A windy day


What does he hear, the dog,

In the wild wind’s whispering?

The cry of the gulls,

Or the cry of the dead?

Does he hear the sirens’ scream,

Police whistles, the tyres squeal?

Or the anger and fear,

La peur au ventre?

What does he taste in the wind?

The heavy salt rolled in from the sea,

The dunes breaking on the shore,

The pines?

Or is it the bloody rage,

The incomprehensible hatred,

Exuded by men,

The makes him want to run, eyes rolling,

Far from the stink of oil and blood and the distant sea,

And hide?

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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.

18 thoughts on “A windy day”

      1. Yeah… or me! Actually, sometimes the wind can be exhilarating, but lately, it has been very scary.

      2. I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed, but poplar trees make the most tremendous noise in the wind. The river bank is lined with them and they are quite frankly scary in a high wind.


      3. All trees in strong wind are scary to me, especially when you think they might land on your roof.

      4. It really depends. I love walking in the woods, and most days it feels quite benign and welcoming. Other days it can feel tense and brooding, and you keep turning around to make sure you’re not being followed. Mind you, it’s not the trees themselves which are scary, it’s what, or who, they might be hiding.

      5. When we moved from Paris to a small place in Picardie surrounded by forest the kids were terrified of it. They wouldn’t walk anywhere there wasn’t a tarmac path, and were pertified that if they strayed away from us a wild boar would get them. They never got to like the trees, wild animals or nature.

      6. Oops! Did you really have wild boars roaming the woods? Cos that would scare me too! They’re really cute… from a distance, but I wouldn’t like to get on the wrong side of one!

      7. Yikes! 😨 We do get a few inside but I think they’ve learned by now that if the come inside they risk their lives!

      8. After a while I think the message gets out among the spider population. Only the most foolhardy or stupid dare risk it! 😁

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