Petals that tremble in the slightest breeze did not even stir. Liveried in black and gold, summer’s messenger walked lightly upon the rose. Which, I wondered, was the strongest?

When we walk lightly upon the earth, marvelling at her wonders, the earth responds, opening a heart golden as the rose. But Man flies from the dance of the seasons.  The earth trembles, scarred by our footsteps, yet beauty endures. Which, I wonder, is the strongest?

Fragility smiles
Flamboyant delicacy
And gossamer strength
Petals endure the furnace
Triumphant beauty embraced

For d’Verse Haibun Monday

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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37 Responses to Strength

  1. A very good post and nice pictures. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I love “liveried in black and gold.” and “gossamer strength”. Oh and “Opening a heart golden as the rose.” Great message, we are kidding ourselves if we think we are stronger than mother nature.

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  3. frankhubeny says:

    Plants are the strongest, in my view, but our damage to them is uncalled for. We are the main beneficiary of walking lightly on the earth. Nice haibun and photography!

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  4. Joan says:

    Absolutely beautiful. Thank you.

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  5. Man flies from the dance of the seasons – some men and unfortunately the ones who are in power. I guess we’ll find out who is the strongest. Very touching thought provoking piece beautifully written!

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  6. I do love the affair between the bee and the plant… I think they benefit both, but when the summer is gone the plant has won.

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  7. Sumana Roy says:

    I love your spectacular looking summer messenger buzzing around. A beautiful haibun of summer delight.

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  8. jenanita01 says:

    Spectacular imagery, Sue, beautifully said, as always…


  9. annell4 says:

    You write seemed perfect!!!


  10. Beautiful, Sue. Walk lightly ❤


  11. So beautiful, Sue. 🙂


  12. Bev says:

    I’m enthralled at your skill in choosing the proper number of letters to form a perfect pyramid that’s a joy to read as well!


  13. kanzensakura says:

    It is good to see you here! And I love how you describe, just like our Native Americans, of walking lightly on the earth. And so we should


  14. Lyn Horner says:

    Important message couched in beautiful words and pics!


  15. dgkaye says:

    ‘The earth trembles, scarred by our footsteps’, just beautiful Sue ❤


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