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See The Possibilities

Updated on January 02, 2013

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THE MIRROR


The gentle heart looks out,

Sees a gentle Earth

On a gentle day

In a gentle year.


A sad heart

Sees sadness

Everywhere it looks,

Permeating now and here.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


If I were shoreline

You would be my sea.

I’d exist without you,

But differently.

Not shore, I’d be indistinct

From other land.

You define me

More than I, you.

Sea is sea

Whatever shape

Its shore imposes.

But land

Beside the sea

Is more than other land,

Its edge reposes

Specially.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



Sea of Seas,

Whose consequence

Of these -

the doubt -

Is more

Than mountain mist,

Becoming

See of Sees

Beyond the shore,

Sun-kiss'd.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Endless Mirrors by ~TacoRawr on deviantART
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Ring of mirrors

In the fog,

Jutting facets

Cutting through the mist,

Certainties

More and less uncertain

In their tumultuous seas;

Reality the realer

In unrealities.

Oaring by, -

Momentarily

Sense, suspended;

Sight, obscured;

Sound, muffled;

Globe, shrunken;

Air, dense,

But for the certainty.

And I, whence.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


REMNANTS


Rings upon the water

Arise from their own source,

When stirred.

Your gaze expands to see them

Fanning out, acting upon

Reflections of the sky.

Your own effect

Is all you bring,

Is all you have.

It is your footprint

On the belt of time.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



Seagull circling

By the shore

To view the harvest-tide

Has need of it.

I, too, have need

Of ebb and flow

And food for soul

To grow

Which love yields

Plentifully.

I sigh, - I know

That every day

Is harvest time!

My tide

Comes in

With you!


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

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      snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

      Nellieanna, So excited to find your new page, just taking it all in...beautiful seahorse imagery, the poems are exciting, like maps or puzzles taking the reader (me) this way and that, seaweed drifting in the tide.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Nellieanna, these are such beautiful poems and illustrations ! "If I were shoreline, You would be my sea..." jumps out as a favorite. "It is your footprint On the belt of time," "I know that every day is harvest time,"

      these are profound lines to be treasured.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      What fun, snakes! Imagination's loosened! The seahorses inspired the whole thing. I've loved seahorses since I was a little kid when I had a little ceramic 3-part bud vase vase with three seahorses forming the bud receptacles. For a landlubber like I was, it was quite an exciting fantasy!

      Thank you for joining in the fun and for being my first visitor here! Hugs.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Jim - I'm delighted that you came by and enjoyed these efforts! The theme of the sea always captures and preserves some special treasures of my heart, though I'm so unacquainted with it. Must be something subliminal! I appreciate your telling me which lines you especially like!

      I hope you listened to the music and enjoyed the visuals with it, too.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      The visuals were wonderful Nellieanna! I am trying to figure out why music on hubs does not show or play for me. I have "technical difficulties" I guess.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Jim, sometimes, especially right after I've published a hub, the music doesn't appear right away the first few times it's opened, but after I open 'edit' once and see that it's there, then it comes through. So maybe you got to it before it was fully settled in. Anyway this piece is especially lovely and the illustrations are all real ocean life and sea water movements. Quite impressive. I just added the link to the u-tube, if you'd like to try accessing it that way. It's right under the utube picture.

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Beautiful! I could 'hear' and 'smell' the sea.

      Love this phrase:

      "I, too, have need

      Of ebb and flow

      And food for soul

      To grow

      Which love yields

      Plentifully."

      Awesome!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      I'm so happy you like it, m'dear! Thank you!

      I've written a lot about the sea, though I know it only by reputation. It's scary 'in the real'. haha. Hugs.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I finally got here....better late than never, right?

      I have to tell you, Nellie...the images in this poetry are exquisite....the poem is even visually stimulating, and that's a good trick! :)

      Beautiful work my friend!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Billy - there was no delay - at least not on your part! Some of these poems had been used in my earliest hubs so it was officially removed for 'duplication'. Wow !- So I found them & removed them on the earlier locations. Then it took quite awhile before this new hub was found 'clean' & officially re-published. haha. I've learned my lesson!

      Out of so many poems as I've written & the familiarity I have with many of them, it's easy to mentally 'fit' one into what I'm composing without thinking about its ancient history in my hubs. I'm always writing new ones, too, so obviously they can form a 'web' of connections around the current themes of my imagination!

      But rules are rules and I'm happy to obey 'em! I can understand the reasons for most of them. In any case, as you said in your hub on your anniversary - it's the way this is run & it's a privilege to be able to use this fantastic showcase for our creative work.

      Thank you for a lovely comment, dear Billy! I'm glad I cleaned it all up so you could find it visually stimulating! When I write, it's so visual, it's most gratifying if that's its effect when read! Hugs.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      See the possibilities - what a grand and fetching title. Everytime I arrive here on your righteous scene Miss N - I always feel like your lucky student learning and sitting in the front row of your virtual hub classroom in awe and admiration. You inspire many facets in me - dreamer. humanitarian, child of the universe, child of nature, the child in me, my poetic heart - and it all comes the first lady of the Hub and a teacher who is a renaissance lady for the ages.

      Sending you warm wishes and good energy on this cold night by the lake (because of the wind chill) although the lake looked like a wild raging ocean today but it still has frozen over yet. I love when the lake moves. Both pussycats are sleeping but they send you big hugs in their feline dreams.

      I am also sending you pure wishes for you and your family in 2013 for your continued health, happiness and prosperity and of course more poetic creativity. (I hear there's an empty wall at the Hub Louvre wall of fame waiting for some more of your work)

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Aw - my dear sweet Colin. That's a lovely compliment. Only part that bothers me is "righteous". Am I really so stuffy? :-) But it's OK if I inspire your best facets! Mhwaaaaa!

      I can try to imagine that raging and frozen lake. You know, my mother went to the University of Chicago and spoke of the frigid Lake Michigan. She walked like a sprinter and it was from walking around those blustery streets. As a kid (growing up in a semi-tropical climate), I had to run to keep up with her because she still walked like an Olympian; & she really didn't look back to be sure I was keeping up! It taught me a degree of self-reliance, let me tell you!

      I'm pleased that your kitties send me hugs, even if just in dreams. We had two kitties at one time, you know: Toulouse and Camille. They lived to be 17. I heard them meow when my George was almost gone, so I knew they were there, ready to greet him. It's a comfort.

      Thank you for the lovely New Years wishes! Hugs.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      It's funny how cultural slang can be misconstrued but in a jazz or hip hop/rap language - to be a 'righteous' dude/dudette (lol) is a good thing so that makes you a 'righteous lady for all seasons' ..... lake erie time 2:08am playing Dwight Yokum sings Buck Owens

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      So beautiful Nellieanna and I especially lied the words

      I, too, have need

      Of ebb and flow

      And food for soul

      To grow

      Which love yields

      Plentifully.

      I sigh, - I know

      That every day

      Is harvest time!

      I vote up,across and share all around. Here's to so many more from you my friend and I wish you a very Happy New year.

      Lots of love from my little corner of Wales.

      Eddy.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      mmmmmm....just an ordinary piece of land - defined extraordinarily by your sea...

      life is defined by many things...some stay...some go...some change, but - nonetheless, we all seek self-definition...

      and love!

      I am blown away by this Nellie...trying captivating..almost alive in it's passion..

      voting/loving/sharing

      Have a wonderful weekend my friend!

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      hello butterfly. You have written of possibilities with sea water and sand, with breeze and tide, with ebb and flow. It is garden harvested from the sea, sun kissed by yesterday and the coming tomorrow, carried on butterfly wings to memory and then to pages. Another gift in poetry, which we are pleasured to unwrap one truth upon another. You faithfully satisfy the ear in search of truth and beauty once again.

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      SilverGenes 4 years ago

      Everything about this beautiful hub feels like a welcome shower of joy for the soul. Yes, the possibilities are infinite and what happens when one touches another is so lovingly described by the shoreline and the sea. You have left a definite footprint in the belt of time.

      I also enjoy your mention of the ring of mirrors in the fog. "Reality the realer in unrealities" when magic and illusion collide, merge, and part somewhat changed.

      The video is extraordinary, both in the music and the visuals. Thank you for this journey.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh, I see now, Coliin! A slang meaning hadn't occurred to me! Well, I wasn't insulted anyway. 'Righteous' was never a bad appellation, just a tad too pious, often implying a bit of self-righteousness, which isn't so good, - like "holier than thou". Ugh.

      Now I see, though - the hip-hop use is totally another thing. If I'd known about it. . . You're a darling for applying it to me. Thank you!

      (Wonder what they'd make of one of righteousness' synonyms, 'rectitude'. hahaha! I don't even want to think about it, though it could be very amusing!)

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Eddy, dear lady - thank you. That's one of my favorite poems I've written. It's so true when we but notice the abundance around us. Thank you for the votes and shares - but especially for your visit here! Hugs!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Leslie! wow - such a wonderful comment. Yes, we all do seek our own self-definition. Without it, we are drifting on a mist. It must come from within, but I'm convinced that it is love which directs it. Knowing one is loved, then loving oneself enables us to love others. Too scarse in today's world, perhaps. But every demonstration of it improves the scenario.

      Thank you! And you have a wonderful weekend, too! I'm relaxing on a sunny, chilly day.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Alan, my dear friend! - You write such marvelous comments. Makes me aware that you perceive what I am trying to say, and even more beautifully. Thank you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Alexandra - yes - possibilities must be kept alive! If the good folks lose faith - what then? But there are so many lovely metaphors in life to support our faith in them, if we but look with SEEing eyes. The term 'seer' fascinates me - one who sees with both actual and spiritual eyes into the fog of reality at times.

      Isn't that video incredible? It was exactly what this collection needed. Thank you for noticing.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      "My tide comes in with you"--what a wonderful line--I loved how you explored possibilities here--how one thing can define another--or not---Beautiful work my dear! Happy New Year to you!

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      Darrylmdavis 4 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

      An enjoyable read. Thank you for sharing. :-)

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, Audrey! Yes, the correlations between images are amazing, some more so than others! Things of the sea always suggest other life things to me. (sorry about the delay with reply - I wrote it right away but am having problem with getting my comments to post!) I've had to try this over and over to get it to post. I'm about ready to buy a new computer! ;-]

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Darryl - thank you! I checked your hubsite and am eager to explore! It would be like a guided tour through places in Europe I'd love to actually visit! I've been only so far as England and the coast of France.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. I love the sea. This made me think of the sea shining in the sun, gulls flying and a lighthouse somewhere in the distance. Just lovely. Passing this on.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Hi, Rasma! Thank you so much. I love those sea-related images you mention! I admit I am a 'landlubber' but images of seascapes thrill me. It pleases me when it reminds you of those lovely scenes! Hugs.

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      Vincent Moore 4 years ago

      This piece floats through the sea of ebbs and tides, your sea horses move with the tides. I love the ocean, the beaches and the sand under my feet and toes. I felt swept away with the salty air to your magical enchanting shoreline my poet, my tide comes in with you, exquisite. Bravo, voted up and shared. Hugs

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Ken! You're as good as your word! You've come to visit my latest hubs - and with delightful comments! Thank you!

      I love the sea for imagery and metaphor, though I'm truly virtually unknown to it. Doesn't matter - it's still full of lovely pictures and sensory feelings. One day I'll experience it all. Hugs!

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      Martie Coetser 2 months ago from South Africa

      Dear Nellieanna, your work is evergreen. I enjoyed reading this as much as the first time 4 years ago, if not more :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 2 months ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, dear Martie! I sort of enjoy re-reading them too. As I've mentioned, much of the poetry I wrote durning my most prolific time was only written for me to re-read to remind myself that I was "still in here".

      Hugs!

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