There were always flowers.

Orchids pinned upon a mother’s breast,

All lace and diamonds.

Long black gloves

And painted lips,

As she left, laughing.

A child who watched

As the door closed.

There were flowers…

Yellow tulips,

Cellophane and ribbon

A girl who blushed

As the curtain fell

Upon the stage;

She cradled them,

A first bouquet.

There were flowers,

Roses and lilies

White, in hands and hair,

Their fragrance mingled

With frankincense,

A ghost of awe and wonder

Finding a home

In memory.

There were flowers…

Rainbow hued,


Greeting a life newborn,

With love and welcome,

Lighting stark severity

As a babe cried.

There were flowers…

Daisy chains

Around his brow,

Crowning him with sunlight,

In laughter,

In simplicity,

In love.

There were flowers,

Three roses,

Red as life,

Placed in a cold hand,

One for each heart

Saying farewell.

Too long,

Too soon.

There are flowers,

Heather and bluebells

Painting horizons

Still unexplored.

Pathways of petals

Laugh at our feet,


In joy or sorrow,

When the tears fall,

There are always flowers.

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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106 Responses to Flowers…

  1. buffalopound says:

    Love this, Sue. Thanks.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. jenanita01 says:

    Simply beautiful, Sue…


  3. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    More flowers this morning but this time combined with beautiful words from Sue Vincent.

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  4. Awesome and marvelous poem all apt with the times, Sue and flowers all the way.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Anne Copeland says:

    I love the symbolism of the flowers as they are truly present at so many points in our lives and for celebrating or comforting us at so many occasions that are crucial signposts in our journey. The flowers, as is true of human beings, seem to have so many different expressions or personas as it were, each one fitting for a different moment in time. It is part of the miracle of our world for certain.

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  6. willowdot21 says:

    A beautiful poem Sue, a journey through life in the company of flowers💜💜💜


  7. Reblogged this on pensitivity101 and commented:
    It will be 22 years ago on the 13th that I lost my Dad. It is just a few months since my Mum joined him. It will be her birthday on the 22nd.
    There were always flowers.
    Thank you Sue, this is beautiful and I hope you don’t mind me borrowing it.

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  8. I’ve reblogged this too Sue. It’s a beautiful poem.


  9. This is beautiful Sue.


  10. dgkaye says:

    Love all the different symbolisms you covered in this beautiful poem Sue. A flower for all seasons. ❤


  11. Tina Frisco says:

    So touching, Sue. Beautiful and moving in its imagery ❤️


  12. Beautiful, Sue… ❤ Sharing. xo


  13. Joan says:

    a poem as lovely as all the flowers it embraces…


  14. It is lovely. And maybe flowers will come to you for mother’s day 😀


  15. Widdershins says:

    May it always be so. 🙂


  16. Wow, Sue. This is just stunning and so poignant. I love the way you wove flowers through seasons of life. All so evocative of the milestones. Beautiful.


  17. Dale says:

    Gorgeous, Sue. Flowers do play such a role in pretty much every event. Why just today I received a bouquet as a belated birthday gift.
    Happy Mother’s Day to you!


  18. Jennie says:

    This pulls at every heartstring. Lovely!


  19. This is very moving, Sue.


  20. beautifully written, a pleasure to read ♥️💐💐💜🌷


  21. Khaliinee says:

    This was the sweetest poem I’ve read today


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    • Sue Vincent says:

      Thank you, Diana. I know you have closed comments and why…so please do not feel you need to respond at all. I am honoured and deeply moved that you shared this poem at this moment. My love and thoughts go with you. xx

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  23. michnavs says:

    Beautiful…it has this soothing effect on me.

    Liked by 1 person

  24. As lovely a poem as I’ve read. So poignant so beautiful.

    Liked by 1 person

  25. Hopped over to read this from Diana’s blog. So beautiful, Sue. Made me cry.

    Liked by 1 person

  26. Joanne Sisco says:

    I am visiting via Diana from Myths of the Mirror and on this day when I seem to be wearing my heart on my sleeve, these words touched me deeply 💕

    Liked by 1 person

  27. I missed this the first time you posted in May, but Diana sent me over. And I’m crying – lovely tears for how flowers follow us through the seasons of our life. Sad tears for Diana as she says goodbye to her mom, and as I continue to have a long goodbye with mine. Thank you, Sue, for your magnificent poem.


  28. Jordan says:

    Lovely, Sue! It is very touching and so true!


  29. Beautiful and evocative poem Sue!


  30. balroop2013 says:

    Ah flowers! Always there to soothe and celebrate… I love how you have compressed each emotion into this poem Sue. Thanks for saying it SO well.


  31. Resa says:

    Saw this on Myths of the Mirror. It’s really beautiful, Sue!


  32. Gorgeous writing! Diana at Myths of the Mirror brought me here. 🙂


  33. Sue, your writing is stunningly beautiful in prose, and it took by breath away. Thank you for sharing.


  34. Reblogged this on K. D. Dowdall and commented:
    Sue Vincent has written a stunningly beautiful prose, that will take your breath away.

    Liked by 1 person

  35. This is an exquisite poem and quite profound for those of us who are daughters of mothers that have left us.


  36. I remember this beautiful poem, Sue, from when I read it before. It is outstanding.


  37. Vashti Q says:

    Oh my goodness. This is an amazing poem, Sue. I loved it. ❤ ❤ ❤


  38. Sue, I have no words, this is simply so beautiful! Wow, just, Wow…


  39. It felt like a blessing to read this, Sue.


  40. This is so beautiful, Sue!


  41. Absolutely beautiful, Sue. —- Suzanne


  42. OwnShadow says:

    Accomplished and very moving.


  43. Resa says:

    This is one of the most beautiful poems I have ever read, Sue. Also, the presentation is rich and meaningful. Thank you!


  44. Resa says:

    Reblogged this on Graffiti Lux Art & More and commented:
    Recently, Sue Vincent encountered a new and difficult challenge: lung cancer. I post this incredibly beautiful poem, with its rich and meaningful presentation, in support of her. Thank you for being a sharing and prolific blogger, Sue. Thank you for being you! Sincerely – Resa ❤


  45. Flowers inspire you beautifully as this beautiful poem shows it.


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