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8.3k · Apr 2015
Old Age Insight
Nancy E Tracy Apr 2015
I spent my life
trying to please my family

It didn't work

I spent my life trying to
Please others

I spent my life......
Be yourself
6.5k · Oct 2015
Definition: Poet
Nancy E Tracy Oct 2015
A poet is a nightingale
Who sits in darkness in the wood

He sings to cheer his solitude
With sweet sounds noone's ever heard

"In His Land of Dreams"
4.6k · Mar 2015
Life of a Ballernia
Nancy E Tracy Mar 2015
Gentle ballerina dance
dance your way around the world
with bold precision dance
with graceful arms unfurled

Tip toe to the passion of the tune
whirling, leaping maelstrom of romance

existential exercise of poetry unwritten
fluttering, a butterfly of souls unduly smitten
with love of life and dignity stirred all up into one
resounding splash of destiny
the last breath of a swan
for my world traveled, ballerina friend Marilyn on her birthday.
4.0k · Nov 2014
Life (Worth fighting for)
Nancy E Tracy Nov 2014
So full of life and vital things
upon the brink, I spread my wings
and close my eyes and look ahead
at all the things I've never said

at all the things I should have done
of prizes that I've striven for
and hopelessly have never won
of friends I've made
who've come and gone

Of mountains that I should have climbed
instead, on cushions I reclined
and thoughtlessly I drank the wine

of Apathy

So now that clouds have drifted by
and all alone, I lift my eye
and see the way to heaven's door
and know that life's worth fighting for

Next time I see a mountain high
I'll bound right up and touch the sky
I'll seek the prize and win this time
I'm not afraid, I'll take what's mine

won't rest on laurels in the sun
I'll fly to where the work is done
  and if it's worth the price I'll give,
of all I have, so we can live
in peace, I'll comfort anyone
who needs my help
to get things done

I'll thank the Lord for what he gave
his sinless life our souls to save

I'll hold my friends much dearer still
I'll share the wine, we'll drink our fill

No Apathy
1.9k · Nov 2014
Nancy E Tracy Nov 2014
It's over
and darling, it will never be the same

It's really over
I can't deny that it was only just a game

Feeling your arms around me
is just a long forgotten dream

'cause things are never what they seem

you gave me all that you could give
I've lost my reason now to live

because it's over
It's over
1.8k · Sep 2014
Fair Thou Art
Nancy E Tracy Sep 2014
Fair thou art
If Shakespeare could but
glimpse thy face

That gifted bard would mourn
poised quill held dry

Incompetent to match thy grace
Original name Beloved
1.7k · Dec 2014
Merry Christmas HP Poets
Nancy E Tracy Dec 2014
Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells
don't sit there with a frown
Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly
'Cause Santa Clause is Comin' to Town

Christmas Time Is Here
What a wonderful time of year

Hope all on HP get a lot of presents
Have a White Christmas
and Drink a cup of Cheer

and everything your heart desires
may come to you my dear
Merry Christmas to all the wonderful poets on Hello Poetry
1.5k · Nov 2014
Dear Blank Challenge
Nancy E Tracy Nov 2014
Dear Quin:

There's Love that makes the world
Go 'Round
There's Love that lasts Forever

And you are such a clever guy
You fly so high
You touch the sky
you make us smile and makes us cry
with poetry and wisdom

But Love For You is so Profound
sometimes it knocks us to the ground
or causes us to spread our wings
and try for higher, greater things

You're poetry is in our Hearts
When will we leave you? NEVER
1.5k · May 2017
Embraceable You (edited)
Nancy E Tracy May 2017
Embrace me, my sweet embraceable Dell
Embrace me, you irreplaceable Dell

Just one look at you, my Windows open up wide
You and you alone are always right by my side

I love all the Rom and Ram about you
Above all, I give a Dam about you

Don't be a naughty baby,
Do the magic that you do so well

My sweet unbreakable Dell
Just Fun  :)
1.5k · Oct 2015
Nancy E Tracy Oct 2015
I was hungry
          and you gave me bread of life
I was thirsty
          and you gave me living water
I was lonely
          and you said to me
          "I will never leave you nor forsake you"
I was tired
          and you gave me rest
I was afraid
          you said "fear not, for I am with you always,
          even unto the ends of the Earth"

Everything I need comes from you
Thank you Father
1.4k · Oct 2016
Nancy E Tracy Oct 2016
Here they come now!

Giggling up the sidewalk
On their way to my front door!

Masses of costumed gremlins
Tumbling, Pushing, Squirming, screaming bundles of fun.

On their way to my front door.

Sticky faces, Painted faces, Horrid Hairy masks that hide happy faces,
Upturned faces

Grinning ear to ear in anticipation of some goody
Tossed into each sack

On their way to my front door!
Have a fun Happy Halloween!
1.4k · Feb 2015
(Not Exactly) A Poem
Nancy E Tracy Feb 2015
"If some people like your painting, fine.
If some don't, well, there's the door.

Take your work seriously
But don't take yourself seriously

Paint for yourself
Enjoy yourself"

I was watching a show on PBS today
"The Beauty of Oil Painting" with Gary & Kathwren Jenkins

Gary said this and I marveled at how much this echoed the attitude we should cultivate when writing poetry.
I think we could also consider writing poetry as a painting of sorts
1.4k · Mar 2015
Nancy E Tracy Mar 2015
One has to speak their language - Cats
a snotty, snooty breed
Don't try to tell them what to do
Don't get them down when they are treed

They'll come down when they want to
when they hear the opening whirr
where can opener meets cat food
they'll walk out of that tree as if it wasn't there
and swish their tail as if to say
"it's nothing"

But, Oh, the softest love they have
when on your lap they softly purr
or stroking all that silky fur
and all the stress of passing days
so soon becomes a milky haze
and flys away, forgotten now
She loves you dear, there is no doubt
Adopt a pet today... there are so many, so many who need a home and love. they were put here for us to take care of
1.4k · Sep 2014
Sunrise in North Texas
Nancy E Tracy Sep 2014
Our beautiful, rosy,Texas dawn
wakes up as only Texas can

One thousand birds in joyous song
proclaim the day is here

The fragrance of the trees and grass and life is all around us
The vastness and the open air never ceases to astound us

Wake up!  Wake up and seize the day
The grand and glorious Texas way
1.4k · Aug 2018
There's a Cat on the prowl
Nancy E Tracy Aug 2018
Not a sound
in th forest
Not a leaf
in the wind

On the lake
not a ripple
there's a storm
coming in

Not a deer
in the meadow
Not a hiss
not a howl

Not a breath
Not a whisper
There's a cat
on the prowl

Not a twitter
of a bird
Not a Bat
Not an Owl

Silence in the forest
There's a cat on the prowl

All is well until he brushes against my legs, looks
up at me and meows - lunch time
1.3k · Feb 2015
Trouble II
Nancy E Tracy Feb 2015
I pedaled so hard to get to the place
that I thought that I knew was right

And when I get to where I have got
I sometimes find out that the right
that I thought was right.....
was not

So I picked myself up and I dusted me off
although I'm a terrible sight
I got on my horse (I hope no one's  watching)
and galloped off into the night

It isn't so bad to make a mistake
just go to the end of the line
a lesson you've learned just like everyone else
and you start all over again

starting over is not such a horrible thing
sometimes it's all for the best
your perspective is better, your mind is much clearer
you've triumphed and won like the rest

A good sense of humor and love in your heart
are required for a life without woe
you'll never be able to live without those
and we all have to learn to let go
So many people are so afraid that they'll make a mistake that they are afraid to try anything new....
1.3k · Apr 2015
You're a Poet
Nancy E Tracy Apr 2015
If words can move you to faraway places
or open your heart as you read,
or sit in your mind
for hours at a time
It's poetry

If you rhyme or compose at every suggestion
of things that you hear or you see,
or if there's an obsession to write it all down
It's poetry

If you put down your fork on its way to your mouth
so you can pick up a pen
and jot down a note,
you are definitely a poet too.
(Courtesy of:  Mike Essig)

If you think that you're different
You are

If you wonder about
or have any doubt
of whether or not you're a poet
You are
(Whether you like it or not)
(Thanks to HP poet  Mike Essig for the added line)
1.1k · Feb 2018
February 14, 2018
Nancy E Tracy Feb 2018
On Valentines Day
I don't belong
The love I've had has come and gone

No roses now delighting me

No heart shaped box of sweets
To bring me joy, it seems

But memories beside me sleep
To waken only in my dreams
Still Happy on Valentines Day because of CHOCOLATE!
1.1k · Feb 2015
Kill me with Love Re post
Nancy E Tracy Feb 2015
Hypnotize me darling with your eyes
Mezmerize me lover with your sighs

**** me with the magic of your kiss
Kindle in me fire that's truly bliss

Break away the boundries that have kept us far apart
Heal the broken pieces of my unforgiving heart

Put it back together like it was
and fill me now and always with  your love
Nancy E Tracy Aug 2015
Fret Not!
Thou canst but read them all!

Hordes beset the pages now here-in
Contorting mental faculties to new and different bent

Perusal of Poetry in monumental quantities
is known to suddenly suffuse the brain with lusher thoughts, ideas

Behold! A new man doth arise
as a Phoenix from the ashes of despair

Continue on, my friend, to try to drink of all the knowledge here
While Eliot wafts his magic wand creating wonders in the air

But, ya can't read 'em all.............alas
Just a thought :)
1.1k · Mar 2017
Spring Evening
Nancy E Tracy Mar 2017
High, thin, cirrus clouds
cutting off half of the moon

Just the bottom shows

Tall trees, swaying breeze
nightingales in joyful tune

But, the old Owl knows

Spring is for the young
Love and roses everywhere

"Who...says that's how it goes?"
1.0k · Sep 2014
Nancy E Tracy Sep 2014
Set in silver
braids of gold
memories of days of old

Stiff lace collar
eyes of blue
inner beauty shining thru

Crinolines and high-topped shoes
transcendental state if muse
inspired by a picture of my Grandmother
993 · Oct 2014
Addictive HP
Nancy E Tracy Oct 2014
This morning I heard myself say,
"Don't go 'cause you won't get away"

"You'll never get anything done,
You'll be sitting there reading 'til dawn.
You're dishes will sit in the sink,
Your body will stink,
'cause it's all gone to hell,
Sitting 'round in you're petticoat pink" ? lol

But I logged on anyway......

Nancy E Tracy Jan 2015
Talent, good looks and all the rest
Tall, adorable, he was the best

Kind and decent, owns his own business
Man of mystery, wild and ****

The things you want
in the man you marry

They don't always necessarily




Choose wisely girls.....
963 · Nov 2014
On Veterans Day
Nancy E Tracy Nov 2014
To all the soldiers serving now
To those who served in other wars

Born of your courage, strength and might
The freedom that you sought is ours

Because of you we can but say
A humble prayer of thanks today
Nancy E Tracy Oct 2014
Have you seen the moon?
Hidden by a cloud
it's missing

Missing what was ours
Truly it was never meant to be
Gone forever out among the stars
Whisked away, a vapour, just a dream

Have you seen my heart?
Melted by my tears
it's missing

Missing plans we made
When you took your love away from me
Overwhelmed by sorrow and dismay
Surely I will wane and fade away

Just like the moon
Is that already the title of a song? Oops!
941 · Jul 2018
Adam and Eve in the garden
Nancy E Tracy Jul 2018
Adam and Eve in the garden
Eve said "Sir, but begging your pardon"
"This apple, you see, just fell down from that tree,
but I tasted and it's just delicious."

"My Father said  we're not to eat it
But he's not around here today
so, just give it to me and I'll try it
Delicious, is that what you say?"

Now, the next day, when God was out walking,
{He was looking for Adam and Eve}
He couldn't believe they were covered in leaves
So he told them "Sit down and start  talking"

"The serpent beguiled me" said Eve
That left Adam with nowhere to turn
He said  "Eve said 'lets try it'  and I don't deny it
I took a wee bite just to please."

"The fault is on Eve can't you see Lord?"
So all humans were banished from paradise
'Cause ADAM just couldn't say NO...
Women's POV ,  limerick
891 · Apr 2015
Mother's Lament
Nancy E Tracy Apr 2015
I've been kicking you
From Behind for years
And STILL you do not notice
Not Haiku :)
883 · Jul 2015
Just a little reminder
Nancy E Tracy Jul 2015
"The finest thought
runs the risk of being irrevocably forgotten
if we do not write it down"
Arthur Schopenhauer
842 · Mar 2015
Lavish Love (10W)
Nancy E Tracy Mar 2015
The sweetest words you'll ever hear
"I love you Nanny"
802 · Aug 2015
Just a Little Ditty
Nancy E Tracy Aug 2015
If it's 63 degrees
in your town
in August

Don't ask me why
can't tell ya

You'll know you're in Texas
Believe me
Oh, Hell yeah
802 · Sep 2016
Roses Roses
Nancy E Tracy Sep 2016
Roses, Roses, Roses
Yellow, pink and red
Dreaming in a flower bed

Ducks afloat
upon the pond
Gliding graceful
To and fro
Searching for a piece of bread
Thrown from the pier
on which two children perch.

While I may search

for peace, of which I don't deserve
for struggling through this unforgiving world
for making many errors on the way

But, now it's done
I see so clearly
There's only peace
a price so dearly
paid for me by One
789 · Sep 2018
If I were only 10 (Again)
Nancy E Tracy Sep 2018
What a perfect place for a treehouse
In the limbs of that old tree
I'd spend all my time just dreaming
Of what a wonderful time it would be
To be running away from the pirates
Who were after me!

While looking for a place to hide
I'd look up and see
That treehouse snuggled high above
The perfect place for me.

The only way up
Not the way you would think
Was a little old Elf
Sitting there on a shelf
Saying, "I'll give you a boost for a drink"

So I pulled out my cup
And went looking
For water was surely nearby

He said, "Water's not my favorite drink,
                   I'll have a cup of Rye"

I had no Rye to my name
Thinking quickly on my feet
"Let the pirates give him a drink of Rye"

When they go up,
I'll say "Goodbye"

What a perfect place for a treehouse,

If I were only 10 (again}.
inspired by being outside in this wonderful weather we are having right now
784 · Aug 2015
Nancy E Tracy Aug 2015
I've had time
to look around
at all the folks I've met

Searching for the perfect
And I haven't found one
Nobody's Perfect.....
761 · Jan 2015
Just Like You
Nancy E Tracy Jan 2015
He was tall and quite attractive, just like you
He was so well educated and his eyes were baby blue

He was everything I wanted
He was everything I needed
Fell in love with me completely
Said he couldn't live without me

Just like you
Just like you
Just like you

Now we're making plans together
Of the future home we'll share
I'll pretend I really love him
I'll pretend I really care

Just like you
Just like you
Just like you

When we fall asleep at night  I'll lie there dreaming dreams of you
While he never knows my secret, while he never knows the truth

Just like me
Just like me
Just like me
I think I've been listening to too much country music
730 · Mar 2017
Brighter Day
Nancy E Tracy Mar 2017
If your soul is aching and you need a friend
Call on Jesus
Call on Jesus

If you're down and troubled, need a helping hand
Call on Jesus
Call on Jesus

He'll take care of you
He'll be there for you
He'll lead you all the way
out of the darkest day
Call on Jesus
Call on Jesus
Just a little encouragement for my friends
729 · Sep 2014
Tupelo Bullet
Nancy E Tracy Sep 2014
I still can hear the train
it left here hours ago

It rattled past me down the track
on it's way to Tupelo

I hear the singing rails,
the lonesome whistle song
The earthquake feel of strength and steel
and the quiet when it's gone.
I love trains, and my Grandparents lived by a Railroad track .  That is what inspired this poem
725 · Jun 2015
Diagnosis: HOPE
Nancy E Tracy Jun 2015
Dark and gloomy days on end
with no apparent hope in sight
fortunes fleeing (lamps alight)
on fairy wings into the night

Out of darkness sinister
with teeth like sharks to minister
that sweeping blow with the sharpest knife
that rips and tears the soul apart
then plunges terror in the heart

Those words from out Golgotha's pits
of pending dangers lurking near

Diagnosis: Cancer

Then just a whisper wafts by here
and sets a message in the ear
"I will never leave you nor forsake you"

A friend was diagnosed with cancer today.  There are so many new treatments out there now that there is great hope
716 · Apr 2017
Loving Hands
Nancy E Tracy Apr 2017
You lose nothing in
the Loving Hands of Jesus
You gain everything
701 · Dec 2014
Just a giggle
Nancy E Tracy Dec 2014
Release me HP, let me go
I love you more and more and more

"But I have promises to keep
and miles to go before I sleep"
Something to make you laugh, I hope. Thanks to Robert Frost and
Ray Price (I think)
Merry Christmas!
669 · Mar 2017
The Promise
Nancy E Tracy Mar 2017
like a soft breeze through a willow
He reaches out and bids me take his hand
An easy step across the River Jordan
No more need to understand
All things are clear to me upon my pillow

"I'm here" He said "just like I promised"

"No more sorrow, No more fear.
You'll not ever shed another tear
No more pain and no tomorrow,
eternity is your's.  
Well  done my friend"
RIP Charlie..............we all loved you dearly.  (Lost another friend yesterday)
668 · Oct 2016
More to Life
Nancy E Tracy Oct 2016
There's not a man
Who doesn't know
There's more to life than this

That God is gently waiting by
to greet us with a kiss

He truly only wants your love
Forgiveness has been won

His Love is free
our sins nailed to a tree
All done for us by his son
653 · Nov 2014
Fun with EAP
Nancy E Tracy Nov 2014
eetsy eetsy, tiny feetsy
in the attic dark and creepy
who could be there? Looking at me
Is it Procyon Lotor?

He comes watching every winter
will he really dare to enter?
Enter at my chamber door
Seeking mischief as before?

Comes the creature wild of feature
Fuzzy furry in a hurry
looking for me wanting near me
Only this and nothing more


Will they hate me and berate me
loving Rhyme the way I do?

Poetaster they will call me
Death, disaster pray befall me

I will be the way I will be
always 'till the end of time so
You can hate me all you want to
You have your way, I'll have mine

Poetry by definition

A highly developed form and
of heightened language and rythm
to express an imaginative
of the subject
Procyon Lator - raccoon  (My pet raccoon) penned with tongue in cheek hope ya know :)
633 · Sep 2014
Mildred's Web
Nancy E Tracy Sep 2014
Sits She waiting in a nest
of finest silk strung here to there
and in the garden
over by the waterlilies
sits the mate whose name she bare

Wed they in June
5 years ago
in Copper Corners by the bay
and children 3 had She and He
with names like Do and Re and Mi

Loved He her
and She loved He
idyllic life had they
came then Charlotte (sans her web)
and stole She's He away

From what I know
they're all there still
at least they were today
I had already posted this once when I first came to HP but I would like to post it again for the  Fairytale Challenge
624 · Feb 2015
Nancy E Tracy Feb 2015
Born on this day
my firstborn child
In Huntingburg
far from the sea
The life that's given us by God
so full of possibilities

Her destination still unknown
she strikes upon the path of life
so full of wondrous mystery
she sees a world filled up with strife

And picks her way among the stones
(life doesn't mete out dulcet tones)

But then again that still small voice
calls from the vail of destiny
"To Love is such an easy choice"
"Come here my child and rest in Me"
My Daughter's Birthday today
606 · Sep 2014
Nancy E Tracy Sep 2014
Polly is my favorite horse
She's tall and lean and dapple
She comes to me for food, of course,
and always wants an apple.

She carries me to Avalon
upon her back I'm Kubla Kahn

We're spirits of favonian

I'm Lancelot

She's Lippizan
The poem was named by a friend of mine.
595 · Sep 2016
Nancy E Tracy Sep 2016
Somewhere there are
Flowers blooming
Dew is trimming
each and every petal

Somewhere there are
Oceans booming
fishes swimming

Somewhere there are
People laughing
Happy families
Babies clapping

Sun is shining
no more whining
Peace and quiet
No more riots
No more bombs
or people hating

Just not here...........

Preachers teaching
God is reaching
out to you

If  you listen, you can you hear
His sweet voice is everywhere
571 · Nov 2014
Nancy E Tracy Nov 2014
C o r n e r s!
e Are Corners
            ­  life
s  e  m  i  t  e  m o S
A r e
Lost a beloved Friend the other day, Sharp!
570 · Apr 2017
Music of life
Nancy E Tracy Apr 2017
Fields of Bluebonnetts
Suddenly appearing

New birth upon us
Songbirds we're hearing

Daylight is lengthing
hearts are strengthening

Dance to the music of life
558 · Sep 2014
My Yard
Nancy E Tracy Sep 2014
In my yard a hummingbird is sipping on a flower
While breezes through the old Mimosa sway

In my ear a dove is cooing in the morning hour
a Meadow Lark is welcoming the day

In my eye a butterfly writes "Peace" across the lawn
In my nose a fragrant rose perfumes the early dawn

In my heart a song of joy
put there by God alone

For in my yard
the love He gives makes this old house a home
This poem was published in our local newspaper.  They have a yearly Poetry contest.
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