Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Bereft And Bold


between concept and vision is fear.
fear is, at once, a bond and divider. 

it's the quantity of that idiom that
determines beginnings.  use it

sparingly, and you begin.  fear is
the foundation of bereft and bold.

Photo/Poem © 2015 Rick Burnett Baker 
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Monday, March 30, 2015


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                      tonight is not my muse.
                      daylight surrendered. 

                      memory portends death,
                      but frees its anthem.  

                      I'm captive to seasonal
                      toil, violent beauty of 

                      winter.  spring renews,
                      and I, too, am restless.

Photos/Poem © 2015 Rick Burnett Baker 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

City Scenes LIV: Choices

not my scene 

walls close 

we have 

each door 
a portal, 

every window
a view.  

light begets

after all, we 


Photo/poem © 2015 Rick Burnett Baker 
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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Porches, Portals, and Windows: Brockport, New York

A short drive to Brockport, NY after lunch today offered a few pleasant scenes.  I drove around the streets in the center of the village near State University of New York at Brockport.  This morning, the beginning of the second week of spring, we woke up to about three inches of snow.  At least the sun was shining, but it was barely above about 25℉  (-4℃).

Here are a few of the doors, windows and porches I snapped along the way.

Photos © 2015 Rick Burnett Baker
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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sense Of Place

"In seeking, we belong. 
 Silent mists shelter our 
sense of place."
-Rick Burnett Baker

Photo/Text © 2015 Rick Burnett Baker 
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Photo taken March 26, 2015 at Letchworth State Park, New York. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

City Scenes LIII: Prison Of Fear


looking down is the barrier. 
clear views can be fantasy,
can be imagination. reality

is the prisoner of our fears.
eyes in the back of our heads
are memories of history. 

they watch our hearts.  we  
watch our feet.  direction is 
framed beyond these walls.  

Photo/Poem © 2015 Rick Burnett Baker 
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Sunday, March 22, 2015

City Scenes LII: Renewed

those dreams renewed

we'll tell the porch our secrets
when spring arrives, before 
summer swelters.  conjure up

the casbah, candlelight, and wine.
this ark of vision is our pleasure.
the city is our orchestra.  music 

is the reason we kiss or dance.  
night is the cover for last year's 
dreams;  that flower in your hair. 

Photo/Poem © 2015 Rick Burnett Baker 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

City Scenes LI (51)

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with fire in your head, 
unflinching eyes gaze 
knowingly.  your stare 

melts ice.  gapped facades
reveal the backlash of your
reason.  you're someone's 

project.  life's montage is 
temporary. empty. forever. 
where go you're dreams?  

Photo/Poem © 2015 Rick Burnett Baker 
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Friday, March 20, 2015

No More Days Till Spring

Where we all came to be

There are no more days till Spring.
Watch the snow retreat.

Hear the ground become dry.
Feel pastel clouds soften

the bite of winter, as the sun
begins to linger into night.

Leave the city for a day then
remember where we all came to be.

Photo/Poem © 2015 Rick Burnett Baker 
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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Windows, Porches and Patios: Waiting For Life

Only a few days remain until Spring arrives.  Officially, that is.  But the deep freeze of winter has broken.  The snow is melting.  The skunks are stirring from their winter slumber.  The deer are plentiful as grass appears from beneath ice, and new food sources begin to appear.   Two evenings ago I could distinctly catch the fragrance of spring and summer rain in the night air.  I even saw a fly, of all things, on my car windshield yesterday!

As seasons transition, the city begins to melt.  People are out walking, wearing fewer layers, and thinking about gardens, flowers, and satin breezes.

This afternoon I put the phone away, turned off the computer, and went into familiar neighborhoods I've photographed countless times.  As I've said previously, every journey down the road offers different perspectives from different directions.

It's the same with seasons in the city.  Here are a few photos from this afternoon in Rochester, NY.

Windows, porches, and patios are waiting:  Waiting for life renewed.

Photos taken in Rochester, NY in and around the East Avenue/Park Avenue area, and along the Seneca Parkway neighborhood.

Photos © 2015 Rick Burnett Baker
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Friday, March 13, 2015

Trains Passing In The Night

bridging lives

there was a voice 
pouring from your 
lips, a reflection in 
your eyes.  in me, also,

there are dreams dreamed
and tucked into corners 
of skin on my bones, 
vision in my years. 

what is hidden in the 
ages behind your mind,
within your heart, under
shadows of trestle lives - 

your journeys by rail, or raft; 
by foot or desire?  I pause 
softly, praying the wind
whispers on distant tracks. 

Photo/Poem © 2015 Rick Burnett Baker
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Monday, March 9, 2015

Barnstorming Western New York

Finally, a break in the bitter winter weather today!  With temps above freezing, and sunlight abundant, it was time for a Monday drive.

Today was a spontaneous trip west of Rochester, NY.  I drove through Williamson, Marion, Palmyra, and points in between.  Winter is a good time of year, I've discovered, to really see barns.  Before spring and summer foliage cloaks them in mystery, their bones are exposed just like the trees' bones are.

Here are a few barns from today's brief trip.

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Photos © 2015 Rick Burnett Baker 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Seasonal Mood Swing

Meet me on the swing 
in the spring! 

Photo © 2015 Rick Burnett Baker 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Before We Wake


there is

there is 

there is 
we wake.

Photo/Poem © 2015 Rick Burnett Baker