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From Gauze To Canvas

Updated on February 21, 2014



You have captured

My imagination

Like a ray

Of sunshine

Captures playful

Dust particles

In the air

And holds them there,

Suspended in illumination

For an

Eternal Moment.

_____© Nellieanna H. Hay

Know You By Heart

the contrasts

I'm drawn by the changes and the contrasts all around. I love watching and experiencing life as it moves from one part of a spectrum to another, with its ever-changing variations on the themes of being alive and being surprising. When I run out of surprise, I guess I'll have run out of life!

Sometimes its textures are wispy and delicate, like the gauzy fabrics used to fashion silk roses and veils. Then again - the coarse, ruggedness of canvas used to construct sneakers and sails.

Ever changing. Rearranging. Teasing or pleasing.Thrilling or demanding. Enticing or commanding. Never static.

Whenever I think
Of you...
...and I often do...
You exist for me
In my present,
Here and now.

My present is a gift
I give you now.

The pleasure
Of my thoughts of you
Is the gift
I give to me.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Generation gap twins.

One heart beating

Simultaneously in each of us.

Throughout wispy years,

Across sturdy miles,

~ Still ~ completion of each other.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

gauze roses & canvas sneakers

Come here,

Come near

And let me see

Your eyes,

My dear.

The blue of

Your surprise.

The self of you,

A paradigm.

I must have that.

That glimpse into

The glimpse in two

Is yours and mine.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Your secret name

Is adam.

Tell me

When you

Find it out.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

You are somewhere

Seeking me,

And soon our paths

Will meet,

Though unexpectedly.

We'll know.

Intense and grabby,

You are like a deer.

Would flee if frightened

But, staying here,

Would fight fearlessly.

Late November is your time

And adam is your name.

I know not why or who.

I simply know -

It’s you.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Tuning, done.
Overture begins.

And, now,

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

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© 2011 Nellieanna Hay


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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Dorsi - thank you! Such a flattering comment, coming from a talent such as you! I'm pleased that you felt it. I'm smiling!

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      Dorsi Diaz 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

      Beautiful merging of words, colors, emotions and textures. I could almost "feel" the words. Very well done!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Snakeslane - thank you, m'dear! I enjoy explaining procedures but always have a bit of trouble explaining my odd techniques, since I've never had any lessons, use unorthodox methods of my own and seldom look into any "help" in programs I use. I just have some idea in mind, experiment around until my odd objectives and ways of thinking seem to beat a path to a way to do it, which may go through many iterations in its useful life.

      I spent a lot of time as a kid alone "entertaining myself" -- as they used to call it -- so I learned to improvise, compensate, 'make-do', & pretty much 'go for it'- believing I could figure out a way. I had very resourceful examples in my parents and older siblings. Mine brought little praise or censure, but satisfied my need to do it, so it became an automatic process, it seems, - which just 'kicks in' when I'm looking for either an idea or a method to implement one. If it doesn't, part of the process is to give it a kick in the . . . :-) (or else relax and do something else till an idea begins.)

      But please know - I'm happy to share what I think you're asking about, though I'll do it via email, if you don't mind. I must add that I perceive you to have a very creative mind yourself. Maybe all it needs is a bit more confidence? A nice thing is that you really can't go wrong.

      I certainly had to poke around to see what would or wouldn't work in the HP format. Took me awhile to stumble upon some of the simple things. I doubt whether a lot of folks would bother with some of the things I do; - it really has minimal 'payoff', - except my own enjoyment and when someone with perception notices and enjoys - like you did, now!

      Oh- I usually quickly check on comments I've left & acknowledge replies as appropriate, - and I did to yours but --as you'll see - I didn't get my after-response posted to the thread! But it's there now. :-| blush.

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      Verlie Burroughs 6 years ago from Canada

      Hello Nellieanna, I love the fabric swatches and the colour and texture of that and how it blends with the theme in your poems. The poems are very airy and light, much like youself. I think I also like your enjambements? but wait...I have to look it up, hmmm, out of bounds? Yes I like that too, it's a layout technique that you've mastered and unique to only you as far as I know. I wonder if you will share your secret. And I haven't even got to the music yet. Nellieanna I left you a note on my last Hub you visited, I hope you come back to see it. Regards, snakeslane

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Holle - I'm delighted to see you visiting my hub! Thank you! Yes, Jim Brickman is one of my favorite musicians and Dave Koz is outstanding, too. :-) Glad you enjoyed them!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Such beautiful words, revealing what a lovely soul you have, Nellie! I enjoyed the music, also. Voted up!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      CloudExplorer - thank you most sincerely for those encouraging and complimentary comments!

      I just visited your hub site and now I must read more of your work and see what-all you've done with website building. I have a large personal website I modestly began 14 years ago - from 'scratch' and it's grown like crazy since then as I selectively accumulated more knowledge (as fit my needs - gathered strictly on my own) .

      I truly prefer and enjoy building it myself without benefit of web-building assistance with its limitations. Doing it myself allows enormous freedom to create original pages, limited only by my own skill and knowledge; it's been a great learning situation.

      Of course, HP offers what is essentially a pre-fab web-building program, within which one must confine one's originality. But it's fun to use it to its capability and the bottom line is that it is an established venue with enormous participation by many who offer enormous opportunity to share what one creates here.

      Besides, it is fun to see what one can do here, as far as creativity goes! I love this place. So welcome here. I've no doubt that you will be a shining star!

      And yes - I love those musical selections too! Great musicians they are!

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      Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

      I also love the musical selections here, awesome indeed. Your writing shows prowess & a great level of wisdom, which comes with an enduring long lasting patience & virtue.

      Your my new teacher when it comes to how to display a well placed & beautifully constructed hub.

      Simply amazing is all I can say, I commend you on a Job well written, Voted Up and I'm following you for sure.


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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Majadez - How lovely! Thank you. Jim Brickman's music is like that. It flows like silk and his musical partner with the saxophone is amazing too. Thank you for hearing it as you read. And your comments thrill me. Hugs.

      I like your new profile picture too.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      PDX - I love it! Your knowledge is clear and bright. Now you've given me a word for a major element of my poetic style: enjmabment! I think I'm in love! Thank you for the very nice compliment, as well! Hugs.

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      Maja Dezulovic 6 years ago from Johannesburg, South Africa

      It's funny how I really don't feel I can leave an adequate comment. Your hubs always leave me with the feeling of loving warmth after reading them. Also, the music just flows so adequately. I played the first song as it appeared in the hub and continued reading... Thanks. ;)

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      excellent work again! Good use of enjmabment and line breaks!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, hello - I thank you from a grateful heart. I'm delighted when you have enjoyed my hubs! Hugs.

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Oh, Nellieanna, you are so exceptional. The hub is so beautifully laid out and the words so well chosen showing so much fine feeling. Thank you.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Ken, of course - you 'get it'! Thank you for the lovely comments. It was a pleasure to assemble this hub. I'm truly pleased that you liked it. Hugs.

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      saddlerider1 6 years ago

      What a beautiful selection and your choice of material sublime. The videos were a perfect fit and your absolutely right Nellieanna, these poems seemed to just write themselves. I felt the wispy air about the sails, the gauze vs the canvas, two completely different fabrics.

      You managed to combine them beautifully in verse as always. A true artist you are my dear, and like drbj proclaimed "You Rock" great work, loved it all. Hugs

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      My dear Martie - thank you. You know how my mind works, or maybe you do. It's always going and pondering, turning thoughts around from different angles, looking at them from all perspectives. This goes on without much fuss and when something new connects with established ideas, it comes out in a brand-new form.

      In this case, the ongoing thoughts were about contrasts and how they always relate to each other somehow and these entirely different textiles just popped up in my musing as an example and a vehicle for exploring further. It wasn't a deliberate search, but when it 'jelled', it felt so good I had to use it as the skeleton of a hub. So I'm pleased that it also gave you food for thought!

      I hope for a good week and if there are surprises, of course - nice ones will be welcome! (or any others, - dealt with! hehe) And I also wish for you a delightful week!

      Hugs, dear.

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      Nellieanna, these poems are truly thought-provoking. I've never thought this way about gauze and canvas. You've really given me a lot to muse on.... :))) May you have a great week and a few nice surprises.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      'Them's mighty purty wurds, deer DRBJ!' Thank you! :-)

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      As your dad would have said, nellieanna, all of your work that I have read, is 'rich.' No, make that the richest! You rock, m'dear.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear, dear Ian - Thank you. I'm so pleased that you like it. Every time I come back here, I have to listen to the music again. It does feel and sound so right for what I wanted to express. You do me great honor with these words. I shall rest well tonight.

      [By the way - my dear stepson, Michael, sent me a DVD of "Signs", which I watched tonight. Blew my socks off, and I also watched all the extras about its making with so close a glimpse of M. Night Shyamalan and his genius in making it. I think Alfred Hitchcock must move over for this guy! So I'll be adding it to p.14 of my DVD catalog.]

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

      Nellie, my dear, what a sublime hub, The poetry, the imagery, the music, the graphics and pictures. All so very, very right... perfect.

      This hub, I think, expresses so much what is NellieAnna, the poet, the human being, the friend. The wonder of hub pages.



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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh, Christopher! hahahahahahahahaha! That is 'rich' as my Dad would have said. Thank you for lightening my evening! Hugs! (& I do feel safe. . . .) hehe

      (You're so cute when you're puckish!)

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

      Hi Nellieanna.

      Your poems are, as always, beautiful, and I love your selection of pictures. But tonight I feel a bit puckish, so I am adding my own fragment.

      I think it was your name reminded me. We used to recite this in the school playground.

      "Mrs Kelly broke her belly

      sliding on a lump of jelly".

      Or for the Americans amongst us.

      "Mrs Kello broke her bello

      sliding on a lump of jello".

      I think your position is safe Nellieanna. Take care.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      What fun, Bryan! I've always wanted to learn to weave! There are so many life lessons captured in the woof and warp of threads making themselves into cloth! I've written some poems with that imagery, in fact. Thanks for commenting, complimenting and reminding me of that! Hugs.

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

      You Weave Beautifully Nellianna!;)

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      MAKUSR - Thank you, kind sir, for that keen observation! I love that poem and remember exactly how I felt when I wrote it, right after observing the actual everyday phenomenon of the way dust particles do behave when the morning sun streaming through a window catches them briefly! The poem almost wrote itself! It does have a soul of its own, I think. Hugs.

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      Manoj Kumar Srivastava 6 years ago from India


      Greetings from MAKUSR. Your beginning is the clincher. It sets the mood. Such vivid portrayal of sunlight and dust particles and to give it a soul of its own. Marvelous.

      Lots of Love,


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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Augustine, I thank you for those gratifying words sharing your response. It's not completely effortless, but it's what I love to do.

      Now I'm curious about those reactions! ;->

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you kindly, Sweets, for being my first visitor. I appreciate both your visit and lovely praise. Hope to see you again. Hugs

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      Augustine A Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

      Epic, beautiful, seemingly effortless. This sequence of poems set of a chain reaction of emotions that I thought weren't possible. Enchanting...

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      Sweets21 6 years ago

      Beautiful words miss Nelli and your music selections were very beautiful as well! Wonderful work!