Morning by the lake

Poem inspired by the painting, this beautiful mild winter’s day, and mixed feelings about what next.


Sun rises behind the mountains.

Light streams

Casting a mist of gold dust

On still waters.

The air sings,

I lick my finger,

Hold it to the breeze.

Gold dust clings,

Coating my hand in glory.

I raise my face to the sky,

Eyes fill with the turquoise

Of a robin’s egg.

Feet tread the water’s edge,

Sinking in the silver sand

Where the dreams of ages lie,

Sifting their memories in the soft depths.

Light streams still

Over the purple peaks,

And gold dust and the robin’s song

Weave tresses of happiness.

Tepid on my bare feet,

Water washes back and forth

Whispering stories from the farther shore.

Will I dare to brave the beauty

And break the harmony,

Shatter the colours of the still, placid lake

With my frantic splashing?


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

4 thoughts on “Morning by the lake”

  1. If you had stopped writing, and said to the world, I’ve had it! No more! What a bitter tragedy to have missed these words, which would not exist. Thank you for keeping on keeping on.

    1. I can’t help writing the poems, Lockie. I write far more than I post. I’m really glad you enjoy them. I never thought I’d have the nerve to post poetry in a public place. Thanks for giving me the encouragement to continue with it 🙂

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