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Updated on August 10, 2013


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Was ever there a day for you

To be no more alone?

Was ever seer seen enough

To know what had been known?

I went an evening to a well

And saw reflections there

Of flimsy Earth and concrete sky,

Of knowing if and where.

We never thought to know too much

The viewing came unbidden;

Our eyes took all our hearts could bear

As though it were not hidden.

When we arose, another one

Rose softly on our feet;

We had not lost or gained a soul ~

We had become complete.

From ever after there’s the well

And dancing, lively eyes.

We never since need ask again,

Nor wait for 'their' replies.

When day begins or starts to fade,

Our surety more certain

Is that no end will ever be.

There is no final curtain.

〰©Nellieanna H. Hay



A letter came for me

Postmarked 1888.

Destiny, yesterday,

Today, tomorrow -

Bedraggled by its journey,

Opened by mistake,

Arrived, to wearied eyes, a gift

To comfort me in sorrow.

I turned it in my hand.

I'd never known a muse.

The fragile form misled me

I searched, I scanned,

Unknowing then,

This prize I was to use,

A letter to the world

Unsilenced, still began.

'You can!' - how puzzling, -

'Though you have never read me.'

True, I'd not known this hand before.

I hardly knew to question.

I put it safely in my heart

To ponder further still.

Not knowing why it nestled there

Nor that it ever will.

Soon words came freely to me!

Whenever life would frighten

Or inner joy outgrew

The inner space inside me,

A poem would catch the overflow;

In lines I hardly knew,

Brought me myself to know,

To always have beside me.

It ever brings me cheer.

‘Tis mine to have, adore it.

If silence serves me best

Toward circumstance or foe,

This friend in silence hears me;

A confidante and counsel,

Sweet secret resting place

For thoughts that pass before it.

A gift like this, - a sanctuary,

Finer than mere finite prize.

I never met the giver yet,

Who comes in thin disguise.

A little voice, tremendous store,

In letter to the world,

Giver has relinquished

To pass it on with more.

I must needs this gifting fill

To recompense such legacy,

To render all its dues,

To glorify its promise.

I let it freely come and go

To use me as it will!

Crystal silence, potent ecstasy,

Perpetual circumference!

Thank you, powerful poet,

My shy posthumous Muse!

〰©Nellieanna H. Hay


I came into a shadow

Too dense to light a way,

Found no past ghosts,

No finite hosts

To justify their say.

I tremble on the crest of it,

The past, reiterate.

Blubbering in the rain,

I say too much; I fabricate

The feeling known as pain.

Withdrawn within,

Emerged without,

To say that I had been.

Never doubting, I became

Once more to do this thing.

〰©Nellieanna H. Hay

If I know you well

As I desire,

I'll never know I do.

But if you disclose

Yourself to me,

I'll not know that I didn't.

〰©Nellieanna H. Hay



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    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Marlene (love doctor926) - Thank you for the lovely comments expressing your response to my poetry. I'm smiling now! Hugs!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, skye2day. It's been a long while since I've seen you, and I'm so pleased to see you now! Your words are always so inspiring and good, and arise from a heart that is inspired and good. Thank you for sharing it.

      Yes - knowing is such a gift and it is that favor you mention. Hugs and love.

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      5 years ago

      Nellieanna, this is a beautiful and inspirational collection of poetry. Deep & insightful too. I also like the 1888 letter. There's something so special and intriguing about receiving a letter personalized to you.

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      5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Nellieanna. Absolutely beautiful dear and precious sister. You are a gem in the chest of Gods treasures girl. He has put an anointing on your heart. I am blessed reading your words.

      Knowing is precious and dear, few find it. Wisdom starts at the cross. I love you sister. May Gods favor shine in abundance each day on you and yours.

      Love, Skye

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS


      Thank you, Lurana! I'm so happy to see you here! I'm rather fond of "Knowing", too. Glad you enjoyed it! Hugs!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh yes, Aga! I do want to time travel! hehe. Always intrigues me.

      Thank you for stopping by!

      You know, I wrote this reply right after you visited here, but went to your site and got all involved in reading and commenting there! Apologies for the delay posted this! Hugs.

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      Lurana Brown 

      5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Nellieanna---There is such delicate, ethereal beauty in your writing! These are lovely. "Knowing" (especially) was a joy to read. ~Lurana

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      5 years ago

      I love the old letter... It makes you want to travel in time...

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Jamie, nice to see you. Your comments are beautiful and there's so much 'between the lines' of you and your own special being. Thank you, dear person! I'm honored that you stopped by.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, Amy! It's been awhile since I've seen you, too. Such a pleasure to see you now!If you happen to read my reply to Vincent Moore above, there is much about the passage of time in it. From long-term to short-term, time, indeed changes us and our world of loved ones. It allows us to live and to BE, actually - in its moments as we go along. Thinking of the past or future is so interesting and gives a sense of perspective, but life happens in the NOW. It's a little mind-boggling when one gets to thinking about it.

      Thank you so much for your lovely comments.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear, dear Rosemary! How good to see you. It's been awhile and I feel deprived! What a delightful comment, too. Thank you so much! You have me smiling.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Vincent, my dear and loyal poet-friend, thank you. Your genuine approval fills my heart and lends a certainty that I've made poetry! I say that in the same sense I've felt on those occasions when I know I've 'made music' when I sit down to play the piano, (which is not always a certainty!). Is there any awareness more gratifying that knowing one has fulfilled the essence of what one is doing? I think not! And then when others one respects notice it, too, all the more so! :-)

      Yes, those letters are incredibly poignant. I finally scanned them so as not to stress their fragile paper & fading ink. Sad to think that schoolchildren are not to be taught to write or to read cursive handwriting. So many treasures are preserved in it.

      I'm amazed at the folksy tone of the letters. Not a one seems to be complaining, though circumstances for the soldiers during that awful war were so atrocious, and, of course, the high likelihood that many would perish was ever-present. War is so sad.

      I think I must make a hub about those letters so I can show some of them. I just now looked at one, written in 1862 to my maternal grandfather, who was 16 at the time, by his brother, 4 years older than he & off in the War. I'm doing some family genealogy & notice that brother died in 1863, a year after writing this letter. Another brother who was 6 years older & wrote some of the letters to my grandfather, died in 1864. I have to wonder if they died during their service or as a result of it. My grandfather died in 1903. Their parents migrated from Ireland in 1844. It's amazing how various actual things from the past fit together with the family history - and overlap with my Muse's life. She was born in 1830 and lived till 1886, just 4 years before my own father was born and 6 years before my mother was born. And here am I in 2013. Amazing.

      I do so thank you for your praise of my work, my friend. It means a great deal to me. Hugs back atcha!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      5 years ago from Reno NV

      Nellieanna throughout the poetry and incredible designs I kept thinking "I must comment on this," then again "I must comment on this also" yet by the end I was speechless and in awe.

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      5 years ago

      Nellieanna, you have such wonderful comments, and so well deserved after reading such gifted and well-crafted poetry. I, too, have a "thing" for time. I am always aware of it's passing, and how it changes us and those we love. I enjoyed reading your work from beginning to end. All beautiful!

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Beautiful Nellieanna

      Reading your poems is like floating in a magical land of cotten candy but with a depth of profound thought so that one emerges feeling relaxed and yet a little wiser.

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      Vincent Moore 

      5 years ago

      There is nothing more I can add to what has been said above this post comment. No matter the time of day or night, your words will always be enchanting. You are like a fairy who comes and sprinkles us all with your magical pixie dust and take us through your looking glass into your garden of magical beautiful poetry.

      To know that you have even read those letters during the civil war days, knowing how very likely many never returned to their loved ones, yet a yearning in their hearts to do so, the children being read to by their mamas that daddy will return, oh how sad it must have been.

      This is one of your finest hubs Nellieanna, your poetry speaks volumes of your enormous talent as a poet. I am beyond impressed to be even able to read, let alone share your perfect words. Thank you for pouring your words out, your Muse most definitely has found you and given you as a gift to all of us, your readers. Hugs from me to you sweet poet.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, Gwen! Yes, those lines say a lot about personal freedom! I'm glad you picked up on them! Hugs.

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      5 years ago

      Awesome as always, Nellieanna!! Sorry it took me awhile to get here. I love these lines from your poem:

      From ever after there’s the well

      And dancing, lively eyes.

      We never since need ask again,

      Nor wait for 'their' replies.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      The fact is that when I add words to a picture, especially in large font, I usually can't see the bottom one as I'm typing it. It's down below the visible part of the screen on PhotoShop Elements. There is so much else on top and bottom of that screen that the work area is rather narrow horizontally. If I minimize the picture more, I can see it all, but I usually just charge ahead with it at full size & the bottom part done blindly. Usually catch resultant errors, and guess that's how that glitch happened. Then I just didn't fully register on my brain what I saw when I had it done! As you say, it's rather a subtle error that is easily overlooked unless one is really keyed in to editing it. I'm amazed that I don't have more of those bottom word errors!

      I'm so glad you caught it!

      I'm not concerned much one way or the other with my stuff being analyzed. I appreciate it when it's obvious that the reader has gleaned from it something of value to him or her. I'm not trying to be obscure, but perhaps it is at times, much as one's thoughts would be if transcribed word for word to someone else. For me, the pleasure is served in writing it, and also in displaying it in my own settings as I do on hubs. I'm always aware of the visual value, even when just writing them originally by hand - the spacing of the words and lines, etc. And for years I thought they required my own handwriting to be correct and complete, as well being shown among others of my poems. I am never too satisfied with any one of my poems alone. There's a kind of connection, I think - an unworded aura of a moment in time in which several were written or a connection over time in which they coordinate and cooperate. But that's just me, as the saying goes.

      I've been eking along on 3 or 4 hours sleep at night and spontaneous napping in the daytime. It's almost 2:30 and I am going to bed NOW. :-)

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      5 years ago

      hehehe. ....Would you believe that I almost didn't notice it? Something seemed a little off, but I didn't think much about it and couldn't put my finger on what it was anyway. Plus, the internet service is just for a day or so and been rather crappy at best, so the pictures weren't fully loading and that was a bit of a distraction when I wanted to see them. lol. . .Anyway, I came back for another read and to see if all the pictures would load properly (glad they did, by the way, because I missed a poem on top of one the first time I was here) and then it hit me. LOL

      And so glad you have more to share! More to write, too, I'm sure. ;)

      Famous enough on HP already maybe, but perhaps your work should be in a classroom for analyzing. hehehe I find it much more enjoyable to analyze and think about the messages in a poem as it may or may not apply to me or the world in general or interpreted than to think about why a green light was used in 'The Great Gatsby' instead of any other color light. ;) hehe

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Ah, Kimmie! My sweet friend. Thank you! This gives me reason to share more on FB. I did it, thinking it would introduce my relatives there to my work, since some aren't familiar with it, or not very familiar. I hadn't realized that you wouldn't be aware of my newer hubs! There are a few others you've surely missed, too, if you're interested.

      The one before this one was and before it was - I won't go on. You could check my profile page, of course.

      You are so missed on HP!

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      5 years ago

      Nellieanna I am so happy you shared this on FB so I would not miss this beautiful gift of words. As I read them I felt like I was in a slow dance when suddenly I was wisped away...but then landing gently on soft ground. Your poetry always stirs my heart...probing deeply..making me read once again...thank you...big hugs!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      My dear Dr.BJ! You come bringing such lovely responses to my offerings. Thank you. Isn't that music wonderful? I can't get enough of their work. Seems like when I need a special video for a special hub, I'm led straight to one of theirs. They just blow me away!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Jaye, I'm truly gratified by YOUR praises. I know you're an expert, professional with written language and your tastes are exquisite, so I'm truly gratified! If any of those who drop by here don't know your work, I hope they'll visit your HP site and get acquainted with it!

      As I confessed to Faith above, the letter mentioned in the hub is imaginary. The Civil War letters I mentioned in a comment are quite real, though. The messages in those letters were poignant and so close to the heart, as you say. And, yes, some of them never returned to their 'real' lives after the war. So sad.

      Back then, anyone who didn't have that handwriting skill probably just signed his name with an "X" because he knew nothing about writing at all! If it was taught and learned, it was taught 'right'.

      When I was learning cursive, there were countless exercises making well-rounded letters and well-slanted straight ones, both upper and lower-case size and positions. We were graded on these exercises! As a result, I truly believe that learning to write cursive is an effective adjunct to learning and to learning to learn, coordinate and think.

      It's so sad that I'm hearing now that many students can't even READ cursive! So they will be unable to read the original manuscripts of the the greatest writers or even the Declaration of Independence in it's original form! Tragic! Perhaps it's what 'they' thought when hieroglyphics faded out, so maybe I'm a bit too retro. But there was a self-discipline and a coordination of brain and hand involved in learning to write cursive - more so than in printing, though of course, 'lettering' as I learned to do in making house plans for blueprints was something of an art, too. Mastering these skills forms a basis and becomes a principle to be applied in learning many other challenging things. When machines 'do' for people and 'think' for people, those faculties being replaced become superfluous and wither. Then what, if & when those other crutches are removed? sigh. Oh well, it's a rant of mine, I admit.

      Tatting - ah yes. My mother tatted! I still have a little blue dress with a double white and blue Peter Pan collar which she made me. Each of those collars has her tatting to match around its edges. She did so much handwork that has become part of the lost arts.

      Actually I wish I could claim the painting I refer to as "Western Interiors". But it was an ad in an old copy of the magazine by that name, to which I used to subscribe when I was very interior decorating minded! The work has no name of its own and is not ascribed to any artist. Just advertises some quality custom furniture to fit the kinds of interiors featured in the articles of the magazine. I've captured some of those ads with especially lovely and/or interesting illustrations, such as this one.

      This traces back to when I began my own webpages (long before Google and other sources) and needed to round up things to use on them. My own art is rather limited in quantity, so I need alternatives. When I started HP, I used up most of my own pieces on earlier hubs! haha. But I used to keep such ads as this one here, and especially those from Neiman Marcus' 'The Book', which was a monthly collection of incredibly lovely things with lovely artistic settings and was sent to card-carrying members. It surpassed their annual Christmas Book in many ways and was every month! I still am one (card carrier) but almost NEVER use it and don't receive those editions any longer; so I don't know whether or not they still publish them or if I just fail to qualify for receiving them. Sams has no such 'extra' - haha. And it's my main shopping experience these days.

      In any case, I've kept & used things from various good periodicals in some of my hubs over time. It usually requires some PhotoShop work to be able to use them, but that's part of the fun, too. The main thing I'm usually after is a well-coordinated hub setting for my poetry. I don't have to originate everything else. I haven't had much time to paint for quite awhile, it seems. So my stash of original art is limited.

      If you think I'm hub is worthy, that is my reward! Thank you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Faith! What? You can't be having a brutally tough week, surely! No one could possibly want to give you a hard time! But if you are having one, I'm pleased if my writing helps alleviate it a little. So often it's a matter of adjusting one's perspective and responses to life's challenges, isn't it?

      The letter is in my mind, too, of course. It can seem real enough to be real, and is something I've felt for many years, this virtually direct contact with my muse. I've felt it so strongly at times that I felt like I was almost the reincarnation of her. Then, again, I realize that there must be thousands who might feel like that too, and I'm just one of the bunch.

      The main thing is, I feel a keen kinship and mental rapport which I can claim for real, and have, for over 40 years, so it's become something of a 'given'. Sometimes what is tangible and what is not lose meaning as far as what is most real in one's life. In fact, almost everything we perceive is mostly our own interpretation of 'it', if 'it' really exists at all! But that's a whole 'nuther subject. ;-)

      Thank you for coming by and adding your special charm to my comment thread here!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Rasma, thank you. It's almost as much fun matching pictures and music to the poetry as it is writing it. One skill I think I can honestly claim is coordinating. I just naturally 'do' it, it seems. I am pleased that you like the effect! :-)

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Martin - thank you, dear sir. I hope it's still "me" - and that it is refreshing! Thank YOU! for saying it is. I dearly appreciate your attention! Hugs.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Leslie, my friend - I never 'set out' to write with or without rhyme, though I wouldn't consider it poetry without a subtle kind of rhythm, which I think of as its 'music'. No music, it's just prose. That's my criteria, anyway. I think there are many 'key' lines in this presentation so I'm not surprised that you didn't pick just one. Thank you for the lovely praise. As I told Shan above - these features of life, love, death - are all part of LIFE and whatever its purpose may be.

      I seldom post links to my hubs elsewhere. Doing so too often can get to be a bit 'much' and I honestly don't prefer tooting my own horn. I love to just be 'discovered' and if I'm not, it's part of the value of being discovered, if and when I am. (huh? - lol) In any case, I'm considering linking this one on my FB page for the benefit of my relatives on FB who are not acquainted with my hubs. Plus, there's an old wise saying, (Confucius, maybe): - "She who tooteth not her own horn getteth it not tootethed." (grin) ;-)

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Shan, my dear, I hope not - because I have more! :-) I guess the muse really has been busy, huh? Sometimes wisdom seeps in from somewhere. . .

      As for looking death in the eye: - after all, it's just the second most challenging experience of the complete life. The other one, of course, is birth! When one has mastered that one successfully, most of the rest till the final one are mere fine-tuning. Almost makes it all seem purposeful! Yep! At times love can be rather challenging, too, right?

      OHMYGOSH! Yikes! There IS a huge chunk of spinach in my picture title!! Thank you for noticing it! hehe. I fooled around so much with that one that I ended up goofing it up by the time I got it done. hehe. I'll go redo it, soon as I get my comments done!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Wayne, I'm so delighted that you came by and left me such encouraging comments! Nothing pleases me more than when something I've made, done or am helps to soothe and soften someone's life-experiences. Mother used to say "A mother can't pad the corners for her children" - which, of course is all too true. But there are a few buffers at times that help us pass by those rough corners. Thank you for those great words you've applied to my work. I'm truly pleased and honored.

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      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      You have created a magical hub, Nellieanna, with your anticipated lyrical poetry and the outstanding 'Secret Garden' video. Thank you, m'dear, for this exceptional treat.

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      Jaye Denman 

      5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Nellieanna - You truly deserve a worthy title for your many talents-"Mistress of Poetry", "Queen of Verse", "Artist of Acclaim" or something equivalent. It would have encompass all of your abilities, and I can't think of the appropriate word. Enjoying the many elements contained in one of your hubs is, as Martie said, "soul-enriching."

      How priceless to have in your treasure chest those letters from bygone days...written in that flowing handwriting that every schoolchild once had to master (and which will now become extinct since educators consider it useless). My grandmother--whose own handwriting was near perfection--urged me as a child to improve my handwriting skills. Alas! I regret that I never mastered that art, or even came close.

      Of course, it is the contents of your letters that really matter--the words that convey feelings between those who were apart during a very dangerous time...many of whom were not reunited.

      As usual, the pictures on your hub engage the senses. I love the vintage cloth with tatting surrounding the picture of the little girl. Tatting is nearly a lost art in itself.

      I love the painting "Western Interiors." It belongs in a gallery. Is that one of your own paintings? You are truly multi-talented and should be famous.

      Thanks, again, for sharing your many talents with your numerous HP fans. Next stop: the World and worldwide fame! If each of your fans shares your hubs (and talents) on every venue to which he/she has access, fame should arrive soon and justly so.

      Voted Up, Awesome and Beautiful

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      What a lovely write here to read after a very tough week in this sometimes brutal life! You bring such freshness to life, even in the receiving of that old letter, which I would love to receive such and hold in my hands in awe with a bit of intrigue! I really of secret garden too.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      Thank you once again for this enchanting write here as always,

      Faith Reaper

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. I just love your poetry Nell and the pictures make it just perfect. Passing this on.

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Another side of you? Yet still refreshing. thank you

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      Shannon Henry 

      5 years ago from Texas

      P.S. - There's spinach in your picture title. ;)

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      Shannon Henry 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Leslie. . .only you could make me imagine a Miss Grim Reaper and make it sound glamorous! ahahaha

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      Karen Silverman 

      5 years ago

      i love the light rhythm and rhyme here, Nellieanna! There were so many lines that amazed me that in the end - i chose none to highlight specifically.

      You are a mistress of words, of life, of love - and even - of death!

      sharing on and simply gob-smacked, dear friend..

      have a lovely weekend..

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      Shannon Henry 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Nellieanna, I don't think I'll ever tire of your poetry. It has a classic feel to it....kind of like a modern day version of your muse. ;). Plus, there's ALWAYS something of value to ponder within your words.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      What reflections to be seen in the beautiful still waters Of Nellieanna. And what a well of wealth and wonder you are my dear friend. I have had a very tough week, and your words are soothing.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Martie, my dear one, thank you. I always feel that your visits to my hubs are sort of where you belong. ;-) I know how busy you are in your own family and life, so, all the more, I appreciate your enjoying visits to mine, too! Thank you and I love you! (So many wondrous new developments in mine, btw! We need a long talk! ;-) )

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Bill, that is high praise, indeed! Thank you~! Though I'm such a landlubber, I've only been close to any ocean or gulf briefly and seldom, the tides seems to speak to me and through me in my poetry, I think. The crest and fall - the sweep in and retreat back out. Such amazing physical phenomena. These were written later than many of my poems, in fact; - and have been highly updated currently. I always write longhand - and it usually stayed as first penned. On the computer gives more opportunity for revision, and often the result is almost a new poem. In fact, I used to say that: for me, making changes is virtually writing another, newer poem! So thank you for that keen observation!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Shauna - thank you. I'm pleased that you like my poetry.

      Yes, I have a 'thing' about Time and even about time travel. I like my own time and the 'now' continues to engage and excite me, but so much of it is the unfolding of and from what has gone before, which needs due notice.

      I have actual, very fragile letters written during the Civil War between members of Mother's family, written from campgrounds at & near those battlegrounds, writing home to loved ones. They were in Indiana and Illinois regiments. It's incredible to read them, as they ask about children and try to feel their connections with home.

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      Martie Coetser 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      What a beautiful secret garden and music and poems..... What a delight to spend time in your hubs, my dear Nellieanna. Absolutely soul-enriching :)

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love the direction you took with this....the rhythm of the poem was perfect....the flow of the tides is what it reminded me of....Nellieanna, your poetry continues to improve and this was lovely.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Beautiful poetry, Nellieanna. I love the letter from 1888. How mysterious and wonderful it would be to hold a piece of history in your hand!


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