The Shadow Of Your Smile

CXVIII.

I watched the 1965 film "The Sandpiper" again, an Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton love story set on beautiful Big Sur seashore. Its main theme music, "The Shadow of Your Smile", has long been among my favorites. The story itself is both poignant and sensual.

The role of the sandpiper is quite tender. She rescues the injured bird on the beach, splints its broken leg - with his awkward help; and throughout the movie, the bird reflects a spirit of reaching for freedom while holding back, as it hesitates to again fly free even after it has healed. She says, "He is making his own prison."

I relate to Elizabeth in a special way. We were both born in February, 1932, just a few weeks apart, so In a way, we grew up together.




I search

The shore

For signs -

A shell.

The sand,

A trinket,

Pebbles.

I find

Too much,

Too little

To be true.



And yet

I know

Whatever it may be

Will come to me

In its due time.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Theme note

Repeating

A distant,

Misty

Melody

Beating

Its pulsation

Underneath,

Pulling in fragments

Gathering the fringes

Toward its central theme

Again ~ as I remember when.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Dynamic Soft Shadows
Dynamic Soft Shadows | Source

The Dock

Moon reflection

Flame framed

By ripples

Riding 'long

The shore.


Cool perfect circle

Flies here and there

In random

Dancing shapes

Spitting,

Sprinkling Itself

Across the water.


Then settles back to oneness

At peace once more

With allies.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



Had it been too easy,

Either way,

It wouldn't be

Exactly what it is..

As it is

It says a lot

Of what

It might have been

Some other day.

Now,

Too difficult

To say or do.

Impossible

to undo.

Yet as it is -

Is understood.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Last Saturday

Was yours

Had you known it.


Today

Tomorrow

Every day.


Since you knew it not

More is needed.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Source


Growth


Strange how that about which

We are ignorant

Like a peaceful, placid pond

Lies passive.

The surface, if we notice it at all,

Seems only to reflect quietly

Our own flat image.

But upon breaking surface tension,

Whose fragile strength

Separates us from its

Secret depths,

We find to our surpass, perhaps

Another world.

We marvel that we could have been

Content without it.

So then, a little more enlightened

Than before,

We seek another pond,

Its treasures

To explore.

And so

We grow.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Today

To describe it

Requires dimensions

Unavailable.

I know and feel it

Recognize,

Yet undefined.

No definition possible -

Or needed.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Sometimes our oldest, dearest friends

Are most neglected.

Caught up by new experience,

However good -

Forgetting to recall

Those who brought us to them.

We may forget

Him who creates ourselves

As new experience of

Himself.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


© 2012 Nellieanna Hay

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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Hello Nellieanna. I cherish, love, desire subtlety. It is beautiful.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Lucky Cats -

I'm so happy for you to be back where you want to be!

I'm so pleased you visited. But at the time, I'd just barely started the hub and accidentally hit "Publish Now" instead of "Save Unpublished". That's why I only found you'd visited and commented just now when I did publish it! So I hope if you visit it now that it's finished, you will like it!

(I also love subtlety in all things intimate.) Thank you for being my very first visitor here.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

to share

with care

a word

is heard

would dare

to bare

a tide

aside


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

How lovely,Mhatter! Thank you! Hugs!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

I remember that film and the lovely theme song, nellieanna. Your poetry more than does justice to the theme, the shadow of your smile. Even Liz herself would love it. As she did Richard in real life during the making of that movie.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

So much depth! Nellieanna. So much insight, heart, wonderings, realizations...musing; knowing..and suspecting.

We find to our surpass, perhaps

Another world.

We marvel that we could have been

Content without it.

So then, a little more enlightened

Than before,

We seek another pond,

Its treasures

To explore.

And so

We grow.

I love this passage. It speaks of so much truth. When we allow ourselves to contemplate the "wholeness," the possibilities, the actualities and the 'maybes / what if's.'

Today

To describe it

Requires dimensions

Unavailable.

I know and feel it

Recognize,

Yet undefined.

No definition possible -

Or needed.

Yes...how often I've felt this way. An oft used phrase which might reflect these words you've beautifully written, could be: "defies description." Often, when trying to relate a 'feeling,' a 'realization;' (an instant of, what I would call, "total awareness") it is lost in an attempt to interpret it or explain it. I do know this experience.

Sometimes our oldest, dearest friends

Are most neglected.

Caught up by new experience,

However good -

Forgetting to recall

Those who brought us to them.

We may forget

Oh, how guilty I am, of this.

Just beautiful in all ways, Nellianna. All ups but funny. Kathy


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

DRBJ- It is a lovely film. George and I loved both the film and the music. I had trouble getting it on DV; -- had to get a collection of Taylor-Burton films to get it among them! They did have magic together, despite their very rocky relationship. Fame takes its toll even on love.

I'm so pleased you visited and enjoyed this!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Kathy - I'm so glad you returned back when there was something here beyond the title and title picture! Your comments are so encouraging. It's gratifying to know one's words 'ring true' to someone else. The words you've highlighted are special. Thank you. Hugs.


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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

This is a marvel, Nellieanna.

‘Last Saturday

Was yours

Had you known it.

Today

Tomorrow

Every day.

Since you knew it not

More is needed.’

Ohhh yessss. Perfectly ‘said’ and nuanced with a depth and subtlety that is as true as it is inescapable.

Up +++. :-)


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Yes - it is true and when ongoing - inescapable. Thank you, Genna!!


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

Nellieanna, Nellieanna, Nellieanna. Your Hubs are my favorite place to visit. You never fail to deliver what I quietly refer to as tuxedo elegance.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

And, Mike - when you've visited & left your lovely comments, I know I've eked through another time! :-) Hugs - Thank you!


Vincent Moore 4 years ago

I remember them both so well. Richard without Liz was like licking ice-cream without a cone. They were meant to be regardless of the turmoil between them. I think the best portrayal of anger let loose by Liz to Richard was in "The Taming of the Shrew" now that was explosive. Nellieanna you take words and turn them into art and beauty, you are the calm always before any storm. I come to rest my head in your lap for peace and quiet and get swept away by the tenderness of your verse. Simply beautiful, what more is there to say about your art.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh, yes, Vincent. Liz and Richard were meant to be together. My first introduction to him was in "The Robe". Remember it? The robe was Jesus' robe which the Roman soldiers argued over. Burton played the Roman tribune who was charged with crucifying Christ. Victor Mature was a Greek slave he bought (out from under the nose of Caligula who was very displeased, hence the unsavory assignment). Jean Simmons was the love interest in it. )George always thought I looked like her.) Anyway - I just brought it up online and am watching it in full!

Thank you for your lovely words - music to my ears, dear Vincent. I am pleased if I can offer you peace or comfort - or artistic delight!


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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

Elizabeth Taylor was such a beautiful woman and great actress. It's nice to be reminded of her.

Thank you Nellieanna.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Nellieanna, as always, a read in your corner is truly delightful and soul-enriching. I related to each and everyone of the poems in here and would like to emphasize the following -

"And yet

I know

Whatever it may be

Will come to me

In its due time."

~~~~

Also your last poem -

"Sometimes our oldest, dearest friends

Are most neglected.

Caught up by new experience,

However good -"

made a deep impact on me. I do neglect you, but I am always aware of your presence and I will never forget that you 'adopted' me the day I've published my first little hub and ever since then you have encouraged me to grow.

Also the rest of this poem is profound and worthy to ponder for hours...

"Forgetting to recall

Those who brought us to them.

We may forget

Him who creates ourselves

As new experience of

Himself."

Thanks again, Nellieanna, for delighting me with your deep insight and vision.

Lots of hugs going your way :)


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

My pleasure, Christopher. - She really was gorgeous. I loved her in "Lassie Come Home" when we were both 11 and was awed by her in "National Velvet" when we were both 12 and she became a star. She was always a beauty. I'm glad you enjoyed the reminder! She was an amazing person.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Martie, my dear cyber daughter! I'm always pleased when you come visit! How good that my poetry gives you food for thought.

The poem about neglecting old friends was for my own edification! It happens. Sometimes those who are more central in our line of vision get our attention! Squeaky wheels often do get the oil, as they say! :-) But what is the most gratifying is when our friends come to us because they simply want to! Only way to know which is which (they wanted to vs. they're responding to our squeaks) -- is to just wait quietly and see! So when you come by I know you want to!! I love those hugs! Hugs back and be aware that I'm always happy when your life is busy and satisfying!


IntegrityYes 4 years ago

I definitely voted up. Hugs,Nellie. HAH-HAH!


SilverGenes 4 years ago

"Had it been too easy,

Either way,

It wouldn't be

Exactly what it is.."

The Sandpiper is one of my favourite films... I get out the tissues every time. The love between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton both on screen and off is legendary and the lines above seem so appropriate for them (and the rest of us, too :)

Your beautiful poem "Growth" speaks volumes! Simply beautiful, Nellieanna!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, dear Alexandra. Their love was colossal, sweeping. And when they acted together, it seemed to exceed mere acting. But it was certainly not easy or simple, so I have to agree that those words I wrote do seem appropriate!

But is love ever really 'easy'? I have to wonder! It calls for so much from one's being. And I tend to think that growth is never so easy, either! Hugs to you! Thank you.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you for the visit, Integrity. I'm puzzled what it was which brought forth "HAH HAH", as it's not geared to humor, nor do I see any ratings for it as being "funny". Perhaps it's just a matter of definition?

The main thing, though, is whether you enjoyed it, so perhaps you did and I appreciate that.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Suddenly I am struck with the strongest desire to sit across from Mom and sob my eyes out...

Nellieanna, I am drawn to you. You have more wisdom than I have heard in two years and I miss it so badly. I may have to become a frequent flyer.

Your words take my breath away. Love, Maria


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

My dear Maria! Thank you -- your response really grabs my heart. I will always welcome you aboard my flights! You have much wisdom yourself!

Big hugs!


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ahorseback 4 years ago

Hello Nellieanna, your an awesome woman !

Among the dappled images

of moving shadows you gave a gift

There where the sun and wind filter through

the leaves causing the limbs to lift

I will carry this very gift with

me to the very last mile

That gift you gave to me

one loving shadowed smile


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

That is too lovely, ahorseback! Thank you. Your writing is just exquisite.

Hugs.


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Nellieanna - What a fabulous picture to begin the hub with. I just love it. I like all the poetry, simple and clean lines, but forcing one to think, to ponder...which is always a good thing. :) Just what I needed after three hours straight trying to iron out the academic details of a course syllabus for this fall... Oh, my... :)


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

And your comment is just what I needed, dear Theresa, after reading super-serious hubs all afternoon and delving into their premises. :-) Actually the course syllabus sounds promising, - forward-moving. That's good. I'm sure your work on it is highly constructive, too!

Thank you for noticing that picture. It really grabs me!


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Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

Hi, Nellieanna - it's been so long since I've seen that movie! I must watch it again. But the song has stayed with me for a long time, such a beautiful song, quite haunting. Thank you for sharing your beautiful poetry.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dolores - it had been too long since I'd seen it too! George and I saw it on TV several years ago and I began looking for it on DVD. It was not easy to find! Finally found it in a 4-movie series of Burton-Taylor work. It's my favorite of all of them, but the others are pretty good too. Like you - the song, "The Shadow Of Your Smile" has been a haunting presence over the years. I play it on the piano and George played it on his harmonica.

I'm so pleased you visited and enjoyed it, dear lady!


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Hi Nelllieanna, I've just completed a three day marathon reading of The Journey, and was really impressed with the effort that went into it, both organizational and emotional. I feel like I got to know the people I already knew so much better, and enjoyed meeting some writers I hadn't read before. I found myself responding to the questions too. It was a soul searching exercise. Meanwhile I've been seeing your comments popping up here and there, but keep missing you to say hello, so I looked up your latest. It's always a pleasure to read your poetry (and enjoy the artwork and music). The shadow of your smile is a beautiful song. I've not seen the Elizabeth Taylor Richard Burton film, but since it comes so highly recommended, I will have to keep an eye out for it. Hope you are finding ways to stay cool in the big Texas heat wave Nellieanna. Regards, snakeslane


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Snakeslane! I'm truly delighted that you read the whole Journey. It is so worthwhile at many levels. Personally for me, - and I perceive you got the same kind of value from it, - working with and getting to know these 15 wonderful people with whom I share a love of writing, the camaraderie of Hubpages and the generational link. Like you, I'd known some and felt much closer after the collaboration, and I met some I hadn't really known before and came to love them too.

I was deeply involved so it occupied much of June and July for me, so I've been catching up on visiting other hubs and writing a few of my own.

Both the song, "The Shadow Of Your Smile" and the movie, "The Sandpiper" are very dear to my heart. I hope you can get a chance to see the movie.

Yes, I have ways to stay cool and comfortable. I'm looking forward to fall, though - late September, hopefully!

Thank you so much for the welcome visit and lovely comments!


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tsmog 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

I sought a place to sit and chat, yet discovered an oasis. The cause was to share my hubs are placed back on the shelves. A note where we last spoke a note for you.

Like a butterfly I sought a flower for a pad to settle on. Choosing here my discovery astounded me. A believe of synchronicity, finishing the last stanza;

Sometimes our oldest, dearest friends

Are most neglected.

Caught up by new experience,

However good -

Forgetting to recall

Those who brought us to them.

We may forget

Him who creates ourselves

As new experience of

Himself.

And then, my alarm clock, an obtrusive friend, sounded. I have a tendency to write more than not. I explained that to Epi at MartieC's last hub, an attempt sharing and not ignoring. Damned if when done there was another hub. Martie will shoot me for sure, :)

I am really, really working hard to stop. Funny, in person it would take '50' caliber and his cat dozer to drag words from me, being about as stark as his desert land.

I have a favorite book titled Connections. A history book saying how here then this occurred while there the same exact thing or near to. So parting I share an adventure will be re-discovering just how the heck did I meet you, anyway :)

tim


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Gorgeous poetry! I think the one about Saturday is my favorite as it said so much in so few words. Many votes!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hi, Tim. How pleased I am that you discovered my little oasis extension (I call my own website My Oasis!). Whatever the cause - and that was a good one - glad it brought you here. I just went to it and wrote.

So that last poem rang true for you! No one else has commented on it.

Martie is patient with friends. You're unlikely to be shot. For at least half my life or longer, my main verbosity was in the written page - handwritten, which you'd think might discourage the lengthy tomes but it never did. My folks saved everything and I recently got into a whole file box of my letters to them over the years while they were alive - from when I went away to school at 15 all the way till in my 40s. Such wordiness. But I was normally silent. I joke and say, though I made excellent grades at Spanish, I could hardly "speak" a word - but then, I didn't really 'speak' English either! With my grown siblings and articulate parents growing up - I couldn't get a word in edgewise, as they say - so I just conserved them!

I guess we met through some of our online friends. We're mutual followers, so somewhere along the line, we joined each other's retinue. :-)


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Victoria Lynn - thank you! Yes, that one says much. Thanks for the visit, votes and delightful comment! Hugs.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I am late to the party but oh so happy that I finally arrived. What a beautiful human being you are. The depth of this poetry is astounding. The images that you have made real is incredible. I am now a faithful follower of Nellie and a better person because of it.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Billy - no more late than I was to yours! I'm honored that you came now! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I'm a better person for finding your depths, too.


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eddy4me 4 years ago from Wales.

Oh Nellieanna my dear friend I kept the music on as I was reading and looking at all the beautiful pictures too and a sense of peace came over me.

Since coming back to HubPages I know I have changed ;moved on and I know your words and you will inspire me even more .

You have that calm sense of dignity all around you and thank you.

I am proud to call you my friend.

Eddy.


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Beautiful and thought provoking. Cloud Explorer posted your profile on his facebook page. So I popped by. :-)


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Eddy, I feel such good vibes from your direction. Moving on ahead in life - especially in any case one had been stymied, stifled or stuffed (or felt it to be so) - is such a release and relief. One literally becomes more and more the vital person one always was and was always meant to become when ones' image of oneself and one's own reality clarifies.

We're each the creature of our own self-image and our inner belief about it. It's a subjective reality for each of us. Ever notice that? :-)

In essence, one's real inspiration arises from "in there"; but if others' words or examples help bring it to light, that's a bonus. There certainly have been some of those bonuses there for me over the years!

Hugs and thank you for your lovely comments, dear friend.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Lady_E - why, thank you, ma'm, - so much.

Cloud Explorer is quite a writer and person, isn't he? He's a real asset to HP. I'd no idea he'd posted my profile over there on FB. Very flattering and I'm pleased, since it led you to visit my hub!

Thank you for the very lovely comment and I look forward to knowing you better.


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sweethearts2 4 years ago from Northwest Indiana

It's been a while since I've been here and when I return I can spend hours just reading and re reading. I can't help but tarry in the beautiful garden of your poetry. In your own words:

Today

To describe it

Requires dimensions

Unavailable.

I know and feel it

Recognize,

Yet undefined.

No definition possible -

Or needed.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

sweethearts2 - Thank you for your special comments about my poetry and for your welcome visit!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Hi Nellieanna,

I remember The Sandpiper movie and that beautiful, haunting song.

Also, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton's passionate and volatile relationship in life and sometimes on the screen roles they portrayed.

I love the way you wrapped this hub around the backdrop of the meaning of the sandpiper and your poetry was beautiful, drawing me to reread each verse to help myself more fully absorb its meaning.

Voting this up, useful, beautiful, awesome and interesting and sharing.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Gail - What a lovely comment. Thank you! And thank you for the votes!

"The Sandpiper" was a favorite George shared with me, and it was largely because of the song. He really loved beautiful songs.

Yes, it was obvious when Elizabeth and Richard were in a movie together that there were strong passionate vibes between them. To acquire this DVD, I had to get a set of 4 of their movies, and their relationship seems clear in all of them, though in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe", it's the volatile, venomous part, which was never a secret in their affair and marriage. The other two are "The VIPs" and "The Comedians". "The Sandpiper" is by far my favorite of these four films, though there are other ET movies I also love, starting with "Lassie", "National Velvet", "A Place In the Sun", "Giant", "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof", to name a few. She was unique.

I'm pleased that you like the way I presented it and especially, that you found my poetry worth re-reading. I'm smiling. Hugs!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

I never saw "The VIPs" or "The Comedians" but loved every other movie you mentioned. I shall have to be on the look-out for the two I missed.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hope you can locate copies, Gail. Since mine were in the set, I don't know how available they are as singles. The set is titled, "Elizabeth Taylor/ Richard Burton/ The Film Collection", and it's a DVD collection by Warner Bros (WB).

"The Comedians" is a 1967 American film about Haiti in the time of "Papa Doc" Duvalier's control. He'd won an election as the President For Life" based on a record of fighting disease, but soon turned his reign into one of terror & horror. Elizabeth plays the role of wife of a foreign diplomat (Peter Usinov) but is having an affair with Burton. The film is filled with actor greats, who are much younger in it. It was filmed in Africa. I guess Haiti was too volatile at the time. Others in the cast include Alec Guiness, Lillian Gish, James Earl Jones, Cecily Tyson.

"The VIPs" is a 1963 British film, also with a stellar cast, including Taylor & Burton and also Louis Jourdan, Elsa Martinelli, Margaret Rutherford, Maggie Smith, Rod Taylor and Orson Welles. They're all booked to fly from London to the US but the flight is grounded by fog, which pretty much forces seething problems into the open. Taylor is married to Burton, a dominating tycoon who has seen her off but is unaware that she's planning to leave him for an aging international playboy (Jourdan). Lots of other strata of complications among the other folks are afoot. What surprises me is that the main one was supposed to be loosely based on the flailing marriage of Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier when she was into another of many affairs, one with Peter Finch!

Anyway - while these two films may not be my most favorite of all Elizabeth's, they're certainly worth seeing and/or having. I'm glad I have them.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

You have such a beautiful style! I always thought Elizabeth Taylor was so beautiful.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Jackie. I appreciate your visit and your lovely comment!

Yes - she always was beautiful and at every age, except when she was ill and it affected her weight & overall physical health. Then she's always recover, as beautiful as ever.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

since you knew it not

more is needed--your work always has such depth to it--and your hubs are just beautiful!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Audrey! I'm smiling. . . I suppose everyone has experienced one of those Saturdays. If so, no more need be said to share it. If not, nothing could.

:-)

Thank you! I'm humbled by your kind praise.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Nellieanna, how glad I am you visited my intereview, your visit led me here to your wonderful poetry!

What a delight to read, my favourite is 'Growth'

I have never seen 'Sandpiper' so will be searching for it on DVD....

Thank you and voted up


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Lesley - Thank you! I'm glad I visited you interview, too, and that it led you to visit my hubsite. I so greatly enjoyed discovering you!

"Growth" is among my own favorites.

I hope you get to see "The Sandpiper". It's a lovely, sensitive movie, but wasn't easy to find on DVD for me. As I've mentioned in comments, I found it in a set of several Taylor-Burton movies, but I'm happy to have the other 3, too. Perhaps it will be more available in the UK.

I appreciate your vote!


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

You have bought back the feeling of being one with the sea...... These are fabulous poems! The 'Growth' is exceptionally powerful...... It's deep meaning is profound. Absolutely beautiful! Really enjoyed it, as I do all your works, voting up and everything!

Hugs!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you for your lovely comments, Lizzie! I deeply appreciate your perception beyond the obvious!

The sea and feeling one with it is woven throughout my poetry - so many more which I've not published; I must have loved it and have been closely associated with it in another life. But, oddly enough, I'm a total landlubber in this one, though I love lakes and rivers. But the seas - especially the Atlantic and the Gulf - terrify me. I spent a weekend on Padre Island and, though I'm someone who goes to sleep instantly when I lie down, I hardly shut my eyes all night, hearing the waves and smelling the air. When we went out on a fishing boat the next day, I was hanging over the rail praying for it to be over with most of the trip! I've experienced the Altantic, both in Florida and in New England, where we rode out a storm tied to the wildly rocking dock (eating Mullagatawny soup & drinking in the galley with our folks whose boat it was) on the day we were set to go out sailing. It seems to be consistently wild when I get near it, like an animal who senses mistrust, perhaps!! I'm sure they were just coincidences, but those are my experiences & memories of it!

I'm in tune with the Pacific, though I've never been ON it - only viewed it from the shore. But even a shoreview of the Atlantic is unnerving. I guess it's waters to the East of me that scare me, perhaps relating to the prevailing winds. They always seem so furious, while the Pacific is like its name!


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

LOL, it's so good to see your perception of the sea...... Yes, the Atlantic tends to be little rough (well, more than little!) at certain time of the year..... But I love watching it, with all it's high waves crashing at the cliffs end, there is that mysterious force that pulls me towards it! :)

I loved your poems because it gives me the feeling of a calm, undisturbed water...... Thanks again for sharing such beautiful poems with us.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you for coming back by! I accitdentally duplicated the following reply, so I'm changing one of them here. haha


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

When we were in England at the White Cliffs of Dover and crossed the Channel to France, though it was facing East, it was lovely and calm. The wide, sea-like Thames coming up alongside the east coast to Maldon there was also pleasant. It was among my favorite places to visit - we went several times. And I've seen pictures of the Pacific with waves crashing on the rocks along the coast, too! My husband was in the Navy during WWII in the South Pacific and trips up the Yangtze River, and storms he encountered were REALLY enormous. So I mustn't judge it by what little I know about it, - about either ocean, really

There's a lake outside my birthtown, which is part of the International Border, one side being in Texas and the other in Mexico, which is enormous, like a small sea. And it can be rather impressive - for one thing is is extremely deep, being formed in several deep canyons in which rivers ran. The land around it is mostly semi-arid, so it's an anomaly.

But, yes, my poems are about the quieter aspects of the sea, and its depth and how it compares with life and eternity of the soul. There, on that plane, I'm very much at home. This is among my own favorites, titled "Reincarnation":

Crest my soul

Upon pinnacles

Of love and trust.

It is safe

To give and take

And to be filled,

To lap shore

Then trickle back

To sea once more,

Vital nourishment

Dissolved within

Droplets

Of thyself.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


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coffeegginmyrice 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

I would love to share these beautiful poems of yours, beautiful poet Nellieanna H. Hay at Passionate Poetry just like many others that I have shared on my poetry page on Facebook. I love your flow of words and expressions from the heart, and how again beautifully you set them at pace. The video playing in the background just added ease and warmth to your poetry.

Too beautiful!!!


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Wow, Neilleanna! Sorry, didn't see your reply....... "Reincarnation", it's beautiful! So much depth..... To lap shore, then trickle back, to sea once more.....

Do you have this poem in a collection? Did you publish it yet? I would love to see how you have arranged it with other poems. Thanks, dear.....

Have a lovely weekend!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Marites. thank you for your lovely praise of my poetry. And isn't that music lovely! Um-m-m-m!

Of course I'm flattered by your wishing to choose other venues for displaying my poetry and I checked your lovely poetry page to see where you intended to post it. To my surprise, I found a couple of them there. I admit that I'd have preferred being asked first, but of course, it's most flattering and was attributed properly.

Perhaps it will be more understandable if I share that I've written poetry all my life, and just now, at 80, am beginning to share it in a bit more public way here on HP. I've a large personal webpage of my own created from scratch in 1998 for sharing, but have used very little of my original poetry even on it! My poetry is intensely personal & has expressed and does express so much of who and what I am. It's been my closest confident, friend, confessor, and private diary for most of those years, shared rarely - and only in handwritten form with close friends till I began to share it here on HP. So I must confess that I'm a little protective. I do thank you for seeing it as it is so perceptively; and simply wanting to share it, which is most flattering. I really do appreciate that thought and your sharing it with me now! Hugs. I'll have to look further into your "Passionate Poetry" of various poetic works. I think you'll understand my feelings.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Lizzie - thank you. You're a dear!

I hadn't originally included "Reincarnation" in this hub, but your comments reminded me that there're other poems that fit this hub rather well, especially this one, so I included it in my reply to you. It's appeared in a couple of my earlier poetry collections here on HP and now it's in this comment thread. I seldom repeat a poem, but sometimes a collection just needs one.

I was reminiscing how my poetry has been preserved all these years, privately and handwritten, after the lovely compliment by coffeegginmyrice's comment above. I've 191 hubs and 130 of them are mostly or all poetry. So I'm 'published' in a sense!

"Reincarnation" was written in 1972, recorded in one of 7 or 8 very thick handwritten notebooks of my poetry, which are only a small part of my collection, handwritten in blank books, scrap paper,backs of envelopes and other various places. But since I've been on HP (not intending to publish my poetry) but deciding to begin sharing my stuff here, I've been gradually transcribing it to computer in a folder that is not stuffed with 1359 poems (270.84 GB) and it's only a fraction of all my poetry and I"m writing more all the time! I do want to transcribe it all while I'm able. If it's published posthumously, I'm ok with that. I'm looking for an Executor for my literary legacy. :-)

I've been encouraged to publish my poetry - but honestly it's not my priority, nor do I feel pressured to do so. It's hard to describe what a thrill it is just to share it among really compatible fellow writers right here where I'm enjoying sharing it with my friends here as the spirit moves me and as I see 'collections' emerge from among my trove of poems, - and add new ones to flesh out the presentations here. I totally enjoy publishing my hubs here in my own way, by the way. I'm on FB and other media but HP is my choice of where I want to 'publish' now & I seldom go elsewhere to stir interest in my hubs. I appreciate that it's spontaneous, as I prefer it to be. I also love encouraging other writers & poets to express themselves and to be 'easy' about it. So many talented folks on HP!

This is a hub I did explaining & picturing my handwritten collections: http://hubpages.com/literature/HANDMADE-MANUSCRIPT...


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

We must always remember and love and recall life's wonderful pleasures and the moments of all.

dearest one the beauty is breathtaking you are breathtaking

Debbie


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Debbie - You're the most wonderful friend and supporter, dear. Thank you. You are such a beautiful person yourself! Hugs!

ps - now I see how you happened to run across "Handmade Manuscripts" - I'd forgotten I put that link in this comment thread! I'm smiling. . .


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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

I check this hub because the title seems familiar. I heard it somewhere before. But upon reading your hubs, I was captivated by the words, the meaning and the beauty of the poem you have written.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, JPSO138 and thank you for checking on this hub. That title is to a song I dearly love fem a movie I very much enjoy, so it inspired the hub. That you’ve come and enjoyed it does my heart much good! Thank you!


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DREAM ON 2 years ago

I will have to check it out. I don't watch much t.v. When I do I never get to watch the same movie twice. To see a film you enjoyed so much reveals your heart and thoughts. Another side of you that makes you so special. I wish you and your family a wonderful Happy New Year. Better late than ever. I enjoy your variety of your hubs and your style and professionalism. Happy Sunday. The early bird gets the worm because most warms are still a sleep.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear friend, Dream On - Thank you! “The Sandpiper” may occasionally be shown as a classic movie on TV, since it was a 1965 film. It can be found on DVD if one searches. But warning: even the short 'trailer' is very ‘steamy’. The movie starred two actors whose real-life off-screen romance made headlines and may have paralleled this story. (You may be too innocent to watch but, if you want to see a little of it, you can watch a short u-tube trailer: http://youtu.be/gjYTocBozao - but I can take no responsibility for the outcome if you click it on and watch!)

With reservations, I can agree that it shows another side of me, but only in that I love a good romantic story and that it proves that I’m all grown up & am not prudish. ;-) And, of course, I’ve been blessed with a great love in my life - my precious George. It lasted every day of our lives for 29 years till he left this earth; but, including the time since then, it’s been a total of 35 wonderful years I've had such a love which is still going! My earlier romances paled beside that one! So I feel that I can write about romance with some authority! haha.

I appreciate your well-wishes for the New Year - it’s going very well so far. And I wish the same for yours! OH - yes - early birds have it figured out! Grab the worm while the critter is still sleeping - and the early bird is up and at’m! hehe

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