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Creativity IS a Spiritual Practice

When we see through our hearts, we recognize that every single one of us is infused with creativity. Divine Sparks are embedded in everyone and everything. It's up to us to be courageous, to look and listen deeply, to find the sparks, gather and release them back into the universe, transformed into something new. Join me as we wake up to the sacred-ordinary blessings waiting to greet us each and every day.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

discouraged not







they all take their chances
 ballet of waking weeds
 shaking their seeds
beneath our 
feet






she blows a kiss shows her tender heart
graceful arches & geometric shapes
some criss-cross limbs akimbo
dancing in s'low morning light
they yawn stretch greet
the moment as singular
fragile wisps of life
yearning  to be
remembered
noticed


 

only one bloom
is destined
to be a
star 




 ballet of waking weeds
 shaking their seeds
beneath our 
feet




character 
             building
  watch them fall 
with autumn's curtain
expecting certain death 

we tramp them
tamp them
down

seemingly forgotten through winters chill



 discouraged not
roots deepen surviving 
thrive at spring's inevitable return







despite bad reviews summer sun 
invigorates glory anew
 for years to come



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84 comments:

  1. Beautiful. Simply beautiful.
    xoxoxo

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  2. That was beautiful to read, and the images are lovely too... So much magic in nature, in simplicity. Lois

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  3. WOW!!!! Laura, this is simply stunning - the images are spectacular - such beauty in overlooked weeds - and your words carry a wonderful message for we humans. Love the title. This was a veritable feast in here this morning!

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  4. ballet of waking weeds...now that's a stellar image.wonderfully done.

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  5. This was wonderful as a photo essay and as a poem. Thanks.

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  6. your words and images are matched in beauty and leave me feeling so serene...xoxox

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  7. oo this is really good...love the photos...and the refrain on the ballet...my wife was a ballerina so...smiles...but i like most...

    fragile wisps of life
    yearning to be
    remembered
    noticed

    because arent we all...and the truth that comes after...

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  8. Laura, your mix of poetry and photos is stunning. I love wallowing in your creativity, hoping some will rub off on me.
    Ha. But no, it's all yours.

    Blesssings.

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  9. beautiful photos. i love the devil's paintbrush!

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  10. Wonderfully written and photographed Laura.

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  11. ballet of waking weeds
    shaking their seeds
    beneath our
    feet

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    so good, you!

    love the photos, the tiny details.
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    blessings. healing. laughter joy to you

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  12. Beautiful series. The monochrome reduces each one right down to its essence.

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  13. Beautiful photos paired with beautiful words.

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  14. These are beautiful in b&w, and the light and details show up so wonderfully.

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  15. These are beautiful and lovely in b&w, and I like how the light and details are defined.

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  16. What a perfect pairing of words and visual images.

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  17. So much movement, artistic movement of the words in contrast with the artful nature you present. marvelous!

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  18. A lovely poem and I love the pictures as well. I hope you're enjoying your summer break and that it is bringing you peace and rest :o)

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  19. love the pictures and love the hope and spirit of in spite of in this...ballet of waking weeds
    shaking their seeds..beautifully penned...what a dance of joy and grace and tomorrow

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  20. one of my favorite subjects... the hope and faith required for a seed to bloom...gorgeous photos, and i love these lines:
    "only one bloom
    is destined
    to be a
    star"

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  21. Really beautiful and descriptive, such a fine observation of nature and spirit.

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  22. love the photos...weeds can be so beautiful..the wind gives them such life as they dance summer long...bkm

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  23. Beautiful once again. Your photographs are stunning in their clarity and form. Your words enhance them just perfectly.

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  24. Lovely words and pictures of the season and change ~

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  25. Laura,
    You've beautifully, artfully conveyed my feelings about the wild plants that emerge. Weeds only if we choose to consider them as such. Some, I leave; some I pluck, but always with great respect for their tenacity.

    http://www.kimnelsonwrites.com/2012/06/18/over-decades/

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  26. Laura, these should be in a gallery.

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  27. We all need to be as hardy and as persistent as weeds, don't we?

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  28. Beautiful, Laura. Life always renews itself.

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  29. Laura - I agree with Buddah's comment - absolutely beautiful as a photo essay and poem ... wonderful ! :)

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  30. Beautiful pictures, Laura! Weeds can be just as lovely if they can be controlled or confined to certain areas! Great write!

    Hank

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  31. Very fine pictures and words!
    I whish you a fine and lovefull summer!

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  32. Interesting for me as I dont use pics... enjoyed it muchly

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  33. absolutely stunning photographs in their own right, but exquisite as a ballet! i can't tell you how much i love the entire post!

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  34. Your photos are all so subtle and lovely. You are a wonderful observer of nature.

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  35. I love black and white pictures .. very beautiful

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  36. Lovely nature shot. Poetic and artistic post.

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  37. Oh, I wish you would write a book, just like this!
    I love this, the dance of the seasons the whispers and shadows we think dormant. This was sooo beautiful~
    You created magic in both words n' photos! :D

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  38. So full of life and the pictures are so good. I love the part where it says destined to be the only star....what a great feeling for a Tuesday morning. Great job.

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  39. The black and white really played so well with your poetry and it makes me think of when I start to come back from a set-back..sometimes doubting that I will, but never giving up..I know you do too..love this..hugs to you Laura...Michelle...

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  40. Laura! What a post! That star shot is really amazing. Glad you were observant enough to notice that and share it with us!!

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  41. Laura, lovely words and images. Hope all is well, wishing you a great day!

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  42. I've traveled a whole year with you on just one post.

    Marvelous!

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  43. Beautiful, beautiful pictures, so delicate and intimate, the words making light of weeds.

    Beautiful experience.

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  44. What gloriously exquisite shots!

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  45. I've read it twice now, my kids want to know why I'm crying. We will huddle close in a minute, in front of the screen, and share this beautiful piece of your soul, and send a bit of ours back to you.

    Thank you for this message ... from your heart to ours.

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  46. Beautiful photos and words.
    Wish you a wonderful weekend.

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  47. Very interesting post! The B/W shade is great match... and some of the shots are truly intriguing. The best ones I liked - 9th, 10th and 19th - they are classic.

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  48. A great B&W post!
    Lovely to see all these photos!

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  49. wonderful macro shots in bw! thanks for sharing with weekend flowers :)

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  50. Bellissime le tue fotografie, brava! Una buona giornata e una felice domenica a Te...ciao

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  51. Great shots, love the tones and textures.

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  52. Thank you for sharing your lovely work with Flower Art Friday. I am extremely interested in the topic of creativity as spiritual practice. Looking forward to exploring more of your blog!

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  53. Wow! beautiful B&W photo sereies! I enjoyed them very much especially a star shaped flower.

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  54. Wonderful serie of b%w pictures!

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  55. Beautiful B & W photo series you run. Wishing you a good Sunday :) Hanne Bente

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  56. Hallo Laura .
    solche Bilder finde ich schön..die kleinen Dinge die man öft nicht so auf den ersten Blick erkennt..wunderschön
    LG vom katerchen

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  57. A wonderful song with wise words and your fantastic photos with all these details...

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  58. These details in B&W is just amazing ♥ I could go over these pic again and again... *sigh*

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  59. You have so wonderful photos!! ♥

    A wonderful weekend for you
    Christel

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  60. Wonderful
    black and white pictures!

    Have a good time!
    Christine

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  61. What an enriching post. A slow detailed post. Texture shots accompanied with poetic, observant words.
    The laws of the natural world teach so much about the truths of humanity. I see why Jesus Christ taught so many of his parables using agricultural metaphors.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Cheers,
    Leah

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  62. Wonderful light in this exquisite series in B & W, beautiful photos with precise framing. A very pretty flowers.

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  63. Wow, that's a lot of photos. Nice set.

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  64. Your photos are so beautiful and exquisite. Thank you for showing them.

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  65. I love the words, their arrangement, and the photographs. Thank you for sharing with the Poetry Pantry...which is where I am visiting from tonight.

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  66. It's always so much fun to see what you come up with next. I loved them all...you are magical when behind that camera lens. :0) David

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  67. I love the effect of black and white =)

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  68. What a lovely series! Very effective in black & white.

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  69. Beautiful series! I especially like the shot on top.

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  70. What a great series of black and white compositions.

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  71. Laura,

    Your black/white photography is stunning! I love how you have captured the essence of these flowers.

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  72. How wonderful is it to see perfect beauties in black and white!
    Beautiful text!
    Thanks for sharing

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  73. Oh my goodness. These are all amazing shots.

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  74. Love these pictures and words--beautifully done!

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  75. We are so thoughtless in that we do trample over them - no thought given to the life below our feet, and many of these so called weeds actually have life sustaining properties; for example the dandelion green has more nutrients than spinach but we spray them with weed killer! I love researching the wonderful herbs God has given. You write so eloquently. Blessings, Judy

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