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Updated on October 1, 2013


"Sky Berries" - watercolor on rice paper © Nellieanna H. Hay
"Sky Berries" - watercolor on rice paper © Nellieanna H. Hay | Source

Filigree Notes

Filigreed in space

Attuned with time

Poetic muse now free,

Unrestrained by form.

Sometimes it’s writ invisibly on filmy page.

As if to peek and make it trace a pattern.

A filigree firmly fixed,

Insists to show its face,

Expecting me to know

Each slight expression's meaning,

Prescribed by place described in rhyme

Whose moments lost from timelessness

Drift down from every age.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Freedom never felt so tight

Nor rainbow looked so dim

I query - wonder-

Turn about

To see the heart of him.

Conclusive now,

The distance still

Enervates, conceives,

Reserves its fill,

Believes its need

To energize a moment swift

Toward the instant rift.

But now emerge beyond!

I'll find my eyes

I'll claim my light!

I'll sing my song!

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Constrain me not

In blackened tower

Of memories far gone,

Or singed upon

A fire-mount,

Too withered to be known.

I doubted ever to sing again

Nor live where once was, to be.

I longed to visit songbird's nest,

To nestle in its down.

High up in any tree.

That bottle green

I once had seen

No longer strained for me.

Its blackened crown

had melted down.

The rainbow's risen dawn

whose filter was the best,

Now gone.

And now I hear the songbird's song

I glory in its morning trills

I find the bottle washed ashore

Its message now fulfilled,

Serenity adorns me now

From now till evermore

While playing near the crest,

To rest, to dream forever more.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


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    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Katie - thank you. That's the sweetest kind of compliment!

    • katiem2 profile image


      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      I love your poetry, it's as if your peering into my soul as if a crystal ball seeing all that lies within my heart, so profound and yet so basically true the artful words you craft. What a delight on this friday night. :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Maita - sometimes we write what is both sweet and bitter because it expresses it, whereas when it is all purely sweet - we more often express it more directly together with the person who shares it with us. Those were written when writing was my main way of expressing those feelings. Thank you for your comments.

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Kennedy, yes, words do have power - and think about it - their power is only as strong as those of the hearer or reader! So thank you for reading mine and giving them your power of understanding!

    • prettydarkhorse profile image


      8 years ago from US

      very poetic but some kind of sweet and bitterness to it, beautiful, Maita

    • KennedyYakas profile image

      Kennedy Yakas 

      8 years ago

      Wow! What amazing power in just written words!

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      I appreciate your confidence, DG! Especially that you consider it "wonderful". Hugs.

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      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      It would be such a shame if you do not publish your wonderful poetry

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank YOU, Freya! Glad you came by and enjoyed it!

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      Freya Cesare 

      8 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      Beautiful collections of poems. enjoyable reading. Thanks. ^^

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      (curtsy) - I'm sure your poems, even hastily written, will be excellent, AW! As for the rest of it - - enjoy the basking!

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      Arthur Windermere 

      8 years ago

      Hey Nellie and SG,

      Well, I think I'll just get naked, relax, and bask in this glorious attention from you lovely ladies.

      But seriously, I'm moved--not just to get naked, but emotionally, with gratitude and not at all embarrassment.

      Cheers, friends! Now I'm off to write more dirty poems. hehehe

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Cyekin - I consider you so talented and unique! Of course anyone can learn and refine talent - but yours is very real and you should value it fully! Thank you for the very nice compliment, especially in the light of your own way with words, thoughts and feelings in your stories!

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Pamela - thank you so much, my dear! The poetry is the product of some bittersweet areas of my life. They provided much comfort then and still do on occasion.

      Thank you for the kind words! I appreciate you!

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      HPH - I hardly know what to say. Thank you for admiring my work and recommending it to your audience. I have somewhat mixed feelings though. I'm quite flattered and feel kindly toward your generosity, even though wide distribution for my work hasn't been my "thing".

      Yes, I'm a Twitter member but must confess to not having been an active Tweeter. But it did allow me to view your Twitter page & I saw your mention of my poetry & observe the mechanics of how it refers readers back to this page, which surely has value.

      So of course, I must thank you for your interest and unhesitatingly welcome you & appreciate you as a reader! Thank you!

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      8 years ago

      Wow! Your words are very elegant and flow smoothly! I have much to learn from poems like these! You are very talented my friend :)

      Voted it up and beautiful :D

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Nellieanna, It is a pleasure to read your poetry which is just awesome. You are so talented! These bittersweet poems are touching. Thanks for sharing them.

    • HubPagesHottest profile image


      8 years ago

      Hey, great poem! So great infact that we featured it on Twitter. Be sure to follow (if you are a Tweeter) and RT when we feature your Hubs for more traffic. 

      Have a great day - Hub Pages Hottest.

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, Nell! Hugs!

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, this were lovely as usual, I really enjoy reading your poetry, keep em coming! lol nell

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you for the wonderful comments. If there is magic in it for others, I could not be more pleased. It's given me pause to recall how desperately I needed the magic at the time when writing and then rereading for reassurance literally saved me.

      hehe, SG - so right about our AW. No need for others for that - but he provides much more. Hope to not embarrass him, but what a deep and valuable person is in there, a vein of pure gold among common clay. His hub on how to be a great writer is incredibly excellent. Shhhhhh - don't want to spoil his clever camoflage. ;->

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      8 years ago

      Your bubbles are delightful! Nellieanna, You have a way of taking the human experience and creating magic with it. Your paintings echo your words over and over. The one feeling that comes through no matter what grief may be lying on the shore is HOPE. It glistens in the distance every time. When I am lost in grief, these are the words that will comfort. When I am fearful of the future, here too, is the path.

      The only thing lacking for those who seek are the naughty acrostics and thank goodness we have AW for those ;-)

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Arthur! Wow - thank you for my "new word du jour". I never knew there was a specific word for that thingy where the first letters of poetry lines spell words! WOW. I'm so pleased to have it now. However, the dictionary's definition doesn't specify "dirty" as an intrinsic feature - so I feel free to be influenced by your style with adjustments as I see fit. Wouldn't be prudent for my great-grandkids to figure out their Granny Annie is a dirty little old lady - if it were the case. (notice the conditional verb form used there)

      Thank you both for the overall "very nice" and especialy for mentioning the specifics which you liked too. I almost changed that assonance - it seemed a bit much. It was in two lines originally which seemed sort of "fixy" but I decided it was more bearable when put into one combined line, and it was sort of needed for meaning's sake without needing more words to express it.

      Yes, It is more melancholy overall than some of my stuff seems. But it's all been lifted from out of much written on any given day over quite a lengthy period, usually selected to share with one sort of mood in mind, so that probaby accounts for it. At the times written on any given day, even if my mood wasn't joyous, my nature tends to step forward to look on both sides of whatever occurrences inspire writing about them, so there's more often a mixture of tone on any one day's writings, and so - a dukes' mixture. Only when extracted later on, such as now, can I keep a little extraction more within one "voice" or tone. But if I hadn't always tended to balance my moods fairly successfully, probably most of my "record in poetic form" would have been mostly gloomier, since those were very trying times when most were jotted down.

      And - I wasn't trying to be a great writer; I was just tryinng to be a great friend, confidante, and mentor to myself, for want of any better ones. If occasionally actual poetic value in some shines through, it's an unexpected bonus. I do always hope that something in some of them might communicate freindship, confidante-ship and mentor-ship to someone else, possibly in such a predicament as I was at those times.

      Thanks for the visit and comments, AW!

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Billy, you are such a sweetie to come visit my site and leave your lovely comments! I'm pleased it made it feel like a great way to start your day.

      I may have to read it myself. A little plumbing leak has turned out to be the tip of the problem which is being remedied - my whole sewer line from the street to the house has to be replaced. ugh... (wonder what kind of poem that would inspire me to write!)

      At least it is tee-niney compared to the "leak" going into the Gulf, huh?

      Thanks again Billy

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Nikki - yes, of course you're right! My oldest poem I still have record of is one written when I was 12. I've written many that were lost to posterity since then, but my most prolific writing times (and those I've been able to protect and hang on to) were in the 1960s and 1970s, during my most personally challenging times, with some more written right along, but fewer & dwindling in volume ever since.

      Few of any of them have been shared, - and only then either one-on-one with someone or there are a few on my personal website scattered about. My website is also deliberately private, meaning I don't try in the least to attract "hits". Most visitors to it are by chance, by invitation or reputation. Much of my poetry has never been seen by anyone else and some probably never will be, at least partly because it doesn't deserve to be! LOL

      So you see, though I hadn't really preferred sharing my poetic stuff in a more public forum, HubPages just seems like one I'm comfortable with. I imagine you, with your own lovely and very personal poetry, can identify with some of this.

      Thanks you very much for liking mine!

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      Arthur Windermere 

      8 years ago

      Hey Nellie!

      I went looking for dirty acrostics in your poems--y'know, to see if my style has influenced yours and all--and sure enough, there's RAMRAW on the first poem. It continues, RADTIRE. I don't know what that means, actually. Sounds too '70s for me. hehehe

      But seriously, very nice. I liked how you used microscope as a verb; I like the assonance in prescribed and described, as well as the obvious contrast in their meanings. And the stained glass is nice. Something vaguely melancholy about the tone here.

    • billyaustindillon profile image


      8 years ago

      Nellieanna thank you for sharing more beautiful poetry. What a great way to start the day - so much feeling and memories.

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      Nikki Wicked 

      8 years ago from Louisiana

      beautiful. loved all of these too. either u are putting up stuff you've written in the past, or you have been a busy lady, writing away. and the artwork too, u hav such a talent.

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Joy - this is so amazing. I read your comment, was curious about your new profile pic & felt drawn, before even replying, to pop over to your site, where I re-read your "A World Without You" and left an odd comment, even for me!

      Anyway - Thank you for your heartfelt comment here! I think it is honest to admit what is surely almost always a feeling one gets when visiting someone's soul: that it IS a lot to take in. :-)

      I like your new pic, too, though I also loved the dove against the blue sky, which was so like my memory of the trained doves released to fly to the music of Celine Dion's "Fly" on one crystal-clear October afternoon. It was a special remembrance program at Restland they had for bereaved loved ones and was shortly after burying my beloved there. The whole program was an uplifting experience, and the doves and that song made it extraordinary.

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, hello - you are such a dear to visit and comment such kind compliments. Thank you!!

    • Joy56 profile image


      8 years ago

      wow i do so like your work, a lot to take in there for sure.

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      VS - thank you, sweet lady! I'm so pleased you enjoyed this. There is much life behind the words, for sure.

      Yes, Cris is a most talened person and quite inspiring.

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you, Nellieanne, for these wonderful poems with so much deep thoughts and thought provoking. It was a real pleasure to read. You are really gifted.

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      8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      I stretched my legs, relaxed, and enjoyed the art and poetry. You speak of life and even in the bittersweet moments, there is a depth and beauty. BTW, you and Cris inspire me with your artistic talents!

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      I'm greatly honored to welcome you to my hubsite, Cris! I like the adjectives you've chosen - none more needed. Afterglow is a nice state of being, too!


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      Cris A 

      8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Lyrical, evocative, bittersweet...are there enough adjectives to describe this selection? Thanks for sharing, this leaves me in an afterglow :D


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