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Updated on December 14, 2012


Narrow promenade

To separate

The lines

Where nature struts

And boasts

Sad and silly claims,

As though

The wispy chains


A seed

Of slightest truth.

But -


There is no doubt,

Just certainty

That this

Is meant to be.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Making metaphor of names

And silence out of sound,

The searching heart exclaims

Where nothing else is found.

When there by the light

Where then by the bell

Another proclaims such truth

As the poet tries to tell.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay





Bliss, ~

Whatever name it's given,

I find in your embrace.

I see it in your eyes,

The smile upon your face.

It's my undoing,

My delight

Every time it is beheld;

I'm spellbound -


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Spending it

On might-have-been

Is the surest


To lose what


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Close cloud

Caresses cheek

And seems at once


And immediate.

I know not what

To make of it,

A clamouring silence

Begging for


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

A dream of eerie stillness

Becomes etched upon my brain

And seems to be so real

When the trumpet is silenced

And the marching is stopped

Then war is no more.

It awakened my sleep

With its improbability

And yet it is needed

If Earth will survive

If Life will persist

If reality wins over the lore.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

A new dimension

Now unfolds

Where former words

And thoughts

Dissolve, evolve.

New understanding,

Awareness of reality

Never yet perceived, believed,

Now giving wordless answers ~

Responding to itself


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Walking the Dog (Promenade) - Gershwin played by Richard Glazier (his bichon frise featured)


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    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      C-M - I truly appreciate that! I sense a kindred spirit, which is such a lovely thing! Thank you!

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      6 years ago from York, Maine

      I enjoyed reading these. I especially like the lines:

      "And silence out of sound, The searching heart exclaims, Where nothing else is found" ... Just beautiful. A wonderful, beautiful Poet. Thank you!

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Ah, Alexandra - but there is no time schedule. Wandering along, especially with dawdling, is preferred, in fact. It's interesting because my world has, in times past, been within a world, from whence it's emerged for awhile and then sought its own space again. Once, though I enjoyed the bigger world, when I found I couldn't retreat and find my own within it, I was too smothered to continue, though that was the main objection for me. It's more than a whim. It's a need, when it is needed. I read somewhere that what is selfish is to insist on one's whim in preference to someone else's need and I was thinking about that in this very context just last evening. Sometimes it's a fine line of difference, but it has a broad effect if it is ignored.

      The best feature of nirvana is, to me, liberation.

      Thank you for your lovely comments and your fine dawdling! You are always welcome to, anytime! (What a lovely profile picture!)

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      7 years ago

      I am late to the 100th from wandering along the promenade and dawdling, no doubt. Nellieanna, you create a world within a world where I love to visit. Every time is better than the one before... you have a rare gift and I am grateful beyond words that you have shared it here. Nirvana... this one captures me completely. It is such a rare feeling and one that is timeless. Thank you :)

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      A very nice-looking dignified man can be a bit intimidating. :-)

      But you showed your humanity quickly and that was reassuring. I won't debate it but I think you have a large personality. Strength and character are large qualities. I agree you're not at all puffed-up-large. And I've no doubt that your experiences are quite encouraging for others who may wonder how theirs will come out, since yours didn't get you down and have turned out well.

      I love the diversity here! Who would want to see mirror images of his/her own style? The fun is in the variety!

      I'm unable to visualize my name up with the greats, but it is very gratifying to have the appreciation of my peers here - and many here who are far above me. This afternoon I talked to my daughter on the phone for hours and had the pleasure of telling her about the fun I'm having here. She couldn't believe that the one notebook of poems I had when things in our lives changed has become 7 volumes plus other blank books full and odds and ends of poetry on slips of paper. She may even come by some time and see for herself some I've shared on here.

      Thank you for all your kind words, dear Ken!

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      7 years ago

      Yes my dear Nellieanna we do "go back" as kindred spirits I might ad. Intimidated by ME? impossible. You honored me with offering an invite to interview me and from there we seemed to just take off and enjoy reading and commenting on each others scribes.

      My personality is not that LARGE simply a modest man with modest tastes for life and all it's adventures. Enjoying fine wine, relaxing music and reading such brilliant writers as yourself. Yes we do have diverse writing styles and isn't that a wonderful thing to share? I think so very much.

      I shared my life experiences with the hope that maybe I may reach out to someone and help them in any way to avoid some of the things I fell upon in my younger life. It's a struggle for many young and old who suffer with abuse of many kinds. I survived mine and like many others are paying it forward. I have found that poetry quells my restless soul and it's only been in Hubpages where I fell upon it and started to pen back 9 months ago. Unlike yourself who has been doing it for it seems a lifetime.

      Yes please continue to churn your beautiful prose and poetry out to us all. You are a wonderful and stimulating writer, one that can't be missed or hidden away. You have so much more to offer us here and I for one want to keep reading and enjoying the beautiful aroma and succulent verses you write with such ease.

      Emily Dickinson/ Nellieanna Hay both have a ring to the names. I believe your muse has guided your quill with perfection all these years. Many years from now, your name will rank up there with many greats, Emily is just one of those many. Hugs from me to you...KEEP HUBBING...

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      We really "go back" in terms of HP time, don't we, Ken? At first I was so intimidated by you! There, I've confessed it! You have such a LARGE personality!

      I'm pleased that we have been able to enjoy each other's diverse writing styles. I have loved yours so much, and your sharing your life experiences has meant a great deal to me. How glad I am you ventured into poetry, where you are so well suited!

      I'll be churning them out for another 100 - maybe even a 100 years. hehe.

      Thanks again, my friend.

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      7 years ago

      What a wonderful video to place amongst these gems of wisdom, experiences, melancholy, beauty in the verse. Congratulations on producing your 100th my friend. I am so pleased to have been able to share your exquisite words.

      You have covered every feeling a human being can feel and express in your Poetry. I have taken bits and pieces from so many of your scribes and felt a direct impact on my very soul. When a poet can reach out and touch another then we know we have been blessed to write.

      My dear Nellieanna you have been given this gift and I am so thankful to be one among so many here at the Hubs who love you first for being YOU and secondly for blessing us with your immense talent as a writer. May you continue to produce another 100 more hubs and beyond while we await words from your heart and past and future. Hugs from me to you.

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      It's my custom to go and "meet" folks who comment on my hubs before replying. I like to know people better. I'd totally forgotten your request to cheek out your hub and leave feedback when I got over there. I really like your work - it speaks for itself! And I followed ad fanned you because I wanted to watch you grow and to enjoy and encourage your work - for no other reason. I'd have you follow me for no other reasons than that you enjoy my work! ;-)

      Thank you for stopping by my hub and leaving a lovely comment, too. Hugs from your new follower!

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      Ryan Christopher Beitler 

      7 years ago from Allentown, PA

      Very beautifull poetry. Grasp vivid detail with your word usage. Good hub, As I am also a writer so I enjoyed the read. Look forward to finding some of your other work. Check me out please, as any feedback would be appreciated ")Ill follow you then.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, Rhonda! You are so kind! I appreciate your support!!

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      Rhonda Musch 

      7 years ago from The Emerald Coast

      A very special collection.Happy Happy 100th hub.

      Congrats. Voted up. Beautiful just like you.

      Sweet wishes Rhonda

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Genna - thank YOU. It is sometimes hard to know how much or how little to include. But it's exciting. I'm so pleased you like the choices and combination!

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Randy - thank you. Those special poems have a lot of meaning. I'm glad you saw it and liked them. And welcome to my hubs. I'm honored. Thanks for the congratulates! Now - on and on! :-)

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Loveslove - I look forward to more from you, too. Seems that lately, I'm so behind in following through all the new entries. One gets so involved, you know? But the alternative is not appealing! And I like to enjoy what IS, whatever it is at any given time. So thank you for finding a moment to visit here! I enjoy your visit!

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Ian - my, my! I'm truly honored! What an awesome audience! I'm beholden to all of them and to you! I can visualize them here! Thank you!

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      crystollite - thank you! I shall keep it up. :-) I very much appreciate your visits and attention! So - keep that up, too! :-)

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      McHamlet - Your fine taste and perception are apparent. I tend to write of that which seems ineffable because I feel it is more available than we sometimes know, in our rush through it all. It appears in quietude when it seems so obvious and natural, though it doesn't announce. It waits to be noticed. It's a valuable lesson, I think. Thank you for the visit and lovely praise. I hope and intend to continue a long time. Thanks for the encouragement.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Merlin - who'd have thunk it? I truly intended NOT to write or publish a thing 11 months ago when I joined! I just wanted to be here for you and to support your work! What a traitor I've turned out to be! LOL. Hugs - thank YOU for all your encouragement to a very timid writer and reluctant publisher!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, hello - well, much about it is not-so-nice a world, it's true; but it's always been so, except as people (who cause & provide its not niceness) decide to make it better and give it a happier interpretation. We can't ignore the bad stuff in progress, but neither must we allow it to dominate or discourage us. I'm afraid that is what happens too much and too often. When people expect it to be so bad, and work toward that, it has to comply. The good news is that expecting (& working toward) better outcomes cause those too.

      Thank you for appreciating my poems. Hugs.

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      Genna East 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      A celebration of love, enchantment, melancholy, wisdom, poetry, uncertainty, new dimensions, and more. An elegant and delicious collection that delights the senses and the imagination. Superb.

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      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      You write so elegantly. The piece about a poet and the last were my favorites :) Congrats on hitting 100.

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      7 years ago from England

      A lovely way to celebrate ..well done ... I look forward to more lovely Hubs !!

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      Twilight Lawns 

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

      Dulcie, Zoki, Harry, Malcolm, Semi and Elisabeth all send their warmest regards, and thank you for your kind words.

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      7 years ago from Houston TX

      Your poem is so great. I like it. keep it up

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      Paul Buckle 

      7 years ago

      Congratulations on your hub centenary Nellieanna. It's a fantastic achievement particularly considering the high level of quality you've maintained throughout, including here. I particularly liked the second and the last of these which seemed to be attempt at an expression of the ineffable, poems I could read over and over. I've printed the poems in this hub out, and I'll being doing more of that with poetry of this quality. Congratulations again and long may you write!

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      Merlin Fraser 

      7 years ago from Cotswold Hills

      What a wonderful selection to mark the mighty one hundredth Hub all in under the one year mark !

      Congratulations and I know there is lots more to come...

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Your poems always give me so much joy. Thank you for bring a bit a sunshine into not a very nice world.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      DRBJ - Well, all 100 were not poetry hubs. If my count is right, this was the 47th poetry hub. Just so you keep reading, I'll be happy! :-) Thank you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      A.A.Z. - Thank you for the comment! - And I'm amazed! I didn't realize we are practically next-door neighbors! (I'm in that Metroplex city to your east.) I must explore your hubs!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Dallas -shhhhhh - don't warn them! ;-> hehe. Thank you, dear friend. I appreciate your complimenting my work!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Martie -I love the celebratory red flower and nice glass of wine. WOW. Thank you, my dear!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Ian -Now, thanks to you, I know how adorable Norbury Mudhounds are! Just precious. Someone should feature one of them in an u-tube to "WalkingThe Dog"! Maybe I'll change my allegiance. I've admired Bichons for a long time, though, ever since reading Barbara Taylor Bradford's books. Her heroines always have Bichons. And I've met a couple of them. I hate to be fickle, but Norburys are certainly charming! Thanks for telling me about them.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Fay - Thank you. I'm so glad you like it and thank you for the votes!

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      100 beautiful, poetic hubs in less than a year. That is quite an accomplishment, Nellieanna. Brava! Count me in as an avid reader of the next 100. :)

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      Augustine A Zavala 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Such a beautiful poem regarding love. Thank you for sharing.

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Your love letters must have been the strongest "magnet" known to a man! What was a man to do?

      As always, enjoy your word artistry, your integraing of both words and art.

      Awesome and flag up!

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      Martie Coetser 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Awesome and heart-touching as always, Nellieanna. Here’s to your 100th – a red flower and a glass of red, sparkling wine :))))

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      Twilight Lawns 

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

      Nellie Anna, you can only say that the Bichon Frise is adorable because you have never lived with Norbury Mudhounds. This rare and esoteric breed define the word "adorable" better than any living animal on this beautiful planet.

      Take my word for it.

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      Fay Paxton 

      7 years ago

      Such beautiful, heartfelt poetry. up/beautiful

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      ChrisL -my friend - thank you for helping me celebrate a landmark! Your visits are always especially welcomed. I have tremendous respect for your good opinion! Hugs.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Yes, Nikki -Thank you for coming and enjoying my poems. When I began sharing my poems here, I went out of my way to avoid ever repeating a poem, keeping elaborate records to prevent it, in fact. But now, though I still remember using them before or see my number code by its index line when I go to a poem I've used before, if I feel that it fits again, I don't feel badly to repeat it. I have so many poems to choose from (still vast quatities I've not even yet transcribed), but there have always been some which have been my own favorites, so, yes - they do come up in my mind from time to time. In a way it may be familiarity. I've grown accustomed to them more than many I wrote and didn't really look at them again. In a way - transcribing is re-introducing me to many I've neglected.

      That's a lovely Emily one. I'm happy you're exploring her work. I saw one of hers today which I just adore, too:

      To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee.

      One clover, and a bee.

      And revery.

      The revery alone will do,

      If bees are few.

      __Emily Dickinson

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Pamela - thank you! I sort of wrestled with what to present at my 100th. When that idea occurred to me, I was pleased with it. I'm glad you think it is a fitting choice! :-)

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Mentalist - that is a meaningful comment to me, coming from you. Thank you! You're always deep thinking-with thought-provoking effects.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Ben - several of these were written in the mid-80s and 90s. They have a bit different perspective than some of my others. I appreciate your attention to them.

      Thank you! You work hard, don't you? Good for you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Ian - yes - there is melancholy here. You're astute to notice. I am an optimist, but a realistic one. There are no "pure" natural feelings as in - all one way or the other. They come as mixtures. Then we pick up on what appeals to us or fits our mood best at the time, I think. There is not only room for contrasts, they are essential! Thank you for bringing the melancholy to light.

      Actually the Gershwin tune goes by both names. I chose a video calling it only "Promenade" though - for obvious reasons. There are some showing doggie art -even one with a bichon frieze (I'd love to have one of those adorable doggies) doing all kinds of antics to the music. You are absolutely right. I almost used another type of music, but the Promenade music really fit it better. Thank you for your interesting comments - always!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      christopheranton - I doubt I could write love expressions for someone else. Unfortunately - or fortunately as one may view it - I can only write my feelings and thoughts, even if some of them are pure fantasy. I always enjoyed the story of Cyrano de Bergerac, though - it seemed he was writing the love letters to Roxanne for the other guy, Christian, who is a dullard intellectually, but the words Cyrano writes for Christian to send her actually express his own adoration of the lovely lady, but since she thinks she loves Christian, he loves her enough to help out making the match.

      Anyway - thank you for the compliment! What is the feminine form of the name Cyrano? Cyrieanna? tee hee (How much of a living?) ;->

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Pearldiver -thank you, kind sir! You do me honor. I believe I understand your meaningful sense of a near-wordlessness expressing intrinsic wisdom. I like the way you expressed that. Thank you.

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


      What a way to celebrate your 100th hub! Beautiful as always...


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      Nikki Wicked 

      7 years ago from Louisiana

      beautiful and touching, i loved the second one. and third one. a couple of these i remember reading in another hub of yours. also i read some emily yesterday, i love this verse from one of her poems about Life.

      Life is but life, and death but death!

      Bliss is but bliss, and breath but breath!

      And if, indeed, I fail,

      At least to know the worst is sweet.

      Defeat means nothing but defeat,

      No drearier can prevail!

      ~Emily Dickinson

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Your wonderful collection is perfect for your 100th hub. It is just lovely.

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      Mentalist acer 

      7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Here's to the delightful,meaningful and glimpse in your dimension Nellieanna.;)

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      7 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      Well, I can tell this is a grand 100th Hub post, and I read it briefly, not fully taking on the meaning of them all, as I must go work a 10 hr shift now!! :[

      I will come back and better read through them, and I believe these to be very emotional and heartfelt, and beautiful, fine work, as always.

      Thanks Nellie for all your support, and wonderful poems

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      Twilight Lawns 

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

      I love melancholy... and you have captured it for me... deliberately or not.

      I always knew the Gershwin as 'Walking the Dog'.

      Ah! But that's me.

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      Christopher Antony Meade 

      7 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      I can't really say better than WillStarr has already said.

      You could make a living writing letters for lovers.

      None of them would fail.

      Thank you Nellieanna.

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      Rob Welsh 

      7 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      What a lovely way to celebrate your timelessness and 100th piece Nellieanna. A really spacious and solid foundation for the next 'generation' and a new number one. Very nice, liked your graphics, range and wisdom.... the words? Well I'm left wondering if there were words here.. anyone can write words, not so many can tastefully hide them within the ingredients of wisdom. Thank you for that lesson. Take care.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      (smile) Well, Will - I did, but also lots of love poems. Thanks for coming by and being the first to visit my 100th hub!

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      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      You must have written some great love letters.


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