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Midnight Sun and Rainbows

Updated on November 12, 2014





Its shadows


Coming in

Or going out.

When one hemisphere is lit

The other is in darkness.

Sunlight is delicious

But shadows sweeten, too.

____ © Nellieanna H. Hay


Midnight Sun - Diana Krall

Basking in reflected light,

Singed by proximity,

'Tis still a minor burn.

Past time and space,

Search up and down

Which way to go or run,

Yet still, it flounders,

Moving forward back into

Obscurity of shadows,

And still, it wanders.

Unknown to intellect,

To heart, direction comes;

Floats in on random notes,

Spotlighted by the sun.

Rainbow appeals

To all there ever can be.

Sunshine reveals

No vessel, lost

Beyond discovery,

In this midnight sunlit realm

Of possibility.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Inside my sleepy eyelids

Reflects a double rainbow.

From whence it comes

I know not,

Nor does it matter

To the sun.

For now it has begun

To sprinkle tender raindrops

To soothe the thirsty earth.

My rainbows come

On fleeting moment's


Should they intrude

On peaceful slumber?

So stealthy their advance

Among my fantasies.

I wonder if they're real;

I marvel at their worth.

〰©Nellieanna H. Hay

If a rainbow

Touched this gray existence,

If this voice became a symphony;

If everything were

As it should be,

It would be

As you are to me.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


© 2013 Nellieanna Hay


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    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello again, and happily, JPSO138! I’m glad you found this one. It has the feel of the outdoors, which I have perceived you prefer to indoors. There is so much to enjoy. The photos of the lightning and the double rainbow were taken at the ranch, where almost everything happens out of doors and which has been a very large part of my life, though I might not define myself as an outdoorsy girl!

      Yes, I regard comments from my readers as visits from dear friends or those I’d like as friends. Early on in my Hubpage life, I realized what a privilege it is to have people take time to read my hubs, much more to bother to write their impressions. It’s something that matters greatly to me. Thank you for that lovely compliment!

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      5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      Truly a work of art. I cannot express how delighted I am to read this. You certainly have the talent. Even the way you replied to the comment is truly from the heart....

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, sweet Faith! It's always such a pleasure every time you visit my hubs! Feels like the touch of an angel or a magic wand by a good fairy! Thank you for touching base here again.

      Yes, Herb Alpert was big news in my 'middle years'. I loved their original Tiajuana Brass sound with "Tiajuana Taxi", "Whipped Cream" and all those fast-paced latin-touched numbers which came out in the mid-1960s, when my children were growing up. But I didn't fully appreciate their range of talent till the album by the same name as the selection here (Midnight Sun) was released in the early 1990s. It's full of more lovely favorite smooth classics with his amazing trumpet sounding like silk.

      Thank you again!

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, my goodness, well, thank you so much precious heart! You are too good to me ... I meant to add here that your inclusion of Herb Alpert brought back a lot of memories ...for my mother and dad would listen to Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, so lovely.

      Hugs and love to you, and now I am off to read your most recent masterpiece!

      Faith Reaper

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Well, well, well, here on my friendly page are two of my best Hubpages discoveries I've met, now meeting each other : my dear friend, Ian (Twilight Lawns),who was one of my very earliest discoveries here; and John (Jodah) my most recent. So there you are, already discussing the joy of writing poetry together, with all its interesting byroads & thoroughfares.

      I feel so gratified! What you each contribute to that magic journey of the verse from internal to external in your present discussion is so relatable! There are many perspectives of its host within and without that journey.

      I hope you'll take time to further investigate each other's work! If you do, Ian, you'll see why I'm excited about his writing skill and interesting mind. If you do, John, you'll see that Ian's modesty is unfounded and see why I've been entranced with his talents for several years here!

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      Twilight Lawns 

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

      Dat's da 1

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      John Hansen 

      5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      That sometimes happens with me Twilight, but more often I wright down what comes to mind..then strike a brick wall in my mind and can't finish a poem. I may go back a week later and the missing words just flow...miraculously appearing from who knows where in my subconscious (or maybe it's from my little friend).

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      Twilight Lawns 

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

      I'm coming in here, unannounced and uninvited.

      Nellieanna and Jodah, call me arrogant, or simply call me lazy or sloppy, but I find that when I write poetry (especially) my very first words, with hardly any editing, are what end up as the final “creation”.

      I feel that, in explanation, and also in mitigation, that perhaps there has been an internal conversation between me and Erato, or that I have just planned it in my mind over a period of time.

      You know, Nellieanna, as well as anybody on the planet, exactly how long it takes for the thoughts to travel down from what little functioning brain that sits above my shoulders, along my arms and through to my fingers (all three of them) and then to the computer keys.

      In transition, my words may have been refined; my thoughts remoulded more poetically by dear Erato (when she isn’t on prolonged vacation, or simply hanging around in trendy nightclubs and socially correct venues).

      It ain’t me, mate, what writes proper, it’s me friend.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      HI, Jodah - John. I also write my stuff out in hand. That used to be "it", in fact. My older poetry is saved that way, from their original unedited version in pen on paper. I seldom revised. If I did, I considered it to be a new poem. If it was prose, it was a complete start-over. Now I still usually write out my poetry by hand and start revising it on that same version. But it really gets messy! No cut, copy and paste! haha!

      In any case, every new poem quicklyy gets transcribed to the computer, where, if editing is needed, it is so much easier. Sometimes I keep both versions, though. I still have much respect for the way it first comes forth and gets written down.

      You're absolutely right that what's important is the finished version. I'm realizing that one's criteria, even one's style, changes somewhat with time, so that what was 'finished' at a prior time may seem a little raw now. I also realize that how it 'feels' to the writer 'then' or 'now' is what matters at the time. When it feels right, It's a little like sensing when something is in good balance. It feels as if one is a 'level' in which that little bubble gets to exactly the right place on its surface when balance is attained.

      Thank you for reading my hub and letting me know you like it

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      John Hansen 

      5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Beautiful words flow from your ....hmm...was going to say 'pen', but maybe that is not the right word these days Nellieanna. Though maybe you are like me and scribble notes in draft form first before putting the finished product on the computer. Anyway the process of writing isn't important is it, it's the finished product, and yours is always superb. Well done again.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, dear Vellur. Thank you for your kind and lovely comments about my hub and poetry, as well as your congratulations on my winning the poet hubber award! I am really honored!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      Beautiful, lovely and enchanting words magically spun into wonderful poems! Congratulations for winning the best poet hubber award!!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, dear Genna! Thank you for the congratulations on the honor, which still amazes me. I'm truly delighted to have won.

      I'm pleased with your view of this hub. Thank you. You always get right to the heart of it!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, again, aviannovice, (Deb)! I was delighted to find your comment on another hub just now, and now here. I'm pleased you like my work and find its messages. I'm glad to make your acquaintance too, and to discover your glorious photography which has deservedly won you the award for Best Photographer! I'm in complete agreement with the your selection for the honor! It's so very well deserved!

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      Genna East 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Nellieanna;

      First, let me congratulate you on wining the poetry hubber award! I can’t think of anyone else who deserves this award more, my very talented friend. :-)

      Light, and its many colors and forms. Promises, possibilities, teasing, pleasing, wandering and elusive. And I so agree that “shadows sweeten too.” I loved this. :-)

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I have finally made it over to see you, which I have wanted to do for quite some time. Your material is impressive, expressive, and filled with inner peace. I salute your work, and am pleased to finally make your acquaintance...

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Dr. BJ! Thank you! And they 'did good' naming you both for Funniest Hubber and your delightful hub, "Funny Puns About Losing Jobs" as the Funniest Hub! I voted for you in both categories! It was not at all surprising that you won!

      Thank you also for your complimentary comment about this hub!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear, dear Leslie! Thank you! How generous you are!

      I am simply awed by the award honor and appreciate it so much! I keep pinching myself. (OOPs - I'd better quit that or I'll really look my age, all puckered and discolored. hehe - )

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Faith - Thank you, m'dear! You're so kind. And I'm so happy you won in the 'most religious' category. I voted for you there AND for 'most cheerful' (which radiates from your faith, I've no doubt!) You always leave a sense of joy, peace and good cheer wherever you go, along with your beauty!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, dear Wayne! I don't know if I could live up to any drum-rolls! I'm still reeling from this award honor! I do thank you for that audio drum-roll image!! (Perhaps I could get used to it! :-)

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Dearest Maria - what a privilege to see you! Thank you again for your congratulations and lovely praise. I'm humbled! You're the elegant one!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear PurvisBobbi - thank you. What a nice thought, that my poems have taken you on a journey! That's exciting!

      I appreciate your congratulations on winning the Hubbie poet award, too. What a boost! Thank you for following me, too!

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      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      It's so nice to know, dear Nellieanna, that you have received the Best Poet of the Year Award by Hubpages. They did get that right. Congrats, m'dear, and this effort is as beautiful and exemplary as always. Promise!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      My dear Ian. What a delightful response. I'm smiling as I'm wondering why I'm reminded of the Lady Grantham (Downton Abbey) reply upon being told she couldn't be so contrary: "I'm a woman! I can be as contrary as I choose!" hehehe

      If attempting to explain what my words were supposed to accomplish, wouldn't it spoil their effect?

      A possible clue: It starts off 'inside my sleepy eyelids. . ." Or does that further muddle it?

      Doesn't matter. Your comments are fun and I love them and him who sends them! Hugs.

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      Karen Silverman 

      5 years ago

      Your artwork and poetry are so symmetrical, it's hard to tell which the more beautiful! Congratulations on your awesome achievement! you sooo deserve it, Nellieanna!

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Nellieanna, this is exactly why you have been voted Best Poet this year in the Hubbie Awards!!!

      Congratulations to you, most gifted poet and beautiful lady.

      Hugs and love to you,

      Faith Reaper

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Now that you are poet of the year, there should be a drum-roll before your hubs. :) they deserve it.

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      Maria Jordan 

      5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Yes, I wanted to visit as well to wish you a hearty and happy congratulations on being voted Best Poet in this year's Hubbies.

      Nellieanna, your work is elegant, expressive and etched with emotions, beauty and wonder. Love you, Maria

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      5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Nellieanna,

      Such a beautiful journey your poems has taken me on---it was heartwarming.

      Congrats on winning---I had never read your work---but I will now since I am following you. No comment section came on display so I could not tell you---but now you know.

      I will be back to read more.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Twilight Lawns 

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

      Nellieanna, my dear, how strangely confusing at first. I kept on anticipating words and word structures and found that you had cleverly altered positions and juxtaposed words, and even punctuation, so delicately and almost unnoticeably that I misread several times, yet going back, I saw the beauty of the (almost) hidden thoughts.

      Elegant and lovely, as their creator.

      Did your words blend and transfuse into each other as do the colours of the rainbow, or was it my mind - or just a hidden bonus from you lovely writing?

      I think all three.

      "My rainbows come

      On fleeting moment's


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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh - Thank you, Blossom, for coming and sharing here! What fun to squint and find one's eyelashes are 'home' to random rainbows. I missed out on that treat. How did that happen, I wonder? haha - I was always trying things as a kid! But now I know it vicariously! :-)

      How wonderful to be able to "real-time share" not only our life experiences but even our weather and its moments from across, up, down and under our globe, like this! Before the internet, global conditions and places, and most cultural differences, were things we learned about in school and from encyclopedias, World Atlases & Almanacs. Now, it's almost like sharing tidbits with our close neighbors! In many respects, the globe has shrunk for the better!

      So you're coming from Winter into Spring as we're going from Summer into Autumn, and all because of the tipping of Earth's axis and how it causes different parts of its surface to relate to the Sun at various points on its annual orbit around it. This has always fascinated me. It causes me to ponder how that very anomaly of our axis is what allows proliferation of life on this otherwise unimportant planet in our relatively unimportant Star's system among numberless other systems in the 'known' universe - (and who knows what is unknown? - If we knew, it wouldn't BE unknown. haha. )

      It also suggests that we homo-sapiens mightn't be nearly as special & unique in all the universe as we sometimes seem to suppose we are! :-) But that's well beyond the scope here, for sure! ;-)

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Lovely poems. It reminded me of when I was a child I loved to squint to see the rainbows on my eyelashes! Our weather here is being very kind at the moment, too. It's Spring and we've just gone onto daylight saving, so the evenings are longer and very pleasant.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Nellieanna 5 minutes ago from TEXAS Hub Author

      Aga (Monis Mas), my dear! Thank you so much for your visit and comments! My Tuesday is ideal, so far! :-) Hope the same for yours.

      YES! YES! Sunshine is such a treat! I admit that sometimes we in Texas get 'more than enough' of it, but it is always so cheerful and welcome, anyway. What a catastrophe it would be if it failed to come up constantly. It supports and nourishes everything physical we have and know on this planet, including our own selves and lives!

      This time of year, it is like the sweetest possible treat, as the air gets cooler and we get a few more rain showers than in the long, hot summer, intermittently with the glorious sunny days.

      I just love seeing how the shadows of the trees begin to lengthen as the sun begins its annual retreat to more equatorial latitudes for the winter, and so, it mitigates the intensity of heat it pounds more directly upon this more moderate latitude in summer. It's an illusion, of course, that it changes a whit! haha - WE are the entity doing the changes at the solstices and equinoxes of our years.

      And as it happens, October is just about the perfect month here. Not only does it bring respite from summer, but everything around us takes on a magical glow and ambience!The welcome cool-down is not the least of its gifts!

      I just love changing out of summer wardrobe and changing the thermostat settings, leaving the windows open almost all the time, and just bundling up a little more at night under cuddly covers. As it is in the Spring here in Texas, with its changing weather, in the Fall, I sometimes end up changing bedclothes and sleepwear off and on and changing daytime wear more than once during a day, or else layering & delayering - or both! But that's sort of fun, too! It's either that or keeping the thermostat in an uproar and the utility companies all the richer! haha

      I've yet to turn on any heat, and haven't had A/C on for quite a few days. Whoopee! We're still getting variations in ups and downs of high/low daily temperatures but we won't be upping to any triple digits again this year and there won't be many 90s, either. No more on a few days than the mid-80s. Most staying in the 70s. It's only dipping at night to the 40s, 50s and 60s, which are very comfortable, too. It's like Paradise! I love it! :-)

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Billy, my good friend and valuable mentor in so many areas, - I could not be much happier than to know your days are launched with smiles by reading my and Eddy's poetry! Wow! What a lovely compliment! Thank you!! It is an inspiration to keep it up! Not surprising, since you inspire all of us in so many ways, from creative to practical to spiritual!! You're a treasure! Hugs.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, Laurie! I'm pleased that you've visited my hub site! I see your comments on others' hubs and like them, as well as your own profile and hubs. You're someone with whom I may share much of life's teachings and experiences.

      I love that you often superimpose your own poetic words on lovely pictures. I do that sometimes, too. It offers more for each - the picture and the words!

      And of course, something being invisible (to our human eyes) does not mean it doesn't exist! Our eyes are made to perceive the things around us, as part of our interaction with our environment, our enjoyment of its beauty and our protection from any of its dangers to our human frailties. I see from only one eye (from birth) so I have a keen appreciation of sight, though I have no depth perception and must compensate, to keep from bumping into things (usually! haha). But the ability to perceive and be aware of things not physically seen by our eyes is every bit as REAL as 'eyesight'. We are even a bit equipped to perceive those less physical things, too, and we can even validate some of them by their tangible - and intangible - effects on 'things' and on our own lives and their directions and their joys & sorrows.

      When I think of 'supernatural', I just think of it being MORE (super) natural, perhaps even more so than the temporary, ever-changing 'natural' world around us. So I'm 'in' both realms, I guess I could say, as I prefer to be! It would seem ungrateful to reject either!!

      I like being in this one in which I've been placed and which allows me all it brings.

      I also like the other one which enriches and helps make sense of this one. I can see no conflict between them, except in one's awareness (or lack of awareness) of each realm and what it really IS, and what its function is for us/me as human and being alive here in this realm now. It makes perfect sense when in harmony. Why - how could - would one expect less of all this magnificence?

      If embracing all of the wonders of all this in 'faith' doesn't include that, I have to wonder what 'faith' (as it's frequently used & applied in people's vocabularies), really is!

      My own simply says, "There is no problem", - because how can there be, if truth is true . . . ? :-)

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      OH, Shauna - me too! The thrill of seeing a rainbow is like a promise of good things! I saw a little one in my lawn sprinkler the other morning, just as the sun was rising over the fence and caught in the spray! It was so lovely to see! When I was a child, I loved looking at things through prisms, because it cast everything in 'rainbow' outlines! haha. -- It's just a wondrous natural phenomenon, but what a miniature demonstration of ALL that is wondrous about nature and the universe!

      Yes, that album by Herb Album, by that same name, has some of my favorites of all his music. Another one on it is "Someone To Watch Over Me", which I dearly love.

      Even before I thought of his "Midnight Sun" for this hub, I'd toyed with changing its title, mostly because, of all the illustrations I considered for the title picture, I liked my own photoshot of that lightning in the night sky at the ranch in 2004 the most, but it was different from the 'sunshine and rainbows' I'd orignally started out with! (I had to try capturing that lighning 15 times before I finally got a shot of the actual flash of lightning! haha. Got very wet in the process too!)

      But that photo for my title changed my direction for this hub from just 'sunshine and rainbows' which didn't coordinate with the picture, (and I'd actually begun it that way and had to start over!) to Midnight Sun and Rainbows, which pleased me ever so much more!

      Funny how a hub comes together. Sometimes everything falls instantly into place and other times, it seems to fit itself together in the process! Know what I mean?

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Eddy, my dear. thank you! I don't wait for email notifications. I click my HP user name at the top of any page when I'm on HP, then click "my account", where I can click "Following", then "Hubbers You Follow". This opens a list of all the hubbers I follow, and offers two ways to check them: (1) alphabetically by user name and (2) by 'recent hubs' where the most recent hubs of all those I follow are listed first, by how recent, - and so forth down the list of all those I follow, from anyone who published a hub within the last minute or even seconds to some who may not have published for up to 3 or more YEARS. The last listed are those who have published no hubs at all.

      Of course, it displays only the person's MOST recent hub, so for very active hubbers, their latests can be replaced pretty quickly. So I usually try to check it at least once a day. Being familiar with those who publish a lot more often, I can just click their profiles - right there - and check on that, too. And I scan down a ways to see if I missed anyone previously. Of course, I can't go to every one, but I try to get to as many as possible.

      Then there are always email notifications, but they come every day, too, so one must keep on top of them or miss some of the more active hubbers' latest publications.

      I like checking for latest hubs this way - on my Hubpage itself, so I don't have to jump back and forth from email to HP to look at each new publication. Also, the announcement of a new hub is nearly instantaneous there, whereas email notices are delayed a bit.

      So maybe that will help you! If not, no harm done! tee hee! ;-)

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello Deergha, and thank you so much. I appreciate your visit, your nice comments and, of course, your votes and gracious sharing.

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      5 years ago

      Sunlight sure is delicious to me!!! Have a wonderful Tuesday!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      If I want to begin my day with a smile, I read your poetry and Eddy's poetry. Both instantly start my day off on the right foot....beautiful as always, Nellieanna!

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      5 years ago

      so pretty rainbows are so cheerful and magical.

      Nice poetry



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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      I love the magic of rainbows. Beautiful verses, Nellieanna. Herb Alpert is the perfect accompaniment; soothing and gentle.

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      5 years ago from Wales

      Another wonderful hub Nellieanna and voted up for sure.

      Thank you so much for sharing another gem and I must sort my account so that I get notifications of your hubs.

      Enjoy your day .


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      5 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Brilliantly done as ever...Thank you very much. Shared and votes way up.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, Martin. Enchanting is such an enchanting word! :-)

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Very enchanting. thank you

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, Anna. This one really is rather ethereal. It's nice to have a magic carpet to whisk one off to far away places, sometimes; though only if it has good steering back! ;-)

      I appreciate your visit and comment;- and my very first one, too - no sooner than I'd published it! How lovely!

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      Anna Haven 

      5 years ago from Scotland

      Your writing is very beautiful and has an almost ethereal quality to it. The flow is perfect and it seems to take us far away. Beautifully done.



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