Monday, October 27, 2014

Gorge-ous Autumn Scenes

These are a few of the photos I took today along the Genesee Gorge Trail in Rochester, NY.  It was a lazy walk, shambling through the leaves and shadowed pathways.  Autumn colors are about at peak.

All photos © 2014 Rick Burnett Baker

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Blueprint Of You


I had designs on you.  skylines 
and cityscapes, imposing eyes
to measure each breath.  draw 
the line at street corners, I said.

crosswalks cannot be foretold: 
don't jaywalk.  paths have been
carved from every inch of emotion.
you are a blueprint unfathomed. 

comes time for the dedication. 
ribbon-cutting;  cornerstones; 
handprints in cement;  signs. 
you are a time capsule, empty.

Photo/Poem © 2014 Rick Burnett Baker 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

After The Palette Dries


who are we after the palette dries,
colors blend, shapes form, un-form.

your life is defined by myriad patterns.
a sketch of recall you leave to imagination.

memory becomes narrative in abstract.
that was your art. it is my guide. I waver.

who are we after chapters end?
we are characters sketched on any

shape of paper or canvas. we are
ink drying like tears in blackest night.

Poem © 2014 Rick Burnett Baker 
Painting by my Aunt Jean Garner, circa 1990.  Watercolor and ink on paper. 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Magpie Tales 241: Peak Color

peak color

take your place beside 
forest fodder.  glory is a 
wind-song journey captured.

entities have season, purpose; 
resilience if not recourse.  
we count days.  we count.   

someone captures our image 
for posterity. we remember
as we forget.  don't be sad:  

color is progeny. you prevail.  

Poem ©2014 Rick Burnett Baker 
Photo shared by Tess Kincaid. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Letchworth Park, NY: An Afternoon Drive

It was a pleasant October day, today.  I took a drive to Letchworth State Park, NY.  It is Near Mt. Morris, NY less than an hour south of Rochester.  Here are a few select photos I took today.  Enjoy!

Photos © 2014 Rick Burnett Baker

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Tonight Your Voice

your voice

tonight is not my muse.
music -  be silent.
leaves -  rustle tomorrow.
wind -  gather yourself.
rain -  fall silent.
daylight -  surrender: 

we're captive to
seasonal toil, 
its violent beauty.
our voices recall
staccato banter,
bundled in autumn.

I'll listen another night, 
when darkness stills 
and I am restless, too.  

Photo/Poem © 2014 Rick Burnett Baker 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Love, The Fast Lane

speed dating

a strategic plan is antithesis 
               to first hellos. 

negotiate position.
               measure angles.  

edit emotions;  
               proof read.  

carry intellect to the 

who will be first to 
               offer grace? 

Photo/Poem © 2014 Rick Burnett Baker