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Retreat

Retreat to the trees; seldom does the forest reveal

her full splendour. Untainted by misfortune, she rises

from the ashes, more glorious than before. The birds

rebuild their nests, history does not bleed within

or cause them to grieve sentimental antiquity!

The wilderness unveils a peaceful stoicism.

 

The night has a life of its own, nocturnal stalkers rustling

through trees in search of sustenance; energy bequeaths

energy. A Boobook owls’ call cuts through the darkness

like a knife, she hunts under its cover. Slumber is an

ambiguous friend to some, daylight restores hope to

the oppressed and rest from their enemies.

 

Knotted Karris shaped by time, surviving the elements.

Their stories are written in their rings, circles of life

depicting seasons of despair and joy. Joy, casting a

shadow of hope in desperate times; symbolic in nature,

alive in us. Naked creation, a revelation of hope in a quest

to find peace, that only comes from the Creator.

 

Sharon Hughes 2017

Archived Blessings

Archived Blessings

Solitary

Solitary

Extinction

Extinction

Transformation

Transformation

Olive (In memory of my grandmother)

Olive

Affliction

Affliction

Truth on Wings

Truth on Wings

A Journey

When we visited Broome, up in the Kimberley (northern Western Australia) in March, we took a day tour by light plane with a small tour group up to the Horizontal Falls.  If you’re interested, here is a site that tells you a little of the falls.

http://www.kimberley-australia.com/kimberley-attractions/horizontal-falls/

horizontal_falls_seaplane_adventures_broome_tour_map

We took some spectacular photos from the air.  I wrote a poem that fits nicely with the photograph, although I didn’t write it to coincide with it!  The poem is rather long, so I had to make the print quite small, hoping it can be read and interpreted properly.  It is coming into winter here in a month, the rain is pattering on our roof, we haven’t had any in really long time, and it has been a very long summer, at least here in the West.  Blessings to all!

A Journey

 

Camel

I have posted this poem in the past; it is made up of several haiku poems I wrote on camels that I decided to join together.  They seem to flow well.  The photo was taken in Broome, Western Australia, on Cable Beach.  I last posted that my husband and I had our 25th wedding anniversary in March.  We rode down the beach on camels in our hippie garb, to meet our celebrant, who did a wonderful job helping us to have a memorable renewing of our vows ceremony!  Our photographer did a wonderful job capturing every moment too!  It was one of many delightful occasions that my dear husband and I have shared over the last 25 years, and knowing that there are many more to come!

Camel