Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression

Childhood Found


Lost Childhood

small footprints mark the earth
laughter woven into the wind
spirit children play

tossing stones
leaping into the air
each foot landing in its rightful space

under the watchful trees
on the hidden path
in the haunted glen

 childhood found

by Ivy




27 responses

  1. Elizabeth

    This brings back many memories for me too. I wonder why it was called hopscotch? There’s probably a storey behind that. 🙂

    February 4, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    • Yes – Elizabeth…such great memories. Not sure about the name origin here in the America, but I learned this game is played all across the globe and goes by many names – and has many variations in board arrangements. Thus, the board I observed in the woods was likely perfectly accurate for the person who designed it! Mystery solved:)

      February 4, 2012 at 11:52 PM

  2. Jill

    Fantastic shot!!!! You need to enter this one in some shows. I think you would have a lot of success with it. Would love to have it on my wall. Whimsical yet a bit spooky, too.

    February 4, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    • Ahhh.. so interesting your comment. When I took it back in December, Ivy made similar observation (whimsical yet spooky). I agree with you both. Big debate was naming it ‘Childhood Lost’-vs- ‘Childhood Found’. Always like to put a happy spin on things, so went with the ‘Found’! Not sure how to enter anything in a show at this point. So sweet of you to think this could be a candidate for such. Certainly can arrange for you to have a print if you really like for the wall. Just say the word — and tell me what size is best. Also need to get professional advice from you on proper matting technique for such:) Thanks Jill – so glad you liked!

      February 4, 2012 at 11:50 PM

  3. Nice capture, Robyn. I found this interesting link but no real answer on the origin of the name.
    Love, Mindy

    February 4, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    • Thanks Mindy! I have loved this picture, and this ‘discovery’ since taking it. Yes – not sure on the name origin either, but as you discovered from the wiki review -the court patterns come in soooo many variations. I never realized this game was played in so many countries and goes by many different names. My photography blog is keeping me educated in subjects I never thought I’d have interest in before! Sending Lovexo

      February 4, 2012 at 11:46 PM

  4. Ivy

    I agree with Jill — potential award-winner here. Haunting and beautiful. The spirit children have disappeared around the curve in the path. My first instinct still leans towards “Lost Childhood” — so many interpretations.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    • I so can feel the scene you have depicted here. Need you to write the story Ivy! Will post on link for this photo…really!! Thank you so much for kind compliment. Can’t wait to read story…or perhaps poetry you create…companion piece for this shot. We can exhibit them together:) Much Love~

      February 6, 2012 at 3:37 PM

  5. Jill

    a lovely poem. It complements the image beautifully. What a wonderful collaboration.

    February 7, 2012 at 8:54 AM

  6. sbsmd

    Wow – terrific poetry to go with memorable image. Well done ladies.

    February 7, 2012 at 9:17 AM

  7. Ivy

    Thanks so much Jill and SBS! And thanks Robyn for such a captivating photo that imspired me to write!

    February 7, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    • So grateful to be able to display such a magnificent piece of poetry with my photo. You have a wonderful gift Ivy. Thank YOU!

      February 7, 2012 at 7:40 PM

  8. Robyn, you never cease to amaze me! Fantastic! Although we always knew you had this in you. This is your breakout; when are we going to see your book? You have merged a photo point amazingly with a compelling poetic counterpoint. What beautiful music! I love what you are doing. You are the new Renaissance woman. (move over Scotty) Angelo xoxox

    February 7, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    • I’m blushing Angelo. I knew you would appreciate ‘Childhood Found’ ~ and also had a hunch you would be one to especially enjoy the pairing it with Ivy’s amazing poetry inspired by the image. Not sure on the book right now. Keeping up with the Blog, and managing the pain is keeping me mighty busy:) Maybe one day though. – “Renaissance Woman” -LOL! btw, Scott loves the blog too – so he can still be “Renaissance Man” 🙂 Sending LOVE!

      February 7, 2012 at 7:47 PM

  9. Lovely combination of words and pictures…:)))

    April 11, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    • Thanks David… I really loved the poem and was thrilled to pair it with the photo. Interesting that this appears to be almost the same spot on the trail as today’s post. I had not realized till I revisited it!

      April 11, 2012 at 4:08 PM

      • I really love photos of trils or roads winding away…metaphorically very rich I think:)

        April 11, 2012 at 4:10 PM

  10. I wanna play a game of hopscotch.

    May 7, 2012 at 9:59 PM

  11. Creepy and cool at the same time.. I used to teach and it would have been posted on my story starter board.. VERY COOL.. Love your blogs..

    August 16, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    • Yes – I was a very spooked! Was walking all alone as I did most days – and never saw anything like this there… Would be a great “story starter” I agree !! Thank you so much 🙂

      August 16, 2012 at 8:03 PM

      • Out of curiosity.. what else is around there. It just seems so random.

        August 16, 2012 at 8:09 PM

      • I am actually in a wildlife refuge where there is a sanctuary for injured animals… The community is actually a summer resort town – so pretty quiet in the winter which this was… I was rehabbing from hip surgery (which never healed) — so walking slowly in the woods with my iphone !! 😉

        August 16, 2012 at 8:11 PM

      • Very very cool. I was in the military and posted in Guam for one year and would come across “things”but never had the chance to photograph the items. Probably a good thing.

        August 16, 2012 at 8:16 PM

  12. Love, love, love this Robyn. Fabulous capture and a brilliant reminder of days gone by. Thanks so much for sharing.

    August 21, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    • Thank you Robyn ~ yes, this one got the attention of some professionals ~ yet it was one of my first attempts at photography…guess lucky shot? It was all very mysterious as this was highly unusual to find in the nature sanctuary. I’m so glad you got to see it!! So appreciate you comment!!

      August 21, 2012 at 10:18 PM

  13. Oooh. I bet that was surreal. Very interesting.

    December 1, 2012 at 1:07 AM

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