Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression

My Lens


As we stand before
the garden



 “Which lens
will you choose
to view
the world?”


Without hesitation,
I reply:

“I choose the lens
the sky…

I may sparkle
amongst the


slide down
the golden rays of


you nod,

“Can you tell me more
about this lens
long for?”


I exclaim:

“I wish

this lens

show me

how to dance
with trees,

 as they



wind’s most


You gaze at me,
with a most
curious stare,
and say:

 “Ahhh, but tell me,
can you

such a
lens to call
your own?”


I pause,


“Oh yes, Oh yes!

 I will
this lens;

This looking


my fingers



the delicate
silken petals


even the


the deepest

 earth’s fallen


 You sigh,


you say,
in a low

“but this wonderful
lens you

speak of…

tell me
the most



And then,
I smile,
slowly closing
hopeful eyes,

“I choose the lens
 guides me

the open

my own

so that I



with perfect








© Robyn Lee




69 responses

  1. Hi Robyn. I started my evening read with your post. Thank you for bringing a moment of warmth and clarity to my searching spirit. I love the image. It goes so well with your words. Beautiful piece.

    November 17, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    • So lovely to hear this Walter… Very touched you enjoyed ~ Blessings and Love to you ~ R

      November 17, 2012 at 2:57 AM

  2. Absolute beauty!

    November 17, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    • Thank you Shalinijena ~ very thrilled you were touched! Much Love ~ RL 🙂

      November 17, 2012 at 2:57 AM

  3. You are so talented! Love how your heart shines through in this one. xo

    November 17, 2012 at 2:31 AM

    • Oh Sam – thank you dear one ~ there is audio at bottom (sort of low-key as don’t have any experience with reading these things) … you might like though since we are sea-sisters 🙂 xxoo heart and love ~ RL

      November 17, 2012 at 2:58 AM

  4. Oh wow,,, Robyn is back with a vengeance,,, how beautiful, profound and meaningful…. I love this to bits but will keep my comment short on the hope it goes through… Robyn, I love this…

    November 17, 2012 at 2:49 AM

    • Bulldog thank you ! Yes – you made it through — see — it’s the healing lens… works every time! 🙂 Very pleased you enjoyed my creative rampage here… was not planning to post this … different for me… but came to embrace it over last few days ~ and even read it (see subtle blue link at bottom if you’d like to listen to my tired voice!) ~ Sending much Love and hoping your wordpress account gets sorted out quickly! ~ Always appreciate your lovely feedback ~ RL

      November 17, 2012 at 3:01 AM

      • Well it seems your healing lens has worked… cause I’m back… well at the moment that is… maybe the will jump on me again… getting to comment just puts a smile on my face… verbose I think Linda calls me… I was so glad to see a post from you and such a beauty it was too… hugs and prayers your way..

        November 17, 2012 at 7:41 AM

  5. Yaz

    Unbelievably beautiful poem, Robyn. Wow.

    November 17, 2012 at 4:13 AM

    • Oh Yaz that means so much to me… thank you wonderful friend ~ R x

      November 17, 2012 at 11:30 AM

  6. I just got home and read this before doing anything else and am sitting back in a state of absolute wonder at your wisdom and spirit and talent with words and with that incredible photograph. Robyn, you never cease to amaze me – your courage through your pain is so inspiring – thank you. I feel blessed to know you. Juliexxx

    November 17, 2012 at 4:27 AM

    • Julie ~ thank you so so much. Very touched by your comment dearest friend. I was unsure about this piece as it’s a different kind of writing for me… and not sure exactly what inspired me to have a “dialogue” with myself (perhaps your emails to self!!)… but as I embraced it, came to find comfort so wanted to share I did my own informal reading at end (blue link) which Im not brining much attention to…but maybe you would like to Hop listen. Hope that it lifted you a bit too in a small way, and always sending you love and blessings ~ xxoo R

      November 17, 2012 at 11:33 AM

  7. Love It xxx

    November 17, 2012 at 6:23 AM

    • Thank you so much dearest Cat. I am so glad you enjoyed ~ actually thought of you when I did the voice-over part at end. Why do I think you could read this in studio and do something amazing here!! Love and Heart to you wonderful lady ~ RL xo

      November 17, 2012 at 11:36 AM

      • Write me anytime …….:) xxx You know my email xxx
        🙂 love you blossom heart ….. Things are going better over there huh ? xxx well – whatever it is ……. You are shining out so much beauty ,,,,,,xo
        🙂 Tons of love xxx
        🙂 xx

        November 17, 2012 at 11:42 AM

  8. How little we really see x

    November 17, 2012 at 6:55 AM

    • So so true Julia ~ and very much appreciate you comment today ~ Much Love, RL

      November 17, 2012 at 11:37 AM

  9. Wow! Stunning in every way, Robyn…the words imprint Spirit and Soul…such a wondrous dialogue, I had chills during the entire reading…deeply inspiring, by the end I was ready to fly! pure Love and Spirit filled! Thank you for offering and sharing such inspiration, sending all my love to you, dear friend..Linda

    November 17, 2012 at 7:04 AM

    • Oh Linda ~ yes there was a lot of Spirit and Soul involved in this effort. Thank you sooo much most special friend…means the world to me, and your writing always captures the essence of Divine Love ~ and I could not help but think about that as I was reflecting on this piece. Blessed to have you here ~ and always grateful ~ Much Love to you ~ Robyn

      November 17, 2012 at 11:39 AM

  10. Tis is beauty and genius and was absolutely a perfect tonic to begin the day. Now I will go water my garden and carry your gentle words with me!
    Thanks for a lovely start for the day!

    November 17, 2012 at 7:22 AM

    • Z ~ Soooo appreciate your loving words… Means so much to me. Yes ~ Take joy in watering your beautiful garden and discover your own wonderful lens amongst the flowers there. Such a gift in your comment… thank you dear one! ~RL

      November 17, 2012 at 11:57 AM

  11. To see through such a lens must surely be the greatest gift of all…Dear Robyn, this is beautifully heartwarming and so full of purity. Hugs to you my lovely angel. Sharon

    November 17, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    • Dearest Sharon ~ thank you so much for your touching words. I agree ~ we all deserve such a lens to look through… a blessed gift to find such! I know you are one who does have this gift ~ and very grateful for your presence always here ~ Much Love and Blessings always, RL

      November 17, 2012 at 12:44 PM

  12. Chris

    What a beautiful poem Robyn, this lens you are looking for, does it have complete equality and happiness when you look through it? I’m sure it does, I’m still looking for my perfect lens but I’ll find it. Another great post Robyn.x

    November 17, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    • Thank you so much dear Chris. YES ~ Equality and total happiness … balance and grace … the lens has all of this!! We will find those lenses Chris – must believe this! So happy you enjoyed this and do hope you are doing well !! xo R

      November 17, 2012 at 7:23 PM

  13. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    Very beautiful. And very lovely on the page – the way the words fell. Stunning pictures too.

    November 17, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    • Thank you so much Words Fall From My Eyes ~ very happy to know you enjoyed, and appreciated! Much Love ~ RL

      November 17, 2012 at 7:24 PM

  14. Robyn,

    This is poignant, lovely, deep, beautiful, and so full of life. Your heart shines through with passion emitting. Very very well done. Love it

    November 17, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    • Oh boomie ~ you are so generous and wonderful to say. Thank you …thank you – -means a lot! Much Love ~ Robyn

      November 17, 2012 at 7:28 PM

  15. Robert Gregory

    Really beautiful, Robyn! 🙂 Love the picture and poem. Got a question for you, though: what is your birth sign? Just curious, not that it matters much, but I’m always curious about really great artists and what month they were born. If I had to guess, I’d say Cancer or Pisces, but I’m no expert on astrology, so . . . I was just curious.

    November 17, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    • Hi Robert ~ Thank you so very much!! Very glad you enjoyed! Also what a lovely compliment to put me in the class of “really great artists” ~ especially as you are one yourself! As for birthday ~ I’m a Capricorn ~ so not sure if that’s a match…. have not really been into the zodiac thing n a very long time…but just did very quick research and not sure I am a true goat to be honest ! 🙂 If i recall yrs back having chart done I had Cancner rising… so maybe that is what you are picking up. Fun to think about! Sending Love ~ RL

      November 17, 2012 at 7:37 PM

      • Robert Gregory

        Ah, cool! That makes sense somewhat. I have a close friend who’s a Capricorn and she’s very creative. And yeah, it’s a fun thing to consider personality-wise. 🙂

        November 17, 2012 at 8:55 PM

  16. From “Shine ” that brilliant movie ….. have You seen it …..
    Pure beauty 🙂
    Like You …….. If You haven’t seen it PLEASE DO 🙂
    🙂 Huggggggggggggggggggggs


    November 17, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    • Cat thank you for this! And your lovely sweet words. I will definitely look into watching this movie … have not seen but read reviews – looks pretty amazing! Blessings dearest friend ~ RL xxoo

      November 17, 2012 at 7:38 PM

      • Have a beautiful Night xx know you and Hubby will love it xx It’s in my top ten faves of movies …….:) xx Love to you xo always – xo

        November 17, 2012 at 8:31 PM

  17. You are love, Robyn.


    November 17, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    • Thank you so much Tom ~ Love is the foundation for almost everything worth living for isn’t ?! Such a beautiful comment ~ and so appreciate you! xo RL

      November 17, 2012 at 7:49 PM

      • You know how much the feeling is shared.


        November 17, 2012 at 8:44 PM

  18. embullum

    Absolutely beautiful Robyn! I think of you often and hope you are doing ok. Love and hugs, Elizabeth

    Sent from my iPhone

    November 17, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    • Oh Elizabeth thank you ~ think of you too always! Blessings and Love ~ Robyn

      November 17, 2012 at 7:50 PM

  19. So beautiful, your words and pictures. Always thinking of you and wondering how you are doing. 🙂

    November 17, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    • Thank you dear Francis ~ so appreciate that ~ and always in my heart as well… hope you are doing ok theses days dear friend! ~ RL

      November 17, 2012 at 7:50 PM

  20. Beautiful and heartwarming words, with lots of lovely imagery! Such a talent you are, Robyn! Exquisite! 🙂

    November 17, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    • Thank you so much dear Fergie ~ I am so happy you enjoyed and truly appreciate your lovely compliment ~ Much Love your way ~ Robyn

      November 18, 2012 at 12:48 AM

  21. Such an uplifting medley of images and words here, dear Robyn….and such hope! xoxmeryl

    November 17, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    • Thanks so much Meryl ~ Lovely to know you enjoyed this. One of those pieces that sort of wrote itself somehow too 🙂 Much Love sweet friend ~ Robyn

      November 18, 2012 at 12:52 AM

  22. Robyn, my oh-so special friend (the “forever” kind you know). The tears on my face are those of a wonderful happiness at the beauty of your words. I have but few words to add here. As always your love of life and beauty (and quiet strength of the daily endurance of physical pain) is personified to a perfection when you create dearest one. You are such a blessing and a gift to all who know you and follow. Thank you. All my love to you braveheart! Penny, xxoxx

    November 17, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    • Oh Penny ~ thank you sooo much. Touched my heart to read your comment last night. You are always a light in my day ~ either here or on your wonderful blog-site. Thank you for all your wisdom and strength. Means the world. xxooo Love to you always ~ Robyn

      November 18, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      • You also Robyn. I just say what I feel. Sometimes it gets me in trouble lol, sometimes people scratch their head and look sideways at me (another lol) and sometimes when I mean it so especially…the message gets through most dearest friend of mine. Sending back in full much love this day, Penny xxooxx

        November 18, 2012 at 1:24 PM

  23. Robyn, I don’t even know how to begin to explain to you how I feel each time I read one of your poems. Your voice comes from a deep well of insight, perhaps intensified by the chronic pain with which you live. I know that is exactly how I felt when I listened to my dear friend Barbara speak, who also lived with chronic pain. I am saddened that you must deal with this but am sure that along with your suffering you have been given a precious gift that you so selflessly share with all of us. I pray that someone in the medical profession will find a way very soon to ease your pain. Hope you are having a restful weekend.

    November 18, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    • Oh my LuAnn ~ I am speechless … your comment is so utterly loving and supportive. I do think this “well” you speak of was born of the challenge and pain… which is ironic – but a small gift that I can give myself and others. I guess when I seek this “lens” that I speak of here in my prose poem … I am also looking for the one that lets me see these gifts be it in the beauty of words or images, nature – or wonderful friendships … that I can so easily overlook in the midst of the suffering. Really it is what makes my journey worth continuing. I appreciate so much your blessings and well-wishes for me. Always with Love and Gratitude ~ Robyn

      November 18, 2012 at 11:30 AM

      • You are such a brave young woman and I do admire you so. The very best to you and your family always. 🙂

        November 18, 2012 at 11:54 AM

  24. such a lovely poem Robyn, made me speechless in a very nostalgic way, thank you for that. We all have our own lenses to look beyond horison of our “day to day life” – yours are beautiful and I wish you to look through them as often as you need 😀 big hugs! xxo

    November 18, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    • Thank you so much poojy… so happy to hear you liked, and also so glad to know you too have a special lens to view the world with! Sending much Love as always ~ Robyn

      November 18, 2012 at 10:38 PM

  25. drsuraiyanasim

    This poetry is so lovely and enchanting…..the way you have used your words is exquisite…”slide down the golden rays of the morning sun”…wow!

    November 18, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    • Thank you so much dear Suri. I am so happy you enjoyed this…. was a fun project and something a bit different for me ~ Much Love and blessings to you ~ R

      November 21, 2012 at 8:50 PM

  26. Beautiful! image and words. You have found it, Robyn. Just stay with it and claim it and give thanks for the perfect outcome of your heart’s good desire.just stay “in tune” lovely wise woman. There is more to come. In joy, Jane

    November 18, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    • Thank you dearest Jane ~ Yes – -I will stay with it and own it for as long as I’m permitted. So grateful for all our encouragement and Love Jane ~ Blessings always, Robyn

      November 18, 2012 at 10:41 PM

  27. Beautiful post Robyn. So deep, so moving, so real and so from the heart. Thank you for the inspiration. I hope your are feeling well dear one.
    Blessings, Robyn

    November 18, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    • Thank you so much Robyn! So happy you enjoyed ~ and were touched on deeper level. I know for sure you have found your perfect lens as well too! 🙂 So appreciate your loving words ~ xxoo Robyn

      November 19, 2012 at 12:46 AM

  28. life is in full color Robyn, they are there to remind us of all the gifts nature provides and the true wonder of it all ….:)
    wishing you well my friend ~ Jim

    November 18, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    • So do agree dearest Jim! So many colors of Love — everywhere you look if heart is open and then clear view! 🙂 Nature is an excellent place to start ~ and a sanctuary for me. Thank you for your well-wishes always ~ Blessings and Love, Robyn

      November 19, 2012 at 12:50 AM

  29. Nikunj

    I can see what you feel
    Your song fills my eyes .
    Your echoes morph themselves
    to beat deep inside my heart.
    Your dreams become
    my pathways
    Your hope
    My rainbow.
    You are the reflection
    That makes my mirror exist.

    November 19, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    • This is very very beautiful Nika ~ touched … and certainly you see through the lens of LOVE in the most spiritual sense. I am honored to have you share your lovely words here, to enrich mine. Thank you, sincerely~ RL

      November 24, 2012 at 1:16 AM

  30. Beautiful photo and the poem was amazing. Thank you for sharing.

    November 25, 2012 at 3:10 AM

    • So pleased you enjoyed John ~ Thank you for your lovely words today ~ Much Love, RL

      November 25, 2012 at 10:45 AM

  31. A gorgeous poem, Robyn. More beautiful than any gown I could ever design, your words fill my spirit with your golden light.

    November 27, 2012 at 12:17 PM

  32. Oh Robyn,
    What loveliness… the gentleness, the heartfulness… the deep knowing of how listening to the heart (or looking through the lens of the heart) guides us to SEE so clearly the magnificent beauty of Love…in all its colors. You encourage me to share more of my poetry. Love, Lisa

    December 3, 2012 at 11:13 AM

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