Tag Archives: poetry

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

Superior Silhouettes ~ Courtesy of Lake Superior

On the way to a Sunset,
approaching the steps,
anticipating beauty,
appreciating now.

Silhouette Sisters

Silhouette Sisters ~ Courtesy Denise and Sue

Chance meetings on beaches
silhouette sisters
sharing sunsets shadows
laughter with strangers.

We become sisters and brothers sharing sunsets and laughter in silhouettes.

Namaste ~ Starbear

Weekly Photo Challenge – Movement ~ Songs of Lake Superior

This is a re-post from the very beginning of Post-a-day 2011, and according to stats, not many have seen or read it. It seemed to fit the bill for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement and since I am not moving very quickly at the moment (broken toe) I hope you enjoy! Next Sunday, July 15th is Lake Superior Day, so it seems doubly apt. You can learn more about celebrating the Lake at Lake Superior.
The photo includes ice, so if you are in one of the “heat zones,” close your eyes, imagine the sounds of waves, feel the cold water and enjoy the Songs of Lake Superior. Mmmmm… Feels great on my rainbow colored foot!

Lake Superior

I love the sound of Lake Superior singing, rushing, roaring, laughing,
and have not “seen” the Lake in daylight for days.
I visited her last night at dusk.
We talked quietly in the half-light.
Looking out as far as eyes could see,
she seemed unmoving, frozen, still,
resting in her cycle of winter.
I sang to her, as usual, off key.
She thanked me anyway.
I thanked her for being, always there, always patient.
Home, to rest, to recall her other songs.
This is one:
Beneath my ice
Water flows
In ebbing tides
My mystery grows
Moving water
Cannot freeze
Kept warm by unseen energies.
Rest, move, flow,
Rest, move, grow.
In your dreams
In your sleep
I’ll hold the secrets
Safe and deep.
Come spring
Sunlight dancing yet again
Sparkling laughter tossing
Beauty on the beach
mysteries to the wind.

Namaste~ Starbear
May your day be filled with rest, action, food for thought, and most of all love.

Copyright 2011-12 Betsy Lewis

Remembering 9/11 and Happy Brains

2,987 (?) lives lost, families devastated, rescuers injured – “collateral damage”.
10 years later, how many more lives lost in wars and global conflict, in revenge? Over what? Water, oil, money, who has the bigger stick? The links below are what I wrote then. I still believe there are better solutions, more creative and life supporting solutions. In honor of the lives lost on 9/11, I ask this question – Isn’t the definition of insanity doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results?
“When will they ever learn?” from “Where have all the flowers gone?” sung here by Pete Seeger.
The good news – 400 trees planted at ground zero and a peaceful park plaza on many acres in NYC.

In the face of adversity, I choose joy. This weekend I am attending a Tele-conference called Choosing Joy , hosted by Cathleen Harvey Spacil, and created for people with brain injuries and mental illness. Brain Be Happy  is about finding joy in every situation and the choices we make. In my humble opinion, those judged mentally ill, brain damaged, may have better, more creative, healthier solutions than politicians. There is even helpful information for veterans and soldiers who have suffered brain trauma available on her site.

Where have all the flowers gone? – Cathleen is a flower blooming brilliantly in her life, my life and on the internet.
Yes, my brain is happy – and it makes these energy connections, leaps between the concept that if we are each at peace in our lives and hearts, there would be less global conflict. There would be more time and money and happy people available for finding creative solutions to caring for the earth and the wonderful people on it. More freedom to express kindness, compassion, love, with simple, elegant solutions.

These are the links from my “blog” 10 years ago.
Mourning Poem
Deepak Chopra  – Thoughts on Peace
My Personal Experience  –  A Quiet Voice
There are other links on these pages , as well.

Things are changing, some minds are changing. There are quiet, joyful voices singing in harmony. Peace to you this day, may your heart be filled with peace – and joy.

Namaste ~ Star Bear

Happy Trails

Heading home...

With back to the sunset
Today’s path in light
Shimmering glimpses
While heading for night

Trees splashed golden
Gazing upward to see
Path clear ahead
Open through trees

Blazed by others
Coyote, wolf, deer
Packed solid by paws
Made wider by bear

Easy adventure
Finding way back
Fast-food lane pause
For a blueberry snack

Evening chir-rup-pers
Call goodnight in ease
Breathing pine air
On whisper of breeze

Happy Trails! May your day be filled with easy journeys, clear, soft paths and light and joy! Thank you for walking this smile[sic] in my boots with me. 🙂

Namaste ~ Star Bear

Celebrating 6 Months of Postaday2011

June 30, 2011 – the last day of June, the mid-point of this year. To all the postaday2011 bloggers, this is halfway! Congratulations!

You are doing it – blogging daily, sometimes, often.

Inook Sook - Cairn - Marking the Day! Celebrate!

Today’s image – Inook Sook I built on Lake Superior – pronounced Inook-Shook in Ojibwe. Inooksooks are used as markers – way markers, reference points, trail markers, directional markers, or to identify and share places and events of special meaning. The spelling I use is from an Ojibwe elder.

(According to Wikipedia it’s mostly an arctic tradition, yet my Native American friends tell me they have been built here for eons.)

In English – It’s a Cairn – Wikipedia has interesting info.  So, Congratulations, fellow postaday2011, postaweek2011, or weekly photo challenge participants. Celebrate your success. You are still here, writing profoundly or not, writing humor, laughing, or whatever floats your boat or rocks you.

I started the postaday 2011 challenge late – I didn’t find out about it until January 8th. I was home from work, sick, and when I made the commitment, I didn’t realize that it was because I was home sick that I had time to sit and write and edit photos everyday. My first “offcial” post a day 2011 post started with: “What may be mundane to some, becomes important to others…” I atill have no idea what is important to others…

I have succeeded in part, yet not posting every day. Out of a possible 180 opportunities (days) I have posted 50 posts including this one. Graded by a teacher on percentages, I would flunk! Another failure! The former over-achieving perfectionist in me says “YES!”

 Seen another way, I have succeeded. I have been writing everyday, not always posting. I have learned to recycle images and writing. I am taking more photographs less often. I have learned that “likes” bump your blog up in the search engines. I have learned that maybe not that many people care about  what I have to say. I have learned that maybe my writing sucks? I have also learned that some people LOVE my photographs and what I say about them. Others like my poems. I have read some great blogs and some that are meant for someone else to read. I started with some blog buddies.  Now, I follow some interesting blogs including:  

 bwinbwinmusic

 Life in the Bogs 

 Inside & Out – Marge Mercurio     

I drop-in on some friends to see what they are up to. One friend is homeless in California and only gets to blog once in a while from the library…. And she is one of the most upbeat people I know! Her blog, Birthing your Creative Fire is about what it is like being homeless.

One friend is creating a butterfly a day at My Butterfly Year –  and another  is teaching people about bullying and how to generate kindness instead: Hearts that Care.

 Many of my friends are very creative… and I prefer joyous, thoughtful, informative, enlightening, educational.. I also found out that it takes a lot of computer time to really read stuff. Maybe I am slow? My computer is slow… I still have not figured out how to get the blogs I like into the side bar and don’t know if it’s the theme I use or my own impatience.

My own life in the past 6 months has been a roller coaster – about which I choose not to write, except occasionally. In brief: My phone has been turned off – and back on, a couple of times. My internet has been turned off – and back on, a couple of times. My electricity – same story. In March, my computer died and was resurrected, thanks to a European friend who ordered the part on e-bay and had it shipped to me. In April I changed jobs. In May, I hit a deer with my truck and smashed them both up.  Good things: I was unhurt and I have great insurance! For the month of May, when gas prices soared, I got to drive a rental car that got great mileage- a miracle, since I drive 60 miles round trip to work. I lost an old friend, and made many new ones. I have listened to and read umpty-seven online classes and seminars on how to use the internet for marketing, how to improve my writing, how to be braver, how to find the love of my life, how to love the love of my life, how to get rid of the feelings I have for the love of my life,  how to parent better, how to love better, how to make more money, how to save money,  how to focus more, how to focus less, how write more, how take better pictures, how to say what I want, how to ask, how to give, how to receive, how to eat, how to pray… and how to blog.

For today I will simply celebrate and mark this day as halfway to somewhere and looking forward to the ongoing journey of sharing and learning. Is it art? Poetry? Photography? Sharing? Giving? Have a wonderful postaday2011.

Celebrate your successes. I am. I’m still here – blogging sparkling, laughing. 

Namaste ~ Starbear

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refreshing

Constant Consistent Refreshing

Constant
consistent
refreshing
water
elemental
sparkling
renewing
untiring
inspiring
beauty
strength
softness
meets
stone
wearing
away
hardness
smoothing
edges
gently
shaping
washing
all
clean

May your day be refreshing, wherever you are! Dance with the sparkles of your life ~ here now.
Namaste ~ Star Bear
All images and words – copyright 2011 Betsy Lewis

Light Gifts

Luna Moth - Actias Luna

Flying Eyes ~ Night Gifts


Moon Moth wings
Color sings
Luna eyes
mesmerize
Beauty surrounds
Silent sounds
Circles of Moonlight
Night gifts found
on the doorstep at dawn.

May your day be filled with beautiful gifts!

Namste~StarBear
Copyright 2011 Betsy Lewis
The adult Luna Moth may only live about 7 days, depending on location and may only produce one generation.
Google Luna Moth for more or check out:
Wikipedia
Actias Luna

Morning After Moon

Full moon rising
In a hazy sky
Golden orb gloradiates
Softly gilded lines

Moonlight edglings
Spread a fan of tiny backlit clouds
Doubling on the mirrorlake
Peacocks tail arrayed above and below.

Stillness, silence, peace, beauty
Ahh… Can life be better than this?
What more could one want?
Hearts desire filled…

Their call begins south
Then North Answered East… nearby
Whippoorwills sing
Call shout sing whip-poor-will

Louder closer
whip-poor-will
whip-poor-WILL
surrounded by answers of will…

then fireflies dance.

Surrounded by love
Touching God touching me touching life…
I thought of you…
Wished you here to share this moment…
and now we do.

Namaste ~ Star Bear
Copyright 20111 Betsy Lewis

Another song by Cat Stevens to enjoy – I’m being followed by a
Moonshadow

Post-A-Day 2011 – Postcard from Spring

2011 April 2

While others share their signs of Spring
Snow here still hides most everything…
Yet, Spring brings light, not dull and gray
Clear Light begins to end the day

Crisp Clear Light

Light seen through woods, ‘tween trees
Brings contrast to the world we sees!
Colors in both bark and trunk
Lifting winter’s tired funk

Coyote Jokester


Coyote jokesters jump and play
Hide and seek in woods today
Across the frozen snow they trot
North then south, they slink and plot

Superior’s blocks of ice and snow
In sunlight cast their crystal glow
With each and every tiny drip
Spring loosens Winter’s chilly grip.

Winter dripping away...


While Water laughs a music score
Walls of ice still line the shore
Sparkling in a slow retreat
Giving way to patient heat

Crystal Walls

Sunshine! clear and crisp ‘til night
Then washing snow in sleepy light
Water droplets, ripples, flow
Signs of Spring beneath snow glow

Beneath the sheets of ice and snow...

2011 3 April ~ and today it snows once more! Spring comes slowly here. May your days be filled with sparkling light!
Namaste ~ Star Bear
Words and photographs copyright 2011 Betsy Lewis

Post-A-Day 2011 ~ Postcard from the Beach

Symphony by Wind with Sand on Snow

Melodies from the Beach in Winter

In winter’s silence sleeping
Beyond the icy shelf
Lake and water keeping
Their music to them self

Paw prints to the tide pool
The only thing in sight
Blurred and fuzzy, much too dull
To capture in this light

Yet in this constant quiet
That coyote trickster track
Instead of passing by it
Circled, turning back

Followed that coyote
Walking side by side
Led to joyful music
Unheard in summer tide

Songs of frozen winter
Wind has writ this score
Written in the darkness
With sand on snow at shore

Symphonies in nature
Songs of night and day
Written by the wind
And left for me today

May your day be filled with joyous music from nature…
Namaste ~ Star Bear