Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression

Unfolding

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You
wait

~

you
watch

~

you
wonder;

~

Patiently,

nurturing

~

caring

~

saturating
me

with
love;

~

And
slowly,

~

layer
by
layer

~

moment
by
moment

~

petal
by
petal;

~

I
open

~

I
reveal
~

I
expose;

~

Unfolding
gracefully
before
you;

~

Offering

my
raw
essence

~

in

all

its
flushed

complexities;

~

Amidst
intricate
creases

and
tender
curves;

~

Unmasking
hidden
facets

~

of
my truest
nature

~

and
the
most
delicate

mysteries;

~

Releasing
sensitive
sweet

aroma;

~
Deep

red
shades

of

~

beauty,

vibrancy

and

life;

~

Until
finally

I
bloom

~

fully

~

wholly;

~

And
you,

the

witness,

~

Β  Find
a

Β  joyous
place

~

in the
softest

perfect
center

of
me;

~

Knowing
that

tomorrow

~

it
may
not

be

ours

~

to
hold.

~

Β©Robyn Lee

72 responses

  1. so beautiful and touching ~ both poem and pictures ~ just made me speachless! xxo

    January 6, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    • Thank you so much dearest poojy ~ so very happy you enjoyed! Love to you ~ Robyn

      January 6, 2013 at 2:51 PM

  2. Gorgeous flower, gorgeous poem. Love them both Robyn, thank you

    January 6, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    • Alastair – so grateful for your lovely compliment today ~ thank you with love ~ Robyn

      January 6, 2013 at 2:52 PM

  3. Beautiful and moving poetry!

    January 6, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    • Thank you very much oawritingspoemspaintings~!! So happy you enjoyed it!! ~ πŸ™‚ RL

      January 6, 2013 at 2:53 PM

  4. Beautiful Robyn. So filled with passion and sensuality, love and grace. Blessings, Robyn

    January 6, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    • Robyn ~ means a lot — thank you dearest friend… Very happy it moved you ~ Blessings and Love ~Robyn

      January 6, 2013 at 2:54 PM

  5. Renee Braunstein

    This poem and picture are beautiful

    January 6, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    • So happy to know you liked this Renee~ Thank you xxoo Love ~Robyn

      January 6, 2013 at 2:54 PM

  6. That was very beautiful. Thank you. πŸ™‚

    January 6, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    • Kindest Thanks to you — so appreciate that ~ πŸ™‚ Love Robyn

      January 6, 2013 at 2:55 PM

  7. Quite Beautiful and quite moving, thank you Robyn for being and sharing such Beauty.

    January 6, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    • My pleasure dear Joe…. just happy you enjoyed — and so much thanks for your kind and wonderful words today ~ Much Love, Robyn

      January 6, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      • Robyn, As the most appreciative romantic Lady I know, I have a request. I would like to ask you opinion on a business question and concept. If you would be willing to share a thought or two I would greatly appreciate your sharing them. My e mail is smplman1215@yahoo.com I would be honored to hear from you.

        January 6, 2013 at 10:01 PM

  8. Robyn, Your poems are like a sweet melody, and always played in tune.

    January 6, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    • What a heartwarming comment today Mr. Jeb!! Thank you… I am thrilled you get the melodic feeling with some of my poems ~ highest compliment indeed! Love to you ~ Robyn

      January 6, 2013 at 2:57 PM

  9. Such a delicate artful piece. It really is this way with the gorgeous rose, and with so much of life. All the more reason to appreciate when we get to experience these joyous places you describe. Thank you.

    January 6, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    • Very much appreciate that Bryan. I have to agree with your perspective too… Thank you and glad you enjoyed! ~ With Love, Robyn

      January 6, 2013 at 2:58 PM

  10. Such an amazing metaphor between ones inner being and the blooming of what I find to be one of the most beautiful delicate flowers to behold. Truly a lovely piece.
    Namaste
    Benjamin

    January 6, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    • Thank you so much dearest Benjamin – very happy to know this touched you… means a lot to me. YES – such a hugely amazing metaphor here. I was never drawn to the ‘rose’ as much as in recent years… almost wonder if the complexity and ‘inner journey’ it may symbolize was subconsciously intimidating to me somehow (always went for the gerber daisy and sunflower – or even the tulip πŸ™‚ ) At this stage of life though – the rose has it all ~ Blessings and Love — May your day be filled with happy moments! ~ Much Love, Robyn

      January 6, 2013 at 3:07 PM

  11. Robert Gregory

    Awesome poem, Robyn! Just beautiful. πŸ™‚

    January 6, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    • Warm thanks to you Robert ~ very pleased to know you enjoyed this so much πŸ™‚ ~ Much Love to you ~RL

      January 6, 2013 at 3:08 PM

  12. Robyn, I love the idea of the bloom which you explore. The peeling back of layers and your symbolism is beautiful. Thank you for continuing to share our creative expressions

    January 6, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    • Dearest Arash — thank you so so much ! So thrilled to know this touched you in some way – and you could appreciate the ‘symbolism’ inherent in this metaphor. Delighted to have you visit – and keeping you in heart and prayers always ~ Much Love ~ and many wonderful “unfoldings” ahead for you my friend ~
      Robyn

      January 6, 2013 at 3:12 PM

  13. Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat.Comβ„’ and commented:
    Thank you once again Ms. Robyn Lee. Magnificent words….

    January 6, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    • Oh thank you once again dear Mr. Juseppi ~ very kind of you to reblog and so happy you enjoyed!! ~ Love and Light ~ Robyn

      January 6, 2013 at 6:48 PM

  14. Dear Robyn Your words are so sensual and so cognizant of the brevity of a moment, reminding us to be fully present. The light is beautiful on a stunning rose and even the veins-lovely! Thank you for sharing your gift of vision and passion. Jane

    January 6, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    • Thanks so much dearest Jane! A rose is a good teacher for all of us in many ways (I decided last night in my “passionate fit” of writing this). So glad you liked the visual image as well ~ very lucky to have excellent daylight streaming in — and did not edit the photo much at all – yes I noticed the veins too – but actually – that word would have been super interesting to use in the poem, and instead my mind when to creases and folds (veins flow life-blood and can have all kinds of cool associations here – you are a poet my dear;) ) ~ Love and Gratitude x Robyn

      January 6, 2013 at 6:51 PM

  15. victoriaaphotography

    Beautiful Words & lovely rose – such a perfect red too.
    v
    xox

    January 6, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    • Thanks so much Victoria – so glad you enjoyed —was lucky on that lovely saturated red color – did not edit at all there
      ~ ok ok — send me all the photo critique – I know you have some πŸ™‚ I just used Automatic Depth of Field Setting – 18-55 mm lens — so got this partial focus partial blur effect which I thought was pretty dreamy and nice. As you can see, the rose sat in front of my window for photo shoot. ~ Much Love ~ Robyn

      January 6, 2013 at 6:59 PM

      • victoriaaphotography

        No photo critique at all really, Robyn.
        You’ve captured a flower with half the background in the sun and half in the shade – a difficult background to get right and I shoot so many of these type of backgrounds myself, especially at the zoo. I try to get the backgrounds all shade or all sun, but sometimes it’s impossible. That’s the best critique I can do for this one.
        I just love the sharp focus in the centre of the rose.
        And you’ve captured the colour so perfectly.
        You’ve captured a rose far better than 97% of my rose images, so you should feel very pleased with it.
        V
        xox

        January 9, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    • oh gosh Victoria – thank you so much for your thoughts on this. you aren’t being super kind to novice me? Such great compliment coming from you. When you didn’t answer right away – I though I must have really botched this one up !!! Thrilled you thought it worked, even with mixed lighting — I had a hard time even deciding which photo to use. I think what you said about the center is what attracted me to this one most…though others may have shown even more detail in the petals. Soooo appreciate your guidance ~ only a few photo-pros I feel safe with on technical talk – and you are in that group!! xxoo R

      January 10, 2013 at 12:00 AM

  16. brilliant..and a beautiful rose..lovely description;]

    January 6, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    • So much thanks dear nightlake ~ very happy to know you enjoyed dear friend ~ Much Love always, Robyn

      January 6, 2013 at 7:00 PM

  17. This poem of yours is breath-taking and wonderfully said. πŸ™‚

    January 6, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    • Thank you kindly Charliezero! I so appreciate your lovely comment. Welcome here ~ and I am looking forward to learning more about the Flarf poetry you will be sharing soon. I just read the wikipedia link you posted ~ sounds intriguing — and progressive indeed ~ Love and Light ~ Robyn

      January 6, 2013 at 7:08 PM

  18. This is energizing!

    January 6, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    • Thank you Julie ~ energizing is good ! A birthday rose πŸ™‚ xo

      January 6, 2013 at 9:34 PM

  19. This is such a sensual poem Robyn and the rose could also be a metaphor for opening oneself up completely to that special person, being present, vulnerable, alive, willing to risk all. I believe this is one of your best yet Robyn. πŸ™‚

    January 6, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    • Thank you dear LuAnn … Yes – I do agree. The rose bloom can represent one’s unfolding – and opening their most authentic self to another, or even to a higher power. Across cultures, the red rose is so often associated with romantic love. And the aspect of ‘vulnerability’ you mention, is also key … in fact, is the basis for the final verse of this poem. The impermanence of most everything in life – and to simply find joy in the present moment…. So I would say yes — a complex, metaphor – and very sensual one in many regards πŸ™‚ Very thrilled you enjoyed ~ and loved hearing your thoughtful , and wise interpretation. Much Love to you ~ Robyn

      January 6, 2013 at 10:53 PM

  20. Wow! This was a great scroll!

    January 7, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    • I like that: “a great scroll”
      ~ thank you Bumba — so appreciate and glad you enjoyed!! πŸ™‚ RL

      January 7, 2013 at 12:06 PM

  21. Looks like 2013 is going to be a special one for Robyn…. What a photo and such words,,,, beautiful… if the year starts like this, it’s going to be a good one for us that follow… wonderful….

    January 7, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    • Awww- you are too sweet bulldog ~ this was one of my birthday roses ~ thought it deserved some special attention before it’s short life was done. So glad you liked ~ used new camera — so maybe more detail you are seeing in my photo (still ways to go on the learning curve). Always appreciate your supportive words and encouragement — not sure what the year will bring — but for all of us, keeping my focus on the very best possible! ~ Love to you…. RL

      January 7, 2013 at 12:09 PM

  22. Kathy

    Hi Robyn. Very moving-beautiful! Hope this one makes it in your first book…: )

    January 7, 2013 at 4:41 AM

    • Thank you so much dear Kathy ~ have missed you! So glad you enjoyed this. A book — hmmm? Only if you are my publicist! Think of you often and hope all lis well and that 2013 will bring great things for you dear friend! ~ Love, RL

      January 7, 2013 at 12:12 PM

  23. drsuraiyanasim

    Breathtakingly lovely….i am mesmerised….such engrossing and inviting play of words.

    January 7, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    • Thank you so much dearest Suri ~ I am so glad you enjoyed and this moved you. Sending lots of love your way today ~ x Robyn

      January 7, 2013 at 12:13 PM

  24. Helllo Romance πŸ™‚ woohoooooooooooooo
    sent shivers Up and down my spine a gazillion Times xxxx
    are You on Fb ?
    i would love to connect
    Your Husband is a very Lucky man ………….. πŸ™‚ he knows it tooo πŸ™‚ smiles xxxx
    i hope you got your little birthday gift > let me know xxx
    πŸ™‚ all heart You are xoxoxoxo
    C xo

    January 7, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    • Thank you so much dearest Cat ~ YOU, my dear, are clearly looking through the “lens of romance” this new year -!!! I am so thrilled you were touched, and hoping they were good shivers πŸ™‚

      ~ Yes maybe just a tad ‘romantic’ – but also a statement about patience, nurturance, the blooming of ‘self’ and the impermanence of life — and all that is to be cherished in every given moment.

      Oh dear Yes — I know I thanked you for my wonderful creative bd gift… which I LOVED ~ may have been via a post vs email though ? I’m sorry if you missed it – was just perfect to start of new year — oooo – think i will make it my screen saver! Thank you again dearest friend —

      FB – I should really create one — only have one for relatives now —
      but might be fun to have one for my “wordpress” family too… Do you have separate ones?
      xxooo So much Love

      January 7, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      • i am glad u got it xxxx i didn’t get ur email back so just wanted to check xxxxx
        i just have a reg account xxxxx
        yes this is beautifullllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll
        yes this YOU XXXXX
        and yes to romance and all the good stuff in life xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxooxxooxoxoxoxoxoxoxooxoxooxoxxoxoxooxxoxoxoxo
        Cat xo

        January 7, 2013 at 12:29 PM

  25. lovely robyn, this is exquisite. your way of juxtaposition is wonderfully explicit without hitting one over the head. i am sure you understand what i mean.

    i hope you are feeling at least reasonably well these days. i have seen you over at sweet B’s blog’s comments, often right beneath yours and think to myself-i must go see her-so today i finally did. i have been having pain issues that are driving me more nuts than i already am…so my time online is limited to reading and not doing lots of typing. please know that i appreciate your kindness and openness. i think of you often, hoping always your day is filled with warm sunshine. xox

    January 7, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    • Oh Linda ~ thank you so much – that means a lot, and thrilled you enjoyed ; At the same time dearest friend — never feel obliged to strain yourself when the pain is out of control. I face this dilemma too — always wanting to stay in touch and comment on all the fantastic blogs … but sometimes the body just says no. For me shoulders and neck have been really miserable lately – which makes typing a challenge. I hope you feel better soon too… always thinking of you – and actually have wanted to respond to something you wrote me at your place around new year’s I think — on the medical end of things. Sending you a big hug and healing wishes always… Robyn

      January 7, 2013 at 11:08 PM

  26. The photos and words stir my soul. Thank you for starting to follow me. I’m honored.

    January 7, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    • So appreciate that Renee, and very glad you enjoyed this! I stumbled on your site by way of a mutual blog friend, and was taken by your excellent writing – and loved your very candid, and honest video about the new year. Blessings and Love ~ Robyn

      January 8, 2013 at 12:23 AM

      • I’m honored with your words. I am. I can’t wait to read more about you. If you ever want to chat, or criticize my work, bring it on. I need all the help I can get.

        Love and blessings back at you, Renee

        January 8, 2013 at 9:35 AM

  27. Your words are so beautiful here, Robyn. Such a beautiful image of the rose, and of who we are as we love in our lives, and receive love in our lives. Thank you for sharing dear friend, Blessings, Erin

    January 8, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    • Thanks so much dearest Erin. I agree ~ very symbolic of life’s essence – beauty and fragility… and the way we care for and enjoy the moments we have to share ~ So glad you enjoyed this. Sending hugs and love ~ Robyn

      January 10, 2013 at 12:02 AM

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    • Thank you so much for featuring this post on your blog Kevin ~ Very grateful and happy to know you enjoyed! ~ Sending good wishes ~ Robyn

      January 12, 2013 at 1:05 PM

  29. This is just tooo perfect, Robyn. It could be a love blossoming, or a child growing into maturity, or even a depiction of a life from beginning to end, all depicted in the artistry of words.
    Paul

    January 17, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    • Thank you so much dear Paul. I have to agree with you. Did not have one notion in my mind when writing it, and thought of all the same possibilities you mention here. I love when a piece can mean different things to the reader. Very grateful for your kind and loving comment ~ πŸ™‚ Robyn

      January 17, 2013 at 7:54 PM

  30. Wow!!! Tihs poem has as more meaning than a rose has petals. This is one of my favs, for sure!

    January 17, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    • That is such a great insight Resa ~ thank you! Yes the poem as many interpretations I have learned πŸ™‚ They were just part of my birthday treats – so very happy to have them preserved in this post. I’m thrilled you enjoyed it sweet friend! xo RL

      January 17, 2013 at 10:46 PM

  31. So beautiful Robyn. Truly.

    January 20, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    • Oh thank Sheri ~ so happy you found beauty in this tonight ~ much love ~R

      January 20, 2013 at 10:23 PM

  32. scotthastiepoet

    Hi Robyn, to be honest just stumbled over you – via another poet on Twitter – like you do… But real glad I did – loving the feel of your site, the light, the beauty and positivity and your own sparkly creativity of course. This one I think is my favourite so far – beautifully and skillfully pitched, with real intensity that glows. I enjoy both your wrting and your approach, so I will be back for sure… With Love & Light to you and also strength and warm healing thoughts for you too Robyn – in your challenges ahead Best Wishes Scott http://www.scotthastie.com

    January 31, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    • Well — it is my good fortune then Scott — thank you for this visit. You are so kind and I appreciate! Ahhh – so Unfolding … this is your favorite? I am honored. This was a photo I shot of a flowers received on my birthday (New Year’s Eve) … This blog began being about the photos – and somehow the writing just happened. Very thrilled you enjoyed — your review means a lot having read your brilliant work some too!
      Very grateful for your warm thoughts on my healing journey as well ~ Love and Light all around you ~ Robyn

      January 31, 2013 at 11:44 PM

  33. Very very sexy. πŸ˜‰

    April 9, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    • Thank you Shackled, glad you enjoyed!! πŸ˜‰

      April 9, 2013 at 11:39 AM

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