Poetry Sunday-Perennial Life




Perennial Life



A beautiful spring.

Next a strong summer,

Moves to a waning fall

As blossom and leaf are shed.


To winter slumber,

Emerging slowly.

Renewed with the warm spring breezes,

To flower once more with vigor-

Begins the cycle again.



 © Donna Donabella 2016


As a gardener, I often see my life’s journey as parallel to the seasons in the garden.  This poem was written after one of those reflective moments.


Pictured here are Oriental Poppies and their seedheads.  They have such a unique look, and I am struck often by their mandala tops.



poppy collage

These are the same poppies in bud and flower.  I love the crinkly, papery petals resembling crepe paper.



I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog, and with Gillena@Verses for her Monday WRites link-up.

poppy seeds

I am also linking in with Judith@Lavender Cottage who hosts Mosaic Monday.




I leave you with a few additional words about a perennial life.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

perennial life

All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2016.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

86 Replies to “Poetry Sunday-Perennial Life”

  1. Love it.
    And I also love that where-ever I stop to consider the cycle, its cyclical nature is evident. Hope in the very darkest times, maturity to come in the spring…

    1. You have the most beautiful way of expanding on the ideas in my poems….I loved this sense of hope that you found in it….and spring comes today here!

  2. Wonderful wonderful words and photographs, you truly make my day, sweetest Donna !

    May your weekend be filled with love and joy, dearest friend,
    sending gentle hugs to you

  3. The cycle of life continues and we look forward to it gladly and sometime reluctantly but sadly must accept that one year we will miss a season and not know it.

  4. I love the idea of a strong summer – as well as the outside world it feels like the best state in which we can be inside ourselves..the sense of cycle and perennial really flow..how quickly time passes and yet perhaps there is some comfort in knowing the pattern it takes

  5. Your words express so beautifully the cycle of the seasons, the cycle of life! It is nice to think about this being the day the beautiful spring begins!

  6. The cycle of life seen within nature. Beautifully penned here. It brings hope, right? How we wait for those crocus to peek out…that little bit of green signals so much to those who’ve been laded with winter.

  7. I love poppies in a green field . It reminds me of May, in late Spring. The poem, at start is saying about :”A beautiful spring.

    Next a strong summer,

    Moves to a waning fall

    As blossom and leaf are shed.” In dynamism, the seasonal passing, of those periods of time, is beautifully described. Now , in the first day of Spring, all the best for you and a good time for gardening , as well! Alexa

  8. Beautiful poppies! I love every stage of their growth. You have presented your words so well in this post.

  9. This was the first year that my perennials have returned in force. The garden is starting to feel lush and more like a garden than an abstract imagining. SO worth the wait. Aren’t poppies magical? I will never forget the first time I saw the eye of a poppy. I was just a tiny thing but I must have jumped 10 feet into the air in surprise.

  10. Yes, yes… Donna – gardening an inspiration for me too…And not just the experience of the activity – which is nourishing in itself – but also the way it bonds you to the cycle of things too – and all you cannot help but learn from this… Always a pleasure to come here… With Best Wishes Scott http://www.scotthastie.com

    1. Wonderful Scott that you too love gardening…and as you say it gives us so much more than we can imagine….I am so glad you enjoy your visits here….that means a lot to me!

  11. Yet too early to care for gardens here… maybe in a moth or so… but mostly waiting yet… but there is confidence in that waiting underneath

  12. Gorgeous Donna – we’ve had way too strong a summer for some of my plants, Fingers crossed that they have gone straight to winter’s slumber and will come back beautiful for spring – here’s hoping!
    Wren x

  13. I appreciate how you capture the little, glorious details of the cycle of the seasons….in both your words and your stunning photographs.

  14. So lovely you’re going through the cycle from spring to spring again…finding the beauty in each season!
    Good for you! ~ Many blessings!

  15. We are gettong used to this cycle. But whether we like a season or not, it is still a part of our existence. Thanks for this Donna

  16. Hello, it is a cycle. I wish I could slow it down though. Lovely poem. I am looking forward to a nice spring and long summer. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

  17. What a great post. I love those wonderful photos and that pretty poem. Thanks again Donna, so happy to see this linked to Today’s Flowers.

  18. A happy Holy Week to you Donna.
    I posted my Monday WRites late this week. But always the Linky is open for 7 days

    Much love…

  19. Coming to you from Mosaic Monday. Poppies have always been a favorite, especially the pink ones. They are interesting as cycle through their life. Your poem aptly welcomes changing season

  20. I studied the word “perennial” from your poem. Life is fragile but perennial with hope and rebirth. Your flowers are lovely.
    Thank you for sharing,Donna.

  21. Lovely post! And you just reminded me that I spread poppy seeds in the fall. Now if the Spring snow would kindly move along, I can see what can be done in the garden. The early crocus made its way before the snow, and the poor daffodils were caught off guard! They are happy to be indoors spreading their smiles on the table. Aloha.

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