Spirit of service

In perfect simplicity

Living within light


The hermit’s cave stands open to the winds, no more than a covered space, sheltered by stone and yew. A spring, a rocky shelf for a bed… no monastic cell demands such drastic poverty. Yet, for the hermit who tended the Portway and its transient population, this was both home and chapel. Seven hundred years have passed since he carved his faith from the stone, making a symbol of suffering into a living tree. Perhaps that was his answer…to live his faith.

The rough shelter is as beautiful as any cathedral.  Standing where he stood, cold winds and the creaking of empty boughs erase the centuries.

Haibun 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 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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10 Responses to Hermitage

  1. Very nice, Sue. I seem to remember reading about this cave but I’ll go over and check if it is the same one.




  3. macjam47 says:

    A lovely haibun to tell a fascinating tale. Well done, Sue. 💕🤗💕


  4. Alli Templeton says:

    Fabulous looking place, Sue.


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