Poets and Poetry

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Poetry, - a sanguine sanctuary

Where unproven thoughts

May find release,

Through voice;

May be not silenced,

But be solaced

Without arousing

Counter-attack.


It's good for cowards

With heavy loads

Of fertile fantasy,

Who would run

If questioned,

Who would crumble if we stayed.


It's a place to be, to see

What grains of truth

We can extract,

And find escape

From heaps of thought

Which burden,

And useless piles

Of life-long fixities.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



Poet

The heart pours forth words,

When itself begs release.
'Tis good to express
Its needs;
But too incredible for words,
That clamouring needs
Concede to be contained
By quiet words.
Ah! There is probably a word
For that, too.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay













Soft Regrets

I lose a line

Now and then

Of poetry

I almost wrote

And songs

I almost sang,

But didn't take the time.


I see at last, -

I lost that note,

Passed up some rhyme,

Or missed a bell

I failed to chime.


It is so much, too much

Like living all too fast, -

I bow my head to cry

And almost gasp.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

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Poets are people

Who translate

    Staggering experience

         Into staggered

                Lines of word

In hopes of capturing there

The twist of the heart,

The surge of the mind,

The ache of

Unfilled needs.

Others, needing, too,

Endure the twists

The aches,

The overwhelming surges

Silently within,

But sometimes read

              The staggered lines

           For relief

     Through their eyes.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


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I panic

Thinking

I have said

Too much

In verse.

My silent

Thoughts

Do not rehearse!

They spill! -

Reverberrate

And seem to

Shout it

Out.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay





Tread softly -

It's my soul.

Well-trimmed verse

Entrusts itself

Unto

Your

Knowing

Heart.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


"No poet is ever isolated"
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Writing a poem -

Too easy

And too hard.

Too easy to compose

Some words;

Too hard to expose

My soul

So easily.


_____ © Nellieanna Hay

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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Nellianna, Another beautiful poetry treat to continue my day! You captured the heart and soul of the poet's reason for writing in this line:

"The heart pours forth words,

When itself begs release.

'Tis good to express"

Rated up!


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James McV Sailor 6 years ago from Northern California

I loved it.... all. Poets.. "Who translate / Staggering experience / Into staggered / Lines of word.... Your poetry is thought evoking and wonderful as usual. JM


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, VioletSun! Your work is excellent and your taste, as well, so I am most honored that you like this! Thank you, dear lady. Hugs!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

James McV - what a delight to see you here and to hear your approval. Thank you!


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

Your use of staggard and my use of syncopated,put us near,dare I say,near each other's orbit,Nellieanna;)


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Poetry - a "sanguine sanctuary" - that is sheer delight, Nellieanna. Thank you for sharing this beautiful poetry with us.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

ACER - Thank you - and I daresay That is more than slightly possible! I favor Alpha Centauri, how about you? :-) At least to meet for coffee!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

bj- Thank you! thank you . . . Today I added sanguine to that poem's self-definition, which I'd written years ago! Probably due to a mellower moment. I seldom change a poem, once written. I'm glad you like this minor major change! I was quite pleased with it too!


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Austinstar 6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

I absolutely adore that first verse. I almost thought that was the whole hub! Then I found some more lovely words. Thanks for making me smile today.

Good digital painting too :-)


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you very much, Austinstar! I appreciate that! :-)


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K9keystrokes 6 years ago from Northern, California

"Poetry- a sanguine sanctuary, Where unproven thoughts

May find release;..."

I so enjoy coming over to your hub page and drinking in everything you write and every color you paint. I sometimes find my time to read is done just to do my share here on HP. But, when I feel I can not read another word, and I am tired in mind and not a drop of team spirit remains, I become renewed with the words you share and the art you provide. You offer a reprieve from things less spiritual.

Thank you for bringing your work to this place.

K9


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

You amaze me every time. Your poetry and painting are nothing but top class as well as quality there is a wonderful heart showing through and giving so much warmth. You have a wonderful gift. Thank you and take care.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

K9 - SUCH an apt description of the nitty-gritty of maintaining one's joy and duty in keeping up with the plethora of reading all the hubs, which of course we wouldn't even DO if they were not of usually such high quality & valuable content; but that sometimes the mind gets overloaded nearly beyond endurance, simply trying to keep up with quality AND quantity, for sure. Sometimes the brain cells begin to trudge on to yet another reading task. But I know what you mean when it is at that stage and finds that the "one more" is truly refreshing and renewing. When I find it turns out to be one of those, I feel the same way as you've described. So I feel your compliment viscerally! Thank you!!! Hardly any words of praise could be as gratifying! I really think that the ultimate gratification of writing - especially poetry - (after finding out it didn't bomb!) - is not in being praised for syntax or outstanding choice of words, but in finding it has touched another person's heart and soul and given genuine pleasure, relief or welcome enlightenment and even, perhaps, has lifted a burden somehow. Thank you!

Actually most of my poetry was written to provide that for me when I was virtually isolated from any other living source or current way to find them. I can think of no other way to explain how the words might be able to transmit that to others. I certainly know of no formula or method of assuredly building it into what one writes. And I really hadn't perceived this fine-tuned fact quite so clearly before, so thank you for that too!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, hello -dear friend. As I just wrote back to K9keystrokes in responding to her lovely comments, what you are saying shows a similar genuine experience of the feelings I am happiest to have communicated through these words and visualizations. Thank you!! It touches me deeply.


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Nikkij504gurl 6 years ago from Louisiana

as always...beautiful poetry my fellow poet!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Nikki - always SO terrific to see you! Thank you, gf.


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Lady Guinevere 6 years ago from West Virginia

Yeah, I like your poetry/


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christopheranton 6 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

I could kill to have your command of words Nellieanna.

Even the syllables are your slaves. Thank you for some more gems.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Lady G - Thank you, my dear! That pleases me greatl!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Christopheranton! My goodness, that is overwhelming praise, coming from one of your vast command of words and phrases! I'm delighted you like my little efforts. Thank you!!


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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa

Awesome! I loved all of them. For today I’ll keep this one in my pocket: “Poets are people who translate staggering experience into staggered lines of word....”

Nellieanna, if this was an ancient world, you would have been the Goddess of Wisdom. I admire you with all my heart, and I am so grateful for the privilege I have to read your poems and know your beautiful heart and soul.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Martie - the feeling is mutual. Thank you, dear friend. Hugs!


SilverGenes 6 years ago

"With time and care as sand is pearled". I love this line. It says it all for me. Nellieanna, reading your words and enjoying the artful way they grace the page is pure pleasure. But beyond this is the hope each verse holds and the promise of precious things from pain. I think the poet bird lives in your soul.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

Nellieanna,

As I read on I felt I was walking alone in the Aspen mountains with soft snow flakes falling all around me. I've experienced that moment in my life and I miss it... you brought it back to me today... thank you...


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

You captured the essence here with these lines

The Soul of Poets

Whispering

The truth

Which wants

To shout it out for joy

Unfurled

I so much feel and capture visions as I pen and my soul unleashes thoughts, actions and deeds buried there. You to my friend with a poets heart convey your feelings in pleasant art form and color.

Thank you so much for letting your spirit fly like a bird on high for all of us to catch glimpses of your shining wings....beautiful as usual my dear...simply brilliant poetry....Hugs


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

What a treasure in comments tonight!. To have one's poetry appreciated by poets one respects is the height of appreciation. Thank you, Alexandra! You noticed a phrase I especially like too, even if I wrote it. (blush) It's good to feel I've communicated the hope and peace I feel, as well as some pathos from time to time, which makes hope matter! It feels real. You are so kind~ Hugs!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Wow, Suburban Poet! Such a perfect sharing with a fellow poet of my poems about poets and poetry! Your vivid picture painted with those delightful words! I can feel that scene of lovely aspens and gentle snow. I had an opportunity to experience that once too. It's good to recall it, - thank YOU.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

How good to see from a poet-to-poet vantage point, Ken. I feel I'm emerged in the luxury it with three of my very favorite poets here to read your responses to my words at the same time! And, Ken, you do, indeed, capture the feelings from your soul as you write and bring them to life! Poetry is about sharing & communicating those direct feelings by just the right amount of words for the feelings to reach another's heart. Thank you!


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

Nellieanna,

Your words are the snowflakes and the quiet of the moment was perfectly captured. I have much to learn from you about this gentleness of writing....

Maybe I'm too macho....


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Heart Felt Book 6 years ago from New York, NY

I just love the way you write... your style is so new to me and I love the different scenes/parts of poetry. I love the picture as well I am not good at that yet lol..wonderful hub I am honored to follow you. your great!!!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Suburban Poet - I don't think any poet is "too. . ." any genuine quality with which his/her poetry is imbued! Nothing wrong with being macho and/or showing it in poetry when it comes forth naturally and spontaneously! The only kind of poetry I find lacking is that which is obviously forced and/or just plain trite. If it is sincere, it can hardly be trite no matter how commonplace the subject. Somehow that which flows from within the poet gives even commonplace a deeper significance.

All my poetry isn't super-gentle, either, although I tend to pour out my natural optimism into what I write and even what I say in normal conversation, I think, - along with some clear, honest assessments of experience and observations. It's too late in life for me to begin "acting" - LOL.

So do you present outstanding depth and clear thinking. One thing, though - if you can find anything to learn from me other than what you already know and use so masterfully, you'll know a LOT MORE than I do!! Hugs.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Heart Felt Book - thank you! Those characteristics you mention as being new to you - well, they're just the "nellieanna" I am and whom I used to hope to surpass. You know how it is. One feels one's own uniqueness as somehow being less grand than others, at least until one learns self-acceptance. I don't have any cultivated style. I just do what I do the way it happens to emerge. I'm ever so pleased when someone else likes it, and REALLY joyous when good writers like yourself do!

I find it one of the greatest things about Hubpages. There is not that subtle stigma toward anyone presuming to "write" often shown by the typical chartroom or group population - a sort of "how dare you" see yourself as a poet or serious prose writer! Know what I mean? Here it's assumed that we are or hope to become adept at our literary presentations. At that point the quality of our efforts and/or degree of mastery can be rather knowledgeably evaluated. It's quite refreshing!

Thanks again!


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Tom Rubenoff 6 years ago from United States

"I lose a line - now and then,

Of poetry

I almost wrote"

Yes, indeed. Lovely work, lovingly done.


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DREAM ON 6 years ago

I read as your words embrace writers in such charm.What a warm feeling to appreciate such beauty.You have expressed worlds to those who have traveled.You have shared and given meaning to those who understand but can't always communicate through the written tongue.I enjoy all the pleasures I feel and those I can not even translate.You are blessed and gifted with so many wonderful talents.The thoughts you have found and the many ways you share always excite my burning desire for more.Have a happy day.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Tom Rubenoff, thank you! I appreciate your notice and these delightful comments.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dream On - what lovely praise! I love it when I sense I've communicated and even more when it is reciprocated as you just did! It is a happy day, thank you - and same for you!!


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

Beautiful way you play with words in your charming poems, and beautiful colours of your artwork.

Thank you for the pleasure you offered here in this Hub.


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dramatis personae 6 years ago from USA

This is not only nourishing to the soul(the words).....but a visual nourishment as well......the lovely art and pictures to accompany the lovely words.......


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Dowrite112 6 years ago from Brooklyn NY

All I can is wow! Great hub


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MFB III 6 years ago from United States

I enjoyed your essay...your sashay through poetic realms, like a goddess at the helm of a sea of thoughts,

it was inspiring....for sure~~~~MFB III


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

"Poetry- a sanguine sanctuary / Where unproven thoughts / May find release;" these are wonderful lines and I thnak you for them!

Love and peace

Tony


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Tatkama, thank you for visiting and sharing your impressions! Hugs. :-)


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

dramatis personae - what lovely comments, - gratifying to my soul! It is wonderful to touch another with one's words and visuals. Your presence is so impressive, it gives me honor.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dowrite112 - I love your nickname. Thank you for an enthusiastic "wow" and welcome to a rather recent new Hubber!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

MFB - I smile. Sashaying in my part of the country has a square dancing connotation ( a skill I haven't mastered).

Its general definition includes "to walk in an ostentatious yet casual manner. . . with exaggerated movements of the hips and shoulders". Woo-hoo!. So it is amusing and surprising in this context! ;-> Maybe I should attempt to square dance, after all!

Thank you for your flattering comments. :-) How gratifying that it came across as inspiring to someone whose work I highly admire!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Tony - Thank you so much! Those words FIT my situation so exactly when penned. And I guess poetry always provides that kind of refuse, doesn't it?


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miss_jkim 6 years ago

Nellieanna,

Your poetry is like the flavored creamer I put in my coffee. It adds just a touch of sweet comfort to a cold and chilly day.

Your poetry wraps its arms around my soul and sooths it's aches, its longings, and pours in just enough sweet hope to pick up my pen, once again.


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LaurieDawn 6 years ago

Oh Dear Lady! Your words are poetry for the heart and the soul! They are beautiful and stunning, and captivating. They move like a warm summer breeze, and then they move like a storm that washes everything clean.

Simply awe-inspiring.

Blessings and hugs,

Laurie


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

miss_jkim - Thank you for the sweet words! I like your simile about the flavored creamer in your coffee. Sounds fun and warming! Very nice.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

LaurieDawn - you are so poetic! Thank you for the lovely praise. I'm pleased they are pleasing to you.


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agaglia 6 years ago

Loved, loved, loved this. I will return to read it again.

and again, again. Thanks for lovely images.


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Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

Oh Nellianna I could not even begin to mention which poem or verse that touched me the most because they all did.

You posses a truly dignified talent and it is with utmost respect that I say: 'I am so pleased to know Nellianna!'

Thank you so much for sharing your unique talent and take care.


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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

Once again, great ideas and feelings expressed in beautiful poetic form: to choose just one line and comment on is hard, so what should I do, write another hub about Nellieanna´s poetry?


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Agaglia - Thank you for that enthusiastic reception! Hope you do return again and again!!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Eiddwen oh my! What a lovely supportive comment! Thank you!! I'm pleased to know Eiddwen too.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

We need a poem written about both Petra and Nellieanna... two beautiful mares galloping together in a field of endless green while the rest of us watch in awe at the strength and purpose of these two women....


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Petra -I'm still reeling from you first hub which was so complimentary of my stuff! You'e a dear to share your thoughts and feelings with all of us. And your experience has such breadth and depth - and passion - that it is truly a treat and a privilege to be part of it here. Thanks again!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

SP - you place me in lofty company! Thank you for such a challenging compliment. I'll have to try to deserve it! Hugs..


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

Don't try Nellieanna... just be and you will answer the call.... you deserve it and so does Petra... everyone has their style and your's is wonderful...


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

OK.SP! I so agree that we all have our individual styles - thank goodness! I know no other way to be but who I am and no other way to write but how I write. It's truly gratifying when it is well received - and correctly perceived. Almost nothing else feels so good! But Petra IS lofty company! I appreciate that teaming. And those mares are quite elegant looking as you perceive them! :-) (I think she is more a filly, however! tee hee. . .)


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

The two of you reach me in your own way... I don't like to compare... art is not a competition... we are all like-minded souls who wish to express ourselves with the written word. I don't want you to be anyone else but who you are and in doing so it reveals your honesty and orginality. If you pursue your love with your own style you will blossom because that is who you are. You can't fake sincerity when it is your own.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Amazingly I am about to create a hub - probably poetry or mostly poetry - about that very concept, SP!! Was just taking care of responses to comments before starting on it, in fact! Now I call that a magical coincidence! Thanks again for your insight, too!!

I need to reassure that I learned that to be me was my best choice. I was never good at mimicking but I did long for acceptance and in the generation I was, the overall ambience was that to be accepted one had to be "acceptable" - and that was fraught with connotations of conforming. Those who openly didn't conform often received cool reception at best and active opposition as the norm.

I noticed, though, that those independent, real folks were coming from an inner self-acceptance and self-knowledge, and they were triumphant - which impressed me as not only a preferable but probably the only realistic objective, since acceptance is always fluid and conditional, depending as it does on the fickle and varied opinions of others, which are sometimes not even fully revealed in their truth, and may be given for other reasons than to clarify who oneself is. In fact - they often simply help clarify who the one giving them is.

One can posses a sense of personal triumph while remaining humble, if a certain sense of humility is among one's inner truths. These awarenesses are not mutually exclusive and really do co-exist in a soul which is as honest as possible.

I so appreciate your comments and especially the thought & heart you put into them.


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acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

You have such a remarkable talent, I so enjoyed these poems. Truly stunning pictures too, wonderful colours. Definitely voted up and pressed your tabs.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

I think the world has always been resistant to change but I believe there is a movement for the new because at times it seems that everything has been said; everything has been done... we can't be shocked or surprised anymore. But change is tough as many people have built their own self-image upon what they know and are uncomfortable when true insight eludes them...

Those who open their hearts first and not their egos can accept the new and change because the heart thrives on excitement and birth and rebirth.

I want to see tomorrow. I'm not going to live forever and the new gives me the vision I need to experience life beyond my years.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

acaetnna - Thank you for some very treasured praise! I appreciate it.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

What good comments, As you are, full of depth and perception. Certainly the new or innovative receives mixed reviews, often leaning to rejection. Perhaps that is because there is more fear and closed-mindedness all about than the open hearts and unshielded egos. It can't be allowed to matter except in how one's own attitude is toward what is new, and probably unproven.

But wait - what do you mean you're not going to live forever? ;->

I think I will! What was that old phrase? "Stick with me, kid - you'll be in diamonds or handcuffs!" Sorry - my computer is being so obstinate that I have been having to reconnect to the net almost with every action. I think I'm getting silly - or sillier! Hope you don't mind!


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

Alas dear pearl

For I do not bathe

In the fountain of youth

I see the lines appear

Where once there was innocence

I cherish my knowledge

But can see the end

When all my memories

Will gather around me

And carry me to my home


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

What a gorgeous Suburban Poet poem and thought. A peaceful relationship with life through its phases! The end is always in sight if one looks, even from birth. I think it may be just as well that we don't start looking too soon, whenever that is. I seldom do, but when I do, it is with a sense of peace and good closure. There is no fountain of youth, but there is a fountain of life, and it quenches thirst.

Thank you whole-heartedly for your beautiful comments, SP. Hugs.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

Thank you Nellieanna... you know we were discussing change and it got me to thinking (ya think? Ha) about how our life could be described as a three long rods or sticks. The first one is the people who were born before us that we are in contact with. We bind our rod (our life) to their's about halfway up and in turn those who are born after us bind their rod to ours, again halfway up. That was we are extended in either direction to a time before our presence and after we are gone but in this way we learn from the past and experience what is to come... why push the new rod away? We need it... it may be a silly illustration but it made sense in my mind.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Nothing whatsoever silly about that illustration of the close - but ever open-ended connection we have with past and future - open ended in the sense that it belongs to those who lived it or will come in the future to live it. Our connection is through perspective, which is a mental reality rather than a physical one. Our physical AND mental reality in unison and harmony is in our time - the present.

But it is natural to wonder about that. Those of us (myself) who are nearer or well into the last third experience may view NOW quite differently from those in the first or second of their thirds, even though we are contemporaries. Our past carries over into our mental now in far greater an amount, duration and, with those elements - its contrasts to the others' current nows. There is value in that, though. It's the basis for heritage without which each new generation would literally need to reinvent the wheel for itself. The value doesn't just end with bringing along past inventions and know-how, but also contributes a good amount of know-why, know-which & what and know-where & when. It is there for the using, but it is not compulsory. It's up to the more recent generations to make good choices, including the quantity and quality of previous generations' contributions and usefulness in the world they are making. So far no generation has been perfect nor even shining examples, but there has always been something of value to be carried forward, along with a lot of bad examples from which to learn. No newer generations of the past have been perfectly wise in all their choices, either. So there are always a lot of "wheels" of various kinds to be reinvented!

As for being free to push the new rod away, it really doesn't offer that choice, at least not fully. We have to embrace the next now as it comes - and it does as long as there is life. Humans' ability to remember the past and anticipate the future is both our great advantage and our dangerous hangup, if and when we allow these purely mental times to seem more real to us than the real nows. When we are pondering those other "times", it is our choice of USE of our real now. Nothing wrong with that as long as it is a conscious and fully knowledgeable choice of how we've chosen to use our dynamic living time currently in progress. It's a good challenge, though and has vast potential.

Thank you again for sharing that fantastic heart and mind of yours! You are quite a thinker and philosopher, methinks!


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warrioRR 6 years ago from Rawalpindi Pakistan

Nice poetry about poets and poets

well poetry isn't easy and the life of a poet doesn't awesome I think

Here in Pakistan I know many writers and poets who suffer a lot. some Of them suicide other are addicted of drugs and Many English poets and writers Also commit suicides.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

saleheensblog! As always it's nice to see you! What lovely praise for my work! I truly appreciate that. The little one-liner you mention - it was written when it fit the situation exactly. Poetry was my friend, confidante, companion and refuge at that time. It's still available as needed.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

warrioRR - It's been too long since I've seen you! Glad to see you now! Have you been affected by those dreadful floods over there?

What you say about poets is most interesting. And I suppose it holds true for some poets. For me, it was just the opposite. As I just mentioned in my reply to saleheensblog above, - for me it served a vital role in keeping me going and whole.

Perhaps it depends upon the kind of poetry a poet writes. Mine tends to pinpoint the essence of a thing & clear away the debris which obscures it, I think. At least that was the way I experienced it.

At the time I wrote most prolifically, almost everything else around me was otherwise, dense and unclear, except all too clearly - negative. So, at least in part, it was poetry which saw through to the light and sustained & saw me through it, keeping me intact. The only reason for its being written was as self-expression and for clarification. It simply arose from somewhere deep inside. I couldn't "try" to write poetry. It writes through me.

That large poetry-writing period was 40 or so years ago and I'm just now sharing it beyond a very few close friends. Most of it has never been typed up on typeiriter OR word processor before, but has been hand-written where I wrote it in many thick notebooks.

My poetry didn't HAVE TO "do" anything but help me see clearly, and now, perhaps it's reaching out to help others if it happens to "speak" to them. It has a kind of pristine insight which really WAS a reflection of me at the time it was written. It left its distillate with me then and from then on. I guess it's like making peace with one's spirit.

I still write quite a bit, but nothing compared to then. At that time, I might write a dozen poems in a day - and that level of productivity lasted for several years.

I do appreciate your sharing your observations about poetry and poets, though. To me it just never seemed or seems negative. Even the most negative poems I ever wrote (and there are not many of those) served a positive purpose in helping me through tough times and clarified the path for me.


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California

I'm not a poet, but I know what I like and believe me I love your poetry. Voted up!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you so much, fastfreta! That does my heart a world of good!


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Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

Ever so late getting here but ever do I love reading your works. You have such your own style as should all writers. Most follow who they feel are great writers not realizing they need to be themselves if they will do their best works. I so love your style, I can linger over them and saver each word and how they intertwine with each other.

Beautiful and expressive as you are. :D hugs :D


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Sa`ge, You say the most gratifying things which touch my heart. i could not more agree that it is being oneself most truly that creates one's best works - best and most unique. I'm delighted that you love what I do! You seem to have such a real feel for it! Thank you for the lovely compliments!


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Each and every one a gem that shines its beauty of relected light eminating from its source. Thanks.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Perspycacious, (or, if I may, Dennis), thank you. This is an earlier hub and contains some of my most heart-felt poetry, because it’s about the actual experience of writing poetry in its own time and context, and as near as I could get to relating what that means to its composer. I’ve no way to know how others who write poetry relate to the process and the ’self’ it almost invariably exposes, but it's extremely personal and intimate for me.

These are selected poems about that personal process which I wrote during the many years of writing for the most part only and exclusively from personal and intimate reasons and rewards of being able to express myself - - and written for and to myself - - via poetry; when other ordinary prose could never have sufficed or accomplished the same ends.

My poetry during those years was never shared. It was my conversation with my deepest self. I'm not claiming that is ideal or even good; but only that was how it was for me. It's still amazing to me when and if it relates to others, simply because that was never even a consideration at the time.

So your comment that each one reflects a light emanating from its source means so much to me. It says much and further words would only be superfluous of distracting, except for these: - Thank you!


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Perspycacious, (or, if I may, Dennis), thank you. This is an earlier hub and contains some of my most heart-felt poetry, because it’s about the actual experience of writing poetry in its own time and context, and as near as I could get to relating what that means to its composer. I’ve no way to know how others who write poetry relate to the process and the ’self’ it exposes, but it's extremely personal and intimate for me. These are selected poems about that personal process which I wrote during the many years of writing for the most part, only from personal and intimate reasons and rewards of being able to express myself - - to myself - - via poetry, when ordinary prose could never suffice or accomplish the same ends. My poetry during those years was never shared. It was my conversation with my deepest self. I'm not claiming that is ideal or even good; but only that was how it was for me. It's still amazing to me when and if it relates to others, simply because that was never even a consideration at the time.

So your comment that each one reflects a light emanating from its source means so much to me. It says much and further words would only be superfluous of distracting, except for these: - Thank you!

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