Fragments

Painting by Evelyn De Morgan

 

WDM32547 Ariadne at Naxos, 1877; by Morgan, Evelyn De (1855-1919); © The De Morgan Centre, London; English, out of copyright

Fragments,
once-white,
now smeared and water-stained,
speckle the strand,
among the kelp and the squabbling gulls.
Small pieces,
smooth and misty pearl,
glass turned to stone,
translucent treasures,
glowing palely green
in bright rockpools.
Among the dunes,
blown by salt-sticky winds,
petals,
shredded from a forgotten flower,
and on the waves,
flecked with foam,
beaten by seawinds,
and carried piggy-back,
on flotsam from a flooded riverbank,
the prize you cast adrift,
the pale shadow
of our lost happiness.

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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.

11 thoughts on “Fragments”

  1. All the wonderful sounds and visual details, the mood of loss. Beautifully atmospheric.

  2. a beautiful and sad poem, perfectly described scene (particularly loved “salt-sticky wind” – I love the preciseness and conciseness with which you write

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