2013 Peony Series – 01

“I confess that I love him, I rejoice that I love him, I thank the maker of Heaven and Earth that gave him to me. The exultation floods me.”-

– Emily Dickinson

 

Heavenly

Heavenly

As an introduction to the Peony series I must share with you the meanings of the Peony in the language of flowers.  The meanings vary and include a wide range of emotions.

Peony: Shame, happy marriage, compassion, anger, bashfulness

The image posted above is titled heavenly because it appears that the flower petals float off into infinity, or heaven.  It is dreamy, like pink clouds. The quote links the meaning of the peony, happy marriage, with the title of the image.  Love and heaven united.

Deepest of Loves

A mother’s heart is a patchwork of love.  – Author Unknown

Deepest of LovesDeepest of Loves

 

Hope, Purity, and Atonement

“May the love hidden deep inside your heart find the love waiting in your dreams. May the laughter that you find in your tomorrow wipe away the pain you find in your yesterdays.” – Unknown

Atonement

Reconciliation

Hope

Purity

The above four words are associated with the Star of Bethlehem flower in the Victorian Language of Flowers.  When I saw the quote above I felt that it somehow linked the four words; atonement and  reconciliation of yesterdays and hope for pure love in the days to come.

Hope and Purity

Hope and Purity

Atonement

Atonement

Happy Mother’s Day

A mother’s heart will overflow

With love for all

Upon rest and woe.

With her heart

She loves each little one,

And finds joy,

In each race won.

Her heart does love

The good and bad,

For even when they make her sad,

She finds a reason to stay above,

And goes not mad.

Each day that passes,

Her heart beats faster.

For at times,

The sorrow and frustration

Are very deep and seem

To lack salvation.

But, those little ones grow

With great intentions.

The chaos ensues

And her heart,

With joy,

Responds to each alteration.

And before she realizes

The days of complication

Have passed on to hours of contemplation,

For now she must recognize

That the hours are hers to characterize.

The sacrifice of love

She left behind,

To raise the little ones

Who now have grown

And left her on her own,

To be

More than a heart that bleeds.

 copyright Robyn Graham

Bleeding Heart

Bleeding Heart

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the women in my life who have served as a mother figure, who have inspired me, who have encouraged me, who have supported me, and who have helped me become the woman I am today.  I appreciate your sacrifices of love, of time and of self, for me, as well as, for all people in your lives.

 

2013 Tulip Series – 10

“Love doesn’t make the world go round.  Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” – Franklin P. Jones

Reach for Love

Reach for Love

Love Worthwhile

Love Worthwhile

Love Goes Around

Love Goes Around

The Ride of Love

The Ride of Love

The Tulip series is getting a little long so I thought I would try something different tonight and post multiple images.  Yes, all are in black and white, this too is a change.  Although these images were lovely in color, they moved me in black and white.  I would love to hear your thoughts.  Do you like them?  Which do you like best?

2013 Tulip Series – 09

“To love a person is to learn the song that is in their heart, and to sing it to them when they have forgotten.” – Thomas Chandler

The Heart Sings of Love

The Heart Sings of Love

“The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.” – Oscar Wilde

The Heart Sings of Love in Black and White The Consciousness of Love

2013 Tulip Series – 06

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”

– William W. Purkey

Declare to DanceDeclare to Dance Like Nobody is Watching. Declare to Love Like You’ll Never be Hurt