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ONCE UPON A HILL

Updated on March 25, 2013

LIII.

     Upon a hill

I climbed one day

By accident,

I found my soul

And recognized it

     Instantly.

I could have

Just as easily

     Missed it

And gone another way.


_____© Nellieanna H. Hay



To love again

And know the joy

Of giving

All my heart

And soul

Again to living,

A dream so sweet

It could not be

Muffled by reality.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



Signs and symbols

Airborne,

Out from under liturgies

Too long held

Against the wind.

Be reborn

Better

Than before.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Transport me,

Cell by cell

To where you are.

There must be

Spaces in between

Your cells

For me ~.

Where mine

Belong.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Summer morning

Subtly presents itself

As a fresh cool kiss

- Until it starts to blister.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


       Tides of golden clouds may fret,

    Wash across a spotless sky of blue,

Churning up whipped froth in kindly threat

      Or gently rain and then move on ~

                           Adieu.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Time and speed -

New dimensions

For one who knew

But quiet space.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


                          There is

                     Nothing more

                   And nothing less

                         Than this -

                    A total moment

                        Fully lived.


                                   ______© Nellieanna H. Hay


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

      Most of my comments on people's efforts are of a very routine nature, like "excellent hub" or "thanks for sharing. There is only one person here who always inspires my grudging hands to type more thought out compliments.

      That person is you Nellieanna.

      The volume of your work, and the invariably exquisite beauty of your poems, make you truly the "Mozart" of HubPages.

      Your pictures are pretty darn nice as well.

      Thank you.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      That is one of the nicest and most gratifying comment anyone has ever given my hubs, Chrisopher, - and timely, too. There are times when I think "what am I doing writing poetry, anyway?" They're just jottings down of some thought or feeling, with only my own inner sense of form - wanting them to have some music and balance, even though I know a little bit about classic form. I wasn't intending to be "A Poet" - just to capture those moments with clarity for my own reminders.

      To be likened in any measure to a "Mozart" of it bowls me over, especially coming from someone with your excellent taste and knowledge. I truly appreciate it. Hugs and many thanks.

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      Your work is so exquisite that I want to write it down and your lovely words in my pocket. Up and beautiful and always awesome.

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      One begins on bended knee and returns there eventualy,I'm surprised you could find you soul on a hill for it is heavenly high Nellieanna.;)

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

      What a beautiful hub, my lovely person. I have wallowed in it, like a great clumsy buffalo. These thoughts and windows to your soul are so delightful, so ethereal that I want to rush through to love and to enjoy... But when I've read, and read again, I find it so difficult to decide which is the one that pleases me most.

      Perhaps:

      "To prolong

      The song

      Is not to make music,

      One tune

      Must end

      For another

      To begin"

      For this is exquisite.

      Your choice of the video is superb. those noble animals, and almost every one of them looking pensive, or sad.

      Thank you, you bright and gleaming soul.

      Thank you.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Breakfastpop - - How kind and generous your are! Thank you! And I'm thinking that would be a lovely place for my little gems to get to be and to circulate with you on your rounds!! Hugs!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Mentalist, oh my! You do me such honor and give me much to live UP to! I value that, ESPECIALLY coming from you! Thank you and big hugs.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Ian, dear friend. You, a clumsy anything??? Nevah! You, with your command of language and imagery is more like I'm a little butterfly flittering around while you're composing epic stories in poetry!

      I'm quite fond of the one you quoted, too. I wrote it when contemplating giving up a futile vigil and deciding to address life again. Music then was a very big part of my otherwise humdrum existence, so this theme was a look at the "first day of the rest of my life" - and it was much less bleak looking in those terms. :-) Now that I think about it, most of the poems on this hub are about just that!

      Rod McKuen's "The Earth", which he wrote with Anita Kerr, is something which means a lot to me. First of all, I love his poetry. And he actually proved that "the public" can handle poetry, which he wrote quite successfully. The first of my acquaintance with "The Earth" was some 40 or so years ago on a 33-1/3 RPM vinyl record. Now it is so much lovelier with the wonderful illustrations on the video. Thank you for hearing it and for your valuable feedback about it!

      Hugs and a most heartfelt thank you!

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      These poems are all lovely and tender, Nellieanna, but the one that pleased me most and is now etched in my memory is: "Transport me, Cell by cell To where you are. There must be Spaces in between Your cells For me. Where mine Belong.

      Brilliant and exceptional you are, m'luv.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Ah DRBJ - That is a tender one. . . Thank you. It's such an intimate feeling, and feels so - real! I greatly appreciate your praise and attention! Hugs. Thank you!

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      These are TRULY amazing. The shortness and power of each one BLOWS my mind. I sat there, reading each one twice, pondering it for a moment, and realizing how profound you are.

      I can't pick my favorite on this one, like I usually can.

      Your work is art, entertainment, and food for the mind and soul.

      Lovely, just like you!

      *hugs*

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      SilverGenes 6 years ago

      Each of these is such an intimate portrait of who you are, Nellieanna, and as drbj said, "...spaces in between your cells for me ~ where mine belong" is etched into my memory as well (and believe me, not much is retained in there anymore).

      I love your talent!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Ben! Thank you, my cyber grandson! I'm quite proud to claim you among my grands! I have such admiration for your talent and maturity beyond your years. I am sure you're an old soul. So your good opinion is most fully appreciated! Hugs!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Alexandra, my dear friend - I've been missing you of late! How lovely to see you here! Yes, they are intimately "me". Thank you. I refuse to believe you're having any memory issues! But if any of my little lines are etched there, I'm very proud! Thanks!!

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      arb 6 years ago from oregon

      How can I describe you Nellieanna! Let me try. The moments are in search of you, that they may come to rest in the only place, which will describe them adequately. "There must be spaces inbetween your cells for me, where I belong." Elizabeth Barrett Browning alive in Nelieanna.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh, Alan, I'm just overcome with such an accolade as you've given. Thanks just are insufficient, but thank you anyway. What a great honor to be even mentioned in the same sentence as Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

      I made a webpage several years ago for her famous poem:

      http://nellieanna.com/0howdoiluvthee.html

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      miss_jkim 6 years ago

      "Love

      Brings us to our knees,

      That we might

      Truly stand"

      Oh Nellieanna, such words of truth and beauty. I always stand in awe of your poetry.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Miss_jkim, thank you for those kind, generous words, my friend. I'm thrilled that you enjoy my poetry. Hugs

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      arb 6 years ago from oregon

      I don't think I heard Dina Shore in 40 years! what a hoot!

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Each poem you write has a beauty to its own

      You are a poet who should be very well known

      Words of wisdom, profound and deep

      a hub to be bookmarked, just to keep

      From finding your soul, to this moment in time

      You have written many an inspiring rhyme

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      ChrisLincoln 6 years ago from Orange (or Lemon...) County, California

      Nellieanna,

      I think the highest compliment I can pay you is that, not only is your work the only poetry I look forward to, but when I get my daily digest of new hubs from those I love to follow, yours is the one I open first.

      You never disappoint.

      Thank you...

      C

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Absolutely lovely. I can't even pick a favorite - they are all my favorite. You are truly gifted. Rated up and awesome.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      I hadn't heard or kept up with her in years, either, Alan, & now am embarrassed. The wrong image, especially for that page. I changed the music. I'm quite glad it came to my attention, whether or not intentionally. Thank you - smiles - hugs!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      toknowinfo - Thank you! I'm amply pleased to be known and thought well of by you and all my Hub friends! Yes, finding my soul was a turning point of clarity, although I'd stumbled along, aware and writing, before then. I so appreciate those kind words! Thank you for bookmarking! A big hug!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      ChrisL, that is, indeed, a highest compliment! I'm honored that you enjoy and read my poetry exclusively and my hubs first! WOW! I hardly know what to say but to thank you from the bottom of my heart! Hugs.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      KoffeeKlatchGals! I'm delighted that you enjoyed these!! And thank you for following me and sending me a fan message!

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      Love the hub's title - Once Upon A Hill. What a wonderful collection! Words to live by . . .

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Some of these should be among famous quotes "Love brings us to our knees that we might truly stand" Wow!...Life wins for life is no opponent unto life"... All and all I came away from these simple poems hugely inspired and the message to live the moment came through between the ripples of golden clouds washing across the spotless sky of blue! Exquisite!!!

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      sligobay 6 years ago from east of the equator

      Nellieanna: I bask in the resplendence of the aura of your thoughts - your images - your feelings - your soul on display. But you already know that and that my comma is still broken; ergo - hyphens. I am delighted that you have adopted young BenWritings who is really as old as Yoda and using the stolen avatar of his own grandson. LOL. Love your art and your heart. Hugs.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Truckstop Sally - Thank you for the delightful comments on my title and contents and for letting me know!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Fossllady. Yours are such soul-gratifying comments about those thoughts of mine. Thank you - and for visiting. A big hug!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Gerry - ah - yes, I guess my soul is right out there! Thank you for noticing so magnanimously.

      Well, you know how often I choose the hyphen or dash for my punctuation! So I would not have noticed your comma missing necessarily! :-)

      I think you are so right about Ben's real identity. hehe He sort of claimed me as the grandmother he never knew, so I was pleased to adopt him. But if he's really so old, I may have to take the matter before a judge! tee hee. I love that you visited! Hugs.

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Another dose of excellent poems including such wonderful words. Thank you, Nellieanna, for giving so much pleasure.

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      Nikkij504gurl 6 years ago from Louisiana

      these were awesome! so inspiring, and beautiful, very uplifting poetry. i loved the one about love bringing us to our knees so we can truly stand! so true!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, hello - Thank you - I like it when the dose does what it's supposed to. It must be the right stuff, if it's giving you pleasure! I always hope to be able to do that! Hugs, dear friend!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Nikki, thank you! Yes - it is true. So often love does have to do that in order to raise us up! Hugs.

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      sonia05 6 years ago from india

      Its great pleasure to read your beautifully woven words which radiate life,love,hope and optimism.simply awesome!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Sonia -thank YOU for reading and enjoying my work. It's a joy to read your comments! Hugs.

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      Erica Sanchez 6 years ago from California

      Nelie, you are my personal preference of drugs I need my daily dosage! So graceful and pure.... Every time I read you place me in a field of flowers where no one but myself is spinning with happiness!! Thank you!!

      smiles :)

      bella

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Bella - You are such a dear!! Thank you for those lovely compliments! Sorry to be slow in replying. I have house guests, so not online.

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      saddlerider1 6 years ago

      These verses simply divine.

      "Transport me,

      Cell by cell

      To where you are.

      There must be

      Spaces in between

      Your cells

      For me ~.

      Where mine

      Belong."

      What a brilliant feeling to be so connected in space, when hearts touch and beat at the same rhythm. The cells are entwined as one and flow together in unison without ever drying up.

      Oh Nellieanna you make me sit back and take in all your words, I simply am your puppy dog lapping at your heels waiting to be fed again with your verse. If we had met ions ago, I wonder what space we would be in today. Hugs my sweet lady. You truly bring joy to my world.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Ken - I'm so pleased that you've come by. I've missed seeing your comments, but I realize your life has taken some new paths. Glad they're not all away from us here!

      Yes, I truly think that the most important connection between people is that one which is free of confinements, the one "in space", as you say. And yes, it has the advantage of never drying up, too. It's an infinite kind of connection, really.

      What a nice thought! It would have been eons, all right, though and even then I'd have had to be a cougar. hehe. (I'm past cougar age now. I guess I've graduated to tiger maybe.) ;-> Well, anyway, it is very pleasant to share a wavelength at times!

      Thank you for a lovely comment to cheer my day. I've been trying to get a new hub done after my hiatus for a week with company, but there are just so many things going on! And I can't play too much. I have to get taxes ready for the 15th. groan. But I hope to get a new one up before I immerse in all that black and white and red. LOL. Hugs.

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      Raghav Rathi 6 years ago from Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India.

      i am amazed by the fact that such a short poem could deliver it's message so strongly!!!

      Awesome!!!

      voted up definitely....!

      cheers,

      Raghav.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Raghav - Thank you, dear new friend. I'm quite pleased that you visited my site and enjoyed it. Hugs.

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