“Just how old are you?”
Although youth has long died,
“As young as the moment,”
My body replied.
“If I want to play out
In the sun, or climb trees,
Run laughing through dewdrops,
…I’ll do as I please.
I have a few wrinkles,
My hair’s going grey…
Inside I’m a child
And I still need to play.”

“Just how old are you then?”
My body asked mind,
“As old as conception,
Just think and you’ll find
I’ve been here all along,
In your cells and your brain,
Learning forever and seeking to gain
From experience, wisdom
That I can impart…
But perhaps we should ask
Just how old is the heart?”

“Just how old are you?”
Said the heart, “Here’s the deal…
I’m living two lives,
One to beat, one to feel.”
To the body, heart answered,
“My beating is yours.”
To the mind it replied,
“When you feel, I’m the cause.
Through me we are growing,
A one made of three,
But there is another
Our eyes do not see.”

As the three worked together
As one, they were whole.
“Just how old are you?”
Asked the three of the soul.
“We are older than time,
We are many made one,
We are you, we are I,
We are Sun, we are Son,
We are Mother and Daughter
And Father and Friend,
Born of the Infinite
Life without end.”

Unseen in the shadows
Infinity smiled…
The soul, after all,
Is no more than a Child.

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She has written a number of books, both alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. 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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70 Responses to Eldest

  1. Adele Marie says:

    I read this to Becca and we both agree this is a wonderful poem and Dante was quiet the whole reading too. xxx

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Wonderful. Thx, for me its sounds like a prayer. 😉 Michael


  3. Mary Smith says:

    Wonderful poem, Sue.

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  4. I think this is one of the most amazing poems I have ever read, Sue.

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  5. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    A brilliant poem from Sue Vincent.. body, mind, heart and soul… how old are yours… #recommended

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  6. This is lovely, Sue. May I copy and pin on my notice board in my study. It may remind me to pause sometime in this frenetic world.x

    Liked by 1 person

  7. dgkaye says:

    Sue, this was exquisite! I got goosebumps reading it. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  8. dgkaye says:

    Forgot to say, I would love to reblog this later next week ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  9. balroop2013 says:

    Outstanding! Heart and the soul…ever young, merge into eternity! What a beautiful idea, articulated superbly Sue!

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  10. evelynralph says:

    Reblogged this on evelynralph and commented:

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  11. This is a real beauty, Sue. Love this.


  12. Beautiful, Sue. I’ve read and believe we feel we should live forever because we’re made for eternity. 🙂 — Suzanne


  13. Rae Longest says:

    Great poem! What I hate is when “they” say it this way, “Just how old ARE you?” Some of my junior high students thought of me as old when I was 30, so today, they are often surprised to find me still alive. LOL When I tell my college students now that I was teaching by the time their parents were born, they will ask, “Just how old ARE you?”


  14. LittleFears says:

    Ahh! Brilliant Sue!


  15. macjam47 says:

    Reblogged this on BOOK CHAT and commented:
    Enjoy this beautiful poem by my multi-talented friend, Sue Vincent.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Reblogged this on Edwina's Episodes and commented:
    Sue’s insightful poem that I couldn’t resist sharing


  17. I love this, Sue, so cleverly done! 😉


  18. This is beautiful…re-blogging. ❤


  19. Reblogged this on JANE STURGEON and commented:

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  20. olganm says:

    Beautiful. Thanks, Sue.


  21. jstansfeld says:

    I read this on Jane Sturgeon’s re-blog and immediately shared it with my husband! It is marvelous – a great thought and most lyrical rendition. It is worthy of memorization!


  22. I’m out of breath, reading this. I guess because I was holding my breath through every stanza. I LOVE it. Just shared it on Twitter. I think ALL should read. Brilliant. THANK YOU. xoxo


  23. marianbeaman says:

    This is simply exquisite! How did you know that today is my birthday? I agree with Pam and the others: Brilliant! Will share this on Facebook.


  24. Just Excellent 🙂


  25. Tina Frisco says:

    Beautiful, brilliant, and cleverly written, Sue ♥


  26. Susan Scott says:

    Lovely thought provoking poem thanks sue


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  28. Norah says:

    I concur with all the others, Sue. This is a truly beautiful and deeply meaningful poem. It speaks to my heart and breathes hope into it. Thank you for sharing your wisdom from the heart. Timeless joy.


  29. Such a lovely poem Sue. 🙂


  30. This is beautiful, Sue. Very insightful! ❤


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