Dawn frost and the river’s tears

A melancholic bunch of magnet poems today. Perhaps inspired by meeting an old friend of Finbar’s yesterday who we hadn’t seen for three years, and finding him to be too old and fragile to run about any more.


Beauty in shining seasScreen Shot 2017-08-05 at 10.51.42

and shadowy fastnesses

of lakes, black as diamonds.

Through stilly mists we go,

you and I,

dreams at our feet,

on our tongues.



You bleed away life’s joyScreen Shot 2017-08-05 at 11.04.20

in an ocean of salt tears,

dazzle with steely smiles

the girl I once was.

You make dark all that was magic,

but I remember the stars.



I wish I could hear,Screen Shot 2017-08-05 at 11.16.38

if only one time,

music in the night,

the stars’ sweet song soar

and share the river’s tears.



Earth grows green,Screen Shot 2017-08-05 at 11.28.35

following the sun,

moon cycle, river murmur,

till deep night falls

on this world,

and only frost blooms at dawn.





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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.

36 thoughts on “Dawn frost and the river’s tears”

  1. These were beautiful, Jane. I particularly loved these lines:
    “You make dark all that was magic,

    but I remember the stars.”
    I’ve dabbled in magnetic poetry and really loved it but these’s always a thousand distractions and it’s been awhile. Must get back to it.
    xx Rowena

      1. I think I am too dopey to comprehend how it works. Is it a computer program or phone ap?

      2. Ok thanks 🙂
        I’ll play with it tomorrow. I am watching trash Netflix as I can’t sleep. ‘Gypsy’. Shhhhexy!

    1. Every time I visit the oracle I expect to switch off—seen that, done it—and every time the words make different forms. They’re the same words, but the eye settles on different combinations each time. It’s creepy if you think about it too much 🙂

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