Sparkling Sassy Shadows

LII.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) shouldn’t be turning over in his grave if I parody one of my favorite of his “Child’s Garden Of Verses” poems. I loved them all and had to recite them on demand as a kid, but "My Shadow" especially!

It always conjured up such images of a shadow’s odd behavior and especially the part about “like an India rubber ball”. I knew about shooting basketballs up into baskets, but having no idea what an India rubber ball was, I felt sure it must be something really exotic and fascinating, as I tried to visualize and ponder how that must work if a shadow mimicked it’s shooting up action! It was plenty of food for thought!

And of course - the real kid in the poem would have been ashamed to stick to “nursie” like the shadow stuck to him or her. I had no idea what a “nursie” was, except that my Aunt Annie Laurie was a nurse, but what that profession had to do with kids - puzzled me.

My little book. . .
My little book. . .

Anyway - I’ve been pondering the shadow phenomenon in the light of being a grownup with a bit larger shadow who acts pretty much the same as the little one did when I was a kid, but now - India rubber balls are more like hot-air balloons and nursie is more like by HubPages avatar. So I thought - why not stretch it a bit and play with images and ideas it conjures up now.

First, my parody, with apologies to R.L.S. I gave his wording enough exposure and audience as a kid to claim some sort of leeway and playing around rights now ~ all with the utmost respectfulness, of course.

My Shadow (Parody)

I had a little shadow

That went in and out with me,

And what could be the use of her

Was more than I could see.


She was almost very like me

From her heels up to her head

And I would see her jump before me

When I jumped into my bed.


The silliest thing about her

Was the way she loved to grow,

Not at all like regular children

Which are always super slow.

Sometime she’d shoot up tall

Like an India-rubber ball

While other times she’d shrink so tiny

That there was none of her at all!


She never had an idea of how

Children ought to play

And would only make a fool of me

In every kind of way.

She’d stay so close beside me,

What a coward, I could see.

I’d think shame to stick to mama

Like that shadow’d stick to me.


But ONE morning, -oh - quite early,

Before Old Sol was up,

I rose to find the sparkling dew

On every buttercup!

But that useless little shadow?

Like a lazy sleepy-head,

She’d stayed at home behind me

And was FAST asleep in bed!


Of course,

Time marches on!

People grow up and into lives,

Out of childhood.

There is humor and pathos in it,

And always -

There are shadows.

Some are sparkly;

Some are sassy.

Some shimmer,

Some shiver.

But our shadows,

Are those

Video silhouettes,

Mimicking who we are.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Big Girl Shadows!

Stark fantasy ~

More stark

Than reality ~

Lurks about.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay





The shadows

Are in black and white,

No pink or green or umber.

Their dazzle is within.


Their tints of bright

Are angel-glow;

Their shades of dark,

The evil twin.


When one is out,

The others hide

To better plan or sin.

But at the eve,

They all abide

Partaking peaceful slumber.



______© Nellieanna H. Hay

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ahorseback 5 years ago

Nellieanna , I once saw my shadow on the close cloudmists while hiking , I didnt know others thought the same way of "shadows" beautiful writing as always , Only from Nellieanna.!!!!!You're amazing.


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

As I shadow this Hub Nellieanna,I find it I find it endearing as I wonder what mischief my shadow's up to when sky is grey,telling everyone my secrets.;)


SilverGenes 5 years ago

I think RLS would be proud. Shadows are fascinating and can inspire some very creative work ;) Love that video by Bette, too! Thank you for the great start to my Sunday :)


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

Bette Midler and the Harlettes... how appropriate for the updated Shadows. Ah! The age of innocence, Nellie. And there was a word in your hub over which you pulled me over the proverbial coals when I mentioned some of the things that Zoki had lost. Did it bring a wry smile to your mischievous lips, of did you think you get away with it completely?

If I had had my way, Bette Midler and The Sleazettes would have sounded better, but did she ask my advice? No!


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christopheranton 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

That was good Nellieanna. Funny and profound in equal measure.

Thank you.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Excellent mix of the old and the new, of the bold and the blue. Thanks, Nellieanna, for both treats: your poetry and Bette.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

ahorseback! - That is breathtaking, to see your own shadow on cloudmists! I can scarcely imagine it, being of a more arid climate!

Shadows have always fascinated me, possibly due to Robert Louis Stevenson; - or is it that children are naturally more prone to notice fantastic phenomena which grownups often take for granted? Children are natural scientists, - always lured by happenings around them and wanting to explore into them more. I suspect that many things very young persons do which irritate parents most are actually the little ones' scientific curiosity and methods at work. "Wonder what happens if this glass of milk is turned upside down. . . " "Wonder if broccoli would stick to the wall?"

Anyway - yes, shadows are full of imagery and wisdom if we but notice.

Thank you for a lovely comment!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

hehe, Mentalist. . . - They're not telling EVERYONE, - just those who are in sync with your innermost secrets. Hm . . .Ver-r-r-r-y interesting. . . . --- um hum! ;-) Of course - I never tell! I usually don't even let on that I know anything. People can imagine too much if they even suspect there are secrets, right?

Thank you for the comment and the fun smiles it brought! Thanks for reading and enjoying my foolishness, too! I have been known to think it is my best talent! I LOVE silliness and kicking a few sacred cows, (ONLY if they deserve it, of course. Just the phony ones - and especially those who've started making themselves at home at my own house!) :-)


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Alexandra - Thanks and I hope you're right. He and I were such good friends, you know! I think he understands my good will toward his poem, even though being called on to recite it for Mother's Missionary Society ladies, Art Club, New Century Club, Eastern Star and 42 Club, probably starting my downward slide into chronic stage fright, (and fear of slides!) - about which I've mentioned before! ;-)

I must admit that I got a kick out of Bette's rendition, so wonderfully irreverent. I went looking for "You Don't Know Me" - and found my first exposure to "You Don't Own Me" - quite a find, really. I should have had that decades ago!

Have a rest-of-a-great-Sunday, dear friend! I'm housecleaning for California company Wednesday, but pacing myself. It's coming along well, but I needed my Hub Fix - and how wonderful to find you in it!!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Tee hee, Ian. Well - now I must go find that word to which you refer. I'll surely have to dig to find what it is & why my using it might be thought mischievous! Off the top of my head, I plead innocent! -- Surely you know I speak only from guileless spontaneity, never to lure or to pull anyone or anything in, - including wool over anyone's unsuspecting eyes! . . . (batting my eyelashes, touching my toes with them 10 times, of course). . .

haha - well - Bette and her gang of silhouettes serve my purposes here. I'm not their creative agent or anything. (wink, wink)

Thank you for your delicious and intriguing comments! (You never let a girl just rest on her laurels or bask in her innocence, do you? hehe) I so love you for that!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

christopheranton - You're most kind! (And I understand your merciful brevity and choice of words). Mostly - I'm pleased that you read and sorted down on the humor and profundity. It was in good fun and I'm still grinning like a proverbial Cheshire cat. I just can't contain myself! Hugs and all my thanks.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah -DRBJ, dear friend! It is a mix of contrasts, isn't it? I really love juxtaposition when it makes one pause to think - and to realize how seamless "it all" is, really. The contrasts are joined at the hip, or back - wherever they coexist as they do. Our eyes just happen to be 2D or barely 3D (mine one is 2D) - so we must feel around the backsides to make sure of all of whatever we think we are seeing! Like the paperdoll analogy in that other hub you picked up on.

I'm glad you enjoy my poetry and ramblings - and Bette's romp! Hugs.


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK

So why are you not looking after your weekend guests and you spend time putting up hubs? You are naughty! :-)


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

Nellie, is a woman and therefore she is capable of multitasking at all levels. She can not only put hubs up on HubPages; entertain her guests; paint the barn; hold down a job in a Lawyers' office, but if you go down to the Mall in about half an hour, she has a mime routine that would Marcel Marceau turn Green with Envy (silently, of course).


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

My dear Dimitris -- But, you see, the guests don't arrive till Wednesday evening. I have a lot of time and have been accomplishing much, as per schedule, which always included time to revive and restore ME. Anyway, what is a visit if the host or hostess is drained? No, no -that wouldn't do!

So now, though - - let's ask YOU why are you on here instead of being holed up in your study, writing your BOOK???? Hm???? ;-) HAHAHA!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

OH, yes, Ian - multitasking is Woman's job description most of her life. Thank you for pointing it out!

But, oh - I do sympathize with poor Marcel, though, plus his silent musical accompanist. Those two will never fully recover, I fear. If you hear more of them, do let me know. I will whip up a batch of my original hand-made paper, design the card and envelope, place a lovely painting on the card, write a poem & calligraph it, - just for them, to express my sincere regret for upstaging them.


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

Brilliant response... It could not be bettered, so I won't try.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

YOU could - but thank you for graciously declining to. '-)


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

Perhaps a 'Good Night'?


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

Sorry, Nellie, my 'Good Night' took a little longer than anticipated... It's more of a Good Morning, now.

Keep it until tomorrow, yeah?


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Patricia Costanzo 5 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain

Wonderful tribute to our shadows Nellieanna. My children are at an age that they delight in their shadows. They try to make shadow puppets. There must be art to it for theirs always look like little hands before a flashlight, not the dogs, rabbits and birds I agree that I see.


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arb 5 years ago from oregon

Some squeeze life even from shadows to take even more from life than is offered by the light. Do I know anyone like that? I do! No drop to be left behind. :)


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

This has been - is - a wonderful, special evening. None of the things I had planned to do materialized. But a spark of something more wonderful did. . . it is a good night in a way beyond words, and yet simpler and more real.

Have you ever felt that even a faint scent was full of significance? That is of this moment.

No way to explain it. It just is. Deeply touching, in a global way. I want to cry and jump up and down at the same time.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ian - your good night-good morning is perfect. Any more brilliance would blind me! hugs. I will be turning in soon and having pleasant dreams, I'm sure - or just as good, I think - having none. Thank you, dear heart. Thank you for coming back over to say good night - and good morning! It's not quite midnight here, so it's still good night for me!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Patricia - I'm giggling over your children's shadow puppets! - How memorable their efforts and how admirable your efforts to see their shadow sculptures as they do!

I love this! Thank you!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Alan - - it is already a moment of sensitivities here, - and now you've added to it! Yes -- every drop is so precious, so precipitous. At this moment, I'm not even fully aware of what drop it is or why. But it is and is intense.

Thank you for those special thoughts.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ian - your good night-good morning is perfect. Any more brilliance would blind me! hugs. I will be turning in soon and having pleasant dreams, I'm sure; - or just as good, I think - having none, just restorative sleep.

Thank you, dear heart, for the reply. I'm visualizing you in a field of flowers, soaking up the onset of sprig. (blue flowers, mostly . . )

Thank you for coming back over to say good night - and good morning! It's not quite midnight here, so it's still good night for me!, and just as well, since it really has been a full day!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Patricia - I'm giggling over your children's shadow puppets - how memorable their efforts and how admirable your efforts to see their shadow sculptures as they do! I love this! Thank you!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Alan - - it is already a moment of sensitivities here, - and now you've added to it! Yes -- every drop is so precious, so precipitous. At this moment, I'm not even fully aware of what drop it is or why. But it is and is intense.

Thank you for those thoughts.


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Robert Louis Stevenson's ghostly shadow is nodding with approval on the twist you gave his work. :) I remember my Dad's puppet shadow shows which delighted me; its actually one of my fun memories. A delightful hub!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

VioletSun - It seems we are grownup kids at heart!. I love that you have those fond memories, too. I hope you're right about RLS approving my twisting his fine work. :-) Thank you for a delightful comment!


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

Nellieanna,

Having a personal connection to the Great Ormond Street Hospital, and J.M. Barrie, I am rather partial to another story about a shadow (that got free) in Peter Pan. I am actually one of the "lost boys" (adopted) and this story along with RLS's poem was a big part of my childhood identity.

As always your gentle touch with words heals and bring hope.

C


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Nikkij504gurl 5 years ago from Louisiana

this was a cute little hub, i like the first one giving a shadow a personality.


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

Nellieanna, I enjoyed this parody of Robert Louis Stevenson’s "My Shadow" tremendously, and especially the photos I believe are of you. ‘My shadow’ is a chunk of food for thought. I also love Bette Midler’s ‘You Don't Own Me’. Yet, when you really love someone it seems to me you must allow him to own you, and vice versa. Take care and enjoy your guests.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

ChrisL - I hardly know what to say. We share RLS as parts of our childhood identiies but many of the references in your comment are unfamiliar to me, yet so intriguing that I've been researching them.

Now I'm extremely interested in your history with the Great Ormond Street Hospital, Mr. Barrie, lost boys and shadow thieves. One of my favorite fairly recent movies is "Neverland" with Johnny Depp playing J. M. Barrie and the adorable Llewelyn Davies little boys. Gives an idea of how up-to-date my movie life is! - hehe.

Other than my childhood brush with "Peter Pan" and the Broadway musical, I confess I know but little more about the whole story, but now I am quite intrigued and have added a couple of books to my Amazon wish list. With company coming and that we'll be away for a few days, I didn't want to place an order which might be delivered in my absence. But I really don't know when I've been more fascinated with something.

Of course I'd love to hear about your "personal connection" to all of these hitherto unknowns to me -- and your being "actually one of the 'lost boys' (adopted)" and to which story you refer - and on and on. But I prefer to not pry, even though this intrigue has been presented by you right here! So I am letting you know that you've stirred a huge interest . . . Thank you so much for sharing it, my friend!! I'm especially touched by your closing words. Hugging you.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Nikki - I had barrels of fun with it! Hope you did, too. Sounds as if you did! It was one of those spontaneous ideas which grabbed hold and - next thing I knew - here it was! ;-> Thank you for the read and comment!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Martie, yes - as so many great children's stories and poems are, it's packed with much food for thought, as you say.

This is just me, but - actually when you really love someone is when you must NOT possess the person (or vice versa) - else it chokes the love with what become more fabricated restraints. The legal aspects of most relationships are restraining enough without the added burdens of personal "ownership", which all too often tends to depersonalize and objectify what/whom is "owned".

Bette Midler's song takes it a bit too far, I think, and the lyrics become a bit belligerent about it, which is not how real love behaves either. A true sense that each person truly wants to be linked together is a strong bond. But (I think - and have experienced) in an ownership- possessive level, it's becomes increasingly debilitating and fatal to whatever love was ever part of a relationship. Even someone like I was, who was more than willing - actually dedicated - to be totally committed to a relationship is bound to become drained dry when it involves those elements and they proceed to their probable - let's say, inevitable - full course. Each individual in such a relationship is growing into it more and more, too, by the way. The possessor becomes obsessed and the possessed - even if still trying - becomes discouraged, drained and almost dehumanized. It is not good. Genuine MUTUAL desire for the relationship is strong and abiding without harming. There is something about wanting to "own" which almost says up front that the mutual sense of it isn't fully trusting and soul-filling. That's just my view of it, though. And I've seen it happen in other instances than my own.

I do so look forward to my guests - and my preparations are coming along pretty nicely, though I've trimmed some of them away and added others. I sort of smile, now that I realize that's partly "polishing the brasswork" as someone I knew said of house cleaning on a limited time budget. hehe. But it's fun, too. An impetus to do some small decorating things which do improve the look and feel of it. It's an old house (50 years) and I've been here now 26 years as only its only 2nd mistress, so it's become rather used to me and vice-versa but many things haven't changed a lot since I made it mine with my "stuff" and added some new items over the years - and even disposed of a few. LOL. But I'm just not a big "change everything" person.

A new season is also upon Dallas and it is refreshing. So a few little "springy" things are adding to my polishing efforts. I love this old house, anyway - and my guests are also familiar with it, so I'm not at all worried. Just a little panicky. hehe.

Love you and thanks for your very good comments. I LOVE your new profile picture! You are so beautiful! And yes - the youths in the pix are none other than myself at those ages. :-)


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

Thanks so much for your response on my comment, Nellieanna. You have no idea how much I needed these words of yours at this very moment in my life. I take you words to my heart, and in particularly one sentence: “The possessor becomes obsessed and the possessed - even if still trying - becomes discouraged, drained and almost dehumanized.”

My new avatar – Yes me, but totally over-exposed – all wrinkles lighted out. Haha. I’m going to email you a true picture of me.

Love you!


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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

I love this, shadows are very cool and feel like a good friend. I often think of shadows in many different aspects. I enjoyed your take on sparkling sassy shadows very much, thank you! :) Katie


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

Nellieanna,

The movie portrayal of JM Barrie by Johny Depp should have won awards, truly excellent, and the music is likewise extraordinary.

I was born in the orphanage that had been the inspiration for Peter Pan. Later a hospital was built on the site, and The Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital is a premier institution for the care of sick children, and the recipient of all royalties from "Peter Pan". In fact the copywrite law was extended by special act of Parliament so that this incredibly generous gift could continue in perpetuity.

The imaginary world of Peter, and the lost boys, their desire to find mothers, and their eventual growing up to be Pirates, has a very special meaning for children like me.

And right now, I'm fighting being a Pirate, hanging on to my last vestiges of being a boy. Not lost, thanks to my wonderful wife, but you understand why this whole tale is a big deal...

Peter needed the "Wendy Lady" to sew his shadow back onto his feet, because with his shadow he was still a boy. Without it he would become a pirate...

C


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sligobay 5 years ago from east of the equator

Wendy sewing Peter Pan's shadow to him leaps to mind with all this shadow boxing you've wrought. Some recent photos that I've snapped focused upon the movement of shadows with the sun's daily stroll across the sky. Cat Steven's Moonshadow looms with the full moon. My Bette Midler concert experience during the early '70's when Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy was her current hit and its memory lift me from the shadows of my past. Your humor and imagery conjure up so many thoughts of my own from hand shadow puppets to dancing with my shadow as a child. Your poetry is a ballet across the "shadows of our minds". Hugs. G


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

How pleased I am that you came back with a follow-up reply, Martie. I'd hoped that my own take on ownership was OK. I've observed that various personalities are prone to more or less possessiveness, and it's not a good or bad thing, unless it's extreme. Too much is suffocating, too little is indifference.

Of course, we all want to "belong" in the sense of feeling totally connected with the loved one at the end of the day. Otherwise, why would we even seek or accept another person to add to our lives?

It's in the extremes, either way, that serious issues result. Those who are too possessive risk too much domination and those who value freedom too much for ourselves and our loved ones risk too little involvement. It is vital to "match" each other in these areas.

Ah - no - no significant wrinkles in that face - in any light!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah, ChrisL - I'm glad you regard the portrayal of JM Barrie by Johnny Depp excellent from your knowledgeable perspective. I find the movie enchanting and among his best portrayals, and I do like him a lot. The movie is in my DVD library and I watch it from time to time because I like it so much. It always seem cheering, in spite of the tragedy it also depicts. Finding that it is so much like Barrie's own life is even more poignat. Thank you.

Big thanks for sharing your own personal background with me, Chris. Very generous and I'm honored. What my research about The Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital revealed omitted mention that its site had been the previous site of an orphanage. It did praise its ongoing service as a hospital for sick kids, - a leader in that field, - and that it is the beneficiary of Barrie's works and their royalties, - which are major and significant.

I am smiling, recalling your pirate outfit last fall, Chris. It makes perfect sense; and, yes, it is totally understandable why the Peter Pan tale is a big deal and very dear to you! I notice you cast a very special boy's shadow! I'm glad that your Wendy was handy with shadow-spun thread and needle. Hugs!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Gerry - I'd love to see those pictures! Maybe you could present a hub with them? You describe something that has always fascinated me. I remember watching shadows skipping across the uneven ground when I was a kid at the ranch, where there are so few places for shadows to hide! My mother painted the shadows a bit purple in her landscapes, because actually, in nature, shadows aren't true gray, but have a slight purplish color, especially those outside in direct sun. And of course, black is much darker than shadows are. If they could be that dark, there would be none because there would be no light by contrast.

I can visualize you dancing with your shadow as a child and - oh, yes - the hand shadow images. That was such fun!

You reminded me how much I admire Cat Stevens' songmanship. I knew I loved "Morning Has Broken" but I hardly realized it was his. "Moonshadow"is quite dramatic - definitely loomy-moony. :-) Thank you for mentioning it! I remember Bette reprised "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", though the rendition which is more familiar to me is the one by The Andrews Sister during WWII. I was a pre-teen and war-related music dominated on the juke boxes.

Thanks for all these great images and recollections! Hugs.


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Merlin Fraser 5 years ago from Cotswold Hills

I don't think you need to worry unduly about RLS, if he were still around then I think he would be proud of his student and fan...

Shadows play an important role in our life and our imagination and I'm sure have at some point both scared and delighted us at some point.

Hands up all those who were ever tempted to make rabbit ears on the screen at the cinema !

I think shadows haunt writers because they conjure such inspiration from a pleasant sunny day casting long shadows to a the poor street lamplight on a cold foggy night in a strange town...

Nah ! you have nothing to fear from the likes of RLS like me I know he would consider you worthy to build upon his inspiration.


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Nikkij504gurl 5 years ago from Louisiana

yes i did, it was quite amusing. ive been writing poems more spontaneously too as of recent, more from creativity, and imagination than from personal experience. like my Dark Faery Tales Collection. i just saw the pictures and the idea came to me.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Merlin -Oh thank you for that reassurance. I hesitated to do it, but figured, "what is more flattering than sincere imitation?" :-) All the Garden of Verses delighted me as a kid, though "My Shadow" was my favorite.

hehe - Rabbit ears on a cinema screen - - too funny! But you disclose your age with it -- had to be a projector up above for the light to be "shadowed". Nowadays, it's all digital, I guess.

Don't you sometimes wonder what animals think of their shadows? They certainly notice their reflections, so why not their shadows?

Yes, shadows do inspire us to write. There is something especially magical to me about shadows in the Autumn as they become longer in general at these latitudes. Even before the temperatures changes much, those lengthening shadows foretell the coming of Fall. Of course here in this part of the world, it stays quite warm up through all of September and into October, so we need all the evidence we can get that the heat of summer really is beginning to wane! I think that's why fall is such a favorite season of mine! Spring is lovely, too, of course - but it means that summer is next. Actually, though - it stays pleasant all through May and into June and the shadows shrink way down around one's feet in July and August. Shade is at a premium, in fact.

Thanks again for a delightful comment, A-Merlin! tee hee. . . Hugs


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

Nellieanna,

Poor Johny got critized for his "strange" accent - which must have stung, no one has ever portrayed upper-middle class Edinburgh of that period, that well! Most go for a parody, he was excellent. His sense of whimsy, of his delight in the true values of childhood, his "apartness" from the adult world - all incredibly accurate.

Plus I can't watch "Hook" without getting, you know, allergies...

C


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Nikki -- I just visited your site & read the first of your fantastic Dark Faery Tales. Can't wait to read them all! Really a lot of imagination! Fun to get another twist on the old stories. And actually, if we fully understood the times in which the originals were written, a lot of them had a dark side! You do it so well, though, and so up-to-date. I enjoyed it. Especially that 10 o'clock switch in the curfew! Tricky old witch! haha.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

ChrisL -you are so right. Johnny is one-of-a-kind. The first movie in which I ever saw him - so long ago that I can't remember what it was - but I vividly remember him and wondering who on earth was this person! He wore a sort of lop-sided top hat and was something of a vagabond. I sort of recall that he didn't use the door to enter a place but climbed in a window instead. He was so totally unlike anyone else and I fell in love with him, with his off-beatness. And, quite honestly - there is a kind of purity about him, even when he plays the debauched Libertine, John Wilmot. He's a good enough actor to pull it off, but one is still aware that he is not like that character. It is his whimsical delight, as you say, which sets him apart. You phrased it so well!

Yeah- Hook would definitely do it to you! :-)


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Merlin Fraser 5 years ago from Cotswold Hills

Ho Nellieanna,

You got me... I can't remember the last time I was in a cinema, I remember getting a crack on the head from a torch wealding Usherette for doing things in the back row...! I hear they're in colour these days !!!

I have no idea what animals think about shadows or reflections, I have seen a robin attack its own reflection in a piece of old mirror put in the garden to scare birds away.

Also I've had a young kitten playing with it's own reflection and the light reflected from my watch in a mirror.

We had a German Shepherd dog that used to watch television, while the other one ignored it completely.


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

Nellieanna,

You are refering to Benny and June (or Joon), I think.

One of my favorites, and I think you would love it too, Don Juan DeMarco, with Jonny and Marlin Brando, bittersweet and wonderfully romantic

(My, that didn't sound very piratical now, did it...)

C


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Nikkij504gurl 5 years ago from Louisiana

thank you nellie. im glad you enjoyed them, and the twist. I hope u get to read all of them, i have 5 up right now. and more to come.


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

Hello Nellieanna and ChrisLincoln, you are talking about two of my favourite films: 'Don Juan de Marco' and 'Benny and Joon'. Both magical... to see him in the last scene ironing the sandwiches and checking that he had the right heat was just so lovely.


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bellawritter23 5 years ago from California

Always a pleasure to read your work. In a dictionary under divine I will find the one and only refine.

Thank you for the read

smiles :)

bella


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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland

Nellieanna, beautiful hub, as always. And a wonderful tribute to our shadows. One of the things I always loved best was to see the shadow of the plane I was flying in, whether it was a jet or a small 2 seater plane - following along on the ground, the ocean or in the clouds. Thank you for including that song from Bette, I loved the movie she sang it in (First Wives Club) and the shadow play in the video, of course fit your hub perfectly. Vote for you, up awesome & beautiful.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Merlin - I've heard that about color too! And now they even have sound! Progress! hehe

(I wonder what you were doing in the back row, though . . . Nevermind!)

Some of my squirrels come up to the glass patio door and stare at it. I can't be sure whether they're trying to see what I'm up to in here or if they're admiring their own reflection. A little of each, perhaps.

Go figure. There is no accounting for tastes. Sounds as thought one German Shephert was a tube-junkie, the other was probably more of an independent thinker. (wink)


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Chris - That's it, I'm sure of it! "Benny and Joon". Whew. I found the movie trailer and it had to be it. Also looked up "Don Juan DeMarco". I believe those were made within a year or so of each other - 1993 and 94. I watched its trailer, too and feel sure I'd like it. No, your description of it wasn't very piratical sounding. But, then, everything can't be.

;->

Have you seen Six Days seven Nights" with Harrison Ford and Anne Hecht? It's a comic romp and there are pirates in it toward the end. It's fun. He's a corporate drop-out, now a tropical charter plane operator, she's a New York magazine exec on tropical island vacation with her fiance. But she has to make a quick trip for business to another island, during which she & Harrison are in a plane crash on a deserted island in the South Pacific. It's a fun movie, - witty and well done, fantastic supporting cast, gorgeous scenery and festive tropical music (and an incredibly sensuous dance number performed by Jacqueline Obradors).


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh, yes, Nikki! I will be reading more of your series, though I have house guests arriving tomorrow (Wed.) and will be busy with them for about a week. I'll check in but not a lot, so it may take me awhile.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ian - ah - yes - I remember that scene, now that you mention it. No one but Johnny could do it justice - at least not since Buster Keaton, huh? I'm enjoying this discussion so much. Thanks for the great input!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

bellawritter - Thank YOU for the visit and lovely comments! :-)


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Erin - Oh, yes - that is a fascinating shadow-watch. Thanks for the reminder! I didn't see the "First Wives Club" movie but read the book. It was timely - :-)

Thank you for the delightful comments and of course I appreciate your votes! Hugs.


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

Yes, the bread rolls with the forks to make dancing legs... Brilliant. I have seen it in a Bollywood movie also, but not done as well as Buster or Johnnie (notice that Johnie, Buster and I are on first name terms... And Saif Ali and Shah Rukh)


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Nikkij504gurl 5 years ago from Louisiana

take your time nellie. :)


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ian - ah - I understand! First names are allowed for one's favorites, I think. Now that know who Saif Ali ad Shah Rukh are, perhaps I'll be on first-name terms with them at some point. Saif Ali is on Facebook, I see; and Shah Rukh has resumed his Twitter membership, so perhaps we'll cross paths! ;-> Hugs - (You know I'm getting house guests momentarily - so forgive me if I'm not online so much.)


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thanks, Nikki. I am waiting for them to drive up any minute. Their plane was due to land about an hour ago. By the time they get their luggage and pickup the rental car and drive the distance from DFW to my house, they could be here any time in the next hour or less. I'm getting so excited, though I can hardly type, my fingers are even weary from housecleaning. hehe. But I've been all done with preparations for a couple of hours and have been just relaxing. Feels good! It's a gorgeous sunny, mild, slightly breezy day and I have all the windows and doors open. It's such a treat!

Hugs!


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

Have a lovely time. Thinking of you in Norbury-sur-Mer


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines

Hi Nellieanna,

I'm sorry I missed greeting you on your birthday. I have not been so active in HP lately. I just thought I'd go visit some friends today and so I discover you celebrated your birthday. Anyway, I hope I am not late in still wishing you the best!

As a kid I loved playing with shadows. Now that I am into photography, I have become even more aware of shadows as I chase the light.

Your poems are lovely as usual. I really admire the way you can string words together and make them sing their own melody.

Thank you for these lovelies!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Ian. We've talked non-stop ever since they arrived. They just went to bed, as I'm about to do.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Jill - good to see you. I've missed seeing you but I can understand that your other priorities are claiming you. Oh, yes, in photography, light and shadow play major roles.

Thank you for the visit and the lovely compliment!


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Wow, your fan club is growing and I am not surpirsed. Nellieanna, it is always such a pleasure and joy reading your outstandng hub with topics of something completely difference and yeat so fascinating. Thank you.


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

I'll bet you are a wonderful hostess. next time you are relaxed and talking into the night, I want you to imagine that you are in 'The Pot', Wellington Street, Perth, and it's 1963 and we are all there and Dakota Staton is singing her heart out on the radiogram, and Prada comes up with the coffee pot and asks if we would like another coffee and we all say "Yes," except you say, "Of course, but with just a drop of cream in mine, please".


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McHamlet 5 years ago

Very cool Nellieanna, you always have such great images in your hubs and that's particularly true here where they just jump off the screen. The poems were wonderful and it's really nice to see you do a kid's poem. Great sense of humour, sensitivity and sparkle pervade this feast of shadows (at last I can use this phrase in a positive way!)


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, hello - I keep thinking how it's growing but I AM surprised! I'm humbled, in fact. I'm so pleased that YOU are one and that you enjoy my hubs. I enjoy doing them! Thank you! Big Hugs.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ian - Let's just sat that I have good guests! They had such a hassle with traffic getting to the airport when they began their trip yesterday that they would have missed their flight if the plane hadn't been running late tool They were pooped by bedtime and are still like the shadow, fast asleep in bed - though it's not night now. I've been up quite awhile, getting our fruit ready. They said that, after our previous visits, including one when I visited them in California (for a family reunion, actually) -they've been doing my "thing" of having lots of fresh fruit first meal of the morning, before the rest of breakfast.

OK - I am going to imagine YOU with us here with the music and the coffee pot and wonderful conversation! Perth sounds nice, too! You'd enjoy these folks, I'm sure. Jorge is from Ecuador originally and still has a strong Spanish accent and so many interesting tales of an interesting life. Jo Anne is my George's eldest niece and is the epitome of graciousness. Unfortunately, she was in a near-fatal car accident last summer and still has aftereffects. Her back was broken, so she wears a brace most of the time. But her cheerful attitude is infectious. They are among my favorite people! And it is nice to be sharing real-life hugs! :-)


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

McH, dear friend - You're so sweet! I value your good opinion most highly! HeHe - yeah - shadows are not always sparkly. It's all in the perspective, I think. Thank you so much for visiting the hub and all the lovely comments! Hugs.


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

You be careful with the hugs with Jo Anne. Mind you, you don't look as if you give dramatic bear hugs, so I guess she's safe.

Have a wonderful time and let's speak again soon.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

I am a remarkably snug hugger. :-) And when they first arrived, I gave her a big one! She had on a back brace but I didn't realize it. I didn't hurt her but I have to say that hugging is better without the hardware! She says the brace is largely to remind her not to bend over further than she can safely do, as well as to support her when she's doing more active things. She's doing really well, though.

Thank you so much for the well wishes,Ian. We'll be getting ready to go to Tulsa tomorrow. Hugs. . .


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

"Dearest Darling, I had to write... Tra! La! La!"


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California

Always fascinated by shadows, and motion! This is a very creative collection of both in tandem. I feel uplifted from taking in your hub! Thank you for sharing.

K9


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ian - how sweet you are! We're back in Dallas now (Monday). Had a lovely visit in Tulsa! Hugs, my dear!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

K9 - Thank you! I'm pleased that you enjoyed it. (You may not be aware that I've been out of town with my house guests for several days. Sorry for the delay in replying!)


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sueroy333 5 years ago from Indiana

I have nothing to add to the praise so eloquently leveled upon you by those who express such things so much better than I.

Thank you for sharing your talents with all of us, those who are educated and know just how talented you are, and those of us who are not, but find beauty and laughter in your words just the same. :)


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

sueroy - thank you, although I consider your comments quite eloquent and I value your good opinion highly! Thank you for the lovely compliments and especially for coming by and commenting!


images99 5 years ago

Hi Nelleianna ma'm- So much has already been said that saying some thing else would be just the 'shadows'. But I never knew, shadows have so much to say. But if you are using the 'shadows' and images they ought to be. Beautifully done and poetry is as great as they come from you. Thanks a ton.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Images - Suni - I wish you could see how I'm smiling and so pleased that you dropped by my hub! Yes, shadows are a bit like dreams, perhaps. They are a kind of reflection of ourselves or of whatever objects from which they extend. Even sundials told the time of day in ancient times, just by the position of a shadow as it extended on the dial. Interesting. I hadn't thought of that in this context before just now.

Thank you for the lovely comments.


images99 5 years ago

So another idea popped-up, Nellienna ma'm? I am gonna be credited for that too?


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

We are definitely co-conspirators, Suni! :-) Thank you!


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

What a wonderful way to express shadows. You are absolutely brilliant in your imagery here. I often wondered about shadows, they are remarkable followers.

They appear and disappear at will, I have never been afraid of mine, I've stretched it, tried to stomp on it, remove it and hide from it, yet it seems to take on a life of its own.

Shadows are sewn to our soul and Peter Pan loved his so. I love your shadow my dear friend, may you never lose it. She is your best friend and will stay attached to you till the end of time, your angel will see to that.


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neeleshkulkarni 5 years ago from new delhi

if it is your shadow surely it is sassy and it just HAs to sparkle Nellie.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Aren't they remarkable, Ken? Ah, yes - the little buggers seem to have a will of their own, even though their existence is totally dependent on their person they are shadowing.

Remember the old radio mystery, "The Shadow"? - (you may be too young!) But it was those spooky words "The Shadow know-ow-w-w-s-s-s-s -- " at the end of the episodes which left us all feeling a little vulnerable. And with radio, each person's own vivid imagination conjured up the imagery! It may have been even spookier than the current crop of vampires and other scary images in the movies & TV. Something about the scary stuff we manufacture in our own brain cells and wherever else dreams and imagination abide within us, which is so real. Well --everything we do see and experience comes into us by the same routes, so how do we really KNOW which is "real" or not???? Whooooo --- spooky-y-y-y.

No, I hope never to lose my little shadow that goes in and out with me. So long as my eyesight holds out, I won't. Even then, I think I'd still "see" her. And I do have guardian angels, as you mention! Thank you for a delightful comment, Ken.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

My dear neelesh kulkarni. (Which is it that I should call you? Both names are very musical but I honestly don't know which is considered the family name and which is the personal name.)

Thank you for your smile-filled comment! You are so dear to say that! Hugs.


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neeleshkulkarni 5 years ago from new delhi

neelesh is my fisrt name nellie and kulkarni is the family name. for some reason i cannot quite understand wrote that as one word in the profile and now just cannot disentangle them.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah. I think I've called you neelesh but have noticed others addressing you as kulcarni, so I asked. Then I shall call you neelesh. :-). Thank you!


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

A lovely, charming hub as usual, Nellieanna. I remember reading RLS poems to my children at night before bed. That remains such a sweet memory, one that, I imagine, many of us share.

Thanks for your wonderful homage to RLS.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dolores - Thank you! - And what a lovely treat to have you visit! Yes, his poetry was a lovely memory for children of several generations. George mentioned how much he loved the one titled "The Land of Counterpane" when he was a kid - and that was in the 1920s. I think it's more geared to little boys:

When I was sick and lay a-bed,

I had two pillows at my head,

And all my toys beside me lay,

To keep me happy all the day.

And sometimes for an hour or so

I watched my leaden soldiers go,

With different uniforms and drills,

Among the bed-clothes, through the hills;

And sometimes sent my ships in fleets

All up and down among the sheets;

Or brought my trees and houses out,

And planted cities all about.

I was the giant great and still

That sits upon the pillow-hill,

And sees before him, dale and plain,

The pleasant land of counterpane.

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