Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression


Looking through
Opaque clouds of

Vaporized history,
Staring down old faces
Of blame.

Jagged  currents
Divide his tired
Mind into

Reckless tidal waves,
As he  grips the
Cold metal


Clinging tightly to
His life,



©Robyn Lee

28 responses

  1. buckwheatsrisk

    it’s almost a sad feeling…like leaving something beautiful behind. it could just be me and where i’m at right now..

    June 14, 2012 at 12:29 AM

  2. Thank you for sharing your thoughts buckwheats. You are on target ~ definitely a sadness here. I imagine he is mourning the beauty left behind….and more. Yet still hanging on to the life he has yet to live. This was a tough one – as not quite inspiring and uplifting but had to go with the feelings that the image generated when I worked with it. Hoping that it offers insight to others in whatever way it might. So appreciate your chiming in tonight! ~ RL

    June 14, 2012 at 12:40 AM

  3. Amazing! What is cata..?

    June 14, 2012 at 2:59 AM

  4. Thanks Julie– a detour for me – but part of the work I think…
    catafalque is: a temporary raised platform on which a body lies before or during a funeral. More of a metaphor here — he’s becoming aware of his mortality and the life he he has left to live. Glad you appreciated despite it’s lack of my usual glee 🙂 xo

    June 14, 2012 at 3:05 AM

  5. Beautiful Robyn…brave of you to explore darker moments…I don’t find it sad at all…love “staring down old faces of blame”….I see much renewal here…xom

    June 14, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    • Thank you Meryl. Yes- can see how you might ‘see the good’ in the awareness this man has realized as he journeys forward while looking back. Sometimes mourning past regrets or mistakes is necessary for healing, and allows us to move forward with renewed perspective. I hope that is what this guy is encountering 😉 Hard to know for sure (and can’t say where this one came from in me, but I went with the feelings). I’m glad you liked, and could put a positive spin on it in this sense!! Sending lovexo

      June 14, 2012 at 9:49 AM

  6. dianne

    i see it as just a little sad, reflecting on his past life but looking onwards towards the new that is to come. really very beautiful.. : )

    June 14, 2012 at 6:32 AM

    • Thank you so much much for that Dianne. Yes – I agree… he’s definitely facing his past regrets/choices, but also realizing that there is still life ahead and he must ‘use’ it wisely… I hope he does!!! So appreciate your input/wisdom today!!

      June 14, 2012 at 9:52 AM

  7. The picture and the words match well…loss, unfulfilment, quite a bit of sadness…brilliant robyn

    June 14, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    • You summed it up well David – Thank you for chiming in. Yes – the plight of so many who reflect back regretfully, while hanging on to ‘unused life’ and planning to make the most of what is left. All part of the cycle I believe… Appreciate your comment David, as this one was a little bit of a detour from my norm, but you know that happens sometimes 🙂 So happy you enjoyed it. Sending good thoughts your way today!! RL

      June 14, 2012 at 9:59 AM

      • I’m actually quite thrilled to read this “detour”

        June 14, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    • so glad — always worried when I detour I will disappoint… that is the ‘people pleaser’ in me though 🙂 Really appreciate your encouragement — you must be an awesome teacher David!!

      June 14, 2012 at 11:26 AM

  8. Kathy

    Clinging tightly to his life unused…dark and brilliant.

    June 14, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    • Thanks Kathy— yes, stirred up some darkness for me too… but hopefully his awareness will lead him to joy in that life unused !! So glad you liked it… Really appreciate your feedback!!! ~RL

      June 14, 2012 at 10:03 AM

  9. Inspiring poem and photography- I hope the message and thought succeeds in its purpose. Once again, Robyn excellent-

    June 14, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    • Truly appreciate that Cynthia. I’m glad you found the inspiration beneath the darker aspects — and hope many others can as well. Life is all about moving ahead and cleaning up the internal messes right! ~ and having fun along the way too!! Thanks for your wonderful comment. ~ Robyn L

      June 14, 2012 at 11:29 AM

      • You are very welcome- I enjoy your insight and view of things.A great tool for therapy and very thought provoking . Blessings and love your way

        June 14, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    • Your feedback means a lot to me Cynthia. I have an interest in depth psychology, my masters work was in this field… so enjoy this kind of exploration as well. Good therapy for me — yes!! Sending Love and Blessings right back to you 🙂

      June 14, 2012 at 3:42 PM

  10. Chris

    Great post Robyn, this poem rings so true to where I am on my journey of life. Looking back at what could have been had it not been for certain circumstances is a prevention from moving forward to what lies ahead, It can be a hard task but I feel as though it is very doable.

    Thanks a lot Robyn, another brilliant poem,

    I hope your pain levels aren’t too bad at the moment.x

    June 14, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    • So appreciate Chris! Yes I think we all face this point in our lives… that is when we live genuinely and consciously. Part of the healing comes from the awareness i believe…and some of us become “aware” at a younger age than others… some never. I do think you will find your path to move forward with grace and joy Chris…keep your wonderful sense of spirit and sensitivity nurtured, and the rest will flow. I’m so glad you enjoyed the poem… Thank you – and for your sweet wishes re: pain levels. They are a tad improved this week. Trying some new rehab protocols ~ mostly stabilizing positions like bridging, hip hinging, oblique work, and gluteus medius strengthening. Still is a great deal of constant pain – but less intensity than it was. Hoping you are making some headway as well… Love and Light Chris ~

      June 14, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    • ps: Chris – also be sure to look over at the pain shadow series drop down menu — new quote (and dramatic pic illustrating) on pain there (wasn’t published as a post though) — goes along with what we are talking about here today!! xo

      June 14, 2012 at 12:25 PM

  11. Ouch…that last line…of life unused….Oh Ouch….that is how I’ve been feeling lately….to not have an unused life. This poem really spoke to me. I like how this is a bit different than your others…another aspect….and exposes a feeling I believe we all share. Excellent photo and prose. 🙂 Sam

    June 14, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    • I know — last line just wrote itself – and it’s very true – though he’s obviously got a choice to make now that he’s made this realization (here in my post 🙂 How he will “use” that remaining portion of his life… At least that is one interpretation. BTW – since none has mentioned, did you happen to note that he is “clinging” to the life jackets bin??? LOL! So glad you appreciated it even though not as shiny gleeful as my typical posts… Every now and then I too must face those shadow thoughts… and yes – we do all share in them. So glad you liked Sam – and very excited about our upcoming collaboration. I have your words from this am dancing around my head and heart all day long!! Much LOVE ~ RL

      June 15, 2012 at 12:36 AM

  12. The ‘detour’ was well worth it 🙂 Your words and photos literally “capture” emotions and stories that we all may have had, are having or could have sometime. Part of your beauty comes from your ability to take the risk for us to see something we may have missed or are afraid of facing in ourselves—like today. You do this so well too, by creating poems or stories that allow us to discover what speaks to us…you don’t have it all figured out for us, so we are given the chance to figure it out on our own too. Thank you as always, Robyn! Blessings on your evening, Erin

    June 14, 2012 at 11:03 PM

  13. ~Lady Day

    Ahh. This calls so much to mind. So very much. Thank you for writing it. Lovely writing and a great shot. Makes me want to go sit there and gaze with the one in the picture.

    June 15, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    • Thanks Lady Day — means a lot! Yes – so much — and so many ways to interpret – and lessons to learn! Ahhh wish we can go gaze together today!! Have a wonderful one!! Sending good thoughts your way ~

      June 15, 2012 at 3:05 PM

  14. A great shot – which certainly can make one slow down to think about – whether you are heading the right place or way – if you maybe leave something behind ‘you’, that should not be leaving – think I have control of it in a satisfactory way myself – but a photo like this, as I said, make me thinking about it… 😉

    June 15, 2012 at 6:40 AM

    • 🙂 Thanks ledrakenoir! I do know what you mean… had he same kinds of feelings a I was creating the post ~ good to contemplate and get clear I believe and so happy this photo/post seemed to be a spark in good direction for many!! Enjoy your day! ~RL

      June 15, 2012 at 3:07 PM

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