Sequences

IV.

Source

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

 

 

We possess life

As riverbed

Possesses river.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

 

 

Perhaps he masters best

Who seeks the least

To master.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

 

 

If I am Cinderella,

Banish all the clocks.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

 

 

As flow is fed,

So it distributes

Life ahead.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Does a rose

Feel these sensations

As it unfolds,

Peeling off the petals

One by one,

Letting them

         Curl

                Soften

                         Age

                               And fade

                                       And finally fall away?

Does it feel like minutes

Or eternities?

Does Time escape

      And rape

               Away its life?

                          Or

              Is it given gracefully –

     In love?

             ______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Crest my soul

Upon pinnacles

Of love and trust.


It is safe

To give and take

And to be filled,

To lap the shore

Then trickle back

To sea once more,

The vital nourishment

Dissolved within

The droplets

Of thyself.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



To grow

I just let go

And know

I live.

              To live

                        I must fall freely

                                     In uncertainty

                                                  Without restraint

                 And trust the landing

                 To be soft -

                          But moving.

Certainty

   Would bruise me,

      Use me up.

                              ______© Nellieanna H. Hay

                                          From life's

                                       Messy mixture

                                        Poetry rises

                                          To the top

                                          Or settles

                                        To the bottom

                                          In its  time.

                              With its highest aspiration,

                                   Its lowest tribulation

                                  Expressing into words.

                                      In bits of  rhyme.

                            ______© Nellieanna H. Hay

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miss_jkim 6 years ago

Consider this my standing ovation, Bravo!!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh, my! Thank you! Consider this my curtsy! :-)


SilverGenes 6 years ago

Now I understand your ties to the sea.

" I must fall freely

In uncertainty

Without restraint

And trust the landing

To be soft -

But moving."

This is how I've always thought we come to life, and then return once more to the sea, but for now "we crest upon the shore of life and love".

Nellieanna, you have found the musings of the soul - truly. This is wonderful!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear SG - You truly understand. Thank you.


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

Beautiful, Nellianna and I loved the wisdom of the words:

Perhaps he masters best/ Who seeks the least/ To master


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Another beautiful hub that stirred my soul with your words of wisdom. The art adds a very beautiful touch to the poetry, put me in the mood to want read more and more.


ralwus 6 years ago

My you are so talented Cinderella. I love all of them and the poor rose, why have you raped it so? You must write more like these, most wonderful. You have knitted the alphabet into something beautiful for the world. Cheers, Charlie


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Merlin Fraser 6 years ago from Cotswold Hills

If I had my way I put your poems inside Chrismas Crackers and Fortune Cookies for the inspiration of all...


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Now you've made me cry, Charlie. You're too sweet & I'll bet that was unintentional. !-> I used the word rape in another poem once - I'll have to post it just for you. (Maybe I'd better go back over and mitigate the chastising comment I wrote on your hub, Charlie! - naw, maybe not. You needed it.)


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

That's just about the cutest comment I've ever heard, Merlin! Christmas crackers and fortune cookies, indeed! Hey - maybe that's an idea. I could write Hallmark cards. ugh. groan. LOL

I love this comment. Made me smile AND cry! My hero! LOL.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Shalini - yes - that is meaningful, isn't it? Thanks for noticing - as well as your very complimentary comment. You are so perceptive! It is always such a pleasure to read your responses.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

VioletSun - Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed my graphics too. I'd intended to title this group of poems "Light Show" but the title was already taken. The illustrations were already made with that title in mind, though, so I used them anyway. I felt that they still fit the poetry. I appreciate your commenting! Very reassuring!


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

A poetic creattion of a Fluid Utopia has been achieved by your talent Nellieanna:)


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for the joy you gave me in reading your poems.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Mentalist acer - I feel especially honored that you visited and liked my stuff! Thank you!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

hello, hello - I feel overjoyed to have given YOU joy in reading them! I've mentioned before that they were originally written not to be shared, but to help keep myself intact, and that they are just not being shared. So for them to give you pleasure is indeed a special pleasure for me! Thank you for letting me know that!


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

Very beautiful, poetic and insightful. I really enjoyed this group. Thanks.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, sweetie! So happy you enjoyed!


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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

SUPERB! This is poetry at its best and indeed your "soul has crest / upon the shore / of life and love".

You made the best of what Mother Earth had to offer and find a perfect way to "express your deepest self".

I could only comment in one poem at the time because eveyone of them is too beautiful and full of meaning and subtilities - your poetry deserves a whole book, but I will only write a hub about it soon.

This is the treat of the day and I thank you as I WILL stop the clock so you can never go away


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Oh yes stop the clocks. I feel so relaxed and at peace after reading your work. Thanks for the constant flow of therapy you are a treasure and I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to enjoy your beautiful art! :)


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equealla 6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

If I was Cinderella I would also threw away all clocks. This gave me a nice giggle.

Nellieanna, your work above is just outstanding as usual.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Petra - how beautiful are your words! You make me smile and feel very gratified! You do me great honour! (I'm trying to be consistent using the "ou" in those words which use it in the UK, even though my spell check for American usage always marks them wrong! - LOL In the past I've resisted when my British friends chided me about the American spelling, explaining that my American friends - especially my native TEXAN ones would think I'm "putting on the dog" using it. But it's begun to look "right" to me and look sort of naked without the "u". haha.)


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

katie - Well - much of my poetry was written as my own therapy, I guess I'd have to say (I had no other), so perhaps it does have therapeutic value! At least it helped me survive intact! ;-) I appreciate your comments so much!! It's good of you to visit and leave your words!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

equealla - haha - right! I vividly remember the elated feeling I had wwriting that little couplet! It FELT just like what it was saying! And I think I may have learned how to banish 'em! Not too hard once you get the hang of it!

Thank you so much for the visit and great comments!


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suny51 6 years ago

Hi Nellieanna Mam,

As promised I tried and kept one ready for this occassion--

I love the way you make me so happy,

And the ways you show you care.

I love the way you say, suny you rock,

And the way you're always there.

I can't do better than this however hard I try.


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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Your "tie to the sea" reminds me of a "fantasy" of mine. I want to have a live-a-board 50' catamaran and face the HUGE challenge: Do I pull up the anchor, or stay another day...


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Good question!! But the answer shouldn't be too difficult: of course - STAY ANOTHER DAY!!

I used to be co-owner of a large "deckboat" - a really fun boat for the lakes around here. I'm really almost a total know-nothing when it comes to real sea or ocean. But those deckboat days were such wonderful outings and we did sleep on the deck sometimes. Had many a fun party over the weekends with it - sometimes camping on the shore at night, though. It didn't have any living "quarters" aboard.

Thanks for the visit!!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Aw suny! That's such a heart-felt poem! Thank you! Thank you!!

And no apologies needed. I'm SURE I couldn't write one word of either prose OR poetry in any of your many Indian tongues!

I'd just be counting my lucky stars that YOU know my language so I can say to you:

If I can fill

Your heart

With gladness,

It is a gift

I give myself!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Nellieanna, This poetry with all its depth is just splendid. I love the part that you say "to live, I must fall freely, in uncertainty, without restraint and trust the landing will be soft -but moving." The entire poem was a magical journey and I enjoyed it thoroughly.


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California

I love the use of white space to capture the falling of the petals and leaves in these.

I love the Cinderella / banish all the clocks one. It may be short, but that is funny on the surface and worthy of lots of thought.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Pamela! I'm thrilled that you enjoyed it!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Shades - I'm dumbfounded that you found some things to love in them. And such special things, too. Thank you!


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

This is wonderful Poetry Nelleianna a real treasure to read. You do have a way with words. Cheers.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Look who talks, ladyjane! So do you. Thank you so much for coming by and leaving such a nice comment!


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msorensson 6 years ago

Beautiful, Nellieanna! I wish I could be a poet...

Much love, always.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Well - I've always thought of you as one, Melinda! Maybe it just needs to be written down! Thank you!!


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

As I banish all the clocks and walk in loneliness and despair along my short path allowed to me daily I am comforted as I pull your words and fairy dust appears and lays gently on my prison floor.

Your words comfort me in my quietness and spread before me giving me peace as I read of the sea and it's droplets. It brings visions of peace to my tired soul as I Sir Walter Raleigh pen of you in my lost dreams of hope as your words

"Curl, soften,age and fade and finally fall way."

Now I am nourished as I await the axe.

What more can I say Nellieanna but you are a Poetess with grace, style and talent beyond words. Peace and hugs.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

That's heart-warming, Ken, and just beautiful.

You've the soul of a poet and more - the spirit of understanding. I'm so pleased my words speak to you, hopefully happily. Thank you!


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota

Your poem took me to great heights. I just love it's flow. Liked Merlin's idea of fortune cookies and Christmas crackers. What creative people I find on hubpages. Thx for another beautiful poem nellieanna.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Minnetonka Twin! I'm so very pleased you enjoyed the poetry! This Hubpages really is a marvelous place with wonderful folks!


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Nikkij504gurl 6 years ago from Louisiana

very deep my dear.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

And YOU are always so deep, Nikki!! Thanks for coming and commenting.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

What lovely thoughts, Nellieanna, and how beautifully you have expressed them in your thoughtful, enticing poetry. You go, girl!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear drbj! Thank you! And you bet I will! You too! :-)


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McHamlet 6 years ago

Wonderful Nellieanna, I especially love the one about the rose, I read it three of four times in a row just for the feeling it gave me; that's true poetry, it hits you right in the centre and then you try to figure out why. To be able to communicate at that level is a true gift. Thank you')


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

And what is this, then? You do!! - - -

"If I cannot think from the centre

I cannot think" - - You're a great poet.

I'm pleased you like the rose poem. I recall feeling it as I wrote it, almost as though identifying with the flower, quite intimately.


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Hiredpun 6 years ago from Southern California

Brilliant stuff.

This one was one of my favs: If I am Cinderella,

Banish all the clocks.

______© Nellieanna

Out-sit or- standing just good


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hiredpun - thank you - it's one of my own favorites, too. I enjoyed seeing your site just now! Intriquing.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

The entire hub has a beautiful flow. I've wondered about the rose or plants and when science will further explain their growing, shedding, and dying. Very beautiful!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah, Micky - yes, the way plants RESPOND - to the light and to nourishment. Of course, science knows a lot about some of it, but responsiveness IS what consciousness is about - and it's almost the end result of it, so one would almost have to think a plant or a part of it which is so responsive must have the impetus to make just those specific responses. It's intriquing to me, too. I'm pleased you enjoyed sharing that wonderment!! Thanks for telling me! You've inspired me!


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Lee B 6 years ago from New Mexico

They're all just beautiful! My favorite lines:

To live

I must fall freely

In uncertainty

Without restraint


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Lee - yes - I understand. . . Glad you like it.


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Me, Steve Walters 6 years ago from The Big

Such powerful words! Loved all of these lines...feel like I just went on a poetry journey.Thank you!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Me, Steve - thank you, fellow Texan. I truly appreciate that good approval, learning that you're a poet yourself.

I just peeked at your hubpage and saw some hubs I want to read. I skimmed over & was intriqued by "Once There Was a Lineman'. I'm supposed to be preparing for a long-delayed trip to my ranch in far southwest Texas though so I can't pause just now. But I look forward to it later. Thanks again for the visit here and kind words!


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WannaB Writer 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

Elegant simplicity. I love it.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Wanna B Writer - thank you so much for those kind words. I feel their sincerity.

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