If you ever lose heart and the earth seems as distant as stars fading into the noise of your busy mind, know this. That a tiny island exists in the blue hands of the ocean. That a tree grows upright into the salted clouds. That two eagles love each other enough to spend their lives greeting the morning sun together. That two eaglets stand in their nest, gazing at the heavens. Looking down to the forever ground. They eat and sleep and flap their wings. And one day in July, one by one, they will jump into the air. They will know the difference between existing and what is beyond. They will hold onto nothing. The hurricane will come, courage catching their pinions on fire, as they mount the wind, climbing ladders into realms of the invisible.

--T.L. Stokes

About the Poet/Photographer

T.L. Stokes lived in the Snoqualmie Valley for over 20 years. Currently she is located north of Seattle, Washington. She is a contemporary poet and photographer. Stokes has performed photo shoots for vaious non-profits and corporations as well as individuals. Her poetry has been published nationally and internationally for the past 10 years.

Besides contemporary poetry and photography, T.L. Stokes is a body worker, specializing in injury treatment and chronic pain, since 2005. Stokes went to school at Central Washington University and the Brian Utting School of Massage.

Inspiration and passion for her work comes from growing up on Fox Island in the south Puget Sound, a loving and close village of family and friends, great parents and two intelligent and beautiful daughters.

Stokes is currently working on a book. Previous work can be found by googling T.L. Stokes and in a few books here and there. A full bio of previous publishers can be obtained from the author. Contact the author by email for publishing and reprint permission.

Photography permission can be obtained by email: Floodwaterphotography@gmail.com. Prints may be ordered and shipped directly to you by emailing or from this website:


If you have any questions feel free to contact me. Comments are always welcome. Thank you for taking the time to read and view this work.

T.L. Stokes

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