Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression

Basking

 

Where

.

I
float
away

~

Drift
on
dreams

.

so
deep;

~

Inhaled
memories

~

Precious
grains

.

I
keep;

~

Feeling

.

like
you’re
near

~

Miles

.

melt
away;

~

I
can
hear

.

your
song

~

Heartstrings
strum

.

and
play;

~

Patiently

.

I
bask

~

Nestled
by

.

the
sea;

~

Awaiting
sunsets

.

vowed

.

just
to

.

you

and

me.

~

©Robyn Lee

IMG_6158Special thanks to my beautiful subject (and muse)
for permitting me to publish the above photo
and inspired verse.

94 responses

  1. What a stunning photo and a wonderful poem.

    July 19, 2013 at 12:14 PM

  2. Thank you Alastair ~ I had to negotiate this one some with my candid “model” :) ~ Was heartfelt for me – so I persevered! :) So glad you enjoyed. ~
    much love x RL

    July 19, 2013 at 12:17 PM

  3. Lovely.

    July 19, 2013 at 12:19 PM

  4. stunned… by the words and photo… magnificent…

    July 19, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    • You spoil me dear friend~ so grateful! Thrilled you enjoyed! x RL

      July 19, 2013 at 12:25 PM

  5. You amaze me with your talents!

    July 19, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    • Thanks sooo much dear Julie – you amaze me in innumerable ways!!! LOVE x R

      July 19, 2013 at 12:26 PM

  6. Reblogged this on Spiritual challenges .

    July 19, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    • Thank you soooo much Maxima – such a beautiful honor indeed. I appreciate! :) x Love to you – RL

      July 19, 2013 at 2:39 PM

  7. I wonder… whether its the photo which inspired this wonderful poem, OR because I have read the poem, the photo appears …well… amazing !

    Either way, both are works of art. Joy to the senses Robyn :)

    July 19, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    • Oh Tatsat ~ thank you so kindly for this wonderful comment. The truth is this piece is very much based in truth. I shot the photo the other day without intention of utilizing it for the blog – but in retrospect, I could not resist trying to capture its genuine essence in some brief words. I am so thrilled to know you were taken in some too! Much Love and Blessings ~ Robyn :)

      July 19, 2013 at 2:44 PM

  8. une belle histoire

    July 19, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    • Kenkiz
      Merci, je suis si heureux que vous ayez apprécié :)

      July 19, 2013 at 2:47 PM

  9. Your words and photos tend to carry me away to a most peaceful place, much appreciated right now Robyn. :)

    July 19, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    • I am so happy to know this LuAnn, and thank you — please take good care of you ~ and know you are in my thoughts – and my heart! Love to you – x Robyn

      July 19, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      • Your comforting words are like a cozy blanket to me. :)

        July 20, 2013 at 5:26 PM

  10. Gorgeous:) The words, the photo (the model in the photo) and the sentiment. xx

    July 19, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    • Heartfelt thank you dearest words4jp. So delighted you enjoyed it… yes, lots of sentiment :) x RL with love

      July 19, 2013 at 11:05 PM

  11. Beautiful

    July 19, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    • Thank you so much! :) I appreciate ~ x RL

      July 19, 2013 at 2:58 PM

  12. This is lovely, Robyn. I felt the kinship in this and could empathize with the feeling of longing and nestling by the sea. I like the texture of the footprints and the ruffled material as well as the angle of the model. I can feel the sand and smell the air. Jane

    July 19, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    • Jane thank you so much. I wrote this from perspective of young lady in photo – but yes, I know these are pretty universal emotions – and being close to nature is soothing to the soul in many ways. So happy you liked photo elements too – I Got a little lucky ! Just made sure the flip-flops and beach bag were moved out of the frame! :) Love to you.. Robyn

      July 19, 2013 at 11:10 PM

  13. Love both your words and photo Robyn…..!!
    Amazing…!! Such longing….!! ~ Kazi

    July 19, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    • Kazi thank you so much my friend. I am thrilled you enjoyed, and cold sense the emotion that was truly flowing here in this scene ~ much love, Robyn

      July 19, 2013 at 11:13 PM

  14. Lovely, Robyn:)

    July 19, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    • Aww -thank you nightlake ~~ :) x

      July 19, 2013 at 11:14 PM

  15. Everything about this is beautiful and stunning, Robyn, your words, the photo, your model and muse. Amazing, my friend…xoxo

    July 19, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    • Thank you dear Lauren… I am thrilled you found the combination to be a pleasing one! I enjoyed creating this… the subject is near and dear to me and the feelings were all happening in the moment there (little did she know I would plot to write about them days later!) :) Love to you~~ x RL

      July 20, 2013 at 10:21 AM

  16. Once again, Robyn, you have taken me home – to the beach, to the water and its peaceful eternal rythm. There is a gentle calm about the picture and a soft, sensuous metre to the words. …..not that I liked it at all, wouldn’t you know. :) Big Hug !
    Paul

    July 19, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    • Most happy to know Paul ~ it’s wonderful to be able to transport others to a time or place that is meaningful and soothing to the soul. So “you liked it??” LOL ~ It was a special piece to me – personally involved with the young lady featured too – and poem is based in truth for her. ;) Love and Hugs – Robyn

      July 20, 2013 at 10:24 AM

  17. Amazing, isn’t it? How it is that a single moment can stretch to cover eternity…..such are those we know of love. Through the eyes of understanding and beauty, there our heaven. This is beyond words, Robyn. In it, your heart…….and we are blessed with the view. I love this and am grateful to the muse that allowed words to follow. ~ Always with love to you, my friend. ~ Bobbie

    July 19, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    • my dear bobbie – yes – so amazing how one moment can encompass eternity…. and how universal feelings/emotion can be projected and entwined with nature’s forces and Divine Love. This piece was very much written in the truths held in moment I captured the photo. My muse has some exciting things going on in her young life since returning from her study abroad… bet you can guess the rest! :) Love always to you my wonderful friend ~ x Robyn

      July 20, 2013 at 10:32 AM

      • what I know for certain – is how blessed to have you to share them with – a mother, a friend, a soulmate ……….you are both so very blessed!

        July 20, 2013 at 7:48 PM

  18. Wonderful poem and picture!

    July 19, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    • Very thrilled you enjoyed dear Wendell!! This beautiful heart (photo) is the one we spoke about recently, with regard to our beloved children and travel abroad. She is home from Spain now, and there has been so much evolution and growth – love.
      Blessings and Love to you~ Robyn

      July 20, 2013 at 10:37 AM

  19. Beautiful Robyn, I truly love your poetry. XO to you my friend. Sheri

    July 19, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    • Thank you so much Sheri – that means a lot to me dear friend ~ May blessings and love abound. x Robyn

      July 20, 2013 at 10:38 AM

  20. Stunning image and such beautiful words.
    Thankyou for sharing, my friend. x V

    July 20, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    • I so appreciate that Vicki – I am thrilled you enjoyed…. was a spontaneous photo – and I could not resist sharing … wish I had planned it, and kept my model still :) Nevertheless – was a fun project indeed! Love to you – x Robyn

      July 20, 2013 at 10:41 AM

  21. i fallen in love with the photo Robyn, you can actually feel the warmth! and the poem itself – you have a gift my friend! :) much love dear! ~~

    July 20, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    • Thank you poojy — I too thought this photo had some very cool elements! The warmth you feel is there — and the sentiments are all very genuine (projected through me of course – but for her)… Thank you for your kind words — so appreciate!! x much love to you~ Robyn

      July 20, 2013 at 10:43 AM

  22. “your song . . . heartstrings strum . . .” reminds me of a mutual blogger friend of ours . . . This was beautiful, Robyn.

    July 20, 2013 at 3:25 AM

    • Ahhh – yes Jessica – I know exactly who you speak of! In this instance, though – it is another young man who plays guitar and sings (to the young lady in my photo [my baby girl – shhh :) ] ) ~ She has recently returned from 6 months studying abroad, where she met a wonderful adoring friend from another land … who happens to be a musical creative soul too. I could not resist composing this post, and projecting some of what she was feeling in these moments we spent together on the beach this day… So thrilled you enjoyed sweet friend – much love x Robyn

      July 20, 2013 at 10:51 AM

  23. I
    can
    hear

    your
    song

    Heartstrings
    strum

    and
    play;

    oh, what sublime, lyrical poetry you write,
    and the photograph…are there words?

    ty for this my friend, what a gift you are.
    {{{ h u g s }}} and *smiles *

    July 20, 2013 at 3:35 AM

  24. You are very kind, and I so appreciate your warm words. So delighted to know you enjoyed this ~ I had lots of fun with it as well!
    Have a wonderful trip my friend! Blessings and Love, Robyn

    July 20, 2013 at 2:30 PM

  25. Dear Robyn,
    I wasn’t sure where I’d end up at the end of this warm, loving poem, and the climax was astoundingly special.
    Of course my N is a guitar player who has strummed my heart’s strings for many years, so I imagined basking in his sun, by his sea.
    Only 12 hour (exhausting) days have kept me from coming here sooner!
    Take care my F-G-S much love _Resa xo

    July 20, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    • Dear Resa, oh thank you ~ * smiling* – that is just very beautiful and romantic – and warms my heart to know yours (and said ‘strings’) have been so well-nurtured by your N! ;) I am just incredibly happy you enjoyed and this conjured up some good feelings for you – never a rush to visit here – you know my doors are always wide open. Sounds like you are burning the candle at both ends my F-G -S – so please take good care of you — the most important thing. Much Love and Giant Hug ~ x Robyn

      July 21, 2013 at 12:02 AM

  26. Sunsets vowed just to you and me…..such beautiful words…..and nesting by the sea is exactly what she looks like she’s doing amid all the ruffles of sand and fabric. The light in the photo is incredibly beautiful …..did you use an extra light source? Really stunning :-)

    July 21, 2013 at 5:08 AM

    • Thank you soooo very much greenmackenzie! I did like the concept of “sunsets vowed..” as well! I was fairly lucky with the lighting – actually impromptu shot with no props at all – it was near sunset/dusk at the time though, which offered a nice effect. The ruffles – also very unplanned – this is an old (26 years) sheet we use for the beach ~ it actually peach colored but in the b&w/sepia presented as white which made it more seamless I think. Just thrilled you enjoyed ~ and grateful for your wonderful comment!!! x sending love – RL

      July 21, 2013 at 10:28 PM

  27. Robyn, your poetic masterpiece took me on a journey into my past. My mind traveled back in time… to the most precious era of my life (so far). I loved the photograph too!! Love, light – Noora

    July 21, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    • Dear Noora ~ thank you my friend – I am beyond thrilled you could “time-travel” a bit with the prompt from my post~~ and to the most precious time of your life –that is magnificent! Gratitude and Love, Robyn x

      July 21, 2013 at 10:30 PM

  28. Brilliant photo and poem Robyn – I’m glad your model was persuaded! xx

    July 21, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    • Yes, me too Ruth… took a bit as she is a little bashful!! Thank you so much, and very happy to know you enjoyed!! :) x RL

      July 21, 2013 at 10:34 PM

  29. Robyn your sphere is so beautifully painted with love ,beauty and warmth ♥
    what a beautiful shot and oh that poem
    love ya :)

    July 22, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    • Thank you so much Soma!! Yes – your adjectives are right on dear friend ~ that is how it felt to me too! So much love, Robyn x

      July 22, 2013 at 11:55 AM

  30. Wonderful, so inspiring words and photo… :-)

    July 22, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    • Thank you most kindly dearest Drake! appreciate! :) xRL

      July 22, 2013 at 11:55 AM

  31. This picture is awstruckingly (guess I am in dearth of vocab here) beautiful!!!! And the poetry truly justifies the moment!! Enjoying your posts Robyn :)

    July 22, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    • Bongcomb ~ so appreciate that! Thrilled you are enjoying your visits here – and just got hungry wandering around your blog !! :) x RL

      July 22, 2013 at 12:17 PM

  32. Delicious! I was floating and basking with you Robyn, I often use the word savor to describe experiences like your poem and beach basking. Thanks for the beautiful poem and ride!

    July 22, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    • Thanks so much Brad!~ Truly appreciate, and very happy to know you enjoyed the ride… and got to float and bask too! :)
      Yes – I like the word –“savor”! The joys of life are meant be savored in the most wonderful ways~
      Love to you, Robyn

      July 22, 2013 at 7:33 PM

      • Awesome! I appreciate your loving and poetic soul that shines so clearly in your writing, whether commenting or your lovely posts. The savoring probably helps! Keep on!

        August 10, 2013 at 1:17 PM

  33. Robyn, again and again I am mezmorized by your words and your photography. They make me pause, feel the pulse of life within me and around me in this very moment. You so inspire me, Robyn. Please tell me that you are publishing a book of poetry. Love, Lisa

    July 22, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    • Thank you so much Lisa – that really means a lot to me… as for a ‘book’ — maybe just for fun one day — perhaps a winter project!!
      So appreciate all your encouragement and loving support always ~ x Robyn

      July 23, 2013 at 1:06 PM

  34. As always an exquisite piece of choreography, Robyn. Your beautiful photograph (a work of art) (and of course your lovely, if shy, model) and your poetic words rich with captured emotions of the moment, just excellent. There is a feel almost of nostalgia here, and soothing sensuality. Such a pleasure to enjoy your creations! Much love dear friend, xo

    July 22, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    • Oh Penny I like the idea of “choreography” ~ like each piece/post is a dance of sorts! In a way they are for me :) I was lucky to get my subject to agree to share — we are keeping it off her Facebook ;)– so her ‘friends’ will not be privy!! LOL ~ So thrilled you enjoyed. For me was lots of fun create for all kinds of reasons! Love and Hugs to you dearest friend… x RL

      July 23, 2013 at 1:13 PM

  35. “Heartstrings”… I love that. The word stayed with me for the whole day. Such a great photo you took and your words brought me right to the moment instantly. As always, a pleasure to read your expressions dear Robyn. Wishing you are well -AB

    July 23, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    • So much thanks dear Arash~ Yes – that word was super appropriate in this scenario ;) I am so happy you were able to ‘go there’ with me …. a little beach basking excursion is always nurturing for the heart and soul. Thank you for your warm wishes, and I always send them right back your way my friend ~ much love, RL x

      July 23, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      • Thanks Robyn. Would be great to “go” to that beach. Do you live near the coast? Looks beautiful. -AB

        July 24, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      • YES Arash ~ East Coast of NY- resort community~ now put it on your “to do” list – I would be honored to join you when you visit one day! :) It is quite beautiful. x RL

        July 24, 2013 at 3:17 PM

  36. Kathy

    Hi Robyn. Can feel the warmth in your words. We all need to spend some time “basking”!

    July 23, 2013 at 4:49 AM

    • Hi there Kathy! Thank you so much – I could not agree more!! x Much Love – RL

      July 23, 2013 at 1:18 PM

  37. As always…lovely…

    July 23, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    • Clarice – I am thrilled you enjoyed this! with appreciation and love ~ x RL

      July 23, 2013 at 1:19 PM

  38. your lyricism is dreamy, Robyn, your joy and love for life … inspiring. much love, tony

    July 23, 2013 at 2:56 PM

  39. Dear tony,
    I am most flattered, and quite
    touched. Yes I do love life
    — and It is a
    joy to know that you
    enJOY my playful little
    projects here – truly!
    love to you ~
    Robyn

    July 23, 2013 at 10:28 PM

  40. That’s a stunning shot Robyn.

    As you muse thus, what is it that makes it all about you? Is it the vastness and the solitude of nature caressing you?

    Shakti

    July 24, 2013 at 6:26 AM

    • Thank you so much Shakti. I am thrilled you enjoyed the shot (was rather spontaneous and she was moving a bit but something there).

      As for your question… first a definition of muse from https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/muse: “Today, a muse is a person who serves as an artist’s inspiration.” In this case my subject/muse is someone quite close to my heart… Spending this eventing on the beach together moved me to write the verse I did, to accompany my image which also tells the story. My words and feelings here are my projection of her deepest heart, if that makes any sense. With love and appreciation ~ RL

      July 24, 2013 at 10:59 AM

  41. JC

    Hi Robyn,

    Your gift of word artistry is beautiful….I went back and read the words again then looked at the picture; I could ‘see’ it in the photo :)
    Blessings
    JC

    July 24, 2013 at 3:22 PM

  42. Thank you so much JC. That is the highest compliment, and I am so thrilled to know you could feel the essence of this piece. Very special indeed! Much Love and Blessings always, Robyn

    July 24, 2013 at 3:37 PM

  43. ghostwriter55

    RL,

    As always, your words are so enticing and you photo is a perfect match… I cherish your writing so much that I long for more :)

    P.S. I re-posted the poem of “The Web” it is such a special piece to me, that I just had to share it…

    http://themaskoftheghostwriter.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/71/

    July 25, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    • Hi there gw, and thank you so much. You are always most kind and thoughtful. I’m very honored to see you have re-published my photo of “The Web” along with your heartfelt verse. Just took a peak and it looks beautiful in your updated blog format, which is super beautiful btw. I wish you so much good luck over there. With love and appreciation ~ RL

      July 25, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      • ghostwriter55

        Thank you so much RL… I hope to see you around soon

        July 25, 2013 at 10:37 PM

  44. I love the photograph and enjoy the proses. Thank you

    July 25, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    • Thank you so much clgphotos! I am most honored you enjoyed my work! Love and Light ~ RL

      July 26, 2013 at 2:03 AM

  45. Very effective in black and white. It really made me look longer at the photo :)

    July 26, 2013 at 4:26 AM

  46. I am most honored Rhys. Thank you so much for your lovely comment today! :) Always, RL

    July 26, 2013 at 1:10 PM

  47. Love that picture! The words were gorgeous :) makes me want to lay on the beach and relax with my love :)

    July 26, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    • Aww – thank you Amanda – that is so so lovely! Yes – GO GO GO with William! :) xR

      July 26, 2013 at 9:04 PM

  48. Robyn, What can I say, you are a magical poet and a gift to the Universe. Your Dear Friend, Pamela

    July 28, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    • Thanks so much Pam…. Always you know how to illicit a smile. Maybe an angel is you?? Love to you beloved friend!! 💐

      July 29, 2013 at 12:55 AM

  49. I felt the longing.. every verse tugged at my heart strings!
    Wonderfully penned, dear one!

    July 31, 2013 at 6:19 AM

  50. Fantastically awesome!! ^_^ \m/

    Rahul

    August 16, 2013 at 3:21 PM

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