Pebbles and Pearls

XXXVIII.

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Liberty brings

    It's own restraints.

        There is no

             Total freedom.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



Cleansed by tears and anguish,

Despaired until despair is spent

To still the pain,

And close that door,

For this to open.

When the chains are rent,

Answers come with clarity

Unknown before.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



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Like laundry,

Washed,

Rinsed,

Wrung out,

Dried,

And ironed flat.

So to begin again,

As life renews itself.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay








                 I know me;

                 That's one.


            ______© Nellieanna H. Hay



Multitude

Mulling,

Thronging,

Pulsates

As a single force untold.

The world swells,

Outgrows

Its boundaries;

Its future tells

And in its own increase,

Spells sanctuary,

An island

In the multitude,

Seeks in solitude, -

Its future gold.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay




From "Breakers" - watercolor by Nellieanna Hay - copyright
From "Breakers" - watercolor by Nellieanna Hay - copyright

Glean wisdom

From the day at hand.

Survive another

To persist again

And know.

The triumph of

A quiet life

Is living.

Perhaps it will

Make ripples, too.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


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Just now

You touched me

With your mind.

It happens

Frequently!


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Low ebb provides another view.

Love YOU first,
Then you'll be free
For loving life
And me.

I do not believe in
Destiny.
But you're
My destiny,
If you occur.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay











When you decide

To backtrack

But your bridges

Have been burned

In that direction,

You find you must

Reconstruct them.

They burned not

Of themselves.

They repair not

By themselves.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Sometimes life is

To crackle in black,

To try to not die,

To unshroud the sleeping giant

Within and without;

To uncloud arising storms,

Letting surprising

Facets sparkle through

    The clearing skies,

        And be

Whatever comes to you

From darkened guise,

And then emerge

     More energized,

       Another time around.


_____© Nellieanna H. Hay




Sweet certainly persists

Though mind resists

Its impact.

My heart, restored,

Now turns toward

Tomorrow –

Subdued,

Renewed,

And whole,

Intact.

I will go on!

I will!


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Waters


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago

Lovely hub!


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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast

A truly lovely hub.


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Jai Warren 5 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

So comfortingly brilliant. Just what I needed Nellieanna! Thank you, Ciao!!!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

Beautiful poetry, lovely hub.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

Just beautiful as usual.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

tnderhrt23 - thank you for visiting my hub and for your comment! Glad you enjoyed it.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Rhonda Waits, I'm so pleased you dropped by. - Thank you!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Jai Warren - that is so satisfying, to think it was comfortable and what you needed. Thank you!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Pamela! I am pleased that you enjoyed it!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Suziecat, aw thank you! I appreciate that!


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dianeaugust 5 years ago from Tennessee

Nellianna, There ARE SO MANY of these poems and verses that I love. I wish I had a book of them. Maybe you should make a book of them. I think so. Each picture and each poem touches different part of my emotionality. It's hard for me to say which one I like the most because I like them all, but I'm going to say--no, I read them all again and I LOVE ALL OF THEM. They speak to so many places I am, I have been, and of course will be. I'm thankful for your gift of words on this very night. DA


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Very beautiful as always! God bless Nell!


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Merlin Fraser 5 years ago from Cotswold Hills

More pearls of though and wisdom from the Nellieanna fountain of life.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

dianeaugust - That's such a touching commentary. My friend, Merlin Fraser, who has commented below, has encouraged me to publish a book - or books - of poetry and art, and has offered some expert advice about it. I want to do that; however, the poetry I've shared on here is a mere tip of the iceberg of all I've written over a lifetime and I'm still trying to transcribe them from the hand-written notebooks, blank books, scraps of paper and book margins where they've been all this time.

I suppose that's a poor excuse, except that there is just so much time and since only I can locate those originals ad get them in better accurate legibility, I feel it's a priority at the present. As he has suggested, I could at least get some of them in printed form in the meantime, and perhaps I shall. After so many years of their being so private, it's sort of a biggie to consider publicizing. HubPages was the first move in that direction, actually! Lots of years before that of almost total privacy.

What you say, though, that they speak to you - in the NOW and personally to YOU about your own experiences, - is a major reason for wanting to share them. I've felt that way about poets in my life, like they must have been in my very mind to have seen things so much from my perspective. So I know the value of that. So thank you for sharing YOUR response with me.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Micky - dear friend - thank you. I've been so out of step that I've missed too many of your wonderful hubs. I always enjoy your writing and the insight you bring to it. And I appreciate YOUR visit and comment so much. Hugs.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Merlin - HUGS. My champion! Thank you for the high praise. (notice I referred to you in an above comment).


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Merlin Fraser 5 years ago from Cotswold Hills

I did thank you and I'm so glad you are considering my suggestions.

As you said what we have seen thus far is but the tip of the iceberg and I know that now you have seen what would be lost your efforts now must be a lttle frenzied.

PS Don't forget to Back Up onto Memory Sticks.... You know what computers are like !!!


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

The sea,but a creative thought from shore,beautifully written,Nellieanna.;)


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dianeaugust 5 years ago from Tennessee

I agree with what you've said about believing other poets must have been in your mind b/c their words were so close to your own person. AND I know what you mean about transcribing all the poems into some tangible form. Even at this moment, I have suitcase (literally) stuffed with poetry that I need to weed through and keep one copy of on the computer and maybe one in print. Sometimes it's not only daunting to think about the actual task, but it also brings back so many memories that affect the body, mind and spirit. upon reading them again. But wonder of wonders, I have unzipped the suitcase and the poems are pulled out on my craft room floor waiting for me. I'm excited about it. I hope you're able to bring all your marvelous words into a form that you love!


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amillar 5 years ago from Scotland, UK

Constant comfort. Not just evening comfort.


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Ingenira 5 years ago

So beautiful, Nellieanna. You put so much effort into this, and it is truly a beautiful piece. I am impressed, how you can turn something so small, delicate and simple to something so special and beautiful.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

To paraphrase your sweet and impressive poetry, Nellieanna, "Just now you touched me with your poetry. It happens frequently." You do have the gift, m'luv. :)


Doug Turner Jr. 5 years ago

You certainly are a romantic at heart. If I were a shoreline, you would be my sea... what a great line to sum up your feelings. Very nicely done.


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ChrisLincoln 5 years ago from Orange (or Lemon...) County, California

Nellieanna,

The comment about these being a book says it all. How, will be my challenge for next week. Keep writing them down and matching the poetry with the images - there is a magic that you capture here, that is, to my eyes, unique.

I'll email you...

Chris


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Merlin - - I appreciate you greatly and your suggestions have haunted me! I'm just relieved that you've not given up on me.

But of course, I do see it would be a loss if it all fell by the wayside, and if up to my heirs, it likely would. But it's not as frenzied an effort as it probably should be. My feelings for it are personal & I'm taking it in stride, finding some as I proceed which I feel worthy of sharing on here, and some not, but still I want them to all be transcribed.

I'm thankful that my handwritten poems which I carefully organized in notebooks as I wrote them during a period of several years when I was especially prolific, are easily legible, though there are some revision notes on some of them which are a bit harum-scarem. Others written in other seasons of my life & jotted down on on any old odds & ends of paper and stuffed into large envelopes are less so! I'm trying to make sure those I write now are not so any-which-way, though I still write them by hand.

Oh yes I do know what computers are like! Thanks for reminding me that I must save the transcribed ones on memory sticks, though I equipped my Mac with a Western Digital "My Passport" external backup drive which is always attached & turned on. However it's not always so convenient to find things on an external backup drive, so I have memory sticks for specific data, and one is just for poetry which I must put them onto, even if they are not all transcribed! Waiting for "just one more to be saved on here" is too good a way to lose the 588 already transcribed onto this computer! Right? Thank you again for your encouragement, dear friend!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Mentalist - thank you. I like that one, too. You always seem to zero in on my favorites! You are a dear friend & I have high regard for your fine mind and spirit.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

dianeaugust - ah, yes. Seems we've shared much both as poets and readers of poets.

I can just picture that suitcase. Have you seen the movie, "Becoming Jane"? It's about Jane Austen and in one scene she pulls out a suitcase from under an armoire stuffed with her manuscripts and notes. It must be a trait of creativity!

It's a bit like my loose poems which occupied a bottom shelf of an out-of-the-way bookcase. I recently pulled them out and have them (still disorganized) in folders in a small file container, awaiting more sorting and editing. There are also numerous "blank books" with both selections from my other collections when I've tried to sort of group them, and other of those books containing new poems to be checked out. The 7 very thick notebooks carefully kept in chronological order as I was writing them are less of a problem, other than the sheer volume of them.

There are many memories associated with them, as you say there are with yours! Even more amazing to me is a file box I just investigated of my own letters written home to my parents since about 1946 when I went away to school and written through my progression of life which they saved on through the years till they passed away in the 1970s. I knew there were many keepsakes in those file boxes but I hadn't really explored them all. Oh, such an idealist was I, and also at times, such an "authority" -- LOL. They must have smiled a lot, reading them. Those letters also fill in many years when my own records didn't leave many tracks. And it makes a person think. I'm fond of writing in journals, but mostly they're just brief accounts of what happened that day, not deep thoughts and feelings. I did get a journal for those not too long ago but find I write poetry in it mostly.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

amillar - that's a really wonderful comment. Thank you for it! It gives me pleasure to think I might provide comfort to someone through my humble efforts!


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Very beautiful. Your words soothe the soul.Thank you.

Cheers


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ingenira - I just made a quick visit to your hubsite and I see so many fascinating hubs and subjects. I look forward to reading them. One specially interesting subject I see there is that of Emotional Intelligence - among others! It is like a menu of wonderful fine dishes!

Thank you greatly for reading my hub and leaving such a lovely comment. Just a note about the brevity and simplicity of my poetry. As they were written, they were sort of a shorthand for my own memory jogs of much larger experiences, impressions, observations, and feelings. I don't work at trying to recreate those but just put the little encapsulated thoughts out for others to either recognize from their own stockpile of experience - or else - they go unnoticed, as I imagine they'd be no matter how much I tried to elaborate more. Your notice pleases me. It's a case of "less is more" - if it fits. And if no fit, no fit. I see you are a perceptive person with an appreciation of simplicity. That is most gratifying!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

DRBJ - THANK YOU, dear lady! You are ever and always so kind! Hugs. You do me great honor.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Doug - Yes, I have my romantic heart, though it's not very gushy, it seems. ;-> Thank you for noticing. That is one of my favorite expressions of the feeling of beholding someone wonderful who fills my heart and wins my admiration. I appreciate your visiting and commenting!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Chris L. - As you are aware, I have enormous respect for your good opinion! I will look forward to your email. You are most gracious! Thank you. And I'm so glad you stopped by! I seem to visit your hubs quite often and write long comments on them. You have such a great wit and wide knowledge!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Always Exploring, thank you for your reassuring words. You are a dear friend and respected colleague.


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sligobay 5 years ago from east of the equator

Nellieanna, I must confess that I am overwhelmed by both volume and beauty presented by your wise words. I loved the shoreline and the sea where the sea molds to fit the form of the shore. It is metaphoric of many relationships that I have known. I am the sea.


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christopheranton 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

If I could sew, I would like to take all your poems, and make a patchwork quilt out of them, then sleep under it to see if I could gain strength for my life, from the beauty and wisdom of your words.

Thank you Nellieanna.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Sligobay - I'm blown away. My vision of this when I wrote it and since has been that the shoreline, while it may set limits upon the sea, still has no special character of its own which is any different from any other bit of land except that when the sea touches it and gives it the character of seashore, it is singled out and made more special, while the sea is the ultimate constant which is not dependent upon the land which borders it for its character. With or without shorelines, the sea is - the sea.

Now I ilke this new thought of it you've provided! And there is something so meaningful in that each of us feels our identity with shore or sea as we experience the influence on us by the other one. I like that very much. People's roles are different yet each feels his or hers very much as it relates to the other in intimate combinations. There is something terribly sweet about that. And you've brought it to light. Thank you for that insight and for sharing it!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Christopheranton - you made me smile. What yummy thought. I have a thing for quilts - started one I've yet to finish. Now wouldn't it be interesting to stitch the poetry into one! Just the thought of it makes me smile! Thank you!!

Perhaps you'd enjoy seeing that this is not idle talk or an empty claim! If my eyesight and time hold out, I'll finish it one of these days!

You can see it as it exists awaiting finishing - on my website @ http://nellieanna.com/13myquilt.html


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Merlin Fraser 5 years ago from Cotswold Hills

Hi Nellieanna,

Christopheranton and his notion for a patchwork quilt sounds to me to be an awful lot of work but it did trigger a very silly idea...

You know me with a reputation for Blue Sky Thinking...

Instead of typing them all into the computer why not record some of them onto an audio channel. Then with selective images and music transfer them onto a DVD ?

All three things can now be down on a PC with the right software and cam corder.


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neeleshkulkarni 5 years ago from new delhi

there is something in it for just about everyone ytou lovely woman. this is mine-

They burned not

Of themselves.

They repair not

By themselves

i promise to read these again and again and quote them when i want to make a point since if the point has been made here it cannot be made better in any other way.

i love you Nellie


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BJBenson 5 years ago from USA

Before my move you were writing these really wonderful stories. I finally am getting back to hubbing again and you have these fantastic poems! Keep going Lady.


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Jaggedfrost 5 years ago

Just full of little bits of wisdom and wit aren't we? It was very nicely put together. Sometimes I still think it is too full of things to think about grrr. I liked it all the same.


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christopheranton 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

That is a beautiful quilt Nellieanna.

Is there anything that you can't do?


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Merlin - Just for you, my dear. I made some recordings several years ago of me narrating some of the poems. I happened to have one of them saved on my website - of course, it's just a plain .wav file. I am sure it could be put to u-tube or on DVD as you are thinking. Just for fun, I ran and made some things enough to illustrate it on a hub, - @ http://hubpages.com/literature/Echoes-Of-Life

See what you think. It's sort of primitive & corny but what the heck.

Hugs - and thanks.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

neeleshkulkarni - what a love you are. sigh - too bad you're married. :-)

Yes, those simple words point out a basic reality, which is too often overlooked in this present world of instant "fixes" at the touch of a button.

Sadly, it seems too many young folks get their impressions of "how it is" from those inputs and they have no idea how to sustain relationships or build something of their own by their own effort.


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Merlin Fraser 5 years ago from Cotswold Hills

Nellieanna,

Just tried the link and it didn't work for me, it tried to open said it had but I ended up with a blank screen.

I'd be interesed to hear from someone else if it opened for them..


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

BJ - I appreciate that comment for my stories - as well as for the poetry. I haven't given up stories, but they are less my long suit. It's encouraging to hear them praised! I'm so glad you're back with us, too!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

OK, Merlin - I had several bum attempts when I first tried it - but discovered each time typo errors in my URL Perhaps the system remembered the erroneous ones. I'll check on it when I finish here and reinstall it if it is still acting up. Thanks for the info.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah, Jaggedfrost - I love you. Glad you liked it in spite of its too-muchness and a very long lifetime of trying to sort out & make sense out of the chaos with what little bits of wisdom and wit I could glean from my perspective - subjective and limited though it is, of course. Thanks for the visit and comments!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Christopheranton - YES - LOTS of things! I'm a frustrated musician, for a biggie. I've only been playing piano for about 70-something years and I have barely improved. But once in a great while, I feel sort of pleased that I may have made some music. But I have horrid stagefright when I play so that I become even worse if anyone stops to listen. And that is only one among many of my non-accomplishments. But I am proud of the quilt - if and when I ever get it finished. Thank you!


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

You are so blessed being so gifted. It must be wonderful to write only and paint beautiful things. Don't ever stop. You give so much in it all.


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

I just don’t know words to describe the delight I find in your poems, Nellianna. It is like watching a smooth river reflecting the trees on its banks, and the clouds above. Then a fish jumps out of the water, and falls back again, making ripples….

Your poems mesmerise me…. And your pictures…. And Bridge over Trouble Water of Simon and Garfunkel is one of the favourites of my favourites. Thank you for sharing your beautiful poems with me/us, Nellieanna. I really don’t know how to express my gratitude. Take care!


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MPG Narratives 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Your poetry inspires me whenever I read it, thank you so much for your wisdom.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, hello - dear heart - you're so generous in your praise. Thank you!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Martie, dear Martie! - you express your feelings so eloquently - thank you, dear friend. I love the simile of the river reflecting the life around, above and within it. That's a poem in itself!

It's amazing how much influence that Simon & Garfunkel song has been on people who know it. I've always loved it. With "You've Got a Friend" - such powerful reminders of our interdependence in a way. And of course - we do have both a bridge over troubled waters and a friend to walk it with us.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

MPG, thank you! I'm so pleased that you continue to visit and read my poetry! Hugs!


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

Beautiful... so light and airy... butterflies... snowflakes... a woman's femininity.... the allure for a man....


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Suburban Poet -- What lovely comments! Thank you.


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

...A breathe of fresh air! Makes feel invigorated and wanting to celebrate life! Thnanks for sharing.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hugs. You're a breath of fresh air yourself! Thank you, Dallas!


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

aah! Thanks!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Truth is truth! :-)


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

Pure Poetic Perfection - you are in another league Nellieanna... the lightness of being... the perfect presentation... a confection in every line... I bow to you and I will stick to what I can do.... whatever that is but it isn't this.... this is something else entirely and it flows from you like life itself...

By the way, you are mentioned on my profile....


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

SP I'm incredibly honored. Being mentioned on YOUR profile is high honor. Thank you. And I FEEL your sincerity in it deeply.

Your poetry is visceral at times, poignant, and always ALIVE. I've recently tried to say what poetry is, and sort of said it, but we know it's not definable, which, I think puts off people who consider poetry already too esoteric, maybe. But I think it is the opposite of that! It is only when it rings true to the hearer that it truly measures up as poetry, and it matters not whether or not he or she considered "Poetry" a thing to be desired. It is when it speaks clearly and succinctly, not when it is enigmatic and impenetrable that it achieves the real poetic heights. When it does it beautifully - with "music" in it - any beat - it is all the better. I still love Emily Dickinson's definition best of all - and I think I gauge both mine & others' by it a lot:

“If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only ways I know it. Is there any other way?”

Thank you, my admired poet-friend.


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Eileen Hughes 5 years ago from Northam Western Australia

Beautifully put together with words and pictures. Thank you so much for sharing


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Eileen - I'm quite honored by your visit and comments! Thank YOU for coming by!


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Nellieanna your muse has roused the genius in you and your verse flows like a babbling brook over smooth stones and pebbles and reflects back like a mirror the beauty it unfolds in vibrant verse.

You are brilliant and like Merlin and others I pray that you have backed up all your writes and hopefully will consider putting them all into a book of poems by Nellieanna Hay one day for all the world to read.

You simply must NOT let these be buried. You make Emily very proud with your talent. I especially loved this verse.

Just now

You touched me

With your mind.

It happens

Frequently!

This is how you affect many of us and I am so happy to be moved by every piece you write, thank you for sharing. Hugs


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ken - you are so sweet to say all those lovely things! I will back up further, but I have an ongoing computer backup always on duty, I'm printing out a lot of these as the hubs' collections, and of course - they are all in my own handwriting as I wrote them. But I have a flash drive for them, though they change as I add them. No problem though, I can overwrite what is already backed up. Thanks for reminding me. Merlin himself has been an inspiration to me toward publishing as well as backing up. There are so many more for me to transcribe, though. That is a priority since only I can do that job right. As for publishing, perhaps others could do it as well -or better. I'd like to be alive to do and see it, though. LOL At one time I figured they might be found and published posthumously but now I think I'd rather "do it myself" LOL

Hugs and many thanks!


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Vastly impressive. I love your 'If I were a shoreline'. It really is very beautiful. Nearly every poem is an epigram in itself.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Twilight Lawns - Having just visited your Hubsite where I read your fascinating profile and your delightful poem "Puddles", I am truly honored by your praise of my humble work. Thank you!!


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

If your words are true, my friend, and why should they not be (Excuse the split infinitive), this is becoming a mutual admiration society.

Thank you for your kind comment, and PLEASE dip your toes into some of my more serious scribbling.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

I speak truth! :-) Twilight Lawns - OH yes! I have dipped a toe into some of your more serious hubs. However, when I discovered you last night, it was already well into the wee hours and I ran out of steam to fight off my drowsiness, which put a considerable crimp in my perusal. It had been a "big birth-day"! But after all, to quote Scarlett O'Hara - "Tomorrow IS another day." - and it's arrived! So I have more to peruse!

I admire the split infinitive! Why should an infinitive not demonstrate its infinite magnetism enough to work as a unit just as well even when split? ;-) Sometimes I'm a bit of a grammar hardnose, but I believe in poetic license (obviously) and these days, reins must be loosened, as dynamic language evolves rapidly as the net takes over and generations trained to spell phonetically and punctuate haphazardly are in control of cyberspace.

Early in my online life I dropped into a teenage chatroom and typed a sentence typical of my style. One of the group asked what I was "on". The good news was that he became a young friend and he was much more literate than he'd let on. LOL.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

I agree with the split infinitive issue. So many times I have looked at a correctly structured sentence, and thought how clumsy I looked and sounded... at times like that, split the infinitive till it looks like a skein of badly combed hair, but if it sounds right, then it is.

Big birthday? Hmm! Many congratulations???

I wouldn't worry about the language being torn to shreds, so long as lovers of the English language don't give up.

Give me Lynn Truss and all she stands for, and I'm a happy man.

You won't bastardise your craft, will you? Of course not.

Neither will I.

Read some of the hub here and you will realise that there is still elegance of language... and not only from those with English as their mother tongue.

Ian


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Ian! I love your comments!

Yes. That's it. Sometimes the exactly fine-tuned grammatical sentence or paragraph is a bit like the too-perfect singer. It can be technically good but lack pizzazz and look stuffy.

Yes - LOTS of congratulations. I was floored! It was gratifying.

I do worry about the language being shredded. It IS being shredded, and by parents of the next generation of shredders. There will probably be diehard lovers of the language, but - after all, what IS language, if not the best tool of communication? If it becomes too esoteric and beyond the use of people, - then it is on the way to the archives, along with others in the past.

But I just express myself with the tools at hand - and seldom bastardize them, unless it really helps what they are trying to express. I respect the reasons for the "rules". They're not rules for rules' sake or to provide a status symbol. I realize they are to better get one's message from one's own mind to another's as accurately as possible. All the rules are for bridging that distance, provided both understand their meaning. If not - it's an exercise in futility and, at best, a monologue. Too often the wrong message is transmitted, which is at worst.

You are so right, though; - here in this somewhat selected group of specialists,there is much elegance of language as well as of thought being expressed. And sometimes it seems that those for whom English is not a first tongue, there is more awareness and effort with more eloquence as a result. It is alarming when people for whom it should be easy, it is often flat and trite filled with "ouch" kinds of errors of spelling, grammar and sensitivity. But - it's life.

I'm ordering "Eats, Shoots and Leaves". Thank you for that. :-)


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cre8ivOne 3 years ago from Midwest, USA

Really great stuff here again Nellieanna! One poem that jumps out to me is your analogy of life to laundry, how we renew ourselves, excellent! Also really love the, "triumph in a quiet life" just beautiful. :)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Dawn -- Thank you! That poem was deeply felt when I wrote it a number of years ago. It was part of the beginning of my awakening, in fact. And yes - I may never have realized anything more vital than that triumph is in the living fully. Only in that process can one be an effective person and contributor to the miracle of life. Unfortunately there are some who seem convinced that standing to the side doing little, good or bad, is a major contribution. Life includes resisting some actions but that doesn't mean doing none which might stand or fall. Life is challenge and change, which always brings possibility of standing or falling on their merits. But living itself - and learning from it - is winning.

Hugs. Nellieanna :-)


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada

Hi Nellieanna, Another lovely selection from your treasure trove. The theme of this one caught my eye, the groundingness of the pebble in contrast with the polished pearl. I love how you use these natural elements. Listening to your conversation with Ian, I'm not sure what a whole infinitive is, let alone a split. I think I must have been sleeping in English class. Regards, snakeslane


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah - dear snakeslane - - Thank you for the compliment! I so appreciate your visit and comments. You always zero in on the crux of it. It's like you've read my mind.

I love juxtaposition in this sense, possibly because there's so much of it within me, yet it can coexist, even for the benefit of the whole mess! Took me years to realize it's OK. And yes - natural elements and features seem so natural to exemplify and demonstrate it.

I doubt you've any lack of understanding of grammar.If you were asleep, then the information was installed sublimely! Good grounding in the subject causes it to sink in & simply work as a natural tool, along with vocabulary & the sense of sentence flow. I'm always grateful to my 4th grade English teacher who somehow got its understanding into her students' skulls with so little pain and anguish.

But Ian and I have had a lot of fun with it. He recommended a most delightful book on the subject: "Eats - Shoots - & - Leaves", subtitled "The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation", by Lynne Truss. It's practical too!

You know the story? Early in my online life in a chartroom, I was famous for telling this story. haha. -

A panda walks into a cafe & orders a sandwich,, eats it, then draws a gun & fires 2 shots in the air. "Why?" asks a confused waiter, as the panda heads toward the exit. The panda pulls out a badly punctuated wildlife manual & tosses it back over his shoulder. "I'm a panda, he says at the door. "Look it up!" The waiter turns to the relevant entry and, sure enough, finds an explanation.

"PANDA. Large black and white bear-like animal, native to China. Eats, shoots, and leaves."


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada

Nellieanna, Yes I have read the Eats shoots and leaves, although I do not own a copy, but I have the Oxford Press "Fowler's Modern English Usage" second edition (1965). Will that do? I consult it quite frequently, and discovered I am guilty of a multitude of sins. I hope to improve as I go along, if I can, but usually stay securely in my comfort zone, and hope for the best.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

My question was whether you know the funny joke behind the title? You didn't say.

I have "Eats - Shoots & -Leaves", thanks to Ian's recommendation, but I don't have Fowler's "Modern English Usage" though I have David Crystal's "A Little Book of Language" & David Crystal has edited an edition of Fowler's "Modern English Usage" for Oxford World's Classics; - so, will that do? ;) haha. I confess that I seldom look at them. In fact, I could give them as gifts, they're so pristine, but recipients might be prickly about perceived implications (like giving someone soap). So I'll just keep them and maybe someone will want them after I die or sell them in an estate sale or at the 'half-price books' store.

Actually for years my only usage reference (with its modest little grammar section) was the thin little "Elements of Style" by Strunk & White, and I didn't refer to it often, either; which probably accounts for my many errors, while Miss Carstarphen from 4th grade can still take credit for any correct usage I may have happened to create! I still rely on what she instilled in my brain more than any other source.

So, you see, I'm not much of a language snob, perhaps more of a slob! I just happen to prefer clarity & to regard grammar, spelling, vocabulary, & sentence structure as useful tools to try to achieve it, though it's ineffective, anyway, if circulated among folks with no regard for it, which seems to be more & more the majority as electronic communication rises to precedence, with its related disregard, if not contempt, for most language standards except whatever are set by small groups of people in order to exclude others, such as parents.

The standards I brushed up against in my education were primarily those set up to standardize language enough to make it most accessible & understandable among all who chose to avail themselves of them & usually started with young people in the home & school.

Oh well. I'm not overly concerned. My concern is with meaning, not form. So one just does the bestest she can with what there is. How or if people still communicate in 50 years won't affect me. If it's reverted to sign language, as some predict, perhaps that will give it a fresh start! Not sure how or if poetry will sill have a spot in libraries or on Kimble but, so what? Won't be missed if it doesn't. As my mother used to say, "What is to be, will be, even if it never happens."

Grammar & spelling tools are to the written or spoken language as hammers & saws are to the finished building, anyway. They're needed to achieve it, though not its true essence, obviously.

I'm in my comfort zone and well aware of my shortcomings, which are snugly in here with me! For instance, the other day I started to write an "Ode" to something & realized I don't really quite know or use the 'ode' form - so I just wrote it as any other poem of mine! When I looked up what makes up the form for odes, I realized I didn't much want to limit myself to it, anyway; especially not for the sake of conformity. Haha.

I hope you remain in your special comfort zone, from which your unique & lovely thoughts & poetry flow. Improvement by being yourself is all that's needed, if anything is.


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada

Nellieanna, I thank you so much for taking time out of your awesome busy schedule to reply to comments. I thought the Eats, shoots and leaves joke was inherent in the title, but I must admit it's been awhile since I read the book. As far as English usage, yes I had Strunk's and several other usage books when I was studying journalism (Canadian Press) 'CP' style book was another one. My writing poetry is influenced by the brevity of the news format for sure, and the reverse is true as well. But honestly, I've had to work bl**dy hard to learn to write. I am obsessed with worry over every comma, not easy to be me. In poetry I am overwhelmed with doubt 100% of the time, not when I write, but when I decide to publish. I was taught that it is better to be seen and not heard, and best not to draw attention to ones self. It is a Canadian trait as well. So anything I can filter through that gauntlet of self censorship is a miracle (for me). However, since communicating with other writer's, especially you Nellieanna, I see there is a sympathetic listener out there, yay!!! Sorry for typos, my comments are coming out wonky, and not always able to edit.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

If your comments are wonky, snakes, - then yea! for wonky! We have much in common.

You may or not be aware that nearly all my writing was private till I got on Hubpages nearly 3 years ago - that's a small percentage of my years on Earth. I wrote for my own record - the bulk of my poetry was my soul's diary, which happily was not decipherable by the person who would judge and punish real feelings if they were perceived. Poetry furnished just the veil needed to say it for my own reference without leaving many clues for him.

When I came into HP - I absolutely had no intention of sharing poetry - or anything! I came at the invitation of Merlin Fraser just to be a fan & supporter of his work, which I'd met elsewhere.

In my humble opinion, your hesitancy seems unjustified, - you're so good! Your poetry communicates deeply & it's never trite or trivial. That can be said of not so many.

Thank YOU for commenting, and mostly - for being YOU.


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada

Nellieanna, You would make a great agent lol. Thank you, thank you, thank you...


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Now, that's a career I'd never have considered, but putting it that way - thank you! ;-)


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Marie Flint 2 years ago from Jacksonville, FL

I see this is only poetry hub 36, and I had suspected you might be using Adobe Photoshop; it's nice to know now that, indeed, that's what you use.

I love Simon & Garfunkel's music. They don't harmonize in this one with their perfect fifths, but the lyrics and melody are so touching.

Thank you, Nellieanna. I see your posts on Facebook sometimes. Blessings!


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, Marie. Thank you for visiting this older hub, published in January, 2011. I’ve a HP 4th anniversary coming up in March. (I suspect a typo. ‘Pebbles and Pearls’ is poetry hub #38.) Of my current 239 hubs, 174 are primarily poetry hubs. I starting numbering the poetry hubs in order to keep up with what poetry has been used on which hub, to try to avoid using any poem on several hubs, though before devising a system for it, it had happened. I’m still tracking down & remedying duplications.

At the time of this hub, I’d transcribed 588 of years of hand-written poems to computer. Just checked and see that right now there are 1597 poems transcribed and many more yet to be done. It’s not a rush to complete the project, because there’re other projects, as well. But I definitely had to develop systems in order to keep up with it.

Yes, I’ve been involved with Adobe since I started online in 1997 and plunged into making a website from scratch with ‘scratch’ knowledge. I discovered their “Photo Deluxe”, which I loved, but Adobe abandoned it with changes in Windows OSs, when ‘Photoshop Elements’ was introduced. I’ve had every version of it from the beginning, though also using some other photo art programs simultaneously. I’ve tried the ‘real’ Photoshop on trial and loved it, but Elements is pretty sophisticated & satisfies my usage. Since starting with mainly Mac computers several years ago, Adobe is the only one compatible, so mainly what I use.

You are so much ahead of me musically. I play piano, but not nearly as knowledgeably as you obvious are. I admire Simon & Garfunkel’s music and, yes, lyrics and melody of “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” are touching. Perhaps if their usual harmony style was altered for it, it is deliberately, in keeping with the message of the lyrics. Just a thought.

I hope it’s not presumptuous, but i just requested Facebook friendship. We certainly share a number of friends there. My major impetus for keeping up on FB is family, but I very much enjoy the friends there.

Thanks again - and all blessings to you.


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Harishprasad 2 years ago from India

Nellieanna, your beautiful poems are not mere bunches of some lovely words - they are serene breezes that take tense moments away from minds and fill them with all peace and calm. You are a real magician and how well you charm us with your magical words ! Loved reading the great poems.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Harish, thank you for the encouraging and delightful comments! This is one of my earlier hubs, so it's fun to revisit it myself. Each hub is like a 'child' I've birthed and loved. I can remember the inspiration for it and the fun putting it together, hoping it would be good for others, too. So it is so gratifying to hear that it is - even after passage of time!


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

I came to this via Manatita's tribute to you which, as I now see, is justly deserved. I hadn't read your poetry before but I shall definitely be reading more. You have such rhythm and depth in your words. You say such profound things in such a simple way and your imagery is superb.

I'm off to follow you. Thank you for lifting my day by echoing so many of my inner feelings.

Wishing you a wonderful day. Ann


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Ann. Not only am I honored by your visit and kind words, but you drew my attention to Manatita's beautiful tribute, which I'd missed during an urgent out-of-town sojourn and much follow-up since then. I was so very joyous to find the lovely poetry and comments there on his hub and here in your comments!

Whatever I'm doing, I find joy and goodness in it, but I so dislike to miss something here while elsewhere! It happens, though.

Isn't what poetry can do best to remind or echo some familiar feelings in the readers? It is most gratifying for the poet when it does. Thank you for sharing that with me!

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