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Vital Resonance

Updated on May 13, 2014



Yes - from the smallest entity to infinity, from the mind to the heart, from philosophy to science, in music and in light . . . there is . . . Resonance.


Trembling with music

Of the spheres,

One love endures

Beyond its vibrant melody

And brings its song to me

Borne on resonating strings.

〰©Nellieanna H. Hay

Aug. 28, 2013

~ And This Is My Beloved ~

"Resonance" | Source

Recollections of paradise

Projections of perfection

Reflections of strife.

Convections of life.

A soul.

Behold the soul, -

Resplendent imagery of the soul.

Expectations of beauty

Anticipations of justice

Aspirations of love

Intimations of eternity.

A soul.

A soul

A mind

A heart.

Words, symbols, dreams,

Hopes, mem'ries, schemes;

Epicenters of resonance,

Living, quivering inner tremors.

A soul.

A soul.

A miracle.

A man.

〰©Nellieanna H. Hay

Oct. 1971; (Revised) Aug. 29, 2013


Destined for eternity,

Yet the soul shrinks

Before a mortal sneer;

It flees from finite scorn.

Fear stifles faith, multiplies fears.

Knowledge births hope when it appears.

Anti-matter proves naught.

Life-matter exceeds aught

But baffling convolutions

On which the doubts are borne.

Meaninglessness threatens

Shadows posing as meaning.

Then restlessness stirs.

When confusion clouds,

Enshrouds and blurs,

Futile debates ensue.

Which has meaning? Which is nothing?

All, - eternally extinct, expired, - except the true.

〰©Nellieanna H. Hay

Oct., 1971; revised Aug. 29, 2013

The Sombrero Galaxy
The Sombrero Galaxy | Source


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    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      4 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, my dear Manatita. I am 'here' and extremely busy, but not ill. Thank you for wishing me wellness.

      Doing my best is a prime target! All of this life and any of its results are destined to belong to Him because -- well - it's obvious! It's all IN the Beginning and the End. There is no other 'where' for it to be.

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      4 years ago from london

      Extremely beautiful and sublime. May the inner Light continue to work in and through God's pen which never runs out of ink divine. Wherever you are now, my Friend Nellieanna, and whatever you're doing. Please get well.

      I know that you will do your best; may you offer the results to Him. Salaam.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Audrey, thank you for that lovely comment. What a joy it is to have you back after your summer absence! You've been missed, although I've been around a bit less, too. I look forward to your wonderful writing, and have read your most recent and love it!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      I glory in the universal truth of love.

      It illuminates the furthest reaches

      Of my heart and soul.

      It fills me to overflowing

      Beyond my expectations.

      Such beautiful writing--I want to carry this with me---I think so often about the soul's vibration--its resonance--so these pieces just sang to me

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, dear Shan.

      Hopefully, your immediate analysis will give way to letting it linger and simply whisper to your moments, giving your brain a respite, as well. :-)

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      Shannon Henry 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Aw, what a sweet thing to say! But your hubs are complete in the artful way they are presented and in the way they speak to others.

      There is something in they way a bow caresses an instrument, but, as divine as it sounds, I just can't duplicate it myself. Perhaps some of it was that all of the other children had private instructors and I did not, so by the time I figured a piece out at a slow pace, the tempo was already increased to a pace I again had trouble keeping up with. Needless to say, I was never close to 1st violin. Hahaha.....more like closer to last.

      I suppose I can see the optimism in "The Battle" with the ending line, except that you still don't offer a way to distinguish between that which has meaning. Yes, it shows itself eventually (hopefully) and there is the line about knowledge birthing hope.

      As for claiming to possess hope without mire, mire is somewhat subjective as well, and also subject to various degrees of difficulty and/or pain. Additionally, there is hope for one's own situation (which I suppose one might better experience hope through negative experiences, but that is the same with things like joy/sadness, love/pseudo love or hate, etc. ) and there is hope for the future in general. I would even say there are varying degrees of hope and even different applications of it. Hope doesn't have to work out in one's reality because it isn't something that manifests itself in that manner. One simply has it or does not, and if one does, it makes a difference in so many ways- attitude, quality of life, determination to go forward, willingness to experience joy even within the mire, and so on.

      Alrighty then, now that you've started my morning off with enough thought to make my brain hurt (just kidding - I enjoy it). . .I suppose I should take care of things like eating breakfast before I forget again.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello Blossom! Always so nice to see you! Thank you for your succinct and lovely comment!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Shan, So glad you were able to get over and visit my hub. It wouldn't be quite complete without your visiting it.

      Thank you for a lovely compliments. (No one writes poetry like anyone else, actually - even if they try to! ;-)

      Isn't that music divine? It has touched me deeply for at least 60 years since I first heard it, and for several days, it's haunted me.

      I wanted to play the harp but more regret never having learned a bowed string instrument, whose sound is so ethereal. With a bow, the notes are caressed and shaped more than with any other instrument. My cousin,Laura Jean, played the violin, and my children did, as well, though they didn't pursue it.

      I guess you'll have to let "The Battle" whisper its optimistic notes to you. If it doesn't, my explaining it would be superfluous, if not futile. I will say that it embraces what I believe, and that is: to have & appreciate the one, you must experience the other. Claiming to possess only the hope without the mire from which it arises and upon whose foundation it is built, is quite unrealistic; therefore, impossible in the truest, deepest sense, though many try to have it that way and wonder why it doesn't work out in their reality. It must also be built.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      A truly beautiful poem with lovely images. Wonderfully crafted.

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      Shannon Henry 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Nellieanna, no one writes poetry like you do. To express such profound thoughts the way you do is quite magical, like the magic of a musical composition that moves people. Speaking of which, I used to dream of playing the violin that way. But I was so terrible at it! Always sounds so dreamy in my mind. Hehe

      Anyway, I have read "The Battle" several times. I'm trying to find the optimism you speak of in it. Maybe I'm missing something?

      I really like the one about the soul and the picture you've chosen for the title is amazing.

      Hugs and tons of admiration and love to you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Rasma, dear heart - thank you for those great votes and especially for your great visit, which I value and enjoy!! Hugs!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, my dear Leslie! You're giving me delightful strokes as only you can! Hugs. My weekend is looking very pleasant, though super hot - and, yes - I mean thermometer-hot. haha. . . but who knows. . . .? The horizon is promising. . .


      S'posed to be 104 today and the next 2 days follow suit, with just a slight reduction into high 90s next week. But - - FALL is coming FALL is coming!! whoopee!

      I know you'll have a lovely weekend, 'cuz you'll be a major participant in it! N-joy! Hugs.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Pamela! YOU never disappoint in checking my hubs and gracing them with your beautiful responses! Thank you so much.

      I confess that I'm always swept away by the sheer visual beauty of and mind-boggling effects from photos of space's wonders from the Hubble telescope, - or from any camera in the position in space itself, so as to take them.

      There's simply something magical about being permitted to see these phenomenal objects which are not visible to our little naked eyes from our little Earth, so that it puts things in a much more realistic perspective.

      When I think that light from distant stars that reaches my eyes in present time traveled through incredibly long distances in space, generated by a star that has been extinct for unbelievably long in time, I'm truly 'put in my place', though I sometimes wish I'd been an astrophysicist! Maybe I missed my calling, but it wasn't on my 'want to be when I grow up' list when I was 12, though 'astronomer' was in first place on it, along with philosopher, ballerina, fashion designer, poet and femme fatale! :-) Still, the time/space continuum is continually fascinating, along with asymptotes, which may be on a bit smaller time-space scale, though to prove out, they surely require the vastness of space; else how would one be assured that the line never meets the curve at any finite distance? Ah, yes. Boggles the mind. . . (plus keeps it from growing stale in the process!) :-)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Thank you for the poetically wonderful journey Nell. Passing this on.

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      Karen Silverman 

      5 years ago

      Simply beautiful! The poetry and pictures as well, but mostly - YOU!

      Sharp as a tack, talented as picasso, and wise as an owl! WHOOO?


      sharing on..

      Have a lovely weekend, Nellieanna..

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      You never disappoint. This poetry is beautiful and has touched my heart again. The pictures fro the Hubble were a brilliant choice for your words. Beautifu, awesome and so much more.

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Wayne, it hardly needs saying that I treasure your good opinion, too. Thank you; - and especially for favorable mention of "Behold the soul"!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh, my, dear Genna, what a beautiful comment and compliment. Thank you. Your work is of such elegance, I don't even compare mine to it. We have a mutual admiration society, as that old song went! :-) Hugs!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Dr. BJ! Thank you so much. Actually, after the title, the Borodin was the first element of this hub to take its place! I love the music and loved both it and another Borodin melody, "Stranger In Paradise", featured in the 1953 movie, "Kismet", at a time when it had special meaning for me after the fatal accident which took my sister and all her family that same year. This music held & holds a kind of comfort for me with its depth & sheer mystical beauty.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Linda, hello - what a pleasure to see you here! Thank you for your thoughtful comments. Yes, "The Battle" had tremendous meaning for me when I first wrote it, and still does when I see it playing out in others' lives.

      All is well with me and, I hope, with you too! Thank you for the well-wishes!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, Gerry! Thank you, dear friend! That IS a coincidence that each of us featured similar images from the Hubble on our recent hubs!

      I suspect we're all lost in space together as our planet spins around in its own little corner of it, though perhaps synchronicity or synchrony is less common among all its individuals! It seems to include more than happenstance in its occurrences! I enjoyed knowing we've been in sync, too!

      I hope your days are going well!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Sweethearts2, thank you. As I sometimes do when 'meeting' someone for the first time when that person has visited my hub and left a comment, which I was especially drawn to do after your visit, I went to your hub site and read your profile and at least one of your hubs. I'm so happy for the opportunity! Thank you for that, as well as your lovely comment on mine.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, Michael Head, and thank you very much. I regret I don't know you, since you're evidently not a Hubber, so that I could visit your work and might be able to repay the compliments!!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Gwen, what a lovely, special comment! Thank you so much.

      I suppose my poems and hubs are thought out in a manner of speaking; but my thinking processes are rather spontaneous & unconventional. The awareness to me in them is simply an exhilaration of creativity & finding means of expression to what I think & feel. They're not very deliberate. I really never know when, where or exactly how these things will come together and fall into place, although, then when they do & have, they bear an awful unmistakeable mark of their author, which used to distress me. I'd think - not just me, AGAIN! :-) That all my stuff ended up being "so Nellieanna" seemed too ordinary! But - sigh -what else would it be?

      I appreciate your approval and your vote! Hugs!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Billy - I'm smiling. I believe we both know that's not the point for us. I also hope you know that my reward is that people I respect do like and enjoy my effort! Thank you!!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Shauna, dear friend, Thank you! I'm quite honored that you think it good! Your visits always boost me! Hugs!

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      All so beautiful...and "Behold the soul" is just exquisite.

      This piece resonates the craft of a master poet.

      You stir me!

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      Genna East 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Of stunning and vital resonance is how I would describe this poetry, Nellieanna. My praise echoes Michael, who expressed it so well: “Amazingly delicate and piercing at once in its singular adventure through the ethereal word.” As an unabashed fan of your poetry, I am grateful for the gift of your mind…boundless, elegant, and astonishing in its unique pathways through our universe and the myriad reflections of enlightenment. I am in awe. :-)

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      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      Your beautiful poetry, as always, is amazing, Nellieanna. And so are your supernatural graphics. Thank you for this lovely treat and for the beautiful, melodious Borodin as well, m'dear.

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      Linda Rogers 

      5 years ago from Minnesota

      Hi Nellieanna-I just love this poetry and especially enjoyed and related to 'the battle'. You are a true master with words. Hope all is well my friend.

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      5 years ago from east of the equator

      Hello Nellieanna. This is another awesome installment direct from your soul to ours. One of my recent Hubs featured images from the Hubble Telescope similar to your Sombrero Galaxy. We two, are lost in space together. There is synchronicity. Hugs.

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      5 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      What an amazing gift you have - Thanks for sharing.

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      Michael Head 

      5 years ago

      Amazingly delicate and piercing at once in its singular adventure through the ethereal world. A real treat for the eyes, ears, and the infinite mind. Thank you.

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      5 years ago

      You're poems are always so well thought out. Placed beautifully on the page and shared with meaning and profound substance. Definitely written with a purpose and eloquence. : ) Voted it up as always and beautiful!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      If HP rewarded poets you would be making thousands per month of passive income....your work is exquisite.


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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Beautiful, Nellieanna! Your graphics are stunning. What a talented lady you are!


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