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Close To The Bone

Updated on October 26, 2013

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"Lotus"- watercolor   __© Nellieanna H. Hay
"Lotus"- watercolor __© Nellieanna H. Hay | Source



Over the years, I have written a lot

of poetry on myriads of thoughts,

observations, - and experiences.

Inspiration has been like suddenly

coming across a breathtakingly

beautiful pattern formed by the ice

in a puddle on the lane on the way

to the mailbox or beholding a

full moon that seems so near

I could almost reach out and touch it.


♥~Love~♥

My heart was stirred to write when hearing mournful messages whispering among wind-blown trees across the way on the side of the hill. These sights and sounds of nature just being nature seem almost to touch upon what life is "all about".

Always, words flowed expressing my impressions so naturally, there seemed no other way to proceed but to write them, let the words flow as naturally as the concoidial patterns in the ice or the glint of moon through the trees or the wind making those melodies among them, never considering or needing a purpose beyond that - just the expression itself.

Other less tangible thoughts, feelings and impressions seem to come in to me or to proceed from me to be shaped effortlessly by the magic flow into verses and pithy sayings. It feels as though I'm a mill into which or out of which raw material is fed which emerges into words I write - or do they write themselves?

Over the past years I'd shared a few of these tracks upon my soul with only a few close friends. You see, it's always "close to the bone". There's nothing glib about the baring of one's deepest feelings and soul. And they are that.

Even so, although the theme of LOVE is paramount in many of my poems, they've been the least shared. I tend to write about my impressions of these feelings to express my experience of them. It's a delicious surprise when they also seem to express others' impressions of them.

Feellings are often expressed in actions, though not necessarily. Sometimes they're expressed in dreams and fantasies or in inspirations for creativity. But it is human nature to feel and to express feelings of love and it is good. In the spirit of this theme and to share some with you here, I choose simplicity, because these are simple poems about the greatest of human experiences, which are not always the simplest, but which can be the most rewarding.

So in that spirit, from time to time, l bring a few of my love poems to you, to wish you and yours - an abundance of ~

♥~Love~♥



Love is ~

The sustenance of angels
And if we mortals
Thrive on it
A little bit,
Perhaps
We're more divine
Than we supposed.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Sout's Troth Song

Had I never known you,
I would still have known you.
As the dammed-up river
Knows the ocean,
As a barren mother
Knows her child,
As the winter's robin
Knows the tropics,
I would still have known you.
And _ I do!

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Love is like an ember
That eternally burns.
Love, that is, that's real,
That lives, and grows, and learns.

Love is like a stick
That drives to higher deeds.
Love, that is, that's great,
That knows our wants and needs.


___© Nellieanna H. Hay (written at age 14)



January

I almost loved you

As a woman loves a man,

   And it seemed good.

But reception became eroded,

     Became

          Interrupted,

              Corrupted,

                    Corroded.

        But then

    I learned - again -

To simply love you

     As a fellow human,

           And it became

                    Good again.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

 


If we supply the love

It supplies the answers.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay







We put our heads

Together literally,

Touching - forehead

To forehead,

Feeling the flow

Between them,

Freeing the flow

Such intimacy creates.

Reaching throughout us

To deepest parts of souls and bodies,

Stirring every part to respond,

Spurring every part to love totally.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay




An appetite

For moonlight,

A silver spoon

A mellow night.


Muddy boots,

A yellow wagon,

Rootless roots,

A fearsome dragon.


Tell me stories -

War's inglories,

Memories evoke.

Nevermind ~

It’s just a kind

Of going up in smoke.


~© Nellieanna H. Hay




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      msorensson 6 years ago

      I love...the poem, and you...I love you.

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      These poems bring memories of the early days of my courtship with my wife. Romance and the need to just rest a hand on each were so in the forefront then. Each day was one dependency...that's when love is the best. Great poems and good memories! WB

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      SilverGenes 6 years ago

      I love this whole thing - and that perky little face in the last poetic wish! The sunlight and the shadows and January. Sigh. You have a gift of lifting the soul and warming the heart. You really are a treasure!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Melinda, dear heart! - Lovely comments. So happy you liked this!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Ah, yes, Wayne. Young love is good, for certain. I was blessed with a later very good love, too.

      I literally used to put my forehead against George's & say "zzzzzzzzz" to indicate a mutual transference of thoughts and feelings directly from my head to his and back. A very special "thing", thus proving anywhere is an erogenous zone if one is in the frame of mind for it! hehe.

      Thanks for the great comments and visit!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you Alexandra! Yes, January is the flip side, as sometimes there is. There are both sunshine and shadows.

      And how much more interesting with those contrasts!

      BTW - I published a bit prematurely and found several typos in the intro after several comments were posted, but have fixed them. :->d

      Thank you for the lovely compliment, too!

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      SilverGenes 6 years ago

      Okay now I have to ask what that #-> means. I have no idea what most of these chat symbols are so end up using :) or when feeling the need of a nose :-)

      I saw &v) the other day and when I looked it up - nada. As for the typos, you are like me in that way. I publish, then find all kinds of things LOL.

      Nothing feels quite as wonderful as a warm hearth in January. I think perhaps surrounding oneself with things that bring joy feels like that bright, cheerful fire :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Yegads. I thought I changed that #-> because it looked logical as I was typing it here but when it printed, the # didn't align. I was inventing a smiley with a dazed look. The > for a smile was something I picked up years ago from a creative gal in Montreal. It just looks like a more pixie-like little smile. Now I see that when I changed the # to : for regular eyes, somehow I hit d under the > and it's too late to edit it, so I guess it stays. The entire smiley got divided in the middle onto the next line, so that should really be confusing. Maybe the &v) is a profile smiley? I am pretty sure a lot of them originate on the spot these days. Guess one just must try to make the best of them and let one's conscience be one's guide! LOL. I made up glasses but doubt if anyone gets 'em. @@^

      All I can say at this point is blblblbl. (that came from a friend in New Orleans.) After one has been online for 13+ years, it all begins to run together.

      While looking for some brand-new Photoshop software I seem to have misplaced or else the gremlins came in & took it, I ran across my first self-help book to try to fathom the internet, a very thick Que book. I remember looking through the many chapters of what was all purely Greek to me and stumbling across a couple of chapters I could relate to. One was on Netiquette & one was on the cutesy extras, such as acronyms & smileys. Those things gave me hope. They've come a long way since late 1996! Another thing I thought I related to but didn't know what it really referred to at the time was advice on making a webpage. I didn't know a webpage from a chat or an operating system. But the statement was that one needed to create a "presence" online,& - of course - that's what a webpage is for. But I thought it was just a general bit of advice about being online! Sort of like "BE there, don't just lurk". So when I encountered chatrooms, it was with a more positive attitude than was probably natural for me in new situations, since I was trying to apply one of the few things I got out of that $26 book about the internet! LOL. I guess I seemed more knowledgeable than I was since I was a little aware of smileys & acronyms, too, probably as much as or more than others in chat - so that helped. If only I'd known what a LOT I didn't even know enough to apply what I knew correctly! haha.

      I did start a webpage in about 6 months but that, too, was a premature effort about which I knew zip except to BE there on it & I just knew I had to DO it myself, too if I were to BE there on it.

      One thing that can be said for computers & internet use is that they move one right along almost whether or not one's geared for it. And what fun it is!

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      Christopher Antony Meade 6 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      Nellieanna. As always, beautiful poems and beautiful pictures. Thank you.

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      ralwus 6 years ago

      @:^) Here's an Elvis for you. I love you and all of your wisdom, your poetic sage advice. Hugs Nellie. Charlie

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Absolutely beautiful, Nellianna.

      If we supply the love

      It supplies the answers.

      It encapsulates exactly the way things should be. And love your beautiful pictures too!

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      They are all lovely.

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Beautifully done Nellieanna - love the stylistic approach as well!

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Love...even with a little rust,it remains the color of red that flows through a heart that learns not to give up so easily,gracious sentiment nellieanna;)

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      Nikkij504gurl 6 years ago from Louisiana

      Love is..definitely all of the above. Great poems. and just to let you know I have moved on from Robin and am actually with someone else now. Its his brother lol. Its crazy but it so natural with him, when before it was all so forced. Hes defintely the better brother, and we are both happy for once.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Hi christopheranton! So good to hear your approval! I've been out of pocket on some sticky wickets which are improving so I'm here more & happy to find I'm not totally forgotten! Thank you, dear person!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Charlie! Thanks, sweetie. So good to see you came by and like it! Hugs.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Ah, Shalini - yes - that's one of the tiny ones which say it all. Thank you for the kind comments!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Breakfastpop - thank you!!! So pleased you visited!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Audrey- thank you and appreciate your notice of the general approach! Hugs. So good to see you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Mentalist - that's a lovely bit of poetry of your own! And so wise and true. Thank you for the comments and attention

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Nikki - What good news! I'm soooooooo pleased for your new outlook. You know what to do - take it a day at a time and keep your own counsel, whomever you're with. You're fully in charge of you & you deserve the best! So I'm glad you are with the better brother. Hope he'll appreciate his good fortune!

      Glad you liked my poetry on love. Love is too valuable to bestow where it's unappreciated! Right? ;-)

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      Merlin Fraser 6 years ago from Cotswold Hills

      A deep pleasure as always, sweet words from the soul of a romantic heart. Even an old cynic like me can't help being moved.

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      Loveslove 6 years ago from England

      Merlin ...Moved..Nellieanna you are a true Magician !!

      Once again lovely words a pleasure to read

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      Tracy 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Nellieanna, You are the rare variety of a writer who can not help but write poetry with every brush of the pen! Thanks for keeping your commitment to poetry!

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Nellieanna, you are so wonderfully gifted. Those painting are so beautiful and your poems are not just lovely but also have a lot of deept meanings.. Thank you for the pleasure they gave me.

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      Nellieanna, as always I enjoyed every minute in your arty corner. The paintings and poems – too awesome for words - relaxed me from head to toes. You are the best! I love your new avatar.

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      poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Your words of love reflect the romantic, sweet soul that is you. Thank you for sharing such beauty.

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      mwatkins 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

      That's beautiful, nellieanna! you have such a way with words! And your paintings are so bright, pretty and uplifting! Thank you for being a blessing! My mom used to paint with oils and although she is gone, I catch her spirit in others, such as yourself, every once in awhile! Very nice!

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      VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Beautiful as usual! My favorite is "January" and

      'If we supply the love

      It supplies the answers."

      Thanks for sharing and allowing me to enjoy your art and poetry.

      Thumbs up!

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      miss_jkim 6 years ago

      Your poetry reminds me of Emily Dickinson. Your wording and flow seem to speak the language of that time period. Are you related to her or have you tapped into her spirit?

      Either way, it's beautiful and I enjoy your poetry just as I enjoy hers.

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      JayDeck 6 years ago from New Jersey

      Very nice Nellieanna, thank you.

      -J

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      Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Such meaningful words and pretty artwork. Thanks so much for sharing these with us. I am mesmerized.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Merlin, dear friend - and beloved "old cynic" - I'm moved that you're moved!! Thank you!!

      Hugs!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      hehe - Loveslove - uh huh - guess that's the truth! I suspect he's all warm and fuzzy deep down inside. hehe.

      And I'm so pleased you like it too. Thanks!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      TracyKarl - I'm most tickled that you like my poetry. I perceive you as someone who understands the genre quite well. Thank you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, hello - There are only a couple of the illustrations in this hub which are my paintings. The others are mostly my own photographs with my photo effects added. Thank you for noticing. I'm delighted that you sense the depth of meaning in the poetry.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Martie, dear heart - so glad they were soothing. to you!

      Actually, this was my original avatar when I joined HP - (wow! has it been 6 months ago? - yup) -when the weather was quite chilly. I changed it to one wearing cooler looking clothes when summer came upon us. I didn't take time to make a new one for this fall time.

      I must remember that your seasons are opposite in the Southern Hemisphere! It was a scientific fact and interesting but not as amazing back in those times before I knew people from that hemisphere & interacted regularly!

      Now, when talking to you as though you were next door, it easily slips my mind that you're half way across the globe until something highlights the fact - and then it blows me away! What a very special privilege it is!

      Thank you for the nice compliment!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank YOU, poetvix. Those are special words to my eyes!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Mischelle - Thank you! My mother was an artist too! She used oils, watercolors and pastels & her style changed a lot over her many years. I was going through old keepsakes recently & found one fragile little picture she did while at the Chicago Art Institude in the mid 'teens. It must have been her dark & monochromatic period. All brown,- a brown sailboat on brown water under a brown sky - with a brown castle tower on a distant shore.

      I remember seeing an all deep blue one when I was young. So many of her early works were burned or scortched when our house butned when I was about 12. Anyway - her later works were all much lighter and airier, though she always favored landschapes & natural colors.

      I feel so very honored to remind you in some way of your Mom and her paintings!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      VioletSun. Those are good favorites. Of course each one reminds me of a special time or feeling. January the month was incidental to it.

      Thank you! I'm always so pleased when you visit!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Miss_jkim - this is spooky! I'd been writing a lot of poetry over a long time when friends compared my writing to Emily Dickinson's. I'd never thought about it, barely knew of her from Literature classes, which focused more on the British writers.

      Oddly, at the time my friends mentioned this to me, even the pattern of my life was similarly reclusive & I wrote privately, just for myself and occasionally shared with close friends, though for me the reclusive lifestyle was not so much by choice.

      But I began to get acquainted with her then and over the years have read & own almost everything written which I could lay hands on about or by her.

      I even got excused from jury duty once when I'm certan it was because I was reading a book titled "Emily Dickinson" while we waited in the big room before being called to be sifted and hand-picked for various trials. When the attorney for the defense saw the title of the book in my lap, he ruled me out, & I's sure it was because the victim was an educator & a woman of refinement! LOL I suppose he thought I'd favor her, and - I did, but it didn't relate to any of that! it was because she'd been mugged by his client, who happened to be a ruffian! ;-)

      Anyway, for a time I began to feel that I was given my knack with poetry in order to continue her work, as well as to fulfill her shortened, very limited life with a greater breadth.

      One of my most treasured gifts from George is a very complete three-volume collection of all her letters edited by her main biographer and collector, Thomas H. Johnson. I like her poetry but must confess that I'm enamoured with her letters. Her quaint manner of expressing things - part of the historic times in which she lived, of course - but more, I suspect, the result of her being so apart from the world of commerce and society, - just enchants me. She loved her dog, her garden, her kitchen, her family & her room where she wrote and kept her poetry ferreted away from sight - even her own family scarsely knew of it.

      Her main social interaction was through writing letters, of course. (another lifestyle we had in common, because I was a prolific letter-writer.) She wrote cousins, neices & nephews and a few people she chanced to meet within her limited confines. She seldom left her father's house and grounds after she was grown. Of course there's speculation about some of the fervor and passion expressed in some of her verses!

      After George and I married and I retired while he was still working, I had time to spend perusing her life story and works. He knew my passion for it when he hunted down this lovely set of books for me. And he always wanted us to go to Amherst & take some creative writing courses at the college there which her famly founded. He insisted I write for college catalogues, in fact - before the internet & Google where these things are so easy to access. Amherst is still a fond dream of mine.

      So, yes, I've sometimes felt her muse was guiding my pen, as my muse. So - yes - you've hit it on the head. I am related spiritually & have tapped into her spirit. For some time I've planned to write a hub about her & have been gathering material. I've just been waiting for the right moment.

      Thanks for thiese comments! In my opinion, one of the loveliest lines in the language is from one of her letters: "Morning without you is a dwindled dawn."

      Wow.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      JayDeck - You're most welcome and thank you for the visit & kind response!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Elayne - how lovely to see you and hear your thoughts about these words and brush strokes of mine! I deeply appreciate them!

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      Sherri 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      The layout and flow of this Hub are as creative as the poems and visuals...For me, the little Orville / Wilbur exchange, which made me laugh almost to tears, was the perfect ending. For love, as for invention, the answer to whether it will work is perhaps best left open-ended, at least until the proof of the pudding. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Tee Hee - Yup, Sally - that's it! It's so true. If we could predict these things, where would the adventure, fun & excitement be? Besides all that - it's usually concerning two completely separate lives and how willing they are - and able to - mesh for the sake of love which may or may not be aerodynamically sound. (giggle)

      It's always risky business but one must be gracious & generous about its vicissitudes and enjoy the wonderment and precious moments as they ARE when they ARE. If they continue spontaneously - all the better. And committment may ensue IF one is prepared for the long flight involved!

      One thing's for sure - it's a time to apply the golden rule. If one doesn't wish to be chained or shackled unless willingly - one shouldn't expect or even want to do that to someone else!

      I so appreciate your thoughtful and fun comments, Sally. Thank you and please visit again.

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      Cheri Taylor 6 years ago from New York, NY

      This was great very sweet thanks for Sharing

      Keep moving forward

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      ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

      Your writing is like a soft breeze..it is so heartfelt. Great job. Cheers to you.

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      You are amazing. I needed a lift today, some magic, something to stir my soul and I knew just where to come. Your such a treasure and I REALLY appreciate your gift and enjoy your work is poety motion as it is not just the peice but your every word dances as if a beautiful ballerina! Bravo

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Heart Felt Book - thank you for visiting - it lets me know you! I like your work too!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Ladyjane, you're so precious! Lovely comment! Yes, it is heartfelt! Cheers back to YOU!

      And thanks for stopping by!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Katie - I am thrilled that you find it lifting. Thank you for these lovely comments. And it's amazing that I'm formulating a hub dealing indirectly with ballet! wow! Are you clairvoyant?

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Nice bouquet of poems! Beautiful! Thank you Nellieanna!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      MICKY - that's a most delightful way of putting it - Thank you!!

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      images99 6 years ago

      Love is feeling that is not generated but it comes bubbling from inside.You have lovely ways to express it,much more than words, you know how to supplement it with your lovely art work.Let it take it's course with full flow.Your work is as pure as your soul is.

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      susan beck 6 years ago from drexel hill,pa

      Wow, I didn't realize you painted those pics until I started reading the comments here. You are a gifted artist and seem like a truly kind and caring person-- only such a soul can experience the world as you do. Here's to Nellieanna!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Images99 - Thank you, kind person. I feel I know you from visiting your hubsite! Glorious work!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Steele Fields - Thank you for the kind words! Most of my poetry illustrations are painted, a few are digitally created, though. It's like a newer art form for me. And I use some photos I've done. Everything we express - it's all reporting on our individual experience of the world, isn't it? I like the way you put that. Even one's cooking style expresses a "take" on the world. Of course words and drawings have special means to communicate it. But so does music. It's wonderful to be able to relate in various ways!

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      saddlerider1 6 years ago

      The imagery in these verses were outstanding and brilliant

      We put our heads

      Together

      Literally,

      Touching

      Forehead

      To forehead,

      Feeling the flow

      Between them,

      Freeing the flow

      Such intimacy creates.

      Reaching throughout us

      To deepest parts of

      Our souls and bodies,

      Stirring every part.

      To respond..

      Spurring every part

      To love totally.

      ______© Nellieanna H. Hay

      Thank you for this wonderful share Nellieanna, you continue to take my breath away with each word you pen. Hugs.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Wow! That is high praise, Ken! It sort of takes my breath away in fact! thank you!

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      couturepopcafe 6 years ago

      "an appetite for sweet and light...rootless roots and a fearsome dragon...tell me stories." More please! L

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      What a delightful discovery - you! I visited your site just now before replying and had no choice but to follow you, as my fan letter explains. Thank you doubly for coming to my hub and commenting. There is always "more" - I'm prolific. Hope you'll visit more as well.

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      R. J. Lefebvre 6 years ago

      Nellieanna,

      Wow! We share an interest in Emily Dickenson. In my last response to you I mentioned I would like to discover other poets as unique but different. You have my vote!

      Ronnie

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Ronnie, I'm delighted to meet you and to discover common interests. Emily Dickinson could not be a better connection! I appreciate your kind regard for my poetry!! I'm also pleased that I notice you have visited and read several other of my hubs, both the poetry and the prose. Thank you!

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      Georgie98 6 years ago from UK

      These are very beautiful and some very inspiring. Such a pleasure to read. :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Georgie- Thank you! I truly do appreciate that! And thank you for the follow!

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      JinnyMarte 6 years ago

      I really loved the simplicity with which you express what is poetry and love to you... Simpply beautiful and pure sense of feeling and a very keen sense of emotions... Awesome and beautiful at the same time. I was very touched by your delicacy and yet passionate verses.. I also love your Tiger Lilly...Lillies are my favorites...Love your work...Please keep 'em coming...

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you so very much, Jinny! I'm a lily aficianada too. I particularly admire lotuses. But I keep fresh cut flowers (from the grocery store) on my coffee table and more often than not, they're oriental lilies, though I like all flowers and get hooked on one kind or another off and on.

      I will have more poetry - it's my forte. But I'm discovering my story-writing area too, and it takes more time, I suppose. It's a commitment, in a way, whereas poetry, while its foundations are deep and encompassing, - is like the blossom which comes forth, almost effortlessly, after the underground roots have matured and produce the plant and finally, the bud bursts into the blossom. All the earlier stages are underway before an words come forth.

      Hugs and I'm pleased you came by.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Had I never known you,

      I would still have known you.

      As the dammed-up river

      Knows the ocean,

      As a barren mother

      Knows her child,

      As the winter's robin

      Knows the tropics,

      I would still have known you.

      And _ I do!

      Oh how I love this hub and especially the words above.

      I always love the fragile but powerful look you give all your hubs ;and the way you present them always steeped in beauty.

      I vote up,across and shared all around. I wish you a wonderful day.

      Lots of love.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My God, Eddy, look at the comments. You are a wonder! How cool is it that you are so well-received and loved by this community? Thank you so much for the beauty you bring into this world.

      love,

      billy

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      These poems are simply beautiful. voting up & sharing.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you for writing these and thank you to those who have shared them. Your work always touches a deeper part of me--

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Eddy - thank you, my dear! I love that special poem myself. So pleased that you do! Hugs.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Billy - I have no explanation, but it is heart-warming to receive favorable attention from my peers. This was one of my early hubs; - the 20th of the mostly-poetry ones, in fact. Imagine my newbie's delight and surprise to find such warm reception! And now, to receive comments from respected fellow Hubbers still! Thank you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Marlene, dear lady - thank you! It's a pleasure to see you here!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Audrey - You're among my most respected fellow Hubbers. I appreciate your kind comments; - and if my words touch you deeply, I'm honored!

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      I have decided that in spite of rules and regulations that there are some hubbers just extremely worthy of .......are you ready ? Shhhhh .....coming bsck later and voting up pushing all the buttons again ! That's Ed's new rule for hubpreciations! .........:-}

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Ed, you're just so cute. You know, your initial hubpreciation is so gratifying, that even if you didn't return for another push of buttons, it would sustain me for quite awhile!

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      Nellieanna , To sustain such a beautiful soul for even a single moment would be the dream of any sensible man ! for instance , Just knowing of a smile on a face of you're everlasting beauty made My day!......:-}

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Awgeewillikers! Well, I'm smiling! Thank you, dear Ed! Hugs.

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Do fall in love,

      not necessarily with a person,

      an idea,

      a dream,

      this will be the reason to smile....

      Nice piece of poetry, God bless.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh, yes. girishpuri! Falling in love with a person or an idea or dream - is wonderful. Falling in love with life is my thing!

      Thank you for an inspiring comment for me to find this fine day.

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