a Photographic Journey by Meryl

Girl Power

we worship
the water
the sun
life on
four girls
olive eyes
bronze skin
bouncing curls
from the east

There’s nothing like bonding with
a girlfriend. Here’s me and Robyn Lee
hanging out on a bench with some lily pads.
Yep, we go way back… when our girls were
romping (sometimes butt naked ) on the beach.
We met at a day care center… new moms and
newcomers in this breathtaking yet lonely
place…both looking for a friend.
Then life and illness got in the way.
We had rarely spoken or seen one another
for years and years until Robyn came over for tea to
celebrate my birthday this past March. That day she shared
how she had discovered photography via her new blog—
Through The Healing Lens—how it was helping her
reconnect with the world after being isolated due
to her medical challenges and chronic pain.
Ironic, since I’m a photographer yet it wasn’t until
that moment that I realized that my craft had also been
helping me cope and recover–from post-traumatic stress–
in my case, since the moment I picked up a camera.
Although our pain manifests in different ways, we realized
we continue to travel on parallel paths. Hence. the
creation of Recovery Thru My Lens
and this collaborative post
with image by Robyn
and words by me,

©Meryl Spiegel 2012–All rights reserved–No reproduction without permission

46 responses

  1. Beautiful photography. I love reflections on the water. The photo is perfect for you your message.

    September 26, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    • Thanks Pat, credit goes to Robyn Lee for the image; pleased you enjoyed it!

      September 26, 2012 at 8:29 pm

  2. Reblogged this on THROUGH THE HEALING LENS and commented:
    Ever notice that sometimes friends show up at just the right moment…offering encouragement and inspiration, not by doing anything specific, but simply by– being present?

    Last Thursday while I was venturing out to run an errand, following a rather difficult and isolating week, my cell- phone rang and it was Meryl, a dear long-time friend who resides in my community. Meryl also happens to be a member of our cherished blogsphere. We have been friends here since my mid 20s, sharing in so many important transitional periods of each other’s lives.

    We decided to meet, and hang out for a bit on a comfy bench facing our favorite Lily Pond. It was such a delight to relish in some old-fashioned “girl-power” that day — a few giggles and tears, reflections and hugs, and while we gazed at the emerging Lilies…I shot this photo of our adjoined shadows.

    Later that evening, Meryl composed a heartwarming poem and created a special post honoring our bond of friendship. I am so thrilled to share this with each of you today.
    Much Love~ Robyn Lee

    September 26, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    • So exciting that you reblogged this special post, Robyn! Wonderful that I could offer you some encouragement so spontaneously…isn’t that the best…when we least expect it, inspiration and hope can come our way. Just like that day so long ago when we started talking amidst the high chairs and cribs…Love you…xoxmeryl

      September 26, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      • Adore this poem Meryl … so few words captured so much!! Yes – spontaneous encounters are my favorite these days… the universe seems to watch out for us that way! Some friendships just maintain their charge – regardless of circumstances…and without condition. We have come such a long way since those days of the “terrible twos” very proud of all six of us great “girls” 🙂 — Evolution of the best sort…. Love u always … xo R

        September 26, 2012 at 10:43 pm

      • Yes, spontaneity is so important to maintain any relationship..and we do seem to continue to recharge one another after all these years..quite remarkable considering all that has transpired…and our girls…who could have imagined that each one would shine so bright…wonderful to watch and so much more to come…xoxmeryl

        September 26, 2012 at 10:53 pm

  3. This is wonderful!

    September 26, 2012 at 9:33 pm

  4. Ah! Just lovely. I dive into your words and find hope. Thank you!

    September 26, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    • Ahhhh….thank you Millie…in friendship there is always hope…so happy that you found some here!

      September 26, 2012 at 9:40 pm

  5. Love, love, love this! Beautiful! Nothing speaks louder than friendship!

    September 26, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    • Wonderful to hear that Robyn…there truly is nothing like a friend to cherish…:-)

      September 26, 2012 at 9:51 pm

  6. Lovely!!!

    September 26, 2012 at 10:21 pm

  7. Love this post ….as I do Robyn’s… the words go so well with the photo… gonna have to follow you and see what else you do…

    September 26, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    • Pleased you enjoyed our Girl Power, Bulldog…nice to have a new follower and hope you find some inspiration here!

      September 26, 2012 at 10:38 pm

      • LOVE this man (Bulldog) Meryl – -another sparkling diamond in our ocean of jewels here at WordPress! xo

        September 26, 2012 at 11:11 pm

  8. what a poetic arrangement! loved it all! z

    September 26, 2012 at 10:42 pm

  9. Julie Catherine

    Love your poem, Meryl; it complements Robyn’s beautiful shadow photo perfectly. The power of true friendship is absolutely incredible, and you’ve both captured it beautifully. ~ Julie 🙂

    September 27, 2012 at 8:45 am

    • Ahhh, thanks Julie…yes, quite powerful when friendship persists and perseveres…we are truly blessed…:)

      September 27, 2012 at 8:58 am

      • Julie Catherine

        Hi Meryl, I’m still here, exploring your blog – I love what I’ve seen; your photography and poems, your words, are fascinating, with much wisdom. Beautiful. Many thanks to our lovely Robyn for the introduction! (((Hugs))) 🙂

        September 27, 2012 at 9:02 am

      • Ahhhh, so pleased that you are enjoying my work…means so much to me…and yes, so much thanks to Robyn for sharing her many fans with me…:-)

        September 27, 2012 at 9:24 am

  10. People do seem to come into our lives at just the right time, don’t they? Often for me it takes a bit of reflection to discover the true reason. Beautiful photography and poem. 🙂

    September 27, 2012 at 10:52 am

    • Yes, LuAnn…so magical how it occurs or “re-occurs” when we least expect it. Thanks for visiting and your wonderful comment!

      September 27, 2012 at 11:07 am

  11. So heartwarming — bonds of friendship are like the deep roots of the lilies. What a great photo and wonderful poem 🙂 ~Angela

    September 27, 2012 at 11:32 am

    • Ahhhh, Angela…yes, it’s a wonderful metaphor…so happy you enjoyed! xoxmeryl

      September 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm

  12. Beautiful! How wonderful to have such a friendship.
    Yay for “girl power”!

    September 27, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    • Yes, Fergie…although we live no more than five miles apart…it’s this universal community that brought us together again….xom

      September 27, 2012 at 8:44 pm

  13. powerful connections…. thank you x

    September 27, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    • Connecting is most certainly what it’s all about…thank you, Silver Poet!

      September 27, 2012 at 8:43 pm

  14. oh i love this so much! what wonderful gifts to help both of you to heal and heal each other!

    September 27, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    • Yes, Sarah…we are certainly blessed! Thanks for your heartfelt comment…

      September 27, 2012 at 8:40 pm

  15. I LOVE this collaboration, made even more special by the bond you and sweet Robyn share! 😀 I adore your words and Robyn’s photo….I love that you two got to have a special girl-time moment!! Yes, connections through love….that is what life is truly about!!! So so many hugs Meryl!!! ~

    September 28, 2012 at 1:18 am

    • Ahhh Christina…yes, I was happy too…that this creative moment occurred so spontaneously…and then that we could share it with all of you out there who have been so so supportive…Hugs to you too…xomeryl

      September 28, 2012 at 4:40 pm

  16. Meryl, my words seem insufficient…but I am very moved. Yes the photograph is beautiful and your friendship a wonderful thing. But the real beauty is the pure bonding of love, understanding, acceptance, great spirit and the hard part – the fighting through! And the knowing of having someone special who does know and understand and relate. I am so happy for both of you and your bond – a wonderful thing for two of the most beautiful (inside and out) women I have been so fortunate to meet online, thank you for the sharing of this. It means so much, sending love your way my friend ~ Penny xx

    September 28, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    • Penny, how wonderful to hear that our bond resonates so well with other women like you who dare to put your work and your feelings out there when it is so difficult to do so with the girl next door. And, yes, I’m so fortunate to be able to share in “real” life with Robyn who can support the process here on so many levels….many hugs, xooxmeryl

      September 28, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      • Thank you, I felt the hugs,mmm warm and comforting, thank you my friend! Penny 🙂

        September 28, 2012 at 5:11 pm

  17. Wonderful in every way. So amazing how life brings us to those we need in our lives, when we need them. And how marvelous that life, that the Divine, is giving you both the amazing opportunity for rebirth and re-connection in your friendship! Simply beautiful. Blessings to both of you women…for you both are absolutely fabulous! Blessings, Erin

    September 28, 2012 at 9:58 pm

  18. It’s both a beautiful poem and photograph. I wasn’t aware of the fact the it was two girls sitting on the bench before I read the text beneath the picture. And in a way it doesn’t matter, I made my own story from the poem and the photograph. But reading about the background gave the whole concept a different direction and a very strong one. I think it’s amazing that both you and Robyn have this relationship towards photograph (and between the two of you), that it’s not only a creative outlet but also a healing tool. I am not surprised. It’s probably not so much about photography itself, but finding an outlet that speaks to you as the creator. And being creative have so many different implications and values.

    September 29, 2012 at 4:30 am

    • Ahhh, Otto…always such a thoughtful comment from you…yes, we’re both so fortunate to have been inspired to use photography and writing as tools for healing…for me it took quite a long while to address it directly…that takes a special kind of courage and maturity…so grateful for it all and your support too…Meryl

      September 29, 2012 at 8:49 am

  19. I really like the picture Robyn, and your poeme that goes with it is great Meryl. I especially like the way you have used your words both aurally and visually, giving their sound and shape special meaning…and evem more meaning now knowing that is in fact uctually the two of you in the picture.
    Great post, thanks to you both xxx

    October 4, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    • Thank you, Seadog! I have a lot of fun with shaping the words…pleased that you enjoyed!!!

      October 4, 2012 at 6:52 pm

  20. What a perfect both, through words and imagery…thank you!

    October 10, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    • recoverythrumylens

      Ahhh, so welcome!

      October 11, 2012 at 9:37 am

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