Saturday, January 26, 2013

Winter Blues


how liberating it is to feel
e v e r y t h i n g

the sun on my face on a cold day        
trees, bare, dressed in winter splendor
snow, pure white, like angel wings
shadows, deep black, yin yang
smiles and tears written in the sky
the bluest of blue, rejoicing

how liberating it is to feel
e v e r y t h i n g


I have mixed feelings about winter. As you can see from my latest posts, I have been trying to escape winter by dreaming about spring, flowers in bloom, and walks on the beach on a summer day. But today, something changed, and I finally embraced winter in all its glory. It snowed last night and the sun came out this morning, so I decided to go for a walk in the countryside of New York, nearby where I live. The pure white snow, the shadows of the trees, and the blue sky were so magnificent, my spirits were immediately lifted. I so enjoyed taking these photographs of a winter wonderland, full of serenity.


My poem is my contribution to the "Sunday Mini-Challenge" at Imaginary Garden With Real Toads. We have been invited to write a poem that begins with the last line of a previous poem. This was a wonderful exercise, as I enjoyed re-reading some of my older poems with a fresh and new perspective. I decided to choose my poem from my post "Painting With Words" at http://loredana-donovan.blogspot.com/2012/05/painting-with-words.html. That poem ended with "how liberating it is to feel e v e r y t h i n g," and so my new poem here begins with the same line. Enjoy my poem and photos!
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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Blue Ocean


blue ocean on my mind
kind, gentle waves beckoning
imagining beach walks, hand in hand
sand in my sandals, footprints next to mine
sunshine, the color of gold
cold no more on this wintry day
gray, ice melting away, my heart warming
yearning, hoping, wanting
nothing but clear skies, serenity
longevity of love everlasting


I have been taking lots of photographs the last few days, but it's been so foggy and cloudy that all the pictures come out looking gray. I have been yearning for sunshine, blue skies and the calmness of the ocean. And since it's too cold to go to the beach, all I can do is imagine it and visualize it. There is something so serene about the ocean that it brings me peace and joy. Ah yes, those romantic walks on the beach!
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My poem has been inspired by the "Sunday Mini-Challenge" at Imaginary Garden With Real Toads. The theme is to create a poem with a chained rhyme, where the last word of one line rhymes with the first word of the next line. This was challenging indeed, and I had to write it in free verse first, and then create the rhymes. But in the end it was fulfilling and fun. Here is to blue oceans and love everlasting. Enjoy the photos and poem!
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Dreaming of Spring


Snowflakes fall,
as I dream of spring
beyond the white garden gate

Yellow daffodils
as bright as sunshine-
snow melting


My skin glows anew
like a silky tulip-
alluring

Hyacinths and the sky
as blue as your eyes-
mesmerizing


I awake in snow
from head to toe-
snow angel by my side

Not afraid to love
risking it all-
am I still dreaming?
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It's snowing, and as much as I enjoy taking photographs of a winter wonderland, I was reminiscing spring today. Our poetic friends at Poetry Jam invite us to write a poem about "danger." I had to put a positive spin on this being the hopeless romantic that I am. I thought of second chances, taking a risk, and not being afraid to love again. Thus, this poem was born, or rather it bloomed like daffodils, tulips and hyacinths in spring.
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My photographs are in response to the challenge at Pixel Dust Photo Art, where we are invited to post a photo with an "exit" or an "entrance." I thought of a garden gate as a metaphor for spring and new beginnings in my first photo. The third photo also has a gate along the water, as we walk along the journey of love, renewed and hopeful. This was so much fun. I hope you enjoy my post as much as I loved creating it!
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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Flight at Sunset


if i could fly
i would soar over the sunset
the sky painted in blue and orange

i would spread my wings
toward the mystery of the horizon
floating on the clarity of clouds

listen to my heart beat
to the rhythm of celestial music
breathe in breathe out

exhaling
exploring
exhilarating

would i be free?
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My photograph and poem were inspired by the colorful artwork of Kim Nelson, specifically her painting, "Take Flight," which can be found at her website, Kim Nelson Creates at http://www.kimnelsonwrites.com/. I created this post in response to the Sunday Challenge at the inspiring poetry site, Imaginary Garden With Real Toads at http://withrealtoads.blogspot.com/. When I saw Kim's painting, it made me think about the beauty of birds and what would it be like to fly. I took this photo of birds migrating to a warmer climate in the countryside of New York. I'd love to learn how to paint one day.
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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Enlightened


why dream of tomorrow
when happiness
is already within my reach now

if i could just be still
and take it all in
i could finally see, wow

the infinite wisdom
in the tiny center
of a flower

the grace
of a butterfly
fluttering her wings

the miracle
of another sunrise
the sky lit up at sunset

my footprints
in the sand
moving forward

leaving behind
the perplexities of the past
i am present at last


It looks like a space ship has landed in New York City! There is a wonderful new sculpture at Madison Square Park, created by the artist, Leo Villareal.


It is a 30-feet tall illuminated sculpture that keeps changing colors, based on concepts of geometry and mathematical relationships. Or is it magic?


I was mesmerized by looking at the ever changing colors as I was taking the pictures.


After this amazing light show, well, I feel ... enlightened!
Enjoy my poem and photographs!

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Be the Change


let me hold your hand
to guide you and protect you
until you grow strong and wise

let me teach you kindness
instill a sense of wonder
plant a seed of love

let me be your light
like a candle in the dark
showing you the way

and when spring comes
that seed will blossom
into a beautiful garden

where nothing but sunshine
will ever glow on
the face of innocence
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All I wish for 2013 is Peace on Earth.
May you be blessed with love, hope, and joy in the New Year.
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Sharing my photograph and poem with these lovely sites:
http://withrealtoads.blogspot.com/ (theme: blossom, innocence)
http://www.pixeldustphotoart.com/ (theme: inspiring word)
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Announcement: The winner of my giveaway prize is my blogger friend, Carol, who has an inspiring haiku and photo site, A Creative Harbor at http://www.acreativeharbor.com/. She will receive a framed, matted print of her favorite photo of mine from my post Candlelight at http://loredana-donovan.blogspot.com/2012/06/candlelight.html. Congratulations, Carol!
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Be the change you want to see in the world--Mahatma Gandhi