The Value In Some Days

XLII.

The value in some days
Is in their total
Lack of value.
Being only certain
Of uncertainty
Provides a certain
Freedom from
Uncertainty


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


It's made of

Intervals,

this thing called

Life.

Mine -

this time -

So precious to me

Next time,

Could be wasted

Or sublime

Reverberate

with pleasures

tasted every minute,

Or never strife resolved

To say the truth

That's in it.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


     It is the dawn ~

The dusky cosmos

Gives way to sun disk.

The sounds of stillness

Glow rose upon my soul.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay











The morning's world's

Indifferent

To the inner state of me.

I could be dying here,

And even so, -

In that same moment,

The dew glistens,

A bird sings,

The breezes blow,

The sun arises,

The cocks crow,

A squirrel listens,

A church bell rings.

No surprises.

But there is a kind of comfort in it.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Graphic and poem by Nellieanna Hay
Graphic and poem by Nellieanna Hay



Heavens, open up

Your floors

And shower Earth

Below.

The dwindled streams

Await your flow,

The fields and trees

Are thirsty - so

Open up

To wanting Earth

Below ~


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



Wispy clouds

Finger the sky

And test

For signs

Of

Ripeness.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay




I watch,

Entranced,

The bird

Take flight

As wings begin to widen.

And in the quiet

Hours of night,

Their sounds

Caress my ears,

As spring begins to dawn,

Assuring me he's safe.

       It is my best

               reward.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


If only they moved up the glass

Reverse hourglass - photo by Nellieanna Hay
Reverse hourglass - photo by Nellieanna Hay | Source





Fruitful life

Goes begging

While futile life is fed.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay




Concierto de Aranjuez - Composed by Joaquin Rodrigo

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ahorseback 5 years ago

Nellieanna, Ummm, you are so into the moment here , and the music too ! I always thought I was a little strange in that moments of music and small pictures of serenity over power any other needs of life for me. Even at a young age I could be lost in soft strings , a bright sun playing with the moving leaves and trees And the all powerful pull of nature on my very soul. Thank you for your poetic wisdom.! I am Humbled to be first here. As I write this listening to the strings.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear ahorseback - what a wonderful comment. Yes, it is so that such moments supply a sense of serenity and emotional insight.

I was tempted to post the music first so that it could accompany reading the poetry. But you have assured me that it is possible to combine them with their present arrangements.

That Concierto de Aranjuez with a classical guitar featured has been one of my favorites for many years. I heard it first as background for an old 33 1/3 rpm vinyl record of Rod McKuen narrating some of his sensuous poetry. It etched into my being, both with its poignancy and that underlying sensuousness.

Thank you for being my first visitor to this new hub and for sharing your response to it as well as your similar experiences with nature's own poetry!


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

I wish I had known your poetry when I was twenty-one and we would sit for hours in dark coffee shops listening to Nina Simone and drinking black coffee and talking, talking, talking.

Oh then I would have shared my little book of poems by you and we would look into the distance and think of other days, and other nights, and slip into happy silences.

Nellie, your poetry above is stunningly beautiful... and the choice of the Rodrigo just accentuates the delicious melancholy.

With love,

Ian


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ian - what a lovely - yes, and delicious - waking dream. I'm becoming convinced that what everything is, is a dream. I've always suspected it is a realistic dream - or maybe a dreamy reality. I'm reading a fascinating little book, "The Four Agreements" by Don Miquel Ruiz, and it's convincing me I may have been right in my suspicions. The book was recommended to one of my stepsons by his therapist. So I felt inclined to read it and was happy I did.

You are right - the Rodrigo fits the slightly bittersweet melancholy. It's sometimes a preferable sensitivity/

Here is Nina performing another of my favorites of all time, "Ne Me Quitte Pas" - (music by Jacque Brel, lyrics by Rod McKuen) which you may enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TI8F6DbB2cE&feature...

I once made a webpage on my site about the song. http://nellieanna.com/experience.html

I'm about to have a cup of coffee, watch the new (up to 8 inches) snow outside my patio door and be glad I'm inside and not out slipping around. The snow fell atop a thick layer of ice. Traffic is a horror show. How about you? I suppose your coffee hour is long past. You're 6 hours later than here, where it is now 7:47 AM on Friday, Feb. 4th.

Well, nice thing about dreams. Clocks can be banished! So I hereby banish them!

Thank you for the niceness. I am smiling.


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

I don't need to listen to the Nina Simone (Though I will) as it is also one of my favourites. I first heard and loved her album (Yes, 12" vinyl) 'The Amazing Nina Simone' and have loved her ever since. One of my all time favourites is 'It Might As Well Be Spring'.

"Ne Me Quitte Pas", by the way, always makes me cry like a baby.


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

Seeming un-eventful days are notorious for making one dependant on reflection and hopefully discovery.;)


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

I should have learned by my earlier mistakes... If I click on URLs things go very wrong. I had my computer closed down with a "serious fault". I have the Nina Simone in my computer's memory already. But as you can see, I am back and about to be taken out for lunch as a French Restaurant a friend has just discovered.

Ian


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear - Ian - Of course, I'd surmised that Nina Simone is among your favorites. I just didn't know whether you had heard her version of "Ne Me Quitte Pas", which I'd thought also fit this hub theme. I play it on the piano and it takes me into another dimension.

Thank you for mentioning her "It Might As Well Be Spring". I remember your mentioning it in another comment or hub but had a block & couldn't seem to think of it, though that song is among my all-time favorites, ever since I saw the movie version of its Rodgers & Hammerstein Broadway musical, "State Fair" with Jeanne Crain and Dana Andrews - oh so many years ago - 1945, to be exact! I love the languorous feeling of that song. So many good songs from those lyrical musicals.

Hope your lunch is delightful! But my apologies about the URL problem. Have you tried just copying and pasting it into your browser's address window?


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Mentalist - as you know, or may know - I am seldom dependent on externals, but I fully experience the moods of what is in progress. When it is a blah-day or one with little value in the sense of being dynamic or throbbing with details, it feels right to experience it just as that is. It surely does remind one of the overall insecurity of the other kinds of experience which is more dynamic. But that nothingness feels "right" when it is in progress. It is the backdrop for other kinds of days and feelings. Of course - discovery can come more easily when other "biggies" are not crowding the day.

I always very much appreciate and benefit from your comments. I perceive you are very wise.


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

I am in awe of your amazing talent. You string together heaven in your poetry. Voted up and beautiful.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Oh my gosh, I have goosebumps as I listen to the music touch my soul which was already awakened from your soul written down in words! You had me with the first poem about certainty and the poetic journey just continued one after another. Had to read "certainty" over couple time cause it is a profound truth and I felt the comfort in your wisdom! I am one of your kindred spirits in the love of nature. Thank you Nellieanna for a beautiful beginning to my day!!!


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

Nellie, I am such an obsessional person that I have burned a CD with 80 minutes of 'It Might As Well Be Spring' by various artists. Find and listen to Blossom Dearie's version (in French). It is enchanting.

In fact, I have burned five CDs of another song I like... 'Love For Sale'. That's about 400 minutes!

I love being OCD; it's so much FUN.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Breakfastpop - what lovely praise! Thank you, kind sir!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Fossillady - Kathi Thank you! You are a beautiful soul to whom I am joyous to be akin! (And thanks to Colin for steering you my way!! I am ever grateful to him!) Hugs!!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah, Ian! I'm a bit obsessive, too, and also revel in it. I also like that I have a touch of strong discipline so that I can indulge the OCD rather at my convenience. But maybe that is just another facet of it! I'm currently obsessing about Jane Austen: - books, movies, (all 6 of her works), and the movie about her own life.

I'm listening to the Blossom Dearie's French version of "It Might As Well Be Spring". While there I sampled it by some of my special favorite performers - Julie Andrews, Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald, all good, of course. I heard a bit of some others - a couple were OK. But I have to agree that Blossom's rendition is the most magical of all! I'm spellbound!

She does a LOVELY rendition of another favorite of mine, "Someone To Watch Over Me."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oruxeiA06_4

I can't believe I didn't know this artist before! She is really wonderful. She's like a blossom, actually!

"Love For Sale" is one of Cole Porter's great compositions, though my most favorite of his works is "Night And Day", which I love excessively.

But my very MOST favorite of that era is "All The Things You Are" by Jerome Kern. I was about 12 or 13 and I kept hearing a haunting song on the radio, instrumental only, and I could never seem to catch the title. Turned out to be "All The Things You Are" and I've loved it ever since, always think of it as my personal song. Again - I did a webpage about it - well, wouldn't you know it! What else? - LOL.

http://nellieanna.com/mysong.html


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

Jane Austin! I have never read any Jane Austin except a little at teachers' College... and the Brontes. I couldn't get along with any of them I tried Jane Ayre again recently and almost went barking mad. Not for me, I'm afraid.

Have you looked at Shuvo's latest. That guy has potential. I am a little worried that he will start churning out a "poem a day" and that can never be good. I have only written 84 poems in my entire life, and that includes good, bad and "I'll get around to this later, but I don't think it's worth it".

I haven't commented yet, but thought I would wait and see what you have to say.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

OH my - I just clicked on the link to Blossom's rendition and found she sings many of my favorites - - "Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars", "Killing Me Softly With His Song", "Our Day Will Come" - to name a few!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ian - this is fun!

Jane Austen is not all Gothic gloom and doom like the Brontes & their stories are though. She herself was a feisty filly with a keen wit and brilliant mnd in an era when none of that was always (if ever) an advantage, though obviously some appreciated it.

The era (late 1700s - early 1800s) in merry England itself is fascinating and Jane Austen depicts it so well -as she could, living it as she did! She was an active person who skipped and danced, smiled and observed with a keenness more usually lacking in young women of her era. There is much more fun and frolic to her and her writings than those mad gloomy Bronte girls'. One of the 6 of Austen's books is a little on the Gothic side, perhaps, but not so it is really gloom and doom, but it is not my favorite - ("Northhanger Abbey"). I certainly didn't know how much I liked her work when I got a mere smattering of it in school. It's been in the last year or so that I've been drawn to it. In fact, it has enjoyed a general upsurge in films, which brings one back to exploring the books, too. But if it's not your cup of tea - so be it.

I have written thousands of poems and some of my early ones were lost to posterity. Still thousands or more exist and more are written as they arise. LOL. But I have never written one "to order" or to fulfill any kind of requirement - not even self-induced. Each one arose in me unsought, sometimes so urgently or fiercely, I could not have resisted putting it to paper if I'd tried. But nothing is worse, to me, than trying to write what, to me, can only emerge of itself.

So why do you think that Shuvo might be trying to fulfill some sort of assignment? Of course - he is writing in a foreign tongue and it's possible that it's a way to prompt the more natural flow, by writing with a will. Think?

Anyway,. . . .I had not looked at his latest - but I just did. He has a magnificent grasp of what the subject IS. I was fascinated by the illustration which looks like a strand of DNA between two misty faces, obviously the lovers he was attempting to address in his poem. I really love the way he began by setting out undeniable alliances between Nature's own forces which blend and unite without fear of censure. He thinks deeply and has a rather amazing ease with a language not his own. I don't suppose the assignment was to resolve the dilemma of man's morality rules vs. nature, but only to write something of merit about it which he certainly has done. It may be a strain on his personal or religious convictions, but he has addressed it with a wonderfully open mind and used examples one would be hard-put to deny.

I didn't leave a comment yet either. I was here replying to comments. But I'm ever so glad you directed me to look at his latest & I intend to respod with a comment there! You should comment as you see fit, of course; and I will look forward to seeing what your response will be!


dianeaugust 5 years ago

ONE of my favorite lines--although there are too many to put them all here, "The sounds of stillness glow rose upon my soul." Wonderful! All of it. Wonderful!! da


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh, Diane - Thank you! It's mine, too! That line was written in a most lovely experience. George and I were in Nevada - spring, 1998. We had gone at the invitation of George, Jr. to join up for a weekend get-together of his online baseball-interest chartroom friends in Las Vegas. One of his group lived in Vegas so the get together was in his back yard and home, with a few things on The Strip and a pro baseball game. We also played ball out on the street in front of his house, since it was on a dead-end cul-de-sac. It was much fun. I should find those pictures I took!

It happened that my chartroom had a get-together scheduled for the next weekend, leaving us all week to do whatever we wanted to do. We went in our little Casita RV, and it was parked in the RV park connected to one of the casinos. We knew we would have ample chance to experience the city, so we spent that weekk roaming the countryside around and near Vegas, not really wanting to stay in casinos all that much. We went to Lake Mead and to so many lovely sites. One of them was at Red Rock Canyon, where we arrived not too long before dusk. It was incredibly beautiful! We drove up to one of the higher hills, and met a couple of youngsters who offered to take our picture. So, besides a few pix we took, there are a couple of George & I together enjoying it. The pix and that little poetic line are on one of my webpages at:

http://nellieanna.com/horizonsnv.html


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

Nellieanna,

Wispy clouds...

One of the most evocative poems I have ever read of yours, the twist is sublime!!!!

C


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, ChrisL! Your approval is most valued! :-)


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you so very much for those kind words, Penny Circle. I just had to pop over to your hubsite and "meet" you before I replied here. YOU are so talented. I am delighted to find you, too.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Thank yhou for giving me so much joy in reading it.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

My pleasure, hello, hello! Thank YOU for visiting and letting me know you enjoyed it!


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Nikkij504gurl 5 years ago from Louisiana

cute and quaint!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

hehe - thanks, Nikki.


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Nellieanna I like your hourglass of time moving up instead of downward:0) However scientists like David Suzuki are advocating that present baby boomers may live until 150 and that our children could live till 250 years old.

Apparently they are experimenting positively with age reversal, could you imagine that. So my lady, you and I should still be conversing here at the hubs for another 50 years or more, wouldn't that be delightful.

I loved your poems, they are so uplifting yet meaningful in so many ways, you are an artist with words but you have been told that so many times by other fellow hubbers:0))

I am always mesmerized by your talent when I pay a visit, thank you for being you and sharing your brilliant work with us. Big hugs from me to you. I am caressing all your buttonsd:0)) as Micky Dee would say doing his chicken dance.


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I love your poetry. There is a gentle lightness, yet intrinsic depth that touches, wonders, with admiration. The Wispy Clouds is my favorite here. :)


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ken - thank you, my friend. My stepson brought me that hourglass from a trip to Germany. Fascinating thing it is.

There is surely no reason people can't live much longer - or indefinitely, for that matter. Have you ever seen the movie "Lost Horizon" - the 1937 movie, not the later musical? It's an oldie but such a fascinating story about Shangri-La - a closed civilization high in the Himalayan Mountains. It was my mother's favorite all-time movie and we saw it when it came out - I was only 5 but it left an indelible impression on me.

Thank you for the praise. I am humbled. Sometimes I wonder, "what am I doing here?? - So many superior writers all around. But I do believe that doing what one does is best. No one else can do that better - LOL.

You're such a dear. Thanks for the votes too!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Genna - What lovely compliments! I'm delighted that you like my work. Wispy Clouds has a certain something, I think. Thank you!


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JayeWisdom 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

Nellieanna...Your poems really speak to me. I never feel that a day when I don't accomplish something is wasted. There is value to me in a day (or two) when I spend most of my time just enjoying my life. When I was younger and so career-focused, I felt guilty if I wasn't doing something I considered "worthwhile." Not anymore. It is lovely to simply read two books in a row if that's how the spirit moves me! JAYE


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Exactly, Jaye. I've been "driven" at times, but I also remembered to enjoy being alive. Now I enjoy it all the time and am occasionally driven - haha. No guilt! Actually it can feel good to accomplish a project, too, but those days of just being laid back into pure enjoyment and NOT doing anything "necessary" are priceless.

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