Life Lines by Sue Vincent

As we celebrate our dear story-teller, poet, blogger, and wise-woman Sue Vincent, I’d thought I would share my favorite book of her poetry.

Below is a sublimely beautiful poem from its pages, and my review. If you enjoy it, consider picking up a copy for own heart’s enjoyment. ❤

Flowers

by Sue Vincent

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,

Everywhere.

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,

Inviting.

*

In joy or sorrow,

When the tears fall,

There are always flowers.

*

My Review

This collection of 52 poems by Sue Vincent is a gem. I’d give this book 6 stars if I could. It’s hard to put into words how moving I found Vincent’s poetry. The poems are free form reflections on the profound moments of life, the deep emotional wells of love, loss, and memories, the rhythms of nature reflected in our journeys, and the poignant journeys themselves.

It was almost impossible to pick out a few favorites, but I’m giving it a try: “I See You” is an exquisite poem about aging and the lasting echoes of youth that we carry inside our memories. “Flowers” (which makes me weepy just thinking about it) chronicles a woman’s life-stages in flowers from birth through death. Two touching poems are told from the point of view of someone watching a loved one sleep. They’re both gentle and heartachingly beautiful. “Just for a Moment” is a rare syllabic poem in the collection about the peace of love, and “Memory” about love lost.

Though the poems can be read in an hour or so, I would suggest savoring them. Highly recommended.

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You can connect with Sue here:

Blog: Daily Echo – Echoes of Life

Website: France & Vincent

Twitter

Facebook

Check out today’s beautiful post from Sue: Impression of Contentment

Happy Valentine’s Day. Hugs.

191 thoughts on “Life Lines by Sue Vincent

  1. Yuvi MK says:

    Beautiful lines! And the illustration too is as lovely as the poetry!💜

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  2. Poetry was dramatic. I missed it very much.

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  3. I need to get this…

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  4. How awesome….brought tears to my eyes…some happy…some sad. Thanks for sharing!!

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    • Thanks for taking a peek, Kirt. I’m a huge fan on Sue’s poetry. So beautiful and full of poignancy. Love, loss, our human journey, our connection to life and spirit. All here. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Have a lovely Sunday! 😀

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  5. Jan Sikes says:

    What a beautiful poem from Sue! She completed the entire cycle of birth and death on those few words. Thank you for sharing and for your fabulous review!

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    • Thanks for reading, Jan. Sue’s poetry is touching and it has a way of sticking with me. I loved this poem when I first read it, and still do. ❤ Have a peaceful Sunday and week ahead. I hope things are improving in Texas. My heart goes out to those who are struggling in your state. ❤

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  6. kevin cooper says:

    Lovely review, Diana. I haven’t read anything of Sue’s for a while. This sounds relaxing.

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  7. This is so beautiful✨❤

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  8. Rajeish K Mallik says:

    Beautiful

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  9. Resa says:

    I want to share this fabulous poem on my blog. I can’t seem to find it on Sues blog. I think I will just reblog this. Unless, you might have a better idea? Sincerely, Resa x

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  10. Wow this is beautiful now i am taking my life choices into consideration after reading this. ✊❤💜

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  11. A marvelous choice and review, Diana. This selection is exquisite. Definitely something to be savored. Hugs all around.

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    • Thanks, Teagan. I’m happy to share this book and poem. One of my favs that’s stuck with me for a few years now. Such beautiful writing from Sue. I’m glad you enjoyed it, my friend. Have a wonderful Friday and weekend!

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  12. Well…this is nicely done well done.I guess it’s a Vincent thing quality runs in all the Vincent.this is great

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  13. A beautiful poem, indeed, D. The full spectrum of how we enjoy and use flowers. My favorite is ‘Pathway of petals” reminding me of all the wilderness trails I have hiked over the years that have been blessed with flowers. –Curt

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  14. “Flowers” is a lovely poem, and I really like how Sue used flowers as a way to measure time. Beautiful!

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  15. sjhigbee says:

    What a lovely poem… thank you for sharing this one, Diana:)

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  16. Such beauty in a poem is rare. A must have book. Thank you dear Diana for sharing this ! Congratulations to Sue. This is lovely!

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  17. alexcraigie says:

    I have two of Sue’s books featuring Ani and I’m reading both of them at the moment. Having seen this review I know I have to buy this book, too. Thanks.

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  18. 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹this flower will be fenced with love forever and ever😭😭😭😭😭this peom should be a continuation of my poet mother’s love on my page💋💋💋💋

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  19. Tessa says:

    This is such a beautiful poem. It makes me think of times in my life when flowers played a role and, just like in the poem, they are times of great joy and times of great sadness. Thank you for sharing this wonderful poem and the book of poetry it came from. ❤️

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    • Thanks, Tessa. That’s exactly how I read it… the milestones in a woman’s life expressed in flowers. So emotional. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Sue is a wonderful writer and this book is sublime. Have a great week and Happy Reading. ❤

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  20. I have this book in my Kindle. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read so far. Later, I’ll be off to read the poems you highlighted. “Flowers” is amazing. Lovely review.

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    • Thanks, Mary. It’s a book to be savored. I’m so glad you’re enjoying it. Sue writes beautifully and I’m delighted to share her book. Stay well, my friend, and have a wonderful week. ❤ Hugs.

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  21. Her poems are beautiful, Diana. Yes, the one you chose as a highlight “flowers” is stunning as it evokes the passage of time of humankind.

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    • I thought so, Terri, a life in flowers, and I connected to each of the milestones. I’m so glad you enjoyed this post. I’m delighted to highlight this beautiful writer and blogging friend. ❤ Thanks so much for joining in.

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  22. Eliza Waters says:

    Lovely review, Diana. Sue is a truly gifted poet and writer. ❤

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  23. Glorious! Can’t wait to read more… ❤ Sharing!

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  24. Ann Coleman says:

    If that poem was a good example of the rest, then that book must be wonderful. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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