Think Earth Air & Water

CXX.


I won't claim this is going to be a scientific presentation on taking care of our Earth or a diatribe against its abuse. There are many of those in circulation. I recommend seriously reading and heeding them.

This, though, is more personal. It's about caressing, valuing and loving our planet, our own habitat - personally, individually, and right now. I recommend letting it touch your deepest feelings for what it means to you and how you purpose to treat it.










This is no lecture or sermon, just a wish to remind and stir us all to THINK of the everyday riches of our planet which can so easily be taken for granted -- till they are in short supply -- or gone. Picture scenarios - times that have mattered to you, - as you think with me about these things.



Source


Breathless hush

Of Morning's dawn

Brings day upon

The Earth;

On all that lives

And breathes the air.


Sustained

Regained

Again.

And where

We greet it every time-

We meet and use it freely now,

Drink it up voraciously.

But how -

If ever, carelessly?


Let's think

Before the brink

Arrives to dim the view,

Obscure the rainbow's hue

And cause it all to cease.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



Icycles


Feeling

Sunlit morning’s frost

Encasing fragment twigs

In little jeweled boxes

Tracing geometric patterns

'Round rooftop shadows

Cast upon the barren ground.


Frozen driveway puddles

Make surreal conchoidal artistry,

Leafless limbs weave

Icy crystal laces.

And then the morning sun once more

Dissolves the magic of the morning frost,

Slipping through my fingers.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Feel the now

Upon your cheek,

Upon your brow.

Listen to it effortlessly,

Touch, taste and smell

The real of it,

Enter into it and be it.

So you'll never

Need to steal it.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Do we seek water

On the mountain top,

Perspective

'Neath the sea,

Ignoring that which IS

In quest of what is not,

Futilely?


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Source

Wonderment ~

Like pearls on strings

Dewdrops on a spiderweb

Around my head

Accompany me.

I seek and find

The things of life,

The life of things,

Which brings

Its answers, tentatively;

Peace, serene.

My heart swings

Into greater heights

With them,

Being more aware

Of all it means.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

WILD PERSIMMONS


I gathered them

Between my hands,

Tenderly,

In awe,

Sensing their inner seeds

And sweetness,

Caressing their outer skin,

Inhaling their heady perfume,

Transformed by their

Mystic power.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



Water-colored sunset

Inked in with branches

Silhouetted on the pink and gold.

Morning glory

Fades in memory.

How brief

The sweet illusions

Yet how eternal.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

What a thought provoking hub--beautifully done as well!


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Very interesting. We should give thanks for His beautiful creation, He has allowed us to enjoy. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

I just started it & accidentally published it -- I'll unpublish so as to finish it. Sorry about that, but it will get me moving! Thank you!!!!


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QudsiaP1 4 years ago

Nellie I can't see this hub. Did you unpublish it?


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Audrey - Thank you! I'm wondering if it would have been better to leave it nearly bare-boned, after receiving such a lovely comment when it was at that stage. Hope I didn't ruin it by adding more!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, Faith, my dear. Yes - we have much for which to be deeply thankful. We don't always stop to really think about the richness of our lovely planet. Thank you!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Qudsia - Sorry 'bout that. I'd just barely started the hub and accidentally published it. So I needed to unpublish and finish it. It's as finished as it will get now, I think. :-) Thanks for coming - hope you return, now that there is something here to see!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

These are all beautiful and thought provoking.

I particularly loved the 'Water-colored sunset' How brief the illusions and yet how eternal. How wonderfully described in your words.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Rosemary! Yes - each sunset is brief & an illusion because it exists in subjective perception; yet it recurs endlessly and becomes eternal in memory - - or, perhaps, in poetry. :-)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Awesome! Sharp words cutting deep into my soul...

".... How brief

The sweet illusions

Yet how eternal....."

After reading your poetry, my dear Nellieanna, I always feel rinsed and refreshed :)


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah, thank you, dear cyber daughter friend! I understand. Rosemary noticed those lines too -- see my response to her comment just above.

I can add that sunsets can be metaphoric for many of our beautiful subjective 'illusions'. Of course the light spectrum is doing its thing on at the pure whie light in space to produce the colors & light refraction we interpret subjectively. The atmosphere plays with those factors. But it all comes together as a sunset only in our interpretation. There is much about it that is incredibly brief and much that is incredibly eternal. . . . So much like love and other impressions and experiences of this wonderful life!! Isn't it all amazing - and - yes - awesome!


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Nellieanna,

For the second time today, I am unwittingly following my cyber-sister in a profound piece... The first about the love of a soul mate and this the love and appreciation of our Mother Earth and all her riches to us through the seasons.

Your work is pure and timeless. It is meant to be treasured and referred to often. Voted UP and very Beautiful. Hugs, Maria


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh, Maria - what a beautiful comment and reference. Being the snoop that I am, even before I replied, I had to go track down to what love of a soulmate you were referring. - I found it and now I, too, will follow you both back to it, to read more carefully and to savor. I'm already so touched by it, just in skimming over it and seeing the comments.

So I'm feeling quite honored to be included in the same category with Billy's tribute to the woman he loves so fully.

Yes, I do love our Mother Earth, from her rugged canyons to her lovely grasses and rivers, her forests and her mountains. The least I can do is proclaim it from time to time and remind myself and others to be gentle with her.

Thank you, my dear Maria, for a lovely compliment.


IntegrityYes 4 years ago

I voted up for sure. WHOA, Nellie! HEH-HEH!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thanks, Integrity. ;-)


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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

I especially liked these poems because they treat of real things like spider webs and icycles and transform them into visions of poetic loveliness.

Thank you Nellieanna.


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BlossomSB 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

You have said it so beautifully in your poems. I really enjoyed reading them. Voted up.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon

Hello butterfly! I have been communing with nature, painted in summer hues and seasoned with the awe and curiosity of my grandaughter. Portland for 4 days, hood river for 3 days and last night, Shakespear in the park. She affirms in me the wonder of my world, sometimes unoticed in the whole and made alive in the simplist parts. Her study of a pine cone yesterday revealed a cycle of life I rake up and discard, but she noticed something extraordinary in its presence. Perhaps she has been reading what you have written. Perhaps, it requires the child in us to awaken the all in us. But then, the child in you does not ever sleep. It simply writes and begs us to awake, to come out and play! Beautifuly done, as always.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Christopher, what a gratifying comment! Yes - real things in nature inspire much poetic ruminating. I can easily recreate the actual moments and scenes which inspired that icicle poem. The conchoidal patterns in the puddle were reminiscent of patterns in conch shells, also seen in mineral formations like flint or in fractures of quartz. It was so unexpected in an icy puddle! Spider webs - seen all over the barbed wire fences and mesquite trees after a rain at the ranch, so lovely! I should have used a photo of that. Maybe I'll add one even now! So check back! I don't have one except the one in my head for the icycle puddle.

You're so dear!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Blossom - Thank you for visiting and for the lovely comment - The vote is appreciated, too!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Alan - You surely can't fathom how much you've been missed, though you warned us you'd be away awhile, which helped dispel the feeling of abandonment! And I'd no doubt that you were having such a good time out in your beautiful area with your precious granddaughter and others in your family, which was a very pleasant awareness. Isn't it a thrill to vicariously 'see' everything anew through her child's eyes?

I can just visualize Zoe studying the pine cone in all its glory while you, smiling, study her in all hers! Wondrous. . .

I wrote a hub about Rachel Carson, whose books were inspiring to a generation to awaken us to our Earth and care better for it. But my first exposure to her work was a little book titled, "A Sense of Wonder" I got for my children, about helping kids see and appreciate the wondrous nature around them - (as if it's not vice-versa if one accompanies them in their forays)!!

Thank you for your lovely compliments. I guess the child in me has managed to survive, all right. My dad used to say to Mother, "No wonder the kids all love you: you're one of them!" - and indeed, she was, as long as she lived into her 80s.


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Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

Hi Nellieanna - your words are so beautiful and I love how you point out the real beauty of life - nature and simplicity.

(Was also amused by the comment section on how you accidentally published before you were ready. I have a great fear of doing that as I take some time on a hub before publishing it, working on it between other stuff, running out, talking to people, etc. And I have to go back and edit. I occasionally spell words backwards, repeat photos, and churn it into a big mess before it's ready. I'd hate people to see that! haha)


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

haha Dolores - you found me out! That was so amazing, really. I'd posted the title picture, the first two bits of writing and the picture with the quote. I thought I hit the 'save unpublished' button but instead hit the 'publish now' button. It was as though folks were standing by waiting, the comments came so quickly! I knew I hadn't published a hub in 9 or 10 days, but was more worried about being forgotten! :-)

I've included the same poem twice in a hub, and many other goofs. I type very fast with a very light touch, so it can easily result in typos. My little fingers barely touch the keys at times. And once before, I hit publish before the hub was ready and someone visited before I could unpublished it.

Oh well. Proves we're real people, not robots, right? Embarrassing, nonetheless. hehe

Thank you so much for your lovely comments. Nature and simplicity - yes, though some of nature gets rather complicated in its many manifestations. Deep sea life is an example, I suppose. I so admire people's accounts of all that happens there! Another amazing place is under a microscope! Such diversity!


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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Each moment we truly admire, value and treasure this earth is a moment of prayer. This beautiful and magic poetry takes me there to some of those fragile and profound moments I have experienced myself. Thank you! :-)


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Nellieanna, this is outstanding. Like a jeweller's showcase, each poem and image glows and sparkles from within. The open archway leading us in to experience all these wonders. One of your best! But I always think that until I see your next. The Mike Oldfield music is an awesome addition. I don't want to pick a favorite poem, but those wild persimmons are speaking to me as you reveal their essence in the painting and the painted word. Thank you Nellieanna for reminding me to pay attention. Regards, snakeslane


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

OH, yes, Genna - these are moments of prayer when we pause from our busy-ness to appreciate the wonders and beauty of our Earth.

It sometimes startles me that many religions seem virtually to encourage alienation and hatred - or at least, mistrust and dislike - of the natural world in all its aspects. It makes me wonder: -- if we're unable or unwilling to appreciate this that we have and to fully live it, why think we'd be prepared & fit for more wonders in a future life, if more there are, as many religions promise? If such a lovely and benign Earth merely promotes mischief, war, hatred and self-loathing from its inhabitants while exposed to it during a lifetime, what's the point? If nothing else, surely we ought to appreciate, be thankful and inspired to merit it, which are well within our capabilities as mortal beings.

It gives me such hope to witness such personal testimony as what you've just given, dear! So thank YOU!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Snakeslane, thank you for entering into the moments of special contemplation with me. The wild persimmons - ah - I have a photo of holding some black wild persimmons from the ranch in my two hands, but it's not on this computer, it seems. The painting done here in Dallas of store-bought ones, which are lovely too, of course, had to suffice.

There are other memories for me of wild persimmons, though; - in Indiana, it was a very special, exciting time of the year in the fall right after the first frost, when the green fruit turned a rich brown & became ripened to exquisite sweetness. We'd watch for the moment to go out to the countryside to find & pick them. It could become very competitive! The trees were scattered randomly around, not cultivated at all. No one claimed ownership, though everyone hoped to claim possession of the fruit at that precise moment of the year! It was just a matter of 'first there, first served' - hopefully before the animals claimed them or they fell to the ground and splattered!

Then we'd bring them home to make luscious puddings, cakes and cookies - unlike anything I've eaten anywhere else. They were so full of fairly large seeds, that the processing involved considerable elbow--grease, mashing them through a cone-shaped colander to separate seeds and pulp. It took quite a few persimmons to yield a cup of pulp! Of course, we tried to harvest enough to freeze some for Christmas treats as well as immediate pleasure! It was a highlight of the fall! I'm smiling!

Thank you for further reminding of these delightful moments, my dear.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Wow, Nellieanna, I have never tasted a persimmon, I better find some!


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

And you are welcome, always a pleasure.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Well, be forewarned: persimmons in general have the reputation of being extremely 'puckery' if they're not fully ripe. The ones at the ranch don't require the first frost to ripen them, though, as those in Indiana do. That's lucky because the first frost, if any, occurs much later in the season! Mostly the fruit down there is consumed by the wild animals - who -- ahem -- then 'plant' the seeds wherever they roam! We had bushes growing all around the cabin from this farming effort of the deer!

As for the commercially grown persimmons, maybe even imported from Asia, though I'm not sure, - I don't know how they're ripened. But if you ever bite into an unripe persimmon, your mouth will literally pucker up rather painfully! Not fun! I guess it's Nature's way of assuring the crop will mature and promulgate itself year after year!

I forgot to mention about the Mike Oldfield music, - I enjoy it so much that I usually start it to listen to while I'm replying to comments. It is lovely, isn't it? Thanks for noticing! You are always a pleasure!


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Nellieanna, Thanks for the warning. I guess it's the 'bite' that gives a zest to the baking then? Or can you eat them raw if they are ripe? Or maybe better to just fondle and paint or photograph them and then write a poem about it on Hub Pages? Love ya lady, you tell great stories in the comments.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Actually, once they're ripe and fit to eat - there is no lingering 'bite' - they are pure sweetness & unique flavor! Yes, they're quite edible to eat raw. That was another consideration when out picking them - allowing for the on-sight consumption! They were SO delicious!

It's unproductive to pick them at all till they're ripe, though. Quite honestly, those lovely ones in my painting, - store-bought - didn't begin to compare in flavor to the wild ones, especially those in Indiana, when they were ripe! So maybe in the commercial case, best to just fondle, paint, poem, etc. haha!

Thank you for that lovely compliment!! You're fun to 'chat' with in comments!


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Big smile, listening to you chatter away with Mike Oldfield playing in the background Thank you Nellieanna.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

hehehe! Now that's synergy! Hugs!

Wow - it's almost 12:30 AM. I need to work my online jigsaw puzzle for the day (which turns off my brain) and hit the sheets! Night!


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

Your poetry embraces all of outer and inner nature in my humble honest opinion, and this shows that you have an exceptional care for it all, as if you are in tuned with the truth, with the serenity of things, and so I believe you have found a way to fully express your love for life as well using nature as a sort of reflection through your poetry.

This is a sort of healing poem for sure, and I commend you on doing such an awesome job with it, its highly organized, uniquely formatted, and I love the way your words all flow, and this also shows you take time with how you construct your hubs, how you formulate your wordings into it all to create a masterpiece.

Bravo to you, you a fabulous poet, awesome stuff!

4 Thumbs Up! and getting shared where ever I can, nice one Nellieanna, and thanks for sharing it with us, oh and I also enjoyed reading the cool intro there, I'm a nature lover as well.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Hello Nellieanna,

This was beautiful and maybe we have heard the message before but never quite so soft, gently laid out, elegantly stated, and from the depths of your soul your words make us think on a deeper level. I loved this...

Sunnie


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Cloud Explorer (Mike) - Thank you from the depths of my heart. Having just visited your hub about your amazing Uncle Archie and his inspiration and influence on you, I can even more appreciate your comments on my poetry and spirit. I could tell that you not only gained from him and developed on your own, your love of science and electronics, but a deep, abiding love of nature and family. I've such respect for that!

I, too, come from people who valued the earth's natural resources and personal learning and passed it along to the next generation, as they'd received it from their forebears. Hugs.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Sunnie, sweetie - thank you for the visit and perceptive comments, my dear. You've been so busy! I must catch up with all you've done! Publishing, writing, publishing some more: - you're a busy bee! Big hugs.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Thank you, Nellieanna, for reminding us in such a beautiful, lyrical, poetic way of what we so often take for granted. With so many difficulties surrounding us, we need to stop and smell the roses more often. And give thanks for them.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Dr.BJ - I appreciate your visit and apt comment. Yes, we do need to pause from the rush of madness to inhale fragrance, feel gratitude and improve our health & longevity in the process! Thank you, dear lady!


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arb 4 years ago from oregon

Good morning butterfly. I am so delighted to see your new profile. If there was ever a garden begging visit it is now established. It is beautiful and will reflect such reality in the blink of an eye. It displays your spirit and love of life in a glance and begs entry into wonderland.


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Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

Awww, ain't nobody gonna forget you, Nellianna!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Alan. It is a good day. Of course, any day is improved by your visit. :-) And what a lovely visit it is. I'm so pleased that you like my new profile. Yours inspired me to switch, you know!

Mere slight inconveniences with the new format. Live urls are disallowed in the profile area. The Journey Table of Contents minus live links became useless, so I removed it; but it's in my Chapter 1 which will remain on top among my featured hubs. Other live links there will be missed.

Certainly, overall, it seems vastly superior to the old setup for displaying & presenting our hubs nicely. I love the choice of hubs to be featured at top! So there's a trade-off of features. I already like the new ones. It really is like a lovely garden to amble through the hubs. Thank you for that lovely description of mine, my dear friend. :-)


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dolores - why, thank you, my dear sweet friend! Honestly, though, I don't fret too much about that, though I'm aware that these things can and do fluctuate. For one thing, public opinion is a bit fickle. So it's certainly good to hear there's no direct danger of being forgotten!

Hugs, and many smiles. YOU are not going to be forgotten by me!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Beautiful and such true words which conjure up lovely images. All of nature is to be treasured. Passing this on.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Gypsy - Thank you! I've just visited your hubsite and fell in love with it. What an interesting life and family!

I'm really pleased that you like my hub, too. Oh, yes, nature is to be treasured. Life is to be treasured. Often they overlap! We need to appreciate each in order to fully appreciate the other! Hugs.

I saw you called Rasma by one of your commenters. Such a lovely name. I've quite fond of 'real' names, so with your permission, perhaps I'll call you yours. OK?


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dallas93444 4 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

I appreciate your words integrated into art. It is both stimulating and refreshing. Nature is what is what we create. Our 'nature' is who/what we are! I have missed you! Your writings are stimulating, entertaining, thought provoking and create an 'aha' moment!

Thanks for being you.

Your friend,

Dallas


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Dallas! How I've missed you, too! Thanks for visiting and letting me know I'm not forgotten.

I agree that nature is what we create, as is everything that must be filtered through our subjective perception, and that, of course is both everything and what/who we are, which makes it almost rhetorical, doesn't it?

In any case, we can enjoy the illusion of our subjectivity's accurately interpreting 'reality' but the net result and bottom line is that it IS our interpretation of what it seems to us to be and we have no other real evidence to disprove it, other than other subjective interpretations who often raise objections to ours. We learn to disregard most of those, though, for what they are: subjective interpretations posing as somehow breaking out of their own beings into what is imagined to be 'objective truth'. That may exist but so long as we're subjective beings we can't grasp it in its purity.

Thanks for liking me to be me and thank you for being you!

Hugs to a most interesting lasting friend!

Nellieanna


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dallas93444 4 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

My dad had died... It too is part of nature and its circle of life. From dust-to-dust...


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear, dear Dallas, I just looked at your hub at the time of your Dad's funeral. I feel it.

My sister, Ruth died @ 92 on 5-23-12 and attending her funeral was a release from years of a distanced relationship. I wrote of this in a couple of hubs, one about her funeral and one about the reuniting with my nieces and nephews who had been caught up in our estrangement since 1989, the result of something having nothing to do with my relationships with them, but mastered by my brother, whose control I'd had the gall to challenge. Ruth's youngest granddaughter, now 23, was born just after this breach and I'd never seen her till the funeral. The others I'd known and loved as kids were all grown up. It really can be an eye-opener.

Anyway - it's different from your situation, I know, but the point is, - yes, it's all a part of nature & circle of life, as you say. My only reason to mention it is to say that the emphasis is on LIFE - of those who live. What's done is done and cannot be reversed. What IS, is, though and must be fully lived. Regrets are useless.

I know you merely mentioned it to explain why I've not seen you much in awhile, but I exercise privileges of my ancient years to mention what it brought to my mind. I invite you to read my hub about Ruth's funeral and click on at the bottom of it to the one about the cousins.

http://hubpages.com/family/A-Tribute-To-My-Sister-...


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dallas93444 4 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Nellieanna,

Yes, I am aware and made a comment. You explored your feelings and became aware of more than what your relationship with your sister represented.

You may recall my father was a Pentecostal preacher. He was stoic, hard-nosed, stubborn and ignorant - in terms of relationships.

I had learned not to hate him. His philosophy I do not agree with.

Your wisdom shows as you know I know what we are both not saying...

Life is what we do with it. Life is living today as you noted!

By-the-way, my mom moved to Stockton, California. At the young age of 83, she has started a new chapter in her life. Life is good.

Our resiliency defines who/what we are.

I think we would both agree, this is our best time in our lives!

Your awareness and creativity has created ripples that touch people's lives. We are better for it.

Thanks for being you.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Had I thought more clearly, I'd have recalled our extensive conversation in the comments thread of the hub about Ruth's demise.

I've been hopping from one major thing to another today. I've helpers ("a staff") who are generously helping me restore my ranch to usefulness. It's 500 miles from here and further from where they live. They're returning from a trip today, in fact. They've been conferring with authorities about an involvement with the Texas Parks and Wildlife department to help finance the considerable work they've already done and plan to do more in the next year, especially to get the water system in good working order to furnish water for all the wildlife, both deer and several endangered species. I've been probing documents, scanning, sending & receiving emails and in between making a hub about the Ancient Mexican artifacts exhibit I recently saw with my friend, Val. It was in L.A. just prior to coming to the Dallas Museum of Art, BTW.

So I was hasty in my mention of that hub about Ruth. I had just read your hub about your father and saw that he was a stern Pentecostal preacher and that you'd fled the nest at a young age. I could discern that you did not hate him, but couldn't live under his rule and with his philosophy.

You Mom is a constant amazement! I visited relatives in Sacramento a few years ago and just loved that whole area.

I do most certainly agree that this is the best time of my life! The experience of being alive right here and right now is, of itself, the best ever. And I'm blessed with good health, a good mind (except when I fail to recall our conversation in that other hub's comments), challenge and much FUN. I do love the camaraderie with wonderful people here in HP.

And in a few moments my friend John will be ringing the doorbell. He is folding his church bulletins and likes to come over here and watch a movie or a "The Mentalist" episode on TV or recorded from it, as he does. I can never refuse him when he asks if it's OK. He's a creature of a fundamentalist preacher father too, but his dad was gentle. The whole community was demanding though. John thinks beyond it but still would never express his own thoughts with any of them. He always liked to come here when George was alive, too, where he could express himself without fear or hesitation.

You are a treasure.


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dallas93444 4 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Enjoy the process! Have a great day!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Of course! :-) Thank you, m'dear.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Hi Nellieanna,

I just had to come back once more and tell you this busy bee (hehe) loves you dearly...you are such a gift to us all. Some times we need to stop long enough to let those around us know how much they mean to us..

Love and hugs,

Your Texas friend,

Sunnie


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Sunnie! What a delightful surprise! Thank you for thinking to - and taking time to return and bestow on me another lovely comment! Oh yes - we do need to pause and tell people we love that we love them. We sometimes wait too long and miss the chance. You mean much to me, too, dear little Texas friend.


Vincent Moore 4 years ago

I have been in limbo. My creative juices have not been flowing like the outpouring of your heart with these truly beautiful moving verses you penned and shared here my sweet Nellieanna.

Oh to walk through the meadows ,mountains and waterfalls without disturbance from man or beast. Tis the joy and breath that we all hunger for while ridding ourselves awhile of the noisy cities and screeching of the industrial wheel as it churns daily.

You painted such splendid scenery and I felt at piece as I strolled through your masterpieces with your video playing in the background on my quiet journey. Hugs from me to you always my poet.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

This woman is no joke folks, Nellieanna is a super cool! writer, and an even better communicator for sure. I am so happy I located her on hubpages. Cheers to meeting awesome folks today! such as she.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

my dear vincent . . dear ken. It is not enough to reply routinely when you say you have been 'in limbo'. That is akin to my "fertile flux", from which birth of new vision is needed for relief, right? Juices need to become outpouring?? Ha. They sometimes sputter, at best. We can tell each other to be patient, but - whoa. What each of us awaits and requires is that surge of creativity which says we're alive and whole.

Well, guess what? We are alive all along. If we're low-juice or high, - we who have been there, are always connected. We cannot be disconnected.

The noise and fracus is other - not us. Will it ever cease? Probably not. So what? Did not Elizabeth !, Leonardo, Madame Curie - and all the others who just persisted anyway, have to endure the clamor and rise above it? So shall we.

We in our lives have only to rise. And we can.

I am pleased that you felt peace here, but that is but a moment. Find YOURS. Because you deserve it and you can.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Mike, CloudExplorer -- you're among some really great folks on this comment thread. These who have commented here are tops.

And speaking of 'no joke' -- neither are you! I'd be pleased if you became acquainted with these folks, and they, with you. I've known most of them a long while, as cyber time is measured - and they are authentic. So are you!

Yes, you've met some great folks here today! Thank you for the visit and the meaningful words!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

You have a poetic loveliness inside of you Nellieanna. You inpsired us hubbers of your great work. :) Huggs.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Spy-Myz - Thank you! That is a lovely compliment, especially from one with such a beautiful spirit! Hugs back!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

This is an amazing collection. There is such a force behind your words: "I seek and find

The things of life,

The life of things,

Which brings

Its answers, tentatively;

Peace, serene.

You are delicate and forceful at the same time. I don't know how you do it, but your poetry offers the very best in imagery and sharp verse. I am such a fan!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

beautifully expressed, the most important elements of life.

hardly do we pause and appreciate it.

voted up as awesome!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Tammy - Thank you for your most perceptive and thoughtful compliments! I do feel a gentle force when writing, though I avoid insisting. I believe most folks think their/our views worthwhile, otherwise we wouldn't hold to them. But we need to respect others' views, as well. So I try to just state mine and hope that they speak for themselves, if others can honestly see it similarly.

Thank you for being my fan! Hugs.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Ruchira! These are the most important and most basic elements, for sure - on this physical, mortal plane - which is where we are! We're not here by accident. It's our schoolroom!

Thank you for a lovely comment and your votes!! Hugs.


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agaglia 4 years ago

Nellieanna, Once again you have wowed me. The poetry - the telemetry of subject - you point the needle and sew a fine picture.

thank you. I am inspired.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

agaglia - I'm wowed by your lovely comment! Thank you! And I'm honored to be able to inspire you, since you exemplify inspiration! Hugs!


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Everywhere I look in Nellieannaland there is a monument to beauty.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

AW-w-w-w, MIke. You make a gal very pleased! Thank you for your lovely words!


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B. Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Up and Beautiful. I liked these poems.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

B.Leekley -thank you once more for gracing some of my hubs with your visits & comments! What's more gratifying than for someone to say he/she LIKES one's work! I'm honored! Thank you for the votes, as well!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Nell you're welcome to call me by my real name Rasma. It is a typical Latvian name for girls. I am using it more and more anyway. I always like to find out Hubber's real names and then I use them when I comment. Hugs.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Rasma - thank you for the permission! I also prefer real names and have called you by yours on many occasions. I came onto Hubpages with mine, Nellieanna.

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