Souvenir Pois de Senteur

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Antique print from painting by Laurence Perugini, "Sweet Peas", printed in Switzerland, c.1930
Antique print from painting by Laurence Perugini, "Sweet Peas", printed in Switzerland, c.1930 | Source


What is a souvenir? A simple definition is:

“A thing that is kept as a reminder of a person, place, or event.”


Whether souvenirs are actual 'things' or mere heartfelt mementos of romantic scenarios and encounters or of travels to exotic and haunting places, or even of brief memorable moments when we had accomplished things or been honored somehow, they become treasures of our hearts, and may be found among our keepsake treasure troves, even among our poetry.



Some souvenirs may be limp old report cards or autograph books from grade school, college yearbooks or faded valentines from long ago. Yellowing letters tied with ribbons, pressed flowers from a prom corsage, the program from a first-ever symphony performance: - precious reminders, whether in our mind’s eye or with actual evidence. Less tangible, a scent we loved when we were dating someone, or "our song" can qualify. The list is limitless.




I come from a long line of souvenir-savers. So remembering mine has stirred warm feelings. I think I'll indulge those. You're welcome to join me.









Were it not for memory

Morning's glory

Would be less dear.


The whiff of ecstasy

It brings on silken wings

Would be less real.


Its wistful history

Of those other springs,

Like drops of molten gold

I can view from here

Are the more precious

When kept near

In poignant memory

Among my souvenirs.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



Demis Roussos "From Souvenirs To Souvenirs"

The Old House


The end of this approaches.

This place, once mine,

Never to be the same again,

Though it will ever be as fine

To shine in memory,

Where seasons come 'round annually

And visions flow eternally.


You accept change graciously

As horizon swallows sun

At close of days.


Now you let me go

Gently toward my tomorrows

Toward unknown paths and ways.


And so ~

I'll take a souvenir of you.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



A cameo

Carved upon my memory

Of your own face

Is ever present, pleasant

Warm and golden,

Pale and cool,

Like you.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Riddling Into Destiny


People come

And people go

Where they went

We may not know.


But when a person

Still abides

He is the sunrise

And the tides.


His voice is thunder,

His tears are rain.

He leaves but once,

Returns again.


His absence rips

All partial gain.

From distant worlds

His shadow rises

In quiet moments

His fragrance clings.

His look chastises.


But n'er to n'er

Will he become.

His name is on

A graven stone.


When it is time

He'll be revealed

Till then a mist

O'er hill and field.


A splash of light,

A glimpse of ALL

He'll rip asunder

In spring or fall.


A gentle one

In vivid hue,

He is yourself,

He is YOU.


He wants no longer

To be estranged

From sense of wonder,

Cold or heat.


He meets his destiny

From out of time.

And falls in place

At heaven's feet.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

"Fruit"
"Fruit" | Source

The Web


Silken strands,

Filaments,

Interlaced loosely,

Sunburst-patterned,

Networking space

To partition void from void,

To connect place to place,

To capture nourishment.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



You may never pass this way again,

Along the beaches of my soul.

But footprints on my soul remain

In traces underlying

The shifting sands of time.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



Living every moment

Is the true adventure,

Its own souvenir.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Feel the now

Upon your cheek,

Upon your brow.

Listen to it effortlessly,

Touch, taste, smell ~

The real of it,

Enter into it ~ be it.

You never need

To steal it.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

"pêcher en fleurs"
"pêcher en fleurs" | Source



I think radially,

Seldom on a linear plane.

Why select one grain of sand

From all the shores

To understand the sea?


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Dear Nellieanna, you have tapped into such a joyful place, you always cheer me up! Thank you, snakeslane


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Snakeslane! Thank you! - I did enjoy this one, especially after I was able to scan and piece the antique print. It is longer than my scanner's window. I'd been wanting to use it and when I got it to work along with the idea for this hub, I was overjoyed! I'd been planning to use the Van Gogh, but it was much less inspiring. So the print set the pace for all of it. :-) Your comments cheer me up, too, my dear! Hugs!


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

I'm back to enjoy again, just thought I would let you know, thanks again Nellieanna, sometimes a person just needs to escape, and you provide a lovely venue.


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VioletSun 4 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Nellianna, This was a pleasure to read and look at. You always have managed to create beautiful words that match the visuals. :)

Vote up and beautiful!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

People who treasure souvenirs are special and sweet,

Thank you Nellienna, for being one of that elite.

Beautiful thoughts, graphics and videos, my dear.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

I'm delighted that you returned, Snakeslane! And how good to hear that it provides a needed refuge! That pleases me deeply. Hugs and thank you!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Marie - dear lady! It's a pleasure to see you and to thank you for a lovely comment! Truthfully, it's a toss-up most times which is created to match which! ;-) It's pretty much organic, I guess. Hugs. Thank you for the vote too!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

DRBJ - I love your verse! So complimentary and fun! You always make your comments a delight to get and to read! Hugs. Glad you enjoyed it! Thank you!!


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sweethearts2 4 years ago from Northwest Indiana

Beautiful and endearing. What a gift you have given me to enjoy time and time again.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Sweethearts2 - how pleased I am to see you here! Thank you for the lovely compliment and I hope you will return again and again. I'm almost embarrassed to admit how many poetry hubs I've published (90 to date), in addition to many others. :-)


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Lee B 4 years ago from New Mexico

Living every moment

Is the true adventure,

Its own souvenir.

Oh, this was just lovely, the poetry, the music, and your reflections!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Lee B - Where have you been? On your ship? It's such a pleasure to see you now! I'm pleased that you listened to the music and enjoyed it, and of course that you liked the poetry! That little one suits you well. You're a perfect example of living every moment and the adventure that it is! Thank you so much. Hugs.


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Lee B 4 years ago from New Mexico

Just can't seem to summon the motivation to do any hub pages writing these days, but I still check in to see what's going on. Living every moment IS my goal, but I don't always succeed, unfortunately. I don't know how you do it!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Glad you do check in, Lee! One thing about living every moment, Whatever we do, it happens one way or the other! Taking an active role in them surely makes it more exciting than just letting them just slip by.

How I do it? Well - maybe being aware that I've only 20 years till my minimal goal of living every moment up till 100 years spurs me along, perhaps. ;-)


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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

I collect a lot of souvenirs. I have scrapbooks where I keep programs from my concerts/shows and cards from birthdays/Christmas. I have photograph albums. I collect books, vinyl records, movies - oh, lots of things. Your poem about your cameo, reminds me that I a few cameos that had been my grandmother's.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Flora, we have much in common, then - cameos (including the one my Dad gave mother when they married in 1917 and the one my George gave me), books (I've run out of space even with bookcases everywhere!), vinyl records (and CDs), movies - and many mementos from every interest I've ever had, and there have been many! I love scrapbooks and photo albums, too. You know, when my mother, who was possibly older than your grandmother, looked around at all her collections and beloved clutter, she said "I love everything I see." It was an intriguing home in which to grow up.

I'm so very pleased that you came by and shared some of your souvenirs. Thank you. Hugs.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Beautiful pictures, most awesome poems and the music are beyond beautiful. Especially this time of the year I travel down memory lane and appreciate all the souvenirs in my showcase. Thanks, Nellieanna, spending time in your corner always delights me.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Martie! When you spend some time in my corner, that always delights me! I know what you mean about this time of year. Yes, it is a season for precious memories! Hugs and I wish you the best of them!


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makusr 4 years ago from India

Nellieanna, Your hubs have always left me dumbfounded by their sheer beauty and the way of presentation so unique to you Mam'. It may sound hackneyed but I will always say that I associate you with First Class. Always in appreciation of the content and the way of presentation, MAKUSR


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh, my, Makusr, what lovely compliments. I am always in appreciation of your comments, which feel really sincere and do me great honor. Thank you. Makes my day! Hugs.


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Hello, hello, 4 years ago from London, UK

You have again arranged a most magnificient hub with your beautiful poetry and pictures. Nellianna, you gave me so much pleasure. Thank you.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Hello, hello! You lovely comments give me joy. I'm deeply gratified that you enjoy my work! Hugs.


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sligobay 4 years ago from east of the equator

Best wishes Nellieanna, for the peace, beauty and art which timelessly springs from your heart and soul in this New Year of 2012. I have never before seen the lovely Van Gogh image displayed nor heard this delicious slice if Tchiakovsky. They provide lovely borders for your noistalgic words for those of us who love to stroll the beaches of your soul with soft footsteps.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Gerry! I love the Van Gogh and the Tchiakovsky too! Thank you for strolling along with me! And wishes for your wonderful 2012. ~ Hugs.


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saddlerider1 4 years ago

The Video from Souvenirs to Souvenirs moved me so, I loved the tempo, beat and melody. Then to add another of my favorite composers Tchiakovsky was simply sublime. My dear you are such a brilliant and gifted poet. This is in my opinion one of your masterpieces. "Riddling Into Destiny" Thank you again for sharing your genius with us, I am simply humbled by your words and at the same time so happy to enjoy and relish in them. Hugs


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ken - I'm so happy that you noticed and liked the music. Gives me an excuse to come listen to the selections again myself, as well as to see the gorgeous background photos in them.

I was swept away with Demis Roussos and his "From Souvenirs to Souvenirs". It's become a favorite of mine now. And the Tchaikovsky - oh, my! Florence is such a magical place. I've not been there but my stepson has been there several times and has brought me lovely souvenirs from there. I feel its magic. The movie "A Room With A View" is partly set there and, again - magic. Other movies I love have it as a background. No wonder! The great art masters were there. As it's said, it is the cradle of Wesern Civilization.

It was such a pleasure to include that in my humble hub. How pleased I am that you like it! Thank you, dear friend!


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Stopping by one of your hubs and taking a moment to read your elegant writing is on par with stumbling on a well groomed garden. Your hubs are an invitation to indulge your imagination.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Mike, that is high praise! I'm so pleased and flattered that you stopped by and enjoyed meandering through this hub! I guess indulging my own imagination is part of my hubs' raison d'être. It's gratifying if it provides it for others, for which there is a standing invitation.

Thank you for your lovely comments.


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donnaisabella 4 years ago from Fort Myers

"Why select one grain of sand

From all the shores

To understand the sea?"

Nellieanna, you are such a wonderful and creative writer! I sure would like to live in this garden you call your hubpage a little longer so that I can wander around the world while learning. I am so glad I found you fellow hubber! Very impressive, voting this up!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

DONNA - Thank you! I'm truly glad we found each other, too. Hugs.

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