Sunday, July 26, 2015

Magpie Tales 280: Empire of Self

Magpie Tales is a writing prompt that I participated in for several years.  Lately, however, my work schedule has taken more of my time, and I haven't been able to visit Tess Kincaid and Magpie for some time.

Now that I'm recouping from shoulder surgery, time is what I have plenty of!  This image that Tess is sharing this week is compelling.  I can't help but read political messages in this scene as our pathetic process of presidential campaigns begins to ramp-up here in the United States.  This is a perfect image for that process. Glad to offer my take on this image this week with a short poem below!

empire lost

attention span is 
the obvious flaw.

freedom is choice, 
details necessity.

want, however, 
trumps need. 

we are consumed by 
what grounds us:  


Poem © 2015 Rick Burnett Baker 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Dance With Color

The sunset tonight, in Greece, NY 
was quiet and subtle.  Still, water,
shoreline, houses, and trees quietly 
danced with color five minutes 
from my house.  

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Photos © 2015 Rick Burnett Baker 
All Rights Reserved

A Fleeting

"I drift as a breeze
over a forest, rest as 
stones in the river. a

bird sings before 
the moment ends."

-Rick Burnett Baker 

Photo/Poem © 2015 Rick Burnett Baker 
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Thursday, July 23, 2015


"A creek flows to its logical destination, 
our paths uncertain." 

-Rick Burnett Baker 

Photo/Text © 2015 Rick Burnett Baker 
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Midway, Pause.

"Both ends of a bridge look across to an unknown. 
What we're crossing can be wondrous or daunting.
Midway, pause and breathe."

-Rick Burnett Baker 

Photo/Text © 2015 Rick Burnett Baker 
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Friday, July 17, 2015

Three Carousels of Life

"Throughout life, 
there are times and 
places for everything. 

A time to observe; 

A time to watch life pass by; 

A time to be life's catalyst;

 Know, however, that 
the times of your life 
do not follow a 
calendar. They 
follow you." 

-Rick Burnett Baker 

Photos/Text © 2015 Rick Burnett Baker 
All Rights Reserved

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Frame of Mind

"Amidst chaos, seek solitude." 

Photo/Text © 2015 Rick Burnett Baker

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Birds Have Flown

Bird houses for rent.  "Fly-In" ready!
Ol'Factory Lavender Farm, 
Red Creek, New York. 

Photos © 2015 Rick Burnett Baker 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Redux: Back When

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Photo/Poem © 2014, 2015 Rick Burnett Baker

Monday, July 6, 2015



Photo © 2015 Rick Burnett Baker 
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Friday, July 3, 2015

Dream Abandoned

                                   Click on image to enlarge:

"In a dream, 
there was a 
farm abandoned

with stories 
yet to tell." 

Photo/Text ©2015 Rick Burnett Baker 
Photo taken in Livingston County, New York

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

We Couldn't Have Known

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thinking back

what is wrought 
from the prison 
of childhood and 
youth, but knowledge?  

wisdom fathoms 
that recall behind 
protective bars of 
innocence, unaware. 

Photo/Poem © 2015 Rick Burnett Baker