Looking out

With half an eye to a handsome face…
Rugged, smooth or touched with grace…
Or a pretty dress I’d love to wear,
A pair of heels, a style of hair…
I’m seventeen, or twenty three…
Or would have been
Were I still there.

With jaded eye I read the news
Of wars, and ecomonic blues;
Initiatives that come too late
To halt the conflict, stop the hate;
I’ve seen it all…The cyclic fear
That dogs our footsteps every year.
I’m ninety-two…a century…
Or might have been
Or soon will be.

Eyes of a child look out of mine,
And see the lover pour the wine,
And see the hand that takes the glass
All ages as the moments pass.

Alight with laughter, washed by tears,
A childlike gaze ignores the years
And wears her heart upon her sleeve,
And still, the unrepentant Eve
Looks out upon a changing world
Through eyes of woman,
Mother, girl.

As timeless as the inner flame,
And ageless, as without a name,
It is not bound by passing years
Nor by the sorrows, joys and tears.

Eyes of child look out on life,
Infant, girl, and later, wife.
Mother, lover, sister, friend;
Turning seasons without end
That will remain alive inside,
In spite of what the wrinkles hide.

For I am all and all are me,
The who I was, and am, will be.
All occupy the inner space
Regardless of a changing face.

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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46 Responses to Looking out

  1. Sadje says:

    What a wonderful celebration of being a woman

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  2. Ritu says:

    Beautiful, Sue 💜

    Liked by 1 person

  3. TanGental says:

    As ever your poetry abounds with wisdom and thought provoking imagery.

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  4. jenanita01 says:

    Your poem describes being a woman very well, Sue… and I hope you continue to ‘be’ for a long time yet…


  5. Goff James says:

    Womanhood beautifully penned. Have a great day. Best Regards.


  6. Dalo 2013 says:

    Beautiful poem, Sue. A perfect reflection of life, and along with the perfect ending with your final stanza, I enjoyed the line “And see the hand that takes the glass ~ All ages as the moments pass…” this mix of past, present, and future ~ all a celebration intertwined with each other.

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  7. Absolutely beautiful, Sue!


  8. rugby843 says:

    I loved this beautiful poem.

    Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android


  9. Mary Smith says:

    Oh, Sue, I really love this.


  10. This is so brilliant Sue. I loved it.


  11. Reblogged this on pensitivity101 and commented:
    Just had to share this by Sue.
    She covers the changes in years so well as we are all just variations of our original self. The last verse is brilliant.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. willowdot21 says:

    Wonderful Sue, it’s all there, life, love, hope a beautiful circle of life 💜


  13. Beautiful portrait of life, Sue… ❤


  14. Darlene says:

    I just love this and it makes me think of my mother who is 92. So very real.


  15. dgkaye says:

    Gorgeous! ❤


  16. Fantastic writing! It is just so perfect start to finish!


  17. Eliza Waters says:

    So well done, Sue! x


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