Freedom/#SoCs

Cheers to Saturday! And another round of #Free48. Join Linda Hill if you want to participate and meet some wonderful bloggers.

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Cheers to freedom in its simplest form…

 

 

Blooms intoxicating as wine…

 

 

Labors of love bring fruit to the vine…

 

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Tiny friend who, at once flew away,

returns when I cry out in dismay,

”Why can’t these dewdrops come into view?

Oh, my goodness, wait,  now there is you!”

 

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Freedom to breathe,

to accept the smallest of miracles

and to return them with gratitiude,

defines balance within existence.

May we see Light and be Light in every moment….

 

 

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Golden/Poetry/Photography

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Pure delight-

veil of oblivion

obscures the world

of curious eyes,

no more you and me,

we blend as one in

ecstatic golden euphoria

that numbs the senses

shatters my defenses,

soul laid bare and

barely aware of time,

our enemy and friend

and thus we pretend

we are are its master

as it marches ever faster,

stealing the future,

clouding the past,

as evening casts

long shadows

where we lay

spent,

content,

he ticks his tock,

this bitter clock

called a life,

within its well

hope springs

eternal!

 

CherylKP

copyright words and image 2018

 

 

 

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I gave you all that pain allowed,

wiped every tear and thusly vowed

to keep my tender heart confined,

the unseen chains that I designed

were all that would embrace me,

enfold, protect, encase me.

And yet, somewhere within this cell

there lies the deepest, hopeful well

of adoration, inclination,

burning, churning, yearning-

that you find me and remind me

how it feels to feel again.

 

CKP copyright words and image 2018

 

 

Hidden

Once upon a time…..

 

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In the middle of a noisy, bustling and crowded metropolis, lay a hidden kingdom.  Behind the gates and beyond the woods, in the shadows of the stone garden, a princess was locked into dreamless sleep under the watchful eyes of a fiercely magnificent dragon…..

 

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The megalopolis known as Atlanta
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The dragon towers over….
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the still, sleeping princess
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Ever watchful
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he is magnificently terrifying.

 

Meanwhile, beneath the glare of the midday sun, Poseidon’s daughter sun’s herself in the cool fountain waters as she gazes wistfully into the mists of sweet memory-the ocean and freedom.

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Her comfort in the pool where she waits…

 

Yet her beauty is rivaled by the rising Phoenix, spreading its glorious wings in welcome of the admirers awaiting a small miracle from the kingdom’s most beloved creature.  Beneath its gaze lies the tavern of sustenance and indulgent delights.

 

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The rising Phoenix
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Very decent food in the LongLeaf restaurant
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Hot rolls and cool beverages, both wonderful

 

Weary travelers make their way to this oasis constantly….

 

 

Venturing deeper into the lush gardens, there appears from mists of the past, a great and treasured beast…..

 

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She whispered of the miracle within the heart of her world.  After traversing winding trails over bridges and and rails, we found the goddess who protects and showers the kingdom with loving tender care.

 

 

She cares for its many living wonders with gentle adoration and appreciation….

 

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Behold!  The Green Emperor! Master of the Orchid House.

 

 

Beyond the Orchid House lay the tropical rain forest, filled with lush mystery….

 

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And lo and behold there he was…..my prince!

 

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Well…..he had potential.  As he serenaded me I thought to give him a quick kiss!  Alas….

 

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This was as good as it got.  So we put our heads together and decided our worlds were too different…..

The Zen garden was lovely as well. I made a couple of new friends there too.

 

 

And then there was the magic of glass sculpture…oh my!!

 

 

Alas it was time to leave the kingdom but we made a map so that we could return again….and again. Weary, but satisfied, we left the magic and wonder with tired feet and full spirits.

If you are ever in Atlanta, take a detour from the hustle and bustle and visit the magical kingdom….

 

 

Bubbles and Bees

I hope everyone has had a peaceful and love filled holiday. Ours certainly has been.

The world outside is a buzzin’ with life now that the temps are rising and the rain has been falling; but this weekend was beautiful and mild, making for long outdoor intervals. For us, it is always the highlight of Spring to plan and plant, and this year we are waiting and watching to see what shows up in the new place before we add or take anything away.

The Carpenter bees have been asserting their territorial tendencies lately, forcing a showdown at times; but they fight with each other more than us, so I am hoping soon they settle down a bit. They love to show off and virtually taunt me to take photos. The lens’s reflective nature will scare them also so it is tricky getting good shots. Still, there are those shining moments…

 

So annoying…..yet so beautiful!

So I just blew some bubbles and let them have their way in the blossoms!

 

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This image brought to mind a favorite song from my..ahem…school days. I hope you will click on the link and enjoy it while viewing the remaining images of the friends and flowers in my world today.

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Big Red carefully makes his way to the feeder.
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The Jonquil tree finally blooming
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This one tried too early. 😕
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Spent some time working on jewelry
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These are my new favorite pieces.
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The ‘wings’ are actually tree seedlings
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These seedling pods are known as Samara and are from the Maple tree
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They hang in clusters before twirling to the ground like tiny whirlybirds!

I know not all of these magnificent seedlings will become new trees so am working on ideas to allow them to continue on in special ways. The jewelry is just one! Stay tuned.

When hubby researched the samara seedling he discovered that observation of its movement has inspired the design of a drop delivery system for emergency supplies and someone is working on a single blade helicopter design based on its movement!

Amazing nature!

Someone even managed to capture the seedling falling in a stop motion setting. What a beautiful job they did too!

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Image by Patterson Clark.

 

Hanging Around/Photography

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The empty air between us seems

so thick, so distant, as in dreams.

Memory fades to hazy view,

framed in melancholy hue.

Razor’s edge once cut so deep

now

rusts in pools of tears I weep.

I wept-no more-the well is dry,

the burden gone, with wings I fly,

no more bemoan what might have been,

how sadder now the days than then-

still…

above the noise sometimes is found

the thought of you hanging around,

the buzz,

the glint,

the sting,

the scent,

more bitter than sweet.

 

CherylKp 2018

 

This fellow and another were determined to be noticed this weekend. So I stood there with my camera taking dozens of shots in manual mode just to capture the essence in one or two images. I was determined too!

 

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