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Whisperings

Updated on February 21, 2014

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Whispering the truth

     Which wants to shout,

           To jump for joy

                 Unfurled,

                      To never have to dodge nor hide,

                                 Is this.

Yet whisperings

Uncurled

Are bold.

They speak volumes too.

And truth will always out

If here it does abide.

        ______© Nellieanna H. Hay

 


You have enveloped me

Within your very soul,

Yet let me come and go

At will.

I would posses you not

Nor ever be possessed.

I want you whole,

To have you near

Only if you wish it,

Fully, freely, fetterless.

If I should nevermore

Behold you, hold you, see you,

Still you will always be

As close, as dear

As my own breath.



___© Nellieanna H. Hay


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

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

 

Threshold,
Unfold yourself.
Behold
Your inner treasures,
Measurement of pleasures,
Radiating out and from the source,
To course along
A misty, glistened stream,
A dream
Become reality;.
Reality become
The better dream.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay



The morning world's

Indifferent

To the inner state of me.

I could be dying here,

And even so, - in that same moment,

The dew glistens,

A bird sings,

The breezes blow,

The sun arises,

The cocks crow,

A squirrel listens,

A church bell rings.

No surprises.

But there is a kind of comfort in it.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay



 

 

That sun whose rising

Ripped apart the sky

Then made its way

Across,

Patching up the wounds,

Moving toward its destiny.

It will come, it knew.

So it will come.

And still it comes, it knows.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      What a relief for you- and for cat, if he knew it was! At least he didn't have a heart attack & he got the needed treatment for his wounds. I can imagine how petrified he was, never having the experience of another human before. (Yes, vet fees are astronomical,I've heard. Ours only needed their annual checkups & shots, though.)

      I do think cats identify with their own humans. Ours surely did. There was so much their cat-mamma didn't know about indoor life, conduct & cattiquete which I had to teach them (and their other siblings at first), - such as using the littler box. Was amazing how child-like they responded to being guided by us human 'parents'!

      What a feat your cat did with that hummingbird. Wow - that would have made quite a video! I certainly agree that he needs protecting at his age!

      I'm sure that Toulouse might have attempted a feat like that if he'd been allowed free range. They were permitted to sit on the patio in the sun, but knew not to venture off it. But he'd crouch at the edge like a tight spring when he saw a squirrel or bird on the ground nearby. He was like a cougar! The instincts were there. But all I had to say was, "no" and he remembered his manners. We never had to train them with harshness. George always called Tous his 'dog'! They seemed to want to please us.

      Camille didn't really prefer outdoors. Before we'd trained them to stay on the patio, (and a reason we did), when they were out there once, she ventured to the back of the yard and a dog in another (fenced) yard alarmed her. She was so frightened, that she went into what was like an epileptic fit. She responded to my holding & stroking her till she recovered. But ever after that, she had those fits occasionally & I'd have to cuddle & soothe her. The vet said it was a neurological anomaly which was less dangerous for her than surgery for it would be, so she had it the rest of her life & we lived with it. Thankfully it was infrequent. But she didn't like outdoors at all! She was a true-blue house kitty.

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      Verlie Burroughs 4 years ago from Canada

      Hi Nellieanna, we're back! Cat has no broken bones, wounds have been treated, a ant-inflamatory and a two week antibiotic shot have been administered. Cat was so stressed by the doctor's visit was mouth breathing the entire time (two and a half hours) I was afraid he would have a heart attack, never been seen or touched by another human, except for the one neutering visit as a 'kitten'. I swear he thinks I am a big cat! He's all quiet now. Just dozey from the sedative. This is a cat I watched 'fly' through the air to catch a hummingbird in mid flight. Fast! But 12+ years old and needs protection I can see that now. On the mend I hope, hope, hope. Huge expense. I've learned a good lesson. No more rambling after dark. Re: racoon, if I hear anything I will open a door to the crawl space and let him escape. Then seal it up again. Vet thinks it was another cat. Whew, enough already!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      The total save of your Hub Pages sounds ideal. Does it automatically update when changes are made, including to the comment thread? I've considered iCloud or whatever Mac offers to back up all my files. The way I do it - manually -- takes time, rethought & effort, though I admit I like having 'hands-on'. Periodically I back up my data files to an external hard-drive, but I think that uplink back up may be safer & surer.

      Ugh - squirrels & raccoons. Yes, I hope the varmint was out of there before you sealed it up. You wouldn't like it to die there & share the aroma with your house.

      Your poor kitty! And poor you, too! Yeah, you don't want to risk his leg getting infected. I know you must be beside yourself. Wise to have waited to be sure there wasn't a broken bone that could be injured by moving him. Is the kitty an unhappy vet patient? Hope all goes well. I'm sure they'll give him the meds as you say. They may test for rabies, too, though surely that would have been apparent immediately.

      A motion detector is a great idea for either 4 or 2 legged interlopers, especially if you've no outdoor lights. And wise to keep the kitties inside, especially at night. But, yes - all stressful.

      We just kept ours inside all the time. Their parents were outdoor cats & had the wounds & fleas to show for it. (They were actually friendly neighborhood Siamese alley cats who visited various neighbors periodically.) When the kittens were born in my closet, I decided they'd never know the dangers - or the pleasures - of the outdoors. They were happy kitties and lived long lives which might have continued longer than their 17 years, had we not taken them to a motel with us one night when we hadn't expected a stopover. We always traveled in our RV if we were to be somewhere not our own places overnight. We traveled from home in Dallas to the ranch (a 500 mile trip) via Del Rio, where we kept a permanent RV 'home base'. Then we'd go on to the ranch where we had the little cabin we'd built. But this time, on the way home, we decided to stay over to visit with kinfolks for Christmas. The kitties didn't last long after we got home. Shee showed symptoms right away & died on the 28th. He acted as ill when she was, but he rallied for a time, then had the same symptoms again & they took him just as quickly. Still miss them much. But haven't replaced them.

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      Verlie Burroughs 4 years ago from Canada

      Hi Nellieanna, Thank you for all the tips on saving and organizing the poems. Very good method. I shall see if I can get to it! I recently downloaded Firefox which has a program called 'Scrapbook' that will save my entire Hub Pages account including the comments and all the links. I did that once and the forgot and did a 'restore' on my computer and lost everything. Must do again!

      I had to run and racoon-proof my crawl space. I found foot prints on my deck this morning coming from there. I am right now as we speak nursing an injured cat who go beat up by a racoon (I'm assuming now, originally thought it was a cougar) last week and did not return for three days and nights. At first I thought his shoulder was broken, but that is moving now, but the leg has been bit and I'm worried may be broken. I've been wrapping with ice pack several times a day, but still swollen. Sooo, today we go to the vet.

      Meanwhile, I had left door open on crawl space for cats to have a place to run and hide, but turns out racoon has been holed up in there. I do hope he was out when I sealed up the opening. I guess I will find out eventually. Cats are no longer allowed out at night. (Too late!) I also need to get a motion detector light installed (I have no outdoor light at the moment) This is all so upsetting. And not looking forward to the trip to the vet. I waited a few days to try and get the cat stabilized, did not want to risk moving the poor guy if shoulder was broken. But he's so much improved we better go and have it looked at, maybe get a tetnus shot and antibiotic for the swelling. Stressful!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      An after-thought. Keeping the computer copies of my poems in the folder has advantages, too. I'd always had to search through 7 notebooks, etc. to find a specific one. I'd have an idea of the timing so knew approximately which notebook was likely, but it was a chore. But the computer folder alphabetizes them as files by their titles &/or first lines! Also, for information, I add the hub #s where I've used them to the titles, which help.

      I don't usually go through a handwritten book & transcribe them all in order, because I usually am looking for a theme or thought & transcribe accordingly. So there are untranscribed ones sprinkled in the books I've visited, & whole books with few or none transcribed, plus many scraps of paper and blank books with more. I've no idea how many there really are! In collecting them, the only ID has been always putting the dates on them. Should have numbered or indexed them but that was of no importance to me. The dates were because they were like my diary.

      By the way I keep an ongoing copy of my hubs' comment threads, too, with the latest 4 or 5 kept on my desktop, then filed with the other information about each hub in a folder so I can find them if there are later comments added. I guess working in engineering for 8 years taught me well to 'leave tracks', which is part of my makeup besides! haha.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Oops, I was so busy revising that treatise, I didn't realize you'd already read & responded to it.

      I'm appreciating your replies now. I realize that I created a hub niche when I began to share my poetry. I was so busy thinking how it was/is just tip of the iceberg of my work, though, I launched into an explanation about that.

      Poetry, btw, wasn't from day one on HP. My first hubs were prose written for HP, about 20 of those before "Whispering" debuted.

      My organization is incomplete, let me assure you. During the stressful years it needed to be organized, though. At one time it was being routinely destroyed by burning & I had to be the witness; so I began to hide backup copies (also handwritten) of Book 1. My system for keeping them in good order, as I was writing, in organized notebooks under duress amounted to only 1 book of such books because that system of collecting them endured long enough to produce 7 of these thick notebooks in chronological order, dating from 1969 (because most of my earlier ones over my lifetime up till then were actually burned and unretrievable, along with most of my photos and mementos of all my college and life prior to the marriage). The notebooks continued up through 1979, when my life-after really blossomed & new poems started to be jotted down pell-mell wherever I was inspired - on scrap paper, backs of envelopes or blank checks, some in little spiral notebooks or 'blank books'. I always write them by hand but my organization is certainly quite questionable! I've a stack of little spiral blank notebooks on my coffee table in front of me here in the den which I try to use, but I'm always grabbing a piece of paper any-old-where to jot something down! Plus, I'm constantly running across poems (in manilla notebooks, envelopes, inside books - wherever) which I don't even remember writing! In other words, I fully empathize, snakeslane!

      I try to backup on my computer my hubpages, especially the poetry ones (132 so far). I've never had any fall prey to he new system (so far) but I do want to have my own stash. I'm not excited about all the personal blogs popping up -- very hard to keep up with my writers everywhere on the internet. I'm with HP unless they're not with me. But I strongly advise keeping your own backup!! But I have 4 domains - including the one with my major website on it - any one of which I can use for my writing. I'm not - never have been - a self-promoter though - so I'd miss the feedback here on HP.

      I'm confused about the commenter status matter too. I've not investigated my hubs, except that here, yours is displayed and I've not noticed them missing on any of the hubs I've been updating with summaries in the last few days - about 47 hubs, so far Since those I'm so updating are poetry hubs, beginning with original poetry - I realized I don't like seeing my poetry fragmented in the automatic summaries consisting of the first words of a hub - even the sources of illustrations appear in those! I don't like that. My summaries are mostly quite brief (I like them to fit beside the title photo in the listing, actually, rather than rattle on and on taking up so much space on the listing on my profile!)

      I've done something today I never do: - I came downstairs in my pjs without showering & shampooing, which I need to get myself upstairs & do! haha. Thankfully I'd nothing scheduled today so I'm not 'caught'. Have an early dental appt tomorrow, then a noon appt here with the roofer for finalizing that project. So the late-day ablutions this afternoon may save time tomorrow! It's a challenge to stay organized when no one else is involved in one's home! So the routines I have keep me fairly balanced. :-) But I'm always revising them! No ruts here, at least not for long!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Notice that I've revised my comment to eliminate unnecessary details about ancient history. hehe.

      Thanks, sweet friend. The poetry was drawn from my many handwritten, unseen notebooks, you see; its quality wasn't dependent on being new effort. Its presentation based on how I've designed my webpages, not new to me, with modification-to-fit limitations of pre-designed HP capsules. My emergence here was public debut in that I hadn't shared many of my thousands of poems prior to HP other than a sprinkling of a few on my webpages, extremely minor compared to what's been shared here. 'Whisperings' described the tentativeness from almost total privacy to 'publishing'! :-)

      Of course, I'm still always writing poetry, - and frequently share it here - but I don't write to the prolific extent of several previous periods of my life. What a delight it is that those poems are of current interest & application for others now, perhaps because, even during my most trying years culminating in the early 1970s, my poetry was upbeat, philosophical, or other self-expressions. My inspiration to write was to preserve my real self, to which I could refer, see the dates on the poems and be reassured that, sure enough, I was still currently alive, well and really myself 'in here'. I surely didn't need to indulge in pity-parties by reiterating grimness of actuality: it was ever-present except whenever I was creating beauty in my creative pursuits, privately.

      It's hard to explain the agenda that was in progress. No need for or mileage in doing that anyway, but that knowing that the poetry was my personal salvation. After that period it continued prolifically to be my best friend, confidante & mirror as I 'started over' building my life at 40, unjustly stripped of all I'd dedicated myself to try to build, protect & preserve previously.

      Writing continued but gradually tapered off a bit as my real life with good people in it emerged more & more satisfactorily and my full life resumed. So there's no dearth of poetry spanning these past - 40 years. In fact, so far, as I'm transcribing it to computer from hand-written, I've gathered 1369 typed poems in a computer folder, and it's far from all of them.

      BTW - Your commenter level is plainly showing here on your comment. When is that removal supposed to go into effect? Very puzzling. Maybe it starts with new hubs & their comments? With the various 'helps' that had been installed being vanquished right & left these days, though, I suppose it's just one more whack! :-) I've never really depended on many of those, so to me, it's just odd, no biggie. Focus seems to be on the commercial, rather than the human. I'm in the process of adding summaries to my hubs, which they've never had & in the process, I'm also gradually changing them all to "no ads". I've never subscribed to adsense, etc., so, as long as I'm allowed to enjoy the venue for sharing writing, ok. So far, so good. hehe

      Thank you again. You're such a special person.

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      Verlie Burroughs 4 years ago from Canada

      Nope, commenter status is definitely gone from my Hub (I just picked one at random).

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      Verlie Burroughs 4 years ago from Canada

      Hi Nellieanna, That's a lot of writing (1369 poems in a folder and that's not all of them)!!! I love the methodical approach to organizing the work. Mine is completely opposite. Scattered hither and yon (all under my roof though thankfully) shuffled, filed in no particular order, copies made randomly, what a mess. The most recent attempt at organizing has been here at Hub Pages, and sadly frustrating as things are unpublished on a regular basis now with the new system and I feel like I'm losing momentum. I guess it would be best to put it all on a Blog as more experienced writers have suggested. Anyway, bottom line, I admire your work. Re: commenter status, maybe it only appears to the author, maybe its always been that way, I'm confused.

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      Verlie Burroughs 4 years ago from Canada

      Good morning Nellieanna, I 'found' this featured under Hub poetry topics page, and realized it was new to me, and saw from the summary it was your first poetry hub so of course I was intrigued and not disappointed. You created your niche here from day one and it is always refreshing. I just noticed our commenter levels have been removed completely. People were saying earlier they were dropping, now they are gone.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh, snakeslane, how happy it makes me for you to visit & comment on this one! It's just about my first venture into publishing any of my poetry when I finally decided to after joining HP. What a pleasure to hear you say it's worthwhile! I was aware my stuff is unique (isn't everyone's, really?) but was unsure that lent it interest for others. So I especially treasure your kind words. Thank you so much! Hugs.

      PS. - It's not featured in my 'In the spotlight" area now. I just changed the theme to a bit more seasonal one. So if you look for this one, it will be way down the list of my hubs, being an early one.

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      Verlie Burroughs 4 years ago from Canada

      Ah Nellieanna, At your finest. The page reverberates with the artist/poet's loving hands. You could patent what you do here Nellieanna, I've not seen anything like it...It's another beautiful Nellieanna day. Regards, snakeslane

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Isn't life amazing, how it brings people into each others' sphere, people who wouldn't have met in any other time and place? It comes with the actual present moments of life when one is open to them.

      I'm pleased to know that someone like you reads - and wants to read - my poetry which is so much a part of who I am. No hurry, though.

      Thank you, Gwen, dear friend.

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      dreamseeker2 4 years ago

      You are so welcome, Nellieanna. I am glad you shared your poetry or we would have missed something so beautiful and profound as your work. I am trying to read all the ones you wrote, as you are such a great writer and friend here on the hubs. : )

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Gwen - I like that one, too; - the one that begins, ' You have enveloped me within your very soul', - that's the one you mean? It's so precisely how I feel about it.

      By the way, I was exchanging some comments with someone & the fact that I'd no intention of sharing my poetry on HP when I started 2, nearly 3 yrs. ago. Finally I ventured with some collections and this hub was among the first of them, if not the very first. Now there are 132 of them!. So I decided to place it on the 'in the spotlight' hubs on my profile. I'm so pleased that now there's a new comment on it! Thank you!

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      dreamseeker2 4 years ago

      Wow! All very powerful pieces of poetry. I love them all!! : ) But, the one that really touched my heart was...below the impression of a woman's face. Beautiful, Nellieanna....just beautiful!

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank YOU for visiting my hub and for leaving such a lovely comment. It deeply touches my heart and I hope we will be Hubber friends! I've just visited your site and look forward to reading you hubs. Thank you for the follow, too!

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      LaurieDawn 7 years ago

      Your words are stunning, beautiful and so heart-felt.

      Thank you for sharing them with us. They are touching and absolute awesome prose. I can feel your heart and your soul in every poem.

      Blessings,

      Laurie

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Heart Felt Book. Your words indeed touch my heart and soul. Thank you for the wonderful reception of mine.

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      Cheri Taylor 7 years ago from New York, NY

      WONDERFUL JUST SO WONDERFUL...AS I READ ALONG THE PAGE MY EYE'S TEAR UP... LOVE POETRY IS AMAZING..I LOVE THE SIMPLY LAY OUT WITH THE FULL LOVE CIRCLE AROUND IT. YOUR INSPIRING, I DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO SAY SIMPLY FLAWLESS. I SO MELLOW NOW. I KNOW YOUR ONE POSITIVE RIGHTEOUS WOMEN.KEEP HUBBING AND MOVING FORWARD. I AM SURE YOU TOUCHED MANY PEOPLE IN THE WORLD HEARTS WITH YOUR WORDS.... THANKS FOR SHARING..I LOVE HUB PAGES FOR THIS!

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, my friend. :-)

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      Pratonix 7 years ago from Asia

      Out of the eleven little poems, I enjoyed this especially:

      A poem's/A flower arrangement/of words./Every kind of art/Is a love affair/With life.

      Memorable lines!

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you anginwu - I'm pleased that you felt them. Hugs.

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      anglnwu 7 years ago

      Great stirrings of emotions. I love how your poems provoke thoughts and truths. Thanks for sharing.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Yes! Ingenira - you should find it and read it again! It's such beautiful writing and wisdom. I'm glad you visited my site!

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      Ingenira 7 years ago

      Simply beautiful !

      I used to read and admire Gahlil Gibran's work too. :)I think i should go and dig out his book and read it again.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      raisingme! You are such a poet! Thank you for surely one of the most beautiful compliments I've ever heard! It touches me deeply, remembering that my dad always referred to my mother as his hummingbird. I wish you could have known her. Your description is so apt and would have fit her well! I'd never thought of it exactly like that. Thank you for applying it about me!

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      raisingme 7 years ago from Fraser Valley, British Columbia

      When I want to experience something beautiful, I visit you and I am never disappointed. You are a light among us - a firefly. A hummingbird not a blue jay - you flit and touch, not reach and take. A breath of life!

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      That's a compliment I take very seriously - thank you, Christopher. It's simply what pours forth.

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      Christopher Antony Meade 7 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      It,s nice when someone can take the essence of their being, and express it in beautiful words, that also make sense and uplift the reader. That is something that you do very well Nelleanna. Thankyou.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      MFB! Such a lovely kind of tribute! Thank you!! I do admire your work, so it's especially nice coming from you!

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      MFB III 7 years ago from United States

      Eleven lovely

      collections of thought

      on relationships,

      passion and love.

      They surely put

      a + between the 11

      and make it 1+1=2

      in my eyes.

      Such great wisdom

      and thought that

      went into each,

      that can be shared

      by others who want to

      share with another.

      Superb work. ~~~MFB III

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Poetvix - Thank YOU for visiting and for the kind words!

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      poetvix 7 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Your words are lovely. Thank you for sharing.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      notquitecorso! Thank you, kind sir! I took a peek at your site and am bowled over by your ode to the mountain you were climbing. I've a relative by marriage in Portland of some stature. Wouldn't it be funny if you knew him?

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      notquitecorso 7 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      I have to say that your words captivated me...I am enamored by your style. You don't seem to have a shortage of fans either please keep writing.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Ahem - I just put the copyright on it. My understanding that if the writer does that, it's pretty much protected. Possibly a "registered" is the only thing more effective. But don't take my word for it! There are probably more knowledgeable folks to ask or go to Google.

      Thanks so much for the fine comments! It dos my heart such good to know my stuff started your day off nicely!

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      Laura Arne 7 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      Nellianna,

      I am once again wowed and awed by your words. So full of truth, wisdom, simplicity and reality. Your work is inspiring. Thanks. What a great way to start my day.

      How does one copyright, me and my twin want to know how you go thru the process?

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      inkwell - Matt - thank you. I've read all your hubs I see so far posted. I like some better than others. You have a tremendous imagination and perhaps a connection beyond the ordinary with meanings, as well as I feel you grappling with imponderables for clearer connections.

      Again - as I just wrote to ahorseback, I am not a poetic standard, not a critic or a judge of others' poetry and have no desire or intention to become any of that. Like anyone reading mine just responds as it touches them - if it does, when I read others' - I respond as it touches me, if it does. I sometimes admire what I don't really feel or feel what may lack in some respects, but it speaks to me. Sometimes I'm more in awe of the command of language, sometimes it may be the insight and feeling that seems to be expressed in it, sometimes it's both or all of that. Of course - when it's both, it really grabs me.

      Other times, people's poetry seems jumbled and incoherent and makes me wonder if they're in that state or maybe just trying without being in a poetic state. - But I KNOW that is not the fault of the writer but of the reader, and if I'm the reader - that's me. This is why I don't want or plan to try to analyze poetry for its merit. I fully accept that people are moved at different times by different things, that some folks may be much more brilliant than I am, or whatever. Poetry is individual!

      If I am carried away by someone's poetry, I'd say so. If I'm impressed, I'd say so. But I'm not the standard!! Whatever I say is just my take on it. But I do wish it to be genuine and at times I feel I need more thought on it before I can offer any response.

      I appreciate your sharing yours with me - and with others here in Hubpages. You'll be excited to see what great variety of responses everyone who visits will get and feel and then you'll better know how it has communicated. I notice you have some very good comments already!

      Thank you for letting me know you've liked what of mine you've read so far! I'm thrilled that you do! And I'm still reading and digesting some of yours!

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      ahorseback - thank you! And I just read and enjoyed one of yours! But I would never presume to advise anyone how to write poetry nor necessarily have them look at mine for instruction or inspiration. Each time, it must come up from the writer's own heart and soul and be formed by his/her own mind and command of words to express it. That's the meaning of poetry to me. And it must please the writer first and foremost, when it expresses what it was he/she wanted to say or even perhaps it answers questions for him/her which hadn't been clarified before the writing of it down.

      And then - perhaps only then, it may also communicate to others. But appreciating poetry written by others is also a work of art and each reader who feels a response does so because it touches something in his/her own heart and soul - which may or may not relate to what the writer felt while writing it. Without these two things - the writer's own message and the readers' own vibrating to it in ways of his/her own, it's just so much scribbling. The meaning happens when it happens.

      Occasionally I've read praise of poetry posted in HubPages in which tthe praise feels like it's been written because it the reader felt expected or obligated to see in it something more than perhaps he/she felt from it. It's courteous, perhaps, but not too constructive, in my opinion.

      I don't try even to be inspired by my own poetry - and I seldom revise it because if later I feel another way about it, I just write another poem about how I'm then feeling and let the earlier one stand or fall on its own merit. Trust me, I have many which didn't! But at the time I penned them (and I always have written with pen on paper) - it expressed something I needed to express then. I'ts usually been a happy surprise to me if it was also "good poetry" which could stand on its own over time.

      My habit is to simply wait till something new rises up needing to be written down. And sometimes one's ACTIONS are expressing it adequately without writing it down! Anyway, if I try to force poetry, it comes up as so much scribbling. Likewise, if I praise any one else's it must be genuine or it's like the proverbial "tinkling cymbal and sounding brass."

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Shades, you're tricky to notice my li'l rodent in there. How could I describe a day and leave him out, that ever-present li'l critter?

      Thank you for the nice compliments Trust me, I only use pix as avatars which I've taken on days my hair is half-way behaving, which is unusual in the summertime! That was a lucky moment after shampooing before the recent high humidity got a whack at it. It's been a mess ever since! I must catch it quickly and keep the pic up as avatar till the next day it's behaving! I'm working on it again today but I never count my luck prematurely! It's still drying & being contained. ;-) Maybe I ought to snap a pic when it's all fuzzy, just to set the record straight? hehe

      As for the brain underneath, hopefully the humidity doesn't affect it TOO much! But I never know about that either! Fingers crossed!

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      Inkwell780 7 years ago from Cleveland, OH.

      I loved the pictures and how they conveyed, even more, your innermost thoughts and afflictions. Your words were "elven smith" The bold being in bold is clever also.... I would read anything else you have just check out The Night Mare by Inkwell780... Me.... I only posted this so you could see how my style parallels with your exsquisite writes. Both thumbs up... Keep it up! =:) Matt!

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      ahorseback 7 years ago

      Your writing is amazing and I would tell anyone ,wondering how to write poetry ,to read you.

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      Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

      I see the squirrels made it even into here! :D

      You have such a great brain (which is not to say you don't pick the best avatar pictures too, 'cause you do.)

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Aw, Dallas - that's such high praise coming from you. I need a prop to keep my jaw from dropping reading your work, and it's all to convey what you want to explain and get across, never just to be clever with words. I appreciate that so much! Thank you!!

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Nellieanna, I cannot say anything different than what they have said above. However, your word have the power to register within... You are a talented "WORD-SMITH."

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      What a lovely comment! Thank you. Whenever one's day is lightened, it is a triumph and a big PLUS. And you're absolutely right - the means to it are joys within one's reach!

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      Marci Leigh 7 years ago from Minnesota

      Your words touch a chord. After reading this page, I felt compelled to reach over and pet my cat, walk to the door and stand outside and just look at my flower garden and simply smile. I walked back inside and gave my husband a hug. I think the rest of my day will be spent not on worries but on joys within my reach. Thank you.

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      noorin 7 years ago from Canada

      It is my pleasure to have landed on your page =)

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      noorin - Thank you. That is among my favoirtes too. When I wrote it, it expressed my very being more than mere words could express. It still captures it but now it's not in peril.

      It is truly wonderful to be perceived! Thank you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      SilentReed - you give me such great honor! Now I'll have to try to merit it! Thank you! You write so beautifully yourself and your words are full of soul!

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      agaglia - I'm so pleased to meet you now. And I'd love to see your poem which is similar to that one. I fully believe it because I checked out your site where I read your profile & one of your hubs. Thanks for visiting mine!

      I noticed that we share some of the same vantage points. For sure, we have both experienced reassurance that "I am here" from our writing. For me, it was literally what kept me connected at one time in my life. Very interesting!

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      noorin 7 years ago from Canada

      Nellieanna I enjoyed reading every word .. I loved the sketch as well. My favourite is Being me is my is my only strength.... Rated it up and will be following you.

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      SilentReed 7 years ago from Philippines

      "A poem's a flower arrangement of words.Every kind of art is a love affair with life".With these few words you have express what every poet aspire to give his poem....a soul.

      Reading you fills my need

      as the words stir

      the silent thought within and

      the whisperings seem to want

      to shout it out.....NELLIEANNA WRITES GREAT POETRY!

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      agaglia 7 years ago

      Wow. this was great. I wrote a poem similar to the first stanza, but yours is so much more - indepth, involved, brush strokes of life. thanks.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, Tony! I'm still tingling from the gorgeous music on your latest hub.

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      Another really awesome collection of poems. I loved these lines: "Every kind of art / Is a love affair / With life."

      The idea of art as a "love affair with life" is truly wonderful and touched me. Thank you.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank YOU, miss_jkim! I've been over on your hubsite, reading and enjoying several of your hubs too. I definitely welcome you to HubPages and I want to follow you!

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      miss_jkim 7 years ago

      All I can say is "WOW", these bear reading, and reading again.

      Thank you for sharing such deep parts of your very being.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, Vagabond. I've been watching wonderful old movies today - right now watching "The Way We Were". Love the music and the storyl.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you so much, Nikki. I'm especially pleased when you like them. Hugs. . . .

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      VagabondE 7 years ago from Hitting the road again

      I especially like the unconditional love one.

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      Nikki Wicked 7 years ago from Louisiana

      wow. My favorite set of poems so far. awesome work! very heartfelt and meaningful.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Wow! That's an awesome thing to say! Thank you!

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      You are remarkable!

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Yes, true poetry is all that, dear Petra and I'm honored to be considered even close to being a poet, especially by someone with your fine-tuned perception and discriminating tastes.

      I suppose it is my forte, though writing it has never been for the sake of being recognized for it. I had no intention of presenting it when I was writing most of it. But it did record, as you say, thoughts & emotions - in such a way that they cut through the usual filters & possibly overcome the usual objections & defenses which delay or block communication, so that they are more easily and readily received by hearers. Use of metaphor & other language forms help bypass the over-intellectualization of what is being communicated so it's either more direct or else it misses completely & is ignored. So I guess when it comes to poetry, it does "take two to tango" - a poem writer & a poem hearer - both needing to be very much in the here & now of their existences.

      Thank you, my friend.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you for the excellent observation!

      Yes, I think it's wise to recognize the need to allow that freedom. Actually it's more than just a good idea or wise choice, I think, because it's the only way to be unquestionably and honestly certain of being followed - or to follow - from the heart.

      One wonders how satisfying it can possibly be and how authentic it can ever feel to give or to receive praise, adoration, loyalty - or love - (any of those spontaneous responses of one person to another) if it's been required, even by implication.

      So it's no wonder whenever jealousy, fear and insecurity rise up to question such gifts. Almost inevitable they would, isn't it? Yet to just let them happen and be content whether or not they do is often too difficult for most folks. It requires a great deal of self-honesty to do it, in fact. Therefore - so rarely the case. But always worth the risk.

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      Mentalist acer 7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Confidence to let someone to be independent enough to follow is a very wise gift to possess Nellieanna:)!!

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      Petra Vlah 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Dear Nellieanna,

      Poetry is the quintessence of creative writing and the most concentrated and refined form of expressing thoughts and emotions through metaphors.

      You are doing a superb job and I do believe you excel at it – in my opinion – it is your absolute forte and I can never get enough of your poems.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      equealla, what lovely things to say! How lovely that you and your husband feel that mutual enveloping of your love.

      I saw John Trudell's videos and was touched deeply. He has a clear message and I agree wholeheartedly.

      Of course, your experience of it as described - coming from it to here & mine can't be subjectively experienced or comparable for me. But I so appreciate yours and I do feel your sense of what it gave you. It was lovely of you to share that with me. In a way, it was more "into" how you felt about my words than any other I've ever read, if only because it really defined how you felt reading men in such a different way.

      Thank you for the responses with your family to my dear Jan. That is lovely too.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Nell! Thank you, dear lady. That really makes me feel good!

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      equealla 7 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      If ever there were words written to describe the deep connection between my hubbie and me, you have managed to do it in "You have enveloped me.."

      I just came from the hub of Bard of Ely, where he has written an article about John Trudell.

      In one of the videos John is whispering the truth to his horse, and in the end the truth came out. It is becoming louder and louder.... and even louder untill today.

      This was such an amazing experience, to come from such a place, into yours, and saw the whisper again...

      But that is what you do with such grace. You float down the pathway of life, and leave your whispers. They float everywhere, and wherever they touch, flowers of understanding starts to grow.

      My kids friends were here this afternoon. We all sat in front of the heater, (its cold here now), with hot chocolate. I told them about Jan.

      I came to open her page, to show them the letter....we all cried for her....

      You have left your footprint in my home forever.

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, I love to come over and read your poems, they have so much meaning, I loved all of them. nell

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Sarah - I just did. I read all your hubs, in fact, including the poetry one you published while I was there reading!

      You have a lot to say for one so young and an uncanny perception into it and its meaning, much deeper than many of your peers. I must go back and read more! Thank you for visiting my hub and posting your comments!

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      sarahowen 7 years ago from uk

      absolutely mesmerising. thank you for sharing. would u mind having a quick look at some of my writing? ill be adding a few poems myself soon

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      alekhouse, my friend - I'm pleased you enjoyed them. Was reading some of yours just now. I've wondered how you are in your new location? Busy, no doubt!! ;-)

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      Nancy Hinchliff 7 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Beautiful, Nellieanna. Really enjoyed every poem.....thanks

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      You were right, ML!

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      mysterylady 89 7 years ago from Florida

      I am so pleased that you were honored by my comment about Gibran and was so happy to see/hear you reading that passage on your website. After I posted my comment, I worried a little bit that I had not really commented on how much I enjoyed your poetry, but then I decided we have grown unbelievably close these past few days and you would understand.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Kaltopsyd - thank you for your kind visit and comments!

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      kaltopsyd 7 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      Your poetry is always beautiful... an adventure. It's always fun to read. :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Ken, my friend and fellow poet! I hope that it's clear that I don't wish to imply that my poetry was written about sadness. It wasn't principlally about sadness but was about the joy which often had few other outlets for me then. It expressed an abiding strength which needed reminding.

      Of course, my writing was a mixture of all my various experiences and feelings about them, but my strength & purpose was in remembering and in remaining who I really was, and not allowing circumstances to make me become someone or something else. Bitterness wasn't me.

      So if writing produced some pretty good verse, I'm glad. But it was about BEING me, not about writing poetry. It just happened to come out in that form mostly. I had no thought of publishing. I hardly ever even showed it to anyone else & then, very little of it. It was just to remind me of who I am and to help keep me alive and well when it wasn't so easy. It seems, it did, - I'm well and going strong, as people do who survive intact, however it's accomplished and whoever the self is who is needed to come through it, whatever "it" is.

      I'm pleased you like that one, Ken. How good when what one has written sings out to someone else. It too tells more about what I needed to preserve that which I can & do honestly value. I appreciate your appreciation.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Mysterylady, you have touched on one of my favorite things. That is so amazing! I've even featured several of Gahlil Gibran's "The Prophet" life lessons on my own website and narrated them.

      http://nellieanna.com/onmarriage.html

      This is one of those. I'm so pleased you also like this poet's work! I discovered him in my teens and have loved his work ever since. I'm sure he's inspired me in life, whether or not in style. To be evenn mentioned in connection with Gibran's work is indeed an honor! Thank you.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Zsuzsy Bee - my early HubPages mentor! Your wise encouragement was and is so valued! Thank you. It's good of you to visit my hub!

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Merlin, dear friend! You're always so encouraging. And encouragement coming from you, that's big stuff! I wouldn't even be on HubPages - if it hadn't been for you! And I continue to enjoy what I did come here for - to read & to applaud YOUR work!! Thank you.

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I love the sketch and I think the poems are absolutely beautiful. I am hard pressed to pick a favorite. I look forward to reading more from you.

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      saddlerider1 7 years ago

      As always I am touched by your creativity. You say these are an accumulation of poems over the years and some were written in sad and trying years, some of a poet's best verse come from those moments in time as well as painters and musicians. You have crafted such marvelous works here Nell that your talent astounds me. If you had started publishing in earlier years, today you would be another famous poet laureates amongst us. However having said that my dear, YOU ARE regardless of publication. I believe there is a time in our senior years that importance can not be placed on rushing out to publish for want of fame or money, but simply just to express ourselves and leave some legacy to our followers with a hope that we left a mark with them. Thanks for sharing these beauties as always your loyal follower:0)

      By the way your third poem from the top. "You have enveloped me within your very soul"

      sang out to me and this had impact. ty

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      mysterylady 89 7 years ago from Florida

      A part of this reminded me so much of the following:

      Then Almitra spoke again and said, "And what of Marriage, master?"

      And he answered saying:

      You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.

      You shall be together when white wings of death scatter your days.

      Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.

      But let there be spaces in your togetherness,

      And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

      Love one another but make not a bond of love:

      Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.

      Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.

      Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.

      Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,

      Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

      Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.

      For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.

      And stand together, yet not too near together:

      For the pillars of the temple stand apart,

      And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.

      (from Gibran's THE PROPHET)

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Feelings expressed, at its best

      hope you're well

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      Merlin Fraser 7 years ago from Cotswold Hills

      May the deep well of your wonderful talent never run dry. You are truly an inspiration to us all!

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Amanda - thank you! I notice you like art and artists and feature them on your hubs from time to time. I very much look forward to reading your work too! I'm glad our paths crossed!

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, hello - thank you. It is most kind of you to approve of my work! I'm going to go read your article on the Byzantine era, too. It looks so factual and interesting!! Such an ambitious undertaking! Da Greek piqued my (and others') interest in that history on several occasions.

      I appreciate your work and your comments!!

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Oishi, thank you! I hadn't met you before so I visited your hubpage.

      I related to your work and commented on one of your astonishing hubs, which I could relate to, though not even closely to the extreme of the actual cases you cited, thank goodness.

      Denial of others' rights and diminishing of their life choices is a common thread, though; and that was one of my points in my repy. The situations of your examples had to start with sick attitudes about others' rights and mistaken definition of both the power and the "honor" of the perpertrators of those atrocities. I was more fortunate, is all. The attitudes and much of the groundwork existed and came much too close for comfort.

      I appreciate your visiting here; and I saw we have some hubfriends in common, so perhaps that's how I became honored by your visit now! Hubpages is a wonderful network for writers and for people! I truly appreciate your very kind words!

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Feline Prophet, yes - I understand! I haven't abandoned prose writing but have responded to a generally positive reception for my poetry, which I've written all my life more than other forms, and especially during one extremely trying period of my life.

      On HubPages, it's been especially gratifying that even some folks who openly admit to not particularly liking poetry have confessed that they've been able to relate to my stuff. For what it is worth, I can only say that my poetry was/is never written just to be writing poetry but as a simple, safe way to express myself and to record real things, especially at a time when it was the only way I found to do so.

      I'm much more verbose in prose (also a turnoff for many folks! haha). I often partly jokingly say I can tell whether what I've written is prose or poetry by its length!

      Therefore the poetry contains - in many fewer words - much that is very real for its writer and possibly experienced by others at a rather "bottom line" level, because many of those are basic to humans.

      It's probably not really very good verse, if judged from its literary quality. As I said, it wasn't written for that purpose. But I do claim its message value. And to me, a poem must have "music" and I hope mine does.

      I appreciate your checking in and letting me know you're here. You know that I greatly value you and your thoughtful comments!

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Violet Sun - thank you! I greatly appreciate your kind and encouraging comments! Thanks for visiting and reading my stuff. You've been such a good hubfriend and follower! I'm glad I joined Hubpages, too!

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      Amanda Severn 7 years ago from UK

      Beautiful poems Nellieanna. I enjoyed them all.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you, Nellienna, for such wonderful words. I couldn't add more than what had been said already and only repeat them.

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      oishi 7 years ago

      Beautiful. It seems like you have given words to what we all feel at some moment of our life but do not know how to express. But then that's what poets are for.

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      Feline Prophet 7 years ago

      Nellieanna, lest you think I'm not reading your hubs...I am, I am! It's just that you've been putting up a lot of poetry lately and you know how I am about commenting on that! :D

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      VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      I am very glad you joined Hubpages. Your writings are artistic and moving, a feast for the eyes and soul. I am a little surprised you haven't published your work. Its worthy of being published in book form!

      I have shared your hub in Facebook.