Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression


“Sorrow makes us all children again–
destroys all differences of intellect.
The wisest know nothing.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson~


In Memory
~Sandy Hook Elementary School Tragedy~


46 responses

  1. Such a stark statement of loss and sorrow…I ache just looking at this photo.

    December 15, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    • I agree Kitt… sobering – and heartbreaking… holding the victims of this tragedy in heart and prayer …

      December 15, 2012 at 12:36 PM

  2. Julie Catherine

    Oh, Robyn, a beautiful quote and photo that just sears the heart and soul. Thank you for this. Sending out healing thoughts and prayers in this time of such sorrow … ~ Love, Julie xoxox

    December 15, 2012 at 12:44 PM

  3. Thank you dear Julie… I had this photo for some time… even had a poem written for it but never felt inclined to post – and then today, in the midst of my own sorrow over this event — it came to mind immediately — my small memorial for those lost and their loved ones… Blessings and Love ~ R

    December 15, 2012 at 1:00 PM

  4. Beautiful quote, thank you Robyn…we pray together, Love Linda

    December 15, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    • Thank you Linda ~ your post today gave me some calm…. Love ~ R

      December 15, 2012 at 1:06 PM

  5. I’m without words…praying for the families

    December 15, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    • Feel the same boomie ~ thank you dear friend … x

      December 15, 2012 at 1:06 PM

  6. Robyn,

    Amidst all the heartfelt words I’ve read about this terrible thing, the Emerson passage that you chose feels the most right to me.

    Thank you.


    December 15, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    • Thank you Tom ~ yes, so hard to embrace and accept something like this, and Emerson’s quote just went the heart of how I was feeling… Blessings and Love ~ R

      December 15, 2012 at 2:14 PM

  7. williamricci

    Thank you for your words and the photo.

    December 15, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    • Appreciate that William ~ and your poem (Untitled) on this (“this thin thread”) ~ really touched me today…. Blessings ~ R

      December 15, 2012 at 2:15 PM

  8. How thoughtful of you Robyn…Deep!

    December 15, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    • Oh TBT ~ thank you so much.. was not sure how to acknowledge my feelings around this recent tragedy… Emerson’s quote and this photo seemed to express so much together… Appreciate ~ R

      December 15, 2012 at 5:38 PM

  9. Robyn, very nice images you chose to post and the quote from Emerson is perfect. So very thoughtful of you. XOXO Robyn

    December 15, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    • Thank you so much Robyn ~ So appreciate, and your memorial post was beautiful and and inspiration… xo

      December 15, 2012 at 5:41 PM

  10. A beautiful photo, Robyn. Truly brought tears to my eyes. My prayers are for hope in the midst of the darkness .

    December 15, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    • Thank you Jane. Actually shot this photo nearly a year ago — was in drafts with a piece I’d written but never felt inspired to post. This morning after spending time focussing on the tragedy, and trying to process and find some light — I remembered this still life I’d shot — and thought — what better way to remember the innocence of these children’s pure spirits… Then somehow Emerson’s Quote just came to my screen ~ reinforcing unity and oneness… which is what we so much need on this planet. Love to you ~ xxoo

      December 15, 2012 at 5:46 PM

  11. victoriaaphotography

    Your photo is a stark reminder of all the empty backyards across the world (not only Newtown, Conn.) where senseless tragedy affects families, siblings, friends and communities.

    The world needs to ‘wake up’ and change.

    December 15, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    • I know Victoria – could not agree more. When I put this together and looked at it – I almost got a little spooked myself … was more of a “reminder” than I’d expected it to be – and gave me a cold chill. Needless to say I decided to go with the shot for the post, for obvious reasons and to honor these innocent souls and others that are each day lost needlessly. Thank you for your thoughtful comment dear friend ~ I hope someone hears us.. xxoo

      December 15, 2012 at 6:03 PM

  12. An unthinkable tragedy. My heart breaks for the families.

    December 15, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    • Yes Noah … I have to agree with you, and I don’t think I will ever understand how this kind of thing unfolds. Will keep these families in my thoughts and prayers…. and hope sometime soon, this kind of tragedy becomes extinct in our world. Thank you ~ Blessings, Robyn

      December 15, 2012 at 11:34 PM

  13. Robert Gregory

    Aww…Gut-wrenching picture along with great words. The whole shooting thing (all the shootings; Columbine and countless others) has become less surreal over time and that scares me, like it’s becoming commonplace. Reminds me of John Mayer’s “Waiting on the World to Change” for some reason… I could say much more, but, I don’t know, don’t have it in me. To get worked up over something so needless and knowing there’s nothing to be done. …I swear, it’s like Invasion of the Body Snatchers! What the hell are people even thinking these days?!

    And, yeah, sure NRA enthusiasts, we REALLY need access to semi-auto and automatic weapons! Yes, because that obviously saves lives, and that way, our freedoms are not trampled. GREAT IDEA!

    December 15, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    • You are so right Robert… it’s almost like our society has become desensitized because there have been so many of these – and the media plays it over and over again in such a way… I felt this same way when thinking about this post. In a way I thought the photo was almost too ‘sad’ to use.. but then thought maybe from an artistic perspective, it was what would do justice in depicting the “sadness” of the situation at hand. I wish I did understand better… like you I am wondering what could possibly provoke such needless pain and suffering and loss… Thank you for your heartfelt comment… do appreciate ~ Blessings and Love ~ Robyn

      December 15, 2012 at 11:39 PM

  14. Beautiful tribute, Robyn.

    December 15, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    • Thank you so much Julie ~ after reading your post and several others… I spent much of the day contemplating… and trying to make sense of it… never ever will. Much Love ~ RL

      December 15, 2012 at 11:41 PM

  15. A beautiful sentiment to such a tragic and senseless event. When will we ever learn?

    December 16, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    • Thank you munchow ~ I sooooo hope soon ~ truly… Much Love ~ RL

      December 16, 2012 at 12:24 PM

  16. RL- …….i still don’t know what to write – under posts in memory of ……
    your post is beautiful

    i know all we can do is pray for the families ……..
    i’m avoiding the news as much as possible ….

    love ……..

    December 16, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    • ME TOO ~ sweet friend. I have not watched one news story on television – and only read a single article yesterday after resisting for a day. To me it’s only about the beautiful innocent souls lost, and their loved ones left behind– that is all I will give my attention to – and pray that the Universe can hear- and see that there is no place for this insanity in our world desperately longing for love and harmony… yes – love love love and thanks, to you dearest Cat ~ xxoo

      December 16, 2012 at 12:23 PM

      • i agree on your viewpoint ………..

        all prayers to the good ..the heartbroken and the families of those beautiful children ……..i caved this afternoon –
        i read one article – listing the children’s names …….
        all i could do is cry …….:(
        love xx

        December 16, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    • ohhh… I know — it’s so real when you read names and see faces — was terribly effected by the Columbine shooting years ago… at the time was working on my Masters Degree in Counseling teens — and my own kids were school age … Try to stay in light and love and keep yourself safe …. your compassion and good energy will extend out from there… Love you ~

      December 16, 2012 at 5:51 PM

      • love to you too ,,,,,,,,,,
        the media circus grosses me out rl ……………
        ir really does ……………
        i watched one very brave dad stand in front of a podium and talk about his angel daughter – and he looked like he was gonna implode with pain …………
        He was so brave …………and sending love to the 20’s year olds family – now that’s courage – and that’s being a big human heart .
        i am done with watching –
        too much for this Cat xxx
        love xx

        December 17, 2012 at 5:43 AM

  17. Thank you Robyn….I don’t think we can get enough love and prayer for the victims and their families at this time… We are all hurting so much right now….I appreciate your tribute to them, we need to remember them….

    December 16, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    • So agree Lisa, and just happy I had an image I thought worthy of representing this horrific loss. So much sorrow and this tragedy is symbolic of an even larger societal issue we all need to take seriously…Much Love and thank you dearest friend ~ Robyn

      December 16, 2012 at 5:48 PM

  18. A very poingnant photo Robyn and so so so sad. My heart and prayers go out to all the victims, young and old. Perhaps one day we will out what made him do this terrible thing.
    Love n hugs

    December 16, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    • Thank you Seadog– I had held this photo for a very long time…and yesterday I woke and knew I had to offer it as a tribute to these poor victims and their loved ones. It is more powerful in this context than it could ever be in another… My heart breaks thinking of this awful happening and all the meaningless loss. I do wonder what could go so wrong in the mind and heart of the young man who pulled the trigger…. It is such a wakeup call (once again) to pay attention to our troubled youth… Much Love and Blessings ~ Robyn

      December 16, 2012 at 5:55 PM

  19. So sad Robyn…the whole thing just leaves me empty….speechless….:(

    December 16, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    • I know Meryl — me too 😦 Could not look at news or TV… but was glad I’d had this photo to represent the horrific loss being felt right now by so many, and the souls of these innocent children…. I will never understand …. xxoo

      December 16, 2012 at 5:57 PM

  20. The image is very healing. 🙂 Thank you

    December 16, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    • Oh Sam — glad soothing in some way for you my loving friend ~ xo RL

      December 17, 2012 at 11:37 AM

  21. What a gorgeous tribute, my lovely friend…..

    December 17, 2012 at 6:34 AM

  22. Thank you so much dearest Celeste … Blessings & Love to you ~ R

    December 17, 2012 at 11:38 AM

  23. So gently expressed my dear friend. Thank you for sharing your heartfelt feelings so delicately! Penny xx

    December 18, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    • That was a lovely comment Penny! Means a lot and thank you — as was difficult for me – and delicate is the perfect adjective — important message – but did not want to contribute to drama around this devastating tragedy ~ much Love my dearest friend xxoo R

      December 19, 2012 at 2:11 AM

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