First and last…

Fall in love for the very first time

Prey to romantic fantasy

Crucifixion of the heart

Hopes are raised and blighted

Dreams unrequited








Deeper truth

No longer grasping

Giving, not possessing

The heart flies free of its cage

Joy becomes the essence of life

When you learn to love for the last time

Double Nonet for Colleen’s poetry challenge

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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48 Responses to First and last…

  1. Lovely, Sue. —- Suzanne


  2. willowdot21 says:

    Absolutely gorgeous, photo and words 💜


  3. That’s beautiful :O) x


  4. Ritu says:

    Beautiful 😍


  5. Nice Sue. Lovely rose.


  6. joylennick says:

    A beautiful poem, Sue. Thank you. Hugs xx


  7. jazzytower says:

    I love the flowers too:)



  8. Whew!! Goosebumps galore after reading the “truth” in poetic form. Splendid, and I couldn’t agree with you more. ❤


  9. Widdershins says:

    Love of Self … last love, best love. 😀


  10. Stunning, Sue, and perfect for the form. What a gorgeous poem.


  11. antoniazen says:

    I love the way you have combined two forms to show first love and the love of a ripened heart. The shape of the hourglass in which ‘falter’ and ‘fade’ become ‘years reveal’ and the mirroring in the first and last lines make a wonderful, timely work. I found it really heart-warming.


  12. pvcann says:

    Love grows, beautiful


  13. Violet Lentz says:

    So very true. I just wish I would have known it was the last time. I think I might have handled things quite differently.. Beautiful sentiment…


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  15. memadtwo says:

    Love indeed changes as we, and the world, do. Hopefully we gain that wisdom…(K)


  16. This is so beautiful and moving, Sue. 🙂 x


  17. Vashti Q says:

    Gorgeous dewy roses! Your double etheree is beautiful and meaningful. ❤


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