Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression

Storyteller Of Salt

When we quiet our minds
We so easily hear

Wise words of the waves
Dialect: flowing and clear.

 Hypnotic salt tales
Told in soft rhythmic hum

Rippling echoes of ocean,
Reflect voices of sun.

 The grand stories our sea tells
Will enchant and enthrall;

Since the lessons our tides teach,
Pertain to us all.

~Robyn Lee

82 responses

  1. So poignant so true. Very well expressed

    July 16, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    • Thank you so much boomie! Do appreciate friend 🙂

      July 16, 2012 at 12:58 AM

  2. Esotericly said very pretty.

    July 16, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    • Thanks kindly dear Kim — so pleased you enjoyed!!

      July 16, 2012 at 12:59 AM

  3. so true, Robyn. nice poetry:) Hope you had a peaceful weekend

    July 16, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    • Thank you dear nightlake — mush appreciate and hope yours was lovely!!

      July 16, 2012 at 12:59 AM

      • yes, thanks, Robyn. and this poem is among one of favourites that you have written:) Good night:)

        July 16, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    • Wow…so wonderful to hear that from you. I did not really expect to write this poem, and had a simple quote set up, and then some force just pushed my fingers into action… so glad since it is a favorite for you… off to sleep (hopefully) 🙂 Thank you!

      July 16, 2012 at 1:43 AM

  4. Lovely words… lovely photos… starts my day with a heart warming feeling…

    July 16, 2012 at 12:58 AM

  5. Aww thank you so much bulldogsturf 🙂 So nice to know you are starting the day off well 🙂

    July 16, 2012 at 1:00 AM

  6. Precious photo. So innoncent and lovely. Your words are very healing and flow like the waves washing up upon the soul and cleaning out the clutter. Very nice. A joy to read. Your sea sissy ~ Sam 🙂

    July 16, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    • Thank you Sam. I agree – these children captured my heart the day I spotted them just peacefully listing to the tides. Love your metaphor, waves washing up upon the soul ~ uncluttering … it is symbolic of so much isn’t it. So glad you enjoyed the post sea sis 🙂 Much Love xo

      July 16, 2012 at 1:07 AM

  7. Very very nice! not only the poem but also the design of the page and the images. Thanks for sharing, Z

    July 16, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    • Thank you kindly Z 🙂 So appreciate your thoughtful comment. I am never sure how to lay out my posts, so this is helpful to know it was pleasant for you to read and enjoy the image ~ warm wishes your way 😉

      July 16, 2012 at 1:09 AM

      • Yes, from the moment I opened the page, it embraced me! Nice soothing colors from the ‘masthead’ image set that mood.
        z

        July 16, 2012 at 10:35 AM

      • 🙂 warm thanks Z!

        July 16, 2012 at 11:00 AM

  8. The title itself is brilliant and the poem is so moving and so full of nuances and it is hard for me to find words to describe how it made me feel. Bravo Robyn – you might not feel very shiny at the moment (physically I mean) but you shine out of every single word you write and I am continually gobsmacked. Love Juliexx

    July 16, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    • Thank you so much Julie… you are such an incredible encouragement. You know I was not planning to write here on this blog and you, my sweet friend, were my inspiration. I hardly knew you then, and wondered who this lady from Australia was, telling me to consider writing some original quotes one day :)))) So now look at the monster you made ~ English/writing professor that you are too!! Love you for all you are and do Julie xxoo

      July 16, 2012 at 1:20 AM

  9. ~Lady Day

    Ah yes…I miss the ocean everyday. Today it was a westcoast misted rain day…I missed it desperately. Thank you for packaging it in your words and sending it my way. xo

    July 16, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    • Yes – very stormy here today as well Lady Day ~ but I had this photo waiting for such a day so I could meditate on it and remember while I wrote it’s companion poem. So happy you enjoyed it too ~ much love 🙂

      July 16, 2012 at 1:54 AM

  10. Just Beautiful! I haven’t been to the ocean for eons it seems…reading this made me absultely yearn for it. Just beautiful!!

    I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award ~ http://wp.me/p2wxQT-8S ~ Hugs and Blessings sweet friend! ~

    July 16, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    • Thank you dear Christina! So glad you enjoyed your virtual visit to the sea today 🙂 Thank you so much for this nomination ~ very touched that you have honored me this way! Sending love and warm wishes your way ~ Robyn Lee

      July 16, 2012 at 11:39 AM

      • Thank you for taking me ‘virtually’ to the ocean! You are so very very very welcome sweet friend…You were the first I thought of when getting to share this award! 🙂 Hugs and Blessings for a wonderful day 🙂

        July 16, 2012 at 6:12 PM

  11. Some years back Robin it was my job (or part of it), to interview artists, writers, and photographers for a Marketing company. I can’t share with you how many different styles of Artistry I viewed. How many moving words I read. I say that so you will understand when I tell you that on both a personal and professional level both your poetry and your photographs are incredibly beautiful and moving. You illustrate brilliantly a heart felt thought, a deeply held emotion, a portrait of your soul. You are one gifted lady, never forget that. Made much more moving for what you endure.

    July 16, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    • Oh my Penny, such a wonderful compliment and I am flattered by your words. Not sure if you know that I really have never considered myself to be an artist (always worked in the corporate sector ~ marketing/sales) . My encounter with the photography was quite by chance when I was trying to walk daily in the woods after my last round of surgeries. and I am still far from technically expert here… I do love it though, and have always enjoyed words and writing (though never did much there either outside of personal works). The blog here was just going to be a place I could house my photos, since my kids thought I was taking up too much space on their Facebook feeds LOL! 🙂 Your seeing the meaning and passion in my work is ever so touching Penny. This hobby, born of limitations, has truly opened up all kinds of wonderful doors to my soul. For this I am so grateful; also so much gratitude for connections to amazing, loving people like you who I would otherwise never know ~ Much Love to you friend, Robyn

      July 16, 2012 at 11:35 AM

      • And to you in return, dear friend.

        July 16, 2012 at 3:03 PM

  12. I can feel that sea salt moving in and out…so soothing and hypnotic…hopefully it will rock me back to sleep…thanks Robyn…

    July 16, 2012 at 3:04 AM

    • Thank you Meryl. Yes – can be the best kind of tranquilizer this ocean of ours. I do hope you got back… I was not even beginning sleep at 3 ~ must reset my clock somehow but I crave the peace of the wee hours… a problem — 🙂 So glad you liked the image and poem 🙂 xo

      July 16, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      • Maybe we should plan a get together at 3 am…:-)

        July 17, 2012 at 12:58 PM

  13. Agree, Robyn… 😉

    – and loves the shot… 😉

    July 16, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    • Aww, thank you ledrakenoir! So thrilled you enjoyed it 🙂 RL

      July 16, 2012 at 11:23 AM

  14. I am so glad to be here. This is beautiful. I love this poem completely and cherish its wisdom, Love to you, Linda

    July 16, 2012 at 3:51 AM

    • Thank you Linda ~ warm welcome to you, and so happy you enjoyed this taste of the sea today ~ Much Love 🙂 RL

      July 16, 2012 at 11:21 AM

  15. iamnotshe

    This is beautiful! LOVE!

    July 16, 2012 at 7:07 AM

    • Thanks SO much iamnotshe! Do appreciate and feel the LOVE! 🙂

      July 16, 2012 at 11:20 AM

  16. Lovely poem. There is much we can hear in the sea.

    July 16, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    • Thanks kindly strawberryindigo, and yes I agree with you, if we listen there is sooo much to hear! 🙂 RL

      July 16, 2012 at 11:03 AM

  17. I love the images of children looking out into the sea…and your words fit so well. The salty ocean does teach us, and renew us in so many ways. Blessings to you today and always, Erin

    July 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    • Thanks so much Erin. So much appreciate your lovely words here ~ Much Love, RL

      July 16, 2012 at 11:01 AM

  18. Very nice. 🙂

    July 16, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    • Thanks so much Scott!

      July 16, 2012 at 10:53 AM

      • You’re very welcome. 🙂

        July 16, 2012 at 11:19 AM

  19. WOW….enchanted, amazing…. I love your weaving of words that whisper of secrets and wisdom…… wonderful post, and the picture is darling!
    xoxoxo
    Celeste

    July 16, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    • Oh Celeste, thank you so much for your lovely words. Truly honored that you have enjoyed this encounter with the waves today my friend! Very excited about getting to your next installment ( My Angel of Night) that I noticed you published today 🙂 Sending love and light to you as always ~ RL

      July 16, 2012 at 11:55 AM

  20. Wise words of the waves
    Dialect: flowing and clear.

    I understand this language. Live just three miles from Miami Beach and have not been there in ages. But there is very little public beach front in Miami and instead of waves and seagulls the air’s sounds are contaminated with boom boxes spewing filthy worded rap.

    July 16, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    • Thanks much Carl… geez… that makes me sad to hear ~ when mankind takes for granted the gift that nature has given and ‘contaminates’ it this way. I often try to find the most quiet of beach settings available, when I’m able to go. My nervous system cannot manage the boom boxes and hardcore rap. Some of us have most sensitive souls I think… Hope you too can seek out a sanctuary where you can bee soothed by those wise, flowing clear words of a peaceful sea ~ much love to you, RL

      July 16, 2012 at 11:52 AM

  21. elegant and beautiful!

    July 16, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    • Thank you so much dear Buck… I do appreciate!

      July 16, 2012 at 2:10 PM

  22. “Hypnotic salt tales.” Quite so. A beautiful poem, Robyn.

    July 16, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    • Thank you Tom. And yes, – they are ‘quite so’ 🙂 Appreciate your lovely comment! ~ Robyn

      July 16, 2012 at 2:49 PM

  23. Lovely poem. Robyn. I have been around a lot of water lately and can relate-love the reference to “hypnotic salt tales”.The picture is so nostalgic for me, as I spent a lot of my childhood in summer at the water’s edge.

    July 16, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    • Thanks so much Jane. Yes – it’s a terrific way to escape for a bit, and children gravitate so naturally that us grown-ups should look to them as role models. Lovely that you had a lot of those ‘hypnotic salt tales’ in your life as a child 🙂 Nostalgia is wonderful ~ 🙂

      July 16, 2012 at 7:59 PM

  24. your photos enhance the words so beautifully….i’m lucky enough to be vacationing on the water, not the ocean but Lake Michigan, when i read this post this morning…very timely, thanks!

    July 16, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    • Thanks so much Rescuing Little L ~ I do hope you get to hear some lovely tales at the Lake during your vacation. Glad you enjoyed – and I also was happy to discover your wonderful blog ~ Sending warm thoughts your way~ RL

      July 16, 2012 at 8:00 PM

  25. Beautiful thank yous from my heart to yours ……xo

    July 16, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    • So happy could take you to the sea again today Cat~ this time to hear the waves tell stories ~ much love xo

      July 16, 2012 at 8:01 PM

  26. Absolutely gorgeous. The poetry and the photography as well. Thrilled that I happened upon your blog!

    July 16, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    • Thank you so much…such a lovely compliment ~ initially was only going to display images, and the poetry has pleasantly evolved. So happy you enjoyed and welcome!! ~RL

      July 16, 2012 at 8:50 PM

  27. victoriaaphotography

    Such a Beautiful verse and gorgeous photo to match.

    July 17, 2012 at 4:23 AM

    • Thanks so much Victoria…. one of those photos I’d taken a while back as we’d talked about. So glad you liked the verse 🙂 xo

      July 17, 2012 at 12:42 PM

  28. This is majestic and and soothing! I was pulled in back to my ocean’s tales that I already miss only leaving it three weeks ago. So lovely and sweet, I am floating on the rippling echoes now. 🙂

    July 17, 2012 at 12:27 PM

  29. I loved the Custom Language waves, how much truth there is in the ocean and all nature. At one time I lived in Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia where the world ends and where he died the Andes in the Beagle Channel, a place where the wind is singing.
    http://1cruzdelsur.wordpress.com/2011/07/15/el-fin-del-mundo-un-lugar-en-la-tierra/

    July 17, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    • Thank you dear Carlos. I agree… the language of waves is universal- so no matter what our native tongue is, we all understand.
      I looked at your link (Patagonia) — stunning ~ can almost hear the wind singing through your photosxo

      July 17, 2012 at 11:51 PM

  30. I like the verses and the image even more :). Inspiring post Robyn!

    July 18, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    • Thanks you so very much Paula. I do appreciate and so glad you enjoyed!!

      July 18, 2012 at 5:50 PM

  31. Lovely, Robyn, I especially liked the final two lines, most effective. Beautiful pic too 🙂

    July 20, 2012 at 2:47 AM

    • Thanks so much Polly! So glad enjoyed 🙂 Warmest wishes to you today~Robyn

      July 20, 2012 at 10:43 AM

  32. Pawan Hira

    Yes, it relates to all. Peaceful thoughts, rhymed with love. Profound, Robyn. Much love and blessings. 🙂

    July 20, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    • Warm thanks to you friend…much Love & Peace always 🙂

      July 20, 2012 at 1:40 PM

      • Pawan Hira

        and your photos are at par with your words. You have a great eye to capture such beautiful moments. 🙂
        Love.

        July 20, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      • That means a lot to me Pawan…thank you kind soul ~

        July 20, 2012 at 6:21 PM

  33. Ahhhhhh . . . .I can almost taste the salt in the air. Lovely post, my friend!

    July 24, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    • Thank you kt! So happy you enjoyed an could almost taste too 🙂 Sending Love ~

      July 27, 2012 at 10:30 AM

  34. Short poem, it seems simple. But really, I am sure, you make it after going through a lot of experience and thousands pages of learning. How do you know that? for example: When we quiet our minds. We so easily hear. It is a philosophical and psychological. This is great! I love this, Ms Robyn Lee. 😀

    July 27, 2012 at 6:19 AM

    • Thank you so much hilal! You are right in that there is more here than ‘meets the eye’… and definitely in the realm of philosophy and psychology too 🙂 Not really so much learning in the way of ‘study’ in books, but more ‘study’ of self … or looking within. I am so happy you enjoyed it Mr. achmar !! Sending good thoughts your way ~ Robyn Lee

      July 27, 2012 at 10:33 AM

  35. I love the poem, and love your comment to Sam, above ‘waves washing up upon the soul ~ uncluttering … it is symbolic of so much …’ so true ~ Polly x

    July 29, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    • Thank you dear Polly ~ yes I agree, the sea symbolizes so much. xo

      July 29, 2012 at 11:20 AM

  36. You are Storyteller not only through the magic of your words but with the visual wand that transports us into your world. So beautiful.

    July 30, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    • Oh just saw — thank you for your kind words much Millie. I never planned to write when I began blogging this past winter, but little by little the images inspired me to express verbally too. I am so glad you enjoy my efforts 🙂 Much Love Always ~RL

      July 30, 2012 at 1:22 AM

  37. Your poetry is beautiful.

    August 9, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    • Oh thank you so much Pierre… that means a lot to me ~ welcome here! I had a chance to begin exploring your blog earlier — will be back for sure!! Warm wishes your way ~RL

      August 10, 2012 at 1:11 AM

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