Youth seeks age too soon

Welcoming maturity

With incondign haste

Those who would force the harvest

Find only meagre pickings

The sun hammers the garden, beating it into submission. The trees are laden and the brambles heavy with berries. It is early summer, yet autumnal fruits have already ripened, solitary harbingers of the harvest to come. Too few, they feed only the birds, their seeds fall unnoticed into parched and unreceptive earth, a season ahead of their time.

My skin shuns the arid heat, seeking out shadows and dreaming of mist. The long, hot summers of childhood are a myth created by memory; bright petals of pleasure, crowning the past with daisy chains. The solstice has passed, the days shorten imperceptibly towards winter. The fruits of today will be forgotten, yet their seeds hold the rebirth of spring.

I am part of that cycle. Did I bloom too soon or too late? Will such seeds as I sow add to the harvest? It matters not. I am happy to feed the birds.

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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9 Responses to Cycles

  1. Rae Longest says:

    I REALLY like this post. It is poetic and profound all at the same time, yet it has such simplicity. You amaze me with your writing skills! My sincerest thanks for a thoughtful start to the morning and to the week ahead. I hope your week is as lovely as this post.


  2. Mary Smith says:

    Lovely post, Sue.
    I don’t think you’ve finished blooming yet 🙂


  3. Adele Marie says:

    Loved this reflection, Sue. I too am happy to feed the birdies. xxx


  4. Just lovely, Sue. —- Suzanne

    Liked by 1 person

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