Passages – Author Glenda Higgins


Dried stems, brilliant orange blossoms

Still able to dance

In straw hats in the summer

Fragile and spent

But not yet fully absent


Life in its final stage

Stage fright – unable to bend

Days past in the sun

Dancing in the warmth

Sarabandes to east and west


Now facing the perpetual night

Until the winter winds

Set all adrift

While the elders watch

And sing a gentle lullaby


Swaying melodic memory

Of flowers that graced this earth

With passionate harmony

Praying in the dark, shrinking slowly down

Ripening in the lengthening night


Endless cycles of counterpoint

Waiting for the light

Fruits of labour, trouble spent

Pain of growing

Joy of knowing


Getting on with it

Dried stems, barefoot in the rain

Tapping out a litany

Dancing still, dancing free

Fragile and spent


© Glenda Higgins

Glenda Higgins

Excerpt from the book “Poetry in Motion”

Glenda Higgins

About the Author 

Glenda spent her early work in libraries – ten years in various positions, including cataloguing, which launched her on a favorite pastime of reading everything under the sun.

 Her start as a poet surprised her. She took a poetry-writing course. Two hundred poems wrote themselves in a furious manner, in two weeks.  This led to performing poetry in cafes and on the radio and about three hundred more poems.

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