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Updated on November 22, 2013



Beauty is

A state of mind.


The world is


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Shepherdesses’ song

From universal majesty
To tiny little germs,
Elephants and mountains,
Slimy little worms.

The Earth pearl set in beauty
‘Mid all her chiming throngs,
While all her sights and smells
Swell to melodies of songs,

Here is abundant loveliness,
A feast for all mankind,
Whose only limitations
Live only in his mind.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Beautiful free spirits

Float and flow

To fill the atmosphere,

Caress without attachment

Set spirit free to grow

In bountiful beauty,

Becoming, here, at last -

Becoming all

It's meant to be.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Do you believe in beauty?

I do; ~

Not fantasy

Nor logic,

Nor science

Nor art,

Nor chance


It IS.

All things simply merge

In natural order,

Crystallize in awareness,

Require no magic formula

Or symbols, - to be.

Beauty renews itself,


Unknown except

As experienced

In each moment it exists

And is perceived; ~

In the beautiful

Eternal Now.

~ © Nellieanna H. Hay

Chinese bamboo flute

Each glimpse of beauty

Brightens through my day.

My heart and soul it teases.

Crackling of leaves

Beneath my step

Fallen from russet trees -

Shadows of tree limbs

Trembling on brick wall

Cast by setting amber sun -

Fireplace aromas,

Wispy arms of smoke,

Tickled by soft breezes -

A smiling friendly face

Helped with grocery stash

Wanting only, so, to please.

Gentle hush of fading day

Settles ‘round the house

As evening has begun.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Photographs from a San Francisco wedding tea ceremony + banquet
Photographs from a San Francisco wedding tea ceremony + banquet | Source

Shoreline silhouettes

Against the blazing sky.

Black - laced woods beautify

This scene I share with you.

Placid water merged with sunset,

Unicolored waves and clouds

Unify into a subtle unity

Imprinted on the view.

If I knew a way

I’d gather a sunset bouquet

To fill your inner room

With final fragrance of the day.

I’d bring to you the sea in pails

To water and to nourish it.

I'd fly away distractions

On wings of silken sails.

I’d open up the gates to freedom

So you could soar the air above

Till care became forgotten.

. . . . . I know a way! - 'tis love!

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

© 2013 Nellieanna Hay


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    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      4 years ago from TEXAS

      Manatita. Your comment is so lovely, I almost hold my breath before replying. This hub truly delights me, too. The music and scenes in the films are exquisite.

      I wish people would look back into the hubs, because no two are identical, and each has a special personality. They receive lovely attention immediately, but then, like books collecting dust on the shelf, they settle into the shadows. But none are meant to be fleeting and just 'timely'. You fully understand this one! That is so satisfying!

      Yes, I am enchanted by Chinese music, people and art. I love its majestic, though simple beauty and serenity. I admire the spirit behind it. I'm unfamiliar with Chinese Paladdin. Perhaps I shall ferret it out!

      Thank you for sharing that lovely poem. I know it is by your mentor, which makes it all the more precious. Thank you!

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      4 years ago from london

      Now I understand your source of poetry which is always so incredibly sublime! We share the same passion for Chinese music. The women are like a dream and the music augments the dream. The script-writers play with our emotions, and the actors and actresses enchants us, as if from another realm.

      I have just seen 4 episodes of Chinese Paladdin. It is incredibly breath-taking in some scenes. So Nellieanna, my lover of beauty, here is a poem for you:

      "It is an incredible privilege,

      To have the beauty of a serene mind.

      The purity of a loving heart,

      And the divinity of a humble life." - Sri Chinmoy

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you once again, Harish, for your lovely comments and compliments. It seems to me that each of my poems and each hub is like a child to whom I’ve given birth and I love the opportunity and reason to revisit them. When someone else is drawn to them and to revising them, my heart rejoices.

      That the beauty (indeed, all esoteric treasures to be experienced) exist only in the moments of now, the eternal now, means that none can be wasted outside of that moment, which is replaced with another moment as long as there is life within us, - means that the only wilderness is in being unaware of, and so missing out on, those moments. Yes, you are so right. That is indifference on the part of people, but not on the part of the beauty that is ever-available just for the seeing and enjoying. But there are more opportunities with each new moment.

      It’s my pleasure to share with you, and I enjoy your enthusiastic appreciation of my efforts. Thank YOU.

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      Harish Mamgain 

      5 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Nellie, here your poetry is just awesome and stunning ! I read this hub just once but the beauty reflected therein has filled up my mind deep beneath. The wonderful sights, earth, sunset, water and clouds, seashore, aroma... you have sprinkled so much that I would like to savor this splendor again and again. Yes, real beauty is in the very moment that is now. how indifferent we are to this and wander in the wilderness !. Loved reading this beautiful hub and enjoyed myself with all my heart and soul ! Thank you very much.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, dear poet Vincent. Again you grace my comment thread with your appreciation of beauty all about, capable of dispelling ugliness, because beauty is positive and ugliness is negative! Negative needn’t return unless it’s invited and cultivated. Positive displaces it; beauty is abundant and ever-present, eager to enter where it is invited. Its always there surrounding our souls. Such a gift!

      I am pleased if my hubs lift you a bit, but it is your own uplift that is always available for you to call upon. You purge the gloom and dankness by expressing then where others may see them defeated and so, be heartened themselves, seeing that one has but to welcome the light and fresh air in their stead.

      Thank you for the wonderful plethora of your visits today! I am so pleased! Hugs.

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      Vincent Moore 

      5 years ago

      The beauty in our world is daily revealed to us, we just have to put the ugliness of people's hatred aside to see it. Your delicate inspirations of beauty in your verses surround my spirit and chase all my dark shadows away for a time. You lift me up Nellieanna as you know you do, my spirit soars with you, even for just a brief moment when I visit your hubs, the healing balm cleanses me. I am awakened to listen to your sweet melodies and beautiful art. I drift on another plane when I am near your words, thank you sweet poet for sharing your heart and soul with us all. You are music to mine. Hugs

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Dearest Faith ~ Thank you for such a beautiful comment here, as yours ever are, by nature. You’re one of the loveliest persons on HP, because you are genuinely beautiful through and through. It gives my heart a lift whenever I read your hubs and your comments!

      I’ve been a bit teary (not in a sad way) about the death of Nelson Mandela simply because his spirit has been such a beacon, demonstrating the power of an individual with a forgiving, bright shining spirit,- to make a difference.

      What I hear being said of him by those who knew him personally, - that he knew the most significant thing he could do in the face of those who imprisoned and tortured him for 27 years for his views on equality, was to remain who he was, rather than becoming more like they were by returning harsh means back against them; but, instead, to forgive them and to lead the people by strong, but ever so kind, personal example, - which he did - with amazing results.

      So many people of good will and good spirit feel it necessary, when confronted with harshness against themselves and their precepts, to adopt more harsh means, not so much in retaliation, but in their honest effort to teach and to bring about the better way, the goodness in which they believe.

      I, for one, believe one must personally demonstrate what one hopes to influence and teach. So It does my heart good when it’s proven visibly as Nelson Mandela has done, in the company of several fine examples of history.

      Thank you for your concern about my welfare. Yes - that was a trying incident but it worked out! I know that ‘all things work together for good’ if one allows them to, and often, with less trouble than if one fights them! haha. Many daily incidents provide the opportunity to test that out! It makes me smile, how often I get to! hehe.

      Thank you for the Up++++ and sharing, too! Hugs.

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, my goodness, dearest Nellieanna, this is a superb hub of pure beauty as visually created by your words. I truly love "Do you believe in beauty" for it is a masterpiece of beauty in and of itself! Of course, the poet writing of such beauty is one who is so very beautiful.

      Such fine and exceptional poetry! I stand in awe of your gift and I am grateful you share your gift here on HP!

      On another note, I am so thankful you are okay with your incident and safely back in your home.

      Up ++++ and sharing

      Hugs and much love to you lovely lady,

      Faith Reaper

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Absolutely. Simple, meaningful things are beautiful! Hugs.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      To me, beauty signifies the simplest of things with the most meaning...

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Yes - externally engendered feelings of low self worth can be difficult to shake off, but tend to subside into obscure trivia with age and experience of living. Beginning to realize that each other person is simply someone trying to BE - even if too many foolishly or unwittingly try to do it at someone else's expense, as though it were a limited commodity that can just be spread around so far. But scratch the surface and each wants mostly to be OK.

      My reply for you is your own words: "But every individual is uniquely beautiful and has the same value as everyone else." The more of your writing I read, the more sure I am that you've overcome any or most early feelings of self-doubt. I hope so! Hugs.

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      5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Nellieanna: well perhaps i was being a bit over dramatic. I never considered myself much of a 'catch' but that comes from growing up in the 50's and 60's when being an outcast (or a black sheep) in society was detrimental to good mental (or physical) health.

      I never really got over those subconscious feelings of low self esteem, and low self worth, and am not likely to in the remaining years on this planet. But in my old age they do seem rather trivial in the big picture.

      We are what we are, and what we are (should) need no excuses..

      The great thing about writing on a site like H.P. is the opportunity for self purging of negativity.

      If you care to take a moment, I wrote an article called:

      in response to someone being insulting as usual.

      Thank you for your great kindness and compassion that always shows in you writings.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      I know nothing of that, but only that your presence as I know it is beautiful.

      Having considered myself, at best, barely passable as I was growing up, but somewhere along the line realizing that I was seeing myself through my literal single-vision, at best, I wonder if, perhaps, your judgement about you isn't single-visioned. Anyway - you're beautiful, as far as I'm concerned.

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      5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      True, then there is the other side of that coin as well. People like me who are too ugly to be seen with in public have a worse time of being socially acceptable.

      The story of beauty and the beast is only a fairytale. That does not happen in real life. I can attest to that fact.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh, yes - if ETs visited our planet, they'd surely be technologically advanced and it's not a jump to think they could also be socially advanced too. If they were able to cooperate for preparing for and enduring the space journey (surely from beyond our solar system or even our galaxy) - then they'd need to be fairly advanced socially!

      I definitely believe beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. In fact, I think that all perceptions are just that subjective, - since it's the only avenue for bringing any perception into a person! Love also paints things with beauty. Perhaps beauty triggers attraction, but it can't sustain it without the love which is less concerned with appearances. I know women who are so physically beautiful that it's a problem for them. In fact one of my nieces fits this description. Relationships atrophy at that level and give her little deep satisfaction as being truly loved as a person.

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      5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      I laughed at your comments about how E.T.s might view us as a "different" species. I have often thought of that as well. And could you imagine what they would think of us as a race if they had rid themselves of all the greed, wars, and hatefulness on their worlds?

      My favorite is: " Do i love you because you are beautiful, or are you beautiful because i love you.?"

      I suppose one could say they are both true simultaneously, since ''beauty is in the eyes of the beholder''.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, d.william. I’m quite pleased to see you here!

      Oh, yes - seeing the beauty would improve the spirits, attitudes and moods of life on this planet. On the other hand, it’s important to realize that we see or measure what is beautiful in contrast to what is not, much as we discriminate between ‘positives’ & ‘negatives’ in all other assessments & judgments. We associate features with unrelated experiences, as well - in order to categorize our assessments.

      Since life experiences tend to expose us to both extremes of most ‘values’, we probably should also give thanks for being able to tell the difference, - so that we can choose according! ;-)

      I wonder if ‘lower animals’ can discriminate between what is ugly or beautiful? Probably not, or, if so, what they deem beautiful might be more in harmony with their own looks, which we might deem ugly!

      Wouldn’t it be amazing to meet with extraterrestrials whose assessment of our ‘beautiful people’ was that they were really ugly?

      I must claim my first poem’s truth. “Beauty is a state of mind . . “ How many people who lack the standard traits of ‘beauty’ are truly beautiful because of their hearts’ and sprits’ beauty, which overshadow any superficial features? And vice-versa.

      I guess there is no valid excuse for anyone to feel deprived of beauty!

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      5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Beautiful. Another masterpiece. If we could all see only the beauty in life instead of all the ugliness, it would make life so much more pleasant.

      Beautiful video choice as well.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Aw, thank you, Wayne. I guess beauty has always impacted me. Mother wrote in my baby book that my first word was ‘pretty’; either a precursor of artistry or just being plain girl. ;-) haha.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Nellieanna, who else could conjure such thoughts of beauty but someone as beautiful as yourself.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, Laurie - It’s always a pleasure to see you! Thank you for your comments!

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      5 years ago

      Not only beautiful but inspirational.

      Your work is always great

      Thank you


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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Dr. BJ - Thank you for such kind words!

      Real human beauty is all of those, isn’t it? Beauty in nature is even perceived through human senses and minds, so it may be all of those, as well, vicariously.

      Now suddenly, I’m finding forgotten stashes of house keys! Needless to say, I’m planting them all around! Never hope to do that again, though I’m not placing any bets on it. hehe

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      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      Beauty ... observed by and written by beauty of face, mind and spirit. What could be more perfect! Hope your weekend, Nellieanna, is devoid of technicalities like lost keys. :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Shan, if I inspire anyone, it is only because something that touches me also touches the person’s own existing center of inspiration somehow. Thank you for such a gracious compliment! Hugs.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Shauna, - ah - serenity is desirable. I was glad I had a smidgen of it when I was locked out and then could find no spare key anywhere! It was a challenge, to say the least! Perhaps having written this hub just before, helped keep me optimistic!

      I’m so pleased you like the hub too! Thank you, my friend!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Karen, my dear. . . how gratifying that you think of me so favorably! Your good opinion means much to me! I love knowing I benefit you in any way! Thank you! Big hugs!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Audrey - your approval rings true. Thank you, dear poet!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Yes, Blossom, it does behoove each of us to pause to appreciate and absorb the beauty which is constantly around us here on our planet. When we fail to, we are missing one of our greatest opportunities and blessings, in fact. Yet it I can become all too easy to do just that. We’re as capable of taking it for granted or casually becoming inured to it, as we are to noticing and letting it fill our beings. It's a kind of subconscious choice we make. But when we fail to stop to take it in, we begin to feel a vague loss of reason for being.

      That old song “The Best Things In Life Are Free” says much. Yet we can too easily undervalue what is free for the taking, it seems. Even so, it it remains constant and faithful; - or so we might expect. It is our capacity to behold it which begins to dwindle if neglected and unused.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Jamie - that’s a lovely, satisfying tribute. Thank you. Hugs.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Marie - I appreciate the greeting. My morning did start\ out well that day, - prior to the house key incident. Now it’s all resolved, though, and just another memorable experience. Not that it's never happened before, but I wasn't 81 then, so more up to climbing through high windows! ;-) Whew!

      I’m pleased that my hub stirs positive responses. Thank you for letting me know yours. What a privilege!

      The little Chinese wedding tea ceremony pouch and jade bracelet are part of this hub’s visual theme, nothing more, in much the same way as the music choices are its audible theme.

      The meaning (and intention) of the poem “Do you believe in beauty. . . “ is quite positive. All those elements are included, or ‘go-into’ it, as the nails and lumber are included in a Frank Lloyd Wright building, having their essential contributions. But what any or all the parts are ‘not’ is what the building actually IS.

      Beauty can be observed and appreciated with either or both heart and mind, - preferably both - but what IT IS, itself, - is that essential quality which beauty IS, which defies definition and definitely surpasses its sundry parts and contributors, no one of which is required for it to be beauty.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, Martin, the first to comment on my hub. Thank you! Yes, you’re right. I really was inspired with this one. Thank you for noticing!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      For everyone who has so generously commented, my apology for being so long replying. If you live alone and you’ve ever lost your house key when the house was thoroughly locked, with the security alarm on; - - and neither you nor a known spare key were inside it, that is the short version of what happened! It was a good workout!

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      Shannon Henry 

      5 years ago from Texas

      I think it is positively beautiful the way you inspire people! You are synonymous with beauty!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Nellieanna, this is positively beautiful and very serene. You're the Mistress of Poetry!

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      Karen Silverman 

      5 years ago

      Obviously - i clicked the 'BEAUTIFUL' button! I love your view of the world, Nellieanna - i can't express how much you impress me on many levels!

      Your intelligence, empathy, open-mindedness, talent, and attitude are something i aspire to.

      Know that when i am faced with a challenge - i think of you and my cousin maureen...


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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Really beautiful work--truly, you are gifted

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Lovely poems and images to inspire us to see the beauty in the world around us every day.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      5 years ago from Reno NV

      Another excellent collection of poems and photographs to start my day. Thank you for sharing. jamie

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      Marie Flint 

      5 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA

      Good morning, Nellieanna!

      As usual, you have created beautiful graphics and a comforting mood. I wasn't quite sure how the little pocket purse and bracelet fit into the overall theme, but I thoroughly enjoyed the Chinese Shepherd Song and flute music.

      Your 3rd and 5th line rhymes are just enough to satisfy the ear. The contrast of elephants and mountains / slimy little worms is delightfully effective. I also really liked the phrase "tickled by soft breezes." Your words appeal to the senses.

      I would contest, though, that beauty is also science and art with its characteristics of symmetry, geometry, and color. Perhaps you intended this stanza to point out that beauty is best observed with the heart, rather than the mind.

      Thank you for a wonderful start to my day--blessings!

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      You were truly inspired here.Thank you for this.


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