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Updated on January 8, 2013


Sometimes fate chigger-bites

And times life differently.

So no need for worst case

To by-pass disappointment.

Welcoming whatever IS

Works just as well.

It's what must be.

How intriguing to see

What fate will do.

Had hope not risked it

Never be known

What's known now,

The joy, the thrill of loving.

Finding ultimate,

At least, deferment.

_____© Nellieanna H. Hay

Imagination falters,

Waiting for reality.

Love that's sensed

But never felt

Assumes a form

Requiring less

~ Encounter.

Mere fantasy

Invalidates release

From it.

So then invades

Real imagery once more.

Perhaps reality

Comes formless,

Yet more real.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

How good it is

To be free inside

Compared to what

It's been.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Varies, tarries

Stretches far.

But melts

Where hearts meet

In between

A distance


Out of time.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

You are, essentially,


And moonlight flow

On balmy sea.

Whatever errant wind

Flickers your flame,

Fragments your beam

Attempting to

Intrude and de-create

The essence of you

Is merely momentary.

Life resumes

Its glow, its flow

As though uninterrupted.

This is clear through eyes

Half-blind to all but Life,

The only eyes I have.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Part of loving you

Was, from the first,

A bondless bond.

Never need to think

"Is it enough?"

Or "Will it last?"

Yet perhaps, at times,

Too much


But what it is, - is.

Cannot be made so

Nor can it be made - not.

It abides.

It always warms my soul.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Charmed circle

Close to my heart.

Enter at your own risk.

Be prepared

For unscheduled

Flights of fancy!

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Torrilynn - I thank you, my new friend. I'm delighted that you find my work worthwhile!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Jim - I hope she is. At one time I truly felt my poetic mission was to bring some closure to her work, which was so sweeping, vast, & unlimited; - and to her life, which was so contained and narrowly extended. But I came to realize that it's probably the other way around! lol.

      Thank you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Yes, how good it is to be free with flight of fancy, Debbie! May we always have these built-in respites and escapes to spice up our lives! hehe - Thank you, my friend!

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      Nellieanna, i really enjoyed the poetry that you have provided here in your hub. interesting and beautiful. voted up.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Absolutely beautiful as are the illustrations. So much wonderful romantic verse on one page. Your muse, Emily, must be smiling.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      How good it is to be free. with flights of fancy.. beautiful my friend


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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Alexandra, I love to refresh with my words and images. Thank you for sharing that with me! Hugs!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Ken, dear friend and fellow poet - thank you.

      Yes we each has a Kismet - and we are on it. The Flights of Fancy punctuate it but the main sentences are always in it.

      You HAD to continue with your work. If I encouraged it, it was like a breeze to a tsunami. :-)

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      SilverGenes 5 years ago

      The first thing that caught my attention are the joyful visuals! What colour! I virtually danced down the page, reading line after line like a butterfly, the words sweet nectar. As always, I feel refreshed after reading your work, dear Nellieanna.

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      Vincent Moore 5 years ago

      It always amazes me and wakens all my senses, for you are a master wordsmith and I am humbled by the majesty of your flights of fancy. I have loved and been loved, felt the breezes of contentment, yet lost much. I believe in KISMET and we all have one. What flights of fancy this poet will venture on? he has no idea. Yet to have met you here at the Hubs and from day one have immersed ourselves in sharing our work and love to others. I thank you dear Nellieanna for being inspired by you to continue on with my work, in many ways you have been a Muse to me and for that I am very grateful. Hugs, voted UP and Shared as always.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Valleypoet - Thank you. What a lovely comment! I appreciate the votes, too.

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      Valleypoet 5 years ago

      Beautiful flowing poetry that is typical of your own unique character and style..enjoyed this, thank you for sharing..voted up and awesome:-))

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Rasma - ! Thank you, my dear! Flights of fancy are always fun trips!

      :-) Hugs.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      DDE - I like to 'meet' people who comment if I don't already know them, so I visited your hubsite just now. Fascinating! I told my friend who's here now about the beneficial fruit from around the world and he's requested the link to your hub!

      I also see that your name is Devita. Do you mind if I address you by it? It's such a pretty name!

      I'm pleased that you like my poetry hub! Thank you for the visit!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Sure took me on some wonderful flights of fancy. Passing this on.

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      Devika Primić 5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Good poetry presented in a creative way thanks

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you - I'm about to turn in for the night.

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      Hi Nellieanna, such beautiful words. I remember reading Emily Dickinson's work in highschool. I look forward to reading more of your work & books as well. Have a good night.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Hi, again! I admire your comments on others' hubs, too.

      Hope - ah yes. You may know that Emily Dickinson is my muse and hope is the subject of one of her poems:

      "Hope" is the thing with feathers—

      That perches in the soul—

      And sings the tune without the words—

And never stops—at all—

      And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard—

      And sore must be the storm—

      That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm—


I've heard it in the chillest land—

      And on the strangest Sea—

      Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb—of Me.

      ___Emily Dickinson

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      give me

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      Nellieanna- Thank you for your words of wisdom. Your poems gives me hope. Thanks for your lovely fan mail.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Marlene - I love your comments! It's so good to hear you reflecting my words back, enhanced with your understanding!

      Loving bondlessly is amazing. It's similar to unconditionally, but perhaps more effortlessly. It doesn't depend on conditions, for sure. Possessiveness has NO place in it.

      Thank you for the lovely visit and compliments!

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      You are a true poet! Your work is exceptional. I love the way these poems flow. quoting some of the lines in your poem.. " Had hope not risked it never be known, what's known now, the joy, the thrill of living." This is so true and reminds me of the quote it's better to have loved and lost than to not have loved at all. " Distance melts where hearts meet." so true, defenses come down. And the ending I loved. you never questioned that love since there was that bond right from the start. You just felt it, you knew it from that moment. It is what it is. this is my interpretation. Voting up! awesome, beautiful.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Christopher - thank you for visiting and leaving such a heart-warming comment! Big hugs!

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      Christopher Antony Meade 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      Sweet words and lovely pictures. Thank you Nellieanna, for warming my soul again.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Shauna, what a lovely comment! Yes, our butterflies emerge from ugly cocoon life, and we fly free! Not bad at all! But we do need to keep the image alive!

      Thank you for the visit, insightful input & lovely compliment!

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow! I can't comment on any one of your poems because each one spoke to me. I think what I really got from your soul was the verbiage inside the butterfly: 'The music that I listen for is the silent sound of you'. We need to read that over and over again until it is embedded in our souls and results in the beautiful wings of the butterfly who is emerging in spendor after going through life as an ugly duckling!

      Awesome expressions!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Escobana - You've caught my attention. Your comments are delightful.

      I usually visit hubsites of folks I'm just meeting on my comments threads before I reply. Well, - In your case, I couldn't leave without signing up to follow and leaving you fan mail. I'll be perusing your hubs!

      Thank you for your lovely comments. If anything I've posted caused your breath to catch, your hope to rise, and your day to end with a smile - I feel my day is successful. I'm happy and gratified!

      Warm wishes back, - from Dallas, Texas, where it's finally raining!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Mary, dear friend -- I'm honored! Your visits always remind me what a wondrous place this HP is, ever since we met on "The Journey"! It really is one amazing journey here, too! Thank you! Hope you're safe after the horrid storm up there and that 2013 is a G-R-E-A-T year for you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Leslie! You're delightful, as always! I really wouldn't wonder whether you've had a wonderful flight! The breeze it stirs always alerts me! I believe in the power of he universe too - and that it doesn't depend on my belief but I may depend on my trust in it! Some might call it faith. Either way - to oppose it is really idiotic - maybe a definetion of sin. Either way -- being open is vital. Possibilities may turn out 'either way' - but without them, it's static, non-alive. Not the way to spend one's century on earth, IMHO. :-)

      Thank you dear heart for the visit, comments and up/share! Hugs.

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      Escobana 5 years ago from Valencia

      Beautiful flow of words...they caught my breath and gave me hope...

      Thanks for ending my day with a smile!

      Up, shared, awesome and warm wishes from Valencia, Spain 20.42 p.m.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      What lovely flights you've taken us on. Everything about this is moving and heartwarming, love always sees us through and as you stated "warms the soul".

      I am only to happy to follow your flights of fantasy anytime, anywhere.

      Voted up, awesome, and beautiful.

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      Wellllll...i do hope i am included in your 'charmed circle' because i certainly enjoyed your 'flights of fancy', Nellie..

      fate and and many mysteries..

      i believe in the power of the universe and one needs to open themself to amazing possibilites..

      i've had a wonderful 'flight' - in case you're

      up and sharing dear friendxx