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Updated on February 2, 2014


Painting by Roderick McEvoy
Painting by Roderick McEvoy


My view of hill and winding creek

Thrills by its sheer reality

Its wintriness of muted gray

And sparkling white formality

Evokes respect.

With bursting bud and flowering branch,

The spring gives way to gaiety.

The tender greens and fragile pinks

Combined in sweet bouquet-ity

Project delights.

Deep and lush the green leaves grow

Till no light penetrates.

With summer's heat and clear blue sky,

The dormant field rejuvenates,

Excites vitality.

The chill winds blow and days contract,

As Autumn's frosts descend

The blazing colors of a flame

The end of life portend,

Banality revoke.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

winter, 1967

Turn Turn Turn

Buds In Snow

Autumn bunny

Feels its predators

Without a conscious watch.

Wisdom's in the fur

From summer's training.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay



Little forest creature

Moves on cushioned earth

On padded feet,

Stirs not a twig or leaf

And rustles not the air.

Yet forest covers earth

With silent life,

Not rushed or hushed.

And everywhere the filtered sun

Touches with

Confetti-dappled leaves

Sparkled with

A dew-drop crown

Upon a silken spider web

And hums the

Theme of Life.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay




Smiling house
The joy
Of being in it.

___© Nellieanna H. Hay

December, 1971

Strawberry days

Of lyrical



“Watch out for the plants,

Watch out where you’re going,”

You say.

I always do

Watch out for living things

And which way I’m going.

You don’t know that yet

Do you?

_____© Nellieanna H. Hay


"March Winds" by Patti Bannister
"March Winds" by Patti Bannister


The wind makes ripples

On the grass

And I can hear

Its sound

On window-glass.

The willows bend and dance

To rhythms of the air.

Dry leaves tear

From off the trees

To flurry


Hurry wildly

To where

They finally rest

As though they had

Appointments there.

But wind-its purpose but to be

Needs no guilde

Asks no plan

It simply knows

That, being wind -

It blows.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Of all the joys,

This is the best

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Power Failure

As if utility power were it!

But candlelight

More beautifully illuminates

The positive,

Graciously ignores the rest

And creates a glow

Unknown by wattage!

Warm, soft, lively

Patterns emerge from nowhere

To join the candle’s light -

No stiff or sterile forms,

But looming, zooming,

Dancing, prancing


Defying logic,

Ridiculing preconceptions

Of perspective

To turn me on!

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


A circle

Is a circle,

Small or great.

This tiny perfect circle


The universe.

_____© Nellieanna H. Hay



The life
One's formed
The year
That's passed.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Come into my crystal world,

Share its sparkle, joy, delight.

But also share its shade of night

When lacking light ~

The feel,

The touch,

The tenderness

From which these dreams unfurled

Are made.

_____© Nellieanna H. Hay

Summer tune

A ‘humming,

About to burst in bloom

Like an instant

Crystal snowflake

Fallen by mistake

Into this season

Breezin’ through

Between eye blinks,

Too quickly to think

If it belongs

In summer’s song,


Sizzling back

To nothingness

From where it came,

Leaving not

A trace.

_____© Nellieanna H. Hay

A moment of sheer beauty



Nor will it be detained.

Moving on as quickly

s it came.

To try to hold it

Is to spoil it.

Let it go

In gratitude

And let it


Your soul.

_____© Nellieanna H. Hay

Islands in the tropics

Hope becomes

Chasing winter’s cold away,

Dispelling fear

Compelling cheer

In rainbows of the mind,

Converting tears to joy

And years

To moments of eternity

With mental rainbows

Converting tears

To showers

Of ecstasy.

____© Nellieanna H. Hay

Seasons In The Sun


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    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Beautiful Katie! You amaze me as well. Such a perfect blend of feeling and high intellect!! Thank you for for the lovely fanmail, too!! Hugs, gf!

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      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      I'm certain you will never cease to amaze me. Your gift is a beautiful expression of life, peace, love and joy! May all the world learn of your

      Summer time is my favorite probably because I yearn for the warm sun on my face and on my back as I walk through Innis Woods. Love, Peace and JOY! :) Katie

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      That is awesome, Tinsky! Thanks for that praise! I can feel how it felt writing "March" on a blustery day in Southern Indiana. Thank you!

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      Tina Dubinsky 

      8 years ago from Brisbane, Australia

      I love reciting your poetry out a loud and just shared a few of yours on this page with my family. Your poetry makes beautiful pictures and rolls of the tongue with music. I especially enjoyed "March".

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Aw, thank you, dear Ken. But - toil? No toil involved. Poetry almost writes itself and for me it was more relief than toil.

      Dedication, maybe, in keeping it all this years and now in trying to transcribe it to print rather than leaving it only in handwritten form. The ink could fade. It could be thought to be "junk" when I'm gone and discarded. So it is important to me to get it in a different form, as well. As for publishing - that's a way off. I've only transcribed a fraction of it. And being published is not as important to me.

      Your words do make me feel wonderful! For my satisfaction, to be able to have my poetry speak to people I know and value is beyond other goals. Thank you for letting me know they do!

      Hugs -

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      8 years ago

      Power Failure simply brilliant. No matter power or not your poetry would not need light as it shines so brightly all by itself. Nellieanna what can I say that others have not already, your poetry is award winning and should be shared with the world.

      I wish that someone recognizes your great talent and sends you an email to discuss publishing your works of so many years of toil and dedication. You are so gifted and your poetry reveals that time and time again.

      You can take the English language and pull the words that simply represents the beauty you breathe into each one. Compose a piece like a great master artist can and endow it with beauty.

      I loved all the pretty pictures you place with your verse and it jumps off the page as we read your work. I am so pleased to slowly devour each verse and come back and read it over again and again.

      Thank you dear Nellieanna for spoiling us once again with these precious works of yours. Hugs from the Saddle

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      hello - hello - thank you, dear person. I'm honored. You may have picked up on the fact that I wrote most of these poems which I'm sharing now specifically in order to capture thoughts I wanted to be able to easilyre-read myself so I could keep my own "being" intact and to be able to refresh my mind when my environment at the time was extremely suffocating. So I guess they're written for easy referral, though I never dreamed of anyone else reading many of them! I'm very happy that you find them worth referral.

      But, yes! I know about time shortage! whew! I get so "behind" in too many areas! I would much rather do what I prefer - but other duties always insist! LOL

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      MFB - thank you! I'm pleased that you enjoyed them!! I will write on - and on - LOL. hugs

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      If I had the time I could read your poems times and times again. There is such a wealth and depth in it. Thank you for giving so much pleasure.

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      MFB III 

      8 years ago from United States

      superb compilation of poetic brilliance, I enjoyed eac hand every one. write on~~~MFB III

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Ah Alexandra. . . you as always pick out some special imagery which is dear to my heart. hehe. . . . Sly, too - with the fur reference. :-)

      Thank you, my dear. Been missing you. Hope all is well with you. Hugs.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Healing Touch - You're so kind to come to my hub and leave your comment. Prism is one of my favorites, too. I've been fascinated with prisms since I was very little. I love the way they make rainbow outlines around objects viewed through them. Thank you, sweetie.

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      8 years ago

      There are so many thoughts in here to treasure - the summer kiln, the darkness from which dreams are born, and ah.... if wisdom's in the fur, you shall never be cold, my dear friend. xx

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      Laura Arne 

      8 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      Dear Nellieanna,

      What a beautiful array of poems. I love all of them, but the prism one got me. Thanks again for lifting up my soul. Your the best.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      OK, Ken, dear friend. No problem. Hope your hiatus is being good for you and that is will send you back to us refreshed! Merry Christmas and all those greetings in case it is later rather than sooner when you return. Hugs.

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      8 years ago

      I will be back to comment, have had a few things on my mine of late, not much hubbing this month, please accept my tardiness my friend, you are not forgotten, I am simply on the curb for a moment...peace and hugs...

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      How beautiful, Silent Reed. I love that. Certainly there is something so very special about a single stem rose. Thank you!

      Hugs - Nellieanna

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      8 years ago from Philippines

      In a past comment I said I would read your poems one day at a roses,some like them in a bouquet but I feel that their beauty is better appreciated when seen as a single stem rose.

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Hi, Pamela! Thank you so much. I enjoyed making it too. So nice of you to come by and leave a message! I love it when you do!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I loved this hub. It is just laid out beautifully and your poetry is wonderful I always enjoy your hubs so much.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Ah, Christopher - I hadn't done any research yet. Gilbert & Sullivan, hum? OK. I didn't connect "The Modern Major General" quite with speculation that he might have copied me. . . .Duh. . . . Anyway - thank you! And double thank you for coming back and clueing me in! :-)

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Aw, Lisa - that's just so nice. Actually no one had told me today that they loved me, so I'm most grateful! I love you back. Actually I got my teeth cleaned but that's as close as I got to being pampered. LOL. The hygienist did compliment me on my own dental care but reprimanded me for waiting so long for a professional cleaning. ho-hum!

      Glad you liked the poems! Good choices! Thank you!!

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      Christopher Antony Meade 

      8 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      Hi Nellieanna. I mean W.S Gilbert of Gilbert and Sullivan fame.

      He wrote the librettos for The Savoy Operas, hence "The Modern Major General", which I think was in "The Pirates of Penzance" He died in the eighteen nineties or thereabouts.

      Your rhyme just put me in mind of him.

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      8 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      The poems are as beautiful as you are. I'm trying to pick my favorite and it is hard. I think I'll go with Theme Song and Imperception. If nobody has told you today that they love you, I am telling you, I LOVE YOU.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Christohpheranton - awwww. Being both an acute observer and a lyrical expresser in your valued opinion makes my day!!

      As for the mundane being absent from my world, _ if only! I'm the sole householder & it includes being the chief - everything ordinarily part of an extensive household & large yards (front and back), plus all the tax and other "desk work" for my own "business" stuff & obligations, plus an estate of which I'm the administrator and a pretty large and too distant ranch of which I'm the owner and manager. If anything needs repairs in any of it, it's my baby - to do myself or get someone to do it, which requires some major attention & budget balancing in itself.

      There are also two mostly distant families (my late husband's and my own) to be kept close in spirit, some friends to which I must give some quality attention, a large website of which I'm sole creator and webmaster, reading quite a bit, trying to not forget how to play the piano, intending to use that easel and paints in the bedroom (though it's about all that matters in there these days! LOL) while staying fit & healthy as I come very close to becoming an octogenarian! So far, so good. I have weird sleeping schedules, which is ok since I have no one to whom to answer about what I do and when!

      If I couldn't write, I'd probably expire on the spot. It's my dessert, my treat. I can't get around to all I'd like to write, but each day I am writing satisfyingly & doing it in a satisfying way. What more does one want or need? Well - maybe more excitement in that bedroom but it's not imperative & I'm not pursuing it. I'm strictly into spontaneity and non-desperate - at least not yet. hehe By the time I'm 100, I do have some goals to set up! :-)

      That Circumscription poem was literally writen (by hand) in a circle. Each last two words of each stanza has one which rhymes with the preceding one of the stanza's two word line and one which rhymes with that of the following one, in that order. Shown in a vertical poem, though, it is not very discernible.

      Thanks! I was sort of pleased with gaiety and bouquet-ity. I'm nothing if not resourceful! ;->

      How old is/was W.S. Gilbert whenever it was that he lived? I don't know his work. Must do some probing! Maybe I could meet him in my next life. LOL I wouldn't think of anyone wanting to copy my ideas and I've had enough of my own to need to copy none others". I suppose familiarity with a writer's work tends to influence style, but even my muse, Emily Dickinson, came to my real attention long after I'd been writing in my own style which seems by some to remind of hers. I've wondered if I'm her next life, though - at times.

      What I enjoy about typing my poems up from their handwritten state is recalling exactly how I felt as I wrote them. I can almost literally feel the air, hear the sounds and smell the surroundings from then.

      That owl is haunting, isn't he? I love him too. There are few, if any, of Rod McIvor's nature paintings I don't appreciate. I'd love to have that talent. I have a hub about him, by the way. He writes a lovely intro to each artistic presentation and sells prints and originals. If I had a fitting wall space, I'd love to own one.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Micky - What a lovely thing to say!! Too bad you're too young for me! LOL Thank you, dear friend.

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      Christopher Antony Meade 

      8 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      How do you manage to observe life so acutely, and then express yourself so lyrically. There must be no time for the purely mundane on Planet Nellieanna.

      I really liked how you rhymed gaiety and bouquet-ity

      It reminds me of "The very model of a modern major general"

      Only for the fact that you are a million years too young, I would swear that W.S Gilbert was copying your ideas.

      Thanks Nellieanna for a beautiful hub with some lovely pictures, especially the owl.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      You are a beautiful treasure! Every hub is so beautiful!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Dusty - I'm truly touched at your comment! Not sure why you don't comment so much, but it's OK - just so long as you enjoy reading it. I wish for you a most happy peaceful season, too!! Thank you so much for yours.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Ah, Martie. Welcome little octopus! hehe. That's such a cute metaphor. I guess I am something of a coral reef, populated with many individual parts. My mother used to make up the children's stories she told me and my favorite was about an oyster. So I'm at home with sea creatures. Also loved sea horses as a child. Since I'm such a landlubber, it''s sort of amazing that I feel an affinity with sea critters! Thank you for a delightful comment!

      ps - for what it might be worth mentioning, these were mostly written during some of my most trying times. Perhaps they illustrate some of the way my writing poetry helped me keep my equilibrium.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      ChrisLi - Ah! I'm smiling. Not sure whether the "I'm not this square. . ." was one of the two to which you responded, but I suspect it may have been. And I am pretty sure that "A moment of sheer beauty. . ." was one of them. That's really special that you like it. I can certainly see how differently those two would have gotten to you! hehe - Thanks for telling me! Hugs. . .

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      ek ellis - Thank you! I didn't know you before, so I had to go see your site right away. I found such depth and awesome writing! So I am pleased that you liked mine here.

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      50 Caliber 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      Nellieanna, voted up, awesome and beautiful. I'm still reading, just not commenting as much.

      I hope the season gives you all the smiles you can make, Peace and Love 50

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Absolutely awesome, Nellieanna! While reading this I suddenly saw you as a beautiful coral reef. Wherever I look, I see only the beauty of a pure creation, with room for so many creatures to hide in. I feel like a little octopus exploring the depths of a coral reef :)))

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


      The last two completely got me, and for entirely different reasons. Thanks for adding a touch of beauty to our days,


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      ek ellis 

      8 years ago

      Love your hub, very creative


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