Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression


And just like the
Water Lily

Are you not simply


That one perfect

You feel ready




 Into the

Into the



©Robyn Lee

71 responses

  1. So beautiful – made me cry.

    August 11, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    • Thank you Julie — you are such a sensitive soul ~ much Love my dear sweet friend xo R

      August 12, 2012 at 12:44 AM

  2. yes and beautiful!

    August 11, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    • Buck – thank you so much ~ I am glad you liked ….and agree too 🙂 x

      August 12, 2012 at 12:45 AM

  3. Beautiful! It made me think, am I waiting to shine? The answer is no. I’m not waiting for anything, just living and loving every day.

    August 12, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    • Thanks so much 8teen39! I say if the answer is no — you are ALREADY SHINING ~ and for that I am thrilled for you 🙂 Keep living & loving …it’s really the way! ~ Best, Robyn

      August 12, 2012 at 12:47 AM

  4. ~Lady Day

    ahh…so very lovely…I do have a thing for water lillies 🙂 this made me very smilely. xo

    August 12, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    • Thank you Lady Day ~ I am so happy you enjoyed…. they are really quite a special bud. ~ Sending Lovexo

      August 12, 2012 at 12:48 AM

  5. very nice and inspiring

    August 12, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    • Thank you Ian! Am so glad you enjoyed and gleaned some inspiration as well! 🙂 ~ R

      August 12, 2012 at 12:49 AM

  6. lovely:) the same can also be said of Lotus in the water.. perhaps..

    August 12, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    • Thank you nightlake… yes – the water lily is actually simlar to the lotus flower too… main difference seems to be lotus comes from the east and the flower leaves are more elevated (further from the water)… but many similarities too! So happy you liked it!xo

      August 12, 2012 at 12:51 AM

  7. Julie Catherine

    Oh Robyn, YES! This was so worth “waiting” for – and it’s as perfect as I knew it would be! The water lily is such a combination of fragility and strength – it has a “solidness” to it in the large, flat leaves and enduring roots that embed themselves firmly in the fluidity of water … and yet, the blooms are fragile, vulnerable in their own way …. your poem is exquisite, and as deep as the mystery of the water lily. Sharing on facebook and twitter! Love this! ~ Much love and hugs, Julie 🙂 xoxox

    August 12, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    • Wow Julie – thrilled you enjoyed!! It was timely for a few of my blog friends tonight I’ve discoverd…. and so happy when that happens! You are so correct – a very special flower… working its way up into the light through the murky darkness of the pond — and as you said the contrast between the strong roots and solid leaves and the delicate fragile blooms…Also happy you liked my simple (yet deep) poem …and loved your drawing a parallel between the poem and the flower itself 🙂 Gratitude for sharing, and your thoughtful comment. Much Love to you dear one ~Robyn

      August 12, 2012 at 12:55 AM

  8. Congratulations! I just nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogging Award! Check it out…http://forhisgloryandpraise.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/now-for-a-few-awards-i-designed/

    August 12, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    • So grateful and honored. Thank you kindly ~ I appreciate! Blessings, RL

      August 12, 2012 at 1:02 AM

  9. Congratulations! I just nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award! Check it out… http://forhisgloryandpraise.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/one-lovely-blog-award/

    August 12, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    • 2 in one night! You are so kind. Thank you with Love ~ Robyn

      August 12, 2012 at 1:03 AM

  10. Robyn, my dear I can feel the energy and excitement of Emerging throughout your words and rising from the photo. Emerge is another of those “powerful” words. I love it and really enjoyed it as a theme…..it feels like it is buzzing in the airs somehow, Love to you, Your friend, Linda

    August 12, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    • Thanks you so much Linda! Very pleased it generated a good energy ~ to emerge is exciting… and the water lilly, that arises from the darkest waters, is an example that it is possible no matter what. Much Love dear friend ~Robyn

      August 12, 2012 at 11:43 AM

  11. Beautiful… 😉

    August 12, 2012 at 2:56 AM

    • Thank you kindly ledrakenoir ~ appreciate 🙂

      August 12, 2012 at 11:44 AM

  12. Emerging….Yes! Waiting for that one perfect moment….Yes! I can so see what you meant….this is me. 🙂 It is fantastic, powerful, and full of hope…I really honestly love love love this piece ~ photo and poem. You do have a truly inspiring gift sweetest friend! Sending so so much love! xoxoxo

    August 12, 2012 at 2:59 AM

    • So much thought of you Christina…. to consider the murky dark waters that gorgeous little flower had to navigate before emerging into the most vibrant light of sun. Your story is a perfect example of how this miracle can occur. Love and Hugs and heartfelt wished for you as you blossom and emerge my friend ~ Truly, Robyn

      August 12, 2012 at 11:46 AM

  13. Lovely Robyn! Now you just need to get right in there with them 😉

    And if getting wet and muddy isn’t enticement enough, if you hold the camera steady enough, and you are looking into a flower that isn’t fully open yet, you can actually watch the stamen moving as they open.

    Yea, I see all the cool stuff like that, but after 4 1/2 years since I first picked up a camera, photographing a LOT of waterlilies along the way, I still can’t tell you what a “fragrant water lily” smells like 😀

    August 12, 2012 at 5:56 AM

    • LOL~ Yes Jeff – It is on my bucket list — I will brave the lily pond one day for sure…. and see what kind of close-up I can achieve. Wow it must be amazing to watch them open and witness the stamen moving … like watching a true ‘birth’ of sorts…. Now the real goal for you is to report back to me what one of these water lilies smells like ~ Can’t wait to know ! Thank you tons Jeff ~ Enjoy the day ! 🙂 Robyn

      August 12, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    • Jeff…just found this tidbit — may take the lore out of wanting to smell one of these beauties — but thought I’d warn you nevertheless 🙂 :
      “In Europe, the common white water lily, the one painted by Monet, is nympha alba while in North America, we’re more familiar with nuphar lutea, the yellow water lilies, also called spatterdocks or cow lilies. The English sometimes call the plant “brandy bottle” because the flowers smell like stale wine which attracts flies, the pollinators for the plant.”

      Perhaps the various colors and varieties all have different scents though?? 🙂 ~R

      August 12, 2012 at 12:34 PM

      • I still have to know for sure, I may regret it, but I WILL smell one the next time.

        August 12, 2012 at 1:28 PM

  14. RL …xoxoxoxooxxoo”Emerging ”
    Coming out of the deep and into the LIGHT 🙂
    Gorgeous BABE
    I feel a new re surfacing here
    Like something amazing is about to happen ……….
    YES ?
    Love LOVE LOVE

    August 12, 2012 at 7:03 AM

    • Exactly Cat — that is how I saw it!! I think the beautiful water lily was ALREADY that beautiful water lily,
      but had to be ready … prepared…wanting

      to take that plunge through the dark muddy waters
      and chose to
      step up to the surface – into the light.

      It’s an exciting concept/metaphor for many to ponder….

      Sending Love to you sweet friend ~ RL

      August 12, 2012 at 11:54 AM

      • makes me all mushy sentimental ,…….mushy cat today xx It was always there ………… !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        Love you xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxooxoxxoxo

        August 12, 2012 at 12:13 PM

  15. Lovely beyond words…each and every word speaks lovely volumes

    August 12, 2012 at 7:35 AM

    • So appreciate that dear boomie ~ who knew a lily pond could inspire something rather profound about the human condition? I am so happy you enjoyed ~Robyn

      August 12, 2012 at 11:57 AM

  16. Kathy

    So lovely.

    August 12, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    • Thank you dear Kathy ~ you probably recognize this lily pond 🙂 xo

      August 12, 2012 at 11:57 AM

  17. Renee Braunstein

    I love that photo and also the poem that describes it.

    August 12, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    • Thanks Renee… so glad you enjoyed and that the poem touched you too!! Much Love xo

      August 12, 2012 at 12:00 PM

  18. You do this so well, a photo and words to go with it…and then I re read the words and I’m waiting to emerge, from the depths of winter into summer, like the lily the time must be right… I only wish I was as beautiful as the lily…
    I’m at a loss for words to explain how I feel… your words are so few, yet say so much… why can I not do this… It’s almost as though there’s a message there for me, yet the message I get and what Linda (my wife) gets, are different… how do you do that??? so deep…

    August 12, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    • Thank you dear bulldog… you are as beautiful as the lily – I am completely sure of this…. and your summer will come too! So grateful for your thoughtful comment ~ I do think you have an inner-poet lurking as well (have told you before) … he may just need to become “ready” before you allow him to ’emerge’ into the light 🙂 I sense a new blog may be in your future too 🙂 Ok – I’m not really psychic – but you never do know.

      Thank you sweet friend. I appreciate ~ and love and thanks to your wonderful wife Linda too for taking to read my posts — Blessings always ~RL

      August 12, 2012 at 12:04 PM

  19. This really hits home for me Robyn. Last year I realized I was “waiting” and had been waiting for a long time, hiding my light under a bush to accommodate every one but myself. For me, these words are an affirmation and it’s a beautiful one at that. Thank you for the gift of you! xoxox

    August 12, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    • Thank you Jeannie, so wonderful to know that the post was self-affirming for you. I think the message resonates for so many…. so easy to hide from the light for so many reasons. I am thrilled you had this revelation for yourself and know you will allow your own light to shine brilliantly and beautifully. You are the gift Jeannie xxoo R

      August 12, 2012 at 12:10 PM

  20. yazrooney

    Yes, an affirmation for me too. Its timely and so beautiful. Thank you Robyn.

    August 12, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    • Thanks so much Yaz. I am so glad it resonated with you… one of those truths that sometimes we just don’t give enough focus…. always whole – always perfect …. just waiting to be ready, and allowing ‘true-self ‘ to emerge. Very happy I had this lily image to remind me ~ xo

      August 12, 2012 at 12:18 PM

  21. Yes, Robyn….we’re all works in progress waiting to emerge….and re-emerge…poignant…xom

    August 12, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    • Thank you Meryl… yes, and like the water lily – always perfect and whole even when under the dark murky waters ~ just waiting to find the confidence and strength – the readiness – to emerge into the light and fully embrace self ~~ much love dear friend…

      August 12, 2012 at 12:22 PM

      • I have an image of a lotus flower….as a companion…will post this week!

        August 12, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    • So interesting…. I initially thought water lily and lotus were the same – but after research realized they are a bit different. Here is an interesting youtube presentation on the two and their differences… can’t wait to see your lotus!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6bkOXq_FJY

      August 12, 2012 at 12:44 PM

  22. I love emerging and shining whenever possible. I love your words.

    August 12, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    • So happy to hear this Resa ~ I can tell you shine!! xo

      August 12, 2012 at 11:03 PM

  23. thoughtsfromanamericanwoman

    what encouraging words to start off the week! Blessings – Patty

    August 12, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    • Thank you so much Patty ~ I do hope it is a wonderful week at that!! ~ Much Love to you, R

      August 12, 2012 at 11:04 PM

  24. Simply put, how much truth, thanks …
    Bello mi querida amiga…

    August 12, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    • So welcome Carlos – and thank you! Glad you enjoyed my friend ~ Beuenos Noches Amigo !xo

      August 12, 2012 at 11:06 PM

  25. Can you stop??? This is now my new favorite! The photo is splendid…almost like you sprinkled the flowers there just for the photo. You are so gifted in capturing images around you. I love this photo. It’s so lovely and perfect. And the poem! Wow! Clapping. You out did yourself.
    Hope you are getting some sleep and relief. I’m going to get some shuteye now. What a beautiful image to see right before heading to dreamland. And I will think of the words of the poem. Splendid. :))) Yay, Sea Sis xoxox Sam

    August 13, 2012 at 3:59 AM

    • Awww Sam – you are too sweet. Another ‘new favorite’ ay? LOL!! I am so happy you loved it and that it gave you something really uplifting and positive to focus on right before transitioning to sleep. I hope you woke rested and energized ~ with more vibrance than ever. I so appreciate your loving encouragement – always! xo Thanks for applauds too – -love that 🙂 xo RL

      August 13, 2012 at 2:45 PM

  26. Yes, yes, yes! I love the title, the photo and the poem…..they flow so well to paint a picture of tranquility that absorbs me as I read. I love this glimpse into your soul, here….I am left with a feelings of hope and peace….you are a rare jewel, so real, honest and talented….thanks so much for the blessing, Robyn…..
    your friend,

    August 13, 2012 at 7:51 AM

    • Thank you so so much for that Celeste!! Yes – a glimpse into my soul is probably a very good description of what I often do here…. I’m sharing myself – and at the same time trying to connect with other open-hearts…like you! I am so glad this resonated with you … and I truly appreciate your loving, heartfelt words… Much Love to you always, RL xo

      August 13, 2012 at 5:30 PM

  27. Oh wow Robyn…this is just perfect, I love it. I love everything about it.
    Thank you for being you and sharing this beautiful piece of art and such soul touching words.
    Love and hugs to you friend. Lisa. xx 🙂

    August 13, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    • So very thrilled that you enjoyed this Lisa. Was one of those that just poured out of me in 5 minutes – and then of course I wonder if others will feel what I did … very touched you were able to. Much Love and Friendship ~RL

      August 13, 2012 at 2:38 PM

      • i could tell Robyn, I recognised the flow. I love it when they pour out like that, it’s like we are just the pen. xx 🙂

        August 13, 2012 at 5:34 PM

  28. Hi Robyn, you better be sleeping now, but I realized after the fact that I was so busy commenting on your children’s photo after reading the beautiful poem your wrote above which does indeed have special meaning to us that I forgot to comment on this post! The photograph is gorgeous, simple gorgeous. And you are the poetress supreme, truly gifted. Sleep well, my friend I hope some of my positive thoughts had some good influence for you, at least a little bit, I hope. Much love, xxx Penny

    August 14, 2012 at 2:11 AM

  29. Nice photos – like it

    August 14, 2012 at 2:59 AM

    • So glad. Thanks very much!

      August 14, 2012 at 3:34 PM

  30. Soooo beautiful! I am working hard towards the day when I hope to emerge from fewer struggles and less pain. Slowly, slowly improving, but it’s still progress. Thank you for this lovely post full of encouragement.

    August 16, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    • Thank you dear Fergiemoto! Yes – to emerge from all the things dark and difficult — a dream isn’t it?? Will keep you in my heart for full emergence/recovery and joyful being… So grateful for you thoughtful comment! ~ much love ~R

      August 16, 2012 at 12:20 PM

  31. Beautiful photograph

    August 17, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    • Thanks so much Mindy… it’s right near my house and never realized! :)xo

      August 17, 2012 at 8:26 PM

  32. Beautiful words. Very realistic and moving. Yes, just like the water lily, I am waiting… 🙂
    Soo beautiful.

    August 19, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    • Such a thoughtful comment Nifti…thank you! Yes — I think many of us feel the same – like the water lilly! 🙂 ~ Much Love xo

      August 19, 2012 at 11:50 AM

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