SWEET DESTINY

XLIII.



Oh - if, somehow

I sing my songs more sweetly;

If everything I think or do

I want to share with only you;

if spring and summer never cool;

If my heart is yours completely;

If rivers never dwindle it;

If all you are is all I want;

If all my thoughts rekindle it ~

      It is the way I love you

                now.



______© Nellieanna H. Hay


The first star

Smiles on

Each of us

 ~ Somewhere.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay






I had never before

Till now

Absorbed

Another's poem

Into myself.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay




When you breathe

My lungs are filled.

   And what you love,

       I cherish!


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


I came so near to losing

Poetry of soul

And symmetry of spirit.

Only you could happen

Perfectly

To touch my life with life

Again

To which I can respond with

Poetry of soul

And symmetry of spirit

Again.

How good

To know

I can give you as much

As you give me!


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


You have enveloped me

Within your very soul

And let me come and go

At will.


I shall possess you not

Nor ever be possessed,

Though ever have you near,

Fully, freely, fetterless.


If I should nevermore

Behold you, hold you,

Still you will always be

As close, as dear

As my own breath

And heartbeat.

We'll call that place

Enchantment.



______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Perfect,

Silent

Rapport

Drowns out

Distractors.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Thank you for

Letting me go

Through your channels

Looking for my soul.


Finding it directly,

Now I know

It is never out of reach;

And so 

For my need,

You could dismantle

Your channels.

For you or others,

I cannot say.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


My soul has crest

Upon the shores

Of life and love,

And there, expressed

Its deepest self,

Suckling

At the breast

Of Mother Earth -

And then returned to sea

To quest

Once more

For being

In rythmic pulse,

Eternally.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

You Were Meant For Me - Gene Kelly & Debby Reynolds in "Singing In The Rain"

© 2011 Nellieanna Hay

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bellawritter23 5 years ago from California

Very Beautiful!

So graceful and angelic just like its writer. Thank you for sharing Nelli!

smiles :)

bella


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Bella, Bella! You responded so quickly, just moments after I hit "publish now"!-that my head spun! Thank you! And I am looking at your fascinating hubpage and am about to indulge! Hugs.


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

Poetry is the subconscious novel.;)


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah - yes, Mentalist Acer. So true, so true. Thanks. . . .


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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast

Very beautiful and yet so graceful. A beautiful read. Thanks for haring well done. Voted up Beautiful.

Sweet wishes Rhonda


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

You're the master of flowing beauty.

Up and awesome.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Rhonda - thank you, dear. I just visited your site and read a couple of your love poems. You've such feeling!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Will, from a wordmaster such as you, I am truly honored by such kind praise. Thank you!


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Thank you, Nellieanna, for giving me so much pleasure in reading your poems. There is so much heart in it.


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ahorseback 5 years ago

Nellieanna , These flow out of you like the high tides in the bay of Fundy. Such nice wording.


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alekhouse 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

Very nice


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

hello, hello - Thank you, dear heart. Your comments make me feel so good. Hugs.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

ahorseback - Thank you! - I appreciate those kind words mightily! You're so nice!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

alehouse - Have you been staying warm???? - Can't believe this much wintry weather for our Texas! Thank you so much for the welcome visit!


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

Nellie, you are the mistress of the elegant translucence; the heart pulsingly obscure; the the intimacy of poignant affection. Your depths are so fragile.

I love them,

Ian


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah - there is my dear Ian, with lustrous words complimenting my poetic efforts! Thank YOU. Hugs - - and a Happy Valentine Day - - Nellieanna


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

I had a very bitter and twisted reply, in which I maintained that I loathed Saint Valentine's Day, but I thought there would be an armed uprising, and so I kept it to myself.

And the only poem I can find to fit into this dreadful day is a poem of loss.

What am I talking about?

Bah humbug! (Or did I get one or two of my rites of passage mixed up?)


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

No need to fear armed uprising in response to honest feelings, whether pro or con. I wouldn't fault you. I happen to like Valentine's Day, as much because it is among the other cheerful celebrations of my birth month and is sort of the harbinger of spring for a Southern lass like me, as for its romantic implications. I prefer sending Valentines to sending Christmas cards, because they are not as routine and hackneyed. But there is nothing wrong with not liking any of it, in my estimation. Of course I can't speak for your other admirers and followers.

Hugs and be YOU - that's whom we love.


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

My other admireres and followers?

What?

BOTH of them?


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Nellieanna, you know how much I love all your work, prose and verse. These poems you penned and posted here are absolutely brilliant, breath stopping, heart pounding and leave me in a euphoric state.

However this masterpiece below here sums up how I have loved and lost love in my time and saddened by the events. I am so happy that you had George in your life, I can see here in these beautiful heart rendering poems the union of two beautiful souls.

Thank you for sharing, I have a tear rolling down my left cheek:0) I am such a romantic at heart and wear my heart on my sleeve. Big HUGS from me to you......this poem below took my breath away.

You have enveloped me

Within your very soul

And let me come and go

At will.

I shall possess you not

Nor ever be possessed,

Though ever have you near,

Fully, freely, fetterless.

If I should nevermore

Behold you, hold you,

Still you will always be

As close, as dear

As my own breath

And heartbeat.

We'll call that place

Enchantment.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

My dear Ian. If that's the actual count and if those other two like you as much as I do, then it's quality that counts, not quantity, - and you are rich in love.

Did the boiler man finally arrive? Something tells me it's not just that bugging you, though. But it is a thorn in the side, no doubt - and you have my heart-felt empathy.

Thanks for being my friend.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ken - thank you, dear friend. That poem you quoted sums up a lot of what I believe love is: not a yoke or a burden. It encourages the beloved to be all he or she is, rather than binding. That means that it might fly away, but only if that becomes the preference. And sometimes it may do so. But choosing the alternative of trying to bind or chain him or her to the bedpost just isn't a good choice in my book. Demanding love is a sure way to miss it or to push it away.

It's like breathing. Can't make it happen, but every day when I wake up and it's still happening, I am delighted. Same with love. One's heart is in place. It is one's expectations one sometimes wears on the sleeve. Hugs and such thanks for your honest words and response.


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SilentReed 5 years ago from Philippines

It is my sweet destiny

to have met a poet

whose soul reach out and touch me

thank you dear Nellieanna


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK

I read the first poem and fell in love with it. I thought that it is impossible for you to do better. Then I read the others and I became unsure.

Nellieanna,

YOU are destined for insertion to the list of Great American Poets. I am convinced of this. Start putting your poems together for publication and there are people who have the ability to understand how truly great your poetry is. I do not have the slightest doubt of this.

YOU do not belong here with the rest of us. Your poetry is so far above everything else on HubPages that you simply embarrass the rest of us and show us up for how truly limited we are.

The only negative I can find in your poems is that you wrote them for someone else and not for me :-))))

Kiss you :-)


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sligobay 5 years ago from east of the equator

No! No! Stay here with us and among us where you do belong!

Pay no attention to the DE Greek behind the curtain! I know that he was just praising your work and so am I. Somehow these seem to be new poems recently written and not from your massive cache of old poems. Am I wrong? They are timeless but I sense a freshness through them. Perhaps its just my own longing for the "present". I've moved my location on my profile from the other side of midnight to "the Present". I love the new poems very much. I love your new profile picture as well. I edited my profile page and included some language that may be familiar to you and linked that poem we discussed. My comma is still busted. Thank you.


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McHamlet 5 years ago

Such sweet music for the soul Nellieanna. You are a beacon of hope for all of us who continue to believe in beauty and love. Thank you')


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

I will agree with De Greek that certainly at some point you or someone will publish your great poems, that is simply a gimme:0) However to make this broad statement

"YOU do not belong here with the rest of us. Your poetry is so far above everything else on HubPages that you simply embarrass the rest of us and show us up for how truly limited we are."

You do not nor never will embarass the rest of us, you are most definitely one of the great writers on here and not to discredit any other of similar talented writers, you rank in my humble opinion among the best no doubts about that.

There is no limit of talented writers here and I to agree with Sligobay, you must never leave us, but most certainly I know you will be discovered as an ICON of hidden writers, I am just one of many who are so thankful to be able to to share your great prose and verse. Stay with us Nellieanna, don't listen to De Greek:0))) I know he means well.. however in this case he is drinking his bath water instead of his fine wine:0))


SilverGenes 5 years ago

My dear Nellieanna, you touch many of us so deeply with your words, not only in poetry but philosophy and prose as well. You are already publishing. Forgive me for being obtuse, but isn't sharing this with the world the way you do much greater than waiting for a nod from those who wipe their noses on manuscripts while calculating their personal profit? Perhaps I am just a hopeless romantic. In any case, I love what you do and love you for sharing it with us!


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK

I what I am drinking is bathwater wine, as Sadlerider says above, then World, beware of French imitations! :-))))


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Nellieanna - you are beautiful. Your poetry is beautiful. And your soul is beautiful. We, your readers, are fortunate that you share all this remarkable beauty with us.


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California

What a beautiful way to start my day! You have a beautiful soul and it shows in your work! Just lovely!


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

Nellieanna,

As always you touch the most sensitive spots...

It is truly amazing to see from the responses what a rich cross section of hubbers you have following you, which bodes well should you ever find your work published in a more traditional way.

We are blessed to have you...

C


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b. Malin 5 years ago

How very beautifully you write your poetry words Nellieanna, you are such a pleasure to read and absorb.


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poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

Yet again reading your words has brought sweet peace. You have such a gift.


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Lady Guinevere 5 years ago from West Virginia

Loved them all and loved the soothing video to tie up the end.


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christopheranton 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

Beautiful words Nellieanna, and beautiful pictures.

But, I have to ask, was this written in praise of your first cigarette?

"When you breathe

My lungs are filled.

And what you love,

I cherish!"

Thanks for all the lovely thoughts.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

I must apologize for my delay in finding and reading several extra-special messages here!

I became engrossed early in the day with some things rather unexpectedly which stirred memories and ended up with my writing quite a bit which I realized is part of my memoirs. The day had started later than usual, as well, after I slept rather late. I know these are no excuse for neglecting my dear, wonderful friends' beautiful messages here. In fact, now that I'm reading them, I'm sure that you all will give me a big-head with such lovely praise. I am humbled and grateful to be so well received! Thank you and now - I want to reply individually. . . .


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Well, I can only think of one word and even that is not enough to describe the tenderness of this series of poetry and that is "lovely"!


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I love poems which give me an initial meaning as I read them and then offer more as I contemplate them. Your beautiful poems do this!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Silent Reed - Dear destiny :-) - You're too kind! And what poet is not overjoyed to touch another! I certainly am!! Hugs and many thanks.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear De Greek -Oh my. Your high opinion is cherished. Thank you! I am working to get thousands transcribed from the handwritten notebooks. They must be transcribed and I am the actual only one to do it right. It would be simpler for someone to publish them than for anyone else to bring them forward. It is a long-standing project. If what you say is so, it will work out. I'm not sure I'm up to fame, though. Just these wonderful comments have me a bit shaky. :-) But it is nice to be appreciated and I am basking. Hugs, dear friend. Timing is everything, is it not? :-}


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Sligo - Gerry - Thank you. I'm not going anywhere. These were a bit more recent - writing in the 80s with my George in mind. The freshness you notice was surely due to the sweetness of our relationship.

Nevertheless, I live in the Present and it is fascinating to me to view my life as a whole entity, so instantaneous compared to "time" itself, both so timeless and so insignificant in the "big picture", yet significant to me and to those who care. I am pleased that you've moved from the other side of Midnight to your Present. I'll check out your refurbished profile! My profile illustration is for the season upon us. I needed a shot of glamour. :-) Who knows what kind of Valentines it might attract! ;> Thank you for the special comments!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

McHamlet - my friend - I've missed you for quite awhile on here! I'm thrilled that you are back and look forward to see what writings you'll bring us! It's so nice to see you and thank you for the vote of confidence.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ken, you are so kind too. I'm not into comparison of poets or poetry. It is personal expression in ways as personal as what it expresses. Can't be compared to others'. I judge my own stuff by how well I feel it expresses what I felt or thought, but even then - knowing that I often wrote it as a kind of shorthand for myself alone, I am aware that my recognition of the meaning is almost a "given". It is when it touches someone else - possibly being applied to their own experiences but ringing a mutual bell that I am most pleased to activate. Our friend Dimitris is indeed expressing his approval and I am most grateful for it. And I'm flattered that some of you think my stuff is worth being published. I'm humbled.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Alexandra - you are so right-on. I am publishing. Compared to decades of privacy, I am PUBLIshing! And the readers are people I treasure and whose work I admire. It really is my choice, although I'd have no objection to sharing further, if and when that time comes. My George always wanted me to go for the professional side of whatever I was into - even flower arranging. I laughed and told him I saw through him - he just wanted to put me to WORK! LOL. I'm also such a private person at heart, I already feel quite exposed enough! Being exposed to dear friends is definitely better than those publishers who eat little people like me for breakfast and floss their teeth to remove all remaining crumbs soon afterwards. ;->


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

haha Dimitris - You're funny! And that's advice well taken! I'm jotting it down in my journal as I type! ;->


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

DRBJ! My dear friend! What delightful compliments! Thank you! Your stamp of approval is always greatly valued. Hug you!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

K. Burns Darling - may I call you Kristen? - what a lovely name. I just visited your hubpage and read one of your poem about memories. Lovely. Thank you for the lovely comments about mine!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

ChrisL - You're so dear to say that. In sharing my poetry, I hope it speaks of real feelings that are familiar to others. I'm certainly much encouraged by the high quality of support and supporters I'm privileged to be given. It's more than gratifying. I'm whom is blessed! Thank you.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

b.Malin - you're generous to say so and it is my pleasure to receive your kind words of encouragement!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Poetvix - It is a joy to see you here. Your poetry pulsates with feeling and gives your opinion of mine great impetus! Thank you.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Lady Guinevere - Thank you for noticing the "Ebb Tide" video as well as the poetry. That music was very intrinsic to some of my treasured memories and it just seemed to suit the theme of the poetry.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

christopheranton - how great to see you But I'm laughing. My first, last and only cigarette made me deathly sick at age 12. I didn't' cherish any part of it, though a lot of the nausea was from the lighter fluid, probably. It was an idiotic experiment but thank goodness it cured the interest in that dangerous habit! Thank you for your special comments! :-)


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Fossillady - we share some of the hard interests - rocks and fossils - as well as some tender and softer sentiments, it seems. Your presence is prized! Thank you!!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

AliciaC - I'm so pleased that you've visited my hub and enjoyed the poems! It is especially satisfying to know they hold a further-contemplation value for you. Thank you for letting me know that!


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agaglia 5 years ago

OMG, these are so beautiful, so affirming of love. Thank you for a wonderful display and such beautiful words.

I love the whole collection.

and by the way, you are educating me to new forms of poetry. Thank you again.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Agaglia - thank you for that spontaneous praise! I'm pleased that you like it. I have to clarify though. You do me too much honor. I use no form but whatever ir is I do, is not new. It's me expressing my feelings ever since forever. :-)


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK

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Nellieanna,

I for one, am willing to put my money where my mouth is and to send you the cost of my copies of your poetry from now. Just tell me what you estimate the price for each to be :-)))

Mind you, I refer ONLY to your poetry, because your prose is generally ¬ # ~ ...... :-))))

AND

In my last comment above there is a misspelling, I left out a letter, which confuses the meaning, so I shall repeat it here:

"IF what I am drinking is bathwater wine, as Sadlerider says above, then World, beware of French imitations!"

You are a GREAT poet Kid, so get on and publish. Few great artists have been recognized for their talent early in life. Those who understand poetic talent will build statues to you in the future........:-))))

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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

“Poetry - The shortest Route From here To there!” – This says everything that can’t be said in words. Nellieanna, as always I am in awe. You communicate directly with my soul - sometimes I know exactly what you mean, though my thoughts cannot explain it. Thanks again for taking me into your fascinating world where senses speak and thoughts halt in awe. Best wishes from me to you.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

My most dear De Greek - thank you again! Such lavish praise is certainly a big boost to my morale! You know how it is, when one writes something. It just seems like what one WOULD write to say what one wants to say, and not anything all that special, though I've always thought my poetry did say it well. Your saying that if you want to read a good book, you'll write one sometimes has been my mantra about poetry. I am not shy about saying I do not prefer trite poetry and a lot of it is just that. So we shall see, perhaps if mine stands the test of time. But I am not in a rush about it.

By the way, maybe if you would READ my prose occasionally you might find something of value in it occasionally! I'll bet you read and appreciate a lot of prose no better than mine! hehehe. LOL. Remember, I'm a spontaneous person. So I write prose when it arises in me to be written. And if, as you say, my poetry will take its place in the annals of literature, then think how valuable my letters will be! People would give everything for more of Emily Dickinson's scribblings, though they have several thousand of her poems, for which she is famous! You might not be able to afford my humble prose then! And now I give it to you abundantly! :-))))

You are dear to give me such unabashed praise of my poetry, though & of course, I love you for it. I know how excellent your taste is.

I have always known I was a poet at heart and my other writing is just useful when I need to say something that way. But that is the nature of prose - to say something succinctly. And I usually manage that, at least, though I've never had any glorified ideas about my talents anyway. By the way - I ran across my attempt at writing a short story - the one that "Seventeen" magazine rejected so crushingly when I was 13. My copy is written in my ornate 13-year-old handwriting on lined notebook paper. It's pretty silly, but - what an artifact!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

My dear, dear sweet Martie - That is just awesome. To communicate directly with your soul is true gratification. I am so glad to have you for a friend! Thank you for that - and everything, though no mere words are sufficient. Hugsssssss!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

ps, Dimitris -I am forewarned and I shall be very cautious about French bathwater. . . Greek bathwater, too, for that matter!!!!! hehehe


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK

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If I may just give my opinion about your prose, claiming the right of a friend:

You write as if you are talking to a woman, discussing (gossiping if you like) events of the day, MEANING THAT YOU OVERDO IT! :-))

As someone wrote: We do not speak as we write, but it is equally bad to write as we speak :-)))

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Your friendly neighbourhood two-penny-worth friendly critic :-))


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carrie450 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

A very beautiful hub Nellieanna. The poem was a pleasure to read.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah- OK, DG - I can accept that and thank you. I know I overdo it. But I don't gossip. In fact, I find it difficult to talk to women oftentimes because there is too often too little interest in anything below superficial and gossiping about people or celebs - such things. I have minimal interest in that.

I simply overdo it when I write prose - or, at least, often - I do. I even laugh and joke that I can tell if I'm writing poetry or prose by the brevity! My prose is very often ponderous. I tell it, I tell that I told it and then I mention it once more to be sure. LOL But I don't believe you can say that the meat of either my prose or my poetry is ever very superficial, can you?

But in any case - I appreciate your two-penny-worth (or more!) criticism. I've been known to give you a few nudges too. :-0) That's what friends are for! Tough love is no less sincere love! Hugs.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Carrie - I thank you so much! It is a pleasure for me for you to read and enjoy my poetry!


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epigramman 5 years ago

.....well it took me so long to scroll down this screen with all of your admirers paying their respects that Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton are back together again - lol lol - and yes there ain't no sweeter destination than your hubs - they are so pretty to look at - and the words are just so supremely beautiful - and to give you the best compliment of the day - just go to You Tube and find the overture to act 1 by Verdi's La Traviata - this is the music I think of when I read your words ......


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epigramman 5 years ago

...actually I will correct myself - it is not an overture per se - it's Prelude to act one - by Verdi - La Traviata


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Beautiful work...arresting, graceful, and one of a kind.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Aw -you are truly too kind. And now I am floating around on the strains of Violetta's hope and despair - and the enchanted strains of one of the top 3 of my favorite operas. Plus I've just come back from Amazon.com where I ordered the DVD of Camille, having my interest in Dumas that much activated! I know - it's surely a mongrelization of his original work, but no more, perhaps than La Traviata itself was at the time.

I am much indebted to you for reminding me of this glorious music. I listened to several renditions of the prelude (before rambling around with Maria Callas and others) and the prelude rendition which stole my heart was the one with all the flutes. I'm still aflutter. Such wonderful instruments for such glorious music. Thank you, thank you, dear Epigramman. You do my heart good! Hugs and Happy Valentine's Day!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Genna East - I can think of few adjectives and designations for my poetry which thrill me more than those you chose! Thank you!!!!!


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

Beautiful Nellieanna...happy to find your page:)


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Beata - and I've found your page, as well - delightful!


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rcrawford 5 years ago from NE Ohio

So beautiful and full of love. Your poetry makes me feel

good, there's no other way to say it.


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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

Wonderful and how great to know you can give to someone as equally as they do you! Beautiful. :) Katie


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

rcrawford - That is a wonderful compliment! To have stirred good feeling in a reader is the ultimate good to know as a writer. Thank you for letting me know!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

katie, m'dear - yes - that is a wonderful reward of love, isn't it? When it is mutual and unconditional, it is the best, perhaps the ONLY love deserving the name. Thank you!


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JayeWisdom 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

Nellieanna....This verse touched me so and spoke from my own heart to a lost love:

If I should nevermore

Behold you, hold you,

Still you will always be

As close, as dear

As my own breath

And heartbeat.

We'll call that place

Enchantment.

Thanks for saying it for me. Your poetic ability is magical. JAYE


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Jaye- oh my. That is amazing. We understand. I'm pleased that it touched your heart. Thank you for letting me know it.


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

This poem, is a place I call Enchantment.

You are enchanting indeed. Incredible.

Theres something about you, simply through your little picture, and your writings, that makes me wish I could meet you and learn from you.

You're just a fascinating character, with great talent.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

We should have a poet's Get-Together, with all the great poets we have on HP. We wouldn't need any outside entertainment!

Of course, one-on-ones are nice. I've met one Hubber face to face, Dave Price, and we talked non-stop over coffee for about 3 or so hours. You've got my number, all right - a character. hehe. Thank you for the great compliments, Ben, and for visiting my site.


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

I also was wondering how to go about copyrighting my material?


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ben, it is largely a matter of claiming it, I understand. You can do what I do - attach the © symbol and your name to each of your works. I just keep a blank page with my (______© Nellieanna H. Hay) on it to add to my poems before publishing here. In fact, I store them with that claim (and usually the date I wrote them) as I'm typing them up from handwritten originals. As prolific as you are, you need to work out an organized way to keep copies - and be sure to back them up!

To enforce it, of course - you have to be prepared to challenge misuse of your copyrighted original work.

Another good way is to do what Saddlerider and others do and attach a statement at the end of a hub of your original work that you copyright it. Or you can do both. (Saddlerider's name is Ken Snowdon, by the way. Sometimes he uses a nom de plume, though.) Here is one of his hubs where you can observe his method:

http://hubpages.com/hub/Tonight-in-the-Silence

TonyMac is one who covers it more thoroughly. Here is a link to one of his hubs where you can see his method: http://hubpages.com/hub/I-want-that-job.

I would also suggest that you Google copyrighting and get a thorough understanding of how it works and how to go about it. You should protect your work.


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

Yeah I have no clue how it works

I didn't know you could copyright your own work I thought there was some process you had to go through

I'll do some research on it, thanks :]


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

I've written for many years but only recently have begun to share it. I've not looked into registering my copyright but it is a worthwhile consideration. You can check more on it at:

http://smallbusiness.findlaw.com/copyright/getting...


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arb 5 years ago from oregon

If all you are is all I want

if all my thoughts rekindle it

it is the way I love you now.

Perhaps love is a decision and not a treasure hunt.

Simplicity, brevity, elegance. Reveals the heart from which it comes.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

I wonder. Decision needs to follow the heart, surely. When sometimes the heart plunges in when it is a misfit, then deciding is definitely of vital importance, as much as or more than it is when it fits.

But without the spark from the heart, I doubt if decision alone can ignite anything but purposeful planning. A treasure hunt ? Hm - that sounds like a more deliberate and self-serving decision, perhaps. And all too many treasure hunters find a good one - but, then, when a better one appears (which can happen if one is a treasure hunter) - are all too willing to switch.

Anyway, 'nuff of that. Thank you for the lovely praise. I treasure it!


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

Voted beautiful and awesome, "Yes! I say,"

Such is your poetry today.

Sweet love instills; the bliss of Heaven's glow,

Kindled my inner Light, above, below.

Delight within now guides my moving pen,

To you, my Love, these words my Spirit send.

O pearls, o diamonds, glimmering, and free,

In calm repose, serene, sweet destiny.

A spontaneous dedication to you, Nellieanna. Superb poetry!!


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, Manatita, thank you, both for your visit with such shimmeringly lovely poetic commentary and for leading me to discover your wonderful hub page! It’s very late right now and I’m physically ‘spent’ or I’d love to go over there and read much more! Instead, it will be a promise to myself for later. Your views and spirit are disarming. You express so much of what I also think about life and its meanings. Thank you!


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

Soulful gratitude.

Deepest appreciation. Wishing that you are blessed to continue in God's peace.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you - and wishing the same blessing for you!

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