Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression

Mandala Of Her Mind

Like a spider,
setting forth
to make
her
way;

Strand by strand,
she weaves
together
antique
threads

of
hope
truth
wisdom.

~~~

Carefully
connecting
delicate
fibers

of
promises
suspended;

She watches
as
mosaic patterns
emerge,

revealing
small
segments of

self.

~~~

Laboriously,
she knits
complex
arrangements,

Intricate
mazes
designed to
capture

dreams
unrealized;

tying
meticulous knots
tightly,

at each
cross-section.

~~~

With
tenuous
twists and
turns,

she
spins

through
tangled tales
of
love;

swinging
wildly
from
silken strings

of
ambiguity.

~~~

Finally,
in the heart
of her
mandala

she
rests

~~~

Knowing

that
her work

for
today

is
done.
~~~

Β©Robyn Lee

115 responses

  1. What would be your greatest fear if you suddenly lost your words…? Mine would be the inability to describe things the way you have done here….beautifully.

    July 31, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    • Oh Scott…what a touching comment tonight. Thank you so much. This one just unraveled out of nowhere… Yes ~ I suppose I would have some issues if I suddenly lost my words – the expression is healing, I do believe that. So appreciate this ~ Robyn

      August 1, 2012 at 12:22 AM

      • You’re very welcome, Robyn…I have given the subject some serious thought and words, myself…and your post tonight just brought it back to mind.

        I’m glad you have your words, Robyn…thank you for sharing them…. πŸ™‚

        August 1, 2012 at 12:33 AM

  2. Beautiful!!!

    July 31, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    • Thank you boomie ~ know this one is more intense than the one we discussed earlier! Hopefully will lighten up and get ‘sexy’ for the weekend πŸ™‚ xo

      August 1, 2012 at 12:24 AM

  3. i’m sorry i have arachnophobia, so i couldn’t read this, but i’m sure it is beautiful!

    July 31, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    • Oh no Buck – I am sorry. Promise it’s just a metaphor — it’s a work about a woman searching her soul for the meaning of life really ~ more introspective/self-discovery stuff… no real spiders at all… but I understand if you just can’t risk it…and grateful for your sweet comment as always ~ much lovexo

      August 1, 2012 at 12:26 AM

      • no apology necessary! maybe i’ll try tomorrow! it sounds amazing xo

        August 1, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    • πŸ™‚ ok -only if it won’t trigger anything. Truly though – except for the first line – there is no mention of any insect!! xo

      August 1, 2012 at 12:50 AM

  4. Robyn you are a gifted artist (photographer) and poetress. Your beauty from within is reflected so very well in this excellent piece, my dear friend.

    August 1, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    • I am so thrilled you enjoyed this piece Penny… such a loving and flattering compliment. Thank you from my ‘the heart of my mandala’ ~ πŸ™‚ This piece just came from nowhere — truly – but suppose that is the magic of getting in touch with feelings and life’s mysteries. So appreciate your encouragement and honored to have you here my wonderful friend~ Much Love … R

      August 1, 2012 at 12:36 AM

      • I return the honor. And I can honestly say that apart from the fact that you are a really neat person, you are one very talented lady. So it’s quite easy to say nice things about your artistry. πŸ™‚

        August 1, 2012 at 12:53 AM

  5. Pawan Hira

    This mandala of her life, speaks about courage and love to move ahead. Web of life, you have captured here. I can simply love it. The photo sets the tone perfectly. πŸ™‚

    August 1, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    • Thank you dear Pawan.. you have very much captured the spirit of the piece… with the addition of “her” making sense of the events past — and then becoming centered in such a way that allows that courage and love you speak of πŸ™‚ Wonderful as always to see you here — and to receive your insightful thoughts on my work. Most appreciate ~ R

      August 1, 2012 at 12:52 AM

      • Pawan Hira

        Oh, you will drown me in smiles….haha.
        Thanks to you, dear.

        August 1, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    • Smiles are healthy ~ keep them going my friend πŸ™‚

      August 1, 2012 at 1:00 AM

  6. embullum

    How beautifully written! I thoroughly enjoyed it. x

    August 1, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    • Oh Elizabeth – so great to hear from you! I am so happy you thoroughly enjoyed ~ It was an interesting journey to write. Sending love and hope you are well my friend ~ drop a note when you can with updates… turbulent here… Dr. S has ordered new studies. Much Love and than you for keeping up with my blog project πŸ™‚ xo

      August 1, 2012 at 12:59 AM

  7. beautiful poem and spider’s web, here, Robyn. I used to be very involved with drawing mandalas and had a poster of a fairy by Arthur Rackham-oh the memories! Like the iron mandala as well and send you joy hope and love…Jane

    August 1, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    • Thanks so much Jane… so happy you liked! Wow — drawing mandalas – that must have been incredibly interesting! Would love to see πŸ™‚ The iron one in the photo is actually small – it hangs from my rear-view mirror in the car!The Arthur Rackham print really captured my interest … spotted it after I was finished with the poem and spider- web image…. matched perfect. So appreciate your comment – and do consider a post with your mandala art — I know a bit away from the ‘nature’ theme — but may be fun! Much Love ~

      August 1, 2012 at 1:06 AM

  8. Many apologies for being absent Robyn! Though I have enjoyed your posts from my phone, course work here has kept me running crazy! Thanks so much for your posts, words, and images. I do hope to return to normal after mid terms next week. Warmest wishes out to you and your followers, freinds, and family.
    Stan

    August 1, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    • No apologies needed Stan ~ I know you are major immersed in your new endeavor. So kind of you to keep up o the mobile phone too πŸ™‚ I hope all is going well for you, and can’t wait to see the product of your newly acquired training/knowledge!!! Sending lots of love and hugs ~ Robyn

      August 1, 2012 at 11:45 AM

  9. What a way you have with words… I love how you do it.. take a photo and weave words around it.. and such beautiful words at that… I wish I could do the same with my photos, it would make me a happy man… I stand in awe of your ability.. I know I’ve said that before. but between you and Aspergers Girl you keep me in such wondrous words of poetry… I just love this blog… thank you..

    August 1, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    • Aww, thank you dearest bulldog. You always have such a lovely way of encouraging and inspiring when you comment. It’s such a pleasure to have you here each day. As I’ve said, the poetic thing is all new for me ~ but I suppose it’s been lying dormant and now am rather excited to see it manifest along side my beginner photography hobby πŸ™‚ I do find reading others’ work (like Sam’s) and viewing fabulous photography like yours is a spark for me too… I am thrilled you enjoyed my poetic verses and photo here!! Warm wishes your way ~Robyn πŸ™‚

      August 1, 2012 at 11:52 AM

  10. interesting words and they connect to the photo so well:)

    August 1, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    • Thank you so much nightlake… much appreciate your thoughtful feedback and glad you liked the combo πŸ™‚

      August 1, 2012 at 11:46 AM

  11. Nikunj

    Delicate thread like thoughts , that bind the mind and entice the poetic soul . The form and flow are elegant and the result is a sheer magic I must say …..

    August 1, 2012 at 2:44 AM

    • That is wonderful to hear from you Nikunj! Especially after discovering your work recently which I was so taken by. Thank you so much for your lovely words here and I’m thrilled you enjoyed πŸ™‚ ~Robyn

      August 1, 2012 at 11:48 AM

  12. Kathy

    This has to be your most wonderful work to date. Beautiful! Your words paint there own picture. Love it!

    August 1, 2012 at 2:48 AM

    • Thanks so much Kathy. I spun this from the sky – literally πŸ™‚ A day I could not go past the corner and spotted this magnificent web glistening in the sunlight. Amazing how things unfold. So glad you enjoyed so much!! Much Love ~

      August 1, 2012 at 11:59 AM

  13. This is absolutely stunning Robyn – it’s as if the poem is gliding!

    August 1, 2012 at 3:09 AM

    • Thank you dearest Julie…that means a lot to me ~ πŸ™‚ xo

      August 1, 2012 at 12:01 PM

  14. Okay at the risk of sounding toooo enthusiastic…this is brilliant! The web…the colors…. the poem….. I think this might be my favorite combo of yours. Just heaven. Did you know spiders build a new web everyday…I’m pretty sure they do! And guess what, I took my first photo of a spider web on Sunday that I will post soon!!! My very first, ever. I loved your poem. It is very spiritual and healing to read. My favorite lines:
    Finally,
    in the heart
    of her
    mandala

    she
    rests

    ~~~

    Knowing

    that
    her work

    for
    today

    is
    done.
    ~~~
    Am I going to have to start a Robyn scrapbook….maybe you can make me one.
    Lovely. And glad I got to see before bedtime.
    Hugs to you sea sister.
    Sam

    August 1, 2012 at 3:14 AM

    • Never can you be too enthusiastic Sam because you are so sincere and genuine!! Thank you a trillion times for this lovely comment. Very happy you were touched by this piece. This was also my first shot of a ‘web’ and I had no idea what I could write about it till I stared at the shot for an hour and all I could see was a mandala~ and then the rest just came ~ and mandala has great significance in psychoanalytic theory and spiritual awakenings/work. Can’t wait to see yours ~ and read whatever wondrous words it inspires for you. I also love the “heart of the mandala…” portion of this one … though I did learn that if a spider hangs out in the very center of her web, she is more vulnerable and more easily consumed by predators like the birds!! πŸ™‚ ~ I learn so much doing these posts!! Scrap books — yes we will need to get going on that projects — will be fun …. Much Love to you dear sea sister ~ R xo

      August 1, 2012 at 12:08 PM

  15. The beautiful web seems as complex and delicate as the ‘Mind’. The strands are so fragile that we need to take great care of them by not allowing our minds to get disturbed.
    Cheers for this lovely post!

    August 1, 2012 at 6:49 AM

    • So lovely dilipnaidu! I really like your drawing this parallel between the web and the ‘mind’ ~ and including it’s quality of fragility. Very meaningful and enriches my poem as well. Warmest thanks to you friend ~ Robyn

      August 1, 2012 at 12:14 PM

  16. David Eric Cummins

    This is beautiful! You have a great blog here.

    August 1, 2012 at 6:50 AM

    • David thanks so much. So glad you enjoyed and welcome ~ Much appreciate πŸ™‚

      August 1, 2012 at 12:16 PM

  17. Great… πŸ˜‰

    August 1, 2012 at 7:10 AM

    • Yay – so glad you liked! Thank you ledrakenoir! πŸ™‚

      August 1, 2012 at 12:14 PM

  18. “in the heart of her mandala she rests”…what a beautiful quiet and inner stillness comes from this finely tuned and exquisitely worded poem. Just beautiful. So pleased to have read it first thing this morning, as I was reflecting upon deep-Heart Peace! Much love to you, Linda

    August 1, 2012 at 7:49 AM

    • Thank you so much Linda! That means a great deal to me. Yes – I almost had to sigh deeply when I got to that part and placed her in the center of the beloved mandala. It was very spiritual to me… though later… I researched the ‘spider’ and learned she is most vulnerable to predators when she is in the center of her web !! Made me take pause – but I stuck with my initial intuition and prayer she would be safe in her resting place πŸ™‚ I am so glad this resonated for you and brought peace and love to your morning ~ xo R

      August 1, 2012 at 12:43 PM

  19. A great piece Robyn,
    life is just like a spiders web, everything you do weaves it’s way though ours and others lives.
    Thanks for posting πŸ™‚
    love n hugs
    xxx

    August 1, 2012 at 8:15 AM

    • Thanks so much for that Seadog!! So glad you enjoyed it. Yes — i never really considered the analogy of spider webs and life… but after this venture — I have to agree with you. Sending warm thoughts your way ~ Robyn

      August 1, 2012 at 1:51 PM

  20. victoriaaphotography

    Magical words & beautiful photos, as always.
    I don’t know where you find such expressive phrases & wonderful words to fit each photo.
    Truly a great gift.
    V
    xox

    August 1, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    • Thank you so much Victoria. So glad you liked my first attempt at shooting a spider web ~ πŸ™‚ The words… hmmm? I am not quite sure where they are coming from either… as you know, when I began the blog my plan was to use a famed quote on top of each photo….this is all Julie’s fault πŸ™‚ So much appreciate your kind words!! xo R

      August 1, 2012 at 1:53 PM

  21. So beautiful Robyn…great composition of spider image and words too..funny I have a flower image that looks like a spider that I took last week….collaboration? Maybe we can post your words with my image? I will send it to you and see what you think….:-)

    August 1, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    • Thank you so much Meryl. Image was my first attempt at such a subject . I thought you might really like this poem ~ thought of you as I composed it actually. Would be most honored if you wanted to use my words as a companion to your new photo for a future post. Sounds lovely.
      Lots of Love ~ xo

      August 1, 2012 at 1:57 PM

  22. I like your use of alliteration, particularly
    “With
    tenuous
    twists and
    turns,

    she
    spins

    through
    tangled tales
    of
    love”
    Beautifully said.

    August 1, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    • Thank you so much V.B. Very happy you enjoyed this and could appreciate the use of alliteration too. Much gratitude for your encouraging words today ~ RL

      August 1, 2012 at 1:48 PM

  23. Beautiful Post!

    August 1, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    • Thank you so much Lisa~ very happy you enjoyed πŸ™‚ xo

      August 1, 2012 at 12:43 PM

  24. Delicate in every aspect … So you plan your photos very well .. The web center is obviuosly breaking the rule of thirds but the wooden post cleverly offsets the composition and gives additional twist … I wonder how it would look if included that attachment points of the web and why did you crop it … It is also obvious that you can find poems anywhere and even more you are in the hunt for it … Thank you

    August 1, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    • Thank you so much Tarek~ I do appreciate your wonderful comment, and very happy that you enjoyed the poem I wrote to pair with my photo. Delicate in each an every aspect, I would have to agree. As for my photo planning — not so much!! πŸ™‚ I am a novice. This was the first time I attempted to photograph a spider web, and it was quite spontaneous. I did not crop the picture so the line ends is where my lens cut off… I am familiar with ‘rule of thirds ~ however as I said – this was a fairly random capture. I was just happy the sun was shining down in the perfect way to pick up the intricacies of the web design. ~ Sending warm thoughts your way today ~ Robyn

      August 1, 2012 at 1:45 PM

  25. Robyn, this is so beautiful–in every way. I’m not fond of spiders but for you to take this wonderful photo of a web and then put such meaning into it with your words is so inspiring to me. Spider webs remind me of dream-catchers and the words you have written are caught beautifully within its strands evoking a sense of serenity and peace within my heart. I stand in awe–truly. You are gifted beyond measure. Thank you for this special gift you share! {{hugs}}

    August 1, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    • Thank you dear Jeannie… no I am not a spider fan either! I never photographed a web before and prayed for safety while I did it πŸ™‚ Then I had to stare a the image for a long time before I realized I was seeing a ‘mandala’ and then all the implications of that in the scope of life reflections…

      NOW — you are the first to mention the Dream Catcher — Oh my …. that is exactly what I was thinking of when I wrote the verse

      ” Laboriously,
      she knits
      complex
      arrangements,

      Intricate
      mazes
      designed to
      capture

      dreams
      unrealized;

      tying
      meticulous knots
      tightly,

      at each
      cross-section.”

      She was building a ‘dream catcher’ to catch all those dreams not yet realized !! you are so intuitive, and it made my day that you subliminally got this… So appreciate your kind words of encouragement… as this is all very new to me xo Much Love to you xo

      August 1, 2012 at 12:39 PM

  26. Robyn this is amazing, the way you describe the spinning of a spider’s web. I have always found spider webs to be miraculous. The photo of the web is also amazing.

    August 1, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    • Thanks so much Renee. Yes – it is interesting to think about the webs we weave in our own minds and lives isn’t it. The true spider’s web is pretty miraculous when you think of how intricate and detailed it is. So glad you enjoyed! xo much Love

      August 1, 2012 at 1:41 PM

  27. ~Lady Day

    This is beyond being my favourite…it is the life of us all..as we spin and weave from nothing, a new truth. A restful truth. xo

    August 1, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    • Oh gosh Lady Day — thank yo sooooo much. Very excited you feel that way – and see you “tweeted” me on Twitter today ~ I have only 4 followers on there — so must learn that system soon… but thank you soooo much. I think i have a link on my page at the bottom to be followed, but haven’t payed much attention. πŸ™‚

      I love your take — “we spin and weave from nothing, a new truth. A restful truth.” ~ this was exactly what I was aiming for — working through the strands of psyche, getting to the center, and being satisfied with our inner work so that we can rest when the day is done.

      I think so many of us set such high standards – never feel like we are ‘enough’ and so we neglect that state of peace and rest in the heart of our mandalas…. (why so many of us are insomniacs here too :)) You are a love LD – so appreciate your friendship and encouragement….xo

      August 1, 2012 at 7:01 PM

  28. Oh.. what a lovely surprise when the spider’s web moved to a metaphor and then into a mandala! I loved this poem today!!

    August 1, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    • Thank you so much Barbara~ I am delighted you enjoyed this so. If only those gluten free brownies were waiting for her in the center of her mandala πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ xo

      August 1, 2012 at 7:02 PM

  29. Beautiful – I may never look another spider web the same again – so elegantly said. Blessings – Patty

    August 1, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    • Patty – thank you so much for saying so πŸ™‚ So happy you enjoyed, and have a new take on spider webs — I’m right there beside you after taking this writing journey πŸ™‚ Much Love and blessings ~Robyn

      August 1, 2012 at 7:04 PM

  30. Seb

    Oh, well, these good things do come slowly… πŸ™‚

    August 1, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    • Yes Seb…when it comes to the ‘inner-work’ ~ slow is the way to go!! Thank you for your visit, always good to see you~ Good wishes your way πŸ™‚ RL

      August 1, 2012 at 7:08 PM

  31. The extended metaphor is stunning – awesome.

    August 1, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    • Thank you so much Polly ~ I am so thrilled you enjoyed. Awesome it was to write too ~ sort of just took me over. Guess I’ve thought about this stuff a lot but never ever expected to link it to a spider web πŸ™‚ Much Love to you~

      August 1, 2012 at 7:09 PM

  32. Ooo. I like this for so many different reasons, on many different levels.

    August 1, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    • Thank you so much Anna ~ I love your writing, and thus, very flattered πŸ™‚ Yes – many levels here for me too. So glad you enjoyed! ~Robyn

      August 1, 2012 at 11:42 PM

  33. spectacular you!

    August 2, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    • ooo- thank you Mari ~ was hoping you would comment here …. I’m ‘growing up’ πŸ™‚ poetically speaking… yes? ~ love to you warm heart!

      August 2, 2012 at 1:15 AM

  34. You are a beautiful poet and photographer. Really beautiful piece of writing. Looking forward to read more of you. Great post. πŸ™‚

    August 2, 2012 at 7:28 AM

    • Warm thanks to you Arindam. So happy you enjoyed ~ and welcome here πŸ™‚ ~ Have a wonderful day~RL

      August 2, 2012 at 11:44 AM

  35. “Charlotte’s web ” right away in my heart πŸ™‚ xx
    much much love xx

    August 2, 2012 at 7:43 AM

    • Oh Cat – -thank you — what a treat to view this. Perfect gift for me today ~ blessings my friend. So appreciated πŸ™‚ xo Love ~R

      August 2, 2012 at 11:46 AM

      • hugggggs my sweet xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
        beautiful song huh xx
        i knew you’s like it xoxoxoxoxxo
        best to you always xo

        August 2, 2012 at 12:16 PM

  36. Just beautiful.

    August 2, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    • Thank you so much!! πŸ™‚ So glad you enjoyed! ~ Robyn

      August 2, 2012 at 11:47 AM

  37. Wonderful shots – like it

    August 2, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    • Thank you so much! Appreciate:)

      August 2, 2012 at 1:25 PM

  38. I also I have my friend Mandala guide, I really liked your post, here I show my post last time …
    http://1cruzdelsur.wordpress.com/2011/01/10/equilibrio/

    I call balance, and also I can devote to you today you …

    The perfect balance, colors, paints, wires twisted by the hand of the craftsman, mandalas …

    A window to visit with the purest nature …

    Best regard to you dear friend ..

    August 2, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    • ooo Carlos – I loved your post — Equilibrium /Balance I think in English? And a Mandala – wow!! ~ amazing music (as always) ~ thank you so much for sharing, and for your devoted words here in your comment. Means a great deal my friend — you are a sensitive soul, and I appreciate ~ Regards to you…. Robyn

      August 2, 2012 at 6:35 PM

  39. Robyn your gift of words is so incredible. I haven’t had much of a chance to comment on your amazing works lately, but they have been so inspiring, and so delicately amazing. You truly are gifted in your ability to translate an experience, description, etc. into feelings and tangible experiences so beautifully. Thank you for your wonderful words. Today I was reading the Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle to my son. Your image and message remind me of the book. Blessings to you always, Erin

    August 3, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    • Thank you so much Erin. I so appreciate your lovely feedback and thoughts. I’ve been doing a bit more with the writing and poetry…which has been healing on some levels and fun too. I’m so glad you have been enjoying. Yes – The Very Busy Spider — I do remember all the Eric Carle books — loved the Caterpillar one too πŸ™‚ Blessings to you as well my friend – and congrats on your new photo blog – it looks stunning!! Have a ball with it – photography is special – Much Love … Robyn

      August 3, 2012 at 9:46 PM

  40. Again a stunning masterpiece of blending a gorgeous photograph and such a beautifully well written poem…just awesome!! I am always so very inspired when I visit you! Huge Hugs and lots of love sweet friend ❀ !!!!

    August 3, 2012 at 3:40 AM

    • Oh Christina ~ thank you so much dear one! So glad you enjoyed the post. I thought of you too when I was writing it because it really depicts all the ‘inner work’ we talk about when ‘reconstructing’ our true selves…. Touched you were inspired πŸ™‚ Much Love and giant hugs back ! xo

      August 3, 2012 at 9:49 PM

      • I LOVE that there was/is so much depth to this! The ‘inner work’ yes! What a graceful delicate analogy for the journey we are on. You just continue to amaze and inspire me dearest friend! πŸ˜€
        Sending tons of love and healing hugs ❀ !!

        August 4, 2012 at 3:13 PM

  41. Julie Catherine

    Wow. This is beautiful, hypnotic … I loved this exquisitely written poem, Robyn. Even though I’m also terribly arachnophobic, I was even more intrigued with the word “Mandala” – I love mandalas! I actually create digital ones in photoshop, and I use them for meditations. They are extremely soothing to me, especially if I choose ‘water’ colours. This was a treat for the senses, thank you so much! ~ Much love, Julie xoxox

    August 5, 2012 at 1:21 AM

  42. You words are like a mandala!

    August 5, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    • ooo – love that comment Resa… all I could see in this gorgeous web I shot was a live mandala ~ and now the words take the form too… that is so awesome and I thank you for this πŸ™‚ x

      August 5, 2012 at 11:50 AM

  43. Not sure if the photo is of a spider web or a broken glass window! πŸ™‚ Love the art, though!
    http://personalbyv.wordpress.com/

    August 6, 2012 at 3:44 AM

    • Thanks so much valety94! It is a real live spider web πŸ™‚ So glad you liked!! ~Robyn

      August 6, 2012 at 11:23 AM

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  45. Chris

    Wow, these really are amazing words Robyn, there’s so much elegance in the way you write that it’s impossible not to appreciate it. I have to say your blog just keeps on getting better and better with each post, thank you for sharing. I decided to delete my blog as I haven’t been dealing with my pain levels too well recently and if I had of posted what I wanted and felt like my family would only worry. I will get round to starting another one and will be keeping the address under wraps. Any way, I would really like to keep in touch, how has your pain been recently? Have you got another MRI coming up soon? my e-mail is on my gravatar, I hope you’re bearing up, Chris.x

    August 6, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    • Oh Chris – just saw this…somehow missed it – so sorry – but thank you very much of your wonderful feedback (as always) on my writing. That means a lot – as I’m really just exploring writing poetry and creative prose. I can understand what you are saying about your state of being and the fear of alarming family with wiring that is dark and worrisome to them. I have had this too — and I hold back on some of the darkness I feel quite a bit here. I am sorry you are struggling with this and will miss your blog – do start another maybe with less identity. Please please keep in touch. My situation is nasty here — scheduled for MRI to evaluate — and will go from there – but suffice to say haven’t left home in weeks. I spend most of the day trying to figure out how to reduce the pain — sitting is impossible most of the time. Very fearful of more surgeries… Please keep me posted via email – and stop in here whenever you can. Last I knew your new phsyio sounded hopeful… did the new exercises get you any relief? ~ Will keep you in my thoughts and heart dear friend — let me know how you are doing – always here!! xo R

      August 8, 2012 at 11:19 PM

      • Hi Robyn, I’m really sorry to hear your situation is nasty and you haven’t left home in weeks, it’s completely soul destroying when unable to do anything due to the restrictions of chronic pain and when given so much time to think about things the frustration just seems to build up and build up. I too have been unable to leave the house in recent weeks apart from going to my appointments so I understand how you feel and it really is tough. As for my physio appointments, it’s not going too well at the moment, I just can’t seem to get anywhere no matter what I try but I’m plugging away with this physio with the hope something will happen. I am praying that your MRI shows that you do NOT need any more surgeries as that would be the last thing I would want and for someone like yourself who has already had so many, have you got the dates for your scan? I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for you. I’ll most definitely be keeping in touch with you, we have to beat this and we will beat this. Oh and by the way, thank you so much for all your support over the last few months you have been a great help to me and I really do appreciate it. You take care of yourself and I’ll catch you soon.x

        August 14, 2012 at 8:23 AM

  46. Bravo Robyn! Words cannot express how lovely this was to my soul. I had to sigh in the end, after your carefully crafted and masterfully woven piece of creative work. I love this picture, and how you zoomed into the essence of life and wisdom within it. You saw a miracle in nature, and in your deep loving heart and keen intuition, went deeply into the spiritual to hear the voice that mother nature speaks out into the earth with her living beauty. So sublime how you took this moment and reflected the web as a mirror into your own soul, and brilliantly made it yours, then turned and shared the blessing, this intensely personal moment with us. So happy for another glimpse into your soul and all the beautiful wonders that make you YOU! Another morsel to glean from today, thank you dearest Robyn…..
    Celeste

    August 9, 2012 at 6:55 AM

    • Thank you so much Celeste… I am so happy you were touched by this piece. It was rather special for me to create…. not exactly sure where it came from – but it came big time!! All because of a shot (first one ever) of a spider web! I just kept seeing that mandala ~ and it took me away. Yes – much of a mirror into my own heart and soul – you are so insightful. Also so much universal truth living within all of us ~ and not often contemplated…. i really wanted something mystical here but also something others could identify with in their own personal weaving of those silken strands…as we all are creators that way I think. You are a gem and a love Celeste — so thankful for your love and encouragement always beautiful one ~ xxoo R

      August 9, 2012 at 11:57 AM

  47. Your artwork and poetry is amazing. Each poem brought me in and made me think. Thank you for sharing the poetry and photos.

    August 12, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    • Thank you so much for your wonderful comment John. Thrilled you have found my work thought-provoking and enjoyable too ~ Welcome here and Blessings to you always, Robyn Lee

      August 12, 2012 at 12:39 PM

  48. Finally, in the heart of her mandala, she rests.
    Love it.

    August 17, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    • Oh– you are just seeing! So glad you liked….yes in her mandala’s heart! πŸ™‚ !!xo

      August 17, 2012 at 8:27 PM

  49. I like the way you set the poem up, the actual form, which I think contributes to its beauty. Words are most important but other things can add to the impact.

    September 14, 2012 at 8:21 AM

  50. Thanks so much sustainabilitiea ~ go glad you liked it – -and yes – the format (which has become a bit of my usual style now) does lend a little mystique or something – I agree. Did not plan it that way – but seems to be the way my pen likes to scribe these poems … Appreciate your thoughtful input today!! πŸ˜‰ RL

    September 14, 2012 at 11:44 AM

  51. What a beautiful poem, Robyn, As I read it I was thinking how much poetry itself is like a spider web collecting thoughts and emotions and pulling us in.

    September 14, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    • Oh thank you so much Russell! I appreciate that — and yes — writing it did feel very much like I was the beloved spider – spinning the web myself!
      So glad you enjoyed — I loved your comedic piece on this prompt too!! Wonderful!! xo

      September 14, 2012 at 1:42 PM

  52. You know i had to come and say bravo for putting the poem on the fictioneers’ list…a fine addition to the bunch :).

    September 14, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    • Oh thanks so much boomie – -was insecure as I never participated in FF before and I’m sure I didn’t follow all the rules – but did my best — and enjoyed reading all the other entries!! Thank you for suggesting — felt good to participate again πŸ™‚ xo ~ and a decent day – so maybe was good luck too πŸ™‚ xo

      September 14, 2012 at 6:07 PM

  53. there’s a lot of “recovery” here. good work.

    September 15, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    • Yes ~ a day’s work πŸ™‚ Thank you so much Rich – pleased you did enjoy then!! ~RL

      September 15, 2012 at 10:35 AM

  54. Well woven, Robyn.

    Aloha,

    Doug

    September 19, 2012 at 2:48 AM

    • And thank you dear Doug — was done a while back but someone encouraged me to share it as part of the Friday Fictioneers assignment… pleasure to meet your acquaintance!! ~ Warm wishes – Robyn

      September 19, 2012 at 12:57 PM

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