEXAS Author

Yes, John! Thank you for that good reply. And you are not guilty of anything! Far from it.

Of course, we write as we’re moved to, so that can, in all honesty, involve concern over world problems and may also touch on personal ones. And, of course, unless we become overly contrived, our focus can’t always be to provide a lift to possible readers. Readers' responses ARE their own response-abilities.

Our part really goes deeper than that. If our writings are to reflect our truth, our truth must grow, blossom, mature and deepen. Thankfulness is part of our truth, too. If we don't bring forth truth, who will? It must always be authentic, not contrived or overly self-conscious. That's the beauty of poetry. It's a vessel for it.

A few of my observations: These days there is precious little emphasis on personal growth and taking self-responsibility. In fact, those values seem to have a kind of opposition. I’m afraid that the younger people are rather bombarded with and influenced by negativity from all around them, which the internet bombasts constantly. There is a place for facing and examining the negative, to be sure, But, sadly, younger folks growing up in it have no immune system against it. It’s almost part of who they are, and they've no balance with realistic positivity and positive reality. The ideal 'good' these days tends to be out of fantasy-land.

Music is a tremendous mind-setter. Probably why music is a major part of religion, countries have national anthems, wars produce their own strongly patriotic songs, lovers croon romantic songs and mothers sing lullabies to their babies. So the attitudes of young folks are encouraged and formed by a lot of the popular songs they are exposed to and they favor, in which the lyrics bewail loss of someone’s attention which crushes them to desperation, without mention that maybe bad choices played a part in that outcome; and that, in fact, the outcome really did work out for the best and saved them from installing a bad choice in their lives!

Instead, it’s the other person’s fault and hidden bad character. You’d think that belief should at least cause them to be relieved to be out of it! - (wink - hahaha).

The other prevalent influencing song theme paints a picture of a fantasy in which someone wonderful would materialize out of nowhere to make their lives wonderful and resolve all their problems, once and for all, forever. While great partners can and do happen, it’s usually result of a matching in response to someone worthy of them, not from out of the blue. And, either way, - afterward, lives still go on, including all the challenges, people are human, so then challenges are paid or multiplied by two, however perfect for each other. Yep.

Well, in all honestly, there were those kinds of themes in lyrics in earlier days, too. We heard them occasionally on the radio or as themes in films, but not constantly. There was no TV or internet right in our living rooms to keep us geared up almost 24/7. Our lives were mostly ‘real’ stuff, and we learned to deal with real stuff from that. Still, we bought into those, - the fantasies, especially. Disney was a strong influence. It had and has its value, but it needs its balance. At least, back then, if the fantasies didn’t happen or work out to perfection, most of us could pick ourselves up and learn to focus on what WE needed to do ‘next time’, taking responsibility for our choices, learning and developing other life skills. Not perfect, by any means. But some key elements seem to be missing for the young folks now. Those are all so foreign to them, though. . . .

Maybe there is a perfect balance ‘between’ somewhere. haha. I like to think so. Meantime, we poets do our things! We can be assured that we are not responsible for the entire world, but definitely are for ourselves! We can be the best examples we can be and we can hope our influence is helpful - and at least, not harmful.

I am SURE yours is, dear John. You're an inspiration!


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Jodah 7 months ago from Queensland Australia

And you dear Nellieanna, have influenced me greatly, and are an example that so many young people should take notice of. Thank you.


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Nellieanna 7 months ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you so much, John! Hugs.

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