Frosty leanings

frost, winter, sun, Saskatchewan, beauty, nature

Stand tall

They said

Be strong

Look good

Your time will come.

Days went by and the time did too

And the dream started getting soft

So I bent a little and leaned some more

Trying to lighten the load.

It felt right

looked good

And it was

In the right time

And they were wrong.

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Latest Comments

  1. melodylowes says:

    I so get this. I see the beauty and resilience and grace and grit in the nature all around us, too. (And I AM rather partial to poetry…) 🙂


  2. Fotografin Thee Ballmer says:

    It’s always amazing what our NATURE offers us. When you think how simple a grass, a weath is but one can take great shots of them. I like the golden one. And congrats how you find so gentle words. Your combo with the photos and lyrics is a great job.
    LG Thee


  3. Phil Lanoue says:

    Those are terrific! First one especially is a stunner!


  4. B. T. Newberg says:

    Hi. I’m preparing to make the switch to the Gridspace theme like you have here, but I have some trepidations. My questions mainly have to do with setting feature images for the front page grid display, which my current theme does not support. First, does the theme try to squish the thumbnails or does it cut off what doesn’t fit within the allotted area in the grid? Second, is there an option to get the image from a URL, or does it make you upload the image to the media library? Thank you very much.


    • lylekrahn says:

      The theme cuts off whatever part of the image doesn’t fit on the front page display. As far as I can tell, those images need to be uploaded to the media library.


  5. hannele says:

    a different, and beautiful, post from you. 🙂


  6. Mike Powell says:

    The photos are beautiful, with the rendering of a simple subject in four different contexts. Do these represent the four seasons or perhaps even four stages of life? I find myself transported back to my literature classes, trying to divine the author’s intentions. Should the words and images be taken at face value or do they have deeper meanings?

    Your poetry too is beautiful, though I detect a note of bittersweetness, especially in the last line and in the line about dreams growing soft. That final line is poignant in its ambiguity. Who are the people represented by the unidentified “they?” In what way were “they” wrong? Were they wrong when they told you to stand tall? Were they wrong when they said that your time would come? Are we to feel regret and disillusionment about lost opportunities and compromised dreams?

    I choose a more optimistic interpretation. Life is about making choices and learning what is right for you as an individual. In some ways I am reminded of one of my favorite poets, Robert Frost, who concluded a famous poem, The Road Not Taken, with the words, “Two roads diverged in a wood and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” (I can thank my English teachers for the fact that many decades later I can still recite those words.)


    • lylekrahn says:

      I really did take you back to literature classes! Some excellent questions. I think the best interpretation is the one you discover and choose (and I like yours). Much of the ambiguity was intentional as I wanted it to be interpreted on many levels, however, I will describe some of the back story.

      The day I found these photos, everything around me was hanging with frost. I tried to get different colours, backgrounds and perspectives, and was pleased with this set of four that all came from the same area. I wasn’t thinking of seasons or stages of life but I like the stages concept.

      I started the poem with the simple idea that the frost-bent plants looked better than standing tall which I intuitively thot should look better. I quickly realized that this was a metaphor for life. There are often expectations put on people about what is best, sometimes they are right and sometimes they are wrong. In the end each person should decide for themselves how best to flourish and make their dreams come true in the fullness of time. Sometimes that is easy and sometimes bittersweet – each person’s path is unique. In an ironic twist, I also tried to make the overall shape of the words like a plant that was standing tall as a tribute to the choices made (I realize that is a real stretch).

      I hadn’t thot of Robert Frost’s poem but it brings back fond memories and those words are some of the few that I recall. I suppose my attempt was in the same subject area just edgier.


  7. Coloured-Windows by katleenj says:

    beautiful interpretation of the pictures


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