Unconditional Reciprocity

unconditional

giving, by give and accept,

reciprocity

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Something very special happens within when we open up to the unconditional acceptance of another being. There is a reciprocity. By both giving and receiving, we nurture within ourselves love, gratitude, and a softening of the heart.

My response to The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Face.

copyright ©2016 Terry Boswell

 

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Bloom And Bud

bud burst open white
bloom from mud and deep green depths
brightly sunward turns

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Currently blooming in my southern New York State Garden, the Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum) is a bulb that can be found in many parts of the world. Considered a weed by some, it’s got to be tenacious to survive the jumble in my wildly overgrown perennial garden!

In response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Single Flower or Bud, and Jennifer Nichole Wells’s One Word Photo Challenge: Bulb. Thank you Cee and Jennifer for the challenges!

Buds

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Buds burst open,
squeezed through twig, branch, and bark.
Straining toward a lush green future.
Seeking the light and warmth of spring.

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I took this photo one morning last week in my backyard. The sun came out strong after a soaking mix of rain and sleet. Everything was shimmering with light. The conditions were perfect to satisfy Jennifer Nichole Wells’s One Word Photo Challenge: Bokeh, and the resulting photo works for The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Future, as well. Buds and new growth always speak to me of a promising future.

Thank you Jennifer N. and Jen H. for the challenges!

 

Bed ‘n Buddy

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cuddling close
snuggly slumber
delicious dreams
restful repose

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Four lines, four syllables each, for four sides of a bed, a harmonious place to hang out… 🙂  in response to Jennifer Nichole Wells’s One Word Photo Challenge: Bed, and the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Harmony.

New Beginnings

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like inhalation and exhalation
is the inflow and outflow of sea to land
blessed with light as a new day rises

another breath, and another, and another
a continuum, yet a new moment each
each a gift, each a fresh possibility

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This post is in response to three photo challenges…
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Things That Are WetThe Daily Post Weekly Photo challenge: State of Mind and The Daily Post Weekly Photo challenge: Harmony.

You can click on the links above to see more responses from others or to participate.

Rough, Rocky, Snowless Shore

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    rough 
rocky 
    snowless shore
               bereft of winter's blanket 
       gray
    and naked 
         awaits the raiment of spring


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This year on February 4th, there was no snow at Sherwood Island State Park in Connecticut on the shore of the Long Island Sound.

DSC07741-3-sherwood-state-park-connecticut-wmIt was a beautiful day, but I missed the snow.
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Last year on February 4th, it looked like this… Continue reading

Hoping Heart

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you can see right through
 
a heart so open hoping

unreserved giver

filled with transparent desire

to empty of all save love

 
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Last week I had to travel into New Jersey. After driving for a few hours, I stopped to get out of the car and stretch my legs. I was surprised and delighted to find this magnificent heart-shaped tree trunk as I wandered a bit into the Watchung Reservation. Such a find! I’m posting it, along with a tanka that I hastily wrote, in honor of Valentine’s Day.

I hope you enjoy, and thanks for stopping by!

 

 

Time Passing

Rivington Street and Ludlow Street, New York City. January 2016.

A series of consecutive nows

unified

colored by experience and point of view

culminate in expression

A Lifetime

 

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Seven photo-frozen moments captured on the corner of Rivington and Ludlow, New York City. January 16, 2016. Click an image to view it larger.

This is my response to the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Time.