Light-flicker, mirror-shine

Poem written as a migraine starts to take hold.


Light flickers through windy leaves,

Heavy with the weight of gold and silver,

Glitter where the river streams,

Turbulent its course, ending never.

Spring briskness twists the new green,

Shooting through hard winter crust,

Deep earth and water shed their icy sheen,

Shifts the season, bellows with every thrust.

Mirror-shine too bright to look upon,

Water rolls too loud to hearken on,

Even the fussing blackbird’s still,

Frozen in the golden, silver chill.

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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.

16 thoughts on “Light-flicker, mirror-shine”

  1. I’m glad the migraine has been zapped away now.
    The poem made me think of Shakespeare, “heavy the head that wears the crown.” I got this image of a battle and the crown rolling into a stream.

    1. I wonder if Henry had migraines too. Shakespeare was such a genius for stringing beautiful images together, one after another. And the most astonishing thing is, that he was the first one to think of those combinations. Nearly all the images we come up with have already been thought of. By Bill.

      1. No comparisons necessary though. You are unique and so am I, even if we’re not super-inventors/artists/writers/geniuses. Though having a patron would be nice. 😉

  2. Goodness, I recognise the symptoms – so well described: the visual pain (flicker, glitter, shine, silver, icy sheen) and the magnifying of sounds (water rolls, fussing blackbird, shooting, turbulent river etc.). Hope it’s gone now…

      1. I have magic pills that usually work. Have you tried the triptan family? They work well on classic migraine but I think doctors don’t like to prescribe them if there’s a chance you want more children. They must do something nasty to embryos.

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