The Festival That I Celebrate

XLIV.

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The festival

That I celebrate

Is being close to you.

My special holiday

Is simply in your arms.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay




Gather me close

To your heart

Where it is

Warm

and

Safe.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

I guess I needed you

The way horizon

Needs the sky

That fateful day

I walked into

Your world

And knew

The way inside

As though

I'd been there

A thousand times

Before.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



    You should know ~

You fill my heart

With gladness

And brighten up my day,


    You golden grown-up boy.


You lift my soul's last sadness

As your light along this way

Makes shadows play

A game with light

And hum a tune of joy.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay






Most delightful

Things

 ~ And all vital

        Things ~

Are sexy.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


I know

You think of me

With thoughts not mental.

The distance is

A breath in space,

Less dense

Than mountain air.

And with the slightest stirring,

I am almost there,

Once again

Surrounded by

The magnitude of

You!


If I should love you,

I would love you well.

If I could comfort you

And let you be yourself,

I'd marvel at

Your specialness,

Morning, night and noon,

Delighting in

Delighting you

With me.

    ______© Nellieanna H. Hay


The heartwood of the tree is he

The fullest, highest crest of sea ~

And when he's near

My summertime

Repeats itself once more

And hums my evening song

To me.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



If you have felt yourself, -

With awareness of the wonder that is you, -

More fully than before,

It is because

I am a stowaway

Inside.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



Knowing how

You know me,

Knowing how

That I know you,

Being all together,

    Together -- 

This is all I ask

And all I need

    To know.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


I experience you

As abundance,

Wonderland.

Where everything

That can be touched, 

Responds.

Please let it be,

Unfolding - 

Free.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Warm-

Lusty-

Alive-

Your vital juices

At the peak.

All man,

All hu-man,

You are.

And we are

Good 

Together.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



I kiss

    Your brow,

           Your lips,

                  Your eyelids,

                         Your rugged fingertips.

                   I kiss you in my mind

             A thousand ways,

     Expressing my desire

Echoing from a love

Much more profound

   Than I had known

           Could be.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

Beautiful love poem, Nellie.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Suziecat. You were very quick to visit and I'm so pleased!


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

I feel a delicious experience of déjà vu in your poetry, my dear friend. It is so evocative, and lyrical and gently erotic.

This is just perfect:

"If you have felt yourself, -

With awareness of the wonder that is you, -

More fully than before,

It is because

I am a stowaway

Inside."


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Ingenira 5 years ago

How beautiful, Nellieanna. I love them !


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azure_sky 5 years ago from Somewhere on the Beach, if I am lucky :)

Awesome as always, My Dear Lady...inspired by the love in your heart:) Clicked it UP, and 3 more!

Hope that you are enjoying this beautiful DFW weather!


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Nikkij504gurl 5 years ago from Louisiana

beautiful poetry. happy vday my poetic friend. i loved the last one. I would have added "a thousand times" after a thousand ways.


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK

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What can I say? No, seriously, tell me what can I say that I have not said before? YOU are unique and if there was any justice in this world, you would already be sang as the USA's love poet and be for ever worshiped and revered as such.... I LOVE YOU ! ;-)))

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

Mey your emotional enlightenmet be as dependable as the sky on horizon,Nellieanna.;)


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

You are not only beautifully poetic, Nellieanna, but tremendously profound. What a joy to read your poetry. Happy Valentine's Day to you, m'luv. :)


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Merlin Fraser 5 years ago from Cotswold Hills

You have a romantic soul and it shines through on special days like this.

I can make people smile and occasionally laugh out loud with the lopsided way I view life and the world, you on the other hand can bring tears of pleasure and pure joy to a sad and lonely heart and that is a rare gift indeed !


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Loveslove 5 years ago from England

All I can say is beautuful .....wish i could write like you XX


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

Your poetry is so special and it just touches my heart to read it. I like the way you intersperse pictures and I've always enjoyed that song by Roberta Flack. I wish I had half your talent.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear, dear Ian - Thank you. You've chosen one of my favorites to highlight. You're psychic! Hugs!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ingenira - Thank you! I'm pleased that you love these! I'm honored by your visit.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Azure_sky - Thanks for the visit and the lovely compliments. I AM enjoying this weather!! And it's to last all week!! I'm basking! Hope yours is wonderful, too!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hi, pretty Nikki! Thank you so much for the visit. I'll have to mull that line over. But - who's counting? hehe. Why stop at a thousand? How about 10 thousand? You're so precious. I enjoyed that!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dimitris, Of course you do and you know you're loved back! This is just such gratifying and generous praise! I could make a meal of it! Slurp (Make that an inexhaustible meal!) Kisses! Thank you! :-)


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

Nellieanna,

What a way to celebrate Valentine's day. I hope you enjoy the accolades and understand how loved you are by your readers.

As you always say,

Hugs

Have a wonderful day, and thank you for sharing your heart so freely,

Chris


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Mentalist -- ahhh - that's so appropriate! :-) I see no way emotional enlightenment can be halted or hindered except by the person herself or himself. I have no intention of blocking mine! And now I have expert advice for that!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

DRBJ - ah - Thank you for noticing that. You read below the surface. Why am I not surprised? :-) Thank you, dear esteemed lady.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Merlin - You do me so much honor, even to read my stuff. If it brings a reader to his or her own sense of feeling feelings, I cannot be more happy! I truly don't write with a purpose to do that- and perhaps that is why it may do it. It is simply my own overflowing of the kinds of things I am feeling- things felt by us all - or wished for if not being felt. So it may turn a key to unlock those in others. That is something for which I can take no credit. It's all on the part of the reader! Thank you and big hugs!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Loveslove - you do. I write like myself and you write like yourself. We write alike in that most vital sense. It makes each of our writing the best. That is how it should and must be for authenticity.

Poetry really can't be compared, unless just by the poet herself or himself. We know if it really rings true and tells what we feel and want to express. Every poet wants to express what is inside and in the way which comes most naturally from our best instincts. I like yours too. It says so much and touches deeply. It helps me know YOU better and reminds me of my own feelings, too. Hugs


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Pamela - wow. thank you. I love when it touches hearts. And I honestly ADORE making and putting together the graphics to enhance the words. It's as much a part of my expression as the poetry. Even the visual impression of he whole thing is satisfying to my soul. So I thank you for noticing that! Isn't that song and her rendition so - um - organic!!?? - It has always melted me. In fact - all her songs do. Thank you - and your own talent is awesome. I'm impressed.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

ChrisL - hello and happy Valentine's Day to you and your lovely wife! I do enjoy the positive feedback. I was thinking earlier about feedback here on HP. We welcome constructive criticism - but if we are honest - we EAT UP the positive strokes! ;-> I'm no exception. I had previously shared my poetry only on VERY small and limited basis and it is still head-spinning to find it well received by my generous readers here. It emboldens me to open more of my heart, obviously.

Thank you for sharing your positive response today!


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

I'm not psychic, Nellie, I just happen to have exquisite taste. That poem is perfect. Perfect.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Aw. . . well, then, I'm really complimented, since we both like that one especially. You've complimented my taste as well as the poem, which does express a lot about the nature of love. You're wonderful to say that. And I hope your day is cheered, as well. Mine is and not only because it is a really pretty day here. Hugs.


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

I suppose I did have a nice day; if having a stand up row with someone who means a lot to me, and then going to the hospital for several x-rays because I might have an impacted spine which was not diagnosed when I fell down my stairs about four years ago, is having a nice day.

Hmm!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Does NOT sound like a nice day in the least. And most of it seems to have been thrust on you, though rows take two, like a tango.

That spinal impact situation sounds quite painful, and falling down stairs sounds horrible. I'd be broken into bits, I think, though I try to practice preventative balancing exercises and ways to catch myself if I do fall -- but stairs! Wow - no way to do that without hurting oneself.

How on earth did the damage fail to be diagnosed???? Sounds ilke a real breach on part of the doctors. What if the x-rays determine it is impacted? Are there viable remedies? Is there any alternative medicine to the traditional? Would you consider them if there are?

I am truly feeling your non-nice day with you, Ian. I was not being flippant earlier or now. But I still recommend as positive an attitude as you can muster. It may not turn out to be an impacted spine. Meantime - go hug the someone with whom you had the row and get the immediate good positive feedback. That person needs it too. This is no time for a stiff upper lip! Hugs.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

OOPS! I just discovered that I'd used the same poem twice in this hub - not intentionally, though the feelings might deserve repetition! I just substituted another one for it. :-)

Yegads - hope this doesn't mean I need a keeper! haha. ;-> (any volunteers?)


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

We shall see, my dear. In fact, I am so happy that they think it might be impacted. At least that way, something might be able to be done.

I have had a semi paralysed left arm since the fall, so if that can be alleviated, I would be the happiest man. Imagine how much scribbling I could do on my PC. There would be no stopping me. I will go for any therapy... any!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

I had not met you yet when I tripped and fell last fall - catching myself on my right shoulder, which was excruciatingly painful for quite awhile. Because of horrid experiences among younger kinfolks when such anguish was diagnosed as rotator cuff damage, and surgeries with incredibly lengthy and painful recuperations (some still not really fully over for them) - I decided what I prefer to do whenever possible - size it up by my own experience with my body and decide what to do accordingly. I treated the pain with ibuprofen internally and an ointment (SportsCream) which I use for aches externally and continued to use my arm - my mouse arm, by the way, though it hurt a lot to do so.

My stepson, who is extremely doctor-prone, being in the health industry - was quite skeptical (it was his ex-wife who had the rotator cuff and then he, himself also went through it) - but I stuck to my plan. I kept it moving and did as much as possible using it without screaming (too much) with pain.

One little aside - a family friend who is a Certified Massage Therapist offered to use a technique on my shoulder soon after my fall and I think it worsened it! He could always help George's stiffness and aches but I could never bear his therapy - too strong or something. I knew better than to let him touch my shoulder but I was optimistic. It immediately shot an electric pain through it and after that was worse than it had been right after the fall! It may have helped me diagnose it as mostly a nerve pinch, though. The electric feeling . . .

I also can add that I was very fortunate that I fell on my shoulder, since a sharp-cornered piano bench was only inches away and the space into which I fell was not much larger than me!

I had panicked when I dozed off with an open bottle of water in my hand and my (old) laptop on my lap. I awoke with a soaked left side, and water into the couch's cushion and a few drops on the laptop. I wiped those drops off it, scurried around to get out of my soggy clothes, ran back to take the laptop to the cabinet to invert it so as to let any moisture drain (which normally I would have done immediately) -- and was on my way back with a towel to dry the couch when I tripped over the corner of a chair sticking out. I'm monocular so am accustomed to scoping my path carefully & making sure that I'm familiar with obstacles in places I traverse a lot. I shut cabinet doors and drawers and make note of the angle of doors, etc. I knew this path but I was not watching my step -- looking at the couch where I was headed - and - voila!

To top it off - the water did get into the laptop and fried its motherboard. I had already gotten this Mac one - but intended to use both during my initiation into the world of Apple! Not so! I have just plunged in helter-skelter and I'm sure not always to the best ends! The machine is more cautious of me, now, than I am of it! It screams a lot.

But now my shoulder is normal again and has been since the beginning of 2011, even with my foolish positions with laptop on lap (still sometimes sleeping that way) and so forth. I have not used the medications for a couple of months, in fact.

That says nothing for or about your situation but that it is usually wise to consider all options and not just fall into line too quickly with the medics. I admit that if I can find a way without the prescription meds and medical procedures, I do. But when I really need to accept those, I do so, - though usually with a quicker retreat from the ongoing stuff they entail and back to my own weird ways. I know my body better than they do. I've lived in it yea these many years and been sensitive to its many ups and downs, built-in infirmities and weaknesses and all that jazz. It has narrowly escaped some more tragic results, by the way. It is not a 'new model' by any means, though I'm constantly appalled at the huge infirmities suffered by many people half my - er - age!

That semi-paralysis - may or may not be partly from disuse. But it is worth considering. There is a tendency to hold an injured limb still when it hurts greatly to move it. My experience has been that doing so causes it to become less moveable, ie: semi-paralyzed. But only you know how that is or may or not apply. I would almost yell when I reached up my brush to brush my hair - or my squeegy in the shower to wipe down the tile - or - or - any of the moves which really challenged the hurt nerves-tendons-muscles in that shoulder. I suppose it could have been a mistake to go it my way. But it wasn't.

I do greatly empathize with the pain of that. No wonder you're not always bubbling over with glee. And I can see that the possibility that a definite diagnosis promises more relief than you have been privy to since it happened - and four years is a LONG time to be undiagnosed!! I am sitting here wishing you relief! I need you to be all well!! So hop to it!!


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Firstly let me say Happy Valentine's Day to one of the BIGGEST GENEROUS HEARTS on the Hubs.Your love radiates with every stroke of your pen, jumping from the page with the scent of jasmine and beauty from your soul.

Your heart is exposed when you write and every beat lingers with the reader. I can feel your sensuality as I reread each poem you pen. I can see how Cupid touched you before you wrote and George was the benefactor of your tender words.

I am so thankful that you spent the many years your did together and shared so much love, it has continued to flow through your veins and thoughts and allow you to continue to pass it on to your loyal followers.

Delighted I am to have met you and be able to share your poems and prose. You are truly one of a kind, unique in so many ways. Big hugs from me to you on this LOVERS day. Happy thoughts and memories linger with you awhile today my friend.


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Sigh, this was so romantic to read, Nellianna. Love can indeed be as beautiful as your poems and I am grateful for this. Happy Valentines Day!

Rated up and beautiful.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ken - I'm sitting here in my den on another gorgeous Texas day- (more like they're 'sposed to be! )- and I have out a box of the messier hand-written poems and stuff, no order to the dates written or anything and I've been laughing my head off at some of my circuitous byways getting from there to here - whatever-all that means. A poem or two here and there not so full of moonlight and magnolias, either, by the way!

I started off reading the short story I wrote Dec., 1944 - age 12. It was the time I've mentioned when I was left to clean up the dishes after a Christmas party my parents had given - and then they'd taken the guests out to the farm to fish and left little Nellieanna to tidy the kitchen. She did, plus finishing off the egg nog and getting up into a very high cabinet where there was some of a bottle of cognac, which she also finished off, and probably some Mogen David blackberry wine, as well. Between the sips of these, I made my way from the kitchen down a lengthy hallway (well it lengthened with each trip between refills and writings) to my room where I was writing this story to submit to a "Seventeen" magazine writing contest. I see that this first draft I ran across in a box of keepsakes from my parents' stash ended abuptly on page 6 but I must have finished it - probably had to submit it typed, not in this handwritten state - since it was rejected rather cursively and cruelly with that "We can't all be champs" - which has curtailed my story-writing all these years! And that incident also ended my drinking career in its first step. I didn't drink alcohol again till in my 40s, and then quite moderately when I did.

Anyway that story has had me laughing! What a fantasy! The heroine was so perfect, everything she wanted, she got, but was never spoiled or mean, was beautiful and sought after - like a sequel to Cinderella except that this gal was born with a silver spoon in her mouth! - LOL.Titled "Christmas Every Day" and her name was Santa - with red hair and green eyes, naturally. How pre-teen could I have gotten!! And the flowery backhand with little o's dotting the i's! LOL I scanned it and may make a hub of it, except it would be so embarrassing. It is really amazing to look back on oneself and muse about it. When one has always written profusely - letters, poetry, silly stories, whatever - it really is a walk across time-space of incredible and humbling clarity.

I am so honored and humbled by your praise and heartfelt encouragement, Ken. I have tremendous admiration for the person you are, the man of words and action both - and your good opinion rates high with me. My George was a man of words and action too and I should gather some of his writing and artifacts for a hub. He was someone many people loved and respected and a really fun guy with what he called a "shaggy-dog" sense of humor. He would have loved HP - and contributed straightforward unembellished hubs, though he was a very talented photographer and I would probably have urged him to share his photos. He never really got comfortable with digital photography though he did it at my urging. He liked the old darkroom and developing his own 35mm photos much better, though.

I don't talk about him to dwell in the past, but he is a joyous part of my present too. When things go well, I honestly feel he's being my guardian angel sometimes. It's a warm fuzzy thing, not in the least morbid. He would want me to be happy and doing my thing, not wallowing in what has been.

Thank you again for your kind words and support!! I am so glad to have your poems and prose in my life, too! And I do hope your Valentine Day is filled with love and peace.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

VioletSun - what a pleasure to see you here today. I think you know EXACTLY what it is to love fully and well! Happy Valentine's Day to you too! Thank you for the visit and the up ratings! :-)!


SilverGenes 5 years ago

Nellieanna, I was trying to describe your writing the other day and it is very difficult to put into words the depth of beauty, love, and hope that is painted in your poetry. You have a great gift and I'll bet that stamp wielder at Seventeen magazine would be thinking twice!

"I experience you

As abundance,

Wonderland."

Thank you for yet another wonderful read and Happy Valentine's Day!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Aw, Alexandra - thank you. But you haven't seen this short story. (wink)

Well, though - I was also amazed that I imbued my heroine with a love of living in the present and an unassailable optimism that I hadn't realized I was so aware of at age 12. That part is rather revealing. She expected the best and figured that would bring it to fruition. Interesting. Nice, what you said -- thank you. I've sometimes wondered what other stories were submitted to Seventeen and how many were written by 12-year olds! LOL. I surely must have followed up to see what won but I don't recall that part. LOL. I guess I just let it roll off my back and decided that a future in short-story writing was not in my crystal ball.

You are such a treasure.


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Nellianna, I read your reply to Ken, and have not told you that after I visited your website when your first joined Hubpages, I was warmed by the obvious love between you and George, and felt a sadness when I read he passed away. I think, of my Phil, how I met him in my 40's and is my true friend and love, and how would I cope if he passes away before me. One of us has to go at some point, such is the nature of life. Reading how you are living your life, feeling George's presence, and enjoying the memories, reassures me somehow. Guess, this is the perfect time to share my thoughts as its Valentines Day.:) Thank you for sharing your soul with all of us.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

VioletSun - I met George in my later 40s, too, after both of us had experienced less-than-good marriages. At first it was that empathy upon which we built a strong friendship - but there was always a lot of chemistry, too. Each of us had the moment of awakening that "I really love him/her" and we even shared those between us.

He was ten years my elder though and we knew it was possible he might go first, though up till when he had his heart attack at age 79 - the age I now am - he was ready for anything. Oddly, it was a result, I think, of his health. He could eat anything and never put on an ounce of fat. So he had never needed to learn about calories or what kinds of foods have more fats, etc. That was what brought on his arteries being clogged. And during the heart attack, he actually died briefly, enough to affect his short-term memory when the supply of oxygen to his brain was temporarily interrupted. So even though we talked about healthy eating and he was willing - he really didn't "get it" . His longterm memory predominated and told him he could eat ice cream by the bowlful and it was difficult to remember the "new" information. But he was willing, so as long as it was offered, he would eat the healthy stuff. But he loved to go out! And there he would order his favorites! He survived with only several more serious episodes - including having very rapid heartbeats and also needing two ablutions when one of his ventricles became unstable and stopped up - for another 7 years. The end was due to something unrelated, though.

Even so - it never had seemed possible he would die. I think I'd have done anything to have him still here, even though it was difficult at times. But never a day passed that he didn't tell me he loved me and make me feel pretty in various ways, both direct and indirect. He was always cheerful and was truly a special human being. Thank you for sharing those thoughts, VS. It means a lot to me. And I know I don't need to remind you to treasure your Phil. Hugs.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

By the way - yesterday - Feb. 13th - was his birthday. He would have been 89. George Jr. and his lady friend took me out Saturday for a belated birthday luncheon - and it was sort of like old times when we would all celebrate both George's and my February birthdays somewhere between the two dates, but closer to George's, usually. When the ice and snow waylaid our plans for the previous Saturday - we thought it appropriate that it would be near George's.


Gail Penry 5 years ago

Nellieanna, Always, I could feel the love between you and George when I was lucky enough to share your company. Your poems have such special meaning to me because I see George in your words. Your love was so true, so amazingly good, you both glowed with love for each other. Now your poems give your innermost feelings and I thank you for sharing your heart and soul. Wow. I'm so impressed and in awe of your gifts. Love, Gail


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Gail!! What a lovely and welcome visit. Thank you, dear lady. Those times we all shared are very precious to me. I'm so happy you came by here. Hugs and love.


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christopheranton 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

If you have felt yourself, -

With awareness of the wonder that is you, -

More fully than before,

It is because

I am a stowaway

Inside.

You are a stowaway inside all of us Nellieanna, at least those of us who are blessed by the opportunity to read your lovely poems here on HubPages.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Hellieanna, you have so much love in your heart and warmth and it all shows and comes through in your poems. Thank you for much pleasure to read.


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carrie450 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

This is a very beautiful poem Nellieanna. Your love is showing through each line.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Hi Nellieanna,

What a treat to sit back and read each beautiful poem.

It is a great reflection on the talented lady who created them.

Take care,

Eiddwen.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Christopher - what an honor to be a stowaway inside such fantastic folks! Thank you, my friend!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, hello - I do have a lot of love - but sometimes it is "tough love" - so watch out!

:-) - Thank you so much for your loving comment!! A special hug for you!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

carrie - I thank you from the bottom of my heart! You are so sweet to say that!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Eiddwen Thank you, m'dear! It's a pleasure to share with you! Hugs!


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bellawritter23 5 years ago from California

Just trying to find the end of the comments so I may post a comment was a mission with my mouse and cursor. This was absolutely stunning. Thank you Nelli. It is always a graceful warmth when reading your art.

smiles :)

bella


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

Nellieanna, this collection of your poems beams true love. Thank you for sharing such sparkling jewels with all of us. ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ of Roberta Fleck is my most favorite love song since the very first time I’ve heard it. I wish I could write a poem about her voice and her ability to load it with emotion. Take care, my friend. You are teaching us how to regard love as an art.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Aw - sorry about the inconvenience - but many thanks for your diligence! I don't help the length of the comments section by my own lengthy replies, either. I try to reform but next thing I know - I'm rambling on and on again! Hope all is well with you and I am pleased that you enjoy my efforts, bella!

Hugs - Nellieanna


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Martie - full face and so beautiful friend and cyber daughter! Thank you! Yes - Roberta Flack is certainly an artist at touching all the notes and chords of love. There is a duet she does, whose title and partner's name escape me - which is sooooo loaded with loving vibes, it is almost R-rateable. LOL. I'm so glad you came by and left your great message!


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Docmo 5 years ago from UK

What a sweet collection Nellieanna - absolutely, gloriously beautiful words of love. Each one is such a delicate flower the whole thing is like a bouquet of verse. Thanks for this!

'And when he's near

My summertime

Repeats itself once more' - aah!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

And what a lovely response, Docmo - surely one only a poet could feel and express! Thank you!!


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DavePrice 5 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

I really wanted to say something beautiful, but saddlerider said it so much better than I could, I'll just say, what he said! Lovely, my dearest Nellie, simply beautifully lovely


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dave, just your visiting my hub when I know your online time is greatly limited is a lovely compliment. And what you said is beautiful, too. As always, it resonates with your heartfelt sincerity. Thank you, dear friend.


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LaurieDawn 5 years ago

Ohh Nellieanna, you are the valentine of our hubpages! Your joy and love always shines through in your beautiful words upon these pages! You bless us all with your words and your happiness, and your smile always lights up even the darkest of days!

Blessings and hugs,

Laurie


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, LaurieDawn - and I always love typing that pretty name! It is musical! Thank you for those lovely words which I feel come from your heart. I am pleased if mine is cheering. I just want to say "banish the dark days". -

I saw something earlier today on a morning talk show, - well, actually, a decorating show, - that was inspiring. A guest was a woman with serious physical handicaps, but whose outlook was cheering to ME! She said something so important: "We create our own happiness". She also voiced another vital concept, that the first step is to love oneself. I believe that so much. Only then can one be free to be loved or love others. I realized that during times when it was extremely doubtful for me. But it's so.

This is about that woman and a book she's written:

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/advice/tips/unstoppabl

You're a beautiful person, by the way. Thank you for the visit!


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MPG Narratives 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Oh Nellieanna lovers the world over are sighing at your beautiful words. I really enjoy these words and will keep them close ...

The festival

That I celebrate

Is being close to you.

My special holiday

Is simply in your arms.

Who needs Valentine's day when you can recite words such as these every day? Thank you beautiful Nellieanna.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

mpg - you really get it. EVERY day is lover's day if it's embraced. Thank YOU.


SilverGenes 5 years ago

Nellieanna, Seventeen magazine had a model contest one year and for some reason that escapes me, I actually entered it when I was about 14. Of course, it didn't occur to me that models should be over 5 feet tall LOL. It isn't a story submission, but it has the same lesson. Don't be afraid to try... and keep on trying. Like you, I'm a bit curious about how many others submitted things to Seventeen - maybe we should form a club! :)


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

hahaha! Alexandra - You are priceless! Seriously - - we can call ourselves The Triumphant "Seventeen" Rejects! hahaha.

Oh! You are so right - one should not let backsets stop her or him. I learned about the statistics which prevail and apply to successes and rejections. For every home run Babe Ruth hit, he struck out many times. A "no" is just a step closer to a "yes". It's a fact!

By the way - I was shocked to find that models had to be T-A-L-L. I was a bit over 5 feet but not enough even to be considered, though I did model my own designs in college when part of the training was organizing fashion shows. Then when I was a Bridal Consultant, I got to model a lovely wedding gown in a store-sponsored Bridal Fashion Show. In fact my size and type was considered preferable to the professional models at the store. I guess I looked like I might actually be a bride. For one thing, I smiled! hehe.


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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast

I can see you have a great list of wonderful followers. I hope we become great friends as well. You are a beautiful writer with a great heart. Voted up awesome and beautiful.

Sweet wishes Rhonda


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Why, thank you so much, Rhonda. I'm humbled and awed by my wonderful followers, many so much better than I at writing - and they are, indeed, friends of my heart. Thank YOU for your lovely comment and I'm sue we will become friends! Yours is a loving heart and soul! I've visited your hubsite and I see that you do!


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JayeWisdom 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

Nellieanna...Your love poetry is so beautiful. No need to ask about the inspiration. You've lived such a wonderful love story, and continue to celebrate it every day, not only on Valentine's Day. JAYE


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah, Jaye. I'm touched that you notice this. That is it. Thank you. Hugs.


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Now here's a good question Nellianna, how many poems have you actually written?

Are they all as well written as these?

Who won the English FA Cup semi-final, OK you can scrap the last question.

Lovely!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Attempted humor, - I ran and looked up the English FA Cup semi-final, and finding it was UK football-related, I was truly in the dark! Keeping up with American football enough to avoid looking totally unaware is all I can do. So thank you for allowing me to scrap that question. I am a little uncertain about it still, but that's ok. Always lots to realize one doesn't know and then to be made more aware. When I visited the UK some years ago, the host was a rugby player and enthusiast so I know how intense that interest is.

I have no actual count of how many poems in my collection. All have been handwritten over many years and I'm only fairly recently trying to transcribe them to my computer, actually just in the last few months as a member of HP when I began to actually publish more of them.

I'm not rushing to do so, but so far I've transcribed 656 poems and it's hardly a dent in the stacks of thick handwritten notebooks, blank books, odds and ends of random scrap-paper with poems on them, some becoming almost faded, in that I just grabbed pencils and scribbled them when they overtook me.

I don't suppose they are all equally well written; - in fact I wrote them all strictly to capture what I was experiencing or thinking, more as journal entries which would be somewhat more private, being in the form of poetry. I sometimes thought some were good poetry too but it was not a major consideration. And some which I've simply disregarded for years are showing as being better than I noticed at the time. It's sort of an odd background, I suppose. I was always inspired to jot down my responses and ideas as poetry, but never did or could write it "on demand" very well.

I was told by close friends at the time that my stuff compared with Emily Dickinson's, whom I knew only slightly. Her life was also compared to mine, though it was even more shut off and reclusive, so that was of interest to me, once I began to learn more about her and her life. She had chosen hers, though. Mine was an unfortunate result of bad choices. Still, it was a slight resemblance, especially in that poetry resulted in both cases, and that neither of us wrote to be known or even expecting it to be seen by many people. Later, after my life changed, I continued to write but actually with less concentration as before. I still write as the spirit stirs me, spontaneously rather than to produce great stuff.

I appreciate that you think those I've published are well written. I guess it will depend on how many I get typed up and how they are received to know if any more are any good. I am pleased to find that many more are better & touch others' lives and experiences than I'd have guessed.

Thank for the visit and the comments. ;-)


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Hi Nellieanna the FA cup was a stupid joke, nothing more. Non-rhyming poetry is something that i'm just not good at, so i let others such as yourself do the entertaining for me. That's the beauty of hubpages we bounce off one another and learn in the process. I am about to join another local writer's group so that i can get more personal feedback from people one can get to know a little easier. Comments that are typed are easily misconstrued, i know this but i still find it hard to restrain myself from attempted humour. It falls flat sometimes of course, but hopefully no one will be offended. I've never kept a journal, but wish i had now as there are so many things that are lost to my memory. Never mind though, i'm enjoying interacting with people with a similar outlook, who appreciate words no matter what order or style they appear in. Perhaps you should put a book of your poems together, as i'm sure you would get a favourable response. All the best from sunny Melbourne.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

AT - I would love to possess that natural easy humor. It's such a talent! Occasionally it pops out of me, but people who can see humor everywhere and communicate it so easily truly amaze me. By the way, I just don't know enough about the FA cup t o come back with clever humor, and that's the truth! It's from having too much Capricorn in my chart or something. ;-)

If rhyme comes out as I write, I do it, but I don't strive for it. I'm satisfied if my stuff has a sort of music to it. It's a rhythm without the rhyme. It is fun that there are so many different types of style. The only ones I dislike are the trite and vacuous.

You're absolutely right. Hubpages has a unique format and it attracts unique people. The combination produces an almost magical camaraderie here. Perhaps expressing & communicating what we have to say via typed words is both the challenge and the advantage for writers. We need to be able to do just that. If we required spoken words to be clear, then maybe writing would not be our best forte. Screenwriters & filmmakers face the opposite challenge in converting written stories to film, in which details and nuances described in just written words must be converted & communicated largely by visuals and vocal expressions.

But when it comes right down to it - words, spoken or written, are inherently risky. There is no guarantee that they will be received the way they are meant because the hearers and readers are part of the equation. Their subjectivity filters and interprets whatever they encounter and however they perceive it. We do our best to express what we have to say as clearly as possible and hope that at least it will be given a fair shake. When we hit upon the more universal feelings in others it is a little more likely to happen, but as you say - it can fall flat or be taken as offensive, depending on that other end of the equation. It takes a certain amount of boldness and courage to risk it and to accept the consequences and a lot of compassion to care.

It's been suggested that I should do a book of poems and ultimately I will. Right now I'm involved in the transcribing part while I'm getting used to this much publication. It is really gratifying to hear you say you think they would get a favorable response! Thank you!


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SilentReed 5 years ago from Philippines

Your poetry celebrate the noblest of the human spirit..call it love,call it beauty,call it life. And you do it with great abundance and sharing.Plato said "At the touch of love,everyone becomes a poet". I think he meant you Nellieanna...you touch our heart and life becomes a love affair. Happy Valentine.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Aw, that's such a lovely compliment, SilentReed. Thank you, though I think Plato meant all of us, when love touches our lives and inspires us. Hugs.


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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland

Nellieannna, your poetry just flows, the words together are like a song and I so wish to find love like you had in my own lifetime. Thank you for sharing with us, it is truly a treasure you are transcribing. Namaste, my friend.


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sueroy333 5 years ago from Indiana

I love the vitality and depth of feelings you portray in your poetry. You are a joy to read!!

Happy belated Valentines Day!!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Erin - you do me great honor. Thank you. I certainly hope you do have a great love in your life. Hugs.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Sueroy- always a pleasure to see you. Belated happiness = happiness! Thank you!


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

Hi Nellieanna - I have not dropped in for a while and am so glad that I read this. The first four lines are awesome and beautiful, darn right profound.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dolores - What a meaningful and cherished comment, my friend! Thank you!

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