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The Luxury of Touching

Updated on October 26, 2013

XXXVI.

The Sense of Touch

The senses are among the greatest luxuries of being alive! Each sense is wonderful but that of touch is extra so. Whether touching a menu whose pages have the feel of luxurious suede, snuggling into a cozy blanket, stroking a fuzzy pet or petals of a waxy flower - or caressing the smooth skin of one's love, - touching gives experience a dimension reserved for nothing else! Fingertips are the organs of first touch, but every living surface possesses this sense.

Bear in mind that to experience pleasant senses, some less pleasurable are necessary for life.

Luxury Touch

From you I learn

     To sip

         And savour,

             Let the flavour

                    Slip

                         And

                             Slide

                                    Itself

Around

And down

The passageways

Inside, ~

Refining

Sense

Perception


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


He Touched Me

This sensitivity

We share

Surpasses any

Gone before.

Touches strings

With melodies

Reserved for

Precious few!

        You!


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


I feel alive
With you,
All over,
Through and through,
Everywhere. 

I feel aware
Of everything,
Of spring
And air
And - green. 

The rush of time,
And being -
Seeing flowers
And clouds
Within these precious hours
We share. 

Our thoughts,
Are stirred,
Yet, unheard, -
Speak volumes,
Breathe life, unseen. 

I am alive for you,
      my love.



______© Nellieanna H. Hay




I await

Your

Naked soul



______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Touching lightly

Do not linger.

Let the fingers

Dwell but briefly.

Think it, feel it

Commit to memory

So it never

Disappears.


           ______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Strolling vertically,

Red-headed woodpecker

Samples treasures

From the bark,

And tests for

Ideal wood.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Desensitize me not.

I want to feel it all.

Joyous bliss, 

Anguished pain -

For LIFE is ALL of this.

Fulfillment, disappointment,

The tides and ebbs of being.

The days, the nights,

The spring, the fall, 

Shades and lights of seeing.

I'm cheated not

By living life,

Prevent it not -

It's giving life! 

And I am here to live it. 


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



At times

Like a rubber glove

Wrong-side-out.

All the inside feeling

On the outside,

Vulnerable.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay







   But then. . .

I melt into you,

Unselfconscious

But for the joy

              Of it,

Touched deeply,

Naturally connecting ~

As though always, all ways.


© Nellieanna H. Hay


Realms of wonder

Surpassing fantasy,

Lovely landscapes

Of the soul.

Blossoms of the mind

Perfume the pages

Of the heart

Disclosing secrets

Of the self.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, Your Cousins! Since we hadn't met before, t just took a side trip to your hub site and visited your family reunion. I must say, I'm impressed with all that talent!

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      Your Cousins 3 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Your poetry is very far reaching and very touching, especially the one about inside out ... being vulnerable. Voted Up!

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Audrey, yes - touching is both a natural response (or not) in people, as well as being an infectious one if someone reaches out with a warm, friendly touch or hug. I love hugs. There are occasions when I may ask for a hug, though, of course, it’s all the more enjoyable when it is mutually spontaneous.

      I’ve so missed by beloved George’s hugs and tender touches since his passing five years ago. We had (and I still do have) a friend who is a professional massage therapist who often reaches out for someone’s shoulder and gives it a wee massage upon greeting the person!

      I’m so very pleased you enjoyed my 'touching' hub. As you can tell by the dates ‘ago’ for the prior comments, it’s an earlier one. When I ran across it myself yesterday, I decided to feature it under my profile, because I enjoy it, too. Thank you so much for discovering and reading it too! Hugs!

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      Audrey Selig 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      A hub on the power of touch can move people to grasp the hand of the person next to him. If a person is not a toucher, he needs to read the narrative and poems in this article, Nellieanna. If a person is not a toucher, I believe in asking for a hug. My husband is not a hugger, so I ask for hugs many times during the day. All these entries have to do with touch, even the woodpecker and the bark. The artwork adds so much to the power of touch, making the hub more powerful and vivid. You have outdone yourself. Your hubs make my day. Shared and pinned. Hugs, Audrey

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      You've got it, Dallas! Lovely! - Thank you!

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      Dallas W Thompson 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Your "sense of touch" transcends the physical aspects... Your "essence" sooths, excites and motivates us... To share and to create and to be all we can be.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      ahorseback - I empathize. There are so many whose writing I want to read, and some of it is in lengthy book form, too! I also love to follow up on comments given to my hubs, as well as good replies to mine on others' hubs. It's challenging - and a very gratifying challenge - but a challenge, nonetheless! I am never "caught up". But the important thing is to be reading and writing what is possible and worthwhile and to try to not spend time fretting about what is not possible even though worthwhile. One must just do what one can - and savor the quality, even if the quantity cannot be fully sampled all the time! Glad for the visits from you I'm enjoying and hope you get back when you can! Thank you for the lovely compliment!

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      ahorseback 6 years ago

      I don't know how I will catch up with all the hub page writers , and somehow I've missed so much of yours. YOU! are the poet. Stay well my dear.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Habee ~ I am thrilled and honored that you like it. Thank you!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Beautiful! Your imagery is palpable!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, hello - such a wonderful compliment! I can only say, I just sort of 'feel" a word for being right - though I'm as apt to "put my foot in my mouth" as the next person at times. :-) But I do have an enormous respect for the power of words to build or destroy, to detract or focus. The wrong one can destroy a relationship and the right one can enhance it - so they deserve proper respect, don't they?

      Thank you for your perceptive notice!

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Nillieanna, you hve such an unbelievable gift for using the right words and on top of it put it a wonderful poems. Thank you for giving me so much pleasure.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Dave - the perfect gentleman and my dear friend! What a lovely comment. I care so for you and your lovely wife who has been so gracious to me on FB. She's a lovely lady, too and you are a beautiful couple with an exemplary family, a real inspiration to all of us who are privileged to know of your deep devotion and its outreach!

      It was such a delight to meet you and share a cuppa coffee (or 6) and chat. It felt like we'd known each other for years! What fun! I'm most delighted if I've enriched your life! Thank you so much.

      Hugs. . .

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      DavePrice 6 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

      You are such a beautiful beautiful woman. I have had the great honor of knowing your touch in my heart and life, and I am more deeply grateful to God than you can ever know. I will treasure always the gift I've been given to know and be blessed by you. Love always - Dave

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      christopheranton -- ah - nice thought of being a cheering influence upon your wintry evenings. It's lovely and sunny here but quite crisp and cool. But Sunday we are to get REALLY cold temperatures. Our weather is far too fickle.

      When it looks so pretty outside, it's too tempting to spend time there. But when it's cold, I tend to hibernate inside. Been repotting ancient houseplants this morning. I'm determined to have more O2 producing greenery about. I brought in two nice bushy-leafy plants and I'm determined to not condemn them with my brown thumb!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      amillar - thank you greatly! "Touching" poetry.

      ;->

      What a lovely play on the theme - clever!

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      Christopher Antony Meade 6 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      You touch our souls Nellieanna with your beautiful words and pictures.

      Thank you, yet again, for lifting the gloom of these long winter evenings with reminders that there is beauty in life as well.

      Keep up the good work.

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      amillar 6 years ago from Scotland, UK

      Touching poetry Nellieanna. It’s a rare talent.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Silent Reed - that is so well-expressed.

      I have a love affair with words, especially words which are capable of communicating both thought and emotion, as you say so beautifully about how we express either or both - what we mean or what we feel.

      I think of "being" as "being all of a piece", - in other words all "parts" connected and working best as a unit. including both mind and spirit, but they can become partitioned so that one forgets that our thoughts without our feelings are somewhat sterile and our feelings without our thoughts are a little self-serving. Others need both from us in order to interpret us accurately. But sometimes people get fragmented and emphasize one part of themselves to the detriment of the other - and the whole. Being "whole" is possibly what it means to be fully alive.

      A balance of mind and spirit is a very wonderful state of being. In the case of words, they are merely symbols, so that they are immediately "once-removed" from the original thought or emotion which they try to symbolize & convey in alphabetical letters scribbled or typed on a surface or sounds emitted into the atmosphere. We do need to pay attention to those expressions, that they really convey our meanings. It is no wonder that saying "I love you" does not always convey the true feeling of love or even the mental awareness of loving - too often it is said without conviction or much real thought - or just as sad, it is heard or read without trust or response.

      My beloved George once told me of the moment he fully realized that he truly loved me. He was driving some road in Texas en route to a business appointment and said that he suddenly said out loud in the car alone "I love her!" That still thrills me to remember - and that he shared it with me. Yet every day he showed it and his eyes always said it - and he often said things which conveyed it, even wrote a wonderful poem about it! But knowing about that "self-talk" of him to himself didn't hurt either! Knowing that HE was aware of it mattered. We humans are rather complicated beings. LOL.

      Thank you so much for YOUR kind and expressive words, my friend!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      VioletSun - My response to your very true observation is similar to what I just wrote in reply to Denise's comments. We feel with our skin's nerve endings, but the sensations of it are carried to and written within our minds, hearts & memories where they are ever sweet and valuable. Or, as you say - just the mutual awareness of a moment shared together with another person is "touching" too. Part of being human and alive is our experience of it which enrich our ongoing living. But we must never neglect to live it NOW, being really aware of it as it continues and happens. Thanks for this. Hugs.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Denise - yes, it seems that some folks either willfully or ignorantly deprive themselves of this wondrous gift of touching. There are probably no wrong kinds but only wrong interpretations of them. If one is repelled or dislikes a physical surface to touch, it involves emotional "feelings". Of course they are related and we associate them with pleasant and preferred or with hated and avoided.

      So feelings are both; but first, "touch" is the physical sense and and that kind of feeling is among those five major physical senses. Interesting that we are not overwhelmed with vast quantities, isn' t it? Within the five, though, there are many varieties. In the case of touch, for instance, - soft, coarse, hard, slick, which is a bit different from smooth, lumpy, hairy, cold, hot, textured (all kinds of textures), etc., etc. Each "thing" one touches really affords its own special feels. Just sitting here thinking of them is exciting - and vast.

      Thank you so much for your visit and the opportunity it gives me to think "into" the subject more deeply

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Scarlett, yes. One must be willing and even welcoming of all feelings in order to be truly and fully aware of the preferred ones. Someone once mentioned to me that she didn't prefer pain, but it reminded her that she was still alive. Without our senses, we wouldn't even be aware of our "vital signs"!! Awareness is surely our greatest luxury -but sometimes we either forget to BE aware in the NOW, which is the only actuall touch we have with reality - or we deliberately or willfully shut out our actual awareness of life in progress!

      And how right you are to also mention the reciprocality to "Touch and Be Touched" definitely is to be alive! We must give if we hope to receive. Yes. Thank you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Martie - How I love your sensitive responses and words. Thank you so much, my dear. There is never a moment when one need be deprived of the wonderful senses, and especially touch. Just typing on the computer keys, handling fresh veggies, planting, even cleaning offer touch sensations if one is aware and interpreting these "feels". I appreciate your comments so much!

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      SilentReed 6 years ago from Philippines

      Words say what we mean. Touch express how we feel. Your poetry touches us with words that give pleasure and are a delight to the senses. Thank you for sharing this luxury.

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      VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Nellianna, thank you for sharing the beauty of your soul with all of us. Touching, even if its simply the sharing of a deep, loving moment with another being, is what we remember much later on.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      What a beautiful hub, Nellieanna. I agree, touch is so important and so many people do not have it, or have the 'wrong' kind. Beautiful poetry. Thanks for sharing.

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      Scarlett My Dear 6 years ago from Missouri

      Nellieanna,

      You are a true, pure poetic voice.

      Loved this ~

      I'm cheated not

      By living life,

      Prevent it not -

      It's giving life!

      And I am here to live it. ~

      We are told to numb the pain, and all will be right with the world. But, to miss out on the experience and 'living of life' that the pain brings, is to deny ourselves the true gift of enlightenment.

      Touch and Be Touched. This is Love. This is Life.

      ~Scarlett

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      Your poems are like flowers – too beautiful, and awesome. Yes, I too, have had the privilege of learning, experiencing and feeling true love. Since then I’ve understood the need of a baby to be in his mother’s arms. Amazing – the sensitivity of the palms of our hands and the tip of our fingers. I loved this hub, Nellieanna. See you again soon.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Wayne, I guess I am pushing the envelope, at that. :-)

      I love February, - Ground Hog Day (which happens to be my birthday), then my George's was the 13th, followed immediately by Valentine's Day. I just naturally start to think about these pleasant more Springy-events as soon as the "winter" holidays are past.

      But I hadn't so much thought of it in connection with this hub. I just started thinking what a marvelous sense touch is - and it does seem to inspire thoughts which correspond to Cupid's day.

      My poetic subjects occur spontaneously and range far and wide, sometimes overlapping. It's been suggested I pick out some by subject to put into a book or some books, but easier said than done! I've given up trying to keep track of which ones I've used in a hub. So I may repeat some from time to time!

      The one here which you selected is one of my own all-time favorites, too. It was written at a time when my personal existence seemed a bit muted. It's always nice to be able to think of something clear and beautiful at such times.

      Thank you for the very nice compliments and vote!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Will - awwwww - you say such nice things. Thank you. :-)

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      drbj - Yes, so true. I once even read about a hotel which furnished a kitty with the room if one wished! What a way to enjoy a kitty - pet it and let someone else clean the box! LOL. But they do have a soothing effect on a body. I happen to have an online friend who has a darling little dog whom he takes for the folks at an Assisted Living Facility to enjoy every Sunday. Such a kind and thoughtful act.

      And so is yours! Thank YOU for such lovely praise!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      miss_jkim - that's a lovely thing to say! Thank you. I just love your phrase, "the candle of our soul" - that's a beautiful expression!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Dimitris- for you to think well of it is most gratifying! Thank you! But YOU know how to express yourself so admirably well! If only I could write humor with your flair and subtlety!

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Splendid, as always.

      With a poetic name like Nellieanna, why would we expect less?

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      Wow! You are full swing into Valentine's Day far ahead of the crowd. I think this is some of your best stuff...loved the rhythm and flow and the way it all meshes together so well. Especially loved these lines: If a rainbow

      Touched this gray existence,

      If this voice became

      A symphony,

      If everything

      Were as it should be,

      It would be

      As you are, to me.

      Up and beautiful...thanks so much for sharing it! WB

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      We are still learning about the power of touch but I have seen for myself how introducing a puppy or a kitten into an Assisted Living Facility made a world of difference to the folks residing there.

      You, Nellieannna, have the power to touch all of us with your sensitive, beautiful and inspirational poetry. Long may you reign.

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      miss_jkim 6 years ago

      Such beautiful poetry!

      The power of touch is that which lights the candle of our soul.

      The power of your words has the ability to stir that flame within.

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      De Greek 6 years ago from UK

      How sweet this is. How is it possible for one to express one's self so enviously well. Kiss you :-)

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Mentalist - ah - yes it is. Thank you! You're a friend to it too. Hugs.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, Katie! There are so many instances when touching is magical - even almost saving. I've heard that people in rest homes yearn for touch more than anything else missing from their lives. And an infant denied touching will be somehow deprived of some of its normal development. Even pets need to be touched.

      I've somewhat laughingly said I have "magic fingers" because of responses to my touch. I seem to always find the specific taut nerve immediately when I rub someone's neck or shoulders. And I have a knack for doing a facial acupressure in such way that it relaxes even the most tense person. I even enjoy self-administering! I started this when it was suggested as a non-surgical face-lift. (I need to resume doing it!) It's simple and quick and it does other good. One breathes more deeply almost as soon as it's begun! The deep breathing surely does as much for the face as the massage!

      Touch is wonderful! Thank you for those lovely words, Katie!!

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Touch is an intimate friend to emotion and your writing,Nellieanna.;)

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      Oh my the power of touch is so amazing and breathes life in to each and every one of us. I love this as it is so magical as it dances about the beauty of love and the luxury of touching.

      Nellieanna what a beautiful soul you are and thank you so much for sharing the beauty that speaks within you and for voicing so magically that very voice which sings of love, peace and joy!

      May you be radically and abundantly blessed to continue to pay it forward in all the wonderful ways you do! :) Katie