Soliloquy

III.

"Soliloquy" - watercolor by  Nellieanna Hay
"Soliloquy" - watercolor by Nellieanna Hay | Source

The parade

Proceeds,

Marching along

To a martial song.

I glimpse

No hints

Of meaning there,

But stare

In disbelief.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


But then. . .

I melt into you,

Unselfconscious

But for the joy

Of it,

Touched deeply,

Naturally connecting ~

As though always, all ways.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

I'm loving you

Without intention,

A mere extension

Of my heart ~

Just because I do.

I do! I almost shout ~

Without a doubt!


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

All new!

A skylight opening

From inside my heart,

Feeling so right,

In spite of things without.

It simply shows

An inward glow

And paints a scene

Between our hearts,

A place of love

Whose face of love

Pervades the dream.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

I find

Shangri - la in my heart,

Moderately wonderful,

Pleasing perfection of

Brilliant simplicity,

Elaborate shadows

Hiding secrets.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

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msorensson 6 years ago

Beautiful. Thank you Nellieanna :-)


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

Loved the poem and loved the watercolours! What a beautiful thought - painting a scene between hearts! Shangri-la indeed!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you Melinda! Glad you like it.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Shalini - Thank you so much!

Shangri-la has haunted me since I saw the movie "Lost Horizon" as a young child with my mother. It was her favorite all-time movie. The premise of moderation stuck with me, though it was contrary to my nature! I overdo everything! LOL :)


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

What beautiful watercolors, Nellieanna. Thank you for sharing them. I think I saw "Lost Horizon" but my memory of it is hazy. Was it Ronald Colman who starred in that film?

Love your new avatar. You seem to be saying, "Here I am world, ready or not!"


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M Selvey, MSc 6 years ago from United Kingdom

Gorgeous work! So much feeling!

Beautiful!


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Oooh, this made my eyes wet- I react emotionally at times to beauty. The work is awesome, your paintings, the poetry all reflect what is obviously the beauty of your soul. My mate's late Mom was also an artist, and our home is decorated with her paintings.


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mwatkins 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

Nellieanna - I wish I'd been over here reading these a lot sooner. Your heartfelt words are both inspiring and touching. And, your choice of watercolors is . . . just beautiful. I feel overwhelmed by your writing and the feeling you put into it. Thank you!


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dianacharles 6 years ago from India

Wow......you are an awesome writer and painter too........You must have been standing right in front when God was handing out the talents.

Enjoyed both enormously. :)


SilverGenes 6 years ago

You are a woman of many talents - your paintings are lush and beautiful! Lost Horizon was wonderful. We studied it in school and it does tend to leave its mark.

"Moderately wonderful,

Pleasing perfection of

Brilliant simplicity,

Elaborate shadows

Hiding secrets."

A perfect balance - bliss. Ah,Nellieanna, this is pure joy.


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

What more can I say, it's absolutely wonderful, delightful,depth and so much feeling. And to add to this master piece. Watercolors with joyful brush strokes bringing out the color from within. Thank you for the share, you are another great talent in here like so many.


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Feline Prophet 6 years ago from India

I don't normally stop at poetry hubs...but I'm glad I did...gave me a chance to see your lovely paintings! :)


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

drbj - Thank you, sweet friend.

Yes - it was Ronald Coleman in "Lost Horizon" and Jane Wyatt was the girl. Sam Jaffee played the high lama, who was hundreds of years old. What a movie. Recently I found a box of VCR tapes I'd made from TV years ago and it was one of them. I still enjoyed it. My mother was so thrilled when it seemed they'd come out with a remake but it turned out to be a musical and didn't capture the essence of the story at all. To refresh your mind about the story-> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_Horizon_(1937_fi...

Ah - so! I see I was 5 when it came out.

Then about the same time or in the next year or so we got "The Wizard of Oz" and "Gone With The Wind". I saw them all on first runs at the little movie theater in Del Rio. Those were years producing some real classics!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Margit - Thank you!! I'm pleased you like it!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Violet Sun - Thank you. Your words amaze me. These are things which are so "me" to me and contain much feeling. They are the kind of things one does at times when the meanings are captured crystal-clear in them forever - both words and brush-strokes, but seem so subjective that it's surprising when others feel them, too. I'm glad they touched you!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Michelle! I'm pleased that you think they're worthwhile and meaningful. They hadn't been posted here very long, though they've been "around" a good while. Actually the poetry is some of my more recent. My intense poetry time was MANY years ago. I wrote these last summer, though. As you see, the watercolors aren't too recent. I have an easel set up in my bedroom with all my supplies there. I need to do some! I've neglected my pianos too.

I guess I'm the classic jill-of-all-trades, mistress of none! LOL


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Aw, Diana - you're too kind. Naw, I don't think I got any major share of talent. Maybe since my eyesight has never been too good, I was compensated. I always thought maybe having no physical depth perception may provide me with a nice flat picture which is easy to paint. And since I never got to get a word in edgewise in a family with 3 grown siblings and two very expressive parents, I had to find some way to express my thoughts - so - writing was it. Thanks for those very nice compliments!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah, Silver Genes! I envy you having read the book, "Lost Horizon". I never have but should see if it's available! It's such a good story. I have an affinity for seeming opposites which really aren't, but are different facets of the same thing, don't you? - You obviuously do since you noticed them there. Thank you so much for the lovely compliments too!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ken, your comments are poetry themselves! Thank you so much for the kind response to the feeling I expressed, which was and is mostly joyous!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Feline Prophet - I understand. Even when it comes to some of my most revered poets, I'm not much of a poetry reader/fan, either. Perhaps it's so personal that it feels either like "peeking" if it's any good and if it's not - well - one hopes it helped the poet but why bother to read it if it doesn't communicate anything? My own has served a very subjective purpose, almost life-sustaining at one time, certainly never actually intended to be publicized. In fact it was to allow me my thoughts without being discovered. So the quantities I've written have mostly never been seen by anyone else but myself, even some of the better ones. My poems are mercifully short - but there ARE a lot of them! haha!

But I am glad it brought you to something you enjoyed. I am always pleased for your visits and aware of the awesome mind which is meeting with whatever I've set forth when you visit.


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

Now THAT is poetry. That is the first definition. Then comes the second realisation, that it is "PERFECT"! Well done!

I have marked as both beautiful and awesome. Nothing else I can do, really :D


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Well -to have merited YOUR approval, knowing how discerning you are about poetry, De Greek - well - I'm overwhelmed and astonished! Thank you!!


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

Just a minute! Is that watercolour by you? Whether it is or not, it touches all the strings of my infidel abstract inner being.


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Nellieanna, I so enjoyed this Hub. The words are lovely and the watercolours are just amazing! The second one, the title of which I can't quite make out (is it "Muse"?), is really, really gorgeous.

Thanks so much for sharing yourself here so eloquently.

Love and peace

Tony


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Yes - the watercolours are mine. Thank you. I'm pleased you like! haha 'Infidel abstract inner being', is it? That's so cute! What I love about watercolours is their ability to "go with the flow". They can also be clear and concise, though.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thanks, Tony! I like "Muse" for it; - but no, - it's "Plume". I guess my muse would be a bit more sedate, although I guess I'm a creature of contradictions, - most of which I'm managed to bring under some sort of rein over a lengthy lifetime. Otherwise it might not have been so lengthy! LOL.

By the way - you guys have this American/Texan using that silent, unnecessay "u" in words like watercolour. If I do that around here, they'll think I'm trying to show off or "put on the dog", not to mention that spell-check always underlines it in bright red!


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

Hi Nellieanna - Lost Horizon was one of my favourites too! But I have to admit - while I love the idea of moderation in an abstract sense, I tend to overdo a lot too :)


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Nikkij504gurl 6 years ago from Louisiana

that was beautiful, loved the paintings too.


SilverGenes 6 years ago

I came back again just to look at your paintings... they are (in my mind) the flip sides of each other and balance each other perfectly. Yes, I do love that aspect of things :-)

Soliloquy, the watercolor, is profoundly moving for me.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Shalini - perhaps that is why Shangri-la was so much more ethereal than the rest of the planet. Few everyday people really do practice moderation (except in great moderation!), just as few of us can really practice detachment except as we are quite detached from IT. LOL. Thanks for more to think about!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Nikki!! :)


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

SilverGenes - yes - the two are quite different in a balanced kind of way! I am very fond of Soliloquy the watercolor, too. It was a wonderful flight of fancy! So glad for your re-visit!


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Awful Poet 6 years ago from The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) (m-M)_0 = 18.41, or 48 kpc (~157,000

Pretty


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, AP! I'm not sure pretty's approval, though. ;)


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thevoice 6 years ago from carthage ill

loving caring touching poem loved reading thanks


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Joy56 6 years ago

i am so loving your work, and your art wow.....


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

thevoice - how nice of you to drop by and as always, give me the most amazing words of encouragement! Thank you!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Joy56 - I've just been to your page and read the first installments of your poetic story. Very intriguing!! Thanks for coming here and reading this hub. Thank you very much for the compliments!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

Nellieanna, you just made me take a liking to poetry. I thoroughly enjoyed that and I'm not much of a lover of poetry. However, now I feel compelled to read more. Thank you!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

I just read a poem on YOUR hub. Thank you for the compliment on mine, and for following me! Welcome aboard.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

beuatiful Mam, I can almost feel the love, the way you show love is simple but it rocks, hehe, I like the paintings, love the color combinations, rated awesome, Maita


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

My goodness! - Thank you so much, Maita! Uunlike my prose, my poetry tends to be brief and simple, with its only purpose to express a feeling or capture an impression. I always laugh and say that's how I can distinquish which of my stuff is prose and which, poetry! LOL ;)


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AdamGee 6 years ago

I love it! I had to read it a couple of times for it to really sink in. It has a wonderful spirit. This was my favorite part:

I'm loving you

Without intention,

A mere extension

Of my heart ~

Just because I do.

I do! I almost shout ~

Without a doubt!

Also, your paintings are beautiful. I think I see a face in the top one, in top right quadrant. Am I imagining it?


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MFB III 6 years ago from United States

I adore the reference to the skylight in your heart, wouldn't that be nice to chase out all the shadows of old

loves lost, and the cobwebs of regret melting in the brightness of new love. Open hearts are essential to a relationship, one could actually take a peek into your skylight and see all the happiness held there. Great write.~~~MFB III


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Adam - how pleased I am that you visited and read my poetry and like my paintings. You know - I see that face now too! It wasn't deliberate though! wow! Thank you so much!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

MFB III - I'm delighted you like it. Well not only would it be nice - it is nice to let the sunshine in! Glad youo noticed!! Thanks!


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K9keystrokes 6 years ago from Northern, California

Wow. The motion in these visual works is outstanding! Soliloquy is comfort and intensity all in one beautiful place. Your choice of color pallet stalls me to a gaze. I am again impressed and entertained. Thank you.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thanks again for a lovely visit and comments, K9~!


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

Nellieanna - your poetry is as visual and beautiful as your paintings. You are a marvelous artist and I hope that you include more of your paintings on other hubs. In fact, it was the displayed image of your watercolor that attracted me to this hub. You are amazing!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dolores - What a lovely compliment! Thank you! Thank you for coming and reading!! You are a dear!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

I came back to this hub, I saw the paintings again I love it, Maita


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Aw shucks, Maita - you make me feel so good! Thank you, m'dear!


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk

"Skylight opening.... Shangri - la in my heart.." what beautiful images you paint - like your art itself. It's a rare talent to paint with words what you've captured on canvas just as skillfully. Lovely!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you so much! I am so pleased you visited my site and like my work! My recommendation of yours has resonated some big admiration for you among my hub friends, by the way!


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

This is absolutely beautiful. Since I became a fan of yours this morning, I started reading your hubs. So sorry I hadn't done that a long time ago...but now I must make up for it.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you alekhouse! I'm so happy that you like my work. And I'm excited about reading more of yours! One of my hub buddies has requested recommendations from others of us for hubs and sites we particularly admire, so I am sure I'll be recommending yours!


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Nellieanna - brilliant simplicity indeed - I loved this read perfect for a weekend of reflection.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah, it's a reflective weekend here, as well. It's been raining several days, the grass is growing as I watch it, I'm pigging out on DVD movies (even discovered some I forgot buying & had never watched!), I'm writing & reading and discovering long-lost people on Facebook. Pretty reflective stuff, huh? Thanks for the visit. It's a pleasure whenever you visit and leave your thoughtful comments, Billy!

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