Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression

I Must Flee

All alone in
my own

All alone in
blog magic:


Lost in
of your








All the love
that we




The clock,


And the


 “ You must hurry”
they say,

“you must go,
you must


For your



© Robyn Lee

In the midst of my denial, while enjoying my
wonderful blog reads earlier today,
I was evacuated from my home
due to approaching Hurricane

Sandy, aka: Frankenstorm, is predicted
to be the most lethal hurricane
in U.S. history to hit this part
of the country.

As luck has it, my husband
is out of the state, and now
unable to obtain access to air
transportation given this
state of emergency.

I’m taking shelter with my
puppy now at a hotel location,
and hoping
the storm has mercy
 on our area and
everyone stays

Will miss visiting everyone during our
impending power outages
but will be back
to “my own little corner”
 to see you all as
soon as


With Much Love
~ Robyn Lee

Below I share lyrics from a special song,
In My Own Little Corner,
featured in
Rodgers and Hammerstien’s
one of my most favorite
childhood films:

I’m as mild and as meek as a mouse
When I hear a command I obey.
But I know of a spot in my house
Where no one can stand
In my way.


In my own little corner
In my own little chair
I can be whatever I want to be.
On the wings of my fancy
I can fly anywhere
And the world will open
Its arms to me.


I’m a young Egyptian princess…
Or a milkmaid
I’m the greatest prima donna
in Milan
I’m an heiress who has always had
her silk made
By her own flock of silkworms
In Japan


I’m a girl men go mad for
Love’s a game I can play
With cool and confident kind of air.
Just as long as I stay in
My own little corner
All alone in my own
Little chair.


I can be whatever I want to be.
I’m a thief in Calcutta
I’m a queen in Peru.
I’m a mermaid dancing upon the sea
I’m a huntress on an African safari…
It’s a dangerous type of sport and yet it’s fun
In the night I sally forth to seek my quarry
And I find I forgot to bring my gun.


I am lost in the jungle all alone and unarmed
When I meet a lioness in her lair
Then I’m glad to be back in
my own little corner,
All alone in my
little chair.

77 responses

  1. Stay safe and report back as soon as possible!

    October 29, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    • Thanks Lisa ~ quite an adventure! Will check in for as long as power allows ~ Much Love ~ RL

      October 29, 2012 at 1:06 AM

      • Love to witness a good storm…but hate to see the damage it could cause.

        October 29, 2012 at 1:07 AM

      • It’s a different world these days though with smart phone and wi-fi access…never quite as “out of touch” as we used to be in such circumstances.

        October 29, 2012 at 1:09 AM

      • So true ~ just when the power goes out ~ should be interesting… Here’s hoping it’s not as bad as predicted! xo

        October 29, 2012 at 1:10 AM

      • The good thing is…it rarely is. And how much money do they make?

        October 29, 2012 at 1:19 AM

  2. It is a lovely as well as a sad post. Hope you’ll be safe. Do you reside in east coast?

    October 29, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    • Yes nightlake I do ~ Thank you! Inspired to try to make maning and art out of the chaos late yesterday ~ so appreciate your kind words re: my post. Hopefully everyone will be safe out of harm’s way ~ x RL

      October 29, 2012 at 1:45 PM

  3. And the
    That sounds scary … Wonderfully scary … And how surprising you so hastly you managed to create this safe heaven in you heart , well constructed, impearbiable and happy .. This is childhood memories coming to the rescure .. Stay safe dear friend andrayin for you return safely to your real corner , both unscratched …

    October 29, 2012 at 3:02 AM

    • Yes Tarek ~ wonder-fully scary… so agree! And also agree that my post was my symbolic “safe-haven” during fearful moments last night… Always regress intone the corners of my imagination (just as I did as a young child) when endurance is called for… usually a rescue strategy that serves me. Thank you for your safety wishes dear friend… and will see you back in my little corner when I get there… 🙂 RL

      October 29, 2012 at 1:49 PM

  4. Oh God be with you and may all your possessions be saved from the impending storms… stay safe Robyn… and return unharmed… my thoughts will be with you… God Bless..

    October 29, 2012 at 3:02 AM

    • Thank you bulldog ~ just glad I am away from the danger-zone – and hopefully safe here. Risk of power outage is great though ~ which should be interesting in a full-house hotel filled with grownups/children and doggies !! Grateful for your blessings dear friend ~ will report in when can…
      xo RL

      October 29, 2012 at 1:52 PM

      • Keep safe.. we are watching things develope over the news channels… it does not look good… keep safe…

        October 29, 2012 at 1:56 PM

  5. A lovely post Robin, Loved the picture of your window and your desk, So glad you and your puppy are both safe and not alone toughing out the wild weather. What is you puppy, and how old is he? I’m a dog nut!
    Happy returns to your home, and I hope no damage, and those lovely trees intact.

    October 29, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    • Oh thank you dearest Valerie ~ I am so glad you enjoyed the post looking out my bedroom balcony doors. I took it well before I realized that I would have to “flee” ~ but was watching the branches of our weeping willow tree dance and sway, but hoped I could just escape into the blogshere rather than hurry to leave home. Rumi ~ my puppy — is actually 3 now! Wow ~ had to think about that! He is a combined breed called Miki… combo of Papillion, Maltise and Japanese Chin…. very very lovable. Thank you Valerie, for all your blessings ~ RL

      October 29, 2012 at 1:57 PM

  6. Stay safe Robyn!

    October 29, 2012 at 3:20 AM

    • Love to you Julie ~ Thank you!

      November 2, 2012 at 8:05 PM

  7. Oh dear Robyn, I hope you are both doing well and will be back to your “safe corner” soon soon! 🙂 My thoughts are with you 🙂 xxo

    October 29, 2012 at 4:12 AM

    • Thank you poojy ~ finally home ~ very grateful ~ Much Love ~ xo

      November 2, 2012 at 8:05 PM

  8. Yaz

    We’ll watch out for you on the telly! Hope you and yours are safe.

    October 29, 2012 at 5:09 AM

    • Thank you for your good thoughts dear Yaz ~ finally home 6 days later ~ very grateful~ xo R

      November 2, 2012 at 8:06 PM

  9. Bruce Ruston

    be well Robyn and take care

    October 29, 2012 at 5:13 AM

    • Thanks so much Bruce ~ finally home ~ and safe! x

      November 2, 2012 at 8:07 PM

  10. Hope you all stay safe and so does your home and area.

    October 29, 2012 at 5:25 AM

    • So much appreciate mindfulness ~ home at a last! x

      November 2, 2012 at 8:07 PM

  11. Praying for your safety and your husband’s. Much love to you!

    October 29, 2012 at 5:28 AM

    • Thank you Millie ~ home today ~ thankful~ xo R

      November 2, 2012 at 8:08 PM

  12. i LOVE that sweet song from Cinderellalla. I think that it is magical, like every other part of the story. Maybe you will play a greater role than you realize!!!. Who knows. We are always put in the right place at the right time.
    I love you and am sure that Love has a hand in everything at this point in your life now.
    All my love is with you, supporting you, and finding the softest place for you to land!

    October 29, 2012 at 6:13 AM

    • Oh Linda ~ me too – favorite song as a child ~ still sing it all the time~ It was quite a week ~ thankful to be home and safe as of today. Thank you for your love and unyielding encouragement ~ With Great Love …RL

      November 2, 2012 at 8:09 PM

  13. oh, now im going to worry about you all day, please be careful. Mother nature has a way of getting really pissed. Be safe i’ll be with you in spirit.

    October 29, 2012 at 6:53 AM

    • Benjamin ~ thank you so much for your loving concern ~ I am safe and finally home now … and now just hope others manage as well… So appreciate our presence in spirit during this difficult week! Much Love ~ Blessings ~ RL

      November 2, 2012 at 8:11 PM

  14. That sure looks like a cozy little corner to spend your time. 😀

    October 29, 2012 at 7:00 AM

    • Thank you Jeff ~ love my little corner ~ yes ! 🙂 RL

      November 2, 2012 at 10:34 PM

  15. Stay safe Robyn, and be careful

    October 29, 2012 at 7:22 AM

    • Thank you dear Alastair ~ finally home tonight! Yay ~ Blessings ~ RL

      November 2, 2012 at 10:35 PM

      • That’s good. I hope there wasn’t too much damage

        November 3, 2012 at 5:31 AM

      • Thank you Alastair ~ we are very luck … some trees and property outside took a hit… but overall house if fine 🙂

        November 3, 2012 at 6:37 PM

      • Excellent 🙂

        November 3, 2012 at 6:38 PM

  16. Tahani Shihab

    Bless you Robyn, take care.

    October 29, 2012 at 7:36 AM

    • Tahani ~ thank you so much. So appreciate your blessing and good wishes…. home safe now! ~ Very grateful! ~Robyn

      November 2, 2012 at 10:35 PM

  17. Stay safe Robyn….praying that the storm passes and all is well with everyone. Hugs and love

    October 29, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    • Thank you so much boomie ~ home at last ~ feels wonderful.! Has been a week to remember
      ~ just hope others can rebuild and heal from the losses so many have encountered…
      Much Love ~ RL

      November 2, 2012 at 10:38 PM

  18. Chris

    Hi Robyn, I hope everything is okay and you aren’t in too much discomfort having to leave you house.x

    October 29, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    • Thank you so much for your good wishes Chris. Yes ~ extra layer of challenge for me here…but home safe at last! ~ xoR

      November 2, 2012 at 10:39 PM

  19. ~Lady Day

    Stay safe my dear…I hope all turns out just fine, and the perfect storm just makes lovely clouds and waves…glad you listened to the evacuation order. We anxiously await your return.xoxoxoxo

    October 29, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    • Oh thank your these wishes Lady Day ~ still catching up with my comments ~ craziness here — and this week going out of town for medical just in time for Noreaster storm! ~ Life is exciting sometimes… Sending Lots of LOVE!

      November 5, 2012 at 12:14 AM

  20. Full of beauty.. you are!

    October 29, 2012 at 11:25 AM

  21. Be safe! Our prayers are with you!

    October 29, 2012 at 11:35 AM

  22. Be safe Robyn…

    October 29, 2012 at 11:48 AM

  23. We are praying for the safety of all on the east coast. Be well Robyn! 🙂

    October 29, 2012 at 12:18 PM

  24. Stay safe, Robyn…I’m still at home…not so bad so far…just posted an image….will be leaving soon…xoxmeryl

    October 29, 2012 at 12:41 PM

  25. Love the original writing and your take on the original. The photo is so homey and I have such an affinity for sitting and reading and playing under Weeping Willows.Be safe – my prayers are with you and others as you await the wrath of Sandy.

    October 29, 2012 at 2:31 PM

  26. stay safe, warm, and as always…the wind beneath the wings, for so many of us Robyn. Looking forward to your rapid and safe return!

    October 29, 2012 at 4:54 PM

  27. Thinking of you ~ this sort of thing is totally outside of my experience in UK ~ wishing the storm over and you safe ~ post soon xx

    October 29, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    • Thank you so much Polly…no worries… Fixed it up!!! We are without power…but so appreciate your good thoughts for our hurricane …love to you -RL

      November 1, 2012 at 4:05 PM

  28. Hoping you are safe, and that when you return your home will be well. Thinking of you and sending blessings your way, Erin

    October 29, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    • Thank you Erin ~ yes very grateful we are back home now … and safe. house did well less some sad loss of trees… but fortunate to say the least… so appreciate your good thoughts and blessings ~ RLx

      November 5, 2012 at 12:16 AM

  29. Be safe, be well, be healthy, be perfect, as much as you are.

    Many blessings and much love to you, Robyn, 🙂

    Subhan Zein

    October 29, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    • Subhan ~ thank you for you lovely wishes …and blessings ~ we did ok … home and safe. Lots to be thankful for ! Blessings to you and yours friend! ~RL

      November 5, 2012 at 12:20 AM

  30. Pawan Hira

    You are going to be safe, Robyn. I hope the nature settles down slowly.
    You created words of life at this time, hats off to you.
    Blessings for good health and peace. Much love. 🙂

    October 30, 2012 at 3:10 AM

    • So lovely Pawan … you always are! Yes safe at home finally! Very grateful — and to you for your good wishes and blessings. Keep them going this next week as traveling by plane for medical… and now prediction for Nor’easter storm. Never a dull moment ~ Love and gratitude to you , Robyn

      November 5, 2012 at 12:28 AM

      • Pawan Hira

        More good wishes and blessings. Take care. My affirmations I’m writing here: Calm. Breathe. Relax. Move.
        Love, Pawan.

        November 5, 2012 at 9:00 AM

      • Pawan ~ I will hold your affirmations close ~ thank you dearest friend! RL

        November 5, 2012 at 10:59 AM

  31. drsuraiyanasim

    The poem is lovely.
    Keep safe dear. You all are in our prayers!

    October 30, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    • Oh thank you dear Suri ~ finally home and grateful for safety. So appreciate your blessings! Much Love and hope you are well ~ Robyn

      November 5, 2012 at 12:31 AM

  32. Robyn are you okay today? You have been in my prayers and thoughts for the last 24 hours, update as you can dearest friend, love you muchly, Yes in deed, your own little corner ~ Penny xxxooxxxoo

    October 30, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    • Hi penny sweet friend! Just as update… Safe here… Still without power and Internet ( just phone network -4G). No hot water or heat… But all is ok… Much tragedy around me… Homes sadly lost etc. I have not been back to my house… Still at hotel… Also without power… But thankfully safe. Will try to go back tomorrow to assess damage
      .. Hubby hoping to secure flight then too ! Love to you dearest friend and thank you do much for your wishes for safety! 💛

      October 30, 2012 at 3:40 PM

      • I, we (christina and I) have come to care greatly for you and your family Robyn. Thanks for the update. Much appreciated. Hang on, and hang in there I hope your husband can get home to you soonest (it must be making him crazy not to be there.) Love you too sweet friend, take care of you, you (all) will stay in our prayers and thoughts for safety! Penny xxoxx

        October 30, 2012 at 4:02 PM

      • How’s it going Robyn ?, I mean you personally! You can answer in my about page if you’d like, just need to know you’re doing okay! Much love, Penny xxooxx

        November 4, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    • Hi Penny ~ thanks so much ~ have been a little nuts ~ aftermath/hurricane/evacuation… and also preparing to leave town this week for an important hip consult apt in Boston — and another storm is predicted!! Crazy ~ I am going to fly up early — hubby will meet me — but can’t get caught in weather chaos again. Haven’t been on plane in years ~ a bit anxious with pain and logistics of airport etc.. but think best plan. Feel see to email anytime ~ rls1231@aol …think you had mentioned wanting to ask question… hope I can help and so sorry not keeping up as well with blog and follows… will be nice when things mellow out here… xo Sending Love and hugs

      November 5, 2012 at 12:13 AM

      • Thanks Robyn, think of us as your long distance support team. The best of luck traversing the airport and it’s various everythings, wish we were nearer to give you more hands on support, hope all goes well during and after the airplane travel. Best of luck with the appointment, no worries re: the question, not important. Christina sends her special love along with mine most dearest Robyn, please take care of you as best you can, you are definitely in our hearts and will be sending lots of positive energy your way daily. I will email, just to check up. Again all our love to you my Robyn, xxooxxooxx

        November 5, 2012 at 12:31 AM

  33. Beautiful, Robyn!
    Things coming together at the right time to create the superstorm – hurricane and then the storms from the west that went over us a few days ago. It’s so horrible and tragic! I have a relative who lives in NYC.
    Hoping you are staying safe from the storm! Sending hugs!

    October 30, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    • Oh thank you so much for this Fergie! Yes ~ was quite an adventure and a bit frightening — happy to be past it…but hear another storm is on the way – just in time for me to travel for an important medical consult. I hope your relative in NY did ok ~ they were hit fairly hard! Sending lots of love your way ~ R

      November 5, 2012 at 12:19 AM

  34. victoriaaphotography

    One friend facing a Tsunami the other day and now another online friend facing a hurricane. I’ve missed so much while being offline for 10 days or so.
    Hope all is well now and everyone is safe.

    (I bought a little Mac pro laptop while my desktop computer is being repaired, but so slow for me as I don’t know much about using a laptop. Hope to work out how to edit a few photos & upload them over the coming week, Robyn. In the meantime, I as back to reading everyone’s news on their blogs which is good. V xox).

    October 31, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    • Thank yo so much Victoria ~ Tsunami and Hurricane – wow… and we have another big storm ahead this next week (while I’m going out of town to consult with top Hip surgeon in Boston, MA) … Life is never dull… Mac pro is wonderful ~ that is what I use all the time!! I will get a desktop too at some point – but enjoy your new toy!! xo

      November 5, 2012 at 12:17 AM

      • victoriaaphotography

        Thanks, Robyn,

        my new ‘toy’ is proving to be all consuming and totally energy draining, but I’m making good progress so far.

        Hope the appointment with the hip surgeon is positive and you find fine a way to move forward towards an improved health future.with less pain. I won’t say no pain – that is probably unrealistic.

        But moving forward in baby steps is better than not being able to even ‘stand still’.

        Sending Love & Healing energy across the miles.

        November 5, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    • Thanks Victoria ~ it takes a bit to adjust to a Mac if you used a PC before …but may pay off in the long-run. Love mine.
      I do agree…baby steps are always welcomed here ~ progress is progress. Much Love ~ R

      November 5, 2012 at 11:01 AM

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