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MAGICAL MOMENTS

Updated on September 23, 2014

LXXVI.


We may think of moments as the special highlights in our memory trove, which they can be. But the most real and significant moments - those which comprise our lives - are the ones we are actually spending in our present. If we bother to make those all highlights as we go along, they are, indeed, ~ a magic carpet ride!

Moment To Moment

It was a movie I loved years ago by the same name, with a haunting musical theme. It came on TV sometimes after the late evening news from Louisville in the 1960s. The story was intriguing, set in Italy with an ambience which spoke to me. It's a tragic love story with mystery, murder and a surprise ending.


One ad for it suggests:

"Every Woman Has Her Moment of Weakness! Every Man Has His Moment of Hunger! Every Love Has Its Moment of Terror."

Perhaps it is so.


For many years I lost track of the movie. I couldn't find it on tape or on DVD. But I'd been thinking its star was Martha Hyer, when it was actually Jean Seberg; so much of my search was in vain, looking for a non-existent movie! I finally found it by title alone, among some 'rare classics'.






The thin membrane between

The outer curve of self

And the inner curve of else

Is mere illusion.


I am the after-image of myself,

The shadow of

A single beam of light.

Total light casts no shadow.


I am the conscious dream I dreamt,

Amusing a shadowless day,

In life, ~ that miraculous dream.


It might as well dream itself eternity

When the moment is sufficient.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

There is

A place for me,

A space to be

All that I am.

And it is not alone.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay













One day full of sunlight

A Ray shone

Just on me

And changed my heart

From gray

To bright,

And warmed my soul.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Everything you do

Rings true.

How could I not

Love you?


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Like pirate's gold,

Locked up

'Neath its fathoms

Is a life, impoverished

Without love.

What good is gold

That's never found?


______© Nellieanna H. Hay












Loving is the greatest

Treasure,

Its vein so rare

And yet -

So bountiful.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


You thought you might

Take flying lessons,

Chicago,

The Indianapolis 500,

Hawaii's surf.-

And when you thought

You might take me,

You almost did.

Dear miniature,

The grandeur of your heart

Could overcome its bounds.

But then, - that key misplaced

In a single moment.

You missed it all - again.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


I face it

And accept the answer,

Either way.


There is

Nothing else

I really need

But you.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

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© 2011 Nellieanna Hay

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      COLIN, your approval is an honor, indeed! Thank you, my friend. It's fun to look again at this hub myself. There have been a handful following it. It does my heart special good to have a prior one visited! They're all like my 'babies'!

      It's been a good summer in most ways, though it's been one of the hottest on record. It's a real delight to have some moderation now. Sunday afternoon was the first time since the first day of Sept. I've needed any A/C - and just for a few hours. My house is open-windowed again and very pleasant!

      Fall is my favorite season, since our Texas summers can be brutal, temperature-wise. This one has been extremely dry, as well. My personal stats are good though - good 'bill of health' at my annual checkup and I FEEL good. Can't beat that! Wonderful friends add so much, in real life and online! Like YOU!

      I've been snoozing in my den - but yes, - it's a full moonlight night. I'm about to head upstairs to my inviting bed for the rest of my night. But I had to take time to reply to your lwonderful comment! Hugs.

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      .... the title alone reminds me of all of the wonderful visits I've had to your sacred hubs and words and thoughts and beautiful images .... I sincerely hope you've had a happy safe and productive summer and I am posting this most lovely hub to my Facebook page with a direct link back here ....at lake erie time ontario canada with a full moon over the lake in all of her glory 11:50pm

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      (Blush.) - - Thank you. Coming from you, that is quite an accolade. So there! tee hee! :-)

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      ahorseback 6 years ago

      Nellieanna , I think its time you began to listen to us all about your talent and grace!.....So there !............:-}

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, dear Ahorseback - but - (gulp) - I'm not one bit sure I can begin to live up to that! It is most happily accepted, though, and will serve as a banner, sort of like when Miss Casada told me in high school that I could actually write! Hugs.

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      ahorseback 6 years ago

      Once again Nellieanna inspires those of us so in need. And what are we in need of you ask? Only grace and dignity and soulace and pure thoughts of sharing of life of love of time.......You my dear lady are amazing! .....:-}

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      HAHAHAHA! You're right, of course, there is nothing wrong with it if someone IS. I realize you're 'funning me' but I must clarify that grey and dilapidated are NOT synonymous interchangeable concepts and that folks needn't anticipate falling apart as they age!

      Nowadays, with better health prospects& ample encouragement to stay active and vital, people really can and do get better as years accumulate!

      Expecting to become dilapidated with the passing years and accepting it as one's fate are surely major causes of that eventuality so I wouldn't want to leave any impression that it is! It's definitely NOT a done-deal! I'm sad to report that I have friends in my peer group who have just thrown in the towel & let everything go 'to pot' - sadly. [By the way, without sounding vain, I hope - - do I look or act dilapidated? I am halfway through my 80th year, y'know - so I'm not talking 'pie in the sky' here! As I mentioned, I began to grey in my 30s, anyway.]

      I value you so highly as a reader and follower, Hello, hello! And I love your keen sense of humor, too! ;->

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Referring to your colouring -- there is nothing wrong with being dilapidated and grey hahahaha

      Thank you for the pleasure of reading your brilliant poems.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, Robert! Thank you for the comments! Glad you liked it! That is a favorite of mine too.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Maxravi - Thank you for the visit and very nice comment! By the way - except for the one quote, (the brief ad about that movie), this is my own original work, rather than quotations.

      Several of the illustrations are actually photos of oriental rugs, which I've highlighted somewhat.

      I appreciate your visit and hope you'll please come again!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Nikki - I have never even had a perm. hehe. The Loving Care was not harmful to my hair and the professional blonde I had done was pretty healthy- though it involved bleaching of any bit of gray, of course. I eventually decided I didn't really want that, though. But some other professional care after that did damage when the silly girl decided to thin my hair! It's been too thin ever since, though I stopped even casting a shadow on a hair salon after that many years ago. I've always tried to keep my hair healthy & am a strong believer in great healthy diet and habits for all one's attributes, - mind, body, skin - all. I say that with a tad of assurance that it helps, at my age. hehe

      A major difference in white gold (& platinum) and just silver is that silver tarnishes, while the others never do, so they are always sparkly and clear. And of course, I'm sure the sales value is much greater for the white gold & platinum, though silver has monetary value as well.

      But if one cares properly for slerling silver, it stays lovely too. The pieces I have are sterling since I haven't preferred the look of white metal long enough to have collected any costume jewelry in it. I have some interesting pieces of Mexican silver jewelry and even Mexican jade from way back. It's possibly less pure - I don't know - but it is always hand-worked, which gives it interesting charm. I have a pair of earrings which have little tiny "cages" dangling. The little doors actually open & fasten shut.- The idea was to catch lightning bugs and put them in there so they'd light up when worn! Sort of cruel - but people did that. The little cages are cute anyway - without the bugs.

      I love jade - and have a few Chinese jade pieces that belonged to my eldest sister. She had green eyes and it was so pretty on her. Mine look brown but actually the insides are green, too, with brown rims Green is my all-time favorite color, anyway.

      Thank you for the lovely assessment. I am certainly far from perfect but I can honestly say I'm a good person. So you're a good judge of character. Hugs!

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      rmjudkins 6 years ago

      Nellieanna, thumbs up and awesome!! My favorite is the following short verse on loving: Regards, Robert

      "Loving is the greatest

      Treasure,

      Its vein so rare

      And yet -

      So bountiful."

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      Ravi Singh 6 years ago from India

      Nice pics and quotes. I love it.. thanks!!

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      Nikki Wicked 6 years ago from Louisiana

      Haha I have dyed my hair so many times already I'm amazed it hasnt all fallen out lol. My hair has become so uncooperative as of late though. It is a sort of reddish blonde at the moment. I wont ever dye it that platinum blond or bleach my hair. I dont think i would look good with it and it is too hard to keep up/ and expensive to do professionally all the time. dying at home is easier and cheaper. i get someone to do it for me though, like my mom. Silver is a more interesting color than gray. I have plenty silver jewelry a few gold but i wear silver more and I have one ring, my senior ring that is white gold. It resembles silver more but i guess to the trained eye you can tell the difference. Im still not sure what it really is. lol and yes yu have a heart of gold. pure and beautiful and always helping others, and i think you are just a really good person from what i know and can tell on hubpages. I'm glad to have "known" you. Hugs to you too nellie!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you my dear Nikki. Most of my life, due to my natural coloring (a "Spring" when that was a big thing) I've preferred gold jewelry. My darling George gave me the most amazing large antique antebellum cameo, though - set in white gold, and a platinum chain if I wanted to wear it as a pendant (it is also a brooch). The cameo itself has soft coral and ivory in it (two of my favorite colors to wear) - so I became more at home with white metal jewelry.

      My hair had started graying when I was in my 30s, actually - but gray was not my best color either, so when my 70 year old mother with hardly a gray hair in her blue-black hair encouraged me to, I began to color it my natural chestnut color. As the years passed, it was suggested that blonde would be more "glamourous" so I had it done fully professionally for a period. I actually sat next to one of the stars of "Dallas" in the Neiman-Marcus salon on one visit to get my hair done! Of course the TV series was being filmed in Dallas then. (smile)

      Then later I just did it myself with Loving Care. Then one day, after the rinse had started to wear off and was hardly noticeable except that it was a bit more platinum than blonde so that I noticed how shiny and silver it had become - not that drab gray -- I liked it better. hehe. So I stopped the Loving Care and let it just be as it is. And I began collecting silver jewelry. Now I feel a little gaudy in gold jewelry except for a few very precious lovely pieces. I loved coin jewelry when I was a teen and Mother found a pair of equisite tiny gold-coin - with another tiny coin dangling - minted from California gold during the "Gold Rush" - dated in the mid 1800s. I treasure those, and a couple of lovely chains in gold, and some of Mother's cameos set in gold.

      I am honored that you see my heart as gold - and maybe if it is, it might be white gold! :-) Either way, it's an honor that you think that! Thank you - Hugs.

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      Nikki Wicked 6 years ago from Louisiana

      lol yes silver is good too. i love silver jewelery usually more than gold. but in terms of ranking they say gold is more than silver. you know like bronze, silver, then gold being 3rd, 2nd and 1st place. so perhaps your hair is silver but your heart is still of gold :) lol

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Nikki - I always love it when you stop by. Thank you for the lovely compliment, but - I love silver, more now that my hair is. hehe. Hugs.

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      Nikki Wicked 6 years ago from Louisiana

      a treasure cove of poetry, what good is gold if not found? thanks for sharing your heart of gold to the rest of us with only silver ones.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Carol - ah - thank you for visiting (and for following me). Being a calming influence makes my mind and heart happy.

      There is much in the world to disturb our awareness, so it's healthy to take time-out to be calm and enjoy the good things, which are abundant if we but stop and notice. Many of the things we fret most about either are over and done with and can't be undone, or else they haven't happened and may never happen, especially if our attitude encourages better results. But most important - in the "now" can be found present joy if one is open to it.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Sonia, thank you, dear lady. I'm so pleased you felt the essence of it!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Qudsia - you picked some of my favorites! Thank you for your visit and wonderful comment, which is definitely not overpowered!

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      Carolina 6 years ago from Switzerland

      You brought me into different sceneries of thoughts and emotions. You calm my mind and heart. A beautiful writing and perfect word selection. Thank you.

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      sonia05 6 years ago from india

      Nellieanna, you have beautifully conveyed the importance of the magical moments! I like the following line especially:

      "Everything you do

      Rings true.

      How could I not

      Love you?"

      Thank you for sharing this!

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      QudsiaP1 6 years ago

      I am the conscious dream I dreamt,

      Amusing a shadowless day,

      In life, ~ that miraculous dream.

      It might as well dream itself eternity

      When the moment is sufficient.

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

      I face it

      And accept the answer,

      Either way.

      There is

      Nothing else

      I really need

      But you.

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

      What can I say Nellie that would not be overwhelmed and overpowered by the magic in your words? Beautiful, simply beautiful.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Mike, thank you! Your comment is poetry itself. I know from reading your comments on Ian's hubs that you are a person of discernment, so I'm especially honored.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      DRBJ - What a luscious compliment! It makes my day! Thank you! Hugs!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Poetvix - Your own poetry is always vividly dramatic and well-done. I'm awed by it. So I'm very pleased if you think mine 'graceful, serene and inspiring'. That is quite a lovely tribute! Thank you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Hyphenbird -- Thank you so much. That is so gratifying! I'm most pleased when my poetry has an effect like that! It feels like it has communicated.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Ken - as I mentioned above to Christopher, that is a great idea and one I'll give some serious thought. I enjoy reading poetry aloud. I've heard some of yours and Randy's on Sound Cloud, and it's wonderful. need to find Tom's and Alexandra's, too! There is something so special about hearing the author read his or her own work. So I'll definitely consider that and if I get stumped, I'll be taking you up on that offer. Thank you! Hugs. And thank you for the visit here!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Linda - thank you. I've enjoyed reading your comments in others' hubs. They have a quality which makes them seem like a real person is actually speaking. It's a lovely characteristic! I agree that it's interesting how different folks respond and relate to particular imagery in poetry. When people mention their response to a line or lines of mine, it feels almost like a personal touching of our minds.

      I'm so happy that you've visited my work!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, Christopher. That is a delightful idea! I have recorded some of my poetry in the past, just with the Windows recorder. I see that further down here, Ken has suggested a program which provides the means for audio recordings one's original work. Perhaps I'll look into it. It would be fun. I appreciate your visit and your always encouraging comments!

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

      Reading your poetical work is like walking a dry sandy bank, picking up diamonds.

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Dear Nellieanna:

      "Everything you do

      Rings true.

      How could I not

      Love you?"

      Your lovely poem describes exactly how I feel about you and your exceptional talent.

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      poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      I don't know how you do it. Every time I read your flowing words it brings me peace. Many authors here make me smile, or cringe in fear sucked off into their scary tales, but only you can bring me peace. Thank you.

      This is graceful, serene and inspiring just like the lady who created it. Special just doesn't cover it.

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I went to another world for a few minutes. Thanks Nellieanna, I needed that.

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      saddlerider1 6 years ago

      I will be back later to read your beautiful work, I just popped in quickly after reading christopheranton's comment. Yes he is correct, why don't you give SoundCloud at try. Randy Behavior, Tom Rubenoff, Silvergenes and of course myself are reciting our work in there.

      You can do it and also link your wonderful voice to your hubs, that way we can all read and or listen to you. Let me know if you need help setting it up, I can walk you through it. Hugs

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      Linda Rawlinson 6 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      Well, I cannot believe that it has taken me so long to get around to reading your work. I'm so very ashamed, but also so very glad that I took the time to peek. Your poetry is beautiful, and I look forward to reading much, much more.

      I particularly like this:

      'From gray

      To bright,'

      I'm very new to poetry, but am enjoying the way in which different lines reach out to different people, and how in the comments section people will tell of how a particular image made them feel or reminded them of something from their own life.

      Linda.

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

      Your poems are so lovely Nellieanna, it's a pity you dont record a few readings for us. I bet you have a sweet voice, to match those exquisite words.

      Thanks for another beautiful hub.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Dallas, - "Them's mighty pretty words, kind sir!" Thank you! Nice to see YOU, too! :-)

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      Dallas W Thompson 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      As always, flag up and awesome! Your noted love sunshine radiets your inner love of yourself and others... Sensitive, poetic, and enjoyable!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, Dusty! Thank you for being the first visitor to this new hub! I'm thrilled that you like it! You picked up on the "Ray" sunshine, too! :-) Hugs!

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      50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

      Nellieanna, another page of hypnotic thoughts brought to the fore front in my mind, I enjoyed and read, and paused for mental applause and read some more, I thank you for your brilliant ways and rays of warmth, Peace and Blessings, Dusty