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Snapshots from the Heart

Featuring the work of photographer/poetess, Norah Bolubatolu Ratu and her snapshots from the heart. She has been frequently chosen as "Best Entry" in many of ILA Magazine's Facebook Group offerings of visual arts and literature and we are including all here, her poetry and photography, in this special presentation of her. "VIOLET NIGHT SKY" The memories of you will remain the beautiful past
I must leave fast
Get on with the task
Bury our past
and leave you there. © Norah Bolubatolu Ratu
"FADING" Breathtaking scenery
Yet it's like shattered glass of broken pieces of my heart
Tears like waterfall, unstoppable
Every sunset is a fading light of your memories so some say
That slips through your fingers and gets lost in time
yet for me, the process is a repetition of shattered glass
When can it go away
When can the hurting end
or will it remain haunting memories with every setting sun
© Norah Bolubatolu Ratu Many innocent lives out there
like the flowers of white so beautiful
All entrusted to you and I
Nurture then, to bloom later in life
My flower garden collection

© Norah Bolubatolu Ratu "SUNSET" (Acrostic) Serenity
Now © Norah Bolubatolu Ratu "MOON"

More illuminated
other days you're barely visible
Obvious is your never-ending cycle
Now strong energetic tomorrow old and feeble

My life
our life
you symbolize
over and over
year in year out
My loved ones that now rest with you
Oh moon © Norah Bolubatolu Ratu Shot of the moon, 5 am in the west. The setting sun of my island home, Milne Bay
Dawns on me this date three months ago
The setting sun cuddled you and carried you away
from my sight as I watched in silence with a broken heart
The pain that still stings like I've been stung by a bee
The haunting memories of you
So fresh in my mind, grief-stricken life
I live without you
Your silence is a grave in the home
It hurts so much that words I cannot ink fully
my brokenness
I miss you so much my dear friend and brother Ed
You may never know the vacuum in my heart

© Jaynobo Jaymes Clouds watching in silence as the sun sets in the west, captured on mobile phone "SUNSET II"

Alone is golden
Golden and peaceful
Peaceful alone
Alone outdoors
Outdoor where there's magic
Magic in sunset
Sunset I love alone

© Norah Bolubatolu Ratu The following sunset images were captured on mobile phone: Morning light
Though dull the sight
Am feeling right
For the air is cool
Clouds of wool
Keep back the sun
Until I am done
Morning light

© Norah Bolubatolu Ratu Pretty yellow flowers and morning sky in a slider show: Nature's best from the photographer's collection she has been blessed with in her own backyard also featured in a slide show. "RAIN" "MY LOVE" The setting sun I glare at the sight
Painted stain of love in the sky
Soothing pounding beats of love
Yet too far I stretch unable to touch
Can hear your heartbeat in my mind
Yet it dawns on me, it's just a memory

© Norah Bolubatolu Ratu Sunset captured by mobile phone: "FLOWERS"

Feelings embedded images
Lifting hearts in the morn
Overwhelmed with sorrow we drown
With such inviting colors we can rise
Empty out our heartaches at this sight
Remove all fears, falling in love with nature.

© Norah Bolubatolu Ratu Norah Bolubatolu Ratu is the Photographer/Writer's full name. Her pen name is known throughout Social media as Jaynobo Jaymes. She is from Papua New Guinea and a single parent of two boys. She is a secondary school teacher trained in music and English, post graduate diploma in teaching with 24 years experience.

Snapshots from the Heart
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