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Shafts of Sunlight

Updated on February 9, 2017


Metal sculpture by Lygia Pape
Metal sculpture by Lygia Pape
'KANHA DAWN' photo by Sarath C R
'KANHA DAWN' photo by Sarath C R

Harvest is at hand

As sun

Begins to dawn upon

The brightness

Of the day.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Wish me rainbows

In the desert

Daisies in the snow,

Sunshine every midnight

Serenity on the freeway

And to never let you go.

Then I'll know the miracle

That wishing makes

It so.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

'GOOD MORNING, KANHA'  photograph by Kiran KK
'GOOD MORNING, KANHA' photograph by Kiran KK

I guess I found you

The way the sunshine finds its path.

I guess I needed you

The way horizon

Needs the sky.

That day you walked

Into my world

You knew the way

As though

You were in orbit here.

It was our time.

We came once more

Into circumference.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

"Anticipation' by Sameer R Rao
"Anticipation' by Sameer R Rao

Sweet stirring
Of the heart
From a dreamless sleep,
To view
The morning dawn.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

The dawn

Declares itself the day


The sun arises.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

The circle

Comes full circle

Upon its other face.

Its race

Is infinite,

But never quite

The same each time.

It seems to move around

To settle on the commonplace.

Isn't that the wonderment of it?

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

The center always reaches

Its circumference

Without a stretch.

This tiny perfect circle


The universe.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Alexander Creswel
Alexander Creswel

Cluster close to center,

Hover near your source

Of life

For strength and beauty.

Remain yourself,

Growing - glowing

From within.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Photograph by Andy Bernard
Photograph by Andy Bernard | Source

Life is all

That happens

In between


To think about it.

_____© Nellieanna H. Hay

Fondly live it all,

Begrudging not

The tumble

To the top.

My panic

Has run out.

I can feel distress

But only in its moment.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Il Volo

Introducing this group of Italian teenagers Piero Barone (17), Ignazio Boschetto (16) and Gianluca Ginoble (16); aka Il Volo.

These talented young tenors have amazed and delighted since their debut.

According to Wikipedia: "The three pop-opera singers started their career in 2009, when they met on the second edition of the Italian RAI TV music competition show Ti lascio una canzone, held in Sanremo. On May 2, 2009, Gianluca Ginoble won the competition, singing Andrea Bocelli's "Il mare calmo deli sera". During the competition, the 3 singers were chosen to perform as a trio the Neapolitan evergreen "O Solo Mio'. After the competition, they continued to perform together under the names The Tryo, Il Trio, and finally Il Volo."

I happened to catch them on the 'Today Show' singing "Smile" and was simply enchanted. "Smile" happened to be the very first long-playing high-fidelity vinyl record I ever had, given to me in 1954. It was an instrumental but I loved the message of the lyrics. How lovely to hear it sung so beautifully by these youngsters.

I just had to feature them on a hub. What more fitting accompaniment for a hub about shafts of sunlight? Their voices and presence radiate, the epitome of musical enlightenment. I doubt if they have a poorly presented number. Hope you enjoy discovering them as much as I did and do.

The dawn is yawning

On the hill.

The still of night is gone.

Upon the breeze a bird is heard

Whistling for its young.

We've sung a song of spring before,

In clear and brilliant song

And long we've known the magic,

Tragic lift of change.

Yet now!

This time!

It's freer, better

Than the other years.

We've lived through

Joy and anguish.

We found each moment full.

Each moment brings

Its needs, fulfillments.

The moment that is


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

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      Nellieanna Hay 16 months ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, Martie! Aren't those young musicians wonderful! (You did post a comment 4 years ago! ) Thank you for both!!

      Hugs to you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 16 months ago from TEXAS

      Thank you so much, Nell! I like that one, too. I remember vividly when I wrote it. In fact, my poems were written to capture real thoughts and feelings so I could remember them. Hugs.

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      Martie Coetser 16 months ago from South Africa

      Beautiful, uplifting, evergreen poems!

      Il Volo is truly the favorite of my favorites!

      Thanks for sharing this again, Nellieanna. I have no idea why I have missed these beautiful shafts of sunlight 4 years ago?!?

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      Nell Rose 16 months ago from England

      Absolutely beautiful Nellieanna! love this:

      Life is all

      That happens

      In between


      To think about it.

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      Nellieanna Hay 16 months ago from TEXAS

      Thank you and best of luck.

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      shanmarie 16 months ago

      I hope you are well. I hadn't read anything of yours in quite some time, but I do so admire your poetry. So I thought I'd find a hub I hadn't read yet. These are all a collection of beautiful thoughts. Perhaps the one I most relate to right now is the one about feeling anguish only in its moment. I learned to do that somewhat and then forgot again for awhile. I think I figured it out again, though, and possibly how to hang onto it this time. Lots of soul searching for understanding things about myself I once thought I understood, but it wasn't enough. So that one and this one:

      Cluster close to center,

      Hover near your source

      Of life

      For strength and beauty.

      Remain yourself,

      Growing - glowing

      From within.

      ______© Nellieanna H. Hay

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Sid - thank you for visiting my hub and for your lovely comment. Beautiful couplet.

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      Sid Kemp 5 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      The sun shines at midnight

      in the circle of each other

      Many thanks,


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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      oh, Mike - your opinion carries great weight with me. Thank you, first for coming here, and most for a gracious comment which only you could have formulated and given!

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      mckbirdbks 6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Nellieanna, this is a departure for you, you have elevated your work to new heights, which I did not think possible.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear SanneL - Thank you once more! I appreciate your visit and leaving such a lovely comment!

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      SanneL 6 years ago from Sweden

      Ahhh. . . . yes, the beauty continues even in this delightful hub. . . Thank you for your exquisite work.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Dallas - ah - thank you. It touched me deeply. So good to see the liveliness prevailing in his and his lovely new partner's lives together, too. It was impressive that he and the family chose celebration instead of darkness of a wake for Audrey's funeral, too.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Martie - YES - that music is just heavenly AND erogenous - as well as appealing in all ways - probably what defines what is erogenous, right?

      Thank you so fully for visiting and leaving me such encouragement. Love you, dear cyber daughter!

      Hugs, Nellieanna

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      Dallas W Thompson 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Glad you appreciated and understand... Only someone with your personal knowledge and experience would truly know and be aware and alert...

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      Oh, I shamelessly admit I am having multiple emotional orgasms in here. Phewwww, what a fantastic group of teenagers. Their parents must feel like bursting with pride. In particular I love 'O Sole Mio'. What a song.

      Listening to it while reading your delighting poems and seeing all the beautiful pictures in here, made me feel I was in heaven, Nellieanna. Overwhelming beautiful!

      It is such a privilege to know you and to have the opportunity to read you.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Dallas, this account by Brian Scovell has great impact. I'd not heard of him before reading your comments here, but they led me to go track down more about him and there was the complete account. Most interesting. I appreciate your taking time to relate most of the story and introduce me to it.

      It's funny, but I just take for granted that George is frequently helping me out and having influence in my life. It's a little difficult to describe adequately. But it seems so natural! There are a few 'signs', and a physical 'all-over' sensation which I feel indicates his presence, along with many other sensory responses. I think "thank you" and "I love you" quite frequently.

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      Dallas W Thompson 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA


      Your comments about love beyond death reminded me of this article. It was written by BRIAN SCOVELL.

      My darling wife led me to new love from beyond the grave

      When Brian's wife died, he thought he'd never recover. Then extraordinary things started to happen...

      If someone told me that would happen after Audrey’s death, I would never have believed them. She was my life — we had spent 37 very happy years together, so happy I thought they could never be replicated.

      As Audrey took her last breath, I was able to remind her of the love she passed on to so many people and the way she inspired others, including me.

      The last words I said to her were: ‘You will be swept to the highest peaks of Heaven by a tide of love,’ and I watched a single tear roll down her cheek. Her body was heaving and as I finished speaking, her heartbeat stopped. I feared I would die too — of a broken heart.

      There were so many visitations — a plethora of little signs and coincidences that uplifted me — that I decided to write about them in the Mail. On the morning my piece was published I came downstairs to collect the newspapers.

      She wrote: 'Please don’t feel you have to answer this, but in your darkest moments you can always call me. I’ll understand. I’ve been there.'

      In a vase in the hall were four stems of oriental lilies which I love because they were a recurrent subject in Audrey’s etchings. That day they had collapsed, like cranes dipping their arms when a ship is ceremonially launched and everyone is celebrating. ‘Audrey liked the article,’ I thought.

      My words struck a chord, too, with many women readers. Lots of them wrote to Femail ­— and one wrote to my home address. Her name was Gill and she told me her husband had died in 1997 of ­cancer at the age of 57.

      She wrote: ‘Please don’t feel you have to answer this, but in your darkest moments you can always call me, or meet for a chat. I’ll understand. I’ve been there.’

      I rang her immediately and she invited me for tea. When I arrived, she opened the door of her pretty cottage and laughed. ‘I was expecting a bowed old man,’ she said.

      ‘I was expecting an old woman in her dotage,’ I replied and laughed too. She took out her best china cups and made me one of the nicest cups of tea I’ve ever drunk.

      Since then I have discovered there are striking parallels between Gill and Audrey — and that convinces me it was Audrey who singled Gill out to be my new companion.

      Both women were born in the same week in June 1942. Audrey was an artist and one of six sisters. Gill also has five sisters. Three of them are artists, too. And Gill’s home is just 300 meters from my wife’s grave. This proximity, I’m sure, is significant.

      We agree Audrey has been responsible for our meeting. Gill is a vivacious, very attractive blonde who gets on well with everyone.

      Can she really be? Nobody can say absolutely of course. But every time Audrey makes her presence felt — and indeed each time I say a prayer of thanks for Gill — I’m convinced if you’ve loved someone passionately enough they will never leave you.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      DRBJ - Thank you, dear lady! Again, I realize that my introduction to these fantastic young tenors is 'come-lately' & that many of my hub friends would already know them! But the mention & praise are not wasted, I think!

      hahaha! I did wonder if & who would notice that analogy among the company of the others. Every time I re-read it, I've had to smile at its unlikelihood! For sure, our freeways & expressways are torturous. Though I've always been fearless about them, more & more, I find myself seeking alternate routes under a guise of looking for more 'picturesque routes'.

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      So many amazing things on this hub, Nellieanna. That metal sculpture at the beginning is fantastic and I have already discovered Il Volo - their voices are enchanting. Your photos are perfect and your poetry, as always, outstanding. Just one thing, m'dear, if your freeway/expressway is anything like mine, you will sooner find 'sunshine at midnight' than 'serenity on the freeway.' Love the ingenious analogy. Hope all is well with you.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh, yes, dear Ken. Those boys' voices are just radiating with light. And the songs are great. As I mentioned, "Smile" has history for me and they embellish it by just being and singing it.

      I love your comparing shafts of sunlight to a rainbow, having a beginning & end and being a gift and a part of our wondrous creation. As often happens on this plane of being, both are results of natural occurrences and natural byproducts of their processes. To me, that is the wonder of creation - and something of a lesson for each of us in our own lives. I'm smiling, thinking about that. Your comment that smiling is contagious and needed in this brief journey here on earth we each are taking is so fitting.

      Thank you for your delightful visit and comments!

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      Vincent Moore 6 years ago

      These Italian boys singing Smile made me smile as well. They bring to your hub a radiance, uplifting feeling of immense color. I have always felt that a shaft of light is akin to the rainbow, they both have a beginning and end sent from our creator.

      Symbolic in so many ways to new beginnings, a fresh start with the shaft of light and all the colors of the rainbow to compliment. Smiling is contagious, we need more of it in our short lives. Thank you my friend for placing one there for me. Hugs

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Marie - what a delight to see you here! Thank you for the visit and lovely comments - and votes, of course. Hope all is going well for you!

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      VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Nellianna, As usual you have graced my moment with the beauty of your words and the images. Listened to the Italian group, wow, what talent!

      Voted up and beautiful!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      CloudExplorer - thank you. Those are very gratifying comments you've made! I'm pleased that you like my work here.

      I'm impressed with your profile, too. I must delve into your hubs! As you may notice, my late husband was in the Navy in WWII. (On my profile page, I've referenced & linked pages on my personal website about his experience.)

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Ian, dear friend! Thank you. Snakes did say some lovely things! I just knew you'd enjoy Il Volo. Their presentation is just so delightful, with each of them so unique, even to the 'tenor' of their tenors, each so his own.

      hehe - yes, that little verse is similar to another one:

      Some have missed the picnic,

      Waiting for the ants.

      I guess they are very Nellieanna. hehe

      Thank you and Snakeslane both!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      KimberyLake - I'm pleased to see you here and I notice we've both been on HP for 2 years. How about that! Thank you for the lovely comment and the vote up!

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      Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

      Just loving all the circular poetry here, life comes full circle indeed, and this hub has been written and formatted to perfection. Outstanding job, hope it earns you the hub of the day, and might even be the poem of the century.

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

      Nellieanna, my friend, I am seldom at a loss for words, but I am afraid that snakeslane has said it better than I ever could have said it.

      I have seldom enjoyed a hub so much. Your magnificent words and images, your excellent choice of music. My goodness, those boys simply filled my heart, but before I go, feeling very emotional, may I just say that the following is so perfect, so funny, so deep, so you.

      "Life is all

      That happens

      In between


      To think about it."

      Thank you, Nellieanna, and thank you, Snakeslane.

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      Kimberly Lake 6 years ago from California

      I love your beautiful poems. Voted up and shared.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Dallas -- yes - there is much warmth in this collection of feelings and images. Very cozy, as is aware and alert LIFE in the moments! My special someone would have loved it. He's still always nearby cheering me on, whatever I'm into.

      Thank you for your cheering me on,too! You are much appreciated! Hugs.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, snakeslane! Isn't that first image amazing? I was thrilled to discover imagery which expresses the rathe everyday theme without being too commonplace.

      The artist is/was Brazilian and has done many of those fascinating works. Here's a great review after a showing in London: "Using hundreds of golden threads Pape constructs 3D shimmering pillars, descending/ascending from ceiling to floor like beams of light that illuminate the pitch blackness of the installation room; disorientating, the piece suspends the viewer in abstract, weightless space, immersing them in what looks to be some cataclysmic cosmic event – the moment of creation perhaps, in which the fabric/web of reality and time is in the process of being pulled together from out of nothingness. And all achieved with a wire, hammer and nails: Photoshop eat your heart out." ___By Thomas Keene in "Artlyst", LONDON

      Then the photos from India with magnificent shafts of the real thing wafting through mystic jungle and splashing onto the flora and fauna on the forest floor just thrill me.

      And Il Volo - blew me away. I realized that many of my friends probably already knew of them, since they've been performing internationally since 2009. They said on the Today Show that they are now 18 and 17. Your description of them is right on!

      Most of the eras of my poetic life include both joy and challenge, so it's likely that some of each will show up. I believe in the NOW, as you problaby know, and am convinced that allowing all one's true emotions their moments is healthy. What is less healthy is to cling to those which have finished so that newer, more NOW ones can't get a toe in the door. I think of each day as a brand-new now to be lived. If there is anything more beneficial, I'm not sure it exists, though the spirit of it surely must.

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      Dallas W Thompson 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Ahhh! You create that warm fuzzy feelings of a warm fire place with your special someone nearby... The sharing process is complete!

      Your creativity genius is appreciated.

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      Verlie Burroughs 6 years ago from Canada

      Nellieanna this is so beautiful! Your words and the images together are like a gentle prayer rising with the dawn. The opening image is magnificent. I love the photos of the shafts of sunlight. These poems are now my favorite of yours. They have such a 'nowness' about them. They really touch my heart, thank you for sharing your amazing view of the world, your words are like a balm for the weary soul. (I hate to sound cliche, but that is the truth.) I love Il Vovo, discovered them awhile back and was so taken I emailed songs to all my friends, their talent, youth and energy is so refreshing, and fit perfectly with the mood you've created. Regards, snakeslane


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