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Updated on December 14, 2012


"Roses". watercolor & pencil  ___ ©Nellieanna Hay
"Roses". watercolor & pencil ___ ©Nellieanna Hay | Source


Strange how that about which

We are ignorant

Like a peaceful, placid pond

Lies passive.

The surface, if we notice at all,

Seems only to reflect quietly

Our own flat image.

      But upon breaking the surface tension,

              Whose fragile strength

                  Separates us from its

           Secret depths,

      We find to our surprise, perhaps

Another world.

      We marvel that we could have been

            Content without it.

So then,

     A little more enlightened

            Than before,

      We seek another pond,

  Its treasures to explore.

                 And so



______© Nellieanna H. Hay


To The Point

A pencil is sharpened

By whittling, cutting

To a fine point

By a blade.

So wit must be made keen

To choose the fitting words,

To grasp essences of things,

To see how 'things' are made.

Courage must become acute

To meet its adversaries,

To face the things unknown,

To be, in truth, - unafraid.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Garbed in gown of blue-blackish velvet,

Scattered over with sparkling stones,

'Neath mantilla of chantilly galaxies,

One golden crescent earring shone.

The night - most elegant night!

In majesty, dignity, grace,

Alive, yet serene,

Overcomes the commonplace.

Confusing, revealing,

Transforming, highlighting,

Vanishing, magnifying,

Soothing, exciting.

Giving and taking,

Passive, affecting,

Waiting, pulsating,

Shining, reflecting.

Stretching, awaking,

Shining, heart-beating.

Rising and breaking,

Ever repeating.

The night is done,

The day has won.

The drabness gone,

Once more - the sun.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Fall, 1967

Experiment to your hearts’ content

With fads and fashions and styles,

For it is true that what we do

Is subject to errors and trials.

But lets make laws with fewer flaws

To cover the real life cases;

The principles tried must be applied

In myriad times and places.

What we call rules are only tools

For implementing society.

Only if they apply can they satisfy

The need for all the variety.

Forget the petty! So much confetti!

Draft statutes with backbone to last.

Prepare for changing without deranging

The heritage time has amassed!

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Fall, 1967

Irresistible, unquenchable


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

The Lean Years









Not hot.



No, dormant.









Not sad.


                Why not?

                          It is a choice.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

January, 1969

"Peonies" - watercolor & pencil    ___ ©Nellieanna Hay
"Peonies" - watercolor & pencil ___ ©Nellieanna Hay | Source


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    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh my - Thank you, Martie. I find I've missed someone's hubs and there are always so many new ones it is easy for some to be sidetracked! I'm happy you found this and enjoyed it!!

      NO - I never expected to share them. I thought maybe some enterprising soul would discover them after I was dead and gone and might share them somehow posthumously. I'm glad for Hubs - because it's gotten me up and going on typing them from their handwritten state, though I've merely made a dent in them & I've transcribed 515 of them- nearly 6 MB. Now I realize no one else would have bothered. They'd probably have been pitched without even looking at them. It truly is gratifying that people appreciate them!! Thank you for doing so and for the votes too!

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Oh my word, how did I miss this one? Beautiful paintings, beautiful words, exquisite messages to ponder forever over. Did you ever thought when you’ve written them that you will one day share all of them with so many who will appreciate them? I've voted this up in all ways.

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Eiddwen - Thank you! You always brighten my day!! Glad you enjoyed these! Thanks for the votes as well as the visit!

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      8 years ago from Wales

      I love the poems and artwork Nellianna,

      Brilliant and beautiful as always.

      Carry on writing and painting and I will carry on reading and complimenting. A definite up and awesome/beautiful here.

      Take care Nellieanna.

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      thank you, Laurie! I'm touched by your generous response! I admire your work greatly!

    • LaurieDawn profile image


      8 years ago

      I am touched in the beauty of the words and the paintings. Elegant comes to mind, stunning poetry that is moving like a slow dance in the moonlight. The poem, To the point, touched me in the realization of never be afraid to put yourself out there in the world, in all its beauty.



    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, acaetnna! I know of no other way to write poetry. You say it beautifully!

    • acaetnna profile image


      8 years ago from Guildford

      Simply beautiful, written from your heart. What more can I say?

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Mairdre - when someone I haven't yet met reads and comments, before I reply, I like to go and "meet" the person. I am SO glad I did! Your genius is awesome, so I'm the more pleased that you found my work good. Hope to see you again!

    • Mairdre profile image


      8 years ago

      All of this beautiful writing...thank you very much. Strength can surely be fragile as fragility can be strong. You have a gift...

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      acaetnna - thank you for the lovely praise!!

    • acaetnna profile image


      8 years ago from Guildford

      A lovely selection of poems, a pure delight to read, thank you.

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Acer - I love that metaphor. Thank you!

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      Mentalist acer 

      8 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      A pond of enlightenment,beautifuly put Nellieanna;)

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Ladyjane - what a delight to see you! Thank you so much!

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Neelesh- Thank you, most kind sir. I hope you are living it already. :-)

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      8 years ago from Texas

      wow there is no end to your talent Nellieanna you keep impressing me with your poetry and your paintings, cheers to your talent.

    • neeleshkulkarni profile image


      8 years ago from new delhi

      when you are hundred nellie i will be 77 and will need tips on leading your kind of life.

      please stay in touch!!!!1

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Heart Felt - thank you! You're so kind to visit! I'm thrilled that you like it!

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you so much, Katie! What a gracious person you are! I appreciate you greatly!

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      Cheri Taylor 

      8 years ago from New York, NY


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      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      What a beautiful relationship between you and art... You are as beautifully spoken as the paintings you've shared today. I love your poetry. Love and Peace :)

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, Tony. I was intensely aware of the microcosm expressing the macrocosm and vice versa. Sometimes I wonder whether I had clearer vision then. It seemed like I hardly missed any little image, not only for its own beauty, but the amazing greater truths it expressed, if only symbolically. Then - just a short step to put it into the next level of symbol - words.

      Thank you for your thoughtful reading and feeeling for it.

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      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Nellieanna - these are wonderful! Thanks for sharing them, although I can see how your writing has moved on in the 45 or so years since these were written! Loved especially the lines about the "fragile strength"{ and the image of the surface tension keeping us from knowing more deeply. Profound thoughts beautifully expressed.

      Love and peace


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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      gr82bYOU thank you!! hehe. Maybe we're kin! Tee hee!

      By the way - I"m sitting here in the Halloween outfit I have on in that profile picture - waiting for more Trick or Treaters. Only 2 bunches so far.

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      always exploring - Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed them. There are lots of things one needn't think of giving up or holding back from starting just because of birthdays! Writing should be something one can do as long as one lives. My beloved was 86 and even with memory loss and advancing dementia, he still wrote some remarkably nice poetry. One should never just give up. And encouraging your brain to keep functioning is really good!! Writing helps do that!

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      8 years ago from USA

      I liked the Brown Thumb. Reminded me of me. LOL

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Very beautiful poetry. The paintings are lovely. you have a remarkable gift for words, i'm glad to hear you say that one never gets too old to start writing, because i'm getting'up there,' and i love to write. Thank you.


    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Excellent point, Petra. Thank you very much for the flattering metaphor. Perhaps one must taste one's caviar at one's own discretion rather than what is available to keep that freshness intact. Too muchness is not my prime aim, though there is little that is middling about me, I guess. I appreciate your input greatly.

      I suppose I'm a bit like the sturgeon who produces the stuff, not trying to overplay or underplay my output, just sort of outputting as nature prompts. I must leave it to the real connoisseurs to take it to a finer-tuned level, I suppose. You may or may not know that I've written profusely most of my lenghty life and never even shared more than a handful with anyone till I joined here & timidly began to. It's quite a special experience.

      Actually no new poetry hubs have been published here in quite awhile so I rather hoped they'd been missed and that a new one would be welcome after the Halloween Challenge story. ;-) I'll try to be more gentle and certainly understand if some can't be gotten to. In fact, if too much is too much, the logical solution is to sample less, I suppose. There are some great writers on here whose works I savor but can't always get to, likewise. I understand.

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      Petra Vlah 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles

      Dear Nellianna,

      Your poetry is overwhelming by quantity and quality alike. Just like the finest caviar, a taste of it could be the most refined treat, while too much may be…well, too much. I would love to have more time to really savor the rich taste of it and its beauty.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Ken - You're wonderful to be so supportive You're right that the fruits of our souls are totally ageless and it matters not when we begin to harvest them. Earlier ones tend to be a bit greener, however! :-)

      All our skills are improved by experience and it often requires some years to accumulate a good vintage! I used to say that I couldn't write a serious book (novel or other) because I "didn't know enough". I guess it''s beginning to be a matter of "OK, if not soon, when??" LOL

      I am so inspired by Jane Austen, who lived a short life in an era when women were considered only of ornamental and maternal use. Yet she burned with the desire and talent to WRITE and her 6-only novels are so full of wisdom, accurate observations of human nature and the human condition, in addition to a lot of quite modern wit and humor (even some bordering on raunchy!), it's amazing. She wrote in the late 1700s and early 1800s! A character in one of them says "Oh my - don't be so studgy - it's 1806, for goodness sake!" (or words to that effect.)

      Jane Austen lived only from 1775 - 1817. She died at age 42! Heck! I was barely BORN at age 42~!! LOL. Well, she couldn't marry the man she really loved (those were weird times) and wouldn't marry the ones she didn't love - so she avoided marriage and some things which can slow one's blossoming. (The right one would have helped it, though.) And in order to survive without a husband to support her, in that day and time, she had to buck every rule and custom and earn her own living - by her pen. She would be impressed at this: "A first edition of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" has fetched a record £139250" Heroes and heroines in her novels were deemed very rich indeed if they had £1000 a year!!!!

      Amazing story. Anyone of any age or gender can take heart from her example. If I ever do seriously write prose, she will be my muse, as Emily Dickinson is my poetry muse.

      Truthfully, I never have considered myself much of an artist (except an artist of LIFE), or even a poet, though I began to think maybe, a poet. I am sure of one thing though -and it applies to anyone. The one thing or things each of us CAN do - is unique and NO ONE ELSE can compare!!

      Thanks for liking what I do!! Your work is awesome, my friend!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      ah - Yes, couturepopcafe - We must keep seeking, mustn't we? We can return again and again to any pond of truth we discover, but we should not be content to stay and drink from only one - unless we are content to stop growing.

      Thank YOU, sweet seeker! And thank you for the lovely compliment on my very old roses. I ran across those two paintings in a box of keepsakes up in my closet, done a number of years ago.

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      8 years ago

      Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, what more can I say. Ageless poetry is, no matter what age we start writing it at. One just get's better at things with age, he he he.

      You are a wonderfully talented artist with brush you paint us pictures with words you paint us your heart. Very well done Nellieanna, I loved them all. You are truly poetry in motion. Peace and hugs

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      8 years ago

      Nellie - what beautiful and poignant thoughts for the seeker of truth - "we seek another pond" and "courage must become acute". You are a beautiful and talented soul. (Love the roses,too. Well done.)

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, hello - thank you so much!! I have to admit that I don't know how to write poetry any other way than from my heart. In fact, I really can't write poetry "to order" and as I've mentioned, 99% of my poetry never expected to be seen by anyone when it was written. They were outpourings of my heart, written down to help me stay intact. I appreciate you for noticing!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      hehe,Steve!! You're a treasure! ( I don't read too many "how to" hubs, myself - but I love reading yours!!)

      Knowing you, it's hard to imagine you'd goof up a garden, you're so proficient at everything! But maybe under the influence a little. hehe (actually I was a life-long teetotaler at the time I wrote that poem) Thanks for joining me in the brown thumb company though. Very kind-hearted!

      I do know and am soooo flattered that you'll read my poetry!! These are a bit longer than the majority. As I mentioned, they were written before my real poetry writing bonanza days, when i merely jotted down my impressions and feelings in the fewest words to capture them for my own reference, So I was right up your alley! But try my Halloween Challenge 5-part scary story, "House on a Hill" here on my Hubpages. Not a single shred of poetry in the whole thing! It's all prose, but it's long. Oh, well - nothing's perfect!

      Thanks for the fun visit, Steve! And I wouldn't want you to be any way but the way you are!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      christopheranton. I know. I have been a part of a couple of successful gardens, both mostly veggie gardens, thanks to husband's green thumb. I really enjoyed being a part of those. I'm a flower freak who has a real knack for keeping cut flowers nice for a a couple of weeks and I always keep fresh cut flowers here on my coffee table and other locations in my house. I've always been a person who could gather wildflowers, grasses, leaves and even weeds and make a pretty bouquet of them. Now I buy pretty flowers at the grocery store. I regard them as nourishment for my soul! But I would LOVE to have a real flower garden. Perhaps I will. I love fresh veggies, too and I think fruits and veggies are beautiful to look at as well as to eat- and I eat quantities of them, a secret of my active longevity. The Brown Thumb poem was as much for fun as fact. My mother's and husband's outstanding green thumbs made me realize how fall short mine fell! LOL Thank you for your delightful comment!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      neelesh - I appreciate that. It's one reason I call myself "ageless". I do think and feel in an ageless way and I've been told that I look ageless. I'm quite active, healthier than many people much younger than I am, take care of my own home and business, need to take no prescription meds, - am self-reliant. I'm even a bit of an electronic nerd and created and maintain a huge website which I made from scratch - wrote the HTML for it. But I do have 78 years to my credit, with a birthday Feb. 2nd. So - I was no kid in the 1960s. :-) In my mid 60s I built a cabin on my ranch with my now late husband who was in his mid 70s. I guess I am not your average ancient lady. (grin) I don't do much yard work, but, then, I never did.

      Thanks for the very pleasant-to-hear comment! I like to hope that I can be a beacon for folks entering their "senior years" to reassure them that they don't have to stop living and sit down an wait for the end. I plan on living into my 100s and if I do, I'll still be active and fully alive.

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      8 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      You do know, I hope, that your poetry is the only poetry I will read. Cuz you know how I am. Of course, the best thing about them is that they are short. Thank you for that.

      Oh, BTW, I plant my flower beds just like that, and I was drinking! As a matter of fact, I enjoy the garden most when I am drinking. Loved the little garden ditty. Don't tell anyone, you know I am loathe to admit it.

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Such wonderful thoughts and words. You always give so much in your poems, it is incredible. So much heartfelt warmth goes out of each and every poem. Thank you.

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      Christopher Antony Meade 

      8 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      Thanks for the lovely poems Nellieanna. I especially liked your poem on the frustrations of gardening. It can be a bit of a drag at times, but when you see those flowers bloom, knowing your love has "created" them, it all becomes worthwhile.

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      8 years ago from new delhi

      if that is how you think and feel no way you could be ancient Nellie

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Well thank you so much Attemptedhumour! Yes, I was - what - about 45 years younger - but you just don't realize how ancient I am now! LOL. It was before I'd discovered my actual "poetic voice" and style though. I'd written poetry off and on all my life, but there followed those years after I'd written these when I wrote prolifically. It became my "journal", my confidante so the economy of my words suited my purposes for writing at all. It was just for my own use, to remind me that I was still existent and of what I felt and thought. When I wrote these earlier ones, writing and capturing my daily challenge was not quite so urgent and I indulged in more words and also more cerebral subjects.

      Anyway - I appreciate your reading them and your good comments!

      You're supposed to be entering into your Spring season Down Under, - or well along in it, right? We are just getting a break from the heat here in Texas - and it's very welcome!! Could use a lot more rain, though. Getting lots of breeze, which is blowing off the leaves, finally. I look at all remaining on my trees and dread the raking to come!

      I'm glad your weather has allowed you to find my hub and I very much appreciate it and your kind words.

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      8 years ago from Australia

      Hi Nellieanna you chose some wise words for someone a little younger when these poems were penned. A nice selection of well written verse to start one's day. Cheers from an unusually wet and cold Australia. The pond needs it the garden thrives on it and it enables me to find your lovely work because of it, but our dogs are not happy about it at all.


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