Archive for January, 2012

Reflections of Freedom

Posted in Poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2012 by allisonlabine

Waves beat at the concrete cage,
Hissing –
You are my prisoner,
Through each age.

A seagull swooped down and called,
You have no voice.
You are frozen to this spot white tower;
In what world did you have a choice?

Fog choked.  Ice cracked.
The sun’s flames
Ceaselessly scorched.
Ships passed and
Sailors turned,
Even the moon’s silhouette burned.

The tower stood,
Separate and alone;
A thousand days
Blurring into one long night,
Silence –
Echoing in hollow bone.

Hear me,
Hear my voice,
Tell me I am not alone.
My ache was a whisper,
Before a hushed cry,
Now – a raging, burning tome.

You are nothing but alone,
The wind screeched and moaned.

You will not speak,
Hold your tongue,
Your empty
Words, I steal.
They will stay down
Deep inside
Quiet and unreal.

And now no more,
Your heart has slowed,
Your faint call falls on
Deaf ears.
Close your eyes,
And go to sleep,
You are not needed here.

But something heard,
Something felt,
The wake of life above.
And reached out,
Reached up,
With sweeping arms of hope.

The gull envies you for the
Heights you have climbed;
The wind and waves for your
But your cage –
The one you have always known
Has been no one’s, but your own.

Bars built from your fear, and
Darkness reaching from your past,
Take down those walls, and
Dream –

You will be free at last.

-Allison LaBine

Photograph by Allison LaBine; Burano, Italy

Mountains in the Florida Sky

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , on January 27, 2012 by allisonlabine

Image by Allison LaBine

Into the light

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , on January 25, 2012 by allisonlabine

The women in this picture thought they were in my way when I took it. They weren’t. When one exhaled, she made the shot. So did that light – the light photographers wait for and dream of…

Image by Allison LaBine; Burano, Italy


Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , on January 22, 2012 by allisonlabine

In a sinking city,
Soon the only
Reflection will be the
Burning sun and sky.

Look now,
You are a part of history.

-Allison LaBine

Image by Allison LaBine


Posted in Inspiration with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2012 by allisonlabine

Love transcends all barriers and limits. Sometimes the hand that reaches to comfort us does not resemble our own.

-Allison LaBine

Image gratefully borrowed from unknown.


Posted in Inspiration with tags , , , , , , , on January 19, 2012 by allisonlabine

Build roots from your heart and stand your ground.  Everything else is just a matter of time.

– Allison LaBine

Image by Allison LaBine

Take my hand

Posted in Inspiration, Poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 12, 2012 by allisonlabine

I will be strong, and
I will be weak.

The wind will bend me,
Shape me,
Break me.

The sun will burn and
Sometimes blaze.

And the rain will never fail
To fall.

But I will stand.
I will get back up.
I will keep my head held high.

But not so high,
I miss your hand,
Reaching out to take mine.

-Allison LaBine

Image & words by Allison LaBine

Reach. Never stop reaching.

Posted in Inspiration with tags , , , , , , on January 10, 2012 by allisonlabine

“Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

Image by Allison LaBine

Profound answer to the question – Who am I?

Posted in Inspiration with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 8, 2012 by allisonlabine

“I am not my memories.  I am my dreams.”  – Terry Hostetler

Image by Allison LaBine


Posted in Welcome with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 6, 2012 by allisonlabine

I think.
I feel.
I write from a soul that burns without end.
I am an actor of many parts;
This screen, my stage.
With a thousand different voices
Calling – one is meant for you.
A voice that cries,
You do more than exist; you live.
You think.
You feel.
You have no limits.
There is no end.

– Allison LaBine

Image by Allison LaBine