Snapshot Stash

Snapshots of the past,
each and every one,
selected with great care
for its rosy light and glow,
food for the soul,
honey for the heart

Like the desert
yearning for the next rain,
thirsting for each individual drop,
penetrating the dry skin,
trickling down to the roots
of the flowers yet to bloom.


Like the night
waiting for the arrival of day,
anticipating the aureole of dawn,
savouring the darkest hour,
growing tendrils of velvet
to greet the morning.


Like Winter
listening out for Spring
dreaming of azure blue skies,
waiting for the pale glory of snowdrops
to emerge from the hibernating soil
heralding the return of the sun.


Each memory safely tucked away
brought out and gently caressed
to make the soul last
       from Drought to Rain
       from Winter to Spring
       from Night to Day.

Each memory special and unique,
just a little flickering flame
in the dark that surrounds us some days,
carefully folded after each use,
covered with silken tissue paper,
and a red velvet bow.

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Dedicated to my muse Autumnwind. :-) She has inspired me to create two of (I think) my best photo manipulations and she’s now inspired this poem with her comment to my poem Rain on My Skin


I am a very creative person and it’s my way of dealing with the world, inside and out. I am only happy when I am making things or painting or writing. There are just not enough hours in the day…. I am into poetry and photo manipulation at the moment and also dabbling in photography. :-)

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  • Philosophy Lee
    Philosophy Leeover 4 years ago

    “… honey for the heart.”
    YUMMY!!! :)

  • :-) Thank you. Every one needs something sweet now and again…

    – Sybille Sterk

  • lianne
    lianneover 4 years ago

    Wherever your inspiration comes from (and there’s no doubt that Shar can be totally inspiring) your own poetry and art continues to inspire all of us with its amazing imagery, its sheer beauty and its lyrical rhythm. Another favorite for me Syl!

  • Thank you so much Lianne. :-) I am so grateful and happy about all your lovely comments. xx

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Cosimo Piro
    Cosimo Piroover 4 years ago

    a wonderful write Sybille….you are painting some wonderful images with your writing….

  • Thank you Cos, glad you like. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindover 4 years ago

    well, I am so flattered, to say the least. not only because you are such a thoughtful, sweet, caring creative soul…but also because the fact that I actually have anything to do with your outrageously amazing work! well aside from making me very happy , it baffles me too!!! but who cares – it is such a joy and I thank you so, so much! this poem is absolutely brilliant. you have written the snapshots of the soul – captured the art of our lives in words – what a talent you are! oh you make me feel, special. how I thank you and how I appreciate you. cannot say enough! much love and big hugs to you, for so much – so much more than you realize. you have more than made my day : ))) xoxoxo

  • LOL – you ARE special and deserved this. Without your comment the idea for this poem wouldn’t have come to me. :-) Lots of love. xxx

    – Sybille Sterk

  • chitrali
    chitraliover 4 years ago

    oh wow!! – this is magical!….such imagery and beautiful, tender, gentle words(& congrats to shar on being a muse to someone so talented!!…:):)..)…xx chitrali…

  • :-) Thank you Chitrali. We are all muses to someone at some point. Sometimes it just needs this little ‘click’ to make everything come together. :-) xxx

    – Sybille Sterk

  • RaOrEmraeh
    RaOrEmraehover 4 years ago

    Beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman.

  • Thank you Cass, glad you think so. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • bloorain
    bloorainover 4 years ago

    Lovely and great source of inspiration :)

  • :-) Thank you os much. Glad you like. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Xadrik
    Xadrikover 4 years ago

    Again… Timeless. Good Cadence…Well Written…Flawless…Quite different to anything I would ever write… but that is why it is interesting.

  • I know what you mean – other types of writing seem to complement our own and enrich it by making us think in a different way. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

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