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The Seasons of a Life - A Poem

for Mom and Dad

for Mom and Dad

Loved it so...

The summer rain, ticking steps

With smooth and supple strides.

The air was sweeter then.

Enfolding life, the ocean waves

Would thresh and furl the doors of time,

Entreating in cadence

The mysteries of a fragile womb.

Above, the gulls with feathered hands

Would shape our sonnets

As the wind

Took apart the words.

In kites of dreams, they soared,

Diffractions of heat and light,

Of promise and unending.

Love it so...

The winter rain, drifting light,

Seasoning the air with the taste

Of nature's tears.

The ocean pulls the crystals homeward

To melt in memory

And blend away unseen.

Above, the gulls are tossing fewer now --

Vivid, white solitaires treading bold

Against a muted sky of gray.

In the beckoning, we remember...

In the searching, we hold

With spirit unbowed.

Whether shadows, flesh or dreams come hence,

May they all share in witness

This prodigy of hope

Still riding on the wing.

2019 Genna Eastman

The Cinematic Orchestra - Arrival of The Birds & Transformation

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© 2019 Genna East


Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on February 27, 2020:

Thank you, Nell! :-)

Nell Rose from England on February 23, 2020:

Still riding on the wing,' Beautiful poem! It makes me want to write another one now.

Jake Clawson from Kazakhstan on October 21, 2019:

@Genna, now I have a goal for my future piece - thank you, will try poetry as short stories and feature articles are what I normally write. I tried to write some before but honestly, they sound more like heavy metal songs as opposed to actual poems. (Reading more like song lyrics.)

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on October 21, 2019:

Hello Jake. Many thanks for that lovely and encouraging comment. Poetry is open to everyone. I look forward to reading one of yours. :-)

Jake Clawson from Kazakhstan on October 21, 2019:

Wow, this is a wonderful poem. Wonderful enough to get me interested in poetry as a whole.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on July 24, 2019:

Hello Pat. Thank you for those kind words. They mean a lot to me. Sending angels your way as well, my friend.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 23, 2019:

This prodigy of hope...a line that resonates with me at this time especially. You are indeed blessed to be able to create such poems----it is just not something I can do Angels are headed your way this afternoon ps

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on July 15, 2019:

Hello Peggy...

My sincere apologies for being so late in responding, but my family has been here visiting for the past few days. Your beautiful comment moved me beyond words. I'm sorry to hear of the passing of your friend; I can understand why she found such solace with the waves and the birds. Her spirit is riding on the wing...and what a beautiful place to be in that spiritual realm. Thank you for the lovely visit and for sharing. Hugs.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 12, 2019:

I am listening to the beautiful music in the video as I type this. Your poetry is beautiful and evocative. We were in Galveston on Wednesday and saw flocks of seagulls "riding on the wing." A friend of ours who recently passed on often went to Galveston after her husband died. She found solace looking at the waves, soaring birds, etc. This makes me think of our dear friend who is now in the spiritual realm.

Genna East on June 15, 2019:

Thank you for the visit and thoughtful comment

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on June 13, 2019:


Pictures in words of the beginning and the end of life. Loved the imagery.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on May 29, 2019:

Rajan, I couldn't have expressed the importance of hope, better -- thank you! :-)

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on May 29, 2019:

Hi Maria. And what a treat to read a lovely comment from you. Many thanks for the visit and kind thoughts. Love and hugs.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 28, 2019:

Hope is life and as long as we live with hope life is worth living and nothing is lost to forever. Lovely imagery!

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on May 28, 2019:

A treat to find this exquisite poetry and musical accompaniment from you, dear Genna.

Thanks for starting this morning with peace and perspective.

Love, Maria

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on May 19, 2019:

Ioannis, your comment is so generous -- thank you. :-)

Gypsy, thanks for the visit and kind words. :-)

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on May 18, 2019:

Shauna, I am moved by your comment, and appreciate your words more than you can know. And I agree with you in that more of humanity needs to become involved with the importance of our environment. Thanks so much for the visit.

Thank you, Flourish. I couldn't have asked for a nicer compliment. :-) I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on May 18, 2019:

I bow in front of the beauty and the Light of your Heart that you have put in this poem! I am amazed and grateful for your gift!

Gratitude and prayers for you!


Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on May 17, 2019:

Genna, you write such beautiful poetry. It's so sad to see what's happening to Nature and our wildlife. I hope your poem reaches far and wide to make an impact forceful enough to get humans to stop destroying and start repairing.

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 16, 2019:

This was serene and left me contemplating the beauty of noticing our world’s majesty and mystery.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on May 16, 2019:

Beautiful verse. Enjoyed.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on May 16, 2019:

What a beautiful and thoughtful comment, Tim. Thank you. Nature deserves the credit with this poem. :-) May the environment continue to survive and inspire.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on May 16, 2019:

Linda, I so appreciate your comment. We are both inspired and nourished by nature; we are joined at the hip, so to speak, in terms of how we see ourselves in the summer of our life, and in winter, our later years. Like the gull, we are beckoned, and we seek. If we reach winter and can still ride that wind in body or in spirit, we can see the magic of hope, still riding on the wing.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on May 16, 2019:

Hello John. You remembered the video. Yes, I was thinking of using the very same one when I saw that you already had used it in your hub. I visited the beach and ocean -- as I often do -- in the winter, and the idea for the poem that was rattling around in my head came to full realization. Thanks so much for the visit and kind words.

Hi Verlie... What a nice comment -- thank you! And you're spot on about the pathos. Dana pretty much summed up in his comment, the meaning behind summer and winter; I suspect that you did as well. :-)

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on May 16, 2019:

Hi, Genna, thank you for a beautiful poem and the pictures you painted eloquently with words. I enjoyed strolling these literary shores with wind, rain, and birds singing your fabulous verses. Respectfully, Tim

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 15, 2019:

I love the imagery that you've created, Genna. Each line of the poem is meaningful and enjoyable to read.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on May 15, 2019:

Genna what delightful poetry. I love the imagery, and you used the senses so well. One example:

"Love it so...

The winter rain, drifting light,

Seasoning the air with the taste

Of nature's tears."

I remembered you saying it was eerie that I had used the video "The Arrivial of the Birds" in one of my hubs as you had just been considering it for one of yours. This is obviously the one. Great job. Loved it.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on May 15, 2019:

Gorgeous write Genna, and the music! (listening now), beautiful, just what I needed. Love the underlying pathos of this piece. I fell like I feel this everyday. Thank you!

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on May 15, 2019:

Dana...it is so nice to see you. And what a joy it is, and how humbling it is, to be comprehended. Thank you, old friend, for your perceptive and encouraging words. My best to Molly. :-)

Hello Pamela. I'm pleased that you enjoyed the poem and music. I thought the Arrival of the Birds & Transformation might suit it well. Enjoy your day.

Dear Ruby, I think we all remember those special times when hope was on our wings, and still is. Not in the same way or as often, but as winter approaches, it can still manage to find us when we need it the most. You have such a generous heart and spirit. Thank you for the visit and comments. Hugs.

Hi Bill...

Your generous comment truly lifted my spirits. I wish that I could be daydreaming, now, as well. Thank you so much.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on May 15, 2019:

Thank you, Nithya...may we all continue to ride with the wind for a long time. It's good to see you. :-)

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on May 15, 2019:

Hi Mike. What a beautiful and thoughtful comment. Your words made my day, my friend. Thank you.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on May 15, 2019:

Hello Will. Coming from one of my favorite writers, I couldn't be more pleased. Thank you.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on May 15, 2019:

Hi Ann. If I write something that causes people to think and to feel, there is no greater compliment. Thank you. :-)

DanWW on May 15, 2019:

I was happy to get an email about your new hub publication ---- wish you had more time to write. I can't say enough about your poem Genna. The summer is our youth. Winter is our older age nearing the end of the wind of a life. The hope we felt in the dreams of promise and unending with the gulls overhead --- -that magic is still there in spirit riding on the wing ---- it all connects with nature. Brilliant and exquisite Luv.


Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 15, 2019:

Genna, This beautiful poem of the summer and winter rain was so touching. The music seemed so fitting for this poem also.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on May 15, 2019:

As I read this beautiful poetry, I listened to the music and it stirred my soul. The Wind Of A Life carried me along the shores and I remembered the times that hope was on my wings. Truly lovely Genna,,

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 15, 2019:

This is exquisite, Genna! Mind you, I'm not expert on poetry, but this stirred me, and that has to be good, right? :) Seriously, you conjured up some majestic images . . . I was there . . .and now you have me daydreaming. Simply exquisite!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on May 15, 2019:

Beautifully expressed, I am still riding with the wind in your poem.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on May 15, 2019:

Hello Genna - Good to see you publish! You have created lovely images here. You brought me soaring, though in a storm, through time. I flew among those, 'melting in memory, another crystal' quickly approaching the thrashing water's surface. The music is startling.

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on May 15, 2019:

Wow! What a beautiful arrangement of thoughts and words, Genna!

Ann Carr from SW England on May 15, 2019:

Beautiful poetry. You made me think and remember so many things...


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