Looking out

With half an eye to a handsome face…
Rugged, smooth or touched with grace…
Or a pretty dress I’d love to wear,
A pair of heels, a style of hair…
I’m seventeen, or twenty three…
Or would have been
Were I still there.

With jaded eye I read the news
Of wars, and ecomonic blues;
Initiatives that come too late
To halt the conflict, stop the hate;
I’ve seen it all…The cyclic fear
That dogs our footsteps every year.
I’m ninety-two…a century…
Or might have been
Or soon will be.

Eyes of a child look out of mine,
And see the lover pour the wine,
And see the hand that takes the glass
All ages as the moments pass.

Alight with laughter, washed by tears,
A childlike gaze ignores the years
And wears her heart upon her sleeve,
And still, the unrepentant Eve
Looks out upon a changing world
Through eyes of woman,
Mother, girl.

As timeless as the inner flame,
And ageless, as without a name,
It is not bound by passing years
Nor by the sorrows, joys and tears.

Eyes of child look out on life,
Infant, girl, and later, wife.
Mother, lover, sister, friend;
Turning seasons without end
That will remain alive inside,
In spite of what the wrinkles hide.

For I am all and all are me,
The who I was, and am, will be.
All occupy the inner space
Regardless of a changing face.

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 scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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28 Responses to Looking out

  1. merrildsmith says:

    I love this one–simple and profound at the same time. 🙂


  2. ellenbest24 says:

    Very touching Sue.


  3. Bernadette says:

    Beautifully written.


  4. Beautiful themes bound by beautiful words. 🙂


  5. Beautiful poem, Sue. Ageless beautiful.


  6. thewisegreek says:

    I love this! It reminds me of The Story of You, it’s nice to see something that makes people think deeper about life.


  7. Eliza Waters says:

    You’ve nailed it again, Sue! ❤


  8. Prajakta says:

    This is a touching gorgeous poem, Sue !


  9. A beautiful look at aging and a youthful outlook, Sue. 🙂 — Suzanne


  10. Love this, Sue 🙂


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