All good things

One after the other, twitter prompted a string of bright poems today.

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If you watch the swallows’ dance,

and look with unclouded eyes

into the morning sky, the rose’s heart,

If you can see the miracle of life

In a drop of dew balanced on a petal’s lip

perhaps you will see me.

*

My breath withheld,

a leaf dancing between fire and water,

I wait to catch your eye,

your hand,

a silver thread,

hanging from a star.

 *

All good things

smell of the sea

or stars

or sailboats

or taste of pines

or red

or morning sun

or lie curled and sleeping

within the reach of my hand.

*

Bathed in silver light

the world is soft,

full of dancing shadows

and the excited cry of the fox,

blossoming like the pale stars of windflowers

when the sun’s voice is silenced.

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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 “All good things”

  1. the seeming shift of point of view between first and third person ushers in an intriguing move between invitation and testimony, both a kind of plea for “unclouded eyes” – something the world could use more of

  2. Stunning:

    “If you watch the swallows’ dance,
    and look with unclouded eyes
    into the morning sky, the rose’s heart”

    “My breath withheld,
    a leaf dancing between fire and water”

    “the excited cry of the fox,
    blossoming like the pale stars of windflowers
    when the sun’s voice is silenced”

    1. Thank you, Patricia! Some days the different twitter prompts seem to inspire poems on a similar theme. Other days none of them provoke anything at all. I liked the result of yesterday’s prompts 🙂

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