Closer to the Sun

Petals, stems, and hair
whipped by the wind

Rooted beliefs and thoughts
twirl and toss
becoming a new language
when blended with the ancient

Protected knowledge penetrates
skin, blood, and bones
creating shivers and swells

Wings yet to be given
this is the final ascent

Secrets decoded
confusion quells
when the wind calms
and the view expands

Wings yet to be given
it is time to descend

If you’ve been reading me for a while you know how much I enjoy highlighting independent artists, in all the wonderful ways they express themselves. I have the great privilege of featuring a creative collage artist, who is also a thought-provoking writer and poet who takes incredible bird photos. Multi-talented she is! I’ve been enjoying her work since the beginning of my blog journey and now I have the joy of showcasing her work in my office. πŸ’œπŸŒ΅ Visit The Used Life, to enjoy more!

Speaking of “spotlight” ~ a special shoutout to David @ The Skeptics Kaddish for sharing my post, “Strolling through a Poem.” πŸŒŠβœπŸ»πŸ“·πŸ’ž

Thank you for visiting and reading. Happy Spring! πŸŒ„ Michele

Photos: More images from Usery Mountain Regional Park, Arizona (for “selfies” large rocks work in place of my tripod) 😁

Collage Art: “The Travelers” (16 x 20)

Β© 2023 MyInspiredLife

77 thoughts on “Closer to the Sun

    1. Thanks so much, Samantha! It is spectacular to see a large plot of land covered in cacti- best observed from an elevated distance. πŸ˜πŸ“·πŸœοΈ A trip west is a grand idea!


  1. Beautiful poetry, Michele. I love your Sonoran desert photographs, also – way cool (yet, in the sun) cacti! 😎🌞🌡 …Desert thermals did elevate, in poetic flight to appreciate. βœπŸΌπŸ¦‹

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      1. From your photographs, I like the parallel lines of the mountain range with desert ridge, and also how you’ve framed Usery Mountain between opposing hills. πŸ“· Thank you, Michele. πŸ™πŸ» Here’s one more…beauty has buoyancy, and I’ve always looked up to you. πŸ’―

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      2. Thanks for noticing and noting, photographer Phil. A fabulous way to view and capture life! πŸ“· “Framed” could have been another title for this post, I suppose. πŸ–ΌοΈ That’s two more. πŸ˜†πŸ™πŸ»

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      3. It’s (a) good πŸ™Œ (one), making two! πŸ˜† I’d better stop, say that I’m through, as any more may seem askew. Unless, of course, you’d like to play, to which I say please have your way. If not, I know that I should go, the time is getting late. Our chat, herein, has brought a grin…Michele, I think you’re great! Thanks for sharing, my friend. 🌞🌹

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  2. Oh my Michele my Belle, what an extraordinary poem…”wings yet to be given”… and of course, you know I love your photos! πŸ“Έ Thanks so much for sharing the work of The Used Life. I was not familiar with this artist, but I can see why you enjoy her work. Thanks for introducing her to us. πŸ™πŸΌ May your day be merry and bright!!! Oh what inspiration you’ve given us my dear! πŸŒžπŸŒ΅πŸ˜ŽπŸ¦‹πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–πŸ˜πŸŒŸ Hugs and smooches!

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    1. You are a shot of adrenaline, Kymbelina, aka Maven of Motivation! Thank you for bringing your signature enthusiasm. πŸ™ŒπŸ»βœ¨πŸ§šπŸ½ I am excited to share her work and love learning that you visited her site. Thank you for being a collaborative encourager. Hugs and smooches! πŸ¦‹πŸ’–

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed it. Thank you, Barb! The wind whipped it out of me. πŸ˜† Views are beautiful and inspirational – wherever they are – made more meaningful when we move blood, sweat, and tears to get there. πŸ’— My pleasure – do check out her site, if you haven’t already. πŸ™πŸ»


  3. So fascinating poem and inspiring photography πŸŒΉπŸ™πŸ‘πŸ» A Great Author watching the beautiful mountain ,
    So many lovely cactus , and gorgeous nature in front of her eyes and her expressions written by a marvellous
    Poem ✍️😍 She watching the wonders of earth and so anxious thinking that if get wings means she flew and
    Join the precious place well she so much attracted πŸ‘ŒπŸ₯° What a provoking thought πŸ’­ grace wishes dear πŸ‘πŸ’•

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  4. That’s an impeccable poem, I especially loved the last two linesπŸ™Œβ€οΈ. Ahh that’s a lovely collage – I’ve been seeing them over at Instagram and the creativity is amazing!πŸ₯Ήβ£οΈ

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    1. I believe you’ve just upgraded my poem with your word selection. 😁 Thank you very much, Deepthy! I am pleased! Beautiful creativity, yes! Thanks so much for visiting and sharing your thoughts. πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’—


    1. Thank you, Artist Tiffany. πŸ™πŸ» A gorgeous collage, yes! I love her work. I love your work too! I have a question about your art… sent via email. When you have time. 😊


    1. Made it to the top. Woohoo! Teasing… a moderate mountain, but the 360 views are gorgeous! Thanks for enjoying them with me, along with my words. Much gratitude. πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’—


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  6. Your words flow so gracefully with wonderful imagery, Michele, and your photos are stunning. I love those Cacti. Not something we see in No. Calif. After reading your poem a second time, I got goosebumps. And I love the collage art you shared. Gorgeous! πŸ’ž


    1. “Goosebumps” is a grand reaction. Thank you, Lauren! Funny too… I had goosebumps on the trail because I was cold. πŸ˜† I am grateful for your time and appreciation of my work. πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’—

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