Posted by: Juliann Budimir - IG: @laphotowriter | October 13, 2021

Wisdom Tree

In golden years, in golden light

Bathes the wisdom tree

With memories, meanderings,

Dreams of you and me

 

We fondly gaze on yesteryear

To Beauty’s far-off climes

The smooth caress, the fond undress

We once held far from Time

 

Through knowing thee, our wisdom tree,

You bring us once a smile

Across the years and falling tears

Our youth across the miles

 


Poem and photo by Juliann Budimir, October 5, 2021.  All rights reserved.





I love this tree, especially when touched by the afternoon sun.

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Posted by: Juliann Budimir - IG: @laphotowriter | August 12, 2021

Magnolia Queen

She lives within a dream, the Magnolia Queen

Dressed in candlelight, her ivory petals warmed by the sun

Exhaling one by one the softly-scented afternoons

The luscious mystique of an inspiring bloom

 

 
Her understated delights we inhale

From the pleasures of our room

We know the glorious stretch of branch, of arms,

The aching search for love

On endless summer afternoons

In rooms filled with music and the scent of perfume

 

 
In the late summer days when daylight

Slips away so softly into night

I long for open windowpanes and flowers scented in the rain

But love, like gardens, gone too soon

Becomes a dream, our Magnolia Queen

 


Poem and photo by Juliann Budimir, August 11, 2021.  All rights reserved. 

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Posted by: Juliann Budimir - IG: @laphotowriter | July 15, 2021

When Blooms Remember Spring

When blooms remember spring

In the golden summer light

I see visions of kaleidoscopic days

Awash in floral hues and natural blues alike

 

 

I breathe the scented daydreams of our youth

The verdant promise an expanse of years

Where the horizon floats almost out of sight

And if I close my eyes I think I might

Feel your arm encircling my waist,

A lingering taste as we slowly escape time

 

 

I long to see the flowers lit by luminescent light

Untouched by summer’s burning gaze, the meadow grass delights

If we could live for countless days in such a lovely shire

I would be blessed to call this home until my years expire

 

 

Poem and photos by Juliann Budimir, July 14, 2021.  All rights reserved.

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These lovely blooms inspired my poem. Photo and poem by Juliann Budimir, July 14, 2021. All rights reserved.
Posted by: Juliann Budimir - IG: @laphotowriter | June 16, 2021

Butterfly

When will you fly, my sweet butterfly

On the petals of a breeze

Do you perceive the humming,

Lilting whispers of a dream?

 


Your cocoon is gone from Babylon

There is no hiding now

Come join me, we can be free

In Eldorado town

 


We take our flight where love alights

Beyond the silver sea

Where fallen sighs sing lullabies

On softly fanning wings

 

Poem and photo by Juliann Budimir, June 15, 2021.  All rights reserved.

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Posted by: Juliann Budimir - IG: @laphotowriter | May 27, 2021

Windswept

Where, in the windswept scent of youth

Did we reach the zenith of our days

Soaring on the faintly fragrant breeze

Awash in summer light and bathed by the alabaster moon

 

We spoke too soon of eternity

The waxen wings falling from our flesh

And we descend to fields of lilacs

Their perfume softening our distress

 

Let us live amongst the flowers

As long as we’re on Earth

Their buds are inspiration

Their blooms are our rebirth

Poem and photo by Juliann Budimir, May 26, 2021.  All rights reserved.

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These beautiful matilija poppies inspired my poem. Photo by Juliann Budimir, May 26, 2021.
Posted by: Juliann Budimir - IG: @laphotowriter | April 16, 2021

Centering

See with the center of your soul.

Words and photo by Juliann Budimir, April 15, 2021. All rights reserved.

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Photo by Juliann Budimir, April 2021.
Posted by: Juliann Budimir - IG: @laphotowriter | April 13, 2021

Lingering Questions

I close my eyes and see again

The memories of when

On uncovered carousels we glide

Off the pages of a dream

Where youth knows no end –

Or so it seems

We sing the syncopated hymn

Of yesteryear

So fairly near

To all we wished for

Is the star still there?

Or did it fall, shooting past us?

Did we miss our dream?

Or have we not seen it

With the sun shining so brightly in our eyes?

Poem and photo by Juliann Budimir, April 13, 2021.  All rights reserved.

Photo by Juliann Budimir, April 2021

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Posted by: Juliann Budimir - IG: @laphotowriter | March 30, 2021

Becoming

When will the flowers that we see

Become the blossoms we can be

Awash in summer light

In a world that’s always spring

Fragrant with the windswept scent of youth

That tickles the nose like

Grass between our toes on a picnic date

We seek to hold life’s memories in our hands

To touch in visceral delight

The monuments of little things

Desiring no less than eternity for our dreams

Sometimes it seems we might entice

The hand-drawn sunsets of our days

Into earthly delights before

Our petals open to the sun and one by one

With outstretched grace

Reveal our core

Forevermore

Poem and photo by Juliann Budimir, March 30, 2021. All rights reserved.

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Photo by Juliann Budimir, March 2021. All rights reserved.
Posted by: Juliann Budimir - IG: @laphotowriter | March 23, 2021

The Fall of Spring

When can we breathe the sweet perfume
On a delightful afternoon
With an innocence we once knew
Long before Fall came to Spring?

I dream of many things, wondrous meanderings
Until half-punctuated joys
Are pierced by sorrows without reason
Long before their blooms were through

The ache of scented days gone by
Wafting on winds to far away climes
We wait in vain for hopeful news
Instead, the truth and roses are malaligned

Photo and flash poetry for Boulder, Colorado by Juliann Budimir, March 22, 2021.  All rights reserved.

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Photo by Juliann Budimir, March 2021.

Posted by: Juliann Budimir - IG: @laphotowriter | March 15, 2021

Spring Forward

Spring forward with the sun

Our days outrun the shadowy recesses of time. 

We wean a weary winter long past due

The shriveled earth is born anew

In days outstretched like hands that reach for mine

Poem & photo by Juliann Budimir, March 2021.  All rights reserved.

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Posted by: Juliann Budimir - IG: @laphotowriter | February 26, 2021

La Serenissima

I was inspired by photos of Venice to write a bit of flash poetry today. It took me back to a time many years ago.

Venice, Italy. Photo by Juliann Budimir, 1994. All rights reserved.

What if I had stayed there a thousand years ago?

When nights were old and we were young

Younger than the sun ablaze on the piazza

The lilting leitmotif of a violin

Hanging in the humid air

Like the notes of songs unsung

We rest until we run

To other starry skies

Other nights

Where did you take flight?

Or do you remain

A monument to what we thought was love

In the thin moonlight slipping through our fingers

Unspoken prayers to an earthly divine

La Serenissima will always be mine

Where the lonely linger long after we are gone

Poem by Juliann Budimir, February 26, 2021. All rights reserved.

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Posted by: Juliann Budimir - IG: @laphotowriter | February 16, 2021

Snow Angels

In the flower of youth

What happens when there is no echo in reply?

When you look to all the lovely things

The brimming hearts, meanderings

Holidays warmed with hearthside chocolate

Hot in Christmas mugs as

Snow angels leave their imprint on our souls

We are touched by the innocent who knows

That loneliness touches even the softest hand

Catches the even the surest foot

In its clutches

Before it goes

And in our solitude we seek

To warm the hands that we once held

To feel the arms that wrapped us in their youth

To live with more than memories

That leave us in a world distorted by loss

We seek a hope we think we’ve lost

Until the glint of sun on a snow angel’s wings

Reminds us that love endures

And as sunlight melts away the shapes of childhood

Our snow angel takes flight

On wings not quite opaque

Through sunlight our son alights

Poem by Juliann Budimir, February 16, 2021. All rights reserved.

My heart goes out to my friends on their monumental loss.
Photo by Juliann Budimir, 2020. All rights reserved.

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Posted by: Juliann Budimir - IG: @laphotowriter | February 14, 2021

Lovely Valentine

What a lovely Valentine!  The Eastsider had asked me to contribute to their Valentine’s Day special on why we love our neighborhoods.  Today, they published my ode to Silver Lake, an LA neighborhood that is close to my heart. 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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https://www.theeastsiderla.com/lifestyle/tienditas-sunsets-lime-trees-why-we-love-our-neighbohoods/article_14df8c16-6d5f-11eb-8e3f-9bd046f28bc6.html

Words and photo by Juliann Budimir, February 2021. All reserved.

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Lovely Silver Lake. Photo by Juliann Budimir, February 2021. All rights reserved.
Posted by: Juliann Budimir - IG: @laphotowriter | February 9, 2021

Rise Up – The Promises of Rhymes

Rise up, unfold your petals to the sun
In solace shared we gather one by one

In softly hopeful days, pandemic times
We float upon the promises of rhymes

Rise up and sing your voices to the sun
In solace shared we gather one by one

Inhale the luscious vintage of the vine
The sweet perfume of mystery and rhyme

Poem and photo by Juliann Budimir, January 29, 2021.  All rights reserved.

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Posted by: Juliann Budimir - IG: @laphotowriter | February 8, 2021

The Fragile Leaves

Sunlight like candlelight

Flickering through the trees

Hanging onto hope

The fragile leaves

Poem and photo by Juliann Budimir, February 6, 2021. All rights reserved. Follow on Instagram for more: http://instagram.com/laphotowriter

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Posted by: Juliann Budimir - IG: @laphotowriter | February 5, 2021

Sound O

Today, Feb. 5, 2021, we lost the wonderful Christopher Plummer, who will always be The Captain in my heart. I hope you enjoy this blog post I wrote last year about The Sound of Music, Julie Andrews, and Christopher Plummer, and the joy they brought through music and this Oscar-winning film.

Juliann Budimir, Rhyme and Reason

I’m feeling nostalgic that The Sound of Music was released 55 years ago today.  I was inspired to write about its importance in my life and about those who shared in its joy.

Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews on the set of The Sound of Music

Today marks the release, more than half a century ago, of one of my lifelong favorite films, The Sound of Music.  My dearest friends and I used to play the roles of the children (I was always Liesl), and we used to sing and perform the musical numbers until our Gretl scooted up the stairs one by one to “So Long, Farewell.” 

As I grew older, The Captain became more and more dashing to my eyes, and a secret swoon filled my heart.  But above all, it was Julie Andrew’s sparkling Maria that gave the movie its unending life and made it a joy…

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Posted by: Juliann Budimir - IG: @laphotowriter | February 3, 2021

Rise Up / The Promises of Rhymes

Rise up, unfold your petals to the sun
In solace shared we gather one by one

In softly hopeful days, pandemic times
We float upon the promises of rhymes

Rise up and sing your voices to the sun
In solace shared we gather one by one

Inhale the luscious vintage of the vine
The sweet perfume of mystery and rhyme

Poem and photo by Juliann Budimir, January 29, 2021.  All rights reserved.
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Photo by Juliann Budimir, January, 2021. All rights reserved.

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Posted by: Juliann Budimir - IG: @laphotowriter | January 28, 2021

Aloft

It was a dazzling day at the lake with hopes aloft in the cloud-strewn skies.

Photo and words by Juliann Budimir, January 24, 2021. All rights reserved.

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Posted by: Juliann Budimir - IG: @laphotowriter | January 27, 2021

Lingering

Memories of a summer’s day

With sunlight lingering long

After your touch

And rooms filled with the perfume of roses

We remember, we crave so much

Of life in prepandemic times

Like softly-scented moonlight

When we were free and nights would rhyme

Poem and photos by Juliann Budimir, December 2020/January 2021.

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Posted by: Juliann Budimir - IG: @laphotowriter | November 18, 2020

Savor

The natural world rejoices with cloud-strewn skies and roses that linger in their lush perfume.

Words and photos by Juliann Budimir, November 9, 2020.  All rights reserved.

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Posted by: Juliann Budimir - IG: @laphotowriter | October 19, 2020

Orange

This is my orange for dessert

My setting summer sun

How far we’ve come,

Surpassed our delights

As we hurtle towards shorter days

And hungry nights

Replete with the memories of our years

The blossoms of tears

Before we slowly take flight

Poem and photos by Juliann Budimir, October 16, 2020.  All rights reserved.

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These beautiful hibiscus flowers inspired my poem. I enjoy it when the words flow forth after my walk.

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Poem and photos by Juliann Budimir, October 16, 2020. All rights reserved.

Posted by: Juliann Budimir - IG: @laphotowriter | October 15, 2020

Promise

Living life in yellow flowers
Saturated by the sun
The counterpoint to shadows
In dreams we will outrun
Pandemic times and note
In other climes we vote
We live, we celebrate
What glory will elaborate

Poem and photo by Juliann Budimir, October 10, 2020.  All rights reserved. More on IG: http://instagram.com/laphotowriter

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Posted by: Juliann Budimir - IG: @laphotowriter | September 21, 2020

Justice

For justice served is justice into light

Our RBG, go softly into night.

Poem and photo by Juliann Budimir, September 19, 2020.  All rights reserved. More on IG: http://instagram.com/laphotowriter

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Posted by: Juliann Budimir - IG: @laphotowriter | August 28, 2020

Palm and Paw

A palm and paw on journey’s path delight

A moment’s joy along the twisted way

Where time constricts the winsome hope of night

To bring a bit of joy at end of day

Poem and photo by Juliann Budimir, August 25, 2020.  All rights reserved.

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Posted by: Juliann Budimir - IG: @laphotowriter | August 14, 2020

Lilies in-the-wild

Life lost like pink moonlight, like shadows of the sun

In times we outrun the summers of our days

Finding remembrance before the parting

Of our ways

Before pandemic climes surmount

The life we knew

The active days and scented nights

The loves that count

Poem and photo by Juliann Budimir, August 12, 2020.  All rights reserved. Follow for more: http://instagram.com/laphotowriter
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