Summer’s fruits ripen

What autumn mists must wither

Crimson wears mourning

Veils itself in frozen tears

Caught in the grip of winter


Rosebuds brave the snow

Winter death holds summer’s birth

Silent gestation

Working unseen alchemy

Transmutation of the sun


For Colleen’s Tanka Challenge

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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19 Responses to Alchemy

  1. chris jensen says:

    Wonder darling!

    Is that like “sand to gold”

    kisses within a dreaming wish…


    Liked by 1 person

  2. Glorious Tanka’s Sue. They are making me long for spring and summer. I’m ready. Excellent! ❤


  3. This is so well written. Love the phrase “Winter death holds summer’s birth”.


  4. E. E. Rawls says:

    Lovely imagery in this, Sue.


  5. Sri Sudha K says:

    So beautiful….loved each word of it…great job Sue


  6. Today, as the weather is warming up, I’m beginning to believe in spring. Finally 🙂 Thanks!


  7. Pingback: Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge # 22 – “Door & Friend” – Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer

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