She will be gone in a heartbeat.
Silk has turned to crêpe,
and all the day long her weary head is bowed,
as dry-eyed tears fill her lonely wait.
Her only company now the soft glow of memories of
happy, golden times she thought would never end,
when basking in the radiance of admiring glances,
this vibrant young beauty turned heads and captured hearts.
But her time is drawing close now, and she is ready to go.
Soon the weeping will end.
Fragile and fading, unaware of how beautiful she still is,
she will be gone in a heartbeat,
yet the memory of her will stay with us forever.
I dedicate this post to all of the frail and beautiful, elderly ladies in your lives and mine. With special thanks to Meticulous Mick for this opportunity to collaborate with him and for the use of his stunning sunflower image.
It is indeed a glorious photo; that Mick is really something with his discerning eye! But you, you have brought such spectacularly fitting and sensitive life to the image with your text that I am in awe. Indeed, I immediately thought of a number of my fading or faded loved-ladies when I read it. Gorgeous.
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Your right! It is a stunning photo but your equally stunning words make the post!
Truly beautiful… sad but equally glorifying!
Thank you so much. 🙂
Beautiful, beautiful words and poem !
Thank you! Your pictures are beautiful too! I ‘ve just had a quick look but I will return. 🙂
Oh thank you so much !
Thanks for becoming a Follower. I’m enjoying your blog as well.
Thank you – I’ve enjoyed your challenges’ from afar’, via other blogs for a while now. Looking forward to seeing your posts.
Thank you. 🙂
I can’t even read the poem for the photo is breathtaking…who can take their eyes off of it?
I know what you mean, it is stunning, almost like a piece of textile art…
Who says beauty can be found only in the young and perfect? Beautiful poem, wildsherkin! And poignant reminder that beauty is in the essence and not the outer appearance.
And in the eye of the beholder and others’ perceptions. Thanks Andelieya. P
What a wonderful collaboration P .
Such a beautiful poem – really it is – sitting perfectly alongside MM’s gorgeous image.
Your words have resonated with me particularly for this month .
Isn’t quite something when an image makes such an impression that one feels compelled to write lines of poetry .. prose …. and the mind just buzzes ..
Quite lovely what you’ve created here .
Thank you, Poppy.P
I lost my Mom in April of 2006, and sometimes it still hits me fresh that she is gone. Christmas is hard, because she asked me to keep buying the Hallmark Ornaments that she was buying for my two kids after she was gone. I will always miss her. This is a lovely poem.
So sorry to hear about your mum and hope this hasn’t upset you. It’s never easy, no matter how old they were or how long they have gone. P
Didn’t upset me in the least! Hey, grief is a part of life. I have grieved her and my dad completely, but you know the holidays are always going to be a time when I miss them most.
A truly delightful collaboration!!
What a deeply moving poem and so well paired with the photograph.
Thank you, Mary. It was such a lovely opportunity. P
Lovely Patsy, what a great collaboration!
It’s been an eye opening experience! So many ‘likes’….I could get used to this! 🙂
A perfect partnership of poem and pic. Lovely …
Many thanks. 🙂
What beautiful picture and free verses.
Thank you. 🙂
Beautiful post. Delighted to have found you!
Same here! I’ve just had a quick look at your lovely blog and will back to have a longer visit. 🙂
Thanks very much!
What a most beautiful collaboration! You both have done such a lovely job of combining your two talents…
Thank you so much. MM’s beautiful image says it all really and I hope that my words do it justice.
They absolutely did!!
Thank you! 🙂
Reblogged this on meticulousmick and commented:
WildSherkin is a wonderful blogger based in West Cork. In this post she put wondrous words to a recent photo of mine to form a great collaboration. Go check out her blog yourself. MM 🍀
Thanks again, MM.
And thank you. Still have to make my trip to Sherkin! MM 🍀
You’ll have to make a plan!
Having just lost my Mum I do so appreciate the fragility of your woven words, and MM’s beautiful image.
So sorry to hear about your loss. Patsy