Sometimes everything has to be enscribed across the heavens so you can find the one line already written inside you. Sometimes it takes a great sky to find that small, bright, and indescribable wedge of freedom in your own heart. David Whyte


on January 6, 2017

Imagine dawn sky dressed in pink-ribboned clouds
Trees green-leaved in summer
Changing colors for autumn
Sobered by stillness of bare-branched winter
Chilling cold and deep silence.

Imagine a mother of sons and grandchildren
Heart filled with wonder, love, joy
And trepidation
World is near changing
Beyond recognition.

Imagine aging a worthy challenge
Rich adventures and exploring
Forge wisdom a gift
Hard-won and enduring
Unknown roads lie ahead

But for today the sun is shining
Golden hours to seize and embrace.
Shadows, too, can be lovely
I’ll plumb them tomorrow.
Translating my life into poems.

22 responses to “Alchemy

  1. den169 says:

    Life is truly full of beauty and grace as are your words!

  2. Dalo 2013 says:

    Oh, how I love this. “But for today the sun is shining, Golden hours to seize and embrace.” A very noble resolution for the New Year πŸ™‚ Wishing you the best as we venture forth into 2017.

  3. I of July says:

    Firstly, an inviting opening line – it literally gets the imagination going. I like how there are subtle contrasts in almost every stanza and yet the fusion is coherent. The way you transitioned from the penultimate to the final stanza is immaculate. One of your best yet in my opinion. An absolute gem of a poem!

  4. This is beautiful Ina, a lovely transition between the seasons of nature, the seasons of life, an acceptance that you will face what will come.

  5. Colleen Chesebro says:

    I had to stop by to read your poem called, Alchemy. I loved how you showed the progression of thought contrasted to the seasons and to the dawn, then culminating in the end of the day. What a wonderful parallel to our own lives and of the circle of life. I loved the last line: “Translating my life into poems.” Many hugs to you, Viva. ❀

    • vivachange77 says:

      Collen, thanks for checking out my poem. One of the lovely things about blogging is when people like you see in my poetry something I did not intentionally write. You are not the first person to notice the progression you saw. I came to my computer to write a post as part of a conversation I was having with another blogger about to publish or not. The poem followed its own direction. ❀

      • Colleen Chesebro says:

        That is the heart of a poet. You had a natural progression towards wisdom. You inspired one of my Tanka poems that will publish tomorrow called, Studious Young Girls… it follows a natural path to wisdom also. ❀

      • vivachange77 says:

        Colleen, your comment touches my heart. You make me feel affirmed as a poet. I look forward to reading your Tanka tomorrow, my wise friend.

  6. Beautiful really a lovely poem. xx

  7. vivachange77 says:

    Many thanks. πŸ™‚

  8. Meredith says:

    The third verse I’ll carry with me as my life is once again changing.

  9. vivachange77 says:

    I’m glad it has meaning for you. I bump up against change small and large everyday. Best wishes and love. ❀

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