We are going into the night


We are going into the night,

Leaving the sun and the dawning,

We are leaving the land of the light,

Where blackbird is king of the morning.


Down the river that runs forever,

We are going into the night,

In a boat that will bring us back never,

Gull-winged and shrouded in white.


The clouds of our sunset ignite,

In a farewell of fiery hues,

We are going into the night,

Where fire and water fuse.


Gull and swan beat the night air,

Leading the boat from the light,

Leaving pain and fear in the sunโ€™s glare

We are going into the night.

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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.

29 thoughts on “We are going into the night”

      1. You would sympathise with my husband who took it upon himself to read to me the other night and selected a volume of Plath. After the 4th poem he through the book down and declared her work awful – no rhythm and utterly discordant to his delecate shells!

      2. You have a husband who reads poetry to you? Wow! I must admit I’ve never gone a bundle on Sylvia. Nor Virginia. Female genius who committed suicide put the dampers on any party IMHO.

      3. He does. He also reads technical papers and books about growing and making wine to me – there are always two sides ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Thank you, Peter ๐Ÿ™‚ By the way I had a notification this morning of a new post of yours, but the link, as usual with your blog just takes me to the home page and I couldn’t see where the new post was. Do you have a link?

      1. Most likely it is the link to my Welkom Home post. I re-post it every now and then to take it to the top of my list and welcome ne followers in the process. I just passed the 350 landmark ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. there seems to be a hint that, turning the conventional privilege of lightness over darkness, that this leaving is a positive journey, away from “fiery hues”

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