The answer lies in the border lands

I was away again, taking the last van load of ‘stuff’ to the house before the big removal next month. It was too hot yesterday to do much, so I wrote, essentially about how hot it was…

This poem, written for Jilly’s Jim Harrison prompt also fits the dverse ‘Border’ prompt.

โ€œThe only answer Iโ€™ve found is the moving water whose music is without a single lyricโ€ ~

You dip your hand in the silver stream,

Where the water dimples play,

But the river runs and the river sings,

And you come sad away.


You hoped life would be simple,

No nuance, wrong or right,

But most of lifeโ€™s in the border lands,

That lie twixt day and night.


The heartโ€™s way follows the river,

The moon in the sky above,

the sweetest path you can see in my eyes,

If youโ€™d only look, my love.


I hope you turn, but I hope in vain,

For the answer you wanted to know,

Was should you stay and bide with me,

And the river has told you, go.


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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.

49 thoughts on “The answer lies in the border lands”

      1. Oh, publishing nightmares are not fun, but I’m glad it’s not something worse. Enjoy the chocolates. Perhaps you need a glass of wine with them. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  1. Almost too close for comfort, this one! Watch that ladybird will you – I’ve seen it on several sites tonight … I wouldn’t want it to be of bad intent ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. There’s no point in pretending that everything’s fine, and we should just concentrate on the pleasant little things in life. When the world goes down the pan, it will go down the pan for everything, blackbirds and sunsets included.

  2. There is such a beauty here….a sadness too….the hand trailing in the water, watching the ripples….wishing the person to stay…and the river continues its outward ripples and “tells you to go”…
    A wonderful post to the prompt.

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