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Poem: Together and Alone

I haven’t written anything lately, nor have I taken pictures… but I have enjoyed being able to spend more time with my family.  It is not that I am taking time away, but that my time is needed so much elsewhere.  My oldest is getting ready for college next year (don’t even get me started on how much work that is).  She is also showing interest in her Fashion Design class and I have had to teach her sewing.  My next youngest has been working on getting her poetry published and getting herself organized during these high school years.  I’ve been teaching her time management skills, study skills, and planning and development of her creative writing.  My youngest girl has been struggling with scoliosis.  She now wears a brace and often suffers with pain.  I’ve been taking her weekly to a chiropractor and an acupuncturist and this has helped… but takes a lot of time away from other things.  She also has been doing independent studies (with me as her guide) in baking as her greatest desire is to own a bakery someday.  I am also teaching her to cook savory dishes as my waistline can’t handle sweets every week!  My young man has been busy writing stories and following wherever his imagination takes him.


It has been a wild ride, filled with stress, and growth, beauty, and love – I would not exchange it for anything.  I have learned that sometimes we have to step away from what our heart desires in order to find that silence in our hearts that signals growth and allows us to find our way back.  I am still here and I have missed you greatly, but I am also thankful for the experiences I have been blessed to be a part of.  I am not only watching my babies grow up, but I am also trying to be a positive part of that experience.  I have to believe that it makes all the difference in the world.


Poem written for the image below, taken at the Denver Botanic Gardens.




Together and Alone


She listens

in unspoken longing

to the sounds

of whispered resemblance,

for beneath

the pomp and circumstance,

she knows –

they all breathe the same,

though their pouted petals,

their fragrant display,

and their refined vessels,

bespeak of greater virtue,

thought their worth

is shaped by the


germination of seed.

At one time, perhaps,

their throats all

filled with song

and prose fell

from their swollen tongues,

as different dialects

and diverse uttered syllables

reverberated in their scents

not one – far reaching,

but a crescendo of beauty

together and alone

unimpaired by vain desire,

but thankful –

to carry their own beauty

and amplify the splendor

of their collective song.


© Sumyanna 2018


May we someday learn to sing together again.


Writer of poetry and seeker of knowledge. I hope to inspire and be inspired by my words and the world around me.

15 thoughts on “Poem: Together and Alone

  1. So good to see you stopped by. Sounds like you’ve had your hands full. I am sorry to hear about your daughter, but good she gets some relief from the pain. If I don’t get another chance, I hope you have a great holiday!


    1. So glad I was able to when I did. Sorry I’ve been gone a while. My daughter has been in and out of the hospital for a while. She is doing better now. Hope you are doing well!

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      1. Oh no, I am glad to see your daughter is doing better. So sorry to hear she had health problems. I am dealing with the loss of my Dad, he died on the 26th. His celebration of life is in two days. I hope you get a chance to post more soon, I miss your writing! Take care of yourself and your family… life is precious!


        1. I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. I know you were both close. I have missed you as well – truly. Can’t wait to get back into the swing of things, but the time has come!

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    1. Thank you dear sweet lady. I seriously cherish you to pieces. Just sayin… I have missed you. My daughter was in and out of the hospital lately so I haven’t been able to get online. So glad things are getting better now.


      1. I’m so sorry to hear that Sumyanna. I sincerely hope it wasn’t serious serious. Bad enough to be hospitalized I realize but still…I’ve missed you too, I check every other day to see if your out and about. I can only imagine how crazy busy your life has been. xoxo


        1. It has been a rough patch but I am glad she is on the mending side of things. She’s still young so it was a bit of a shock for her but she is one tough cookie 🙂 I am hoping to get back online now as I feel it is the best way for me to deal with the everyday stresses. We moms sometimes forget to do things for ourselves… so this is my treat 🙂


  2. Different circumstances and different stage of life, but I recognize the need to step away for a while. I thought I was done, but eventually I missed writing the blog, and even then I hesitated to start again. I will be less obsessive, I tell myself. We’ll see. good luck to your children in their various endeavors. Sounds like they are lucky to have you!

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  3. How lovely to ‘see’ you again!! Your work is as beautiful as always. And remember Allen Saunders: “Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.” 🙄



    1. Thank you dear soul. So good to see you as well. Sorry I haven’t been online as much lately. My daughter has been in and out of the hospital so I haven’t been online much at all. Fortunately, things are getting better. Hope you are both doing well!


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