Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression

Sea Within

“Facing blue waves of uncertainty,
I place my hand on my heart
to honor the sea
in me.”

Robyn Lee

Please enjoy this excerpt
from Renee Robinson’s
wonderful poem entitled:
Rainbow Of Souls

The tide washing in

The tide washing out

The current a powerful force

Living in the rhythm of the sea

Alive and breathing

She welcomes me

Standing on a cliff

Way up high

The sea beneath me

Her mist salting my tongue

Her breeze exploring my hair

Imprints in the sand

Her breath, we share

I hear her voice

In the sea air

She calls my name

I hear her heartbeat

Crashing on the rocks

I see her there

I dive in her waters

Within the splashing


I love the sea

I was made for her

Or maybe

She was made for me

She is the past

The present

And the future

She is history

Mystery and


The stories she tells

The treasures hidden

All part of her destiny

Alive and breathing

Living in the rhythm of the sea

by, Renee Robinson

Warm thanks to Renee Robinson of Nae’s Nest | Dancing With Cancer & Other Writings for permission
to feature the 1st verse of her enchanting poem, Rainbow Of Souls, today with my featured image.

Much Love,

Robyn Lee

76 responses

  1. Nice… I love yours especially ” I place my hand on my heart to honor the sea in me” that’s some powerful stuff

    July 30, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    • Thanks so much dear boomie. Really does sum up the way I feel about the sea. So glad you it touched you too!! xo

      July 30, 2012 at 12:22 AM

  2. i believe that your love and admiration of the sea helps provide you with strength and courage Robyn, and this is truly a magnificent force of nature indeed …. best wishes being sent your way as always dear friend 🙂

    July 30, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    • So true Jim – thank you. The sea is a pretty amazing force of nature indeed. Both Renee and I feel similarly about its healing power, so when I took this image and then read her poem, I thought they should be a team. My quote and the title came quickly when I was putting the post together for publishing. I make it a point to visit the ocean a few times a week just for that boost of spirit it provides…very lucky I live down the road 🙂 Sending hugs ~ RL

      July 30, 2012 at 12:26 AM

  3. Robyn you really are extraordinary – the way you synchronize your words with your images and Renee’s poem too. Your phrase about honoring ‘ the sea in me’ really struck me. You seem like a mermaid to me – beautifully in tune with both land and sea, with yourself and others. Much love – Juliexx

    July 30, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    • Julie, I thank you so much. Only wish I could scoop you up and take you with me for a session with the sea here too. One day…we will both honor the sea together. I do like your vision of the mermaid for me 😉 — Gosh – if I were a mermaid would not have to worry about wonky hip joints would I? !! Oh to dream… I’m thinking of you a lot Julie… please hang in there, and honor the wonderful woman you are in whatever ways feel nurturing to you right now xo much love

      July 30, 2012 at 12:33 AM

      • Oh Robyn – I wish I could scoop you up too! Ironically, the sea is within walking distance from the nursing lodge but still to far away for us to actually see from his room. I should go and walk on the beach and get my head together like yours is! Love you – Julie

        July 30, 2012 at 1:06 AM

  4. Beautiful poetry and images, Robyn.

    July 30, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    • Oh thank you so kindly George. I am thrilled you enjoyed it ~ sending love 🙂

      July 30, 2012 at 12:34 AM

  5. Not only the pic is stunning..the quote above and then the poem..absolutely wonderful
    loved it 🙂

    July 30, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    • I’m so happy you enjoyed the whole package Soma!! Thank you so much for your warm words and loving sentiments this morning ~ Much Love ~Robyn xo

      July 30, 2012 at 10:36 AM

  6. Finding the sea in yourself – this was wonderful, Robyn. Warm wishes to you:)

    July 30, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    • Thanks nightlake! So appreciate …yes to “sea” within … something to contemplate. Sending good wishes your way as always !!! ~ 🙂

      July 30, 2012 at 10:37 AM

  7. beutiful

    July 30, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    • I meant Beautiful 🙂

      July 30, 2012 at 1:51 AM

      • Thank you dear poojycat — you are!!! 🙂

        July 30, 2012 at 10:38 AM

  8. Okay, first off I have to say, I bought blue berries today at the farmer’s market, after reading your prior post. And I told the vendor about your photo and how I had to have blue berries. She looked at me like I was quite the odd one. lol. Love the photo and the short poem you wrote…the sea in you…Yep…the sea in us all….such beautiful words. Thank you for the guest artist. It is always a pleasure to see another poet, and I enjoyed her words. Much love to you and salty hugs. ~ Sam

    July 30, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    • haa haa… consumed with the berry of blue are you? 😉 I hope they were yummy as can be, and satisfied the craving created by my ‘ode’ … You are not the first who has told me they needed to have blueberries after that post !!

      So glad you liked “Sea Within” today. Had the photo for a bit, and then read Nae’s poem which seemed like a perfect fit. Then when I was posting gave some focus to my own feelings about being ‘one with sea’ and thus my title and poetic quote at top. Wonderful when things just come together that way. Hope I can visit the magic salt waves soon again ( time for a dose ) but in the meantime, will gladly accept your loving salty hug ~~Thank you for your wonderful comment sea sis. Always appreciate xo ~ much love

      July 30, 2012 at 10:46 AM

  9. I love your opening verse and I do love the poem excerpt thank you made my day…

    July 30, 2012 at 3:30 AM

    • Aww, thank you bulldog ~ I am so thrilled the post brought you some pleasure today! So lovely to know and I wish you a wonderful rest of the day!!

      July 30, 2012 at 10:48 AM

  10. Beautiful… 😉

    July 30, 2012 at 4:34 AM

    • Thank you dear ledrakenoir! So do appreciate 🙂

      July 30, 2012 at 10:49 AM

  11. victoriaaphotography

    Beautiful Poem and Wonderful Image as always, Robyn.
    I wonder if the salt water would help your pain, being the ‘Mermaid’ that you are ?
    (I assume you have tried hydrotherapy).

    July 30, 2012 at 5:49 AM

    • Victoria, thank you! Yes – salt is a staple for me. I use up boxes of Epsom salts each week in the tub. Haven’t been able to really get into the ocean though … too risky on wave crashes. I’d hoped this summer I would be surfing – but no such world for me…. I just get the toes in an inhale!!
      Oh – and we have a salt water pool too. It all feels good for a few – but no lasting relief thus far. xo

      July 30, 2012 at 10:52 AM

  12. Lovely Robyn… It’s so hot down here in DC… Makes me look forward to feeling the sea “explore my hair” when I return…

    July 30, 2012 at 8:11 AM

    • Thank you Meryl… yes – Nae’s poem puts that quite nicely , “her breeze exploring my hair…” — Safe journey back – the sea is waiting for you 🙂 xo

      July 30, 2012 at 10:54 AM

  13. I like the way you honor the sea. I love the sea too. The photo is beautiful.

    July 30, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    • Thank you Renee! Yes – for sure I believe the sea should be ‘honored’ — very special. So glad you liked the post!! xo

      July 30, 2012 at 10:55 AM

  14. What an exquisite photo! This and your words are breathtaking Robyn. I love the expanse and soul freeing feelings of the photography; I could live inside of it for a while. You have offered a special experience and gift from heart and soul in this, Robyn. I am still just smiling and taking deep ocean mist breaths! Love to you, Linda

    July 30, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    • Thank you for your very generous words Linda… So excited you enjoyed and got that soul-freeing feeling. Yes – I too go back to images ilke this to “live in for a while” too – especially when I can’t physically make it out of the house to visit my local beach. This summer has been very tough but I’m grateful for the times I’ve gotten there and scooped up photo-moments like this one. I truly honor the ‘sea in me’ and think we all have that roaring sea within us. To be able to go with the flow of those tides and as you say, take long deep ocean breaths when we need them most – that is at the gift indeed.
      Appreciate your wonderful comment Linda ~ and keep the smiles going all day long 🙂 xo Robyn

      July 30, 2012 at 5:15 PM

  15. Seb

    Got the whole California soul thing going on here….

    July 30, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    • Hey Seb– California soul on the Eastern Coast of New York ~ 🙂 nice to see you here!

      July 30, 2012 at 5:45 PM

      • Seb

        Well, I’m from Baltimore originally, so I got the whole Bi-Coastal thing going on…

        July 30, 2012 at 5:57 PM

      • See that – you are Bi-Soulful too ~ 🙂

        July 30, 2012 at 6:52 PM

  16. Hi!
    This is to let you know that I have nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award and to let you know you are appreciated.
    If you choose to participate, please visit my blog site http://helpwithyourlife.wordpress.com/2012/07/30/the-beautiful-blogger-award/ for award information.

    Blessings and Congratulations!


    July 30, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    • Thank you Cathie~ so flattered that you enjoy the “Healing Lens” enough to nominate me for this award. Much appreciate your thoughtfulness!!! Much Love ~R

      July 30, 2012 at 7:59 PM

  17. Precious words, they travel with the waves … I always appreciate your simplicity to express your thoughts are born every day …

    July 30, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    • Thank you so much Carlos. Yes – sometimes simplicity is most effective. So happy you look forward to my creative efforts here – means a lot dear amigo ~ 😉

      July 31, 2012 at 10:46 AM

  18. Kathy

    Another great shadow. You feel the rhythm of the waves in the poetry. Lovely.

    July 31, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    • Thank you so much Kathy… I am glad you thought the image and poetry flowed well together. Renee (Nae) is a fellow blogger whose work I admire and I too thought there was a connection here… xo

      July 31, 2012 at 10:47 AM

  19. Stunning…gorgeous!! I feel like I was just there and can smell that wonderful salty air and hear the waves crashing….to honor the sea in me. So beautiful! I agree with earlier comments…you are like a mermaid 😉 This was a wonderful compilation of poem, photo and Renee’s poem…exquisite! Love, Hugs, and Blessings sweet friend! ~

    July 31, 2012 at 2:35 AM

    • Oh thank you so much dear Christina. So excited to know you felt so close to the image and words, & that you could envision being present to join me in honoring “the sea in us” 🙂 I’ve never seen myself as a mermaid (thought goddess and princess for sure 🙂 ) but can dive right into that archetype while focussing on this photo… Yes ~ Renee’s poem really is what inspired my thoughts on “the sea in me” — so I’m so grateful to have discovered it. Much Love to you beautiful Christina~~ R

      July 31, 2012 at 10:51 AM

      • Oooo definitely a princess!! 😀 I like that, Princess Robyn! I am so very glad you shared it with us…I, for one, really really enjoyed both so very much! I was fortunate to have spent my childhood by the sea, east coast (west coast now..blah…no comparison!!) So this really did take me back there, wonderful memories to visit! Huge hugs and Lots of Love right back-atcha Princess Robyn 🙂

        July 31, 2012 at 3:59 PM

  20. … even the rhythm of the waves, gorgeous …

    July 31, 2012 at 3:38 AM

    • Thank you kindly Dear Polly ~ so glad you could feel the rhythm too! 🙂

      July 31, 2012 at 11:26 AM

  21. The horizon is tilted .. the waves are heading to you … yet you stand solid ..level and stable ..with your wide – probably bridal – dress, victorious proud stance… your waves no doubt has won …

    July 31, 2012 at 9:37 AM

  22. I do miss my walks along the Indian ocean..Sometimes calming and sometimes so full of rage!!

    July 31, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    • Ahhh.. yes – sometimes calming but also the rage ~ the ocean speaks the language of all emotion doesn’t it?! Thank you so much Lisa — wonderful to see you here! ~ Good thoughts your way, R

      July 31, 2012 at 11:28 AM

  23. I had never read that poem before, she wrote it wonderfully….. love your excerpt and your photo….you are so creative when it comes to capturing an image for words….I love the shadow photos…..as always, lovely to visit you at you beautiful blog, my friend…..
    love and light

    July 31, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    • Oh thank you so much Celeste. Thrilled you enjoyed this. Yes so nice to work with Renee who is a fellow-blogger here – her blog is called “Nae’s Nest” and she’s Renee Robinson (links below poem)… When I read it, and remembered that I’d had this shadow image from the week prior, I was inspired to post them together and then to create the title and opening poetic quotation. I’m so glad you enjoyed… as sometimes I think i’s all a great combo – but maybe others won’t get it 🙂 Always so happy to see you ~ and looking forward to the next segment of your tale-in-progress ~ Much Love to you, Robyn

      July 31, 2012 at 1:33 PM

      • It really is a great combo….Your work is so clear and sincere that it is not hard to get what you are sharing with us, ;)…..Yes, Nae was one of the first blogs I followed, she has been on my blog roll from the beginning (love her!) And I thought I already had, but I added you to my blog roll, didnt think you would mind….I also just posted part 8 of the story this morning….I spent a lot of time on it, it was consuming….I imagine it will be as I continue and add to the story…..hope you are feeling better, Robyn, I see you have been having pain issues lately….I hold you close and pray for you, dear lady…please know that always….
        love to you…..

        July 31, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    • Wow Celeste – thank you so much both for your feedback on the combinations, and for adding me to your blogroll! And so great to hear Nae is there too ~ as I’m sure many others. I should look at creating a blogroll here soon…such a nice way to connect with others. Yay – so excited that you have your next ‘Angel of Night’ chapter published… looking so forward. Your story is pure magic Celeste. Thank you for your well-wishes too. Today was a tad better – actually got to town for a few quick errands which is a blessing. Ok – off to finish up my post for this evening (a psychological metaphorical poem and image 🙂 ) and then straight to read about what Uriel has up his sleeves tonight ~ xo Much Love to you dear friend! ~Robyn

      July 31, 2012 at 9:34 PM

  24. Thank you for sharing Robyn, I enjoyed reading the excerpt and it just makes me feel fresh after all the long and the tiring day.


    July 31, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    • So happy you enjoyed Mani! So great when something can lift you up after those long hard days… pleased this helped some ~ Be Well, RL

      July 31, 2012 at 3:45 PM

  25. Robyn, your posts are filled with beauty. I am in awe at your ability to match words with images in such a powerful moving way.

    The sea and the mountains- my sanctuaries.



    July 31, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    • Why thank you sooo much for that Tom. I appreciate your wonderful feedback. Yes – I agree… it’s often a debate around here which is more the sanctuary 🙂 I say we need them both~ 😉 Much Love ~

      July 31, 2012 at 9:27 PM

  26. Hi Robyn, thanks for posting this,
    I love being by the sea, though where I live it’s quite a distance to get there, so I don’t see it very often ( holidays usually 🙂 ) .

    My favourite time is between 5pm and 7pm in the summertime.
    Most people have gone from the beach, everywhere is quiet, the kids have stopped shouting, motor boats, jet ski’s all have fallen silent, the sun is still shining with a comforting warmness, not the intense blast of the midday fry up, even the sea looks like it’s taking a break, flat and calm, the waves that were roaring on to the beach earlier, now just gently lap the grains of sand, as it readies itself for the next days labours.
    It’s a great time to be by the sea, very relaxing.

    I love the way your picture compliments your words and Renee’s 🙂
    Keep safe, keep well,
    love n hugs xxx

    August 1, 2012 at 5:35 AM

    • Thank you so much Seadog, lovely to hear from you… 🙂 I am so glad I could bring the sea to you for just a bit with this post. I so agree – my favorite time is also that late afternoon/early evening. It gets peaceful and the air changes – the colors come out in the skies …. yes – and the water even seems to calm and breathe better … I am so happy you enjoyed the collaboration with Renne’s poem excerpt as well. Wellness and Love Always ~ RL

      August 1, 2012 at 11:38 AM

      • Thats exactly what I was trying to say Robyn, but you have described it much better than I did. 🙂
        love n hugs xxx

        August 1, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    • Oh I loved the way you described it sea dog… was taken in by your words:
      “now just gently lap the grains of sand, as it readies itself for the next days labors.” ~ you are a masterful poet — and am happy to know you.
      Sending love and light ~R

      August 1, 2012 at 12:10 PM

  27. Nikunj

    Kiss my waves with your ores
    She said …..
    I lowered my boats in her blues
    to feel her skin….
    I embraced her storms
    within my sighs
    to become one with her ….
    She ran through my blood
    she traced the contours of my conscience
    with her frothy imagination …
    She showed me the shores
    Where the sand becomes gold…

    August 3, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    • Oh my — i just saw this gift of a comment … Thank you. So impressed with the way your words flow with such grace and spontaneity. Beautiful Nikunj! 🙂

      August 4, 2012 at 12:52 AM

      • Nikunj

        I saw a poem in this comment and posted it ….:)

        August 4, 2012 at 12:59 AM

      • Wonderful – just wrote you there.

        August 4, 2012 at 1:01 AM

  28. Julie Catherine

    What a beautiful poem excerpt – that matches beautifully with your gorgeous photography! I love it. And, Robyn, your introductory verse actually brought tears to my eyes it was so lovely … a Namasté between your heart and the sea … that is how I also feel, and it touched me deeply. Thank you, my friend, for giving us so much beauty. ~ Love, Julie xoxox

    August 5, 2012 at 1:26 AM

  29. This is a beautiful poem, but your photo embelishes the message even more. Great work Robyn!

    August 8, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    • Oh thank you so much sweet Paula — I did think they were a wonderful match… had taken the photo and then came upon Nae’s poem… Appreciate your comment so much 🙂 xo

      August 8, 2012 at 11:38 AM

  30. Dear Igniter – Healer ………
    i missed this post …………
    slapping myself on my hand ! lol 🙂

    “The Sea within ”
    is indeed what we all have
    not without ………
    i also wanted to come over to play You This ……..
    Two Salt baths a day – well …………:)
    it’s pretty awesome
    maybe i was a mermaid once ……. a long time ago 🙂 lol

    This is for You and Hubby 🙂
    all my love

    August 9, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    • OH you are so kind Cat – Loved this song ~ will play for hubby tonight promise xo ps: yes – we do all have a sea within… 2 salt baths a day?! You are a mermaid beauty for sure now!! xxoo

      August 9, 2012 at 4:23 PM

      • Hi Lovely 🙂 Gorgeous song huh —— hugely heartull – and there is just something in his voice that melts me !!!!!!!!!!!!!
        I guess it’s the spirituality and sensuality at the same time ….xo
        and i like men whom are NOT afraid to express themselves ………… 🙂 xx
        I hope Hubby and you enjoy together 🙂 xx

        About the salt – i also love the effect it leaves in my hair -when i submerge – u know ? it makes it kinda wavy – that messy beachy look 🙂

        pps- 🙂 the sea within
        it’s beautiful ……….:)
        Your post is really beautiful – it’s not a post
        it’s a dream …….
        i wrote a song / made a vid when i was going through the dark night of the soul thing
        and i think u will hear something familiar ….

        this song is sad – But very very Hopeful
        and i had to write it when it came out of my heart
        love you muchly
        if you have headphones
        you will hear what i heard 🙂 xo
        thanks so much for letting me share with You xo

        August 9, 2012 at 6:10 PM

  31. Just seeing this Cat… the video and music ~ and message – all just soooo beautiful. Thank you for sharing your heart xxoo

    August 11, 2012 at 1:50 PM

  32. My favorite place to be is by the sea. Strong and beautiful description took me to good places. Photos and words were amazing.

    August 12, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    • John, thank you so much for this lovely comment. I am so glad the post was uplifting for you and transported you to the sea for a bit ~ Much gratitude, Robyn

      August 12, 2012 at 12:37 PM

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