Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression

Adorn Me

Reflecting back on days of old,
Adorned in high heels: bright, sexy and bold

Goddess and princess all tied into one
I was Queen of Sea, and Maiden of Sun

 With spine and hip woes directing the show
the shoes I embrace now are stable and low

 So here I spend time, with my mirrors and lens
And fondle old shoes stitched with dreams, and pretend.

~Robyn Lee

82 responses

  1. Great both words and photo… 😉

    Hi, off topic – I have allowed me to nominate your blog to a Word Press Blog Award
    – to show that I love to follow this blog … 😉


    Have a wonderful day… ;-9

    June 15, 2012 at 2:44 AM

    • Thank you ledrakenoir! 1st attempt at telling story through self-portrait (tripod and timer) ~ 2am inspiration here 🙂 LOL!

      And warm thanks for the ABC Award ~ so VERY flattered as I know you are a loyal fan here – so means even more. Big hugs to you ~ much appreciate your love for my blog!! You have a wonderful day as I’m way overdue for some sleep!!! 🙂

      June 15, 2012 at 3:11 AM

  2. Robyn – this is beautiful and sad – and I know you know this – you dont need shoes to be beautiful!
    You are Queen of Pictures and Maiden of Words – Wendy x

    June 15, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    • Ahhh Wendy – so loving a comment tonight – shall help me sleep better. No need to be sad as if I’m playing with shoes at this wee hour it means I’m having a good week!!! Absolutely love your take – yes Queen of Pictures and Maiden of Words — The best you are!!! Thank you!!!

      June 15, 2012 at 3:10 AM

  3. Made me cry!

    June 15, 2012 at 4:22 AM

    • None of that allowed on my account — it’s all good (well mostly) Jules!

      June 15, 2012 at 11:48 AM

  4. Great picture – like the “three-in-one” element here.
    And I agree, you don’t need special shoes to look great!

    June 15, 2012 at 6:47 AM

    • Thanks so much fotografzahl! I had no idea what I was doing photographically speaking. Just set up tripod for first time So glad you liked the “3 sides of me effect” with mirrors! Also warm thanks for your encouragement – have surely learned that it so does NOT take shoes to make the woman!! 😉

      June 15, 2012 at 11:50 AM

  5. Ahhh..wonderful first full showing…and brave of you…three mirrors give great effect and can’t even see the tripod..will be an interesting new direction for you…as for high heels…I could never wear them and agree you are quite beautiful just as you are….xox

    June 15, 2012 at 7:16 AM

    • Thanks Meryl… this was totally unplanned. I was up in the wee hours (as usual) and had this shot from the day prior when tripod arrived and i went into my exercise room to try it out with hip rehab shots (to evaluate my form and alignment). After, I decided to give the canon a go with a true self-portrait (Cig Harvey style)… Then just instinctually went to my closet to see what old shoes I could play with 🙂 Silly me right??! And oh – notice my playful high heels are all of 3 inch platforms… Still love and miss them 🙂 Appreciate your warm words today!!

      June 15, 2012 at 11:56 AM

  6. Linda

    Love this picture and blog

    June 15, 2012 at 7:31 AM

    • Thanks so much Linda ~~ that means the world to me!! xo

      June 15, 2012 at 11:56 AM

  7. You’re so lovely robyn…and this so sad:((( You are so talented in every way…

    June 15, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    • Thank you so much David… no need for sadness here though… I’m embracing ‘what is,’ and finding the joy in that. It’s all healing. So appreciate your seeing inherent talent in me ~ means a lot my friend!! ~RL

      June 15, 2012 at 12:03 PM

  8. legionwriter


    June 15, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    • Legionwriter, thank you kindly ~ much appreciate your comment today! ~RL

      June 15, 2012 at 12:04 PM

  9. I love how you describe yourself from your past….but oh the present sad longing…. I can assure you, that despite your physical issues, that woman is alive, strong and well, still, in the recesses of your soul….for she blesses us with her images and words in her enchanting ways….thanks so much for sharing this….I can relate to it too through my own circumstance….lovely photo….you are a stunning woman, Robyn….

    June 15, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    • So wonderful to hear from you Celeste! Thank you so much for your insight and wisdom on this. Yes – she is, and my encounter with this spontaneous post really helped me get in touch with that fact. I had no plans for this photo – and while looking at sunsets and geese last night on my screen – this one came up and the words just occurred . And then there is healing. So amazing how the blogging project can open up all kinds of windows to the soul 😉 I am so grateful and honored that my words touched your heart as well…. Blessings and Love ~ Robyn Lee

      June 15, 2012 at 12:14 PM

  10. Oh Robyn. My heart breaks for the pain you’ve been through. Maybe you have simply traded your high heels in for lofty, eloquent words and honest, beautiful photos that inspire, invoke thought and parallel this crazy life that you are not only surviving, but are now dancing upon with words. There is nothing quite like the sweet dance of words. I sympathize with the longing and memories that an object, such as shoes, can evoke, especially the memory of those things that may never seem possible again. I hope one day you will strap on those high heels again and dance joyfully. Thank you for sharing your struggles, your hopes, your dreams and your innermost self-portrait with us. Sending happy thoughts your way, my friend.

    June 15, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    • Thank you so much dear KT! Yes – I’ve traded them for depth, wisdom, passion and connections with others who truly care and touch my heart. The shoes do symbolize many things I miss… most specific a physical body without unrelenting pain alarms sounding 😦 but you are correct – the spiritual growth is a gift. I do remain hopeful that miracles occur, and perhaps just may for me as well. No need to wear high heels specifically, but hey – a girl can dream right?! 🙂 Appreciate your sensitivity, and am so happy you enjoyed my first attempt at a more revealing self-portrait today. It was quite unplanned, and a bit scary to post at 2:30 am ~ but thinking maybe another part of the ‘work’ for me ~~ Sending Love !! RL

      June 15, 2012 at 1:11 PM

  11. Jill

    Can’t believe this is your first self portrait attempt with a tripod!!! Fantastic! When one door closes, another one opens. Your words and photos touch more than any fashion statement could!!!

    June 15, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    • Hey Jill..thanks so much for that. Yes – barely knew how to work the tripod – and really was just using it to shoot photos of me doing hip rehab exercises. I thought that would be a start and help me with proper form. After — I had a thought to try one of these artistic self-portraits (Cig Harvery style) … and never thought I’ld want to post – but bizarre things happen at 2 in the morning 🙂 I so appreciate your input – and agree fashion statements are way overrated ~~ and I had some fun with this on many levels!!!

      June 15, 2012 at 1:15 PM

  12. Robyn I love this picture and the cute poem. I could definitely relate about the shoes. I would love to wear all of those sexy shoes, but I know that my feet will be hurting. I hate that flat foot. Oh well…

    June 15, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    • Thanks Renee… glad you related on some level re: your foot. I’m really ok about not wearing the shoes…but they do symbolize many things that have changed for me since my pain/medical issues took hold. Nevertheless, we march on (in flats with good arch support)!!! xo

      June 15, 2012 at 1:17 PM

  13. victoriaaphotography

    Wonderful photo and great words to go with it.
    And well done on the self portrait and timer – I could never begin to wrap my brain around doing that one. Especially in such a creative way with mirrors.
    (I gave up wearing heeled shoes more than 15 years ago. In fact it’s probably close to 25 years since I’ve worn really high heels. I never long for the old days of slinky dresses and heels. Am I getting old?).

    June 15, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    • So happy you liked it Victoria… Truly had no idea how to set this up, but the mirrors happen to be in the room i use for exercise. I decided to take photos of my rehab poses to practice with the self-portrait work, and also check my form. After did just 3 takes of this theme re: shoes. Did not plan to post – but was struck by a bolt of enlightenment at 2 am – so thus my post today. I think it was therapeutic on some level. Yes me too — real high heels have been off limits for decades here…though these in the photo are the platform type and maybe 3 inches (patent leather) and were doable before these last 2 surgeries… I do long for the days – -but think that is just the “girly-girl” in me!! 😉

      June 15, 2012 at 1:22 PM

      • victoriaaphotography

        Not sure whether I’ve ever been the ‘girly-girl’ type Robyn, except that I always wear make-up & lipstick (except where under the surgeon’s knife in Hospital). When it comes to shoes, I’m lucky enough to be tall without heels. But I’ve always wore lace-up walking shoes with jeans or slacks in the last 14-15 years anyway. Before my foot pain got bad, I always walked everywhere, hence the need for comfy shoes.

        June 15, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    • Comfy shoes are so important. Makeup is so much fun. I have not indulged as much recent years simply because of my pain, but since being a teen I have found it almost an artistic endeavor. At some point I may do a post about that — can be a part II to this one — my girly-girl series!! 🙂 Thanks Victoria !

      June 15, 2012 at 11:39 PM

  14. In the mirror, a girl after my own heart.

    June 15, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    • Thanks Resa – YES – I see your Gravitar now – and think you may be in the field of costume design too…..love it! Have always had a thing for mirrors/shadows and any kind of light reflection. So wonderful to have you here, welcome!

      June 15, 2012 at 1:46 PM

  15. Robyn is a very beautiful picture, the game of mirrors also features three fine women … and words and deep thoughts.
    Have a nice weekend…
    Señora de la playa y el mar…

    June 15, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    • Kind thanks to you dear Carlos…. yes – many sides of me – symbolized by multiple reflections in the mirrors— Your insight is impressive despite the language differences. Sending warm thoughts your way today ~ Wellness to you always, RL

      June 15, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    • Lady of the beach and sea…. Love that Carlos… So true !!!

      June 15, 2012 at 4:51 PM

  16. Your images are great as well as quotes and poems you choose to complete your posts. I really enjoy following it. Thank you for sharing them. I have nominated you for the one lovely blog award and very inspiring blogger award.
    Here are the award rules. Great work!

    *Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post.

    *Share 7 things about yourself

    *Nominate 15 bloggers you admire

    *Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they’ve been nominated.

    June 15, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    • Thanks so much for your comment poojycat! I’m honored that you nominated me for these awards. So touched that you enjoy the blog and feel it worthy. Sending gratitude and wishes for a wonderful weekend!!!

      June 15, 2012 at 11:15 PM

      • Same to you! Have a wonderful weekend! 😉

        June 16, 2012 at 1:37 AM

  17. Lovely post. A bit meloncholy and hopeful at the same time. I can totally relate to the reminiscences, for different reasons, but I understand looking backward at what was, and trying to accept what is, and dream of what can be.

    June 15, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    • Thank you appleton! Yes – it is bittersweet in some ways. We always have our dreams – and can do our best to accept and find joy in “what is” – that is my goal in dealing with the challenges. Have a wonderful weekend!! ~RL

      June 15, 2012 at 9:11 PM

  18. buckwheatsrisk

    that pic speaks volumes!!

    June 15, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    • So happy to hear that from your buckwheats. I so appreciate your feedback… have a fantastic weekend!!! ~ RL

      June 15, 2012 at 9:12 PM

      • buckwheatsrisk

        you too! Call me “Buck” if you want to! 🙂

        June 15, 2012 at 9:42 PM

      • 😉 will do Buck!

        June 15, 2012 at 10:16 PM

  19. Very powerful. And I can very much relate to those words…..in so many ways….I get it…I do…..sigh. Strength, hope, and a delicate release of sorrow here. Very healing. You are so adorable, too! 🙂 Hugs, Sam

    June 15, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    • Thanks so much Sam… yes – you do get it, I know (sea sisters ya know?! 🙂 ) It really was healing in some way. I was surprised in that. Was all unplanned and came quickly to me ~ so maybe universe’s way of helping me through! Adorable – well… sometimes LOL!! Thanks again Sam – and have a lovely weekend!! Much Love ~ RL

      June 16, 2012 at 2:52 AM

  20. Hi Robyn; I think that you are beautiful inside and out, and very creative. I like your comment about spiritual growth gained as a result of the difficulties. I got on my bicycle a couple of days ago, used to ride all the time up to a couple of years ago. It was a thrill, no hills a little trepidation but I rode a few blocks. Was hobbling around a bit the next day but worth it.And I remember my friend after her hip operation showing up in platforms like yours- I gave her heck but had to laugh.

    June 15, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    • Jane – that is the most generous and kind comment. Thank you so much!! I can relate to the thrills of your biking adventure. Biking was my main “sport”, and I so miss the feeling of the air and sun as I would cruise everywhere…. Liked to buy groceries by bike etc. Hope we can both get back to those ‘thrills’ someday 🙂 Well – the platforms, at least they don’t shorten the hamstrings and kill the feet as much as stilettos and pumps — I’m only about 5’1″ so liked the extra height , but will have to embrace my petiteness! Sending love & wishes for a good weekend Jane ~ RL

      June 15, 2012 at 9:17 PM

  21. ~Lady Day

    Aw…with those lovely legs..who needs heels:) You are lovely as a rose with out them love…this pained my heart ever so much…your beauty and talent as a poet and photographer out do any pair of heels you ever wore.xo

    June 15, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    • Lady you are so funny (re: the legs) !! Thank you for the sweet compliment. I’m really fine about the heels – though they are symbolic of so many other things I feel loss around with all this. This blog post was an amazing therapeutic exercise for me to get in touch with all that… and accept what is, and appreciate all the joyful living I still can do. Thank you for your encouragement re: creative pursuits…. my photography really started as healing therapy, and then the writing came after encouragement from a fellow blogger. Amazing how things do unfold!! You are a gem — Have a wonderful weekend!! ~RL

      June 15, 2012 at 9:22 PM

      • ~Lady Day

        I knew they were symbolic…but sometimes…the symbols are literal too:) In this case they are both. You still don heels in the creative world:) Have a great weekend too!

        June 15, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    • 🙂 yes – very much a combo — I am a “girly-girl” and always was – so I miss the glamour aspects of the shoes… but am soooo happy not necessary as an artist!! Sending Love ~

      June 15, 2012 at 9:30 PM

  22. RL, Your beautiful! Thank you for sharing your pathway to healing. I nominated you for the A Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award: http://maribelskidneystory.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/sisterhood-of-world-bloggers/

    June 16, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    • Maribel thank you so much for your lovely comment and this wonderful honor. I am so flattered you found my blog worthy of this award. Blessings your way!

      June 16, 2012 at 8:11 PM

  23. onlinefunland

    Reblogged this on onlinefunland.

    June 16, 2012 at 11:54 PM

  24. I was never a fan of high heels but I had a pair of cherry red patent shoes which I loved. Like you, the shoes are things of the past due to physical circumstances. It is funny how these simple pleasures can hold such powerful memories.

    June 17, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    • Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment Margaret! Yes – you are so right – it’s like the shoes just represent something so much bigger. Symbolic I suppose… Welcome and thanks for stopping in 😉

      June 17, 2012 at 11:06 AM

  25. Robyn, I sat here and pondered numerous responses…..but they all sounded so “cookie cutter” and plain (even though my tiny brain was workin’ overtime! lolol), so…I will only say this: I am so thankful that the artist in you has had this chance to come forward and shine! The artistry in your creative vision of this image is so very strong, stronger even than the words (my opinion, but you know I am photographically biased!). Your words and your image go together so well, almost as good as bare feet and the beach ( and a shadow 😉 !!

    June 18, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    • Ahhh- Stan – I was waiting for your input here!! 🙂 This was pretty spontaneous… I had just gotten my tripod, and used my canon S100 with self-timer (10 seconds). I practiced using if for work-out/rehab exercises and then had brainstorm to try this. Changed from tank to this more feminine top, and then thought of the shoes as a fun accessory to work with (and an excuse to play with them). You can see I’m the gym room in my house (pilates equipment in corner). In any case, was NOT thinking this was good enough for a post, and then that night was going over the images and the words came easy – so thought ‘meant to be’ ! I really did have fun with the whole thing.

      Sooooo glad you think it ‘s decent photographically speaking! Your sentiments are so lovely, and I too am thankful for this new creative outlet. It has enriched my life a lot despite the challenges. As have people like you who lend support and encouragement as I explore these parts of myself. Very grateful.

      Bare feet and the beach – well… what can be better than that – really — except of course a mysterious exotic shadow 😉

      BTW, Have a shadow post coming — it’s a bit different as features a poem from another blogger and is rather romantic … stay tuned – maybe end of week?

      So glad you chimed in here – means a lot Stan. Sending love and light to you tonight and you brightened up mine 🙂

      June 19, 2012 at 12:19 AM

  26. Oh, I loved this. Simply heart panging and beauteous.

    June 19, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    • Oh Angel thank you for that wonderful comment! Made my morning actually as this post was a little bit of a leap for me, revealing self in this way ~ also my first attempt at self-portrait work in an authentic sense. Please visit here anytime ~ Wishing you love and light always, RL

      June 19, 2012 at 12:19 PM

  27. No need to pretend! – darling you are still all of that and beyond!

    June 20, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    • 😉 I try to convince myself of same Mari – and do think in some ways ‘beyond’ as wisdom and self discovery count for much – yet the pain does cast a shadow on my sparkle. Working best I can to get back to Goddess status though – perhaps one day!! xo

      June 20, 2012 at 2:32 AM

  28. I just started following you-left a long comment. Thank you for reading my blog, I believe we can relate to each other through our experiences and hobbies!

    June 26, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    • Thanks beebeesworld! I will have to spend some more time on your blog. Has been a rough week ~ but happy to know you!

      June 28, 2012 at 6:00 PM

  29. old shoes stitched with dreams – I have a pair too. Thanks visit my blog.

    June 28, 2012 at 6:55 AM

    • Aww Carl – welcome! That is the sweetest comment. Will have to spend some time and take a look at your blog ~ Thank you!!

      June 28, 2012 at 5:59 PM

  30. Love this post. I see high heels representing the mountains that we climb, low heels representing the valleys that we go through, and shoes representing the beautiful journey that we take as we live each day. Old shoes stiched with dreams so true, telling a story of things that our lives have done and things that our lives shall do. If shoes could talk, what would they say?

    July 5, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    • Yes – shoes hold a lot of symbolic meaning. They are used in fairytales for this reason. For me there is a symbolism relating to my physical struggles with pain and dysfunction and the shoes stitched in dreams are representative of days that were carefree and easier in that way. So appreciate your visiting Dianmondson… glad you enjoyed the post!! 😉 ~RL

      July 5, 2012 at 3:44 PM

  31. Thank you so much for a beautiful message and for visiting My Journal of Praise. Be Blessed!

    July 5, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    • So appreciate that Diamondson!

      July 5, 2012 at 3:41 PM

  32. Great picture……., thank you for droppign by I am very grateful for that. I will be coming back again to read more learn more….. perhaps………..:)

    July 8, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    • Thanks so much ‘The Tale Of My Heart’ 🙂 Was my first “self-portrait” using a tripod. I am so glad you liked, and visit anytime!! ~ Sending good thoughts your way, RL

      July 8, 2012 at 6:58 PM

  33. Robyn you really do have this gentle and sincerely likeable ability to inspire your followers. Remarkable. I am blessed to know you. Those who stop by your blog become followers who care and love you even as they are nurtured by you – you are one special lady. Stay strong! It works, I know!

    July 10, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    • Oh that is so kind and loving of you to say Penny. Right now I’m so limited in what I can do in the world that it is worth a great deal to me to have this venue for creative expression and connection to others. I’m not going to parties, hiking or out to dinner with friends as much as I’d like, so this is my little world of escape. I try to be as uplifting as possible but to be honest, sometimes I’m trying to inspire myself 🙂 I do, however, make an effort to return on occasion, to reality with the pain-shadow posts hoping to avoid complete denial of what I’m truly living. I have one ready for publishing that I did in the form of a poem/image. I tried to be vivid in this one (more so than my last few) while still, artistic and poetic – but emphasis on physical pain is never fun.

      Oh i’m rambling… very touched that you feel connected Penny, and so pleased we have become friends here. I’m sure there is a lot you can teach me as well. Feel like I know you at least 6 months 🙂 Love and wellness to you always ~ Robyn

      July 11, 2012 at 12:57 AM

  34. You hit the nail on the head…wow. Amazing writing!!

    July 22, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    • Thank you so much Michelle… your post really made me flash back to this one…great minds think alike 🙂 🙂

      July 23, 2012 at 12:45 AM

  35. Beautiful Robyn! Simply Beautiful!

    August 14, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    • Thank you Robyn! This was the day my tripod was delivered. I was really just playing but then figured — why not post it…. and especially after I’d ventured out to play with my “shoes” as a theme 🙂 Seemed to fit. I loved your self-portrait trial too. Does take a little bravery to do this but as one of your readers commented … can be healing as well. Hope you enjoyed the ‘Cig Harvey’ video and will continue to watch your blog progress for sure!! Much Love ~RL

      August 14, 2012 at 11:33 AM

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