And then one day there will unfold

Before delighted gaze

A purple ring where thickest mud

Had tempered walks on winter days


Where sliding boots had struggled

To cross the sodden land

Our eyes now look with wonder

To gaze on colour’s gentle hand


Time and tide’s persistence

Their essence of ascent

From sodden bulb to flower’s joy

A hidden rite of innocence


Directed upwards, called to seek

The calling power’s face

As cheek by mote they flex and float

To form the softest carapace


Awake and break dark winter’s chains

Cast off the inner gloom

And breathe the air with lilac stare

Then give the light its living room


©Stephen Tanham 2020

Stephen Tanham is a Director of the Silent Eye School of Consciousness, a not-for-profit teaching school of modern mysticism that helps people find a personal path to a deeper place within their internal and external lives.

The Silent Eye provides home-based, practical courses which are low-cost and personally supervised. The course materials and corresponding supervision are provided month by month without further commitment.

Steve’s personal blog, Sun in Gemini, is at

13 Comments on “Unfolding Lilac

  1. Beautiful, Steve. Looking forward to the further unfolding of the season. It has been a long, wet winter of introspection.

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    • Thank you, Micheal. It has been a wet and awful winter. The mysterious blaze of crocuses at Kirkby Lonsdale was a delight to the senses.


  2. This is so true of life in general. So happy to read your fantastic writing again. I miss all of you so much. One of these days, I will get enough time to be a regular again. Don’t ever give up on me!!!

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      • Good because I fully intend to come back. Perhaps by then I will have achieved my “Wise Woman of the Universe Status” which I desire to earn. Now Wise Women are not necessarily leaders, but they have reached an agreement of understanding with the universe and they are there to share what they know and to help other women to obtain their Wise Women of the Universe status as well. Every woman can obtain this, and I am not a man, or I don’t think I am at least, so I cannot speak for the men, but I strongly suspect that men too can obtain great wisdom and understanding of the way things are and what our place is with regard to that. I am pretty sure a lot of the men on this blog (and others as well) have attained their status already. It may just be different from the way we women attain ours, but just as essential). Thank you all.


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