Secret Sanctuary

CXLVIII.

"The Blue Fountain"
"The Blue Fountain" | Source


To wander in my garden fair,

The one that's in my mind,

The one which ever Is

A respite garden of delight,

A solitary treat, - apart -

No part the world out there,


I meet with whom I wish,

Invisibly and mute,

With only secret thoughts

Unchained exchanged

To fill the inner space

Between my cells, - with his.


Like wispy candle’s smoke

Or morning’s subtle mist

Breathe ecstasy so sweet

In solitary moments

When our love's unfurled

Each secret time we meet.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay





Ginger tea and incense.

Flickering candlelight,

Magic Mozart wafting

Parrish art's delight;

Imaginary buttercups

O'er imaginary hill.


A hint of sunlight casting

Playful shadows on the grass;

Mauve shadows overtake my heart

With taunting secrets locked inside -

To open wide, - should Frog take shape

As Prince - upon my windowsill!


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


The Frog Prince
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Silent strains of Mozart

Remind my inner ear

Of secreted chaises longues

Filled with untold passion

For him I hold most dear.



______© Nellieanna H. Hay

"Air Castles"
"Air Castles" | Source

Raison d’être


I am here neither to please

Nor to be pleased.

Yet, if sometime I do please,

If sometimes I am pleased,

It is my raison d’être



______© Nellieanna H. Hay



Any way it IS,

Is intimate.

With, without;

Spoken, silent.


Touched, untouched;

Thought, forgot;

Shared, withheld;

Joined, apart;

Bold or scared.


There is a central

Knowing of it, shared

If here, if there, -

If anywhere.


The more it's kept at bay,

Or more it's held away,-

The more will simply stay,

Joined together secretly

Somewhere else, -

Because it simply IS.



______© Nellieanna H. Hay



"Garden Reveries"
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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Nellieanna, thank you for sharing another beautiful selection of your poetry with us. I could not begin to say which I like best, since there is so much to like in all of them.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Jim, thank you for being my first visitor to this new hub! I hope you listen to some of the music on it. It's really gorgeous and very relaxing! I'd plan to use other music for my hub-taking-shape till I ran across these pieces which seemed made for it, or vice versa! Each one is amazing.

You can like all the selections, by the way!! No need to pick just one. (tee hee) I really appreciate your visit!


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

I am blown away by your poems. Loved them all. Beautifully expressed. Enjoyed reading and voted way up.


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Ms. Nellieanna.. I am ready for your....Ginger tea and incense. Flickering candlelight, and Magic Mozart wafting....

Love love love your poems.. You are the master my poet friend.

Blessings my friend

Sharing

Debbie


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hawaiianodysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

The music flows like the Wailua River, slowly past The Sleeping Giant, and your poems fall like the deep blush of bougainvillea in their serpentine sweep down the Na Pali cliffs.

Aloha and mahalo, Nellieanna, for this delightful excursion into your secret garden.

Joe


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Blessed am I for this wonderful outpouring of love. Thank you for this.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Vellur, I'm thrilled that you enjoyed my poetry and this hub. I deeply appreciate your visiting it!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Debbie - good reason for you to come to Dallas and share a cup of tea and all with me! I'm delighted that you enjoyed your visit to my hub! Thank you, darlin'!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Joe, the mention of bougainvillea lifts me up! Mother gardened and had bougainvillea climbing on our house. I remember how gorgeous it was, - usually the magenta blossoms, though they come in a range of colors.

I can only imagine how wondrous they are, profusely cascading down the island cliffs! All your imagery takes me away on a magical tropical visit to the lava formations and all the beauties you've called home & which I've never seen! Thank you for bringing me these glimpses - and for visiting here!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Martin - I'm the one blessed by your visit to it! I deeply feel & am gratified by your response!


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rdsparrowriter 3 years ago

Wow! I'm amazed by your poems :) I enjoyed all of them and the videos as well. Voted up and beautiful :)


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Nellieanna, you are the enchantress; and I am enthralled by your magic. :). Pure delight.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah, rdsparrowriter, thank you! I"m pleased that you enjoyed my poems and tuned in to the videos! Comment...


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Tobusiness, - How pleased am I that you liked the hub! It's a delightful compliment! I simply passed along the enchantment from the making of it! Thank you!


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Lisa Luv 3 years ago from Conneticut, USA

Well you did it again!!! Just AWESOME! Shared and voted up! First writing of anyones I have been able to read since I am feeling better and how nice it started off with this work of art... GREAT JOB!


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

What a wonderful way to start my morning by reading this beautiful poetry!


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Beauty in word and picture and music. This is the Trifecta for sure. Thank you for sharing such lovely work with all of us.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

A masterpiece of creativity by a master poet! It seems we are all in the garden here of late, as the lovely earth is in renewal during this season of spring. Exquisite words from an exquisite lady. Really loved the "Reason to Be."

Voted up ++++ and sharing

Hugs and love, Faith Reaper


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

I think I have finally figured out, Nellieanna, another reason why your stunning poetry resonates so deeply with me (and just about every other reader). You have the unique and remarkable ability to say so much profoundly with so little. These beautiful offerings are no exception. That is a rare talent, believe me, from a rare, inventive poetess. Brava!


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empire mike 3 years ago from empire, colorado

an outpouring of beauty!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

The garden in my mind...how beautiful. Your words reak of talent and beauty.

Voted up and awesome.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Lisa Luv, as always, I'm delighted with your visit! Welcome back from whatever your absence has been! I'm honored to be your first read upon returning! Thank you!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Wayne, to such a superb poet as you, I give my humble thanks! Happy that mine sent your day off to a happy start!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Billy, my honored friend and fellow writer! I'm pleased that my words found favor in your eyes! Thank you. :-)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Faith, I can live for days on such lovely praise! Thank you, my dear!

Oh, yes, this season of renewal is a welcome tenant! My yard is so green (though some of it due to the abundant weeds that love the change of season, too. I spent some time earlier chatting with one of the squirrels on the fence about it. He had no practical suggestions, but merely looked at me with disdain as if to say, "if you don't know, don't expect ME to fill you in! I'm only a lowly rodent, you know!"

Seriously, 'my' squirrels recognize my voice. In this instance, I was inside with a closed windows between us when I got his rapt attention! He actually sat down on the top of that fence to allow me to ramble on! (Or maybe, 'she'. That squirrel was suspiciously plump!) I wrote a hub about my pesky squirrels 'way back when they were seriously invading my attic. ('Paranoid - Or Just Plain Squirrely")


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

My beloved Michael! Thank you! You know how it delights me to see you! It makes the sun shine.

I just saw the weather report. sigh. We're to get a rumble of the front. But I know you'll soon be in for some Spring! At least it will be well-watered up there.

Here, it will probably just plummet into summer.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Mary, Yes, the garden in my mind is ever so much more beautiful than 'the real thing' in my yard. I didn't inherit enough of Mother's green thumb. I can keep houseplants alive - usually, if they're fairly self-reliant :-) At least I got most of her vivid imagination.. Thank you much for the visit and kind comments! Hugs.


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Nellianna.. i should be coming your way soon.. dont be

Surprise if i show up at your door for a cup of tea..lol

Blessing


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh, what a delight that would be! Just give me warning enough to clear off all the writing stuff on this couch beside me so there's a place to sit! hehe.

Now you have me excited at the prospect!!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Nell just a delightful poetic package, pics, words, videos and all. Love this and passing it on.


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

Sighhhhhhh.....so sweet, so sensual, so delicious...

If it weren't for imagination - and memories - life would get pretty boring, me thinks..

and clearly - you agree!

loved this peek into secret thoughts, my friend...never mind the Garden of Eden...I'll take the Garden of Nellieanna any day!

voting up and sharing on..


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MrsBrownsParlour 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

Nellieanna, "The Secret Garden" is a very special story and theme to me, so this collection brings me much joy and solace. I love the music and the Maxfield Parrish art. This secret sanctuary is pure romance and yet pure enough to be spiritual too---much of this could apply to a prayer garden as well. I love the whispering, wispy mood and I really like the tension of contrasts in the "Anyway it IS" poem. Another masterpiece! :-)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Rasma - Thank you for that lovely comment! I'm so happy that you enjoyed the package! I love that! You're very kind!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello dear Leslie - Oh, yes, the imagination is the left brain's beloved associate, with a major function at times: keeping analysis from consuming itself!

I'm pleased to welcome you into a peek into mine, though modest, perhaps at least it is a bit more risqué than the Garden of Eden, which was just so -- so - - so very naïve! ;-) hehe

Oh, btw - being secret isn't necessarily equivalent with being imaginary. . . and there's nothing either imaginary or secret about the ginger tea, incense, Mozart and Parrish, nor buttercups (though the hill is modest and their preferred time of day is brief) and playful shadows through the trees upon the grass were there the other day when that was written though today the sun is on vacation and the chill is not!). Tee hee


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Lurana,- Oh, I can always count on you to share many of my personal percepts and delights!

I only just discovered "The Secret Garden"; - it almost seems my deciding to make a hub about mine was somehow to lead me to that lovely work! I had difficulty not including more of the music. It's all wonderful!

My George inherited an original Parrish print ("Contentment"), which hangs on the wall directly across from where I'm sitting. I probably mentioned it to you in some previous discussion & that I gave him a lovely art book collection of Parrish's work which he dearly loved & which sits over there on the coffee table. I had to whittle down the artwork to include on the hub, as well as the music!

I grew up with Maxfield Parrish illustrations on covers of the many magazines to which my parents subscribed. People also had the framed prints on their walls in art nouveau decor which was the rage then. Many an artist who's revered today was then just part of the then-current crop who painted for ads, calendars and magazine covers! Norman Rockwall was another one. Mother saved magazines, with her keen eye for what is today's everyday becoming tomorrow's antique treasure, but most of them were 'lost in the shuffle'. They're rather imprinted on my memory, though & a few survived. One reason some did was that she used them to store pastel sketches between the pages!

Actually, my original emphasis was not intended to be so much on a garden as to highlight the sanctuary of my inner retreat. I'd intended to include more spiritual elements of my Secret Sanctuary, but the romance seemed bent on dominating; and I must admit that I've associated secret yearnings with secret gardens at special - romantic - times in my life! hehe

The final music selection, though, speaks of the spiritual elements and, for me, leaves them pristinely & pleasantly in my immediate awareness, especially the way my inner 'sanctuary' includes romance, reality and spirituality.

The backgrounds to the music, - moon, sun, sky, mountains, bridges and ships, the magnificent edifices, both man-made & natural, accompanied by that gorgeous music and pervading mistiness, all say volumes about what truly reflects the most glorious spiritual imagery for me.

That poem you mention "Anyway it IS" is the only one on the hub that wasn't written specifically for it, last Sunday, as it was being prepared. That one, though, goes back to 1978, at a special moment in my life, - and yes, there was the sense of tension, though it was also one of acceptance and even, resignation. But so romantic and memorable. Thank you!


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Beautiful as always, the secret garden in my mind can be anything it wants to be with unchained thoughts . . . lovely


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SilentReed 3 years ago from Philippines

This is kinda froggy comment but not for any pejorative raison. In a comment I made on a hub about religion recently, I mention that "the purpose of religion is to provide sanctuary in times of need". And now I find myself in your secret sanctuary. If religion is the belief in a divine power, then the beautiful thoughts and feelings arising from your poetic evocation must surely be a manifestation of that which religion calls divine. Your poetry in a sense is providing me sanctuary ....from the rains. It's been raining hard here, great for the plants and frogs but not for one's mood:) I wonder if there's a princess among them....just a silly thought and not that I have any notion of kissing one if one might happenstance be upon my windowsill. ;))

BTW, have you heard that Ian's Mrs Plantagenet-Featheringstonehaugh will be holding a formal affair and her guest of honor is to be H.R.H. Princess Alice of Schleswig-Philistine von Gotha und Hans-Knees-und-Bumsen-Daisy Und-So-Weiter., Whew! Let's just hope her royal highness doesn't turn into a frog at the stroke of midnight. I still won't volunteer to kiss her, regardless of any strains of Mozart ;))

The comment above preceded my listening of the music and your reply to Lurana. The last musical piece is exceptionally beautiful.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Kathi (Fossillady) - isn't it delicious? So much of 'reality' is one's own subjectly interpretation anyway! Might as well summon it for pleasure sometimes!

Thank you so much for your welcome visit and comments!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

SilentReed ~ 'fFoggy comment'? Doesn't describe a comment from you, surely! But what's 'froggy' all about anyway? My online dictionary here defines it as adjective form of the noun defined as "a tailless amphibian with a short squat body, moist smooth skin, and very long hind legs for leaping." I believe there's a lovely haiku somewhere in which a Zen master uses the lowly frog to answer a question about the meaning of life, though it may exist only in my memory from ages ago.

But, OK - 'sanctuary' is a much more apt word to use in connection with meaning of life or how one pursues it.

'Divine' can also refer to anything that is considered excellent. Surely if a divine power is in charge, its characteristic should permeate the results, rather than the opposite. You certainly do me honor to say my poetry is a manifestation of it.

I so fully agree that the musical piece above titled "Secret Garden 'Sanctuary' - " is exceptionally beautiful. I must download a copy from iTunes (if they have it) to my phone so I can have it wherever I am. Ah! I just looked; they didn't offer that one but I've just downloaded the one on my hub titled 'Song from a Secret Garden' next to my poem 'Silent strains of Mozart. . ."

Rain! Too much rain. . .and here we're praying for more of it! We're merely teased with bits of the wet stuff but remain under the annual average. But I can imagine how it would affect one's mood to be getting more than enough, in spite of its benefit for both fauna and flora! So you'd refrain from kissing a lady frog, even in the event that she might be a princess in disguise whom your summon might materialize? My, my!

I just went looking for Ian's latest with those guests of honor for his Mrs Plantagenet-Featheringstonehaugh's formal affair, but all I found was the piece on hideous words in which the Kopi Luwak served at another of her soirees has taken over the comments' attention. While there, I added more banter to fan the flames.


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MrsBrownsParlour 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

Nellieanna---I remember your mention of Maxfield Parrish and love hearing how familiar you are with him. Norman Rockwell is one of my favorite artists; I love his voice and style. My favorite piece is his "Golden Rule" painting that was turned into a mosaic and given to the United Nations (where I saw it in person! truly beautiful): http://www.un.org/cyberschoolbus/untour/subnor.htm

That one poem did stand out to me from the rest, so thank you for sharing how it was written separately!

I have read "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett many, many times and seen a couple different movie adaptations. It is such a beautiful story of growth and redemption. A secret garden as a metaphor for the soul is just perfect.

Thank you again for your beautiful imagery! :-)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh, yes - that "Golden Rule" is outstanding. A beautiful u-tube tribute to it. Thank you. How lovely that you saw the original! It was painted in 1961, long after i'd left home, but I still saw examples of his work, though not as often as when they appeared on the covers of "Boys' Life", which my brother, the Eagle Scout, received; & "Country Gentleman", one of Dad's choices; & "Saturday Evening Post", winch we all scrambled to read first, along with many others. SEP had great cartoons throughout on random pages. I loved those.

In 1943, there were many of his works which addressed social issues. I think of "The Four Freedoms" - (freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want and freedom from fear. There's also a good tube about those, http://youtu.be/9v22ONRKqDA

Now I know I must find the book and film adaptations of "The Secret Garden". My education has been sorely lacking!

Speaking of which, I just ran across a little book given me for my birthday when I was 11, titled "Jessica's First Prayer", which had an influence on my life. The giver was a lovely lady who was a friend of my much older sisters, who was to be named "Texas Mother of the Year" a little later on. She inscribed the book with an inspiring poem on its frontispiece.

Jessica in the book is a little orphan girl in pre-Victorian England who took refuge in a magnificent church & was summarily expelled as being unworthy to even set foot inside, much less to be there. I've forgotten most of it (I've ordered a new copy which is now in reprint, - since mine was damaged in our house fire, still readable, but quite fragile). I'm considering writing a little hub about this story.

The coup d'etat is that she learned to pray and learned that she wasn't just what her earthy fortune proclaimed, but she realized that she had intrinsic value as a person. I believe the book had an unsettling effect on the society of the time, possibly as Norman Rockwell's 1943 painting may have had on ours at the time!


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

All of these poems so beautiful, Nellieanna!

Is Love not the most stubborn emotion? The more difficult it is for Love to grow, the more determined it will grow. So whatever eventually kills Love, is not a nitty-gritty, but one, or a series fatal events...

Hugs to you, my dearest CM :)

Beautiful music in here!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dearest Martie - Thank you! I felt sure you would appreciate the music! :-)

If stubborn means abiding, pervasive, interwoven, overwhelming, yes - it's the most stubborn. Once it's entered in its full regalia and one's heart recognizes and embraces it, - there's little on earth that can totally erase it and its effects it leaves even in its wake if, as you mention, 'nitty-gritty-fatal-events' come to unseat it with disappointment, fury, despair, fear, denial, doubt, jealousy - or whatever negative 'd-word' emotions those interlopers manage to summon & impose! What can one say or do, in that event?

My answer is neither said or done, but felt as gratitude for having been able and privileged to have hosted love at all, and still to experience it both in memory and in the present.

It's not an emotion one can buy, borrow, steal, command or invent. It's not one to stay in hostile situations. It simply comes to sit on one's shoulder and to invade one's being with the most magnificent tremors and tingles, certainties and hopes possible! If one doubts it or denies it its rightful place by bringing other emotions into that place where love seeks to abide, then it has the wings which delivered it in the first place and it will lift up and off until such time as it is again fully welcomed.

May I invite you to visit my little pages "Ah! Love" on my website? It can't hurt! :-) (There are 3 little pages in the series, linked at the bottom of each, if your heart yearns for more!)

http://nellieanna.com/ahlove1.html


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

Yes, Nellieanna, I believe you are already famous! Your poetry is always a delight to read - no matter what the topic. Your title says quite a bit even by itself. I could say more, but maybe I'll save that for when I am snuggled up in that afghan with that glass of wine you mentioned!


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

Becuase. . .then, I'd be alone in my "secret sanctuary' :p Your description of reading that way actually brought back fond memories of being wrapped up in one of my favorite afghans reading. Minus the wine, of course.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah, my dear Shan! I am pleased to visualize you enjoying reading & snuggled - with or without a glass of wine, which is totally optional! The cup of ginger tea - or another choice - is probably a more fitting beverage!

For me, occasionally the one is preferable and sometimes the other. Most of my serious reading was long before wine ever touched my lips, since I didn't imbibe at all till I was in my 40s, and then, in moderation.

I still loved to read but it seemed more difficult to reserve the chance. I had to escape to a silent retreat to pursue it for a number of years. But then - I again had the opportunity and read everything I could about my then obsession - Emily Dickinson! I must face it - I'm rather obsessive at times.

Now, though - I think I'll go find an afghan and a book I just ordered and received! I'm done with anything but water for the day - but that's good too!

Thank you for this special visit! Hugs.


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MrsBrownsParlour 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

Nellieanna---Thank you for the "Four Freedoms" link, I enjoyed it very much; I had never heard of those 4 as a collection before. The cover of my Norman Rockwell cookbook is a print of the "freedom from want". :-) I loved seeing the closeups of the paintings; his work is just amazing---such gifted detail and interesting light but also with such character and significant messages! I truly love him.

Your Jessica book sounds like a wonderful story, and socially significant for sure. It made me think of another Frances Hodgson Burnett story (author of the Secret Garden): "A Little Princess". It was made into a movie starring Shirley Temple and is the story of a rich girl mistakenly orphaned when her military father is injured with amnesia, and her experiences being treated differently according to the wealth she is perceived to have. She was cherished by her father---not just 'spoiled' with materialistic things---and she retains her loving, kind character despite her change in circumstances. I like that story a lot and it is an interesting literary commentary on class politics.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

I'm so pleased that we share love of Norman Rockwell paintings. He was such a genius. I hadn't heard of the Normal Rockwell cookbook, though! How interesting! That 'Freedom From Want" print is perfect for a cookbook.

Ah, Lurana! I was in the Shirley Temple generation, you know, when every little girl dreamt of being her. I had a Shirley Temple doll and even a couple of Shirley Temple dresses my sister bought for me. One is shown on a page of "My Attic" on my webpage: http://nellieanna.com/attic1b.html & I'm wearing the other one in a picture of me @ 7 or 8 down this page: http://nellieanna.com/attic3.html in a B&W photo (as all were then) but the dress was red with little white polka dots. I'm wearing ugly shoes and socks in the picture. I notice I'm wearing the dress again on this page with my friend Barbara: http://nellieanna.com/attic3b.html. I had/have wild natually curly hair which responds to every bit of moisture or hint of breeze, but Mother usually tamed it into ringlets; so sometimes I was flattered to be mistaken for Shirley Temple by other little girls no more observant than myself! haha

I saw all of her movies and surely saw her "The Little Princess", though it didn't stick in my mind. It was the same year as 'Gone With The Wind' & 'The Wizard of Oz' (1939), which probably overshadowed it. That was when I was 7 - the time of those last two pictures in the Shirley Temple frock.

But another version of "A Little Princess" was filmed in 1995 with which I fell in love. Yes, the story is reminiscent of "Jessica's First Prayer"! I received the reprint of it today and am quite pleased that it's not modernized, just sturdy. It actually has wonderful period illustrations lacking in my little singed copy, which has only the text.


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MrsBrownsParlour 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

I looked at your Attic page and I am so very, very sorry to hear of Harriet's tragedy. I cannot imagine what that must have been like for your family. And a house fire too! Such difficult experiences.

I noticed your mention of Scottish ancestry---my father is a first-generation Scottish-American. I have been to Scotland twice as a child and feel very close to that side of my heritage. Thriftiness was a cultural trait for our family too; my grandfather would never throw away anything that was useful. But he didn't "hoard" things like we hear about nowadays; he was tidy and efficient and just never let things go to waste. The family joke is that he used teabags twice.

Thank you for sharing the pictures of your dress! Your online scrapbook and nostalgic journals are surely invaluable to all of your family. What a wonderful project!!

I'm glad your book arrived and hope you enjoy it. :-)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Lurana - Yes, that sadness was great. It literally changed my life in a most major way - or set of ways. But it was so long ago. It will be 60 years ago next December, though it's still as vivid as then when I think of it. It just isn't something I think of too frequently, though, of course, it's a firmly entrenched event and part of my life. Leads me to think on how each event of one's life is like a building block of it.

My George's heritage was more totally Scottish on both sides. My Dad's heritage was Germanic.

Mother's saving ways were only semi-organized, but nothing like the 'hoarders' one sees featured on TV! The teabags - ah yes. Frugal! Mother didn't prefer sugar in her coffee or tea, but when ordering it 'out', she put sugar in it, 'to get her money's worth"! haha!

I think my online things may be becoming more invaluable to my family. There's been a distance which seems to be closing, spontaneously. Facebook has helped in that respect. My purpose wouldn't have been for that, thought because there was no promise it would ever matter, unless, posthumously - if ever discovered. I'm just a natural chronologer, story-teller and historian, I guess. They advise to write about what one knows - and what does one know better than one's own life?

It's such a pleasure to share with you here, just for the pleasure of it.


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MrsBrownsParlour 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

The sugar in the tea anecdote is funny! :-) Thank you so much for sharing, it is a joy for me too.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

:-) Mother didn't miss many opportunities! thank you - Lurana!

Just watched "The Age Of Innocence" for the umpteenth time - always makes me cry a little.


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Silent strains of Mozart

Remind my inner ear

Of secreted chaises longues

Filled with untold passion

For him I hold most dear.

Your work is always so beautifully done--for me, this piece of verse is the most riveting here---this feels softly mysterious and so full of love--just beautiful!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

(smiling) - Well, 'Secret' suggests at least a little bit of mystery in the imagery! :-) There's love in it, for sure.

Thank you, Audrey, I'm pleased you liked that.


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Monis Mas 3 years ago

Dear Nellieanna, you have such talent for playing with words! I love:

"Ginger tea and incense.

Flickering candlelight (...)" - it feels like home...


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Monis Mas. I really was drinking ginger tea & burning incense, though candlelight was from another moment. I usually only have one kind of scented thing burning at a time. :) Nice to know that it feels 'homey' to you! We must have some things in common!


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

The more it's kept at bay,

Or more it's held away,-

The more will simply stay,

Joined together secretly

Somewhere else, -

Because it simply IS.

Beautiful words as always Nellieanna ; beauty and dignity go with you each time you create another gem.

Thank you for sharing and your poetry so greatly appreciated.

Here's wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Lots of love.

Eddy.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, dear Eddy! I'm delighted that you visited and enjoyed my hub! Your comments do my heart good!

Thank you for the good wishes, too! It is a beautiful weekend here, with perfect weather. Hope yours is equally lovely! Hugs and love!


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

This is so exquisite, beautiful and peaceful, Nellieanna. Today I am drawn to your loving and comforting expressions. Love, Maria


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

My dearest Maria ~ I'm so glad my words and expressions draw you now. I could not be more pleased. I'd be honored if you felt them here just for you. Thank you and much love.


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

You are so kind, dear woman...it is I who am honored.

Thank you for knowing just what to say, Nellieanna.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hugs. I am thinking of you and hope you have a lovely Mother's Day. I had a really sweet loving message from Michael, which filled my heart with joy.


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skye2day 3 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Nellieanna Your pictures are stunning. What a beautiful page you have created. Wow. I delighted in every work of your's sister. Truly a work of art. Your heart explodes in quiet emotion and love. I am honored to follow you. May God continue to shine in you girl so you can share your awesome works. I found allot of peace in you poetry. A sitll assurance that with Christ everything is perfect as it should be. In His timing. Thank You. Many Blessings. Hugs Galore sister. Skye


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, sky2day, and welcome to my hub-world. I peeked at your hub site and see that you're from the Rocky Mountains, so it is small wonder you can appreciate the pictures featured on this page, which are so reflective of those magnificent mountains from the artist's perspective!

I'm glad you've honored my hub with your visit and look forward to exchanging visits! Thank you!

(And I thought I've been on HP a long time! My 3rd year as of last March!)


dreamseeker2 3 years ago

I found this to be beautifully profound, while playing the first video music in the background. : ) Oh what a dreamy web you weave, my fine delicate friend. Such beauty in your words and thoughts from your refined heart. Awesome! Voted up and so much more...


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, dear Gwen. I love coming here and hearing the Secret Garden music. I've downloaded some of their songs from iTunes so I can hear them on my phone. It's so calming. I'm delighted that you enjoyed the hub! Thank you for your visit and sweet comments - and votes, of course! :-)


Vincent Moore 3 years ago

I am so refreshed after leaving your garden, not only do I leave with a lingering scent of your beauty, I leave with regret. Why? because I feel it is this place my inner soul really wants to be, not in the dark abyss of my sorrowful mind. I try my hardest dear poet to leave my past behind, yet it resurfaces as my Muse awaits me. I am truly going to try to lighten up my world. I am taken aback by your magically talented weave of verse you so leave in my heart each time I visit. I like many others can linger here for some time to enjoy what you've shared with us, a pure treasure of your genius as an artist/poet sweet Nellieanna. Hugs


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

I must be doing something right, to get two visits in rapid succession from my dear poet friend, Vincent! I'm pleased~! Sometimes I fear that my frank opinions may turn you away! I ought to know better, after all this time! :-}

I've recently read many of your musical paeans to love and joy, as well as those shadowy ones to the triumph of those dark corners which beset you. You are both, dear Vincent. It's honest. But it's encouraging if your own purpose may be to lighten up your heart! If there are actions one can do to steer it that way, they need to be taken. But otherwise it's all within oneself.

Recently my friend John, who writes his church's bulletins & seeks my opinions, shared this with me; something which he intended to include on his 'Comments' page". You may have heard it before. I think I had, but it was good to be reminded:

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.

He said, "My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.

"One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false prie, superiority and ego.

"The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility kindness, empathy, benevolence, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."

The grandson thought about it for a minute, then asked his grandfather:

"So, which wolf wins?"

The old Cherokee simply replied:

"The one you feed."

Author - Unknown

I can identify some of either of those wolves' bag of tricks within myself at times, struggling to 'win'. . . . I'm sure all of us have a combination. ;-) (And a choice which one to feed.)

We all also feel some of each make us who we are, as human beings. So I think we can be a bit selective. I HOPE! (Otherwise, I'm in danger! hehe)


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

What a delight to be treated to such an exquisite presentation this morning.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

It's a delight to have you visit my Sanctuary, Mike! I'm pleased that you liked it. Thank you! "Exquisite" is such an exquisite compliment! :-)


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Nellieanna - What an absolute feast -- for eye, for ear, for heart. I love Maxwell Parrish and you have made such beautiful use of his illustrations.

Wonderful poems, pictures and music. This is mythology, reality and fantasy all intertwined -- just delicious, the best I can explain it is to say that this was, is a hub that one must savor slowly, gratefully. Blessings. Theresa


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, Theresa! A delight to see you've found my secret sanctuary and enjoyed it. I confess that if Maxfield Parrish is involved, it's a magic moment for me. I've loved him, it seems, almost all my life; and then found that he was one of George's favorites, too.

So many things about his art draw me, but his treatment of light and shadows is simply wonderful, sometimes other-worldly. Even so, one senses its origin and direction so that it's a living part of the imagery, making it personal and intimate. It feels like one is in on the secret!

Your words convey the same sort of feeling about his art and my, as you say so well, 'intertwining' it together in time and type. I could not be more pleased that you like it!

Thank you!


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De Greek 13 months ago from UK

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WOW again!

Thank you for these gems you have shared. I want to kiss the hands that wrote these and the lips that have spoke them...

YOU are incredible...


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Nellieanna 13 months ago from TEXAS Author

All I can say it - WOW! Thank you so much, my veery dear Dimitris! I'm thrilled that you came over to it!

These poems have a timelessness about them, for me.

Join me in a cup of tea? Hugs. . .

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