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Fleeting Images Lightly Held

Updated on December 11, 2012



supple dancers and sleek athletes

performing in the clouds;

hieroglyphs and funny faces

sketched out in carpet loops

waft up and down the hall

to steal attention’s thrall

and summon other groups;

puppydogs and honeybears

gleefully romp in raindrop crowds

upon my foggy windowpane,

while elephants and camels

transport exotic loads

toward shadow destiny,

pay no homage, no excise tax

for imagination's company.

Ah, but springfever's

wispy symptoms

pervade my every glimpse;

they haunt my every dream;

they thrill my waking hours.

yes, I have every symptom

and each, my heart devours.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

They're sometimes so wispy that they've evaporated or gone invisible when I look again to find them!

Walk On By - Diana Krall


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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      You can't imagine how pleased I am to see you visiting my hub, Theresa! Thank you so much for the 'personal touch' in your lovely comment!

      Yes, thank goodness for lovely accidents! We must take 'em as they happen . . . accidentally! :-)

      Planning on a lovely Thanksgiving with some dear friends. I really love this holiday; it's so much just exactly what it really is 'for'! Hope yours will be delightful, too!

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Good afternoon. I am so sorry I missed this lovely wispy poem...actually, reading it today under heavy gray skies while sitting in my office between classes is just right. A delightful poem and image and song...and to think it was an "accident" of sorts. May we all have such accidents on a regular basis. :) Have a great Thansgiving. :) ~~Theresa

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello Victoriai. Thank you so much for the lovely compliment. And you may be right about how the poem decided it was ready to go! (I'd add . . . 'before I goofed it up with verbosity!' LOL)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      That's so beautiful, how the words flow, the word choices. I love how you accidentally published it! It must have known it was ready! :-)

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Ah, Cher - the images of things memorable - circuses & carnivals. I can see why you'd think of those. I'm pleased that you were enthralled to envision such things! Thank you for the visit & delightful comment!

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      CMarie 5 years ago from York, Maine

      Nellieanna, I must have missed this one when I first came over. I love it! I was temporarily comforted and felt like a small child ... My senses were alerted and had me envisioning elephants and dirt floors for some reason. The carnival. The circus! And then, springtime. Thank you so much. It's beautiful! Cher

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Mike - that's just how it is : - just trickling down the window-pane. :-)

      Thank you, dear friend.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Daisy! How on earth did I miss your darling comment? Seriously! You must have tiptoed in here while I was replying to Exotic Hippy Queen's and so I didn't actually get the notice of yours & in my semi-blindness, I didn't see it! I'm so embarrassed! I love the visualization of the - um - invisible keys. . . -- wait! impossible! haha!

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Imagination trickling down your window pane, leaving rivlets of inspiration. It just does not get better than that.

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      daisyflowrs 5 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Great hub! When they get so wispy and invisible to where you can't find them, figure out where you left your keys, they are probably there (lol).

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      EHQ - I value your good opinion. - I so admire your poetry! Thank you for the visit and lovely comment - and votes! Hugs.

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      ExoticHippieQueen 5 years ago

      Beautiful imagery, very nice! Voted up and awesome!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Hrmph. Well , Alan- you still don't have my permission. But - it's optional anyway.

      btw - You mentioned in the comments on your hub "A Garden That Grows Men" where I was visiting, that you'd added your lovely wife's & daughters' picture to "Worlds Most Beautiful Women", I zotted right over there to see, but then returned & left my comment about the picture on the comment thread of "A Garden . . ."

      I look forward to your pending hub about your other daughter. "The Letter" which was for Emme when she was getting married is truly a treasure as I'm sure this one will be.

      Yes! - Audrey is a gifted poet! I've read some of her work! She's obviously quite gifted in many areas! I'm delighted to have discovered her! Thank you.

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      arb 5 years ago from oregon

      I envy without permission, It comes without my complicity. btw, Both my daughters appear in my hub "Worlds most beautiful woman" I will be writing a hub about her soon. Letting my thoughts age in the oak casket!

      p.s. Audrey is a new read for me. Another gifted poet.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Audrey - I may not be able to get my swollen head through the door following two such kind comments by esteemed writers! Thank you for visiting and for extending such a delicious compliments of my work!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Stunning piece! Arb is totally right!!!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      OH, STOP IT! No envy is permitted - especially not on your part, you whose writing is so enviable! But thank you for the nice cover for my hasty 'fix' to a sudden unforeseen need to just DO something! :-)

      I'd considered letting it stand as though planned. But then you showed up and I couldn't fake it to you. Your gracious acceptance of it with all its unsavory beginnings is fully appreciated! And your compliment is truly savored.

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      arb 5 years ago from oregon

      That you write so breathlessly, by accident, adds envy to everything I already keep for you.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Perhaps I can confess to YOU a secret about this hub. I was just getting started on creating it, not feeling rushed or pressured to get on with it - but somehow - inadvertently and without my awareness - it becamePUBLISHED. I could hardly believe my eyes. I wondered if my computer had gone weird. All I happened to have definitely posted with intention to keep unchanged was the title picture, which had inspired a theme mulling around mostly still in my mind. Well -actually, I'd posted the title picture once and then gone back to the drawing board to redo it a little, hopefully before the accidental publishing! I do love the suggestions in that bit of wallpaper of figures kicking their legs, waving their arms, leaping in the air, - even a cat sitting with its defiant back to the viewer, tail outstretched, head held high. (I'm always seeing objects in the carpet or in the pattern of leaves or clouds so it grabbed my fancy.)

      But I'd barely begun any real substance to the hub this inspiration had tickled! I was just sort of putting down the roots in writing an opening capsule which might serve as just a kind of stage-setting statement about the vague theme rolling around in my mind, and I was in and out of that capsule, editing, saving and changing it again, when I suddenly noticed and realized the hub had been published and already had received its first comment!

      Though I'd planned to add an unknown number of other capsule entries - poetry (both from my archives and from among brand-new ones), along with other visuals, it was suddenly impossible to expand much. I'd selected the Norah Jones video to use soon - here, if it seemed to fit well as the hub emerged, but it hadn't been added to the hub. As it was - it fit the lack of structure and need for content wonderfully well! So I added it!

      So, since the tentative hub had already appeared publicly and had a visitor - I couldn't just unpublish it. I simply abandoned doing much more to it, left it mostly 'as is' other than finishing writing the beginning capsule I'd been juggling around. Needed to get it somewhat 'done' right then and there before any more viewers saw it in its disheveled state - Finished the first and only capsule, added Norah and called it a hub! hehe .

      So imagine my delight at knowing you like it! That speaks for your delightful insight. You surely could have described my symptoms to me sooner! So who or what is daring this devouring of life, my appetite or your canny nudging? @@^ (- that's my glasses and wide-eyed innocence, you see.)

      'Tis indeed a smile-maker! Thank you, Alan! You make it great fun.

      (I'm delighted to know you like Norah too. :-)

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      arb 5 years ago from oregon


      I could well have described your symptoms to you long ago, but, I so enjoy watching an appetite bent on devouring life, while so deliciously daring you to do so!

      p.s. love Nora Jones

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you for a lovely comment, friend JF!

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      Jaggedfrost 5 years ago

      And yet somehow they linger

      brighten our days.

      Dancing with us into the night.