The Day is Here and Now



Behold the day

Which is here,

Within its time, itself;

Give its full due.

Itself, no fragments

Of the past;

Now, the present,

Not retrograde, behind.

Imagining the past amuses,

Absorbs, uses this.

Live in this moment,

And receive itself In kind.

Be in abundant real,

Use all of It, its way.

Living happens in the day,

Within, alive and true.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Softening - here to there

Firming - there to here




Here and now.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Moment to Moment - Mancini

Hurry up and sleep;


Comes too soon

Too late

To waste much time

In slumber.

To bed by two;

Up by eight or nine

Won't do.

A lantern smuggled

Under sheets

Or staying up till dawn

May yield a yawn

Or sleepy nod ~

But not catch-22!

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


I have no inspired words

To write.

I simply need

A confidante.

And here it is


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Tomorrow is today now.

It seemed so clear before.

Now it has arrived,

It's all of that and more.

Lady said my stars are good

My path will be elite.

But warning: - if I miss a signal,

It will bring me defeat.

I pondered that and let it go,

Her 'knowing' all she saw for me.

I prefer to see my chances here,

Trusting now myself, you see.

If stars and fates and destiny

Align so well up high

Then I'll perceive the way that's shown, -

Myself, my soul and I.

No other knows what's best,

Her crystal ball? - just hers.

I'll follow my own light,

No crystal ball deters.

If to succeed or falter -

If chosen path is true -

I'll navigate my path,

Delighting in its view.

There is no mystic magic,

No 'something' beyond reach.

We must take and make our 'destiny'.

To live, to learn and teach.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

To me you are so many things.

New dimensions form my view.

My joy, my breath, my bane.

Smooth and remote

As a caterpillar's wings;

As glossy, as bright

As sunbeams

Sparkling in the rain.

Bringing all I am, will be,

Ever so far, now near,

Infusing dreams anew.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay



T o d a y ~

Wind chimes ring their song,

Yet there is no wind.

This song seems unknown to me

Yet it has ever been.

I know the lyrics,

Yet there are no words.

I almost reach out

To touch its music.

Yet no song is there,

Only - the silenced wind chimes

T o d a y ~

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

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hi friends 4 years ago

Much interesting.

Stay well

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Hubert Williams 4 years ago

Beatiful. Myfavorite today is Tomorrow is today now. The Alone video is very soothing. Thanks Nellieanna

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hi Friends - Thank you for visiting and being my very first visitor here. Best of health to you, too!

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hubert Williams. . . Thank you. I'm especially pleased that you like 'Tomorrow is today now.'

Yes, George Winston's music is truly soothing and restful. Though 'Alone' wasn't published yet, we used to love to listen to his strains wafting over the campground beside Lake 'o the Pines. Other campers would come to ask whose music it was. He gets amazing sounds our of that piano.

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cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

Nellie, beautiful poetry my dear. such a varied amount! hard to choose which was my favorite so i pick them all!!! great hub, Nellie, i love to see apoet wrie and express the thoughts in their mind so freely.

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Cleaner3, thank you! I appreciate your kind comments. I see you're a poet and a scholar. Wonderful! I also see your name is Michael. :-) So - thank you, Michael.

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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Today is the most important day we have, and you make the point well and beautifully!

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Yes, James, it is! And even more so is the moment we take living breath. We must make the most of it or it's lost forever. We've have no assurance there will be more, but it hardly matters if we squander it while we do have it.

Thank you for the lovely compliment - and the visit!

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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

Another Nellieanna classic. To me it's like sipping Amaretto, sweet and intoxicating. Beautiful...

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daisyflowrs 4 years ago from Richmond, VA

I used these as part of a lesson today. My kids had soooo much to say about getting to sleep late and waking up early for school and added that they hate when teachers wake them up! Ha! I was the same way. I hope you don't mind that I used some of these poems. I gave you full credit.

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Jaggedfrost 4 years ago

Lovely renovations of renaissance philosophy

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secondimage 4 years ago from From a place lost in time and space

beautiful poetry!! i am finding some great work here on my first day on hubpages, i only hope i can match stuff like this! voted up and awesom :)

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah-h-h, Augustine -- Amaretto is nice and smooth, though I'm not too sure I'm always either nice or smooth! But 'long as you're not turned away, I'm pleased! Thank you!!

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Daisy - haha - Your son would have things to say, no doubt! Love the remark about hating for the teachers to wake 'em upl haha

My poem about sleeping really has a somewhat different meaning than wanting more sleep, though. (But however it can be used is fine, especially if it helps the kids!)

Thing was, and still is, - that, much as I enjoy sleep & am good at it, even when very young I really hated to use precious time being unconscious! and out-of-it! The reference to the lantern under the sheet is factual. When I still slept in my youth bed with the high sides, I'd smuggle a little battery-powered brass lantern under the covers, along with a book - so I could read awhile after official bedtime. Back then there was no choice; - bedtime meant going to bed. No TV or other distractions, either. And ever since, I've always stayed up to do projects, including many all-nights and consecutive all-nights. I don't recommend it, really! But I do sleep extremely well when I sleep, so that helps. I think quality of sleep counts almost as much as quantity.

Sure - If you can apply some of my poems to a valuable use, good! Hugs.

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

JF - Hello. Certainly an interesting comment. Glad you were drawn to come read and leave your thought! Doing so is generous. Thank you. It means a lot to me.

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

secondimage, hi! Welcome to Hubpages. You're very new to us, so I'm especialy pleased that you found my hub to visit with your comments. And thank you for the votes.

You're right that there are some outstanding writers among us! Some who are among the best poets here didn't really write poetry before coming here, where they plunged in and found their unique poetic 'voices'. So don't worry about matching anyone else's stuff. Just write what you have to say in your way, as you're doing. That's the only way to be authentic and it's how you'll find you own best style and course.

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arb 4 years ago from oregon

The butterflies are about their business and the garden muses in their appearance, but which butterfly is most beautiful? the garden ask. The beauty lies in which ever one is before you now, answers the moment.I think the beauty of your poetry is in the abundance of butterflies. Each in turn, to a given moment. Each in turn, to glorify the garden!

Welcome back from the roarin 20's

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

The butterflies have their work to do and of course - try to do it. They must be versatile in order to suit their given moments and to please the garden. Thank you for that lovely thought. Made my wings flutter.

Thank you for the welcome back from the borin' 20s, as it turned out. A few highlights, but mostly, both art & photos were ho-hum. Lunch was good, as was the company! People watching was prime! :=)

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arb 4 years ago from oregon

I find it hard to believe that your attendance anywhere could be accounted to boring. I am certain that you elevated a dismal display into a day to be remembered. The thing about people watching is somebody is also watching you. Of course with you discretionary and sly stealth, I suspect you are quiet proficient at so adventurous an escapade.

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

The fact is that one lovely gentleman with a well-tended silver goatee captivated my attention enough that I had to get up, walk over and ask him what he was reading with such animated pleasure. This was while sitting in the dining area after seeing all the displays and lunch was no longer being served. People, including Val and I, were just resting our feet and enjoying a cup of tea to prolong the outing.

Of all things, what he was reading was a quite serious historic account of some phase of German policy! He said he was an American history prof and liked to peruse other countries' histories and development. I could only imagine what an interesting, animated teacher he must be. I told him I started reading Durant but had only made it through 3 of the volumes. He graciously admitted it is daunting.

Val and I left right after that and he continued reading, I suppose. So much for my sly sleuth, though. hehehehe.

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coffeegginmyrice 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

Hi Nellieanna! What lovely set of poems! I played the video as I read them all the way. Such a soothing feeling!

We do not hold a crystal ball and yes, it is just 'hers'. But I do wish to see what my dreams tell me when I am in my best slumber. Our hopes do tell what will come out of every hope if when we follow its wishes. But if we feel tired and there is restraint to pursuing that 'something', let us keep it that way, rest assured it will come back to us at a different time when we are ready. The crystal ball is hers; our crystal ball is in our dreams... :)

You are a lovely lady, Nellieanna! Hugs to you!

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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

As always, beautiful and divine. So true: "We must take and make our 'destiny'. To live, to learn and teach."

I am in awe of your wisdom, Nellieanna, as always :)

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daisyflowrs 4 years ago from Richmond, VA

Nellie, I teach high school. They stay up very late and sleep during first block (90 min). Some are considering joining hub pages. That's exciting!

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neeleshkulkarni 4 years ago from new delhi

divine-Martie said it all

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

coffeegginmyrice - yes that video is lovely, isn't it? So pleased that you enjoyed it too.

Yes, each of our crystal balls is the one within us. I'm very aware of the function which I think of as "the wisdom of the body". It's not just our mind which thinks and knows, but every living cell within us has knowledge & a function. They're often revealed to our conscious minds through our dreams, and our 'intuition'. We even attract to ourselves what we desire, in a certain sense, because we're open to it. Our minds' strength is in its ability to focus - which also shuts much that is "there" out. We need both kinds of intelligence to be fully balanced and whole.

Thank you for the visit and good comments!

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Martie, darlin'. Thank you for being here. Your visit is cherished! Such lovely praise. I blush. Hugs.

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Daisy - wow. I'm not sure whether I knew you taught. I'm a certified secondary teacher, too; but have taught only in my practice teaching - - WAY back when! It's surely a different challenge now!

I have to wonder when they'd have time to do hubs, though it would be exciting. You think it would benefit them? Are there some writers?

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Neelesh - I'm so happy to see you, my friend! Thank you! Hugs.

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daisyflowrs 4 years ago from Richmond, VA

High school kids have a lot to say. I teach students with disabilities. Many of them have very much to say. It would most benefit them. They may get positive feedback. That would boost their confidence (which many are lacking). I would give them time to post a hub in class. I would work it into my lesson. I would only read it if they wanted me to do so. All I would need to see is that they have posted a hub for them to get a grade.

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Daisy - that is really good, - for them to express themselves without feeling under supervision doing it. Many good side benefits. Good for you!!

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Nellieanna - your beautifl poetry continually resonates with me but I was drawn especially to these four lines:

"There is no mystic magic,

No 'something' beyond reach.

We must take and make our 'destiny'.

To live, to learn and teach."

You have distilled the essence of living within those precious lines. Brava!

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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

really nice, magical...

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear DrBJ - Thank you, my esteemed friend. Whatever you comment, it always resonates with me and this definitely does! I mean those words you've quoted. Thank you!

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Mhatter99 - I just visited your site to see who you are when I saw you'd been by here. I liked each of your poems and am now following you, hoping you'll write more. One of the ones I just read over there is like a little jewel.

Thank you for visiting mine and leaving a comment I truly appreciate.

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Gerg 4 years ago from California

Beautiful, moving poetry, Nellieanna.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Gerg! It was written with feeling.

BTW - I received a comment just a bit ago on my very first-ever hub over 2 years ago (AHA Moments) and noticed that you were among those who left very good comments to a newbie - way back then! :-)

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Gerg 4 years ago from California

Yeah, I guess I'm a bit of a HP oldie! Started, stopped, etc. You're always so supportive of my work too - I do appreciate it.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

I notice you've been a hubber 4 years! wow. You were kind to notice a newbie then. I had no intentions of actually contributing anything! haha - I joined because Merlin, (from another mutual social group), had joined & invited me, from seeing I liked to write. He mentioned getting followers here and I thought maybe I could help him by becoming one. Next thing I knew - I was off and writing! Funny how this thing grabs hold, though! Thanks, Gerg.

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Jahvonnie 4 years ago from NC

very nice I love your creativity

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Jahvonnie, thank you for your visit and the lovely comment!

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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Very beautiful writing as always. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Faith - thank you. The Day is what we're given to "be in" - here and now. It matters how we use it. I'm pleased you keyed in to it. Hugs.

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kj force 4 years ago from Florida

Admirablement écrit .. a aimé votre approche au sujet. C'était la première fois que j'ai lu vos écritures et attendre impatiemment plus.

Merci de partager vos pensées...

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello kj force! I love your comment. (I managed to get it translated) I guess I do bring a unique approach to my thoughts and subjects; I dearly love sharing them. I hope it won't be the last time you visit my hubs! There is no dearth of them published. I believe there are 114 poetry hubs of my total published 169 and I'm ever prolific, so you can be sure there will be more.

Thank you for your visit and the elegant comment. I wish I were proficient at the language, but - alas - I know only a few words and phrases. I probably write English better than I speak it. It took me years to find my voice! Now you inspire me to learn French!

Harriet Ann 4 years ago

Love Love Love! these words, thoughts, emotions--very timely for me at this moment in my life. I believe the divine truly guides circumstances sometimes.

Love you, your niece

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Petra Vlah 4 years ago from Los Angeles

Nellieanna my dear,

I really needed some poetry today and what better place to find it. Thank you my fellow poet

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Harriet Ann ~ I am so pleased that you found my hub and loved it! I've had you on my mind so much since seeing you at the funeral! That was a special moment we shared which meant so much to me. I totally agree that many things happen through divine guidance. I love you, too, dear one. I missed being notified of your comment, but was notified of Petra's, which brought me here where I found yours, too. So glad I did!!

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Petra, that last visit from my precious niece, is one of the miracles which came from the sad loss of my sister, Ruth. It's along the same lines as experiences which you and I have been sharing which we know resulted from the spiritual presence of our departed loved ones affecting our lives. I am truly glad that you came here today for some poetry, dear friend. Your visit always cheers me.

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Vincent Moore 4 years ago

There is no time like the present, make good of each second of our day. We age as the clock ticks away, so let's cherish each and every moment this short window of time offers up. I to favor as drbj notes as her choice words you penned. Beautifully scribed as always my brilliant poet. Hugs.

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah - Ken, dear friend, I'm so very pleased to see you! Thank you for coming by!

Oh, yes -no time like the present. Actually, we are renewed with each moment that comes and then is replaced by another new one! Aging is what happens when we waste them, perhaps.

Those lines you and DRBJ favor do sum up lot about living life, don't they? They'd work even if there were something beyond reach, so long as it remains yet unreachable.

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

Only 50 comments. Somehow that does not seem like enough for fairy dust and pixie smiles and fireflies at dusk.

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Awww - thank you, Mike. But - who's counting? Each one is unique and 'stand-alone'! Hugs and smiles!

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Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States

Congratulations, Nellieanna, on winning the Best Poet Award! "I prefer to see my chances here,Trusting now myself, you see." Well here you are, took a chance and got yourself read and loved. Your poems are heartfelt and beautiful, a reflection of your spirit. (Love the page breaks too!)

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Dolores, how lovely of you to visit one of my earlier hubs. That is so gratifying, as it is to win that award.

You are so right. I did take a chance when I joined Hubpages, so shy and reluctant even to share my poetry! I'd trusted myself for a long time, but wasn't so sure about opening up to the public! You probably remember when I joined quite well. You were among the lovely folks I met soon after I joined in March, 2010, I think it was. If several lovely folks, like you, hadn't taken me by the hand and encouraged me, I really probably would never have opened up!

So reach your right hand up, bend your elbow and pat yourself on the back! You deserve applause for your part in it!

You know, I'm so unaware of the main things going on with Hubpages, that I knew nothing about the contest or even where to locate the information when Vincent Moore told me that he was campaigning for me to win best poet! I still didn't know anything about what the contest was all about or was going on with it till about 3 days before its deadline, finally HP posted a notice on my Hubpage where my hub statistics are. I visit that page regularly to check for comments on my own hubs and for new hubs by people I follow. So I know that notice of the contest hadn't been posted there before then.

Anyway, I hurried to the contest site to vote for people for its categories; and I'm happy to say that several I voted for won in their categories. I like the contest because it's decided by our peers. It may be that if someone hadn't championed me, I wouldn't have won, but one of the HP people told me I 'won by a landslide'. (Winners are being given HP T-shirts and that person wrote to me for my size.)

Guess that says something for my friends!! And I'm so honored and pleased! I never expected it! I'm still reeling a little from it!

I guess the Day IS Here and Now! whoo-hoo!

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