My dreams for you

The subject of the Redon pastel drawing is Pandora, but what she seems to have released is beauty.


I dance among the debris of my dreams,

Scattered in a cloud about your head.

They fall as soft as feathers, shine as bright,

Though you may never see or taste their light.

My arms are full of moonbeams, roses sweet,

And robin’s song fills every heart but yours.

Listen, to the truth his music brings—

There is room for you and all your fears

In these silver arms, where moon-sweet beauty sings.

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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 “My dreams for you”

    1. I’m pleased you like this, because it means I wrote something good. But for once I’m going to disagree with you. The way I look at it, there are images and there are words. We don’t all see things the same way and we don’t all have the same facility with words or the same vocabulary. I have a good vocabulary and I use it a lot. It’s a tool to expression, like being able to master paints and pencils or make music. I just use the words I know to describe what I see and feel. I don’t think it’s wonderful except in the sense that it’s enough to give me a sense of achievement. A talent. I’d hesitate to call it a gift. But it’s what I have, so I use it.

      1. I like that you disagree and maybe literally speaking you’re right … a faculty for wide vocabulary is a talent but doesn’t mean writing is good by that virtue i would agree with that i recall a famous poet telking me she has a formula to writing there was no true creativity or inspiration but with you jane there is, so strip away the wordsmithery maybe you wouldn’t be quite as good true, maybe they play off each other. The outcome is often a thing of beauty i do envy and love.

      2. I’m glad you enjoy what I write, and that’s enough for me. Reading many contemporary poets I find I honestly don’t understand what they’re on about. It’s either incredibly intellectually brilliant, or intentionally, pretentiously obscure. Either way, I couldn’t write like that.

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