feature image originally published 6/24/2012: Stillness
Guide the way,
see me, but
Pure heat that
There are no
On Monday I received an email from my dear friend, Monica,
a very special lady I first crossed paths with in the fall of 2010.
Facing similar challenges, Monica and I found the gift of friendship
after meeting on an internet medical support forum. Since that time,
we have become sisters of the soul… And, for this, I’m so grateful.
After admiring Resa’s spectacular masterpiece art-gown Blue Venus this weekend,
Monica sent me a wonderful poem she composed, explaining
that she was inspired by the stunning gown, combined with
the spirit she envisioned I would wear it.
I am deeply touched by her graceful heart, and
wanted to share her poetic healing words with each of you today.
Paired with a shadow self-portrait, please enjoy this 3rd level
of artistic inspiration born of Resa’s Blue Venus;
Truly captivating verse, crafted by a very
talented poetess, and
With so much Love
Wrapped in clouds and sky
her footfall gentle on the sand
eyes shining with bravery
trailing tranquility in her wake.
Garbed in shimmering blue
Grecian goddess dancing
with iridescent fish from the sea
to the melody of hope and love.
Floating in sapphire silk,
singing to the ocean and stars
the wind answers back
as she walks like the night, in beauty.
To offer creative inspiration to a fellow-artist
seems, to me, one of the richest gifts
we might ever give, or receive.
Resa is a professional costume designer, and this is her 4th in an exciting series of “art gowns” featured on her blog.
She explained that she was inspired to design this one for me, after enjoying many of my writings and photos here, featuring sea, sky and love. I could not be more touched and honored, and thus wanted to share this magnificent gown, fit for a goddess, with all of you today. My poem, above, flowed from my pen and heart, almost instantly, after seeing Blue Venus for the first time. Clearly Resa must have intuitive powers, only having asked me about my favorite colors – and creating this fantasy gown that I truly adore.
Hope you enjoyed, and be sure to visit Resa at her Blog, Blue Venus « Queen’s end to see more photos of this stunning gown, and to learn additional details about the birth of her masterpiece. Thank you beautiful Resa ~ I will forever cherish this most incredible gift of your art.
Much Love Always
Wrap me in
I need to
Click this link to enjoy a beautiful poem
entitled: Ode To A Butterfly
by Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Upon Silver Wings
Ambiguous Blue Brilliance
Through Windows of Hope
round – and – round she twirls
dreamer spinning fairy tales
we came spinning
out of nothingness
the stars made a circle
and in the middle
the wheel of heaven
like a mill
if you grab a spoke
it will tear your hand off
turning and turning
were that wheel not in love
it would cry
“enough! how long this turning?”
beggars circle tables
dogs circle carrion
the lover circles
his own heart
I circle shame
a ruined water wheel
whichever way I turn
is the river
if that rusty old sky
creaks to a stop
still, still I turn
and it is only God
Ascend blue and white
Transcend illusion of strife
Where all reflects light
I found a ladder
To the sun;
One step at a time
That’s all it takes,
Join our caravan
We’ll travel above
Silk purple skies
Our path of night
Lit up by stars,
Full and proud.
We’ll sleep in beds of
Puffy white, while
They’ll protect us
From those gusty winds,
And shelter us from
So follow me
One by one;
For each step we take,
Each wish we make
Means our journey
Click here if you would like to see
Robyn Lee’s Own Little Sun-Climbers 15 years ago
Crystal ball glows
Summons us, with
We float past
To guide your
So rub my
It’s time to go.
blankets of fear
©Meryl Spiegel 2012
Special thanks to fellow-blogger and friend, Meryl, who wrote this emotional poem for her own post last week entitled, Help. I was touched by her heartfelt words, and thought they would make an excellent companion for my feature image today. We are excited to share this collaboration, and hope you enjoy. Please visit Meryl’s site at Recovery Thru My Lens to view her photo, and read her own personal narrative, Help « Recovery Thru My Lens reflective of her post…sentiments many of us can empathize with.
Much Love ~ Robyn Lee
”I am the daughter of Earth and Water,
And the nursling of the Sky;
I pass through the pores of the ocean and shores;
I change, but I cannot die.”
I invite you to read Shelley’s poem ‘The Cloud’ in all of its glorious entirety here
The Cloud ~ by, Percy Bysshe Shelley
She dares not question her guide
Ascending the spiral platform
Thirsty for calm.
Each step elevating her to the next
Yearning to reach her
Climbing up circular
Curves and winding
Her Shadow follows
Free of thoughts
Gripping the sturdy iron rail of
Stability, she arrives
At the vertex;
And under a thick canopy of
Closes her eyes
© Robyn Lee
“There is comfort in knowing that with each tomorrow,
we too may begin again.”
“There is a coherence in things,
a stability; something is immune from change
and shines out…in the face of the flowing, the fleeting, the spectral,
like a ruby. ”
~Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
“Quite often, the direction we face reveals not only
the sight before us, but something richer and deeper still.”
Here I share with you another photo I shot yesterday, a companion to Revealing « THROUGH THE HEALING LENS in order to ’reveal’ to you more of the environment in which these photos were created. Enjoy
Much Love ~ RL!!
“The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you;
Don’t go back to sleep.”
“Unborn grapes cling to their vines,
hoping and dreaming of life as wine.”
“It is only when you love yourself deeply and without condition,
that it becomes effortless to attract the very thing
your heart desires most.”
You might recall meeting the fellow pictured below in my post entitled,
Observe « THROUGH THE HEALING LENS…
He and the mermaid above have not yet met, and reside in different locales,
but I expect they will find each other very soon.
“To focus dauntlessly on that which may seem unreachable
and far away, may be all that it takes
to set your soul ablaze.”
~ Robyn Lee
Her curtains are drawn, as ducks convene
The stage is set for rest and dreams;
Most will slumber through and through
Others sacrifice sleep, to protect their crew.
~ Robyn Lee
The following is a bit of duck trivia that I found fascinating, demonstrating how, even at the most primitive level, living beings instinctually develop systems to protect their own. If you examine my photo above, you can see which ducks are ‘protecting’ this evening. Enjoy!
Much Love ~ RL
Dr. Niels Rattenborg has studied sleep patterns of birds, including ducks. He monitored the brain waves of ducks as they sleep and learned some interesting things. Ducks often spend the night together as a group, often sleeping in a row. The ducks on the end of the row or outside of the group are easily spooked by any movement nearby.
They sleep with their eye away from the group open, while the other eye is closed. Rattenborg found that one of the hemispheres of the brains of these outside ducks was functioning at 100% capacity while the other hemisphere was in sleep mode. Apparently the duck has the ability to sleep with half the brain at a time asleep while the other half is fully responsive to the environment.
There is an obvious advantage to this system. Not only is the duck protecting itself by being constantly awake on the side that danger might come from, but the duck is also protecting the other ducks in the center.
Discover, May 1999
Scientific American, May 1999