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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.

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  1. March 20, 2016    

    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…

    • March 20, 2016    

      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. March 20, 2016    

    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. March 20, 2016    

    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.

    • March 20, 2016    

      Yes and I sometimes wonder what season that will be Robin.

  4. March 20, 2016    

    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 quickly time passes and yet perhaps there is some comfort in knowing the pattern it takes

    • March 20, 2016    

      I think that comfort is why I wrote the poem Jae Rose….focusing on each cycle of the seasons and flower helps me stay more in the moment.

  5. March 20, 2016    

    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!

    • March 20, 2016    

      I agree Mary…what a glorious time for the cycle of life to renew itself.

  6. March 20, 2016    

    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. March 20, 2016    

    Wonderful feeling of zest and zeal in your poem 🙂
    Beautifully penned.

    Lots of love,

  8. March 20, 2016    

    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

  9. Kerry O'Connor Kerry O'Connor
    March 20, 2016    

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

    • March 20, 2016    

      Thanks Kerry….poppies are such a great plant to watch from their first emergence to when the seed heads develop.

  10. March 20, 2016    

    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.

    • March 20, 2016    

      Oh what a wonderful memory…and I am so glad your garden is filling and lush!

  11. March 20, 2016    

    Wonderful photos. I resonate with comparing our journey to the passing of the seasons. I miss gardening so much.

  12. March 20, 2016    

    indeed a beautiful life cycle!
    a stunning photo of a poppy. 🙂

  13. March 20, 2016    

    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

    • March 20, 2016    

      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!

  14. March 20, 2016    

    The cycle of life , I can see growth popping up from the rich soil and I am reminded of renewal.

  15. lox lox
    March 20, 2016    

    This is my favorite line:
    “To winter slumber”

  16. Bjorn Rudberg Bjorn Rudberg
    March 20, 2016    

    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

    • March 20, 2016    

      A bit too early here too even with our unusually warm seasons….it is wet and cold so I will have to wait!

  17. March 20, 2016    

    Such wonderful photos attached to some wonderful words. I love that idea of nature as a cycle that mirrors our life. Very true.

  18. March 20, 2016    

    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

    • March 20, 2016    

      Our plants are so resilient so I bet yours will be fine! Keeping my fingers crossed for you.

  19. CC CC
    March 20, 2016    

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

    • March 20, 2016    

      Watching nature, I have learned so many details…I am so happy that you found them pleasing!

  20. March 20, 2016    

    Love this piece!!!

  21. March 20, 2016    

    There is something very comforting in the rhythmic words of cycle. And I LOVE the photo.

  22. March 20, 2016    

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

  23. ZQ ZQ
    March 20, 2016    

    Great Pictures matched with perfect words.

  24. March 20, 2016    

    The seasons of life you have captured them so beautifully here and the photos are stunning.

    • March 20, 2016    

      I am lucky Carrie to live where we have 4 glorious seasons to inspire me!

  25. March 20, 2016    

    As with life, seasons are cyclical and perpetual and we’ll come to live in our words. I like this poem, Donna!

  26. March 20, 2016    

    What a wonderful poem to celebrate the first day of spring!

  27. March 20, 2016    

    Incredible photo and your words tell the story of cycles and life.


  28. March 20, 2016    

    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

    • March 20, 2016    

      Following the seasons has made me appreciate each one for its wonders!

  29. March 20, 2016    

    I love this image of life as a perennial plant. To everything there is a season.

  30. March 21, 2016    

    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!

    • March 21, 2016    

      That is the flaw isn’t it…it seems to move so fast….so happy you enjoyed the poem Eileen!

  31. March 21, 2016    

    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.

    • March 21, 2016    

      I wasn’t going to link it Denise, and then I thought it would be perfect…so happy you enjoyed it!

  32. riitta k riitta k
    March 21, 2016    

    The cycle of seasons, the cycle of life. A gardener lives it. Amazing poppies!

  33. March 21, 2016    

    The poppies are so beautiful! The poem is so descriptive as to make the seasons come to life! Thank you!

  34. March 21, 2016    

    Few things are as deliciously stunning as the spins of the Wheel of the Year. Both your poetry and photography show this so well. ♥

    • March 21, 2016    

      Oh I love how you describe this….the spin of the Wheel of the Year!

  35. March 21, 2016    

    The cycle of the seasons. Change in the right way at the right time, and as you say – renewal.

  36. March 22, 2016    

    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…

    • March 22, 2016    

      Thanks for the reminder…I linked up and provided a link back to your blog…

  37. March 22, 2016    

    What gorgeous image shares!!!

  38. ann ann
    March 22, 2016    

    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

    • March 22, 2016    

      Thanks for visiting Ann….poppies are amazing plants to watch through their cycle.

  39. March 22, 2016    

    Donna thanks for linking to Monday WRites this week

    Much love…

  40. March 23, 2016    

    Poppies are so adorable from the beginning to their end.

  41. March 23, 2016    

    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.

    • March 23, 2016    

      How lovely that you studied ‘perennial’….it is an important word. And I am pleased you enjoyed the post!

  42. March 28, 2016    

    Oh I love poppies! It’s so true…life’s journeys are seasons!

    • March 28, 2016    

      Amazing how nature teaches us about life…thanks Robin!

  43. April 6, 2016    

    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.

    • April 6, 2016    

      OH I hear you about the snow needing to go, so we can garden! Hoping our flowers are happy again!

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