Night wind and the fox



In the dawn damp

at the forest’s edge,

a red shadow glides.

Bird hush breaks

at sunrise

bright as the brush

of a sleeping fox.



and mist blows in from the sea

coating my lips in salt

and the electric tang

of unseen vastness.


In the night,

a cry,

a bark wilder than any dog’s,

and the sterile concrete of the streets

shivers at the sound.


There is a window in the wind

that blows across the river.

Look carefully and you will see

wild swans flying home.

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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.

41 thoughts on “Night wind and the fox”

      1. I like watching out for them on roundabouts. I don’t know if you have those, the circular mound thing that roads run round at a junction. Here, the local authorities seem to make it a point of honour to install weird sculptures in the middle of roundabouts, and most of them look like portals to another universe. This is one near us.

      2. That made me laugh. We have traffic circles, where everyone tries to guess if they’re supposed to go or not, and if you’re not familiar with it, then you don’t know which was to go anyway. No weird statues in the middle though. And no portals, that I’ve seen. Hmmm. . .I guess if you make the wrong turn or move a bit too far to right or left. . .

      3. You lot just have no imagination! They have become quite an institution here, and cause a lot of mockery. One day, someone will drive over a roundabout and disappear…

      4. Ahh–well don’t lump me in with the no imagine people because I certainly see that happening. But yeah, our circles are boring while still a bit scary in a am I going to crash kind of way. 😉

      5. The kind of thing that happens in nightmares, you just keep going round and round, never finding the right exit and not being able to get into the outside lane to leave by any exit!

      6. And the unimaginative people I was referring to are the planners who don’t see the possibilities of these circles for implanting portals to other universes…

      1. You’re very welcome I am glad I discovered your beautiful writings! I am a visual artist and when I don’t paint or drawing, sometimes I like to write poems and haiku when they are whispered to my soul! ❤

      2. You’re lucky to be creative in so many different ways 🙂 I used to draw a lot when I was young but when I discovered that I could write, I changed course.

      3. Thank you Jane I hope that you enjoy my art and sometimes my writings I had few of the published! Yes I am one multi medium artist! I am really happy about it! Thank you for following my Blog, and I am glad we got connected I love Ryan work and I knew when he mention someone must be something really good! 😉 ❤

      1. Yes it’s very neat. Your words has such brevity but at the same time, such meaning.

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