Sue Vincent from the inspirational blog Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo is the author of a number of unique and interesting books which you can find along the sidebar of her blog.
Sue is also a director of the Silent Eye, a modern mystery school which you can find out more about on the website Dare to Awaken to Being
Sue is kicking off my poetry readathon series of blog posts by sharing her poem, My Quest, written in French and English, as well as how she came to write this poem and its meaning to her.
‘My Quest’ was written many years ago. I had gone to work in Paris, eventually married a French musician and we set up home in Vichy where our eldest son was born. It was during this time that my schoolgirl French matured and became fluent, though not always completely correct!
Although I had written song lyrics with my husband, this was the first poem I had written in French that sought to express something I felt deeply. When I translated it into English, it seemed to work equally well, which was a surprise as switching languages is usually a balancing act, especially for poetry, where the flow and import of the words have to be weighed against accuracy of translation.
At first glance it reads as a love poem, and in a way, that is true; the language of love has been used since time immemorial to speak of the spiritual journey and the quest to know that ‘something’ we call the soul. I was in my mid twenties, had been raised in a family where an eclectic spirituality was always close to the surface and I had already spent more than a decade pursuing my own path. I read voraciously, every book I could find that might lead to my imagined goal. I studied, meditated and discussed every aspect of the journey and its paths. I did not realise that all I was doing was using my head… and that is never enough.
Perhaps it was happiness, or motherhood, or both. But something changed one day. I watched the river Sichon flow beneath my window and the fragrance of summer roses filled my little kitchen as I rocked my infant son to sleep and realised that is a journey that needs to be travelled by the heart, and all it will find at the end of the quest is a beginning.
J’ai cherché sans te trouver,
Dans les étoiles qui scintillent
Et les ténèbres profondes
Sans te voir.
Je te croyais fantôme,
Image de l’espoir,
Né du désir,
Ephémère comme la brume
Ou mon rêve.
Je ne savais pas
Que tu y étais déjà,
Ame de mon âme,
Au fond du cœur
I sought without finding
In the shimmering stars
And the deep shadows
And saw you not.
I thought you a phantom,
Image of hope,
Born of desire,
Ephemeral as the mist
Or my dream.
I knew not
That you were already here,
Soul of my soul,
Waiting for me
In the depths of my heart.
Thank you, Sue, for sharing this beautiful poem here today.
I have read and reviewed two of Sue’s poetry books about her relationship and experiences with her dog, Ani.
You can read my review of Laughter Lines Life from the Tail End by Sue Vincent here: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2017/06/03/my-review-of-laughter-lines-life-from-the-tail-end-by-sue-vincent/
You can read my review of Notes from a small dog: Four legs on two by Sue Vincent here: https://wordpress.com/post/robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/3619
About Sue Vincent
Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire born writer currently living in the south of England, largely due to an unfortunate incident with a map, a pin and a blindfold. Raised in a spiritually eclectic family she has always had an unorthodox view on life, particularly the inner life, which is often reflected in her writing, poetry and paintings.
She maintains a popular blog,http://www.scvincent.com and is currently owned by a small dog who also blogs and whose own book, “Notes from a Small Dog,” is a bid to raise funds to buy an automatic tennis ball launcher.
Sue lived in France for several years, sharing a Bohemian lifestyle and writing songs before returning to England where the youngest of her two sons was born. She began writing and teaching online several years ago, and was invited to collaborate with Dr G Michael Vasey on their book, “The Mystical Hexagram: The Seven Inner Stars of Power” (Datura Press).
Since then she has published a number of books, beginning with “Sword of Destiny”, a magical tale set in the ancient landscape of Yorkshire. Her retelling of the Egyptian myths, “The Osiriad”, came shortly afterwards along with the Triad of Albion – “The Initiate”, “Heart of Albion” and “Giants Dance” in collaboration with Stuart France. These books tell a factual tale in a fictional manner, that is at once a journey into the landscape, myth and iconography of Albion and the story of a growing and rather oddball friendship.
France and Vincent are now working on the last of the three books in the Doomsday series.
Sue, along with Steve Tanham and Stuart France, is a Director of the Silent Eye School of Consciousness, an international modern Mystery School that seeks to allow its students to find the inherent magic in living and being. http://www.thesilenteye.co.uk
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