Storm spirits

This haibun is for Sangbad who enjoys the combination of art and poetry so much. The painting is by Evelyn de Morgan, a painter infuenced by the Pre-Raphaelites, rich enough to be able to go her own sweet way and kow-tow to no one. Her painting have a tremendous panache, bright colours and monumental settings.


Wrapped and wreathed in folded silks, your spirits, faces stern with angels’ wisdom. Winged severity, unjudgemental, compassionate even, yet the lightning flies and dark night breaks with raven’s wings on a turbulent sea. Is this blind fate, nature’s indiscriminate death-dealing, or the touch of a vengeful God? Storm they bring in all it’s magnificence, and I would rather fly the charcoal skies with them than cringe with ashes on my head in the flame light of sacred candles.


Elemental shades,

earth sky and sea bound in fire,

at the end, morning.


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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.

15 thoughts on “Storm spirits”

  1. Wonderful image. Yes, strong women (spirits). Though the one in the middle looks like she’s had enough. Probably looked down at Earth. 😉
    I like Kerfe’s phrase about you catching “the elemental magic.” That’s it exactly.

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