Life is full throttle most days, and though it can wear me out at times, I am grateful for what comes. I strive to always learn something from these experiences, sometimes in spite of myself. I know that the faster time moves, (it’s October!?) the more mindful I must be to take care of myself and carve out bits of time for what feeds the soul. And trust that whatever didn’t get ‘done’, well, it can wait.
Last Thursday after work, my husband and I drove out to Pensacola for a quick overnight getaway to hear some great music from another musical duo we admire – Karp Foley Band (Peter Karp and Sue Foley). We stayed the night with friends, talking and strumming way past my usual bedtime, and then spent the next day slowly driving back home along the gulf coast, stopping for some beach time with the guitars. It was a great, ever so brief respite.
Tonight, I took a little time to tinker in the kitchen with baking, and then sorting through recent photos and poetry books. And listen to the lovely instrumental album ‘Unspoken Requests‘ by Linford Detweiler (Over the Rhine). All very relaxing and heart-soothing.
So now, for the photos and poetry to share! The poetry is older and the photos are brand new, just from the last week or so. 🙂
Disintegrate to dust
Your fears against trust
Go wherever you feel you must
Don’t let your spirit rust
Your imagined obligation
To follow trepidation
Keeps you in your station
To never see the full nation
Uncover your elation
Accept the celebration
Let the mind take a vacation
Let the heart be the sensation.
love in nature
again, love is in the earth
I love to see the sky from the leaves point of view
The insect was on top of the flower until I focused and then went under.
evidence of Autumn arriving!
OC Haley, an avenue in transformation, New Orleans
I like to play with contrast and saturation, making the same photo different
Karp Foley at Paradise Bar & Grill, Pensacola Beach, FL
the view at this beach town venue
I’m so glad I got up early and feel the crispness of the morning before the sun warmed everything.
This is lil’ mama. Her and her brother remind us to play and relax.
this little paw warms my heart
Leroy is a precious new buddy, and companion to our friends in Pensacola
Nothing like animal companions to show us play and rest.
Flowers after rain are just too good to pass up for photographing. Of course, those epic, blue-sky days are a good fit for flowers too. Lots and lots blooming in New Orleans right now, and I’m savoring this time before the big heat sets in. Although, I’m hoping that little dashes of this spring air continue to make appearances throughout the summer. The red, starry-eyed flower, I’m not sure of the name, but I just couldn’t decide on one to share, so I shared multiples, and with various a few photo-toaster edits for fun. Enjoy!
We Chose the Rose
Jasmine in a bow
Raindrops on leaves
Gnomes from my friend’s garden
Buddha in the bush
We’ve chosen the rose
Because the rose called us
To rise from the shell and stand tall amongst the rust
We’ve listened to the message and living in full trust
To do what most may fear
Living from the heart, we must
We followed a path unpaved
With no flashlight, into the cave
We followed how the heart craved
And received what she gave
Leave behind your name
Truth is all you need for this game
Leave behind your pain
For it was never yours to claim
There are no mistakes
Don’t take it for granted
Each day you wake
With a seed you’ve planted
Living this life of love, enchanted
Trusting there will be a safe landing
Water often with your laughter
And breathe deep forever after.
The stars at night are big and bright Deep in the heart of Texas The purity of spring Pouring forth her precious offerings Bluebonnet blessings And wildflower wonders Fields and skies that go on For miles and days And leave … Continue reading →