Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression

Pain Shadow (on exhibit)

~

On the deserted beach
I walk with a pain shadow.
Hip searing with each step
I move forward slowly.

My joint tears away.
A sharp arrow pierces through me.
I stop to find stillness yet the
pain shadow follows.

Gazing into the ocean,
I inhale deeply
then exhale with force
trying to release the pain.

But it won’t let go.

I must abandon this pain shadow.
This constant companion.
This unwelcome thing.
That has attached itself to me.

19 years of unrelenting pain.
Countless attempts to escape
to normal days, when the beach
meant walks and waves; picnics and laughter.

I climb the wooden stairs to look down
on the wide expanse of shoreline.
In pain I stand tall above the sprawling
desolate beach that goes on forever.

I envision myself burying the pain shadow
beneath the sandy surface,
deep in a restrictive dark hole
where it can no longer define my world.

And in that moment I am free.

~

©Robyn Lee: March 2012

recently selected for exhibit in the gallery  Escape From Pain – PainExhibit.org

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I am honored to announce that the above artistic photograph and accompanying prose poem has been selected for gallery inclusion at PainExhibit.org | A California Non-Profit Art Exhibit.  PainExhibit.org is an educational, visual arts exhibit by artists with chronic pain . The global not-for- profit organization is dedicated to creating awareness amongst healthcare providers and the public about chronic pain through art, and to give voice to the many who suffer in silence. I learned about this organization after reading an article in the NY Times featuring the organization and its mission.  Here is a link to the article  Pain as an Art Form – NYTimes.com.  Immediately I felt aligned with the goals and intention of this organization, and was moved by the works shared at the exhibit.

My Pain Shadow  (above) was an early post that I published about a year ago.  It was the 2nd piece in my  blog’s Pain Shadow Series,  and the first poetic/prose piece I wrote that reflected my innermost feelings about living the past 19+ years with severe chronic pain and health challenge.  As someone who has always done her best to bring as little attention as possible to her dilemma, I confess, this was a difficult piece to share publicly.  At the same time, I now realize it was also a transformational experience for me;  By creating art,  and opening my heart to others about this isolating and life-altering plight , I quickly learned  how beauty and art can be born of pain…how this art can inspire compassion, and can heal both artist and viewer.

After some encouragement by a dear friend, I submitted my work last winter to PainExhibit.org.  I’d nearly forgotten about the submission, when several months later, I was notified that my entry was indeed accepted, and would be included in the collection of  art displayed at the gallery entitled: Escape From Pain.  Please visit PainExhibit.org to learn more about this unique exhibit, and explore a variety of amazing works in the various galleries housed there.  I am extremely proud and honored to be a part of this collection, and the organization’s important mission.

Pain, especially when chronic, is a very difficult subject to understand and embrace. Often pain cannot be seen, and it is nearly impossible to articulate. Quite frankly, it is an isolating and frightening place to be. Art, whether it be through written word, painting, sculpture, photography, music or other, offers a powerful vehicle for universal expression and transformation. Pain channeled through the creative process allows both the artist and the observer a meaningful and deep connection, one that speaks directly to the heart of  the human experience.

With my whole heart, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who follow and support me, and my blog work.  Over the last year, this sacred space has become such an important part of my life, and of my healing path.  Always know how much your friendship, love and support of my artistic endeavors means to me. Each of you have touched me, and enriched my world through your presence and appreciation, and for this I am so grateful.

Much Love ~
Robyn Lee

95 responses

  1. I’m so happy that you are being included in this exhibit. You described the pain many of us live with. And like you say it is so difficult to express. You sharing your challenges is brave and encouraging for a person like me who for years wasn’t believed when I was in pain. Now that the doctors know why and are trying to alleviate my discomfort. But I end up getting frustrated because what the doctors offer isn’t working. But knowing that I’m not alone in this struggle is comforting. I’m sure that others with chronic pain feel the same. So be proud of helping to bring awareness to this society of pain sufferers. Hugs Robyn.

    March 22, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    • Thank you so much Kim. Yes, so difficult to express and not comfortable to share (who wants to think about pain – right?)… The artistic expression is a gentler way to articulate the feelings, and I think a wonderful way to create awareness that is not frightening or distasteful. To be honest, I never planned to do any of this… but I guess the universe had a survival strategy in mind for me… Thankfully. I know exactly what you describe regarding the mysteries and the medical community. The solutions that are offered are not usually very effective, and empathy is lacking. That is why this organization appealed to me so… they are exposing this exhibit to hospitals, physicians, and other healthcare professionals across the globe.
      Here is a link to many institutions that have participated in the exhibit as educators…http://painexhibit.org/educators/
      Sending love and hugs to you dear friend ~ Be Well! ~ RL

      March 23, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      • I was reading on my kindle last night and was going to check the site out today on the desk top. But you deleted. Sometimes we don’t have a choice in what direction we are going in life. We are often guided. You have a gift to share and bring awareness to many the reality of chronic pain. Don’t run or hide from it. Embrace it. I’m sure M.L. King, Mother Teresa, Ghandi, Princess Diana or even Michael Jackson didn’t set out to have the impact they’ve had on the world. They did what came naturally. Just as you are doing. 🙂 Stay well, positive and strong. Kim

        March 23, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    • Oh wow Kim…just seeing this 2nd comment from you. I so appreciate your counsel and words of wisdom here. I think you are right ~ we can never know why we are faced with adversity and if there is a deeper meaning or purpose. I will try to remember your examples… they are all excellent role models for us. Sometimes the human spirit is tested in more ways then we think is fair… but yes, to follow our guidance and make the most of the path we are on… that is the goal. Much Love and Blessings this weekend dear friend ~ Robyn

      March 31, 2013 at 6:01 PM

      • Hi Robyn, I thought one of the messages were lost. Happy you got them both. I hope you had a good weekend. Blessings Kim

        April 1, 2013 at 10:10 AM

  2. Robyn really happy that your lovely piece got selected
    Together the poem and the shot make such a powerful impact on reader.
    feels like a soul in cage remembering the free days long gone and now just the clipped wings giving every wind a try….
    something in this made me very restless,it is the very soul of the poem which will not let readers just read and turn page…
    really a great work but i know you have lived it/living it
    sending you Oceanful of hugs and love

    March 23, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    • Soma thank you with all my heart. When I composed this piece, I was a complete novice in both photography and poetry. I really just did it as an exercise in facing “what is” and seeing where that took me. The exposure on the public blog brought a whole new perspective to my pain. Something about expressing my ordeal in an artistic way seemed to soften it…. and the outpouring of support and encouragement here was incredibly comforting. Yes – your analogy — “giving every wind a try” — I will keep at that, and “fly” in every way I can manage. So appreciate your insight and compassion Soma ! Oceanful hugs and love right back your way ~ Blessings and Love – Robyn

      March 23, 2013 at 12:31 PM

  3. I remember the first time I came for a visit. I was much moved by the talent of this blogger who took such amazing photography and wrote such moving and beautiful poetry. Her images breathtaking, her words delicate but visceral and moving. And then I learned your backstory and the pain you deal with each and every day. And then you and I became acquaintances and then friends and as i grew to know you more and more, my admiration for you just grew and grew and so today I can say with heartfelt sincerity that you are one beautiful soul. I am so lucky to know you. With pure love and admiration for who and how you are dearest Robyn!

    March 23, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    • Thank yo so much my wonderful friend. And I remember when you graced my blog with your loving presence dearest Penny. Like a glowing spirit – a warm and wonderful friend from the start. I was very touched by your high praise and caring ways. I always knew that you were an empath ~ and having lived what you have… it is no wonder. I consider our friendship very unique, and know how lucky I am that you found your way to me (and I to you)… As I always say – much like extended family to me here. So happy to share this milestone with you. Much Love and admiration ~
      Robyn

      March 23, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      • Thank you Robyn, I do feel the same way and now of course I also have a big smile on my face too! 🙂 xoxo

        March 23, 2013 at 4:31 PM

  4. Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat.Com™ and commented:
    Congratulations Ms. Lee. I am proud of this good news and of you.

    March 23, 2013 at 3:15 AM

    • Thank you so much JB ~ and I am delighted to know this… and proud to know you here. Very happy to share – and so appreciate the reblog honor from you! ~ much love – RL

      March 23, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      • ❀ Namaste ❀

        March 23, 2013 at 8:47 PM

      • Namaste ~ 🙂

        March 23, 2013 at 10:07 PM

  5. Marley tarlton

    I have suffered from back ,neck,hip pain now for 10 years,but I found a help on http://www.youtube.com. Put in healing music or healing songs. Both is good.medatition is good too.and heailinghandsreiki.com has some good heailinghandsreiki videos.. I no longer have a headache from my whip lash. please give this a try. god bless all of you..Marley Tarlton from Florida

    March 23, 2013 at 3:46 AM

    • Thank you so much Marley. I appreciate your kind heart! Much Love and wellness to you always ~ Robyn

      April 9, 2013 at 2:41 PM

  6. eremophila

    I congratulate you Robyn, not only for your work being included in the exhibition, but also for your generosity of Spirit which you bring to us all here. The works in the section “You look so normal”http://painexhibit.org/galleries/but-you-look-so-normal/ really impacted me, as those are words I continue to have to contend with. “Hiding” by Francis describes it very well. Perhaps ‘walking a mile’ in someone else’s shoes is what is required.

    March 23, 2013 at 6:12 AM

    • Oh yes eremophila! I soooo agree with you about Francis’ work, Hiding, under the “You Look So Normal” gallery. This is a huge huge issue for me. I encounter this dilemma almost every day (that i’m exposed to others). I look very very normal. Even those close to me have a very difficult time understanding the level of pain I’m in because of this. We are a very visual society. Like Francis’ art – the outside package can be perfect, while the interior body can be fighting a war of physical torturous struggle. I was most drawn to painexhibit.org because of their effort to educate healthcare providers too… for this same reason… Even surgeons that comprehend the nature of my injuries and dysfunction will put in their medical notes: “athletic looking appearance” — amazing hugh? This is the list of medical institutions that have become educators in for this organization http://painexhibit.org/educators/ So perhaps art is the medium by which the world will better understand. I hope so. Thank you for sharing your personal insight on this. Really do appreciate. So much Love and Wellness to you ~ RL

      March 23, 2013 at 12:50 PM

  7. I can’t agree with Penny more. I first read your posts either through hers or that of her daughter’s blogs and being in constant acute pain myself, I knew exactly where you are coming from.

    It is brilliant that this piece was accepted. You are a magnificent poet and a fantastic photographer. You have a couple of skills there that it is hard to match. Thanks for sharing this piece with the world and congratulations

    March 23, 2013 at 7:02 AM

    • Oh that means a lot to me Alastair. Thank you so much for telling me. I did not realize your were in your own constant struggle with pain. It may be why you are so talented with the camera yourself. Somehow the focus through the lens becomes very sharp when we are coping with the physical issues… a sort of meditative process of creativity I believe. Thank you dear friend — so much appreciate you! ~ RL

      March 23, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      • I suppose it could be. One of my thoughts in the morning is usually “hate pain” 😆

        I may be okay with the camera, but I have a long way to catch up with how good you are Robyn.

        March 23, 2013 at 4:04 PM

  8. Hi Robyn, this honour is wonderful news and very well deserved. I’m thrilled for you. Sending love and thoughts across the ocean xx

    March 23, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    • Thank you so much Ruth. I am happy to be part of an effort to help heal pain through art. So appreciate your sharing good thoughts for me ~ and hope all is well in your world these days x RL

      March 23, 2013 at 8:57 PM

      • Hi Robyn, Yes, it is wonderful to use art as a source for healing – we both do this! My new site has launched – so quite an exciting week. Much love xx

        March 24, 2013 at 3:22 AM

      • Yes – I thought of your song that I have when I listed ‘music’ as one of the healing arts 🙂 ~ ooo will go over to your place to see if I can link over to the new site! Can’t wait to check it out !! Best of luck with it ~ much love xo

        March 24, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      • Thanks so much Robyn, hope you like it! xx

        March 25, 2013 at 3:09 AM

  9. Robyn Lee, I admire your powerful and heartfelt poem.

    March 23, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    • Thank you kindly Margaret. I know from visiting your place earlier that you completely understand the way art can offer healing and connection.
      So appreciate your visit today! Much Love ~ RL

      March 23, 2013 at 9:01 PM

  10. You really deserve this Robyn. Speak out and be proud. xx

    March 23, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    • Oh Wendy that is so very wonderful of you to say. Thank you dear one! ~ RL

      March 23, 2013 at 9:01 PM

  11. If this is your journey to walk, you do it with such courage and grace Robyn. You give this precious gift to all others who suffer with chronic pain. I am honored to know you through your blog and am not at all surprised to learn that your photo and prose were selected in this gallery. Congratulations dear Robyn! 🙂

    March 23, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    • Thank you so much LuAnn. Not sure why this is my journey – and will continue to try to rise above it – but in the meantime, it’s people like you… and the artistic process, nature and Divine Love that keeps me inspired. I am also honored to know you my friend — clearly your heart is gigantic! So appreciate your warm and wonderful sentiments always ~ x RL

      March 23, 2013 at 10:10 PM

  12. “In pain I stand tall above the sprawling
    desolate beach that goes on forever.”

    You are a survivor. We sometimes must stand despite the pain. With courage… the desolation is temporary.

    March 23, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    • Roxi, thank you so much … yes we try to ‘stand tall” … and have faith that the beach goes on for eternity… I think that is what inspires survival… along with friends and love and support — and art ~ there is so much to appreciate. Much Love dear friend ~ RL

      March 23, 2013 at 10:13 PM

      • Love you back my friend… hang in there.

        March 23, 2013 at 10:19 PM

  13. Robyn, You are a beacon and an inspiration for those of us who have or still do suffer with unending, unrelenting, severe pain. It’s wonderful to see your work included in the exhibit where the story of your journey will reach an even larger audience. There are so many sufferers who have no outlet for their pain, and I believe your work will inspire everyone who sees it to embrace hope. Namaste Robyn and be well.

    March 23, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    • Eric, so touched by your comment. Thank you. Yes, I am excited about being included in this exhibit, mostly because I think there is such a need for a better way to educate healthcare professionals and the public about as you put it ‘unending, unrelenting, severe pain’ ~ And by that description, I think you may have a keen insight yourself on this topic. I stumbled on blogging and artistic expression as a healing therapy quite by chance… but I’m realizing how powerful a medium it can be for so many. Hope is really what it’s all about, yes. Very grateful for your insight and comment today, it was quite validating and means a lot to me ~ Namaste to you as well ~ RL

      March 23, 2013 at 11:06 PM

  14. RL King

    So wonderful this piece tho I’m sad of where it comes from. Also congrats on that exhibition. Big hugs and much love your way beautiful Robyn. Xo

    March 23, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    • Thank you so much RL. I am just so happy to be part of the movement toward education, and the mission to use art as a medium to accomplish this goal. Painexhibit.org has the right idea i believe. Very excited to be included in the exhibit… and yes – would like to bury the pain shadow for good – and working on that too – have no fear!! Much Love to you dear one ~ RL

      March 23, 2013 at 11:10 PM

  15. Oh dearest Robyn this is wonderful! Congratulations! Your work is so inspiring and I am thrilled that it is now going to be presented to a broader community. They will all fall in love with you immediately! Your strength and perseverance are inspiring. You are truly gifted in your ability to share your innermost being with others who need inspiration to survive their plight of life with pain. Love and blessings to you dear friend. Robyn

    March 23, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    • Thanks so very much Robyn. Yes, this was a wonderful surprise, and feel really great about being part of this exhibit and its mission to use art as a vehicle to educate and enlighten the public and medical community about chronic pain and its impact on life. Art is such a wonderful way to articulate feelings, and it makes sense that it would prove a powerful medium for this kind of expression that is quite challenging in general. So grateful for your incredibly thoughtful words and good thoughts for me always dear friend ~ Love and Blessings ~ RL

      March 23, 2013 at 11:15 PM

  16. Sweet Robyn, so interesting that years ago my painting was accepted into PainExhibit and I too, was scared away by the “exposure”… privacy felt more important but now I see it differently and am reconsidering. then you posted this! synchronicity always makes me smile! 🙂

    this piece is incredibly moving and I bow to your path. may your heart have joy in all it’s many faces. much love, l. ♥

    March 23, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    • Oh wow Linda ~ yes you should definitely submit your art here…. would be so incredibly perfect for this exhibit and mission. I know it is so hard to be exposed, but I think that is part of the issue… so many suffer in isolation. It is terribly hard to articulate what living day in and day out with severe pain really entails…and that is why the art seems so powerful in doing so in a gentle and wonderful way. I’ve read almost all I could find on this topic (did a blog post on the book ‘Body Broken’ by Greenberg if you recall)… there needs to be more access to understanding this dilemma. Art makes it palatable for everyone – and your art is spectacular. If you need email of my contact person there, just let me know. Thank you for your loving words my friend – you are in my heart always… xo So much Love ~ rl

      March 24, 2013 at 12:20 AM

      • Is Mark still running Pain Exhibit? I hope this night finds you in tolerable shape, my dear. you are never far from my thoughts. xox

        March 24, 2013 at 12:23 AM

      • Yes – Mark is who I have dealt with throughout! Thank you dear Linda… goodnight with Love ~ r

        March 24, 2013 at 12:28 AM

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  18. Julie Catherine

    Oh, dear Robyn, this brought tears to my eyes. Through your beautiful photography and graceful words, you bring depth of understanding and soulful compassion to all who suffer from chronic pain. I’m so proud to call you, ‘friend’, and send you huge congratulations on the inclusion of your work into such a worthy organization. I am filled with admiration for you – as a person, a woman, a humanitarian and an artist. You totally deserve this honor, and we are so blessed to have you in our lives. ~ Love always, Julie xoxox

    March 23, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    • Julie – you are such a sensitive loving soul! Thank you so much. I know you understand this link between art and pain ~ and for sure your work is a wonderful example of how beauty can be born of hardship. It does really make the joys in life more joyful when there is such stark contrast. I feel very lucky to have found your friendship and comradery here, and to share this small milestone with you. Your words today mean the world to me. So much love and gratitude ~ Love and Blessings ~ Robynx

      March 24, 2013 at 1:31 AM

  19. Dear Robyn,
    I admire you beyond my ability to put into words.
    You wear your pain with beauty and dignity. I am very pleased that your creative work “PAIN SHADOW” will be on display to help create awareness. You are very talented, and helping many others by helping yourself.
    You are a beautiful person in every sense imaginable, and I love you! – Resa

    March 23, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    • Thank you my beloved friend. “you wear your pain…” wow – from you, of all people, that is so meaningful Resa ~ really speaks of the depth to which your own art as a fashion designer becomes transformed into something so much deeper… the way you acknowledge the soul ‘garment’ of another. Really moved me to read this. You are beyond awesome. I’m so happy I could share this small milestone with you. I am hoping that my involvement in this exhibit helps to inspire others to find beauty and creativity beneath the hardships… whatever they may be. Awareness is needed – and to be a part of that mission in this small way, is very gratifying for me. I do think true beauty, like pain – is intangible as you have so astutely stated! You are a love and I’m so happy we connected here this year. I love and admire always! ~ Robyn

      March 24, 2013 at 1:42 AM

      • What a lovely letter you have written back to me!
        I believe “Through The Healing Lens” has already helped with awareness, and more. I think you help ease others’ pains.
        Love always back to you! xoxo – Resa

        March 24, 2013 at 12:03 PM

  20. Congratulations Robyn,
    You not only deserve this honor, but have earned it with your dedication to the process of relieving your own pain, and for sharing your wonderful, loving, generous spirit with all of us. We all benefit from the courage you show and compassion you give. Wonderful poem that places the reader in your shoes as you take each painful step, both physically and mentally.
    Hugs,
    Paul

    March 23, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    • Such a thoughtful comment Paul. Thank you so so much. I’m just so grateful that we have this special community here … where people are exquisitely sensitive and compassionate. We share something special in our little family at WP. I do hope that my involvement in this exhibit, my ‘voice’ and example can touch others in a good way. Pain is something we all experience in one form or another… I’d rather not endure what I do, but the other side of that, is the ability to truly savor and appreciate the contrasting joys in life, and see them where I might not otherwise stop to notice. I am so glad you enjoyed and so happy to share the small milestone with you dear friend…. always appreciate you. Much Love and Blessings ~ Robyn

      March 24, 2013 at 10:46 AM

  21. No wonder… A beautiful poem and stunning photo! I am happy for you 🙂

    March 23, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    • Thank you so much dear oawritingspoemspaintings!! I so appreciate your good wishes my friend!! 🙂

      March 24, 2013 at 5:02 PM

  22. I really cannot add any more to what everyone wrote…I am so proud of you. I know it has been a difficult year for you but so much of beauty was revealed. In Gods love ~ Patty

    March 23, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    • Dearest Patty, very touched and also so grateful for your encouragement and support always. Beauty through pain is sort of a dichotomy isn’t it… but if I can achieve this and inspire hope — such a wonderful thing. Thank you and Blessings ~ Love, R

      March 24, 2013 at 5:04 PM

  23. In no other single piece of yours have I seen your plight so well encapsulated than this one and it’s selection for display to your nationwide peers – and beyond – is laudatory. I extend my empathy, admiration and congratulations to you Robyn.

    March 23, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    • Thank you Mike. So interesting that you say this because this was probably the first of my “coming out” wititings that I ever did regarding my plight with pain. I thought it was pretty “raw” when I did it – scary even to me…. and have tried to soften my rough edges in subsequent pain poetry… but I you are on target — as in this one I sort of just “spilled it ” 🙂 ~ You are a love, and I thank you for your warm and supportive words and wishes always ~ Blessings to you my friend ~ Robyn

      March 24, 2013 at 5:07 PM

  24. Congrats, Robyn. You deserve this and more. You are an example for all of us.

    March 24, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    • Thank you so much dear nighlake… that means a great deal to me. So much love ~ Robyn

      March 24, 2013 at 5:08 PM

  25. This is so beautifully put and as I sit here, in some pain, I can relate to it.

    I have recently met a young blogger called Sharon and I have suggested that she contacts you. She’s having a hard time at the moment and needs support.

    http://sharonmunday70.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/alone-and-afraid/#comments

    With love to you and congratulations on having this beautiful work on exhibit. 🙂

    March 24, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    • Thank you so much – mybeautifulthings ~ I so hope you are feeling better now. Yes – I have visited Sharon’s blog and am a bit familiar with CRPS, and hopefully will be a support for her too. I appreciate your thinking of me here – and bringing her attention to my story and my blog…. I know how very tough and long this road can be – and always want to help anyway I can. Also thank you for your thoughtful good wishes on the exhibit. Much Love and Blessings to you dear friend ~ RL

      March 24, 2013 at 11:05 PM

  26. congrats Robyn! beautiful work

    March 24, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    • Oh Stacy – that means a lot to me. Thank you kindly ~ x R

      March 24, 2013 at 11:06 PM

  27. Congratulations my friend, and very well deserved. 🙂

    March 24, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    • Thank you so much William.. so happy to share this with you — one of my first “blog brothers” here on WP ~ Love and Blessings, Robyn

      March 25, 2013 at 1:42 AM

  28. jennlaurent (LiveThroughTheHeart)

    Thank you so much for sharing. Your words are absolutely beautiful and touching. All the best to you!

    March 24, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    • So appreciate that JennLaurent ~ and thankful also for your good wishes – Blessings and Love to you!! ~ RL

      March 25, 2013 at 3:23 PM

  29. Congratulations I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Your blog is one that I really enjoy and want to share with others. Please see the terms of the award below.

    http://sharonmunday70.wordpress.com/2013/03/25/very-inspiring-blogger/

    March 25, 2013 at 5:02 AM

    • Thank you so very much for this lovely honor Sharon~ – I so appreciate! Blessings and Love ~ RL

      March 25, 2013 at 11:55 PM

  30. Amazing photos and powerful poetry. I like the use of shadows to make your point. Thank you for sharing the excellent poetry.

    March 25, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    • Thanks so much Johncyote. It is funny that I stumbled on the shadows as a theme.. as it turns out I studied in depth the work of Carl Jung (Jungian psychology) and he uses the shadow as a metaphor for the parts of us we do not want to embrace, or cannot recognize. He says we must “shake hands” with the shadow, in oder to be freed of it . Perhaps on some level that is what I do with this photography 🙂 ~So do appreciate your wonderful comment!!
      Love and Blessings ~ RL

      March 25, 2013 at 3:26 PM

  31. Robyn, Your work certainly deserves a place in this all-important exhibit.

    March 26, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    • Oh dear Sheri. Thank you so much! I was very honored when I learned this piece was selected. It was my first poem… I believe ~ and my 2nd shadow portrait. I never expected it would make it in… but am delighted and feel it is important for those who ‘walk this walk’ educate and communicate – art is a wonderful vehicle for this !! So much Love ~ Robyn

      March 28, 2013 at 8:30 PM

  32. Kev

    I am happy for you and for the recognition you so dearly deserve. Well done Robyn. 🙂

    March 26, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    • So much thanks to you dearest Kev! Blessings and Love ~ RL

      March 28, 2013 at 8:31 PM

  33. Steve

    Glad your work is in the exhibit and know that your blog is very much appreciated!

    March 26, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    • Thank you very much Steve. So appreciate that!! Much Love to you ~ RL

      March 28, 2013 at 8:33 PM

  34. Oh what delight that this will be included and recognized and shared! Yes, pain is often hard to really “name” and share and express and especially be with. I am so grateful that you are sharing and putting your voice and pictures into the world. I truly believe we heal with such beauty. Love love love to you Robyn. Love, lisa

    March 28, 2013 at 2:54 PM

  35. Oh Lisa – you are so wonderful ~ thank you. … and I hope this new beautiful gravitar is an indication that you are feeling soooo much better these days!! Thank you for your kind words…. i guess it took me 20 years to have the confidence, but there has been so much validation from others who feel alone or have loved ones dealing with challenges, that I’m sure I’ve done the right thing. I’m also sure that artistic expression is a very special way to approach this delicate reality. It’s been very therapeutic for me in so many ways. So much Love to you Lisa ~ x RL

    March 28, 2013 at 8:37 PM

  36. I feel blessed to know you through this blogging world. Your courage is an inspiration. It is a gift to the world that you created this site; I’m glad it is also a healing place for you. Best, always. Jessica

    March 29, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    • Oh Jessica, I am so very touched by your words today. Thank you dear one — and may you be blessed and loved and kept safe in vibrant health always… So happy to know you here in our blogging family. Was very moved by your recent post expressing the bond you feel here — I so agree with what you explained… Much Love and Blessings ~ Robyn

      March 29, 2013 at 12:49 PM

  37. This is just exactly what I would expect from anyone receiving an entry from you… should be instant acceptance… brilliant Robyn…

    March 29, 2013 at 12:57 AM

  38. OH THIS IS SO EXCITING ROBYN! XXXXXXXX

    April 1, 2013 at 4:54 AM

    • Thanks so much Julie ~ was a nice surprise on a dark day!!Sending Love!xr

      April 1, 2013 at 10:14 AM

  39. This is amazing, Robyn!
    Your poem left me choked up as I felt like I could feel your pain. I too wish I could bury that pain shadow.
    So wonderful and amazing to learn that your work was selected for inclusion at painexhibit.org. Your blog is inspirational and your words are touching, and I enjoy following your posts.

    April 8, 2013 at 10:54 PM

  40. Reblogged this on Djmechanica's Blog.

    April 9, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    • Thank you so much once again Machina ~ a true honor! Love to you ~ RL

      April 9, 2013 at 8:49 PM

  41. Always blessed by the healing bliss of your words! As you share, i feel part of your pain dissipates from within as it so does with mine! You always seem to refresh with energy and faith! Have a wonderful weekend!

    April 12, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    • Many thanks Wendell! Yes – pain is a difficult construct – but, as I’ve learned there are so many ways to confront it… the best seems to be from a place of self-love and compassion … honesty and faith… Very much appreciate ~ Love to you and yours, RL

      April 12, 2013 at 4:11 PM

  42. Congrats….pain has become your normal. I love to see optimism breathe. You have taken a world of pain and found pleasure in it. Life’s buried treasure is finding ways to sooth heartache. You have discovered that treasure and now you are rich in artistry. Continue on Continuing!!!! AB (AmazinglyBrash)

    April 19, 2013 at 6:00 AM

    • Thank you AB ~ I try not to let the pain define me – and find those “buried treasures” as you say. It makes all the difference when I can access them despite the challenges. Feel very blessed to have found the artistry and the wonderful souls I connect with here ~ like you! Love and Light dear one ~ RL

      April 19, 2013 at 10:29 AM

  43. Fist of all, a big congratulations for the selection of this beautiful picture 🙂 The like the pattern and way you used the shadows for the landscape 🙂 Just awesome 🙂

    May 10, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    • Aww – thank you Naresh. I was really novice when I shot this one too! Have a friend who is a professional photographer who encouraged my submission for the Exhibit. I am very fascinated with shadow work – have done quite a bit of it in my pain shadow series. So glad you enjoyed this 🙂

      May 10, 2013 at 11:26 PM

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