Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression

Miracle Of Blue

Like blue stars
clustered together

before a
glistening gold
sun;

Water droplets
cling
lightly to
smooth, powdery
skin.

They wait, anticipating your
craving 
for their
juice of indigo,
and 
bittersweet
flesh,

So they may
blissfully
grace the
buds of your
taste.

©Robyn Lee

86 responses

  1. I am in awe of your grace with words and images – this is wonderful Robyn. Lots of love Julie

    July 28, 2012 at 12:20 AM

  2. Thank you Julie…so happy to get your positive feedback (poem just came quick and I posted right away without much thought – so was a little insecure? 🙂 ) I do think I like – and considering I’m not getting out much — this fruit thing is helping me keep the posts going. Sending love and blueberry hugs your way dear friend xxoo

    July 28, 2012 at 12:25 AM

  3. What a beauty,i have never seen a better tribute to a fruit. yum juicy blueberry shot and a stunning poem .Loved it 🙂

    July 28, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    • oooo thank you so much Soma!! So excited to hear you liked it. This was all a rather spontaneous effort — picked up some blueberries today at the farm, and could not get them out of my psyche!! And here you have it. So appreciate your wonderful words ~ Sending Love 🙂

      July 28, 2012 at 12:35 AM

      • oh and of course Pablo Neruda gets all the credit for inspiring me to write passionately about fruit after my Lemon post earlier this week featuring his great poem!! 🙂

        July 28, 2012 at 12:37 AM

  4. You made blueberries even more of a superstar….wow, that looks great! The words and images are such a great combo….always great to see your posts!

    July 28, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    • Thank you so much Little L! Yes — they get to be glamourous here to in addition to their antioxidant power 🙂 So glad to hear from you and thrilled you enjoyed this ~ much love, RL

      July 28, 2012 at 10:55 AM

  5. I love this! It’s like an exquisite fruit conpendium!! 🙂 Funny thing is I’m not a big fan of lemons or blueberrys, BUT…seeing them in your gorgeous photographs and the poems you chose for them…wellll….yeah, I’m going to have to rethink my interest in both of them 😉 Love and Hugs sweet friend! ~

    July 28, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    • Yay Christina… I will get you eating your healthy fruits yet!! 🙂 So glad you enjoyed this and my lemon post too… I never really considered writing about food/fruit in a poetic way – but after Neruda’s “ode” to my lemon last week… I got brave and meditated on these blueberries for just a few before composing this one myself. All unplanned, but creativity works best that way it seems. Sending Love and hugs ~Robyn

      July 28, 2012 at 11:00 AM

      • LOL Yes you will!! 😛 It really does seem the unplanned posts are the most creative. It’s like that for me! I know that I loved this one! ;D

        Lots of Love, Hugs, and Blessings!! 🙂 Hope your day/eveing is a wonderful one sweet friend ~

        July 28, 2012 at 8:56 PM

  6. I just stand in admiration of people that can sit and pound out such words.. I see in one of your comments that this just came to you and you felt a little insecure, insecure about what? I think 99% of people wish they could pen a poem a quarter as good as that.. I know I do, I absolutely adore poetry.. only began to enjoy it later in life and now regret the schoolboy detestation of the subject.. it was not “manly” then.. well I wish I could return as there were such great teachers that taught poetry… yours is a part of your soul, it oozes out and creates a conglomeration of feelings that truly touches the souls of others. and then to top it all… you drop in a perfect photo, I am running out of words to say to you.. your magnificent, beautiful, brilliant and have set yourself such a high standard that I think its time to build you a pedestal… I’m going to look for a special award for you… a bulldog award…

    July 28, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    • You are way too kind dear bulldog!! The award is your wonderful inspiring comment. I am far from trained in writing poetry… brand spanking new for me… except for some creative play I did with it as a little girl. I took one creative writing class in my 4 years of undergrad, and we mostly worked on writing short stories and narratives. So I too would like to return and study with you 🙂 I read on my own, but even that is relatively new for me. Do feel like I have a “hidden poet” inside though – and give our blog friend Julie all the credit for encouraging me to occasionally write my own quotes at the start of my blogging…. when I was dead-set on only quoting famous people!! LOL!

      Perhaps living what I’ve lived ~ and having done a lot of soul searching and meditation etc. has given me a higher level of sensory perception. I also have always enjoyed studying depth psychology and some philosophy ~ and of course am a hopeless romantic too … I can guarantee you though BD – just by seeing through your lens, and reading your comments and narratives, you too have a poet lurking within!! Sending big hugs and warm thanks for your supportive and lovely note~ Robyn

      July 28, 2012 at 11:09 AM

  7. George Ellington

    Mmm, I do adore them, must admit. Haven’t seen a trace of them here in Turkey. Feel they are calling to me from your photo and verse. … Mmmmmm….

    July 28, 2012 at 3:12 AM

    • 🙂 Thank you! Yes George…they are calling ~ we need to air-drop you some blueberries in a hurry!! So glad you enjoyed…even if virtually my friend~ sending love and light, Robyn

      July 28, 2012 at 11:15 AM

  8. Your words make them seem delicious..nice flow of words. have a wonderful weekend:))

    July 28, 2012 at 4:42 AM

    • Thank you nightlake… yes even I am more hungry for blueberries now ~ so perhaps the words were a good enticer for us all to get more antioxidants!!! 🙂 You too have a wonderful weekend!

      July 28, 2012 at 11:16 AM

  9. Mmmm love love LOVE

    July 28, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    • Thank you dear boomie~ so glad you found yummy, and hope you are having a fabulous escape… 🙂 sending love ~RL

      July 28, 2012 at 11:18 AM

  10. victoriaaphotography

    Yummmmm I adore blueberries. Have to wait til summer to get a reasonably priced punnet (punnet is a clear plastic box containing about 125grams). Your shot of them is excellent, I can just taste the juicy little fruit right now. Hope you can out get for a walk soon. Not much fun being cooped up indoors in summer. Sending healing thoughts across the miles. V xox

    July 28, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    • Thank you Victoria~ we are right in blueberry season here – was on the way home from my medical massage apt. and pulled right into a farm-stand off the road to grab these. So glad you thought the photography was excellent – only 4 takes in front of my kitchen window did the trick. Yes – walking sounds good…has been hot w/ high humidity lately – and storming today ~ so hopefully I’ll get my joints in gear soon so I can resume my walks. Luckily have some images saved up – and there is always fruit to shoot 🙂 xo

      July 28, 2012 at 11:25 AM

  11. Hi! I have nominated you for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Congratulations!

    http://wp.me/p27eXb-8Y

    July 28, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    • Aww thank you so much dear one! I am flattered and so appreciate. I just want to know if this means I need to do a photo and poem post on potatoes now :;) 🙂 xo

      July 28, 2012 at 11:21 AM

      • Haha! Nice shot.Don’t forget the mayonnaise lacing.

        August 6, 2012 at 8:28 AM

      • Thank you Blazing Trail! Mayonnaise? wow… here it would be sour cream!! 🙂

        August 6, 2012 at 11:51 AM

      • Very sour?

        August 6, 2012 at 12:38 PM

      • Yes – creamy and sour — a bit like plain Greek yogurt 🙂

        August 6, 2012 at 12:41 PM

      • Not bad at all! What do you call them in your national language?Is it English? You are a very talented writer. Appreciate you pieces.

        August 6, 2012 at 1:32 PM

      • Oh thanks so much for your compliment on my writing…. poetry is a new endeavor for me 🙂 Yes – we speak English ~ blueberries ~ do you have there?

        August 6, 2012 at 1:37 PM

      • Here its potatoes!!! Are they blue out there? That’s a first!

        August 6, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    • potatoes – actually we do have a blue/purple variety:) here is a link : http://www.specialtyproduce.com/produce/Purple_Potatoes_641.php

      August 6, 2012 at 2:29 PM

      • Interesting…very interesting.Will have a look.Thanks for sharing.very insightful

        August 6, 2012 at 2:33 PM

      • 😉

        August 6, 2012 at 2:44 PM

  12. Jill

    Fantastic shot! Glad you are able to find photographic subjects in your limited surroundings these days.

    July 28, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    • Thank you Jill… I think you were the one who first told me not to be tied into the landscape photography! Fun to shoot fruit ~ and other interesting subjects. Do miss my meditative walking though, for many reasons… so hopefully will get back to that soon. Sending Love you way ~R

      July 28, 2012 at 11:28 AM

  13. Enjoying your foray into fruit…such a luscious post and so refreshing on this very hot day down in Washington DC….Xom

    July 28, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    • Thanks Meryl. Yes – this fruit foray I’m into has inspired me to appreciate and consume more of it, and also to learn all the interesting facts. In my poem, note I said like blue stars…. I never knew that blueberries were considered “star-berries” — because of the 5 point star indentation on the top of each berry (really clear in my photo which I did not know upon shooting but learned after when I researched the berry)! Also some spiritual symbolism. That and all the good nutrition — so berries and lemons it is for us:) Enjoy your stay in DC!! xo

      July 28, 2012 at 11:33 AM

  14. Jueseppi B.

    Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat.Com™ and commented:
    Daily we discovered new blogs/bloggers. Today i was blessed to discover the beauty of Ms. Robyn Lee,

    July 28, 2012 at 12:21 PM

  15. I just read your comment above. That is fascinating! I love blueberries! All summer! I am drawn to the color indigo as on your page and in your delightful photo and in your beautiful poem! I read it with such anticipation waiting for the “blue” to appear! When it did I cheered and smiled! I truly love the artful way you share your poems and amazing photography. Love, Linda

    July 28, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    • Thank you dear Linda. Yes – the ‘star-berry’ ~ who knew?! It was the Native Americans who called them that because of their blossoms making the shape of a star 🙂 It was also believed they they were created by “The Great Spirit” who would nurture their hungry children during famine. It was fun to gather these bits while creating this post. So glad you enjoyed the blue/indio ~ and the post brought cheering and smile to you. So appreciate your wonderful words ~ Much Love ~ RL

      July 28, 2012 at 3:19 PM

  16. Robyn, you’ve made me taste blueberries and more. You are a delicious talent.

    July 28, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    • Oh Thank you Dearest Resa ~ if I really did offer you that moment of blueberry bliss today – I’m a happy girl 🙂

      July 28, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      • I’m happy, too. And I wish I had a beautiful smile, like you.

        July 28, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    • Aww thank you Resa — so kind you are – and I would predict your smile is warm and loving too!! xo

      July 28, 2012 at 9:02 PM

  17. oh yum. Just had some fresh ones a couple of weeks ago-and it had been awhile. Like the shot and poem, the memory is still in my taste buds.

    July 28, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    • Thank you Jane… yes these fruit posts seem to provoke the memory and/or craving:) Glad you got to enjoy some fresh ones – and the post too! 🙂

      July 28, 2012 at 9:07 PM

  18. Whenever I feel that I find beautiful colors to your blog, with words done ​​poetry, the blue color of blueberries beautiful.
    The colors speak to you, my friend Robyn and that’s good.
    Adiós 🙂

    July 28, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    • Thank you Carlos… yes – blueberries are pretty wonderful, as are your loving comments always~ Appreciate mi amigo xo

      July 28, 2012 at 9:09 PM

  19. Nice. I just returned from the grocery store with a pint of fresh blueberries when I saw your post.

    It’s FATE I tell ya! 🙂 Want some?

    July 28, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    • Hee hee.. we must be on the same page Jeb… enjoy the blueberries — we have 3 pints here too 🙂 Appreciate your offering though ~ 🙂

      July 28, 2012 at 9:10 PM

  20. Blueberries – my main food when I am in Michigan! Here in Montreal they are even bigger than in Michigan.

    July 28, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    • I’m thinking you mean “bigger” in size? or maybe “popularity”? Regardless – Enjoy them Cornelia!! 🙂 🙂

      July 28, 2012 at 9:12 PM

  21. ~Lady Day

    love berry metaphors…perfection!

    July 29, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    • Thank you so much Lady Day ~ berries were a bright spot in my day yesterday 🙂

      July 29, 2012 at 12:45 AM

      • ~Lady Day

        ah,,they are healing..both literally and metaphrically..:) I love both very much..:)

        July 29, 2012 at 12:47 AM

      • I know – and learned they are the “star-berries” with some spiritual qualities too… very powerful fruit…so glad I got to honor them here 🙂 xo

        July 29, 2012 at 12:49 AM

  22. Such a satisfying poem, Robyn, one just knew, much before the photo, exactly the fruit to which you referred. Beautifully lyrical – I really enjoyed this 🙂

    July 29, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    • Thank you sooo much Polly! I realized I never said the name of the fruit in the poem and then wondered if I should ~ so your comment is also very satisfying letting me know it was not necessary, and probably more effective to allow the reader interpret 🙂 So glad you enjoyed! Means a lot. Much Love to you ~

      July 29, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    • Polly, I must add… I searched high and low for a passionate poem about blueberries (thought I’d find something like Ode To A Lemon by Neruda which I used earlier in the week in my Lemon post)… there was very little out there! …. not even an impassioned quote about this amazing berry! One by Robert Frost but not the spirit of what I’d wanted…. so had to write my own! So glad I did now 🙂 xo

      July 29, 2012 at 2:08 AM

      • I totally agree, Robyn, the poem is [even] more powerful without the name of the fruit.
        Interestingly, my most popular poem ‘Six foot four – Sunflower’, posted in April, has hundreds of predecessors, Blake and Ginsberg famously, yet it has achieved over 2,000 views. Yours should achieve even more with only the one notable competitor! 🙂 x

        July 29, 2012 at 2:26 AM

      • Wow Polly.. I love your Sunflower piece 🙂 I do wonder why the beautiful blueberry has been so neglected !!! x

        July 29, 2012 at 11:22 AM

  23. Just captivating visuals Robin and beautiful words to match. Ruth 🙂

    July 29, 2012 at 7:40 AM

    • Thanks so much Ruth!! I am thrilled you enjoyed my blueberry adventure 🙂 ~ no worries on the i vs y, my mom wanted me to be unique;) — xo

      July 29, 2012 at 11:26 AM

  24. My spelling – Robyn!! I know of course 🙂

    July 29, 2012 at 7:41 AM

  25. So close I can smell and taste them. A beautiful ode, which can be difficult to write without coming across as cheesy or corny.

    July 29, 2012 at 7:44 AM

    • Thank you so much dear William! So glad you thought it was done in good taste 🙂 Quite spontaneous for me, as I’d looked for a famed piece to accompany my photo and could not find… They are a taste sensation and deserved their own ‘ode’ I thought!! 🙂 Sending love your way friend!

      July 29, 2012 at 11:24 AM

      • Thank you Robyn. I am not a big fan of Neruda, but it is hard to argue with his romanticism, and his way with words that expose human emotions in everything.

        July 30, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    • Yes – my daughters are both fluent in Spanish and were big Neruda fans during high school. I guess it was this quality they were attracted to. I liked his lemon ode – but the blueberries are all mine 🙂 xo

      July 30, 2012 at 10:54 PM

  26. Woah….I don’t think I’ve ever craved a blueberries so much before in my life! Delicious shot and tantalising words 🙂 Hope you’ve had a blissful weekend! x

    July 29, 2012 at 11:54 AM

  27. Oh thank you Tania!!! Make sure you get your fill of this power-fruit this season 🙂 Thrilled I provoked the craving too ~ hee hee.
    xo ps: I started a crystal ball series (wanted to tell you as your crystal ball images are the best and inspired me ) …mine isn’t an actual quartz ball like yours — but the fisheye lens giving the illusion and then poetry to match … only 2 so far but thought of you the entire time ~ love and light your way.

    July 29, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    • I love your crystal ball shots and feel humbled that I inspired them 🙂 We all need a little magic and fantasy in our lives, right?! And what better setting than the natural world in all it’s spendour……I think we agree on that!

      July 30, 2012 at 5:36 AM

      • So glad Tania! I was a little obsessed when you ran your photo series using the quartz ball your Dad got you 🙂 I never did get one, but when I saw these shots they reminded me and inspired the poetry. So agree… we all need a bit of magic/fantasy. Nature is the perfect portal yes!!! 🙂

        July 30, 2012 at 11:32 AM

  28. So creative, sensual, and yummy! The taste of your buds…..I sooo like that. Just lovely. Wonderful tribute to the indigo magic. Now I am tasting fruit in my mouth. Lovely job sea sister.
    They wait, anticipating your
    craving for their
    juice of indigo,
    and bittersweet
    flesh,

    ^^that made me crave my muse! See the power of your words…..
    giggles,
    Sam

    July 29, 2012 at 3:34 PM

  29. Now you’ve got me laughing hysterically…. “subliminal seduction” in my blueberries? 🙂 …. I am innocent — truly! I think?
    All good – thank you dear Sam. So happy you liked this one. No intention of writing it but could not find a darn poem or even quote that would do here… so my hand was forced … they were yummy too. Love to you sweet friend xo

    July 29, 2012 at 3:40 PM

  30. Hello dear friend. How are you doing? I have this sense of things sometimes. Been a few busy days for me, the blueberries do look yummy though. Lots of them in Oregon where I grew up. I must confess your poetry giving homage to them would have the blueberries blushing if they could. Well until we ate them. I enjoy you so much, hoping all is well! With love and affection, Penny xoxo

    July 30, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    • Hi Penny ~ have been thinking of you…saw you have a new post up. Hard day here… actually weeks – but last few especially. It’s like a tiny step forward and then 10 backwards big-time. Thank you for admiring my blueberries … they are in high season here, so we are going to turn blue soon from consuming so many 🙂 It was fun to give the poem a sensual twist…the blueberries deserved it, and was a nice distraction for a few for me too! I was going to use a famous poem or quote since I wasn’t in great form, and cold not find a single one other than 1 by Frost that did not seem to fit. Figure I should circulate this and maybe can be famous myself 🙂 LOL! You are a sweetie for checking in … and will be by you within the next day too! Much Love to you dearest friend ~ Robyn

      July 30, 2012 at 10:49 PM

  31. Oh, how delightful! The little descriptions you used made my mouth water! I am sad that the drought took my blueberry bush….I kept it watered but it was just too hot, lol….again, I love the striking color contrast…. nice job, Robyn!
    love to you
    Celeste

    July 31, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    • Oh thank you Celeste — I somehow missed your visit here to my luscious blueberries today! I am so happy to hear you were sensually aroused by the poem 🙂 but not happy to hear about your blueberry bush and the drought 😦 I will respond below on your 2nd comment… and then I’m dying to read what is going on with my favorite Mortal/Immortal couple 🙂 xo

      July 31, 2012 at 10:02 PM

  32. I also wanted to ask you how you were doing personally….I know you suffer in your body and have had a time of it lately….I want you to know I think of you often and lift you up with love and light and positive affirmations…..I do wish I could somehow ease some of your pain…..I do not talk about it much, but i also suffer from fibromyalgia, painful feet and a deteriorating spine….so I sympathize with your struggles and hold you close to my heart, I really do. If we were in person I would wrap my arms around you for a big hug, and treat you to a little massage i use on my husband (he says my hands work a little miracle,lol) but he has rheumatoid arthritis, you wouldnt know it by looking at him, but he got it in his childhood. The doctors did not expect him to live this long, expected him to be in a wheelchair too, but the man is a walking miracle like i have never seen….I am so glad the doctors were wrong…..anyways, I just wanted you to know that I do care for you and your situation, I sympathize and wish the best for you and lift you up often…..love to you, much much love and blessings…..
    Celeste

    July 31, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    • On this, Celeste thank you so much for extending love and light and positive affirmations on my behalf. Yes – my pain has been beyond levels I have ever known as of late. I’m trying to keep faith and not freak out. The problem is there are so many systems broken that jumping into surgery #12 could be a disaster. Still I’m needing to keep at the investigations and try to pinpoint which of the problems is the driver and whether it can be remedied. As for you, I am familiar with each of the challenges you mentioned… and you may know – they can all be related. The nerves in the lumbar spine supply the legs and feet. Fibromyalgia can be triggered by many things — and I feel it’s still a ‘loose’ diagnosis – but when the body is hurting – the nervous system takes a beating and fibro and myofacial pain are usually part of the package. I was called fibromyalgia back in 1994. Now the same doctor says it’s more chronic myofascial pain 😦 In any case – always know I’m here and will also hold you in my heart and prayers for rapid and complete recovery. Your offer of hug and massage made me smile. Somehow know you would have a magic touch 🙂 Your husband is very lucky, and perhaps those ‘little miracles’ you work for him is what has kept his RA under wraps!!! I would not be at all surprised 🙂 ~ Thank you again Celeste for sharing your heart and love. I so appreciate ~ xo R

      July 31, 2012 at 10:17 PM

  33. Nikunj

    Within that ripened fruit
    Where taste becomes the soul
    the flesh clings to the seed
    Seeking the bud some goal ….

    There is this point reached
    where fruit becomes the seeds again
    as consumption becomes the nirvana
    In this zero sum game .

    August 6, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    • Oh my — you are beyond amazing with your words and spontaneous explosion of more poetry here Nikunj. This is wonderful. I say you need to make another post of it — feel free to use my photo if you’d like 🙂

      August 6, 2012 at 2:31 PM

  34. The photo is just right to my blessed eyes … Nice contrasting colors .. Nice contrasting surfaces .. Shiny/matt ..glassy/powdered ..dry/wet .. Highlights/reflections .. The one-eyed fleshy juicy fruits are posing delightfuly for you .. The orchestra is set for your thoughts and for you to please .. Thank you

    August 19, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    • Why Thanks soooo much Tarek!! I consider this the highest compliment coming from you. Considering I only took a couple shots of these berries on my kitchen counter, one day I was housebound…. I’d say pretty lucky shot 🙂 I did use the editing program to bring up all the contrasts… so YAY – maybe I did it right this time ~ 🙂 BTW – did you go back to my gull in the sky (Clarity) post — I tried to take some of your advice and enhance it some… but maybe need Lightbox program (using only iPhoto right now). In any case — I so appreciate your wonderful feedback~ Sending good thoughts to you friend~ R

      August 19, 2012 at 10:04 PM

      • Yes, the gull shot looks natural now … You make taking your photo sound so casual and natural like making tea .. it must be your natural talent which makes you sense the 5th, 6th and 7th dimensions of things without thinking deliberately -like me- about it … and certainly life is throwing things in your track to provoke you to deliver .. for us … keep going wonderful girl ..

        August 20, 2012 at 2:29 AM

  35. Great to hear that Tarek. Yes – I will be completely honest– I have to approach the photography with ease and very casually, given my level of pain and disability right now… not a great amount of ability to use fancy equipment or study the very technical aspects. But hopefully one day!! Thank you dearest friend!! xo

    August 20, 2012 at 2:17 PM

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