Intuitive Photo Series #2 My Best Friend

My Best Friend

Protector
Confidant
Secret keeper

You stole my heart
and made
everything right in the world

From putting you in strollers
to dressing you in clothes
You never complained

Your beautiful eyes
stared at me
A promise to love me
always

Cheeky monkey
Companion
Comforter
Bed hog

You we’re my love
My heartbeat
My best friend


Amberley Charlotte ©2023
Photo Cred: Linda Jucker

Intuitive Photo Series #1: Shelter


Welcome to my Intuitive Photo Series Challenge.

When I look at photos, I see, feel, hear, smell, and sometimes taste poems or stories. They’re not always stories that are obvious, but they are very real to me, and I feel them in a very real and physical way.

In this series, I will be receiving everyday photos from friends & family and challenging myself to write whatever comes to me.

This challenge is very intuitive and automatic. I won’t be outlining or planning anything. I will not make corrections or edits to the prose in any way. I will rely solely on my intuition and write what comes from looking at the photo.

This photo came from Susan Del Moore Photography
Thank you, Susan, for the photo. I hope you enjoy the poem.

Shelter


Strength
Power
Resilience

What lies beneath?
The roots of a living
breathing
soul

What secrets are you keeping?
How many lives have you saved?

Nurturer
Rescuer
Protector to some
Enemy to others

A world below the water’s edge
How deep can you go?
How far do you travel?

A web of lies
Intertwined
Entangled

And the truth
is found
in the stillness

Safe yet
mysterious

Who hides in the shadows
the soil
the water?

You have been given
great strength
power
and resilience

You are shelter
You are a refuge
You are home


Amberley Charlotte ©2023
Photo Cred:
Susan Del Moore Photography

She waits

She waits

Staring at
what could be

She waits for
a sound
a smell
a feeling

She’s hopeful

She’s never
discouraged

She knows
one day
what she’s seeking
will come

So
she waits….

Amberley Charlotte ©2023
Photo Cred: Willgard Krause

When I watch you

When I watch you
I see
every breath
you take
in
and
out

When I watch you
I see a lifetime
of memories
love
struggles
challenges
healing
and rising from  
what felt like
our lowest
moments

When I watch you
my body feels
warm
loved
held
seen
and understood
in a way
that no one
has ever
understood me

When I watch you
I see our children
building their lives
out of strength
courage
love
and there you are
watching
because
you see it
too

When I watch you
I feel like
we’ve lived
a million lives together
each one
having an impact
on this one
teaching us
what
and who
to
value

When I watch you
I see
my heart
my soul
the most beautiful pain
the most joyous strength
the most gracious love
in the kindest person
the world
will ever know

When I watch you
I remember
that you have
held me
and loved me
through the screams
the tears
and the agony
of trying to accept
myself
and when
I crumbled
You picked up the pieces
of a broken little girl

When I watch you
my heart sings
because I get to live
this life
with you

I want to pick you up
put you in my pocket
and never
let anything
happen to you

I want to protect you
from your first breath
to your last
and make
everything better
but sometimes
I can’t

My love
I will always be
right here
next to you
holding your hand
waiting
until
you need me

I will always be
here
watching
over you

@Amberley Charlotte 11.23.22
Photo Cred: Candiix Pixabay

My Heart

I can’t leave you

My heart
My soul
My world

You hurt
I hurt

My chest
burns
My heart
skips

Holding my breath
waiting
for the other shoe
to fall

I have no answers
as to why

I feel helpless
watching you
suffer

At any
moment
life could
change

I can’t stop it
I can’t control it
I can’t fix it

My heart
My soul

Every piece of me
hurts
for every piece of you
that’s hurting

My world
My great love
My heart

©Amberley Charlotte 11.23.22
Photo Cred: Ashley Levinson

Let Me Be A Bridge

I am blessed to have many beautiful souls who inspire me.
This poem paints a beautiful picture of what I yearn for, who I am,
and who I want to be.

Thank you Divine one for the gift of this journey.
I am forever grateful.

Let Me Be A Bridge

Let me be hope
Let me be light
Let me be a bridge
to healing, love, comfort, and acceptance

Let me hold the hands
of those who are hurting

Let me guide the souls
to their loved ones

Let me love
always

Let me shine
forever

Let me
Oh Divine one

Let me
be of service


Amberley Charlotte ©2022
Photo: Larisa K

20 Years Cancer Free

Twenty years ago today, I had my last chemotherapy session for a highly aggressive form of Triple Negative Breast Cancer, and they told me I was cancer free!

Because it was so aggressive and rare, there was no standard treatment plan. They said that had I waited to go to the Dr., I would have been dead in 6 months.

We decided on an aggressive surgical plan, and my oncologist gave me the chemo cocktail he hoped would help, and we waited.

I lived with the threat that it could come back at any time in the brain, liver, bones, or lungs.

There were always markers I needed to hit.
First, it was five years, then it was ten, and at ten years, they moved it again, saying this cancer is still rare, people are still dying, they still have no idea how I got it, and although they’re learning about it, now I needed to get to 20 years to really be free.

Along the way, there have been more tumors and multiple surgeries, all with a cancer scare, all coming back clear.

Anytime I tell a doctor I’ve beat this type of cancer, they look at me like I’m a ghost. When they gave me Covid vaccines, the nurses cried. They couldn’t believe I was still alive.

My blessed life is not lost on me. I am forever grateful for every struggle, every pain, and every gift of another day.

I still can’t believe I have this beautiful family. I’ve had so many wild and crazy experiences, extreme lows, and unbelievable highs, but here I am!

I made it to 20 freaking years, baby!!

So today, this is my gift to you.

Share your joy every day!

Focus on the light in your life, not the darkness.
There will be struggles, but right behind them are blessings.
Don’t quit 5 minutes before the miracle happens.

If you’re scared, cry it out.
If you need someone to talk to, reach out.
If you’re lost, write it out.
If panic sets in, wait it out. It will pass.
You will feel like shit in the process, but I guarantee you it will pass, and then reach out.

Find somebody to talk to.
Find somebody who will listen.
Find somebody you trust.
You don’t have to do this life alone.

We have no idea how long we’re here, but we can be a light in someone’s darkness, create a beautiful life for ourselves, stretch ourselves beyond our wildest capabilities, become who we never thought we could be, and experience life in ways we never thought possible.

At the end of the day, life is what we make it.
Our experiences make us who we are.
Our courage and strength help us survive it.

Life is hard.
But we are stronger.

Thank you, Divine Spirit, for giving me this time with my family.
I am asking for at least 35 more!

I promise I will make good use of the time and the lessons!

Blessings,

Amberley Charlotte

I Can Feel You Breathe

I can feel you breathe

Shivers up my spine
I gasp
then
sigh

It’s you

Your strength
when the wind
blows

Your power
when the rain
falls

Your roots
dig deep
into my soul

Grounding me
Comforting me
Empowering me

Energy rushing
through my veins

I’m beginning
to feel
alive
again

Life-giver
Oxygen supplier

Natures
shelter
protection
heart
and soul

Inhale
exhale
and again

I can feel you breathe


Amberley Charlotte ©2022
Photo: Stefan Keller Pics

A Journey

Hearts fluttering
Body tingling

Sunshine
warms
my soul

Heart-stopping

Out of body
looking through a
window

I’m chasing
you

I’ll find
you

I want
to be
here
forever

Heartwarming
Tingling legs

White light
carrys me home

Learn who you are
my child

See what we see

Open-hearted
Magical
Mystical
You

Amberley Charlotte ©2022
Photo: Stefan Widua