Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression

Remedy: Passion-Flower

heart crawls…

from behind encaging ribs

washed by rain

scorched by light

…all just to be cleansed

of its aching pain..

to be soothed with

the kisses of your words

…to emerge from its hollow night…

blossoming into….


intricate, powerful

divinely delicate and trembling


~Lady Day


Warm Thanks to Lady Day of  Just A Girl With A Heart & A Pen for permitting me to pair her wonderful and impassioned poem entitled, Passion-Flower with my feature image today. I was awed by her words when she posted it, and then set out on a mission to find this enchanting passiflora to photograph for this special post.

Hope you enjoyed!

Much Love,
Robyn Lee

 illustration courtesy of:

Did you know that the herb passionflower, extracted from this beautiful bud, is a natural pain reliever and sedative? Follow this link for more information: TLC Family “Passionflower: Herbal Remedies”

50 responses

  1. once again awesome!

    June 28, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    • Thanks so much Buck ~ really do appreciate!

      June 28, 2012 at 2:15 AM

  2. Wow! What a bloom! It looks unreal, like something a talented baker spun out of sugar and drew delicately with frosting to place atop an extravagant cake!! Great collaboration between words and photo. Hope all is well, my friend!

    June 28, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    • A talented baker — oh my!! Coming from you – Goddess of Blooms that is a huge compliment my friend. I did not consider, but you are right, it does look edible doesn’t it?! Would be great on top of of a cake too! So glad you enjoyed the poem by Lady Day…would never have scouted this bloom out if it wasn’t for her magnificent words! ~ Much Love to you tonight KT xo

      June 28, 2012 at 2:17 AM

  3. The incredible and awesome power of nature….great post Robyn, and awesome team work!

    June 28, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    • So glad you enjoyed it Stan! Thank you my friend – yes great to be inspired by blog friends this way, and to collaborate. I found the flower because of reading this poem …pretty cool hugh? Sending Love xo

      June 28, 2012 at 2:18 AM

  4. Magnificent capture… great photo…

    June 28, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    • Aww, thank you bulldogsturf. So appreciate your comment tonight!

      June 28, 2012 at 2:20 AM

  5. Okay, Sea Sister…you totally rock….I came over to your blog and was “like” please, please let her have posted…because yours is one of my favorites…and if you hadn’t I would have gone and looked at some of your older posts…which I intend to do whenever I pop over and you haven’t posted yet. I do that at David’s site, too. lol….You both have such sweet souls. Back to THIS post….the flower….I could crawl into that photo. You really do have such a gift. My oh my….just lovely. And did I tell you I was looking at fairy and elf photos and YouTubes way too much today. And there is a cute little fairy, right there. 🙂 And the poem by Lady Day is divine. I found it romantic….but I find everything romantic since my ocean dip in Maui….chakra stuff…he he
    Clapping over this one for you, Robyn. It’s divine, delightful, and almost delicious. 🙂
    Lots of love xoxox
    Sam of the Sea

    June 28, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    • “I could crawl into that photo” — 🙂 that is the most wonderful expression Sam!!! Thank you so much!! Interesting part is, I did not initially have a photo to match Lady Day’s beloved poem (as I did with Raven Bride/Lovers) , but after reading it, was inspired to set my sights (lens) on a Passion-Flower especially for it. I wondered where I would find such a flower….and then lo and behold, I had a planter on my front porch that held an unknown flowering plant (Mother’s Day gift from hubby) — and when it began to bloom I realized yes, it this magical species of flower I had been thinking about ~ I was in awe 🙂 Had to wait for a full bloom to get the shot. Such – perfect timing and I’m so thrilled you loved the post. Yes… fairies and elves — perfect visualization for ‘crawling into” this bloom!! Isn’s she just adorable there!

      Yes – Lady’s poem most definitely romantic, sensitive and soothing…. all qualities I am drawn to these days (and I have not yet had a dip in Maui …but do know the chakra energies you speak of 😉 ). Thank you so much for your applauds today Sam… you are ever so loving and kind, and am always so happy when you bless me with your input here!! Sending a huge ‘Sea Hug’ and’ Fairy Kisses’ to you today! ~ RL

      June 28, 2012 at 10:47 AM

      • 🙂 Oh, that is just a splendid story about the blooming flower and you waiting for it’s full arrival. Just love that! Such a gorgeous arrival the flower made…and yes, perfect for fairies and elves, both!!!
        Lots of sea hugs and fairy kisses back,
        Sam 🙂

        June 28, 2012 at 11:10 AM

  6. Fantastic!

    June 28, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    • Julie… so happy you enjoyed ~ Thank you kindly 🙂 xo

      June 28, 2012 at 10:48 AM

  7. wowee! i like the new header, too.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:48 AM

    • hee hee Jane… like your ‘wowee” — thank you…
      Yes – realized I had no header as my “summer beach pose” only shows on home page, so thought this might work ~ my daughter took it candid one day when she was amused watching me shoot a beautiful sunset. Sunset itself could not fit in the narrow space, but you can see the reflection in the water which is pretty cool!! ~ Warm wishes to you today 😉

      June 28, 2012 at 10:52 AM

  8. Wow! amazing flower, Robyn..and the poem suits it:)

    June 28, 2012 at 6:50 AM

    • Thank you so much nightlake! Yes — pretty amazing flower…and so happy I was inspired by Lady Day’s poem…. or may not have thought to capture this shot!! Sending good wishes to you today my friend ! ~RL

      June 28, 2012 at 10:55 AM

  9. ~Lady Day

    You dear Sweet Woman..thank you. The photo is exquisite…I love those flowers. And we don’t have them here…too cold. That you captured the colours and intricacies…perfect, to what the poem was saying…thank you with all my heart. xo How are you this week? May you always be blessed with the strength to face your pains and trials dear soul.xo

    June 28, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    • ~Lady Day

      I wish you had a twitter share button by the way:)…I’m on there so much more than FB…please?

      June 28, 2012 at 11:19 AM

      • hmmm… I think I have a non-active Twitter account…really no very little about Twitter. I suppose can add the button, and not have to be twittering right?? Will check it out ~ Thanks LD!

        June 28, 2012 at 11:31 AM

      • ~Lady Day

        Thanks…yes you elluded to the gifted passion flower, and read that…lol. Funny how things go. And my grandmother and mother (therefore myself) are very into herbal and natural medicine…so yes…the rememdy idea was a part of the whole thing to…I love when things layer up so nicely like that. Makes the artwork that much more rich in texture and flavour. Yes…I knew your friends memorial must have happened by now…a most difficut thing, these times, I’m sorry its been so stressful. It’s to be expected though, it is that softness that gleams through your work.
        And..yes you can just add the twitter button to your widgets at the bottom, and then those of us on twitter can share your work on there:) You don’t need to even have your own account for us to share on there. Well, hope you feel a bit more rested and healed soon. xo~R

        June 28, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    • Lady Day… had it not been for my reading your very sensitive and beautiful poem, I would have certainly missed the opportunity to spend this sacred time with my “Passion-Flower” — so I thank you graciously!! 🙂 So glad you liked the final outcome, and felt the image captured your sentiments well. I just told Sam the story of how I had “wished” to encounter a Passion-Flower so I could create this post, and then magically realized there was one living on my front porch about to bloom. Isn’t that awesome synchronicity!!??

      Thanks you for good wishes re: my health/pain . This week has been more challenging. I was fairly active this past weekend with my dear friend’s memorial and some other adventures, so likely has taken its toll. Have a few medical consults this week and early next, and hoping to regain some improvement again. So appreciate your good wishes … xo RL

      June 28, 2012 at 11:30 AM

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  11. What a beautiful flower. I never saw one of those before.

    June 28, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    • 😉 Thanks Renee… I think I have seen them and not realized exactly what species of flower they were…. I’ve also eaten Passion Fruit and not associated but this is the flower that produces that yummy tropical fruit. Also the herbal remedy — have used not connecting with this beautiful flower. Was lucky to happen to discover them after reading Lady Day’s poem, and paying attention to the planter outside on my front porch 😉 Meant to be — now we all know about passion flowers!! xo

      June 28, 2012 at 11:33 AM

      • I did not connect passion fruit with this flower either. I saw one or something like it around midnight….when I was in high school. A neighbor had a “midnight blooming cerise” open in their green house for a few hours. Or maybe I”m confusing different flowers. Anyway, interesting stuff….and very beautiful and exotic…..and pain relieving, no less!
        Love, Mindy

        July 2, 2012 at 8:16 AM

  12. braunrcb

    I also love your new cover photo

    June 28, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    • Thanks Renee! Casey took it a while back… was happy it fit in the header space which is narrow… though had to forgo the sunset (though can see it reflected in the water!) xo

      June 28, 2012 at 11:34 AM

  13. victoriaaphotography

    I love the intricacy of passionfruit flowers, they always seem rather unworldly. Also love the new header photo.

    June 28, 2012 at 9:55 AM

  14. A beauty…where did you find it? And love the new shadow header…first time I’m seeing it…enjoying your poetry too…:)

    June 28, 2012 at 3:59 PM

  15. Thanks Meryl… well this is what went down. I read Lady Day’s poem some time ago. I loved it in that moment and asked if I could add it to my poetry section and if I can ever find a Passion-Flower to shoot, I’d make a post. She agreed! Then Mother’s Day came and hubby brought several plants home and plopped them on the front porch. I wasn’t doing very well so didn’t’ even look… When I did finally look I realized one was this species and was just starting to bloom. I waited it’ll full bloom – and you have it 🙂 A post was born~~ Talk about synchronicity as he did not know either what type of flower was going to grow in that planter.

    Thanks on header… it’s actually not a shadow – it’s a photo Casey took of me on the North Fork after graduation weekend. Made us stop so I could stretch and catch a few sunset pics and they thought I was hilarious. She took it without me realizing and I never expected to use it but it fits pretty well in the header space (no sun but the refection and my little self). 🙂 xxoo

    June 28, 2012 at 4:23 PM

  16. The photo and words were made for each other:))) great job both of you

    June 28, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    • Thanks so much David… another fun collaboration! This time the poem came first – and inspired they image — atypical -but meant to be it seems. Sending warm thoughts to you today ~ RL

      June 28, 2012 at 5:55 PM

      • right back to you Robyn:))))

        June 28, 2012 at 5:56 PM

      • 🙂

        June 28, 2012 at 5:57 PM

  17. Wonderful! Yes, I use passion flower to help with my depression at times. It is fun to see the actual image of the flower. Thanks for sharing!

    June 28, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    • Thank you so much dear Erin! Yes – I have used it as a muscle relaxant too. I never realized it was associated with this flower and the yummy tropical fruit 🙂 We learn much with blog post research sometimes 🙂 Healing thoughts your way ~ Robyn Lee

      June 28, 2012 at 10:40 PM

  18. Beautiful words and photography!

    June 28, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    • Thanks so much beebeesworld ~ so glad you enjoyed! Sending good thoughts to you this evening ~RL

      June 28, 2012 at 10:41 PM

  19. totally awesome collaboration between Lady Day and you …. the words so soothing yet powerful, and that particular flower is absolutely mind blowing …. double wows:)

    June 29, 2012 at 4:29 AM

    • Yay…glad you liked it Jiim!! Fun project for us, and unfolded with such ease. Thanks for your generous ‘wows’!! 🙂 ~RL

      June 29, 2012 at 9:58 AM

  20. The picture in the header is electrifying! Signals a peaceful harmony in nature! Thanks ever so much.

    June 29, 2012 at 7:25 AM

    • So excited you liked the new header dilipnaidu!! Didn’t plan it, but seemed to work when I had the brainstorm to try it (less the sunset that did not fit) 🙂 the reflection is evident though ~ Sending you good thoughts!!!

      June 29, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    • All very interesting Mindy! Beatutiful images — owner if that one yields fruit!! 🙂 xo

      July 2, 2012 at 3:09 PM

  21. Gina's Professions for PEACE

    What a beautiful pairing you and Lady Day make. This is a wonderful post. Thank you for sharing!

    July 9, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    • Thanks so much Gina! This was fun to do – as I’d read LD’s poem first, and that inspired me to find a flower to match it 🙂 Glad you liked ~:) RL

      July 9, 2012 at 9:19 PM

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  23. Thank you for using my Passion Flower faerie drawing!

    October 21, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    • Most welcome! I am not sure where I found her – but just lovely– i added a link to your site too!! RL

      October 21, 2013 at 6:03 PM

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