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'Native Curiosity'
by Karin Lisa Atkinson
"... A re-definition
of your declaration
that we are not here

in this place
you keep trying to take
over but our roots go deeper

her story is earth
where you stand

she is water
your beginning

she is our heart
beat
a re-creation
story that begins
with

a whisper
calling all her names
back

a song
rising drum thrum
thrumming heart beat

a rising
that begins
with

one ..."
~ Rosanna Deerchild (Cree, O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation ) Manitoba, Canada
Excerpt from her poem: "We Are Just"
http://puritan-magazine.com/we-are-just/
Radio Interview: http://www.cbc.ca/news/rosanna-deerchild-on-calling-down-the-sky-1.3610890

'Native Curiosity'
by Karin Lisa Atkinson
https://karinlisaatkinson.blogspot.com/
Location: Venice Beach, Los Angeles
Camera: Nikon D3100 35mm lens
Conditions: Spring, sunset, no flash, no tripod

#flowerphotography #naturephotography #macrophotography +//flower colors// +G+ Photos Collection #hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Francine Vanlé +Iva Pas Photography +***** +Wayne Lu #BTPFlowerPro+BTP Flower Pro . owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Иванка Гущерова #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Robert Kubacki and +Andi Fritzsch #macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +William Banik, & +Stephen Thackeray #BTPMacroPro+BTP Macro Pro . owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Kenny Jones
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'Sewing Stories, Quilting Memories'
by Karin Lisa Atkinson
"... while others walk highways of tears
where it has been said
you can feel
the spirits of the missing
and today in this city on this day of mourning
their redress arms empty
they wave to the cars that pass them by
on roadsides on balconies
all reminders of what we are missing."
~ Jónína Kirton (Métis/Icelandic) Coastal Salish Territory, Vancouver, Canada
http://joninakirton.wixsite.com/poet
Excerpt from the poem "An Honest Woman"
http://talonbooks.com/meta-talon/-redress-a-poem-by-jonina-kirton-from-an-honest-woman

'Sewing Stories, Quilting Memories'
by Karin Lisa Atkinson
https://karinlisaatkinson.blogspot.com/
Camera: Sony DSC-RX100M2 (Pocket camera)
Location: Beach Meadows/Eagle's Head, Nova Scotia
Story: Enjoying the company of the quilting circle on the ocean at Eagle's Head. Listening to heritage stories about quilting and restoration, renewal and the recycling of Life.

#portraitphotography #urbanphotography #peoplephotography #quilting #LifePhotography #streetphotography #firstnations #indigenous #nativeamerican #canada #hqspStreetDoc for +HQSP Street & Documentary #hqspportraits +HQSP Portraits curated by +Heiko Köster +Christian Madsen #BTPPortraitPro+BTP Portrait Pro . owned by +Nancy Dempsey , curated by +Annette Junge Daugaard

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'Nature's Ladder'
by Karin Lisa Atkinson
"Once upon a time, God ordered all the animals
to gather in a field: all birds and mammals
created from His breath, from mighty strongbones
to the smallest gnat sat down before his throne.
He called Monkey to account: “Look, Monkey,
here are all my creatures from humble Donkey
to the haughty Lion, tell me if you think their beauty
exceeds yours, don’t be afraid to speak truthfully,
I will correct whatever you see as your defect.”
But Monkey answered like a shot: “Defect?
My face is ruggedly appealing, my chest is manly
and my hands and tail are simply heavenly!
Why should I beg you for a change, when here I stand
on two of the shapeliest legs in the land?
If you are looking for a project, Lord, I’d begin
with Hyena’s slanted back, his foolish grin!”

Hyena sidled up to answer the same question.
He simpered that he knew his education
was a little basic but his dusty spots
could tie a young hyeness’ heart in knots.
Much better, in his lispy view, to overhaul a beast
like Elephant, whose ears could use a cut and paste
and stick the trimmings to his scrawny tail!
So Elephant appeared to wails
of laughter, everyone expected he would rush
to ask the Lord to wield his broadest brush
and re-invent him. But all he did was praise
our Great Creator for his delicate greys:
“I never saw a single fault in my appearance!
It’s Whale who waddles through the sea and flaunts
her shapeless bulk, why not remodel her
and put a stop to all our laughter?”

But Whale was just the same.
Every animal thoroughly enjoyed to name
the flaws in others, to snicker, scoff
and pride themselves as superior stuff.
So God dismissed them all. As I do now,
but I would like to show you how
we can be different: by telling our defects
as humans, examine how imperfect
our paper generosities, lush-sounding words,
when look! we are such small mean lords
pumped up with self-importance,
empty and rude-fingered sycophants!

We humans should tell the Earth and Sky
how cruel we are, but it comes as no surprise
when our strutting tongues collapse
and will not say a word. Our mouth-traps
open for gales of mockery: liars laugh
at blind men, who hear well enough
to snigger at peg-legs, and peg-legs like to jeer
at baldies, baldies at the stutterers who leer
at pompous clerks who themselves ridicule
the hatless customer, and hatless makes a fool
of silly face and silly face laughs at ugly
and ugly mocks a leper for his leprosy —
and who will the leper find to criticise?
oh yes, a cuckold racked with jealousies!

Man, strange being, uncorrectable,
two-faced but strangely simple,
continues his own bad example.
Generations come and go, we stay the same,
like passengers on a commuter train.
We’re all alike in this, just different
in superficialities. We were always meant
to give ourselves a long hard stare
and see the library list of imperfections there.
That’s why I think it would be so much better,
if we all agreed, not to laugh at each other."

~ Kebede Mikael ከበደ ሚካኤል 1916-1998 (Ethiopia)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kebede_Michael
Poem: "The nature of Man" translated from Amharic by Chris Beckett
http://themissingslate.com/2016/03/28/ethiopian-poets-of-the-20th-century/view-all/

'Nature's Ladder'
by Karin Lisa Atkinson
https://karinlisaatkinson.blogspot.com/
Location: Venice Beach, Los Angeles
Camera: Nikon D3100 35mm lens
Conditions: Spring, sunset, no flash, no tripod

#flowerphotography #naturephotography #macrophotography +//flower colors// +G+ Photos Collection #hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Francine Vanlé +Iva Pas Photography +***** +Wayne Lu #BTPFlowerPro+BTP Flower Pro . owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Иванка Гущерова #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Robert Kubacki and +Andi Fritzsch #macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +William Banik, & +Stephen Thackeray #BTPMacroPro+BTP Macro Pro . owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Kenny Jones

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'Life is Opening Doors'
by Karin Lisa Atkinson
"Once upon a time, God ordered all the animals
to gather in a field: all birds and mammals
created from His breath, from mighty strongbones
to the smallest gnat sat down before his throne.
He called Monkey to account: “Look, Monkey,
here are all my creatures from humble Donkey
to the haughty Lion, tell me if you think their beauty
exceeds yours, don’t be afraid to speak truthfully,
I will correct whatever you see as your defect.”
But Monkey answered like a shot: “Defect?
My face is ruggedly appealing, my chest is manly
and my hands and tail are simply heavenly!
Why should I beg you for a change, when here I stand
on two of the shapeliest legs in the land?
If you are looking for a project, Lord, I’d begin
with Hyena’s slanted back, his foolish grin!”

Hyena sidled up to answer the same question.
He simpered that he knew his education
was a little basic but his dusty spots
could tie a young hyeness’ heart in knots.
Much better, in his lispy view, to overhaul a beast
like Elephant, whose ears could use a cut and paste
and stick the trimmings to his scrawny tail!
So Elephant appeared to wails
of laughter, everyone expected he would rush
to ask the Lord to wield his broadest brush
and re-invent him. But all he did was praise
our Great Creator for his delicate greys:
“I never saw a single fault in my appearance!
It’s Whale who waddles through the sea and flaunts
her shapeless bulk, why not remodel her
and put a stop to all our laughter?”

But Whale was just the same.
Every animal thoroughly enjoyed to name
the flaws in others, to snicker, scoff
and pride themselves as superior stuff.
So God dismissed them all. As I do now,
but I would like to show you how
we can be different: by telling our defects
as humans, examine how imperfect
our paper generosities, lush-sounding words,
when look! we are such small mean lords
pumped up with self-importance,
empty and rude-fingered sycophants!

We humans should tell the Earth and Sky
how cruel we are, but it comes as no surprise
when our strutting tongues collapse
and will not say a word. Our mouth-traps
open for gales of mockery: liars laugh
at blind men, who hear well enough
to snigger at peg-legs, and peg-legs like to jeer
at baldies, baldies at the stutterers who leer
at pompous clerks who themselves ridicule
the hatless customer, and hatless makes a fool
of silly face and silly face laughs at ugly
and ugly mocks a leper for his leprosy —
and who will the leper find to criticise?
oh yes, a cuckold racked with jealousies!

Man, strange being, uncorrectable,
two-faced but strangely simple,
continues his own bad example.
Generations come and go, we stay the same,
like passengers on a commuter train.
We’re all alike in this, just different
in superficialities. We were always meant
to give ourselves a long hard stare
and see the library list of imperfections there.
That’s why I think it would be so much better,
if we all agreed, not to laugh at each other."

~ Kebede Mikael ከበደ ሚካኤል 1916-1998 (Ethiopia)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kebede_Michael
Poem: "The nature of Man" translated from Amharic by Chris Beckett
http://themissingslate.com/2016/03/28/ethiopian-poets-of-the-20th-century/view-all/

Video: Debre Libanos Monastery Ethiopia
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y82rsl_XcC0

'Life is Opening Doors'
by Karin Lisa Atkinson
Camera: old Canon PowerShot (pocket camera)
Location: Oromia, near the Sudan and Ethiopia border in "The terraced valley of the Holy Caves of Miracle Healing Water", Debre Libanos Monastery, Ethiopia
Story: Meditation in the cave of miracle healing water, after a water blessing by the Holy man - who lived his life only in the cave to protect the helaing water and mediate for us all to be at peace.

#streetphotography #urbanphotography #architecturephotography #Ethiopia #Africa #poets #poetry +HQSP Street & Documentary #hqspStreetDoc for +HQSP Street & Documentary #HQSPUrbanStreetPhotos +HQSP Street & Documentary curated by +Michael Sonntag +Оксана Крысюкова +José Luís Costa +Alexander Tarasenkov #BTPStreetPro+BTP Street PRO . owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Hans-Juergen Werner 
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'Hot Reflections'
by Karin Lisa Atkinson
"And after nine days more there is Saphar, the metropolis, in which lives Charibael, lawful king of two tribes, the Homerites and those living next to them, called the Sabaites; through continual embassies and gifts, he is a friend (of the Emperors)."
~ The 1st Century map "Periplus of the Erythraean Sea" Περίπλους τῆς Ἐρυθράς Θαλάσσης
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Periplus_of_the_Erythraean_Sea#Synopsis

'Hot Reflections'
by Karin Lisa Atkinson
Location: Zanzibar
Camera: old Canon PowerShot (pocket camera)
Conditions: Winter, Hot afternoon, reflections from ocean and sand

#streetphotography #urbanphotography +Top Street SPC #hqspStreetDoc for +HQSP Street & Documentary #HQSPUrbanStreetPhotos +HQSP Street & Documentary curated by +Michael Sonntag +Оксана Крысюкова +José Luís Costa +Alexander Tarasenkov #BTPStreetPro+BTP Street PRO . owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Hans-Juergen Werner

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'Tranquil Nature'
by Karin Lisa Atkinson
"In the shadow of the temple my friend and I saw a blind man sitting alone. And my friend said, “Behold the wisest man of our land.”

Then I left my friend and approached the blind man and greeted him. And we conversed.

After a while I said, “Forgive my question; but since when has thou been blind?”

“From my birth,” he answered.

Said I, “And what path of wisdom followest thou?”

Said he, “I am an astronomer.”

Then he placed his hand upon his breast saying, “I watch all these suns and moons and stars.”
~ Khalil Gibran 1883-1931 (Lebanon/USA)

'Tranquil Nature'
by Karin Lisa Atkinson
https://karinlisaatkinson.blogspot.com/
Location: Venice Beach, Los Angeles
Camera: Nikon D3100 35mm lens
Conditions: Spring, late overcast afternoon, no flash, no tripod

#flowerphotography #naturephotography #macrophotography +//flower colors// +G+ Photos Collection #hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Francine Vanlé +Iva Pas Photography +***** +Wayne Lu #BTPFlowerPro+BTP Flower Pro . owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Иванка Гущерова #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Robert Kubacki and +Andi Fritzsch #macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +William Banik, & +Stephen Thackeray #BTPMacroPro+BTP Macro Pro . owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Kenny Jones
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'Native Life'
by Karin Lisa Atkinson
"You know all women from birth to death
We seek your knowledge
We seek your strength
Some are STARS up there with you
Some are STARS on Mother Earth
Grandmother, lighten our path in the dark
Creator, keep our sisters safe from harm
Maa duu? Mussi cho."
~ Kukdookaa Terri Brown (Tahltan Nation, Canada)

'Native Life'
by Karin Lisa Atkinson
https://karinlisaatkinson.blogspot.com/
Location: Venice Beach, Los Angeles
Camera: Nikon D3100 35mm lens
Conditions: Spring, late overcast afternoon, no flash, no tripod

#flowerphotography #macrophotography #naturephotography +//flower colors// +G+ Photos Collection #hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Francine Vanlé +Iva Pas Photography +***** +Wayne Lu #BTPFlowerPro+BTP Flower Pro . owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Иванка Гущерова #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Robert Kubacki and +Andi Fritzsch #macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +William Banik, & +Stephen Thackeray #BTPMacroPro+BTP Macro Pro . owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Kenny Jones

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'Light's Pride Walking'
by Karin Lisa Atkinson
"However a light may come
through vaporative
glass pane or dry dermis
of hand winter bent
I follow that light
capacity that I have ..."
~ Layli Long Soldier (Oglala Lakota - Sioux)
Excerpt from her poem "Vaporative"
From her book of poetry "Whereas"
http://www.whiting.org/awards/winners/layli-long-soldier#/

'Light's Pride Walking'
by Karin Lisa Atkinson
https://karinlisaatkinson.blogspot.com/
Location: UCLA 32nd Annual Pow Wow, Los Angeles
Camera: Nikon D3100
Conditions: Sunset, Spring, no flash, no tripod

#streetphotography #urbanphotography #portraitphotography +Top Street SPC #HQSPUrbanStreetPhotos +HQSP Street & Documentary curated by +Michael Sonntag +Оксана Крысюкова +José Luís Costa +Alexander Tarasenkov #BTPStreetPro+BTP Street PRO . owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Hans-Juergen Werner #hqspportraits +HQSP Portraits curated by +Heiko Köster +Christian Madsen #BTPPortraitPro+BTP Portrait Pro . owned by +Nancy Dempsey , curated by +Annette Junge Daugaard
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'Light Moves'
by Karin Lisa Atkinson
"However a light may come
through vaporative
glass pane or dry dermis
of hand winter bent
I follow that light
capacity that I have ..."
~ Layli Long Soldier (Oglala Lakota - Sioux)
Excerpt from the poem "Vaporative"
From her book of poetry "Whereas"
http://www.whiting.org/awards/winners/layli-long-soldier#/

'Light Moves'
by Karin Lisa Atkinson
https://karinlisaatkinson.blogspot.com/
Location: Venice Beach, Los Angeles
Camera: Nikon D3100 35mm lens
Conditions: Sunset, Spring, no flash, no tripod

#naturephotography #flowerphotography #macrophotography +//flower colors// +G+ Photos Collection #hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Francine Vanlé +Iva Pas Photography +Macro Wereld +Wayne Lu #BTPFlowerPro+BTP Flower Pro . owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Иванка Гущерова #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Robert Kubacki and +Andi Fritzsch #macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +William Banik, & +Stephen Thackeray #BTPMacroPro+BTP Macro Pro . owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Kenny Jones
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