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A Fish Watches A Butterfly

Updated on December 11, 2012


by Nellieanna
by Nellieanna | Source

This is a mere bit of a romp into tongue-in-cheek whimsy. I'm not sure where it's been or where it may propel us.

But you're invited ~

~ to play

with me!

Fragile butterfly

With tensile strength of steel

Who knows as much as I

How life and love should feel.

Delicate discernment

Determined by respect

And in it all a loving heart

Much more than they suspect.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Original Song-I'll See You In My Dreams - by Postcards of Life

Beautiful butterfly,
Unbridled by the loss of chains,
Sets out to find the range
A butterfly -

Can fly.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Embroidered Butterfly
Embroidered Butterfly | Source



Bookworm becomes


Yet hovers here

Among the pages

A little longer,


To return for rest

And vital nourishment.

_____© Nellieanna H. Hay

Whimsy Fish - Yin and Yang Rain
Whimsy Fish - Yin and Yang Rain | Source

I watch,


The thing

Take flight

As wings begin to widen.

And in the quiet

Hours of night,

Their silent sounds

Caress my ears,

Assuring me
He's safe.

It is my best reward.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Pisces wafts a watery trail;

Pisces is mysterious.

When Pisces has a tale to tell,

Then Pisces is delirious.

Capricorn is saturnine;

Capricorn’s capricious.

When Capricorn’s a friend of mine,

Then Capricorn’s delicious.

_____© Nellieanna H. Hay

A Whimsy of Wing'd Things
A Whimsy of Wing'd Things | Source

If butter could fly,

What would toast do?

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

I'll see you in my dreams - Giant

How poignant is memory.

And how sweet.

And what fun is whimsy,

A buffer for what's too bitter-sweet.

It's good!

Whimsy is my middle name.

'Tis 51% of my nature.

If it brought pay , I'd earn a fortune.

As I'm doing this hub, I'm pleased with the various senses evoked: the sight, sound and awareness - joy - satisfaction. But - if only the smell could be incorporated!

You see, yesterday I burned a lovely favorite candle in here - in fact I nearly burned it up. The room is infused with the divine fragrance still lingering. If only you could be enjoying it with me here. So lovely. It's Pomegranite Peel and Amber scented. Um-m-m-m-

Then today earlier - I watched "The Way We Were" on DVD, looking for a movie to share with my friend-'nuther virtual son, John. And what a movie it is! But it's not the one to share with him before his big "work day" as a minister on Sunday, when he needs light 'n easy to relax him to start an early and a long workday. "TWWW" is not that light or easy a movie. But it is lovely. Perhaps we'll share it another day.

So may I simply share the music from it with you here? I sort of tremble with its beauty and its message - and at how closely it seems to parallel real life. I FEEL it strongly and treasure that.


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    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      Mike - Yes! Those images are definitely intrinsic to it! Love those warm weather things and all about them that are "in there" and don't have to be mentioned because we all know they are! Thanks for the reminder! - and especially for your always so great comments! Hugs.

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      6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      This evokes thoughts of tire swings and fire flies, Spring afternoons and Summer nights.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      SidKemp - How pleased am I that you've visited my hub and left such a pleasant comment! :-) Thank you!

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      Sid Kemp 

      6 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      What a beautiful blend of memoir and poetry!

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, Audrey. It pleases me that you love it. My poetry covers such an appreciable expanse of time, and many of the times were highly vulnerable ones. Surprisingly it brought along a special clarity which has outlasted the reign of that vulnerability.

      It feels especially good to be perceived. :-)

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      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      You write so beautifully--there is a vulnerability and a lucidity in your work that I love---

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      Need to alter the details, Michael, in my comment about your new profile picture, since now you've changed it and hardly includes a gorgeous chest, with or without the lawnmower tattoo! haha. tee hee. Hope it doesn't reflect your current state of being! J. Edgar is SO unlike my fine looking empire mike!

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh, my dear snakeslane - thank you for coming by and for a delightful comment. This one really did feel magic. Well, perhaps they all do while they're evolving - right? Thank you. Hugs. :-)

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Another lovely offering Nellieanna, they just keep getting 'betta'! (I don't know how that is possible, it gives one pause for thought.) Pure magic, I suspect. Regards, snakeslane

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      hehe - :-)

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Aww shucks...!

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh, Dallas - thank you. Oasis is truly a state of mind and being. Of course - that's A-A-A, and when it's also A, wow. So are YOU all of that! :-)

      Hugs, my dear friend.

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      As I read this, I was drawn into your created "Oasis." It was an ethereal experience...

      Alive, aware and alert!

      Appreciated very much!

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      ahorseback, my friend! This is truly a touching and gratifying comment - and beautifully poetic too! Thank you!

      Your monarchs! Wow. I wish I could lay hands on a photo (35mm, so not so easily located) of one of the ranch compound's mesquite trees totally covered with monarchs we found there as we drove in from one of our long (500 mile one-way) commutes from Dallas. We made that round trip many times a year then. Who would have expected monarchs to stop by on one of their sojourns south? They found water, though - and it's scarce out that way. One of many amazing surprises of nature!

      If your monarchs remember my name, I'm so honored! How dear of you to have such a lovely thought! Maybe some of yours over the years were some who found refuge on my mesquite tree that year.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh, yes, Lilleyth - that movie is a tear-jerker, in many ways. But it's also a sto ry of triumph. She holds true to her principles, she never hides from or abandons who she is and she rises above general bigotry and personal sadness.

      Throughout, the tender and passionate love story is deep and sweet. It could have had a happier 'ever-after' conclusion, but somehow as it did conclude, it rang much more true. Everything in real life doesn't always end happily ever after, but still people can and must go on, letting go of unfilled hope for what is NOT to happen and living fully and positively with what does happen and what IS.

      Thank you so much for the visit and heart-felt comment.

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      6 years ago

      Nellieanna,thats our girl

      Rising through the Senoran forests

      along the Rio Grande

      always moving towards the sunrise

      and encircling


      with her delicate wings

      not unlike my monarch

      friends who visit here

      every summer

      bringing peace

      pure beauty wrapped

      in colors

      that reflect

      love and light

      for all

      If the monarch could


      They might say


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      Suzanne Sheffield 

      6 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Goosebumps! Can't watch that movie though. Always makes me sad.

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, Nell! How nice to see you! I've missed you. Thank you for coming over and reading this latest hub. Yes, I'm OK. Busy as can be, and that's a good thing, right? Enjoying LIFE. Hope you're doing well, too! Hugs.

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, I suddenly missed your magical poetry and had to come over to read your latest hub, and it never disappoints, wonderful! Nice to see you, and I hope you are okay?

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      I AM pleased to know that!, Ian! I can barely wait till it reaches the colonies! :-) (Am assuming you refer to acquiring the all-new second season, rather than the second segment of the first season, which DVD I do own, along with the first segment of it.)

      Yes! Fitting - I'm absolutely in favor of the Chesterfield chair. The green would be lovely and would coordinate with your decor. Yes, you should splurge on it - it's a valuable long-term investment, not just a spur-of-the-moment whim! I had to see what I could find online for my own edification; found some sites with useful ideas, but now I find posting their links prohibited here. Oh well. Maybe I'll email them to you. No biggie.

      Amaryllis is one of few bulbs not requiring the chilling before plantings, probably makes it suitable for our warm climate. It's a lovely bloom too. I'm fascinated with your experience with yours!

      We've long had some volunteer lilies in the back yard which look very similar to amaryllis - with very long stems. Some are on one of my webpages, in fact. But they've not bloomed since 2008 and George's passing. sniff, sniff.

      Speaking of whom, he had a very vigorous healthy Jade Plant (often referred to as an Air Plant because it literally gets its 'drinks' from the air). During cold months, it''s dry in here due to gas central heat. During hot weather, the central a/c also dries the air, which is otherwise rather humid in hot times.

      The plant was so healthy, sitting in a windowsill enjoying the western sunlight, that he wondered what would become of it when it had filled up its vertical space! Sunny exposures are scarce in this house. And we were careful to not over-water it by both of us dribbling a few sprinkles on it when watering other house plants, just to make up for the dry conditions. But it managed to tolerate that.

      But after he was gone, it began to lose leaves and break off pieces, whichI put into small bottles of water to root, and when they did, I replanted them with plenty of drainage as he had done the original one. I've maintained them, but they've remained sensitive. None thrives as his original plant did. But there's something valuable about their zest for life which I just can't relinquish, even though I'm not really a green thumb as George and Mother were.

      I'm delighted that you ramble to me whenever. Goodness knows - I ramble all the time to you and no complaints ensue! One of many reasons you're beloved!

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      Twilight Lawns 

      6 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.


      You will be pleased to know that I have at last bought the Second Series of 'Downton Abbey'.

      I've not watched it yet, but I know I am going to love it. I really want to splurge out and get a Chesterfield high backed armchair, perhaps in bottle green, to watch this series. I think it would be fitting, don’t you?

      I had an amaryllis on the window sill in the kitchen for years. these bulbs, according to the garden centres, are only good for one year, but every year it would blossom, and whereas the flower spikes usually have just one, flower on it, this one always bought out another, only slightly smaller. It was a magnificent bright, clear scarlet. It lasted for years, as I said, and then one year, gave up the ghost.

      I can remember that the main flower stem would grow so quickly, several centimetres a day, sometimes. It was in a pot only a little larger than thee bulb; I don’t know where it got its nutrition from. I cook with gas, and I have a feeling that it just liked the damp atmosphere when one has cooked a decent meal and there was something in the residue from cooking in gas.

      Ramble, ramble.

      Much love, my very dear friend.


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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      Gerry - ah. I came by one more time before I retire to bed - to listen to the music. It fits my feelings so. And glad I found you still up and visiting here.

      Oh yes, we can and do propel ourselves to where we wish to be, no matter the barriers, even death itself. A bit of obsession helps the propulsion, perhaps. :-) Love persists in countless little and big things, so it does. It's amazing how many memories over so many years stay as fresh as when they first occurred.

      It's my pleasure and treat for you to stop by, too.

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      6 years ago from east of the equator

      Hello Nellieanna. Fish and butterflies are worlds apart but drawn together by your whimsical words and imagery. Whether by wind or wave, we are all propelled in our journeys by natural forces beyond ourselves. Yet, we have our own means by which to propel ourselves and you have demonstrated that beautifully here. Your original song video reminds us that neither time, oceans nor dimension can keep any of us separated from our true love. You and George merely fly and swim in different dimensions at present but remain together in spirit. Love persists in dreams and the way we are is not forgotten. Thanks for the treat. Hugs.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      I'm overjoyed to see you here, Ian! Perhaps this is enigmatic. It wasn't trying to be especially empirical, though. tee hee. Glad it's not! It really was just fun. The two pictures I've had for years and combined and enhanced for the lead picture just set its course. That the 'watches' might be the verb - well, what can I say - but guilty? I added another butterfly for the fish to 'watch', in fact.

      THIS is amazing - another parallel in our lives. I can imagine your mother's bowl of lovely pastel hyacinths as you describe them. And my mother had a lovely antique chinese bulb bowl too, but it's round! In fact, I still have it, filled with rocks collected at the ranch. It is VERY heavy, even when empty. I'll take a picture and send you.

      Mother always planted the bulbs in it among some small rocks. I remember her bulbs in it from my childhood, Amaryllis, especially. I suppose the very warm climate where we lived helped to determine her choices, though she had a "green thumb" and could grow anything. I so vividly remember that little bowl and the lovely flowers coming up out of it. You've reminded me of a dear memory, my dear. But I regret not knowing the hyacinth scent. Perhaps I'll track down some bulls and replace the ranch rocks in the bowl, though I think I gave up using it for planting because of a slight crack in the bowl. I'll look for a replacement.

      OH - "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" opens in Dallas on May 5th!! I'll just go by myself if I can't interest Val in seeing it. She's so enamored with Daniel Craig, especially as James Bond, that his flicks seem to be the only ones she wants to go see, the few times we go to a show, which are the few times I go to any movie-theater show. ho-hum.

      If you get a chance to see "The Way We Were", you might like it.

      Thank you for the visit. I've been concerned about you! Hope all is well!

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      Twilight Lawns 

      6 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Nellieanna, my dearest one. What a lovely and somehow enigmatic hub.

      The title caught me for a second, as, of course, I assumed that "watches" was a verb.

      Ha ha!

      I have not seen 'The Way We Were' but I love the clip, and I love Streisand's voice and emotion in it... It matches your lovely thoughts and poetry.

      Shame upon you for not knowing the smell of hyacinths. When Empire Mike brought up the words, my mind rushed back so many years. My mother had a lovely antique rectangular Chinese bowl on four little legs. Every year she would plant three hyacinths in it; one white, one pink, one blue, and then in the Spring they would bloom and fill the whole sitting room and the adjacent dining room with their beautiful scent. Once experienced; never forgotten.

      Thank you Mike, and thank you Nellieanna.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      Ah, Martie - I'm so pleased that you enjoyed it. I may read it again myself and listen to the music before I go to bed - not quite yet - right now it's 10:30PM here - but some relaxation sounds good. Hugs and hope all is well for you.

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Oh, I enjoyed this hub, as I always enjoy yours. I'll be going to bed now with a smile (at 2:00am). Oh, and Barbara Streisand with "The Way We Were" is one of my very favorites.

      I am so far behind with reading and commenting, my dear Nellieanna. I look so forward to catch up with your hubs. Take care until I see you again :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      Ah - there YOU are! I'm pleased you came by. Brightens my day, Christopher. What a nice way of giving a compliment. I'm smiling.

      I let the candle burn so long that it had begun to sputter; when I blew it out, it sputtered a bit on my face and glasses! Duh. Now I'm just leaving the container open without being lit so the lovely aroma that permeates it can still waft about. It was a gift, but I may have to track down where to get another one!

      I confess there are a lot of butterflies in my house, some I inherited (bathroom wallpapers chosen by my predecessor) and a few other representatives here and there. Somehow each carries some sentiment with it, and certainly my poetry about them carries lots of sentiment from the time and setting of their creation. Yet butterflies haven't been my 'thing' as much as ladybugs! :-) But there's not a ladybug in here! Ladybugs are more amusing, too!

      Thanks for the visit, my friend.

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      Christopher Antony Meade 

      6 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      I feel sure that the scented candle is to be envied for being allowed to burn out in a room that contains Nellieanna.

      Thanks for the poems. I love butterflies, so you have given me some lovely thoughts.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      DRBJ, dear friend -- Thank you for such a lovely compliment. You raised my day several notches! I'm glad you like my whimsical thing, and I agree about Streisand! Her voice is always a wonderful addition!

      Hugs. . . .

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      I felt that you described yourself, Nellieanna, in your beautiful words describing a butterfly: " tensile strength of steel ... and a loving heart." That IS you, m'dear. This is a lovely whimsical offering and the Streisand song completes it perfectly. Thank you for this treat. Voted up, of course.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you so much, Pamela! They really are a precious gift.

      A memorable event one year was when we arrived at the remote southwest Texas ranch to see our compound's mesquite trees covered with Monarchs, - pausing from their bi-annual transit to or from north/south, to drink of the rare source of water in the compound, - the only water source for many miles around.

      Hard to realize how tenacious and resourceful they are, with their delicate wings and wispy antennae!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Butterflies are one of our precious gifts that I adore. I also like "The Way We Were". Beautiful poetry. Rated up.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      Chris! I check on your site from time to time, hoping you may be there for a bit - but it's been awhile. So I'm pleased to learn that you sometimes drop by even if you've not commented. :-))

      I hope your more vital and urgent pursuits are yielding good results, Chris. They surely require dedication and full attention. More power to you! Thank you for taking time to stop and to comment now!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      Maja - I'm pleased to see you! What you say about 'The Way We Were' is so. Humans have evolved but there are remnants of all the basic instincts and many reactions are almost automatic. Emotions are so basic. We moderate them. We discipline them. But they make us ALIVE so we dearkt cherish them, too.

      Problems can arise when there are opposing needs& cherished values which just don't fall into line with what we may consider our higher needs & values. Then we have a jugging act to do! We do our best when that occurs.

      If our honest desire is to help, not to hurt, and to reach toward our own 'best', we still find a need for diligence, and of course, we don't want to or, perhaps, need to - sacrifice being fully ALIVE in the process. But it's challenging at times.

      As they say, no one said it would be easy, this wonderful experience called LIFE! And - it really isn't for sissies. lol.

      It's very good when we can avoid incriminations (for self or others) which seem inevitably to only further complicate and burden the business of fully living well and productively. Perhaps it's like they say, Babe Ruth struck more outs than home-runs, but it's the homers that count and define his memory. We can compare that with the challenges of this thing called living.

      Thank you for visiting and sharing your poignant response to my hub. It's always good to touch base with YOU! Hugs.

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      6 years ago from Orange (or Lemon...) County, California


      It's been a while since I commented, but I still read and enjoy your beautiful work. Sensory magic as ever...


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      Maja Dezulovic 

      6 years ago from Johannesburg, South Africa

      Loved the poetry - as always. ;)

      I also watched The Way We Were very recently. I enjoyed the music so thought I'd give the movie a shot too, after receiving a copy from a friend. I saw so much of some of my old relationships and others I've been exposed to in it that it felt shocking... Regardless of the setting or time period, human nature is the same.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      Whoo-hoo! What fun! N-joy! :-) And thank you. I'm sure he'll appreciate it, as well. You'll love his photography.

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      6 years ago from oregon

      I promise to to give his hubs my full attention later today. Off for a picnic

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      Michael - I figured you'd key into the music, especially the one by Giant - though I used it only because I key into it! Its message is right on & I'm not too stuffy to appreciate it.

      Love your new profile pic. But ;-( ca n't see the lawnmower and other whimsical tattoos on that nice chest! I know a relative who would surely envy it, in any case, possibly tattoos and all. :-) er - that is you, isn't it? I didn't know you had one on your bicep.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      Alan -ah. Who else but you could comment so truly. And it's a lovely poem, too - just what's needed when I wonder if I interfere & shouldn't. Thank you. (By the way, empire mike who has commented here is my beloved step-son who lives in Colorado; - mountains like yours in Oregon, maybe. Perhaps you might give his hubs a peek while you're hubhopping or recognize him if he happens upon yours.)

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      empire mike 

      6 years ago from empire, colorado

      you know i love the music- the rock rocks!

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      6 years ago from oregon

      You have so much in common with butterflies and they with you.

      Perhaps the reason you write so well of them, is that they too, know who

      can be trusted with thier secrets and share them with the rest

      they are, you know, so selective, in who they keep as guest!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      WOW! Hyacinths. I'm not really familiar with their scent, but judging by their appearance, it should be quite lovely. And the loveliest thing is that you had an olfactory sense somehow evoked by or in anticipation of this hub, which I so wished I could have included in it! WOW! I'm really pleased about that.

      And the remainder of your impression pleases me even more. I hope you also listened to the music in it. They validate the sweetness part AND the whimsical! Yes, I'm frequently transmitting both in my stuff, though it's not always quite so detectible. Glad you 'got it' in this one. I hoped you would! Hugs, dear Michael. Thank you for a delightful response, and the first, besides! (I actually do rock, y'know - at least in a relative sense - after all, blah-blah-blah -- I'm not so much from a 'rocking' generation - at least not by current standards. hehe)

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      empire mike 

      6 years ago from empire, colorado

      believe it or not, but it is true, when i saw you had pubbed a new hub, the memory of hyacinths filled my olfactory memories before i even read it. they were stirred by the sweetness of your love and poetry, but then i read the hub and the sweetness waned and you caught me by wonderful surprise...THIS ROCKS! welcome to my world of tongue and cheek whimsy. you had me on this one. rock on! loved it.


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