Four Seasons - Longbridge Road

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Submitted to Poetry Potluck:  This week’s theme is Reflections, Interpretations and Musings


Purple petals dance
with solemn passion,
swirl in a breeze
filled with promise.

Sacred fireflies
shine in the wild night,
reach into the doleful void
to dazzle.

A dead leaf swirls in
the center of a whirling
torrent, disappears
down the storm drain.

Earth convulses while
blizzards howl,
morphs in an empty afternoon
beneath hoary skies .

Sursum corda.

The word Sacrament comes from the Latin, to make holy. A sacrament is considered to be an outward sign of grace. Sursum corda is Latin for lift up your heart.

40 thoughts on “Sacrament

  1. Erin says:

    Simply beautiful. You’ve found those outward signs of grace and presented them for us so evocatively here. Thanks for reading my “Sacrament” poem. Love the blog!


  2. jagdish bali says:

    There is imagism in the poem. You have depicted the convulsive nature of nature. GooooooooooooooooD,.


  3. This is gorgeous! I agree with A.B. Thomas. Your words create a painting of beautiful images. I love these lines:
    “Earth convulses while
    blizzards howl,
    morphs in an empty afternoon
    beneath hoary skies .”

    And the Latin touch cinched it!


  4. Hi,

    Beautiful poetry.

    Keep writing. And let’s keep in touch.



  5. Kodjo Deynoo says:

    I came to read and I was moved by your poem


  6. Ramesh sood says:

    It did lift up my heart.. yes! A lovely poem, this! Thanks for your visit to my page.. I feel honoured..


  7. melissa says:

    I love the feel of this piece. I love fireflies. As a child my brother and I would smush them on us so we’d glow. I know it’s gross but to a kid it was the idea of glowing. Great poem


  8. soulbro* says:

    enjoyable poem as it is the movement from what is always working behind the scene as this one puts you there…


  9. hope hayduk says:

    this is awesome!
    beautifully written!
    thank you

    and thank you for your visit and comment


  10. tasithoughts says:

    You brought the burning bush to the images you described. It was spiritual in the most organic way.



  11. Lovely Annie says:

    An outward sign of grace…I did not know this rich and amazing meaning of the word sacrament…thank you for sharing this poem and the essence of sacrament…I love it.


  12. this is a visual delight. the images you project entwined with such feeling. it is truly touching and a delight to read. nice potluck entry!


  13. Lyn says:

    Lift up your heart, indeed! Beautiful words and emotions..well done!


  14. Bill says:

    A lot to like here: the wonderful musicality, the way tiny moments of grace within nature are unveiled, the sense that in each season the small is absorbed into the larger.


  15. thoughtsnotlost says:

    Magically captivating. I loved this!


  16. Jessica says:

    Love the pictures to create here, in so few words. Well done.


  17. trisha says:

    What a poem! Just terrific!


  18. Rashmi says:

    Beautiful poem..I loved the start very much.


  19. fiveloaf says:

    there is alot of stillness and simplicity in this poem- love it liv and ehem! you seem to be an accomplish zen maestro here! mines here-


  20. Vibhuti B says:

    i am sorry Victoria its been ages since I last visited you. And am happy that I came by today. Such a beautiful piece . The purple petals dance has definitely lifted up my heart!
    Thankyou for enriching my knowledge with a bit of Latin..
    Sarsum Corda sounds sweet too! 😀


  21. soulbro* says:

    nice poem…as to take a scenery and watch it become something with movement in words..gifted art(+)
    soulbro* 🙂


  22. bodhirose says:

    All these seemingly insignifigant everyday occurrences are sacrements–all outward signs of grace. I see it.

    Thanks for showing this, Victoria.


  23. souldipper says:

    In addition to your highly descriptive poem, I really like your new masthead.


  24. Beautifully evocative of the season. Lovely! Thanks for such a fine Potluck contribution.


  25. LeiffyV says:

    Very nice! The definitions add the touch needed for those who don’t know. The words dance across the cold ground like little ice sprites, I do enjoy how this is woven together. Makes me dread the twenty first as well, Solstice and all but it is never permanent. It will get lighter and full of life soon. Thanks so much for sharing with us!


  26. hedgewitch says:

    The seasons pass, and in their perpetual change and motion we find our own restlessness, and our own resolutions. A lovely bit of mood and image, Victoria. Enjoyed it, and the Latin tag.


  27. Nanka says:

    The wonders of the world and each season outdoing the other in beauty!!


  28. gospelwriter says:

    I love it. Each stanza perfect is in itself, but considered in light of the title and coda they are sandwiched between, each becomes part of a far more powerful whole.


  29. Jingle says:

    love the colors in your piece..
    beautiful of everything, perfect potluck entry.


  30. love the imagery this brings, thanks for sharing


  31. Talon says:

    “hoary” – I love that word! I enjoyed this…I felt I was being swept along with the leaf…


  32. ooimaginationoo says:

    You sursum corda.


  33. danroberson says:

    The four seasons captured in beautiful imagery. Thank you.


  34. Cheryl says:

    Very nice. I love the beginning:

    “Purple petals dance
    with solemn passion,
    swirl in a breeze
    filled with promise.”

    The poem put me right there, wishing for that breeze.

    ~ C


  35. david waters says:

    your words paint such a beautiful portrait…lovely


  36. Gigi Ann says:

    This is a very nice poem, very descriptive. Easy to picture with the minds eye.


  37. Teresa says:

    I love the distinct image you create in each stanza. Very powerful last stanza. I do appreciate the translation of the last line! 🙂 Mine is here.


  38. A.B. Thomas says:

    As I read it was like I was being transported into a Goyen painting; fantastic imagery


  39. timkeen40 says:

    We should all lift up our hearts, not just during the season of holidays, but all the year round.

    If I can dream of a brighter sun, why can’t my dream come true?

    Credit to whoever wrote that for the King.


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