Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression

Her Ascent

She dares not question her guide
Ascending the spiral platform
Thirsty for calm.

Each step elevating her to the next
Yearning to reach her
Fateful destination.

Climbing up circular
Curves and winding
Steep  angles.

Her Shadow follows
Free of thoughts
No decisions.

Gripping the sturdy iron rail of
Stability, she arrives
At the vertex;

And under a thick canopy of
Reassuring clouds,
Closes her eyes

to see.


© Robyn Lee

61 responses

  1. “Closes her eyes to see” Interesting words. To make it up those stairs must have been some hard exercise for you. I hope you are not regretting it now. The picture is great. 🙂

    June 8, 2012 at 12:27 AM

  2. Thanks Loner! yes sometimes we must close our eyes – to see…I have discovered. The ascent up was not too bad, as I had my ‘guide’ with me 😉 Glad you enjoyed, and hope you are well!

    June 8, 2012 at 12:40 AM

  3. Stunning, emotional, and very beautiful…in image, words and thoughts! And you were right, the wait was definitely worth it. High five your guide for me!

    June 8, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    • Well thank you Stan. Means a lot to have your input!! I’m thrilled you found the image to be worthy of “stunning”~ I have a very good friend who is a professional photographer as well, and convinced me to use this image when I was not planning to. Also thrilled you enjoyed the poem too, and you are right, really was charged with more emotion than I anticipated ~ Sending you warm wishes from me, my shadow, and my guide too!! 🙂

      June 8, 2012 at 1:36 AM

  4. Great shot! I love the shadows!

    June 8, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    • Yay – so happy you liked Cornelia ~ more great feedback from the photographers in my life 🙂 Thank you so much.

      June 8, 2012 at 1:38 AM

  5. This is so powerful – both the image and the poem. Tears are pricking my eyes.

    June 8, 2012 at 3:57 AM

    • Tears – oh my… thank you Julie. You know this is not my typical philosophical quote or short fun verse …but it flowed quite naturally so I decided it was time. Means a lot that you felt moved by it dears friend….

      June 8, 2012 at 12:33 PM

  6. A lovely shadow and a stunning, emotional, and very beautiful post – in image, words and thoughts… 😉

    June 8, 2012 at 3:59 AM

    • Aww, thank you ledrakenoir…. that is so lovely of you to say and I really appreciate. 🙂 Hope you enjoy a wonderful weekend!

      June 8, 2012 at 12:34 PM

  7. Chris

    Her shadow follows, free of thoughts, no decisions – I love this, I love it all in every way, such heartfelt words. You should write more poems Robyn.

    June 8, 2012 at 4:27 AM

    • Such a wonderful compliment from you Chris. Thank you. Not very experienced in writing poetry this way, but this one just seemed to flow, so I tried not to fear it 😉 I am so happy you enjoyed. Sending you Love and Light today!

      June 8, 2012 at 12:37 PM

  8. Closes her eyes to see…wonderful and understood…great feat here on many levels Robyn…courageous too…xoxm

    June 8, 2012 at 5:30 AM

    • Thanks so much Meryl… appreciate your compassionate words. Very happy it resonated ~ sending lovexo

      June 8, 2012 at 1:56 PM

  9. You are something different you know!!! I admire you….

    June 8, 2012 at 5:34 AM

    • 😉 So lovely golappan — ‘something different’ sounds really good to me these days — I accept 🙂 Thank you with heart…

      June 8, 2012 at 1:57 PM

  10. That picture is very artistic, wonderful and extraordinary Robyn, the lyrics are deep, everything is a perfect composition.
    Cuídate Señora del arte…

    June 8, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    • Oh Carlos – so wonderful to hear your thoughts on this one. Most flattered by your kind words…. You be well too my friend 🙂

      June 8, 2012 at 2:01 PM

  11. ~Lady Day

    So adore this…the writing is tranquil..the picture…well, magically hypnotizing as well:) One of my favourites of yous. Lovely work Robyn xo

    June 8, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    • Wow Lady Day ~ very honored by your comment which is a poetic verse in itself. I am thrilled you enjoyed, as you know this one came from a different part of me, and actually – you hit it on the head as was almost in a hypnotic trance as writing. Sending Love your way…

      June 8, 2012 at 2:03 PM

  12. onlinefunland

    Its so lovely poem dear !

    June 8, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    • Warm thanks onlinefunland. So appreciate your feedback ~ 🙂

      June 8, 2012 at 2:03 PM

  13. onlinefunland

    My Dear Respected Friend !
    How are you ?
    I have nominated you for “The Commentator Award” , I ‘ll be happy if you visit http://onlinefunland.wordpress.com/2012/06/08/the-commentator-award-for-online-fun-land/ and accept this honor to you by me.
    Have a great day !
    Regards !

    June 8, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    • Most honored that you have nominated me onlinefunland. Thank you kindly for this. Sending you warm wishes as always ~ RL

      June 8, 2012 at 2:05 PM

  14. Robyn, I think this is really good. Really, your writing is wonderful…I love it and the picture! This is a new favorite!!

    June 8, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    • Oh wow Jeannie – you are the 2nd person who declared this ‘new favorite’ ~ very exciting:) Also thrilled you enjoy my writing… have not written creatively for many years (pre-blog) so easing in. This one was more of a channeling experience though ~ emotionally charged for me. I did not realize the treasure in the photo until a good friend who is a professional told me I must feature it on my blog — then the words came easily. Thank you so much for your encouragement! ~

      June 8, 2012 at 2:09 PM

  15. So very powerful Robyn! The circular stairway of life, the ascent and closing your eyes . . . to see. I love it. Such powerful metaphors for life, its revolving challenges and the ultimate end where we truly learn to “see.” Wishing you a peaceful ascent above life’s challenges today!

    June 8, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    • KT – so glad you liked this so much! Yes – you are pretty insightful – many metaphors built into this spiraling piece 🙂 I so appreciate your terrific comment here, and your good wishes for my journey. & I wish you the same peace in yours !!~ Much Love…

      June 8, 2012 at 7:01 PM

  16. Very interesting photo with your shadow. I love the poem too.

    June 8, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    • Thanks Renee — yes – shadow is easy to miss at first again – isn’t it? I’m glad you enjoyed my poem… xxoo

      June 8, 2012 at 7:01 PM

  17. Love this poem and the black & white image.

    June 8, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    • Thank you so much Lisa! I’m so glad you enjoyed the whole package 🙂 Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

      June 8, 2012 at 7:07 PM

  18. i see you gazing at far away sights…

    June 8, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    • Hi Wendy — yes — gazing within I would say !! Wishing you a wonderful weekend and all good things~

      June 8, 2012 at 7:10 PM

  19. nice poem and great picture:)

    June 8, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    • Thanks nightlake ~ much appreciate that!! Glad you enjoyed 🙂

      June 8, 2012 at 7:10 PM

  20. I have risen – it yelled, your spirit.
    Knew it the whole entire time since I have been following you that THIS part of you was there. See Robyn, your endurance captured the lens beautifully, your words tight lipped, till now. Brilliant, realness metal proving the exquisite voice of your heart. Never cease to caption your images!!!

    June 8, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    • Oh Mari — my spirit is rising even higher after reading your tremendous comment. I would agree — many sides of me, and have not explored them all over last several years… so happy to have such an encouraging community here and friends like you who inspire beyond belief. I will continue to look deeper and unleash more with time I presume…… but just know how much I appreciate your expression here ~ and each day over at ‘your place’ 😉 Love and sparkles to you my friend….

      June 8, 2012 at 7:15 PM

      • Absolutely, let there be light! and thank you for the sparklers : )

        June 8, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    • 😉 Anytime!!

      June 8, 2012 at 10:11 PM

  21. Hi Robyn, so nice to meet you….I am very happy you visited me and pointed me to your blog….I love your work here….what I have seen thus far is done with such spirit…..I really enjoyed this and will be back….
    and you are right, our entries were similar in nature today….must be something in the atmosphere we are together connected to…. 🙂
    much love to you

    June 8, 2012 at 2:09 PM

  22. Stunning, both the photo and the words. 🙂 Sam

    June 8, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    • Aww thank you Sam ~~ means a lot. So glad you enjoyed the post today 🙂 Happy weekend to you too!

      June 8, 2012 at 7:17 PM

  23. buckwheatsrisk

    that looked like a lot of fun! stunning shot!

    June 8, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    • Thanks much buckwheats…. so glad you liked!! ~RL

      June 8, 2012 at 10:09 PM

  24. victoriaaphotography

    Beautiful words Robyn and I just love the photo of shadows & spirals – looks very effective.

    June 9, 2012 at 8:02 AM

    • Victoria, thanks so much. Yes – I allowed this photo to take me somewhere I did not plan to go. It’s funny how pictures can launch all kinds of insights and emotions. Photography can be healing in many ways then I think. So glad you enjoyed the spirals and shadows… Wishing you a wonderful weekend….

      June 9, 2012 at 11:39 AM

  25. Nice..Little by little the bird builds its nest.

    June 9, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    • 😉 Thanks Jeb – working on it!

      June 9, 2012 at 6:18 PM

  26. Kathy

    Another great shadow pic. Close your eyes to see…understood.

    June 10, 2012 at 6:52 AM

    • Thanks Kathy – yes – do know you understand 😉 Sending Love ~~

      June 10, 2012 at 11:37 AM

  27. williamricci

    Love the last 4 lines, great summary to the journey and the path.

    June 10, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    • Thanks so much William… means a lot. Actually had no idea where this was going to end – so those last 4 lines were a relief to me 🙂 the journey and path ~ exactly !!

      June 10, 2012 at 11:36 AM

  28. Julie Catherine

    Loved ‘close your eyes, to see’ … I totally understand that, and it really is quite profound. Love your photo, including the shadows! Beautiful poem and photo combination. Be well, and have a wonderful day, Robyn! ~ Julie 🙂 xox

    June 10, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    • Thank you so much Julie! I truly appreciate your insight and thoughtful comment. So nice to hear from you. Yes – it is profound to make that realization…
      May your day be wonderful as well~ 🙂 RL

      June 10, 2012 at 2:10 PM

  29. your stance at the top of this spiral platform portrays strength, pride, confidence, vision, courage and so much more …. your accompanying words burn radiantly through my observing soul much like that sunbeam engulfing the light tower a few posts back …. wishing you well Robyn ….:)

    June 10, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    • Such a wonderful and thoughtful comment Jim. Thank you so much. Yes ‘she’ does seem to project a certain strength here… though I was not sure how the poem was going to unfold until it did. I am so glad to know the words were meaningful to you too…. as this poetry thing is still new for me. For this image was fairly easy, but will have to keep practicing! Really appreciate your great feedback and good wishes Jim 🙂

      June 10, 2012 at 11:39 PM

  30. robyn….this is greatness…just greatness…I’ve read it twice and it’s giving me goosebumps…the photo is amazing but the words…my God…This is the one….

    June 11, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    • David that means so much coming from you ~ thanks from my heart. Probably my most ‘intense’ piece of writing here on TTHL. Was not sure where it was going, and as told Marie, felt almost like I was channeling…. words and story just seemed to come through me. A tiny bit spooky too 🙂 I am glad you enjoyed it so much – and thrilled you are back in town!!

      June 11, 2012 at 1:38 PM

  31. Shutterbug Sage

    I love this photo so much that I blogged about it in my third “A to Z” post of the year here:
    http://ayearofpics.wordpress.com/2012/06/22/my-favorite-year-of-pics-photos-so-far-from-a-to-z-third-time-is-a-charm/ Check it out if you get a sec!

    I really enjoy following your blog!

    June 22, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    • Thank you so much Shutterbug Sage!! That is the highest compliment… will go check it out right away, and so happy you enjoy the healing lens & most thrilled to have you here. Blessings your way!! ~RL

      June 22, 2012 at 11:34 PM

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