Tuesday, May 23, 2006


A prisoner, caged in, caught up, captured -

A prisoner of thoughts
Caged in by circumstances
Caught up in rights and wrongs
Captured by life

All thoughts triggered by a simple golden leaf entwined in a chain link fence
The leaf rendered golden by the late afternoon sun.

Went back today - 3 days later.
Leaf is gone
Checked the series of photographs taken

Discovered it wasn't as locked in as I thought
Seems only the top portion was hooked onto the fence
Probably only took some minor wind to free it.

Now to human life

When we look, we may find the thing setting up
What we think are chains, fences, barriers, locks and cages

Actually have only a very small catch
Simply needing some overall light to shine the way

And then a simple breeze to
Letting go - Release.

©2006 Sheila Finkelstein


At 11:54 AM, Blogger margret said...

Yes, we chain ourselves. How I wish I could just let go... Thanks

At 12:24 PM, Blogger Rebecca said...

Stunning beginning to your new blog both in words and images. Keep up the good work Sheila.


At 12:58 PM, Blogger Ritergal said...

The leaf stayed
Until the wind came.
When will our wind come?
Will we take a second look
Find our own release
Think away the fence?

At 1:24 PM, Blogger Maria Stepek Doherty said...

The fence is of the mind,
A transient illusion.
Blow the cobwebs away
And see the leaf fly free.

Sheila - as beautiful and brilliant as always.


At 11:36 AM, Blogger Gina said...

Wow! For some reason, as soon as I viewed this photo (a leaf caught up and entwined in a fence), the symbol of the American Breast Cancer Foundation (the pink 'ribbon') came to mind, although the colors are quite different.
I guess those with breast cancer (or any illness) are somewhat 'chained in', as well, but this again is partially due to what your personal outlook on the situation is.....ever notice that most people with upbeat, optimistic attitudes often BEAT cancer, while those who look at it as a 'death sentence' usually do perish?
Goes to show us....what we 'believe' is what we usually CAUSE to happen in our lives!

At 3:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved what you did with the center--simply, profoundly, in a few words:

"Simply needing some overall light to shine the way

And then a simple breeze to
Letting go - Release."

Thank-you for writing and sharing this!! :)

ps--At first I thought the leaves were a yellow ribbon for the troops, until I read the poem.


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