Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression

Free Spirit

Angelic child
Beckons me;
Soft sweet smiles
Aura: gold and free.

With reckless abandon
She skips through dirt piles;
Lips stained chocolate
Wispy wind-blown hairstyle.

Something pure
Yet something wise;
Her sun shines down hope
As she swings through the sky.

Β©Robyn Lee

73 responses

  1. adorable and beautiful

    July 20, 2012 at 11:20 PM

  2. Beautiful….as always!

    July 20, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    • Thank you Stan! Thought she was special πŸ™‚ Hope you are settling in my friend xo ~

      July 20, 2012 at 11:22 PM

  3. Your writing is amazing – I love this! It makes me remember the wise child I used to be, that I now strive to reconjure. Robyn you are so wonderful and I find myself waiting in anticipation for your posts. Loveya! Julie

    July 20, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    • Thank you Julie… so that is our new collective goal ~ tapping into the free-spirited wise souls we truly are at our core. It is amazing how hard knocks of life can get in the way of our true selves. I’m glad the post could bring that up for you. You are so sweet to compliment my writing Professor Julie…but I think you are just trying to make my day when you say that stuff (blushing), so you succeeded πŸ™‚ xo Loveya back!!

      July 21, 2012 at 12:11 AM

      • I’m not a professor, only a phd doctor and if you call me a professor again I will start calling you Dr Robyn! Not trying to make your day at all – mean it all sincerely. You can bloody write kid!

        July 21, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    • Ok – now you are making me laugh, and making my day too! Well… ok – I’ll accept then — such a compliment from you, as any ph d who has taught college level English/writing and published a book is called a professor in my book! Oh – and many of my friends and family do consider me a Medical Doctor based on the level of education I’ve had to inflict upon myself given my history. Get consulted all the time here πŸ™‚ I have subspecialties in so many things too… Medical Textbooks all over the house. Should do a post one day — would be funny and or sad … Love you Julie!

      July 21, 2012 at 12:38 AM

      • Love you too, Dr Robyn!!!

        July 21, 2012 at 12:48 AM

  4. Reblogged this on Nae's Nest and commented:
    Beautiful poem from Through The Healing Lens, one of my favorite blogs at https://throughthehealinglens.com/2012/07/20/free-spirit/ Enjoy

    July 21, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    • I am just so touched Nae. I just left a short note on your blog too ~ but let me say again – means so much that you enjoyed this enough to reblog. Much Love and Gratitude, Robyn

      July 21, 2012 at 12:11 AM

  5. Lovely poem and precious photo. Captures the child in us all…wonder what adventures await her…what trees she’ll be climbing to spy on people….remembering when worries weren’t there….just fun, sunshine and swinging. What a hope-filled post that reminds us to be in this world as children free. Thank you sea sister. You amaze me with the scope of your photos….the spectrum is broad and always surprising. Hope you are resting and serene. Hugs πŸ™‚

    July 21, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    • So appreciate your wonderful comment Sam. You are so right – the image of this little child does awaken that free-spriited inner child within all of us. So good to go back to that whenever we possibly can. Sometimes observing scenes like this through my lens is such a healing exercise, just for these reminders. Thank you for appreciating my scope of photos too…. πŸ™‚ have been stuck inside between pain and rain – so you would not believe what I’ve been shooting. ~ Suffice to say yesterday I created my first food post!! LOL! Possibilities are endless if the imagination is free to roam. Ok – time to get resting and serene …on your good advice ~ Feel well And Love to you sea-sis πŸ™‚

      July 21, 2012 at 1:01 AM

  6. Beautiful poem Robyn! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    July 21, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    • Thanks so much poojycat ~ glad you enjoyed πŸ™‚ Warm wishes, R

      July 21, 2012 at 10:49 AM

      • πŸ™‚

        July 22, 2012 at 3:51 AM

  7. This is unbelievably beautiful… the words match so well with the outstanding photo.. I feel I can say no more .. but I slowly rise and begin to applaud, shout for an encore with more and more,,,
    Damn Robyn you are an absolutely artist with words and photos.. I’m in Awe of your abilities…

    July 21, 2012 at 3:45 AM

    • Wow bulldog — you are too amazingly kind. I am thrilled this tickled you some ~ and the applauds – well…I am blushing then! She was so precious it was an easy post to do… Very flattered for your wonderful words today. May your Saturday be filled with lots of joy and awe! ~ Robyn

      July 21, 2012 at 10:51 AM

  8. lovely, Robyn. A happy weekend to you:)

    July 21, 2012 at 4:58 AM

    • Thank you dearest nightlake – and likewise! ~ much love

      July 21, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    • yes, I am a girl.. but pls just call me by name or nightlake:)))

      July 22, 2012 at 9:32 PM

      • Absolutely!!

        July 22, 2012 at 9:34 PM

  9. The Robyn Way: take some ordinary letters – create them into well-chosen words – mix them at the The Robyn Way – great… πŸ˜‰

    Lovely photo of the little sweet girl – looking behind her makes me rembering my own little tricykle (with load where my little dog “Pjevs” sit) from my early childhood… πŸ˜‰

    July 21, 2012 at 5:28 AM

    • Oh ledrakenoir, what a lovely tribute to my ‘way’! Cannot thank you enough for your flattering words here. This was quite a natural piece to write for this sweet adorable little girl …. she was quite the energy of innocence and love. I am so thrilled that tricycle behind her stirred up some childhood happy memories for you too! I have an other shot that features the “toys” more and you will really get to fixate on that trike when I post it. Old fashioned playthings are magical. Can’t believe you loaded up you doggy ‘Pjevs’ for rides too… how awesome!! Thank you friend !:)

      July 21, 2012 at 10:56 AM

  10. Lips stained chocolate – thanks for featuring me in your poem

    July 21, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    • Carl – you got me giggling here…. Yes —‘ lips stained chocolate’ is a fashion I sport often too!!! This kid looked like she started the ‘trend’ however πŸ™‚

      Sending good thoughts your way friend! ~RL

      July 21, 2012 at 10:58 AM

  11. Beautiful poem and the lovely child swinging in gay abandon – exhilarating. Thank you!

    July 21, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    • Thank you so much dilip! Yes – I shot her quite a while ago – and wrote this up then, but was so nice to revisit and share now. She was an exhilarating sight to behold πŸ˜‰ So glad you enjoyed ~Much Love to you, RL

      July 21, 2012 at 11:00 AM

  12. Such a sense of whimsy here, Robyn….and she looks quite familiar…but maybe I’m wrong?

    July 21, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    • Thanks Meryl… this was shot behind the river (Riverhead) when we were there a while back. I was shooting pics of the river and then noticed this house right off the parking lot where kids were engaged in good old-fashioned play with their grandpa. I approached, and greeted them… and he invited me to do some candids shots. So I don’t know this fair child personally… but she made a lovely feature for my post today, so glad I was so bold enough to introduce myself πŸ™‚ xo

      July 21, 2012 at 11:04 AM

  13. Chris

    I have to agree with jmgoyder, you really can bloody write.x

    July 21, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    • Aww – Chris – you are amazingly sweet and kind. It’s all play to me — but I am blushing just the same. Thank you my friend and hope you managing well this weekend! x

      July 21, 2012 at 1:34 PM

  14. Swings and binoculars.. what more could a girl want??

    July 21, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    • Barbara — you are the first to mention those magnificent binoculars — they were a big part of my focus — her “lens” — Thank you for catching that — and yes — what more can a girl EVER want!? Much Love ~

      July 21, 2012 at 8:27 PM

  15. I think this may be my favorite piece of yours! Love, love, loved it! Oh, the childhood memories just came flooding back. Great work!

    July 21, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    • Oh wow onelife – that is wonderful to hear!!! I am so glad it bought you back to those glorious days ~~ me too. This child was like a magnet in real life. I think part of is was the fact the yard was so old fashioned – nothing electronic around, and pure unadulterated fun. Thanks so much!! πŸ™‚

      July 21, 2012 at 11:00 PM

  16. Beautiful and original, your words convey the message in a perfect way. πŸ™‚

    July 21, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    • Now I’m blushing Francis πŸ™‚ …thank you so much ~ means a lot, and hope you are hanging in!!

      July 21, 2012 at 11:01 PM

  17. Your photo and verse captures the young care-free days of Summer to me. Thank you for the memories.

    July 21, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    • So kind of your o say Jeb — thank you for that, and happy for assisting in sweet memories ~ Robyn Lee πŸ˜‰

      July 21, 2012 at 11:40 PM

  18. Thank you for this Robyn! Takes me back to swinging as a child…pretending I was flying…the adventure, the innocence, the fun, the imagination…all the amazingly beautiful attributes of childhood!! I just LOVE the way you write and the way you can evoke such varied emotions/feelings with your words…not to mention your gorgeous photographs…you inspire me! Hugs and Blessings sweet friend!! ~

    July 22, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    • You are so welcome dear Christina. I too loved to swing (and spin) as a child. Something about the rhythmic motion – just soothing and fun. And yes – to imagine we can fly…wha could be better. So appreciate your kind comments about my writing/photos evoking feelings/emotions. That is such huge compliment — and makes me smile to know…. Be well my friend – and know your plight has inspired me as well ~ Love and Light, Robyn

      July 22, 2012 at 11:59 AM

      • You are sweet, Robyn!! If I could bring one smile, one moment of inspiration, one moment of happiness to someone else…well then I am perfectly happy!! πŸ˜€

        You are so talented and gifted in all the above mentioned areas in my first comment and what I just said about smiles, inspiration, and happiness as well…You bring joy and light to so many people. I just wanted to say today that I appreciate you so much sweetest friend!!

        Huge hugs and Blessings for a wonderful evening and tomorrow!!

        July 23, 2012 at 12:49 AM

  19. Just beautiful! Your words are lovely and powerful. Sometimes my inner child beckons me back to a time of carefree innocence, free of challenges, pain and health issues — it’s a nice respite occasionally to think back to those times.

    July 22, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    • Oh Fergi, such a thoughtful comment. I do agree… to be beckon back to the simple times of carefree innocence… a blessing. I have read that visualization and imagery can actually stimulate hormonal changes in the body that can be healing. So yes… an occasional respite is wonderful. So thankful for your thoughts on this πŸ™‚

      July 22, 2012 at 12:04 PM

  20. Beautiful verses and a priceless photo!

    July 22, 2012 at 5:54 AM

    • Thank you so much Paula! So much appreciate your comment ~ blessings and love your way friend πŸ™‚

      July 22, 2012 at 12:06 PM

      • You are welcome Robyn. How are you feeling today? Wish that every days gets a bit easier for you gorgeous!

        July 22, 2012 at 12:08 PM

      • So appreciate that Paula. Has been very rough lately unfortunately. I am needing to have more studies done to see if my joint has deteriorated a lot over this year. I am so touched by your well-wishes — means a lot πŸ™‚ ~Blessings

        July 22, 2012 at 12:11 PM

  21. Simply beautiful Robyn! I love seeing this child through your eyes and verse in this one. xoxox

    July 22, 2012 at 7:58 AM

    • Yes Jeannie, thank you so much. … And you are so right in that my verse, and image does very much reflect exactly how I saw this sweet little girl. I think this was such a popular post because without realizing it, I injected a lot of my own emotion here, and it became more personal for everyone. I took the shot a while back, wrote up the verse… but was not even sure I’d ever use it. ~ Very wonderful to see it was so appreciated. Much Love and Blessings ~Robyn

      July 22, 2012 at 12:10 PM

  22. I am sorry to hear that… I know I am a perfect stranger, but I want you to know that my good thoughts and prayers are with you. Thinking of you… Blessings!

    July 22, 2012 at 12:15 PM

  23. Julie Catherine

    Robyn, I so needed to see and read something pure and lovely today – this is beautiful, thank you! Love, Julie xox

    July 22, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    • Julie so glad it offered you that today ~ I understand… Hugs to you ~xo

      July 22, 2012 at 9:32 PM

  24. As always the photo’s you present for viewing (along with the beautiful compositions that accompany) are moving and reminds each of us of some wonderful memories. Mine is unique to myself. As my parents aged I became much closer to them. My mom was very tiny in stature 4’10”. She loved the outdoors, a lot. One of my most cherished memories was during the last few years of her life of her swinging from a swing attached to a beautiful old tree on my parents property. I had dropped by for a visit and couldn’t find her at the house so wandered around outside until I came upon this sight. She was swinging for all she was worth, a huge smile on her face. A wonderful moment in my memories, thanks for reminding me. πŸ™‚

    July 23, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    • Oh Penny that story warmed my heart. I can relate to your Mom too…not only am I ‘petite’ at maybe 5 feet tall… but I do still love to swing. I have a swing in my yard that I go to sometimes (though have not lately -but now with your reminder will soon) to meditate and breathe. At one time I thought it would heal me ~ It is attached to a maple tree too. Thank you for sharing this treasured memory with me. Truly precious to know this ~ Much Love to you friend ~Robyn

      July 23, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      • Ditto my dear friend, xoxo

        July 23, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    • Little Me ~ https://throughthehealinglens.com/2012/03/01/flashback/

      This is my swing btw… I have a summer shot I haven’t posted…but this post was done in winter — there was some snowfall here ~ xo

      July 23, 2012 at 2:45 PM

      • A lovely memory to share. πŸ™‚

        July 23, 2012 at 5:10 PM

      • πŸ˜‰

        July 23, 2012 at 9:45 PM

  25. I totally love this photo and your poem is beautiful. Thank you. Love and hugs. xx πŸ™‚

    July 24, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    • Also…I think the title is perfect. πŸ™‚
      I LOVE swings always have, always will.

      July 24, 2012 at 8:23 AM

      • Yes the title was a natural fit… didn’t think about it for more than 2 seconds πŸ™‚ thank you!! ME TOO… I LOVE TO SWING ~ always have as well …. have one in my yard even now…for me πŸ™‚ xo

        July 24, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    • Aww, thank you dear alienhippy! So glad this brought you some joy ~ Sending Love and Hugs right back sweet friend ~R

      July 24, 2012 at 10:41 AM

  26. What a gorgeous little girl in the photo…..goes perfect with the poem, a poem that was so sweet and full of joy…..thank you for the blessing, my friend!

    July 24, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    • Thank you Celeste! She was quite a little free spirit. I do not know her but her grandpa was pushing her in their front yard and invited me to do the photograph. I’m so glad you enjoyed the poem her imiage inspired me to pen… means a lot ~ πŸ˜‰ Much love dear friend ~ xxoo

      July 24, 2012 at 9:33 PM

  27. rynnasaryonnah

    This is beautiful! And the picture is perfect. I wondered whether the poem inspired the photo or if the photo inspired the poem until I read your reply to Celeste. Love this!

    July 26, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    • Thank you so much!! Oh so glad you did see the way the poem unfolded. Still wonder if I should drop an 8×10 and the poem off at the home of this family πŸ™‚ So happy you enjoyed ~ and appreciate your comment!! Best ~ Robyn

      July 27, 2012 at 12:46 AM

      • rynnasaryonnah

        I think you should! I’m sure they’d love that!!

        July 27, 2012 at 4:46 AM

      • I just may — I know I would love it if it were me or my own children. I’m sure they would too!! thanks so much for that!!

        July 27, 2012 at 10:39 AM

  28. I loved sitting on my swing as a child…one of my favorite places to be. Great image. Thanks again for you wonderful eye! Erin

    August 10, 2012 at 10:33 PM

  29. Yes me too Erin! Such joy associated with that memory. I actually still have my own swing hanging on a Red Maple tree in my yard! I haven’t been on it as of late, but it is a reminder to me of that “weeeee” feeling πŸ™‚ Much Love to you – thank you for coming by tonight !!

    August 10, 2012 at 10:36 PM

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