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Life Is Energy

Updated on December 21, 2013

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Red flame

Heats to blue.

When it's white,

It captures energy

And sets it free.

My thermostat

Has no need to capture,

Though you may supply

Its white energy.

Yours frees me

From need of more

Variety.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Synergy sublime

I'd never know

Till now,

Till you.

Now I do.


Though how

Resistant -

None too quietly,

That time,

Rebelliously inside.


Learned to blend,

Extend,

Abide.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay




Formlessness

Takes form

As life

Energizes

Generates

Formulates

Materializes

Originates

Itself

Abundantly.


Splendid miracle

Trembling:

That original seed!

That original egg!

From whence?


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


A surge

A burst

Of latent energy

Exploding

Like

Imperative

Irrepressible

Life

Irresistible

Imploding

Deep within

Where energy

Was subdued

Restrained

Before.

No more!


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Prototype?

Not I!

I catalyze,

I prophesy,

I speak,

I write,

I laugh,

I cry;

And try

To light a fire,

Excite desire,

Suggest, delight,

Inquire;

Inspire a flame

With sparks of life,

To salve the pain,

To solve the strife.


To be

A being, -

Being.


_________© Nellieanna H. Hay

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Of course.

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      shanmarie 3 years ago

      Duly noted, as I pretty much concur with that, too. But it isn't a new thought or concept to me either- neither the energy nor the not knowing. ;-)

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

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      Nellieanna 7 minutes ago from TEXAS Hub Author

      Thank you for affording me seriousness in thinking and beauty in writing.

      Don’t get too specifically convinced, though. I’m not. Though I may be serious about what makes critical, discerning good sense, always one main thing I know, as Socrates did, is: “All I know is that I know nothing." Logic and sense are useful tools for dealing with this life fairly effectively, but are they the tools of the Universe, if there is such a thing? Who am I to assert there is or there is not?

      I find that my best response is to suspend certainty and to allow room for truth through faith in truth. Hopefully, we may eventually find out what is, and if that is to happen, best to not get too attached to our interim theories, though. We need to be empty vessels in order to be filled with truth, if that is to happen at all.

      The Bible even touches upon this: "Many are invited, but few are chosen.” (as guests to be revealed the truth?) and: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” ;-)

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      shanmarie 3 years ago

      I never thought you weren't serious. Scientifically, and even spiritually, it makes sense. Even more beautiful in poetic form.

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Yes, you have been here before. I believe I mentioned this hub to you recently when we were talking about the poem, 'Prototype - Not I' which I realized was on this page. As I said in the previous reply to you 8 weeks ago, its title really is "Being Is A Noun and Verb". For whatever reason, I omitted it here.

      As for life being energy, I'm rather serious about that theory. Perhaps everything is energy at its basic level. When one considers the atoms and sub-atoms, they are busily creating energy by the motion they generate.

      Sometimes the connections I see of what goes into a hub theme are only obvious to me in my mind, I suspect. But I like at least to make the attempt to coordinate them somewhat logically. ;-) Thank you for the compliments. I am now going to bed. z-z-z-z----

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      shanmarie 3 years ago

      Well, I was directed here sort of by you, but it appears I have been jere before. Still, I can't and won't complain about that! Life is indeed energy - and it is amazing! You are a whiz at coordinating your work to fit within a single theme - but then you already know that. Always a pleasure.

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      With the children home all day, - and the weather limiting their outside time, too, - it is a very busy season. Even in younger days, I recall just sort of collapsing in January when things got back to 'normal'.

      Yes, cleaning is like that - - never 'done', always needing to be done. One must juggle the 'must-be-dones' which anyone could do, but are one's 'to do', with the things that no one else can do, such as one's creative projects. The priorities of those changes as one lives on.

      I'm not worried about responding, but I feel a great deal of gratitude when someone bothers to read and comment, you know. I don't take it for granted.

      That last one here, starting with "Prototype? Not I. . ." is actually titled "Being Is A Noun and Verb" and was written many years ago (fall, 1971). It was one my sister, Ruth, especially liked. Glad you like it too! There was a little sequel (which was never shared before this):

      Being is a noun and verb

      And so are light and singing.-

      And love.

      But there's no single word

      That Is and Does

      For every-thinging.

      ______© Nellieanna H. Hay

      6-18-73

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      shanmarie 3 years ago

      I don't know. . .I guess I've been getting "enough" by napping at other times (though still with multiple interruptions), but the kids are out of school over the next couple of weeks for Christmas break so that won't really be an option. Other things involved in my tired feeling right now anyway, but it will get better, I hope. If not, I'll have to figure out how to make it so that I have more energy when I need it. Good thing I cleaned the entire apartment - bathrooms, kitchen, and all beforehand! Haha Probably be doing that again shortly, though, especially with the kids around all day.

      As for my original comment, you don't have to respond to worry about responding to it. :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Don't we all? I'm sure I've gotten a bit more sleep that you seem to be getting, Shan, - but am suffering from extreme procrastination consequences, with effects increased by more complications and slower actions. The details are too tiresome to reiterate, but the bottom line is that I started out to UPS this afternoon with 4 big boxes to post, but a turned around and came back home. Too many negative vibes involved. Not worth it.

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      shanmarie 3 years ago

      Nellieanna, why should you beg me for more time to respond to your own comments? It is to be assumed that you will respond in your own time, especially since I know that you almost always do reply to them. Nonetheless, good to know that you are okay, even if swamped. That might've been closer to the time I finally actually went to sleep. Haha. Need to adjust some habits over the next couple of weeks, I think.

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      This is so poignant. I want to reply more fully, but must beg for a bit of time and leeway. Just don't want you to be concerned. I'm OK - just swamped.

      Hope you get some sleep, my dear. I woke at about 5:15 this morning to get back onto my chores, & am jut now about to head upstairs to get onto it. Hugs and thank you for lovely words and thoughts.

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      shanmarie 3 years ago

      I wish I had your poetry in a book in my hand! I can't even really comment on this hub right now because I am so tired and not even sure why I'm still awake. I'm useless at this point. Stayed up too late last night and then when I finally wen to bed. . . Well, that didn't really work out so well. Austin kept waking me what seemed like every 10 minutes just so that I would put him back in his bed! I almost just got up and went to sleep a couple of hours in his bed with him! Thought for sure I'd fall asleep way before midnight tonight, yet here it is at about five after.

      Anyway, I particularly like the last one, but I am not even sure I'd be coherent or articulate enough to share thoughts on any of them right now. Besides that, I think I've probably generally complimented your poetry enough that there aren't many fresh ways to say that you're a beloved eloquent classic!

      But, really, how silly am I to have an urge to write down so many of your poems in my own Nellieanna journal just to have them to read even when I'm not on the internet or to have them readily available without having to figure out what hub they might be on?

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Mylinda, thank you so much. I'm pleased you liked them!

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      mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

      Those are lovely pieces. They are so simple and so complex at the same time.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you so much, Theresa! It's hard to keep up with the reading and replying, for sure. I'm never really 'caught up'. Comes a time when one just has to say - that's all I can do right now, and that's always with more unread hubs in one's followed hubbers list, and with some 'latest' hubs already come and gone from it without being followed up. Can't fret about it though. We all know the challenge it is, no matter how much we want to keep up!

      I'm pleased that you like this one. I liked doing it. The contrast with the theme of energy and the softness of visuals seemed to fit the association of energy with life. After all, the heartbeat is a great example of life energy, yet it just beats along steadily and quietly - for all those years! Amazing, huh?

      Hope your weather is not too wicked. We've had pretty deep freezes the last few nights and it looks like the system is moving eastward. Supposed to warm up here soon. Hope so! What weird weather all over!

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Dar Nellieanna - Trying to catch up on reading - I am so woefully behind. This is lovely, lovely and gives much food for thought I love the soft, understated visual elements. Very, very nice. Theresa

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Carolinemd21 - Oh, my apologies for the lengthy delay in acknowledging your kind comment! Thank you! I deeply appreciate it.

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      Caroline Marie 4 years ago from Close to Heaven

      Absolutely beautiful writing. So well crafted. I am a fan. :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Vicki - I appreciate your visit and comment so much! I agree that reading inspiring material improves us as people and provides a wonderful respite to a swelling of and dwelling on so many important, dire concerns which take or borrow our attention, sometimes far too fully.

      A balance seems wise and we do have a degree of choice about it, same as we have about eating actual health food for our bodies, which reflect in our bodies' conditions. I confess to being a bit of a health nut. At this age, the alternatives are grim! ;-)

      But I've always thought that the thought-nourishment one takes in to feed one's mind and soul gives forth like qualities in what one's mind then radiates. Perhaps the negativity which seems so rampant is a part and accumulation of just such an accumulated result of exposure and intake among people.

      Anyway, I thank you for that comment!! It lifts my spirits to see a visit from you! Hugs

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Nellieanna, what a beautiful Hub, both the poem and the artwork. Absolutely amazing and so inspiring. We are all better people when we put these Hubs in the forefront of our minds.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      DEAR Silent Reed. I've missed you of late and now, here you are, leaving a comment that's literally brought tears to my eyes, it's so magnificent and heart-felt. As you say - where are words to express feeling that level of communication and kinship? I simply say thank you. You've uplifted my day immeasurably! When I wrote that poem, quite a few years ago, it was my spirit refusing to be squelched or dimmed. It's probably why it is keenly felt by others. We've all been in times and situations when & where we need an extra boost. I had only my spirit within to boost itself, and thank goodness for poetry because it was through it that such an exchange within could be made real.

      I must have gone back and reread that poem (and others of the era) a hundred times during those dim days, to remind myself that I was really still "in here". It still gives me a boost! So I fully understand.

      Thank you and many hugs and best wishes for you!!

      By the way - I just peeked in on your hub site, where it's been too long neglected by me. I must get over there and catch up with what you've been writing!! You've expanded your already broad scope!

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      SilentReed 4 years ago from Philippines

      I can't find the words, or rather the words elude me in trying to express my thoughts.... the poetry is the evocation that draw forth the very manifestation of pure energy. Ever changing, formless, then emerging in coalition, a synergism producing feelings within that can only be experience. But one cannot write or make a comment on, only to bookmark it for future use when there comes a need to revitalize one's sagging spirits. :) Thank you for sharing a part of you that,

      " Inspire a flame

      With sparks of life,

      To salve the pain,

      To solve the strife."

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear cam8510 - Chris. I'm so pleased you visited my hub here & that you felt it has merit. Thank you.

      I like to 'meet' people whom I've not met before and who comment on my hubs, so I took the circuitous route by way of your hub site, where I read your profile and one of your excellent hubs, where I left a comment.

      If your new traveling work brings you to Dallas, I'd enjoy meeting you for coffee, as you mentioned you'd welcome doing with other Hubbers.

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Nellieanna, I am amazed at the depth and breadth of your writings. I could muse for hours on one of these verses. "Formlessness takes form as life energizes...." Beautiful Nelieanna.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Mike, your superb comments dance me gingerly across the rest of my day! Thank you, dear person. Hugs.

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      mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Nellieanna your notes dance gingerly across the page and I believe across the ages.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, Mary - I'm thrilled to see you! How I remember with pleasure when we were both in on Alan's collaboration of "The Journey". What a wondrous experience that was! It made all of us who'd been relative strangers, friends from then on. Almost a kinship.

      Thank you so much for the lovely words of praise for my hub. I am so pleased that you like it. Hugs.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Victoria Lynn - - Thank you, sweet lady. I have many of the first editions of Rod McKuen's poems published in the 1960s. He writes and narrates his poetry, composes and sings his music, - all in that lovable raspy voice. His career took him many directions, including as a movie stunt man!

      He'd been a choir boy as a youth but his vocal chords were damaged along the line, giving his early sweet voice that edge of much more maturity & character. I never tire of hearing him. Many of his themes are soothing and peaceful, for sure. There is also anguish and pathos in some. But overall, his effect is positive. He's a Taurus with that tranquil steady quality, so long as left in peace, which is is preference.

      There are audios & videos of his poetry narrations as well as his musc, too, by the way. He also sings others' music. One of my favorites is "If You Go Away" by Frenchman Jacques Brel. Rod translated the lyrics into the English version. It's such a gorgeous song! Enjoy -

      http://youtu.be/rfziQHKQpfc

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh, Vincent, dear heart. What lovely comments, generous and warming to my heart. I feel your spirit as it soars and as it sometimes flounders. But your spirit triumphs and is so alive and pulsating with energy. You are so right! Twilight is but a new view of life's unfolding & new phase of its expression by the poets. (You're still distant from twilight, m'dear. I'm not even quite there yet, many years your senior! But it will come, so it will come & it's good.)

      One must merely let the energy flow to have it. We can so easily block it with worry, regret & anxiety, though. But when we let those fall aside, we find our inherent energy still propels us & our creativity, too.

      I'm definitely in it for the long haul! :-) And big hugs to you always!

      Yes - Rod McKuen's music and poetry never fails to move me, too. I've been a fan since the 60s when he first emerged as a poet and musician.

      Thank you, my dear friend.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Girish - how pleased I am that you stopped by and liked those lines. It's a poem of mine that's very dear to my heart. Thank you!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Your poetry, like you, exudes energy. The energy of life, the energy of love all so beautifully said. "synergy sublime"....you certainly have a way with words. You are a model for all of us to follow dear lady.

      Voted up, awesome, and beautiful.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      This such nice stuff! Does Rod McKuen sing, or is this his poetry put to music? I came across some of his old books of poems several years ago and just love it. It's so interesting and peaceful. I'm glad I came across this hub. Voted up and others!

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      Vincent Moore 4 years ago

      Its through your energy and shining writing that energizes all of your loyal readers, me being one of them. You've captured it here as always with your energized style my dear. I've often wondered at times how to get more of it for without it my writing sits idle. No doubt life is all about energy for without it we are simply dust to the winds.

      Such a meaningful video of Rod Mckuens, "I think of you" I've often wept when the energy allows me to think of my past and all the energy and life I had back then as a lad. Now in my twilight years its about a whole new type of energy and I am so thankful that your life and energy inspires me to be the poet I am today, you brought forth the light from my soul, little do you know it my poet. I share the gifts I've been gifted by you in my writings.

      BTW thank you for the glowing comment you left in Deborahs passing of the LoliPop award to me, I was taken by your compliment but should I expect anything less from such a friend as you? lol You complete me with your words my dear. So please always stay energized for all of us, like an energizer bunny you are, full of praise, kindness and clarity to us your loyal followers and peers. Hugs from me to you always.

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Inspire a flame,

      with sparks of life,

      to solve the pain,

      to solve the strife....

      Wonderful....God bless.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, Eric. :-)

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      Eric T. Shortridge 4 years ago from MidWest

      you capture it all so well... beautifully done :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      I've just clicked it open - - can't wait to read it, but am expecting someone any moment so it may have to wait. I want to peruse it all carefully - it looks just gorgeous!!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Nellieanna.. I just have to share..

      http://blondey.hubpages.com/hub/Golden-Heart#comme...

      Look what blondey has done for me

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, dear beautiful Sannel -!! I just don't see enough of YOU these days, m'dear! How are you? Hope everything is going amazingly well!! Hugs!

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      Sannel 4 years ago

      Oh, absolutely wonderful! As always, I find your hubs to be creations of amazing and unique pieces of art. Just beautiful!

      Sannel

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      DDE - It is always a pleasure to see you've visited! It's mutually interesting to have met you! Thank you for lovely compliment!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello Joseph Barrett. First, I welcome to HubPages and wish you all the best here. And thank you so very much for visiting my hub and for your kind comment!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Most interesting to have learned of you and your great talent.

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      Joseph Barrett 4 years ago from South Carolina

      Awesome...!!!! Amazing hub, all words are beautifully described. Good work :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Colin -- looks like the snow will veer north of the Ft. Worth-Dallas Metroplex just before it reaches us, but it's playing havoc not that much further to the west of here and will be dumping lots in its path wherever it decides to go. Amarillo is getting a record snowfall - and it's always in the snows' paths.

      But it's Texas so I may still wake up to a white world, in spite of the forecasts saying it won't. This is the time of the year when we've had some devastating, long-lasting snow & ice storms.

      What we're now already getting - which will increase fiercely - is very strong winds, consistent @ high speeds and dropping temperatures and very cold wind-chills. If it were to snow, too, we'd have quite a mess. I just stay inside in such weather. I warn people with whom I set up appts at this time of year that if it's snow & ice, I won't make the appts. It's made worse because nuts down here don't know how to drive in it, so even if I can, it's still dangerous. And I'm out of practice! haha. I got my first driving experience @ 40 in Louisville as fall was turning to winter and snow was regular on my route to work. f

      Anyway - thank you so much for your concern, dear Colin!! That really warms my heart!

      I loved my cats' warm cuddling! Camille burrowed to the bottom of my bedcovers and slept on my feet! I still don't know what she did for oxygen! Toulouse liked to sit close alongside me or on my lap, keepng me cuddly. Cats are just so nice to have around when it's cold!!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Gwen - I'm so gratified by Debbie's hub - and totally amazed. It's so beautiful. Thank you. Hugs.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Sending out a SOS to my buddy - I hear you are having a nasty snow storm down there - are you okay?

      I will send a snow sled down with a St. Bernard and a good keg of French brandy and some maple syrup from Quebec.

      Well I always gain 'energy' from you Miss N - 'cos you are the first lady of the Hubs - and when I am here on your page - your glow is blinding me so I wear sunglasses. lol

      Thank you sincerely though for making Hub life beautiful with your lovely hub presentations which are always suitable for framing at the Hub Louvre wall of fame.

      Please tell me that you're okay though with this bad storm going on and all.

      First thing I said to myself when I saw the news tonight was:

      "Miss N .................................!"

      sending you warm wishes from a snowbelt of my own known as lake erie time canada 7:33pm courtesy of Colin and his cats who wear cat snowshoes and cat earmuffs

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      dreamseeker2 4 years ago

      I need to read it, I'm sure it is well deserved! : ) Beautiful tribute...just returned from it! Great job, Debbie!!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh, dear heart! Not only this comment on this hub is delightful - but I'm totally blown away by your hub tribute to me! I really am reeling!

      What is more gratifying for a poet with thoughts and experiences of a long lifetime than that they're received with such graciousness, perception and enthusiasm. I just don't know how to thank you - except to say - THANK YOU!

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      dreamseeker2 4 years ago

      Your poems are always inspiring, Nellieanna. Sorry it always seems to take me so long to get back to them. Another masterpiece of thoughts into words, while sharing of your heart. : ) Voted up!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Yes, I remember my Dad telling me to "know your limitations". I'm sure he had ample experience in seeing Mother and my sisters trying to do everything and wanted to caution me, though a the time I really resisted admitting to limitations! Now, though, I've begun to admit to some! haha. The old adage about not trying to 'burn the candle at both ends' does prevail. Even prioritizing the things to be done in a day is difficult, with so many valuable opportunities afforded us!

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      Same with yours! I wish I had so many more hours in the day to read all the wonderful work I find on here. I will definitely be stopping by = )

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you bizarrett81! Im also glad you read it and may return to read more! I just checked your hubsite and see many hubs that interest me greatly!

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      "to be a being, being". I absolutely love that last bit. What a beautiful hub and I am so glad I read it. Looking forward to more!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear James - you, also, are most flattering! It's good to hear that people with taste and vision think my work has merit, though I've yet to be ready to proceed. But I do greatly appreciate the encouragement to do so! I'll know 'when', I believe. The time frame is not forever! I definitely know that I don't really prefer that my heirs decide! None of them gives a fiddle or a fig about it! haha.

      I'm pleased to hear that ED is among your own favorites. It's a bit rare that folks outside of this hemisphere are familiar with her work.

      An interesting thing to me is that her work was that a bit of it was tentatively & briefly published posthumously after her 1886 death, just 4 and 6 years before my parents' births. Prior to that, it was introduced only via a handful of handwritten poems she'd shared with a few family and friends during her lifetime. The vast trove of her work was only discovered by her sister after her death. She consulted with a woman to possibly bring them to the world & resulted in the first tentative publication I mentioned. But that agreement ended legally cross-ways, causing a period of publication silence till not too long before my own birth in 1932.

      None of her history or much about her work was especially known to me for years. Just that her work had been included in my literature classes, but hadn't grabbed my attention, though verses I was writing had a kind of mutual 'ring' to it with hers. Most of my earliest verses were destroyed by a spiteful person. I've only a couple from early-on.

      Then, about 1970, I shared some of my poetry with a couple, artists and potters, who compared my poetry and my almost monastic life at the time with ED's - and gave me a paperback book of some of her letters and poetry.

      Of course, I was entranced & began to ferret out more of her work, especially her letters and what little is known about her life. I became something of a student over the next decade or so, reading everything I could about her and her work. My late husband even gave me a complete 2-volume collection of all her letters. She was, as I was and am, a prolific letter-writer and many of her letters are almost poetry in themselves. This is from one of them and I consider it among the most beautiful lines in literature: "Morning without you is a dwindled dawn." It always nearly brings tears to my eyes. But it wasn't from a poem. It was spoken in a letter to her cousins.

      For a time, I was almost obsessed & was almost feeling like her reincarnation; though that subsided and left me simply knowing her as my muse, which I've never doubted. What is interesting is that I've still read little of her prolific poetry, though what I've read seems to echo my thoughts and vice-versa.

      I loved Robert Louis Stevenson's "Child's Garden of Verses" as a kid & memorized many of them, but my own style is so different from those. "My Shadow" was always my favorite of his.

      I confess that I'm really not much of a persuer or reciter of others' poetry, even the greats; though I've come to love reading others' works here in Hubpages, knowing the poets as people. Still, much poetry that's shared seems a bit too trite and ordinary, though I always look into it, see, appreciate and applaud the poets' efforts in them, even so. After all, who am I to judge? There are many that are truly great literature & poetry, too, of course. And what a please those are to imbibe!

      I still like Emily's description of what poetry is to her, which is a rarity in the word of poetry which is presented, I think. Too frequently one is left feeling a bit, 'ho-hum' after reading some of it!

      But - - ah, yes! Me, too, Emily . . . :

      "If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry." __Emily Dickinson

      Hugs and thank you again, James. You inspire my thinking.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Debbie: - Trust me! - When and if I am ready for that step, I'll consult with you! Thank you. You're most generous and kind - and highly successful yourself! Hugs!

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      I think it s high time to let the world know about you.You hid your light under bushel for a long time.Just think about it.The sooner,the better.Emily Dickinson is one of my favorites.She taught me how to live and meditate.She is great.If you give yourself that chance ,you would hit the broad side of the barn and thus your poetry would smash hit.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Nellieanna... you get ready to publish just let me know. I can hook you up

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      oops - I posted a reply on the wrong hub! haha.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Monis Mas - WOW, what a lovely, breath-taking comment. Thank you!!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Ah, hello Wayne Barrett. I couldn't reply without first taking a peek at your profile & hub page, since I hadn't met you before. I think I discovered a kindred spirit!

      Thank you for visiting - I can guess that perhaps the title here drew you, since energy is your work, is it not so? And then there are all those other overlapping interests, both professional and hobbies! So, of course, I had to follow you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, dear Leslie! I'm so very pleased at your taking me into your heart and kinship! Yes - it is all about energy, that elusive power that surely drives the stars and galaxies, as well as each living entity. Those little sub-atomic particles which are building blocks of 'matter' are merely the evidence of the main ingredient - energy - propelling their orbits and interactions in there.

      What is even more amazing is the energy comprising THOUGHT and FEELING. It blows my mind, which in itself is an instance of energy's activity & effects.

      Thank you, my dear. We may just have to set aside a time and place to meet. Perhaps we could stir some of the great mutual friends and cohorts to stage a get-together sometime, somewhere. In my earlier online days in chatrooms, 15 or so years ago, such get togethers (GTGs) were regular occurrences, What fun those were! Of course, they required someone taking the initiative to set up and organize, and required all the participants to coordinate schedules and fund/arrange transportation and lodging. Even as mere participants, George and I were a bit younger! haha. So, - just a thought. Not necessarily a practical one.

      Thank you for all your comments. I cherish them.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello James-wolve. I sincerely thank you - both for your appreciation of my style and your vote!

      My dear Debbie. I so look forward to your comments and acknowledgement that you've visited many of my hubs. Sometimes, especially poetry hubs seem to taper off after they're first introduced and are forgotten. I try diligently to not display the same poem but once on them, but then some of my own favorites get buried in the archives! If I do use one again - because it fits another theme, I try to be sure it's omitted from the earlier one.

      @ both James-wolve and Debbie! Thank you both for such big encouragement and praise of my work! It's greatly appreciated.

      I've written poetry for so many years - all kept only in their handwritten form until recently when I've been transcribing to computer, where I've put 1456 of them to date, and MNY others still to be transcribed, plus I write regularly. So keeping up with what I've used in 142 poetry hubs is a challenge! My hubs are a combination of many things, as you've observed!

      That said, and in answer to your questions: I've been encouraged, - even strongly admonished by people I highly respect - to publish my poetry and other forms of my writing, but, no, - I've not published any books.

      Sharing my work here on Hubpages for nearly 3 years has been a major step for me, since my writing for decades prior to it was extremely private and for my own personal purposes during major times of my life, both to keep myself intact under duress and to remind myself of wonderful times. They were like a spiritual diary, in essence. Sharing with others was the last thing on my agenda!

      I'm still unready to go more public, plus there are other kinds of books lurking in here somewhere. haha. Over 80 years of living yields and collects a lot of memories and information, and the writing itself takes precedent over the mechanics of getting published, if you know what I mean, as I'm sure you do, Debbie! Your position, James, is somewhere along the spectrum of writing and learning and LIVING (as is mine, as well) - and the trade-offs among those interests and the time-demands each entails are considerable, aren't they? Plus other demands of living must share one's waking hours, as well. So I'm constantly weighing the values - to me - of how I invest those hours. As yet, publishing books hasn't risen to the top of the heap!

      For years, I thought perhaps, like Emily Dickinson (my muse) that my stuff would be discovered in all those hand-written notebooks and other places and published posthumously. haha. I realized, though, that possibly my heirs would just dispose of those handwritten treasures without much thoughtt. So this transcribing and sharing now really is a giant step for me!

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      Aga 4 years ago

      Awesome. You are the energy, you are the fire!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Nellieanna, this is an amazing work art. Absolutely beautiful.

      Sharing!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Nellieanna...my friend, pop-predecessor, and kindred spirit - it would be an honor to meet you one day - you are truly an incredible life 'energy'..

      as far as i'm concerned - it's ALL about the energy - and - i feel YOURs from here!

      scrumptious, breathtaking, and sooo insightful!

      up and sharing of coursexx

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      good questions.. Nellieanna have you pusbished?

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      Has she published any books?

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      James you are so right

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      Wow.. What a beautiful poems.I love your style.Up

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Ah - Debbie, your words are so gratifying on this sunny, chilly Saturday morning as I chomp my fresh fruit and sip my coffee. You give my spirits a lift and when I consider who speaks such lovely words, I'm all the more pleased! Thank you!

      In about an hour I'll be picking up my friend, Val, to go to a semi-annual Retirees luncheon, which is held on the opposite end of town. Our husbands, who had been friends for many years, ended up working together at the City of Dallas (both Industrial Engineers and former Navy men). Now my George has passed on and her Norm is too decrepit to attend any longer, so we wives are carrying forth the banner, It's a huge gathering, because it's retirees from every position with the City from meter-readers and street workers to the administrators in City Hall, where George and Norm worked in the Water Department. So I'll be signing off shortly to finish getting myself ready to go.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Nellieanna

      you really do write so awesome and beauotful .. there is a flair about your pen.. a delicate flair.. with lots of grace..

      You are breathtaking.

      many blessings

      sharing

      debbie

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      My dear Maria. I had you on my mind earlier today - well, now it's yesterday and here I am up late again! It's good to see you here. Thank you for your lovely words. You are very precious to me and I'm deeply humbled that my words in the poem 'being me is my only strength, my only real possession' have provided such an effect for you.

      I've just been reading Billybuc's amazing hub on alcoholism and was reminiscing about people I've known in my life who either suffered or flirted with that horrid disease. I was thinking how strongly I detest and resist being out of full consciousness, control & possession of myself, as that poem you mention describes, and how that strong impetus provides me a built-in resistance to it. I'm truly amazed and saddened by people wanting to or choosing to escape their own awarenesses, even of painful things. It can provide but a most temporary of escapes - and then what? More of the same, into a spiral of semi-consciousness of themselves in the bargain. Incredibly sad, and I have seen it happen (albeit unawares) to several people to whom I've been close. I didn't drink at all till I was 42 and than I had to develop a taste and tolerance for it, and that, only moderately. I was lucky.

      I'm convinced that choices in life aren't so much 'good' or 'bad' as they are workable or not. So long as we're in possession of our senses, we can better recognize and work out those that prove unworkable - and unwise! But the lure & lie of escape in substances and other booby-traps looms large, surely. Obviously a dangerous trade-off, though it doesn't come with that clear warning! I guess that warning must come from within a person. No one else can provide it and the temptations and choices are ever-present, often in clever disguise.

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Nellieanna,

      A medley of magical musings, yet I am magnetically drawn to the 1972 piece in your response to arb.

      I am simultaneously lost in and empowered by your words. Hugs, mar

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Kitty - thank you! That's quite a lovely compliment! So pleased you dropped by!

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      Nicole Canfield 4 years ago from the Ether

      Your poetry never ceases to amaze me. Lovely...just lovely!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Ah, dear Alan. . . . thank you. Sharing in your sunning is a delight. I love your metaphor of shining a flashlight on the sun; it warms my heart, however slightly I feel I deserve it. It's lavish praise which tastes good! You're ever a master of wonderful ways to express your responses. No danger of any loss of sincerity, however you choose to word them. They 'ring true'. No wonder I look so forward to them!

      Yes, owning oneself is perhaps our only real claim and you're right that it's a privilege we must step up and accept decisively by demonstration (rather than merely reflecting others in our reactions to theirs.) I even wrote a poem about that years ago at a time when being myself truly was clearly my only possession and when I clearly realized a need for its value to be protected and actively demonstrated by refusal to behave otherwise under extreme pressure; so - YES, yes - it is enough and merits making it so by simply demonstrating it, since it's not debatable unless we open it to debate by betraying it ourselves! Therein lies the 'deciding'. Such a good word for the process!

      Being me is my

      Only strength.

      If it is more fragile,

      More vulnerable,

      More blind at times,

      Then it is also

      Tougher,

      More flexible

      And perceptive,

      Being less distorted.

      If it were to be relinquished,

      There’s nothing to defend,

      Since its essence can be destroyed

      ONLY

      From within.

      And I have tried enough to know

      That my essence

      IS

      My strength,

      My only real

      Possession.

      ______© Nellieanna H. Hay

      7-5-72

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Kathi -aw, thank you. I'm most pleased if my frugal words are capable of inspiring!! (In fact, they always seem to more than my prosaic verbosity! haha)

      It truly is a good day to BE. They all are, in fact!! Hugs.

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Extraordinary poetry, but, as one grown accustomed to such masterpieces, I will leave the adjectives to others. The sincerity of praise too often lost in the snare of repetition. Like shining a fash light on the sun. I will instead sun myself in the warmth of a brighter light.

      Perhaps our greatest freedom is the priviledge of owning ouselves and that, the consequence of simply deciding to do so. "I am" what an extraordinary priviledge. Is it enough? Considering the alternative, I shall make it so.

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      How you can stir with so few words! Thanks for the inspiration this morn! It's a good day to "be"! Hugs, Kathi :O)

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Martin - I appreciate your visit and encouraging comments! Thank you!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Bravo! Your words and the flow bring the subject matter alive wonderfully. Congratulations and thank you.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Torri Lynn - It's a pleasure to meet you. Thank you for discovering my hub. I just checked your profile and enjoyed one of your hubs, too! You've a most individual style! By the way, my mother graduated from the Univ. of Chicago AND the Chicago Art Institute in 1917! :-)

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Rasma, my friend - thank you. Oh yes - Rod McKuen is special! He's been a favorite of mine for many years. When I remembered this song of his, I just had to include it.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Genna - that is one of the most gratifying comments imaginable. You truly perceive. Thank you, dear lady. Hugs.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. A poetically and energetically wonderful. Great video too. Loved this Nell and passing it on.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      Nellieanna, really interesting hub. i never knew that i would come accross something so unique and detailed. thanks. voted up.

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Dear Nellieanna;

      Energy; synergy; being. In “being,” we find ourselves. To become enthralled with the ownership of things is the “prototype” -- the exact opposite of spirit energy…of breath and of life that are its metaphor, ever changing and growing. I love flawless the imagery in this superb collection! Voted up and much more. :-)

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Hawaiianodysseus, hello here, my new friend! I'm pleased that you like my imagery. You know, when I began on HP nearly 3 years ago, the last thing I intended to do was to share any of my poetry! It was always my private conversation with myself and my heart.

      Next think I knew, though, the HP community had become vital to me and gradually I added poems as well as prose hubs; till now, this one is my 142nd poetry hub of my 204 total hubs!

      Since I've never collected or focused on collecting payment here, and since the ads really interfered with my hub arrangements, I have omitted them from my hubs, so there's nothing to prompt being idled. My objectives are served by having great friends like you, with mutual interests in life and writing about it; so it's simple to be pragmatic! Good word for it.

      So thank you for sharing interest! It warms my heart that you choose to spend some of your busy schedule with visiting my hub! What better accolade is there?

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, Isaac. I am always so glad that you've come by and let me know you approve. Thank you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      M'dear Dr BJ, valued friend! Yes, - it is being a being, being, - isn't' it? That is the major contribution anyone really owns (at least temporarily for a lifetime) to have authority to give. If being a reflection, reflecting really adds nothing, except, perhaps, frustration and/or unfounded conceit all around. :-) Being a possessor of objects and symbols surely adds naught. Their basic elements were here & available already. Claiming them as one's own is almost ludicrous, yet it's so widespread. But - oneself is actually one's own uniqueness to contribute. So - thank you for your perception and generous acknowledgment!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Lizzie - Thank you, my dear! I so appreciate those kind comments! You're most generous!

      It seems to me that at the base and core of everything we know is energy in its various arrangements & forms. Yet it's still that indefinable thing called life which is the prevailing, ongoing miracle, - from the simple single-cell to the most highly complicated & sophisticated organisms!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear, dear Faith - I'm thrilled that you love this! Thank you for your lovely 1st of my comments and visit here! Hugs.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Your poetic images are superb, Nellieanna. And I like the pragmatic approach you take, in dealing with the HP tendency to liberally idle poetry, by writing hubs that have multiple poems in them. Ingenious and creative! Love it!

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      TDM 4 years ago from Welcome to my beautiful world, where magic is no longer a myth.

      Well Nelli,

      nice job on your poems. I loved reading them

      I. White

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      You captured the true meaning of life with this profoundly beautiful poetic piece, Nellieanna. Thank you!

      "Prototype? Not I! I catalyze, I prophesy, I speak, I write, I laugh, I cry; And try To light a fire, Excite desire, Suggest, delight, Inquire; Inspire a flame With sparks of life, To salve the pain, To solve the strife. To be A being, - Being."

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Oh, Nellianna, this is truly awesome! So beautiful. I loved every word! Thank you for an amazing start to the day! up+ and sharing!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Wow!! Dear Nellieanna, you have given so many different ways to feel this energy, it's superb! And I can just feel the energy that you emit everyday, with love and laughter...... This is really beautiful :)

      Hugs, my dear friend..... Take care.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      I really love this piece here, Nellieanna. It is so very lovely and, yes, to try to inspire a flame! Great title for such superb writing. What a beautiful way to start the day with reading your work.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      Hugs and blessings, Faith Reaper