Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression

The 12th Cascade

On this day
His year begins;

There’s birthday cake
Food, games and grins.

He blows his trumpet
Gifts us with tunes;

Sister accompanies on guitar,
Till guests are aswooned.

Β When celebrations are over
And all has been said,

He greets his 12th year
By cascading his head!

~Robyn Lee

Dedicated with love to my niece and nephew
on their 12th birthdays

~Aunt Robyn Lee

34 responses


    July 1, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    • Thanks Cat! Was adorable… he did not know I was watching — and I just waited for the perfect time to “click” ~ the best joy to witness πŸ™‚ xo

      July 2, 2012 at 12:15 AM

      • Good Morning πŸ™‚
        You are very talented Robyn
        It’s those precious moments
        that last forever
        He will look back when he is a grown up and just love this even more .
        you are making beautiful memories as you go πŸ™‚
        beautiful little Now moments that last forever !
        The best Joy xx
        yes !!!!!!!!!!!
        Cat xo

        July 2, 2012 at 8:14 AM

      • That is such a wonderful thing to emphasize Cat!!! You are so right… to be able to look back on these spontaneous movements from childhood is just amazing. I still treasure a photo I have of me in 3rd grade spinning like a top! It’s here https://throughthehealinglens.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/188480_1004578197060_1303022102_7097_3600_n1.jpg

        I will have to make my nephew a print to save. I so agree – the moments can last forever through memories!

        Sending Love and Light to you Cat — you are so wise!! ~RL

        July 3, 2012 at 9:59 PM

  2. Awww too sweet. Happy birthday to them

    July 1, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    • Thanks boomie! So appreciate – they will see this! ~ πŸ™‚

      July 2, 2012 at 12:15 AM

  3. twin birthdays on July first, how cool is that …. awesome!!
    and that water splash looks quite refreshing indeed ….:)

    July 1, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    • Yes , Jim so cool — I remember the day they were born like yesterday! What a cool “splash” this was — New Beginnings as they say πŸ™‚ Thank you kindly~ RL

      July 2, 2012 at 12:16 AM

  4. onlinefunland

    Happy Bday to them !
    Lots of Best Wishes !!

    July 1, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    • Thank you so much Onlinefunland~ and for the reblog — much appreciate πŸ™‚

      July 2, 2012 at 12:16 AM

  5. What a lovely way of saluting them!

    July 2, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    • Thank you Julie… was not sure I would post today as just got this candid shot a few hours earlier and had no idea what to write (actually solicited the little gentleman to try to conjure a limerick (his word today – I was impressed )) … but could not let the day pass without doing this… 12 years only comes once, and he and his sis are amazing children!! Much Love Julie my friend xo

      July 2, 2012 at 12:18 AM

      • They sound like such lovely children.

        July 2, 2012 at 2:05 AM

  6. victoriaaphotography

    What a fun shot, Robyn. Great capture of that water spray.

    July 2, 2012 at 2:34 AM

    • Thanks you Victoria… had no idea how it would turn out. I was a distance away and he was doing this “ritual” over and over so I just waited of the moment to click — and this was the best I believe — most magical looking for the water spray ~ he liked it too (and was surprised) πŸ™‚

      July 2, 2012 at 7:18 AM

  7. I wish I could sit and pour out a poem about anything, I am so envious,,, I love it… the photo as well…

    July 2, 2012 at 3:03 AM

    • Awww bullodogsurf…bet you could!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I was never one to write poetry (except maybe when I was very young) and just started trying more recently. It’s surprising what the psyche holds inside and how enjoyable it can be to express… To be honest, one of my dear blogging friends here (Julie) was the one who encouraged me to start to just write some of my own quotes (rather than always use famous ones) and that is how it began. So flattered you enjoyed both post and poem for this special occasion!! ~Sending you good thoughts today!! ~RL

      July 2, 2012 at 7:23 AM

  8. Love this so much Robyn….

    July 2, 2012 at 5:13 AM

    • That is so wonderful to hear Wendy! Thank you soooo much ~ I thought it was a special moment too, and in retrospect, starting the new year with a waterfall over oneself seems kind of cool !!! πŸ™‚ ~ sending good thoughts to you friend ~ RL

      July 2, 2012 at 7:24 AM

  9. What a great moment…you captured it perfectly..and the dark background really sets it off…sounds like a lot of fun!

    July 2, 2012 at 7:39 AM

    • Thanks Meryl…yes, this was a peasant surprise capture….I was in the gardens photographing plant life, and on the way back this caught my attention. Not sure why the background came dark as it was trees and shrubs…but do like the effect with the water spray against it.

      July 2, 2012 at 7:43 AM

  10. awe…perfect!!! happy birthdays!!!

    July 2, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    • Thanks David… it was indeed πŸ™‚

      July 2, 2012 at 7:30 PM

      • yay…sure looks fun:)

        July 2, 2012 at 7:31 PM

      • πŸ˜‰

        July 2, 2012 at 7:34 PM

  11. i love that shot, pure exhilaration!!

    July 2, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    • Yes – on a 100 degree day there probably is not much more exhilaration to be had πŸ™‚ Thanks so much Buck — and have a wonderful evening!

      July 2, 2012 at 7:40 PM

      • you too! and i hope it cools down!

        July 2, 2012 at 7:44 PM

  12. Beautiful tribute. In summer I love the water and throw me on the photo happens.
    Much peace to all …

    July 2, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    • Thanks so much my friend. Yes – was a lovely Birthday celebration ~ and the water cascade was a perfect! So glad you enjoyed the splash!! πŸ™‚ Adios as well ~

      July 3, 2012 at 12:40 AM

  13. Awe….wonderful. Enjoyed this much. Great way to capture the water and joy. πŸ™‚ Lovely poem.

    July 3, 2012 at 2:55 AM

    • Thanks Sam… was a very cool moment to document ~ Happy I took notice and had camera handy πŸ™‚ So glad you enjoyed my short verse too xo πŸ˜‰

      July 3, 2012 at 11:59 AM

  14. What a great swoon of words and joy! It made me grin from ear to ear reading your words. I also have a natural excitement for birthdays so when I read anything about them I get all giddy! Splashing in joy with you. πŸ™‚

    July 5, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    • Thanks so much Angel! So happy to hear that you enjoyed it so much. Yes special birthdays – this one the final year before teen-hood for them. Thrilled you joined in on the splashing here πŸ˜‰ ~ RL

      July 5, 2012 at 3:48 PM

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