The Butterflies Emerge

CXVII.

Cocoon-cracked,

Bookworm becomes

Butterfly.

Yet hovers here

Among the pages

A little longer;

Always

To return for rest

And vital nourishment.


_____© Nellieanna H. Hay

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In the movie, "Butterflies Are Free", this young man is born blind and this young woman is a bit of a flippedy-gibbet. The young man's mother over-protects her son and wants the girl out of his life. But it is the flippedy-gibbet who believes in him, encourages him to pursue his musical talent and to live independently.

She tells him her favorite quote, Mark Twain's:

"I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free. Mankind will surely not deny to Harold Skimpole what it concedes to the butterflies." . . .

The young man sings this song he wrote for her.

Color me pink

And let me go

To soar,

To fly,

To float

To flow

On winged feet

I run,

I thrust,

I jet

And pirouette

On peaks of ecstasy.

In letting go, life rushes in

Arousing,

Stirring,

Moving,

Leaping

Out of dreary bonds

Into benign,

Being whole,

Being one

Being.

With you.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Cluster close to center,

Hover near your source

Of life

For strength and beauty.

Remain yourself,

Growing - glowing

From within.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Alpha explodes

Beginning All

Becomes awhile

Once more

To be again

Whole

Complete

Omega.

Perhaps

The end -

But now,

Too soon -

Cannot be.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Constrain me not

In blackened tower

Of memories far gone,

Singed upon

A fire-mount,

Too withered to be known.


Nor in a cocoon's dark,

Unborn, to wait to be.


I doubted ever to sing again

Nor live where I once was, to be.

I longed to visit songbird's nest,

To nestle in its down.

High up in any tree.


That bottle green

I once had seen

No longer strained for me.

Its blackened crown

Had melted down.


The rainbow's risen dawn

Whose filter was the best,

Now gone.

But now I hear the songbird's song

I glory in its morning trills

I find the bottle washed ashore

Its messages now fulfilled.


My wings are free!

I fly at last!

Serenity adorns me now

From now till evermore

While fluttering ever near the crest,

I am! I am to be!


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Over the years, I have written a lot of poetry
on various,myriads of thoughts, observations - and experiences.

It has been like suddenly coming across
a breathtakingly beautiful pattern formed by the ice
in a puddle on the lane on the way to the mailbox,
or beholding a full moon that seems so near
one could almost reach out and touch it.

When hearing messages whispering among wind-blown trees
over the way on the side of the hill,
they almost touch upon what life is "all about".

Always, words flowed expressing my impressions
so naturally, there seemed no other way to do it,
not considering or needing a purpose beyond that.

I shared some of these "tracks" upon my soul
with a few close friends over the years.
It's "close to the bone", you see,
and there's nothing glib about baring
of one's deepest feelings and soul.

Even so, although the theme of LOVE
is paramount in many of my poems,
they've been least shared.

So, right now - right here -
and in the spirit of that theme,
I must choose simplicity,
because these are simple poems
about the greatest of human experiences.

In that spirit, I bring a few of my poems to you now,
so I can wish you and yours -
an abundance of
~Love~


This Video is a bit grainy, but it's so lovely - Meryl Streep and several well-known singer-friends bring a message that just seems to fit - and to expresses some of my 'butterfly mentality'. . . .Why not?

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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

A treat to the eye and well done. Voting up.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

I thank you, Jackie! I love your style, by the way!


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Jaggedfrost 4 years ago

skid marks on the water

times unfeeling tick

Erodes much

but in the heart

as the mind

the lines remain

and the intents us change

perhaps on better days

better winds

that Felicity once felt

might less us

to adeeper acquaintance yet


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Matthew Weese 4 years ago from Auburn

I like your stye, truly appealing.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

JF - I can only say - - - Hugs and you're near my heart! Come'ere!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hi, Matthew Weese. I read one of yours - very interesting style! Hugs.


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Jaggedfrost 4 years ago

I haven't seen you in my neck of the woods in some time I have missed you


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

The butterfly is one of my favorite things in life. You have treated the butterfly with love and respect.

Beautiful and I love your art work and videos, too.

I voted UP, etc.etc.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

JF - No one has seen much of me for several weeks. I've been (still am, but not as totally) involved in an amazing collaboration. It's 16 Hubbers (of that certain age - from AARP age to mine or 50-80!) in a series "A Journey - A Look at Aging". I was asked to write Chapter 1 of 16 and to help along with the project, which needed my help in unforeseen ways, especially technologically, which has kept me occupied. It's been/being a very gratifying experience. I'm just now starting to get back into my own loop.

How are things going for you?


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Mary - Thank you! Yes - Butterflies enchant me. The other insects who have my heart are ladybugs, but they're not quite as ethereal as butterflies, are they? :-) But they have an important role in nature and seem bent on doing good! They're cute, too!


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Jaggedfrost 4 years ago

I'm happy for your work. I only give up 1 complications for another. I think I'm writing again. But beginning is all and up doing. Poetry I'd all I have been able to complete. I am not sure why.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you.

I've been over visiting your site.

I tend to accept the directions my writing takes, - even its refraint at times. It's part of its life and vigor.


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

What a special presentation. Filled with the magic we have become to expect. And the Meryl Streep, Beet Mildler, Cher, Olivia Newtown John, Goldie Hawn video was very memorable.


IntegrityYes 4 years ago

Nellie,you will continue to come with good ideas for hubs. Yes!


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Lovely Ms Nellianna, as always. Thank you! Regards, snakeslane


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thanks, Mike. I'm so pleased that you like it! And I just love that video. What a collection of lovely ladies singing a wonderful song!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Integrity - sometimes the ideas just grab me and then I'm in their power; - have to carry them through! But I love it. :-)


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Snakes - I'm delighted to see you! Thank you for the comment!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Your butterfly poetry is special, Nellieanna, but I have come to expect no less than perfection from you, m'dear. And the video is pure LOVE! Thanks you for sharing both treats.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh, DRBJ - what a lovely compliment. I'm so pleased that you like my efforts. Not sure which of the videos you refer to - they both say LOVE, but I suspect it's the first one - the "Butterflies Are Free" one. The "Wonderful World" is loving but more about hope.

Hugs, dear friend. Mwhaa!


Vincent Moore 4 years ago

I experienced a floating sensation as I sat here this sunny morn reading about the butterflies and love. Yes indeed both the ladybug and butterfly are friends of mine. I wrote a poem once as you know and read called "Butterfly Dreams" The Blue butterfly and the monarch are two of my favourites. I have seen thousands of Monarchs leave the Canadian Prairies heading for their southern tropical flight, it amazes me how they do it, flap those powdery wings such distances.

Nellieanna the video of the "Girls" all together was excellent. Yes indeed we have a beautiful world, although we need to WAKE UP from our slumber and start treating it better. I believe there may still be HOPE for mother planet. She is rebelling and getting totally fed up how humans are treating her. I pray that my children and their children survive it. Peace and blessings to you my sweetest poet, hugs always from me to you.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Vincent - Floating! Oh my - how exciting!

I may have mentioned that on one of our trips to the ranch back in the 90s, when we arrived, we found one of the mesquite trees COVERED with migrating monarchs! Understand that the only surface water for 100s of miles is in the Pecos River and the Rio Grande. These beauties were obviously stopping for the water in my 50-foot diameter tank of water pumped from the well which is 712 feet deep! We've seen water cranes, and many Northern birds stopping by en route to their more southerly destinations - but that's the only visit I've ever witnessed from the monarchs! Amazing.

You realize that the ranch is WAY south/southwest, near the Mexican border, right? It's 500 miles from home here in Dallas.

Absolutely -- we must realize that our Earth is a finite entity - and just like our own bodies, it's longevity and health depend on the care we give it. Such little things can make such big differences if they're done consistently and by more people.

Peace and all good things to you, as well.


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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Nellieanna,

Your poetry is simply amazing. The lightness and light in its touch, like the monarch that boldly seeks its path in the wind, and inspires us with its beauty and courage.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Genna - Thank you, dear lady! Those are lovely words you gave me and I treasure them. Hugs.


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epigramman 4 years ago

.....with every word you write it reads like a true labor of love from a lady who has the most purely poetic heart (and mind) that I have ever read at the Hub in my 2 years here. You always take us to beautiful places in 'our' hearts and minds courtesy of your natural born gifts.

It has been far too long for me to have stayed away Nellieanna but here I am to thank you sincerely and deeply for your concern and caring over my new piece If this is just a dream - I have left a comment there for you and everyone else who may be a little concerned - but the most beautiful thing in life is to have someone care about you the way you did and to speak your mind as well - that means more to me than anything in life - and coming from such a special person like yourself and such a world class writer too - really means a lot to me . Sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 6:01pm


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Matthew Weese 4 years ago from Auburn

Great Poe-tic verses deserve great responses. Excellent write.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Colin - - Thank you, dear friend. I appreciate your praise very deeply. I can't begin to tell you how concerned I was reading your recent hubs. I have checked and read your reply and it is such a relief! You're too precious to so many of us to take in stride the way the poems sounded, especially that one - "If This is Just A Dream" and the generally ominous look of your picture and several recent poems! I should have known you were merely being a good writer with a vivid imagination. . . but it was not worth assuming when it sounded so bleak! You are a dear friend. Hugs and thank you for relieving my - and others' - concern!

I definitely care!!!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Matthew - I'm so pleased to see you back - and with such a lovely comment! Thank you!


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

This was such a beautiful display of your poetry writing talent, you have a way of making words flow so naturally, and at each poetic stanza it gets better and better.

I also love how you summarize your experiences of poetry writing interchanging how it came about from the intro to the conclusion.

I love butterflies too, and so this poem definitely appealed to me both in the poetic sense, and also in the visual sense with your awesome images here.

Now as for the video, I cannot play it at the moment, because my wife is sound asleep trying to catch up to her morning rest, but I shall return to check it out later for sure.

Lovely poem here @Nellieanna, thumbs up and getting shared with ease.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

This is beautiful...words and imagery! I loved every bit of it. You are a very talented writer.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Mike, Thank you! A lovely compliment - or, should I say compliments!

Another butterfly lover! There's just something about them - both butterflies and their lovers!

There are actually two videos on this hub. When I came to it, the first one, "Butterflies Are Free" wasn't displaying but it is now. It's very special. The other one with Meryl Streep and several other well-known singers was displaying and still is, and is also special. I'm not sure whether you saw both of them on your first visit, but sounds like you saw only one displayed, since it's referred to in the singular. When you return and can hear them, I hope you'll enjoy.

Hugs.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Cyndi10, thank you so much. I popped over to your hubsite and "met" you more officially. I'll be sure to visit your page again! Looks intriguing!


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SiberianWolf 3 years ago from MidWest

Beautifully done... I love the action here, as you take the reader along the journey... and i always love poems of love and hope :) this lifts me up like a breath of fresh air, thank you


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, SW, aka: Eric. Your accolades are specific and so useful. I'm pleased if the poetry and arrangement lifts! :-)


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas

I love your message at the end of this one, Nellieanna! Your poetry truly does reflect what life is all about. I love when I come across something you've penned that makes me stop and think and when I come across something that seems to reflect something I've already figured out. And then there are some that just speak inherent truths that I enjoy simply because one knows those truths, I know those truths, but could never say it as well as you!


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Shan! I saw on your other comment of this timeframe that you're up much too late! I tried to get to bed early enough to get up early and try to finish this project-chore I'm heavily into. Just here while I try to eat my fruit first, but can't linger. I'm heading upstairs soon as I say ---

Hugs and love - later - Nellieanna

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