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Kismet ~ Kasbah

Updated on September 30, 2013


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My lovely mother was born in 1892. I know not what advice her mother, born in 1865, gave her when she married my father, but when her daughters married, this was her sage advice: ~

"Every man wants a harem. Be one."

___© Nellieanna H. Hay

We'll journey to a tropic isle

Come summertime.

We'll lie on beaches

Strewn with pink and coral shells.

We'll play on sands white as sugar.

Lazily we'll talk of private things

Too precious for the ears

Of city streets.

We'll share each cloud

That passes overhead

And ride the tide -

At least with eyes

Softened by the days of love

Together -

At least in dreams.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

When you leave

The colors fade

The flavors dull

Scents evade.

You whose energy

Turns on my lights

Chases shadows,

My spark ignites.

Soft lights, duckling down,

Scented candle-glow.

The world is instantly improved

Wherever you come or go.

When you breathe

My lungs are filled.

And what you love,

I cherish!

______© Nellieanna H. Hay



Thy moods delight me,

Whether wild,


Or running riot

Toward a

Placid sea.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

The winged feet of love

Carry me to palaces

Of heart's delight.

Crystal windowed,

Draped in silk,

Scented by

Rare essences.

I share with love

The elixir of joy.

I love you.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


I am

You are

We are



______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Casablanca beach
Casablanca beach | Source

Inside me

Is a buffer zone

Called love.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


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    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Ian - a pleasure to see you here with a lovely comment! Mike's comments are always elegant and this one was especially so. Hugs. Thank you!

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      Twilight Lawns 

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

      What an elegant comment from Mike; I like this kind of statement and reposte.

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      Mike - though I'm born Occidental - (Texas couldn't be more so!) - I'm an old soul whose history was forged in Oriental climes and places and whose 'knowings' are highly influenced by them, I'm sure. It seems to feel natural to me. So it's less dramatic a departure than one might expect. And I'm very partial to magic carpet riding in either hemisphere! Thank you for a lovely observation!

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

      This is a departure from the Occidental, a wandering through the mysteries and majesty of the Near East. Your magic carpet rides high above the Texas clouds.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      xstatic - I'm so pleased that you like it. I must admit that love poetry isn't necessarily my main genre by any means, but what is more expressive and natural, really? Thank you for visiting and leaving your favorable impression.

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      Jim Higgins 

      6 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Wonderful series of love poems! Really great use of images and emotions. I too will read more.

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear ahorseback ~ OH, my. ~ That's a compliment that gives ME goosebumps! Your smile is meaningful! Thank you for all of that and especially for visiting my hub and sharing your response. Isn't that what poetry is about - the communication between the writer and the reader? What's wonderful is to actually share that in its moment. And anything I can claim for inspiring your love of writing your lovely poetry is a great privilege and honor.

      All I can say is thank you. Hugs.

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      6 years ago

      Everytime I read Nellieanna , I read pure poetry and know that instantly . Her writing is like the beautiful woman who passes but briefly through a room ,touches an elbow shares a smile and is gone leaving only the scent of perfume and a dreamy eyed boy lost to the love of writing forever!......:-} [ see my smile}

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      My very dear Ken - Thank you! Isn't Sarah Brightman a wonder!

      Mother's reference to a harem was figurative, I'm sure. Her idea was to advise her daughters to take full care of their husbands. That wasn't a type of subject she vocalized much. In fact, her strongest teaching methods were always demonstration and example - not that this was actually demonstrated to her children, but our father's adoration of her was the proof that it was demonstrated to HIM. And the adoration was in spite of the fact that their personalities were almost diametrically opposite, which was constantly obvious - - but always without animosity. They believed in the same values in life's real matters and their abiding love was simply obvious. He was not one to give compliments, which he regarded as being 'flattery',- which he detested. But he always said he was never bored with her, just telling HIS appreciation of her. Coming from him, that was high praise. He was a very bright man!

      Anyway - being a one-woman harem, not only teasing, dressing, spoiling, and washing him with delectable strokes, would have to include many facets of womanliness and an abiding desire to please her man, -including knowing when to let him have his space and rest even from her most desirable attentions, ;-) but always providing sufficient reasons and lure to re-enliven him to return to her for more after he's refreshed with his own means which may or may not include her! heh heh.

      So - - to aspire to being such a woman means a lot of genuine deep love plus plenty of real commitment. I've definitely been there, done that, both when it was abused and exploited & when it was generously returned in manly kind for a mutually wonderful long relationship.

      I'm sort of glad to have 'served my time' (and, as you say - FINALLY, where it was totally mutual and worth it!).

      I know now that it would take a phenomenal man to ignite and inspire it again! Something on the order of the made-in-heaven (so far 13-year)marriage of Barbra Streisand and James Brolin, a reward which came to them well beyond the years they had tragic relationships and she may not have expected to find her knight, - or he to find his - er - harem! I guess it was just that when it did come, it was so mutual and real. Apparently they "fight to keep the relationship healthy". (Probably another facet of a good one-woman harem's brilliance is an ability to "fair-fight"!) The main things are that they love each other madly, are mutually supportive and totally honest. They air their grievances and clear the air. Essential. People are human beings. Not perfect beings or robots.

      At this juncture, to me, it wouldn't be worth putting up with another human being unless the foundation of love were deep, mutual, fun and flexible and well understood by both. And quite frankly - at this time, there are no likely candidates to merit it for me, and that's not totally because I'm ignored, though I confess I don't go out Beating the Bushes in Search and Pursuit! But I've lived enough to know what it takes to have a working relationship, for both directions, especially mine - as well as my worth to myself, either way it unfolds.

      And I know that it's most definitely better to be a happy household of ONE than a miserable household of two. :-) I detest contrivances and traps, so it couldn't be 'set up'. So much for any Beating Bushes or S&P, as above mentioned. tee hee

      Thank you for "You are LOVE". That is such a beautiful compliment! Of course LOVE does begin at home - within ones own being and for ones own self. Probably the sexiest thing there is, too, as well as the nearest to divinity on earth.

      So my wish for you is to just enjoy BEING the fantastic man you are and LOVE yourself well, Ken. Hugs. Nellieanna

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      Vincent Moore 

      6 years ago

      Ah the beauty and delight you share here as always and to add the voice of Sara Brightman is a bonus indeed. A Harem is an interesting thought, yet this poet has never fed on such a thought of delights. To be teased, dressed, spoiled and washed by a bevy of beauties would surely weaken my heart or maybe raise it to a new level and beat:-)

      Like the many accolades you received above mine here, I must say Nellieanna Hay you are an enchantress with words and verse. You any man would love to share with and be alone with as his Harem. There would need not be another woman, as you would fulfill his every desire as you describe so eloquently in your poetry. You are LOVE.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Marie - She is not only a wonderful singer, but so good at the entire presentation! I'm glad you like my poetry, too! Thank you. Yes, my mother was unique! That was about as close as she came to sex education. haha.

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      6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Nellianna, Sara Brightman is one my favorite singers. Your poetry always puts me in space of beauty. Funny about the harem advice. :)

      Voted up and beautiful!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      What yummy imagery - my "pages are a great heist"! I love it. hehe Thank you m'dear.

      Thank you! Hugs.

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      6 years ago from east of the equator

      Hello Nellieanna. I steal my moments on Hub Pages nowadays.Your pages are always a great heist.

      "When you breathe

      My lungs are filled.

      And what you love,

      I cherish!

      I cherish your talent and friendship which is ever-present. This image of love is exquisite. Hugs.

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      Silent Reed, - well, with Mother's advice, the harem IS just one woman. . . so, hopefully, man-ageable. :-) I thank you for the lovely compliment to my poetry.

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      6 years ago from Philippines

      A harem of women?...when one is a full time job, two causes indecision, three as they say is a crowd and anything above that increases the chance of coronary failure. Never mind having a harem, I'll stick to reading your poetry. They are stress-free :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      Neelesh - tee hee - No one can associate my prose writing with brevity! haha. But somehow, - yes - my poetry usually is quite concise. I often laugh and say that's how I can tell which is which! :-)

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      My dearest Michael -thank you for reading and for the lovely comment! It means so much to me. Hugs.

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      6 years ago from new delhi

      Nellie Nellie Nellie,

      how can you

      say so much

      when you

      say so little.

      really really amazing.

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      empire mike 

      6 years ago from empire, colorado

      exquisite, my love!

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      My dear, your misidentifying two similar composers' pieces is minor. The inadvertent glitch I've recently committed, leaving possible really hurtful emotional damage way outshines that ~ more than a couple of quid could rectify! Though it was the result of a memory lapse, that it was forgotten is what makes it so ghastly. Trying to fix it or even to apologize could only exacerbate it. Hopefully someone else has good grace and wisdom to understand and forgive.

      So be easy on yourself! By the way - yin and yang must be an oriental plot to confuse the innocent. hehe

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      Twilight Lawns 

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

      Dearest Nellieanna, of course you put me right. Where did I even get the idea that Borodin and Korsakov were the same person... and writing the same piece of Music.

      Polovstian Dances and Scheherazade???

      I'll be mixing up Charles Shakespeare and William Dickens next. Shame on me.

      And to make the situation worser... or even worserer. I looked up Ying and Yang and Yin and Yan and all the other permutations of the name... I know I always get something wrong in that, but even Google didn't want to help.

      Mind you, Google doesn't like me very much, so maybe they spiked my guns or whatever the phrase is.

      It's Sunday evening, I think I'll take myself off to the Church of Saint Aloysius the Confused, Norbury-sur-Mer and see if he can sort me out. I'm a little late for Evensong, but if I slip the Vicar a couple of quid, he might absolve me.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, dear DRBJ. Wow, that IS an interesting coincidence. I'll settle for either Kismet-Karma or great minds!

      I must go read Wayne's poetry hub!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      My dear Ian! . . . and what an amazing response. I'm floating on it.

      Yes, the music is reminiscent of "Scheherazade", but why it struck your ear as an unusual version is it's the theme from Alexander Borodin's "Prince Igor", used as the haunting theme song, "Stranger In Paradise", for the 1953 movie "Kismet".

      What a heady position I'm in as your twin and soul mate! I am so often amazed & flattered how often we think so much alike! Here's a little poem I once wrote:

      Yin and yang,

      Yang and yin;

      Quite a combination

      To be in!

      ______© Nellieanna H. Hay

      Hugs, dear heart.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, Christopher! - I actually knew only one of my grandparents, my paternal grandmother, whose advice and example were more like your grandmother's. I've recently been poking around in family treasures, - one, an 1849 first edition little handbook for those entering marriage, titled "Bridal Greetings", whose advice for the new bride and groom is very unlike Mother's which I've shared here! ;-)

      (I wouldn't want your writing to be different in any way from how it is, by the way!)

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      rjsadowski - I'm most pleased that you were my first visitor here. Thank you for the kind response.

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      Outstanding poetry - every stanza, Nellieanna. Want to know an interesting coincidence? You wrote above: 'We'll play on sands white as sugar.' And I just read a poetry hub by Wayne Brown in which he wrote: 'sea shells in sugar fine beach sand.' Is that Kismet/Karma or what? Or simply great minds. I favor the latter!

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      Twilight Lawns 

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

      What an amazing hub. I was won over as soon as I heard the music from Scheherazade by Rimsky Korsakov. Not the usual version, but charming nonetheless, but Nellieanna, my dear twin and soul mate, please excuse me if I say that the poem that runs thus:

      "My fingertips

      Have a mind

      To touch

      Your taut body.

      My mind delights

      To caress

      Your loving face.

      My eyes

      Search out

      Your crystal gaze.

      My lips kiss

      Your drowsy lids.

      Everything in me

      Responds to

      Everything in you!"

      is so much like my thoughtstreams... you are my Ying to your Yang.

      We are but one book, yet with two differing covers. yours is fine and beautiful, while mine, although tooled in old leather, is not of your lovely aspect.

      And your mother's advice:

      "Every man wants a harem. Be one."

      is absolutely delicious.

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      Christopher Antony Meade 

      6 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      My grandmother is famous in the family for saying "clean as you go along". This piece of domestic wisdom was passed down to us by my mother.

      I wish my ancestors had been a bit more like yours.

      Then I could write beautiful poetry like you Nellieanna.

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      6 years ago

      Great poetry, pictures and videos.


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