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nellieanna @ age 50
nellieanna @ age 50

The talisman I wear

Is naked love for life,



Blended into

A haven here of





Ever expanding,

Never demanding

Love of life,

Is this talisman

I wear.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Musique - by Gustav Klimt
Musique - by Gustav Klimt


Oh! Needing not

To plunder my piano,

Nor rape, not ravish

Any thing, -

I caress the keys

And their music

Comes forth

Which I

Create not,

But merely share

What’s there.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Do you believe in rainbows?

I do!

It's not fantasy

Nor logic,

Nor science

Nor art,

Nor chance

Convincing me.

All things simply come together

In natural perception

And crystallize in natural belief.

There is no discipline nor magic

Which reassures me.

There is simply

Life itself


Posing as life-studies,

Dead specimens teach nothing of life

Nor can pompous rituals

Ensure it everlastingly.

It is known only

As it is experienced

In the moment it exists

In the living,

The Eternal Now.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Delos - by Gustav Klimt
Delos - by Gustav Klimt

♥The polka-dot elf

I keep on the shelf

Is Cupid's second cousin

By marriage.

Elves aren't much for

Laces and flowers

For love letters like ours

And being oneself.

But if you forget

To kiss me each day

Or love me the way

That you should,

He'll tickle your ribs

And blow in your ear,

And muss up your hair!

So watch it, my dear

And be good!

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Expectation  by Gustav Klimt
Expectation by Gustav Klimt

It seems the Earth is waiting.

Return is simpler than supposed.

The complexity is in the leaving.

The circle turns before she knows.

_____© Nellieanna H. Hay

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    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Deborah, I'm honored that you were told I write poetry and that it's considered good, and especially that you agree! To date, 124 of my 187 hubs are either all poetry or contain quite a bit of it. So there's no dearth of it! I am so pleased that you love it and want to read more of it!

      Thank you!!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I was told you are a wonderful poet and reading this one I have to totally agree that you are and I have fallen in love with your poetry I have to read more.

      Many Blessings


    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Nell - Thank you, kind and bright lady But I don't feel I'm too clever. If anything, I guess I am somewhat aware - and I can thank one friend, Freda, for helping me just learn to stop analyzing everything to pieces and to be simply aware of it. It's hard to explain - but that's surely why it took me half my life to catch on and she had to approach the task with so few words to get me to slow down! LOL

      I wrote a hub about her early on. I'll have to check to remember what I titled it. lol. Oh - yes - It's called "The Courage To Be."

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, thank you for such a lovely collection of prose, I read each one twice to make sure I understand, and then when I do I can't believe how clever you are! lol lovely. thanks nell

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh, my, Melinda - those are such lovely compliments from a lovely person such as YOU! Thank you with all my heart.

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      8 years ago

      What can I say? They are all beautiful for how can something not beautiful come out of someone like you?

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, Micky!! You're a dear!

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Beautifully written and displayed! Caress those keys!

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      hello, hello - Thank YOU. Your words are heart warming. I'm so pleased that you like the poems and pictures. Hugs.

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you very much for your awesome poems. There is so much warmth and depth in it and pictures I have a job to take my eyes off them. Thank you again for giving so much pleasure.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Kirutaye - THANK you, beautiful person! Those who have followed my poetry are aware that most of it IS very brief and to the point. Out of hundreds and hundreds of poems I've written over many years, naturally there are some longer ones. But I confess I prefer the brief ones myself and I always feel they've fully expressed whatever inspired them. That's why they are short, they're complete enough. My prose seems endlessly lengthy - lol- so I appreciate my ability to express myself briefly in poetry. Originally it was ALL written for my own self-expression and as a reminder to me of who I am. Maybe that is typical of most poets. I couldn't know - but I didn't share mine all these years except very very rarely with only a few poems for only a few people. This hub experience is quite a "debut" for them.

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      8 years ago from London, UK

      Nellieanna, you write such beautiful poetry. My favourite though is short and to the point.


      Brings us to our knees

      That we might

      Truly stand

      Just Beautiful. Thank you for sharing. :o))

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Sa`ge, dear friend, Thank you!! You're such a marvelous person. Such flattering and lovely words. I'm proud that you enjoy my work!

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      8 years ago from Barefoot Island

      such sweet words with pictures real and to be dreamed on. Thank you sweet Lady, no bitter and sweeter pen doth exist. Such lovely works I do enjoy. Happy New Year! :D hugs :D

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Ken - btw - I know an online gal from Vancouver who loves red so much she bought herself a FULL-LENGTH RED MINK COAT! Can you even believe it? Red. Scarlet red, not burnished or muted. At least she'll be safe from animal rightists with red spray paint!

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Yes - you do know. And you've integrated it all well, it seems to me, Ken.

      Ah. I like the specks on your nose too. Didn't mention them because I was not positive I saw them, the picture is so small.

      Yes - it is a little white mink jacket. I bought it for myself when I was working in the 1970s. Then I was given a little white mink hat to go with it, and it was one of the outfits I wore in that formal photo session when I was almost 50. I ordered only two of the formal pictures, one in the blue velvet dress with the rhinestone Cleopatra necklace and one in the mink jacket & hat.

      But they gave me all the proofs, which were like real photos, so I had the entire bunch, except for a few I gave my kids.

      I hadn't worn the little jacket or hat for YEARS. For many years I was paying to have it stored every summer and then not wearing in the winter, sometimes because it wasn't really cold enough, then because I never went places where it was fitting (the ranch wouldn't be, though once I wore it with jeans and red leather and python cowgirl boots to a Christmas party) - Then the big negative about wearing animal skins got to me, though most of the protesters wore leather shoes and carried leather bags. Guess they thought the animals were shorn of skin like they are of wool! Anyway - not too long ago I was looking for some different things to wear for snapping photos with my digital camera or webcam for webpages & profile pix so got it out for that little picture for a Christmas theme. The little cardinal is really digitally added, by the way. hehe.

      I am appalled when hunters in my ranch country kill a deer, cut off the best meat - the backstrap - and leave the rest of the animal for the buzzards. I'm not very happy about hunting out there, but insist that the harvest be highly controlled & used for human nourishment as completely as cows and pigs from the store are. Poachers by their nature have no respect for the animals or for the land or landowners. We've found the deer abandoned lying on the ground with the backstrap & rack removed. I've NO respect for such people.

      I haven't really worn the mink out and about in decades. Have a pearl gray leather coat with a grey fox collar I don't wear either. Once bought George a lovely shearling jacket but Dallas was just not cold enough for him to wear it. I gave it to his son in Colorado after his Dad passed away. I wouldn't buy another fur, to be honest. Have a cute little white jacket made of self-fur-lined man-made fabric which I adore - with my furry white earmuffs and Ozzie shearling boots, I am warm and cozy. Just waiting for more cold weather to enjoy them, though I'm wearing my old Ozzie boots right now inside. I keep the temperature pretty cool here in the winter both for health-sake and utility savings. Besides, coolness preserves - and I can benefit from that! LOL. Thanks for the nice compliment!

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      8 years ago

      Yes Nellieanna I know about it:0) Been down those mean streets of life and survived.. Now watch yourself as Santa is watching to see if your naughty or nice, he put his specks a little further down his nose to see you better, he he.

      BTW I like that new peek-a-boo avatar you put up,is that a white mink you have on? if so be careful for those animal activists, they have a habit of throwing red paint on white. YIKES..could you imagine, but I understand their protesting as man has carelessly taken to much of what he shouldn't and in many cases leaving most of the animal to waste, like the taking of fins for fin soup and killing the shark and tossing the rest into the ocean.

      However I think what you may have on is a sweater? hmmmm regardless your cute...he he

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      What a good looking Santa. hehe. I hope it will be understood if I post my old poem:

      You could be

      My Santa Claus

      And pause

      Some evening

      From your holiday

      To make my

      Wish come true.

      ______© Nellieanna H. Hay

      Wink, wink. LOL

      Let's see - I was replying to your comments, if I can get myself pulled together. You just distracted me with that perky red cap!

      Lovely comments these are, too! Yes absolutely. We see what we see sparkling with rainbows and dewdrops but again, with darkness and grunge. It's a matter of being true to the scene and authentically ourselves observing it. Like every human being walking around, we are dynamic processes as we move through the moments of life. The more we move up the pyramid toward the pinnacle of self-actualization, surprisingly the more we are able to observe and participate simultaneously without losing our SELVES in any of it, rainbows or grunge. It's sort of hard to explain but I'm sure you know about it.

    • saddlerider1 profile image


      8 years ago

      You paint your poetry with a magical brush and raise all poets souls to heights of gladness. All of these are of course excellent works of art along with the additions of magnificent pictures to compliment your words. You mesmerize us and lift with every word, a talented poet you are my dear.

      Thank you for sharing the way you do, we poets adore you and are fortunate to have your poems caress us with joy. I especially loved your Poet poem and the start of the poem with this verse.

      "Within the poet's eyes

      The Earth comes more alive

      Or deader."

      Isn't this the truth? for we move with the tides of emotions and will express life with vigor from a pen flowing with rainbow colors or dark as sludge from the bowels of a sewer. Also especially loved this one to..


      Brings us to our knees

      That we might

      Truly stand."

      Thank you for these wonderful poems, you make my day every time I come to read and soak up your every word. Big hugs to you...

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      That gave me a giggle & a warm glow, Tony. In several ways. Thank you! I need to paint some more. I have a few more I haven't used but never enough. So everyone gets a rest from my same old style.

      I'm trying t play the piano at least a little every day. I don't know where this idea of free time in one's later years comes from. I've never had any surplus time and always have to either strongly prioritize or just plunge in to doing what is "next" or what has consumed me (like HubPages) and then had to cram in all the "tiresome details of living" somehow. As for creative projects, I only wish I could do them all at one time. Fortunately, whichever I'm doing gets my undivided attention, even the "tooly" tiresome details. Once I'm into a thing, I'm in it all the way. So when I paint -I'll be really into it.

      Thanks for that word of encouragement! Glad you enjoy my work~!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, Nikki! So good to see you! I've missed you!! Hope all is well with you! Hugs!

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      Nikki Wicked 

      8 years ago from Louisiana

      beautiful and full of knowledge!

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      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      So beautiful, Nellieanna, so very beautiful! Reading these poems is like getting a glimpse of a lovely garden, a place of both energy and repose. I will be very careful not to cross the polka-dot elf!

      Love and peace


      PS I like the Klimt paintings but prefer yours!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Martie, Thank you so much, dear heart! Actually I was nearly 50 when that picture was taken. It was the last time (and one of the few times since I was grown) that I had formal studio portraits taken. They had me bring several different things to wear for the session. In this, I'm wearing the lovely cameo George gave me before we were married. (I added the butterflies later for one of my webpages).

      Those verses you mention are in behalf of all writers as we attempt to probe and understand our world and our universe and to communication with each other about what we perceive. You're very deep to pick up on that. I'm humbled by your kind praises.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Pamela, wow! I'm really amazed that you felt it worth re-reading! I guess in a way everyone is a poet with eyes which interpret what we see. It's just that poets record it more frequently. And of course, we believe what we perceive & in the way we conceive it, don't we, - as in he rainbow one - ? We feel it, therefore we know it. I notice that about myself quite often.

      When I was learning to sell, it was emphasized that people buy with our emotions and then justify it with our logic. Sometimes I think it's the way we accept most things we accept as being worthy. First, we feel good about them & THEN we think of their functionality.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Laurie - Thanks for those lovely words and appreciation. I love it that you keyed in to the Poet one.

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      You were beautiful, Nellieanna, and still are. I can see the depth of your soul in your eyes... those deep thoughts of yours.... :) I am so in awe of you! All these poems of yours are once again, like all the others, filled with the wisdom of a woman who were and still are able to see beyond the boundaries of normal vision. This verse of yours touched me a bit harder as the rest: “Have we no right to use our words / Transmitting inner mirrors / Of the soul among ourselves? / Is not this human life / A force among the Forces / To be reckoned with?

      Take care, dear Lady - We all love and admire you!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Nellieanna, so beautiful, The poems are wonderful and inspirational. I love the one about rainbows and the one about the poets eyes. I've read it 4 times already. It is beautiful.

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      8 years ago

      Dear Lady! I must say that your words always bring a delight to my heart and a song to my soul. My favorite tho this time is, "The Poet", the words ring so true, that it is all what we see with our poet's eyes! Turning them into our prose, our own words that etch upon our pages.

      Blessings and hugs,


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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      drbj - oh my! I'm trulyy honored! Thank you. Your description is thrilling! Hugs. (

      (Every time I type your profile name, this Mac hurries to fix it and to spell it "derby". LOL. I just expect it and go change it back! LOL. I've tried to do it in such a way it will allow it on the first try, but it hasn't learned yet! haha. I may have to do like someone I heard of who changed the spelling of everything in his spell check to agree with his spelling of the words. That way - no errors! )

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      christopheranton - I'm pleased that you enjoyed them! Thank you so much! Those Gustav Klimt paintings are certainly wonderful, for sure. I had just one of his in my file and went to try to find the painting's name and came across a treasure trove of others. They seem to lend themselves well to the verses.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Lisapreston - thank YOU for those gracious words. You can see by some of the dates on them that they were distilled from living for awhile. I'm thankful to be still living and thriving! :-) And I'm very thankful for good folks like you.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Ah, yes, Alexandra. They do spin as well as expand in endless concentric circles. Emily Dickinson said her business was "Circumference". Curious, isn't it?

      I love your metaphor of a multi-paned window on a winter day through which your mind's eye sees and draws the garden in bloom. My few blooming things are not blooming (barely did, in fact) by my neighbor's profuse flowers around the base of his big old oak trees are still hanging in and so cheery. But our temperature has flirted with freezing and soon he'll have them taken up to be replanted next year.

      And I treasure that you treasure my humble words and see these qualities in them!! Thank you!

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      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      Inspiring - creative - memorable - beautiful. Am I describing your lovely poetry? Absolutely? Am I describing your lovely self? Of course! :)

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      Christopher Antony Meade 

      8 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      Thank you for a lovely collection Nellieanna, and some beautiful pictures.

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      8 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      All of the poems are beautiful and have such simple AND deep meaning. I have so much to meditate upon after reading these. what a woman you are indeed. Thank you so much.

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      8 years ago

      "The circle turns before she knows." The last poem really spoke to me. Sometimes, in retrospect, the circles seem to spin so fast it's a wonder we weren't thrown from the ride. This poetry reminds me of looking through a multi-paned window on a winter day, and drawing the garden as it appeared in full bloom. Each stroke a memory, each colour an emotion, and each moment an opportunity for a lens adjustment, if desired. There is beauty, truth and clarity in your words and I treasure them. Thank you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      I think I understand that, MA. Most of us know better than to think we can remove from everyday life and behavior. You are right that in being conscious of dreams or ideals, it gives us the responsibility to put them into our waking lives. At any rate it is refreshing at times to back off from the nitty-gritty and enjoy a broader, higher view. One returns more clear-eyed and enthusiastic. Thanks for your always thoughtful comments!

      (Speaking of real life-I'm off to the dentist's & other "tiresome details of living errands! ;-) Hope your day is bright and your dreams are pleasant.

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      Mentalist acer 

      8 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      I find pomposity in grandiose opinion of ritual,when thought of as a way to remove one from common behavior...the more one is conscious of dreams the responsible they are to share and act upon them;)

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      No,no - Girls may do that - but real women don't. :-)

      Glad you love it, anyway!

      Thank you for being the hub's first visitor and a sweet comment for it!

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      8 years ago

      "Love brings us to our knees so that we might truely stand" I love this and I love rainbows too. But must you girls always kick us in the shins! Great writing.


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