Summer wind

These two quadrilles were inspired by the heat of Tuesday and listening to readings from Homer on the radio. The second one fits Jilly’s Jim Harrison quote.

“The violent wind. The violent wind. The violent wind.”

 

Summer sings the crickets’ song

to the parched earth and the dry stream,

and the brazen sky is a mirror,

a beaten shield with Gorgon’s face.

Between the brittle grass and the brittle stars,

we sail a breathless sea,

searching for cool autumn gold.

 

Each tree top claws the sky

and twists a howl of anger from the wind.

A wild tide roaring in an autumn storm

is no fiercer than summer’s hot breath,

victorious on the parched and broken field

in the weary evening of the day.

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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.

12 thoughts on “Summer wind”

    1. Thanks Jilly! There’s been a radio broadcast about Homer every day this summer and although the very erudite scholar who presents it has a soporific voice and repeats the same notions almost every day, I’ve been engrossed.

  1. “Between the brittle grass and the brittle stars, / we sail a breathless sea, / searching for cool autumn gold.” Really, any line in both stanzas. Light hand… or light fingers. What did we decide on…? You have a touch!

    1. I think it’s unbridled stream of consciousness 🙂 I don’t ask myself too much which is a good way of describing something; I just take the first image that comes along 🙂

  2. I love your poems. The angry autumn storm arrived here a bit early. Last week we had an angry storm that woke us from our sleep. “Each tree top claws the sky and twists a howl of anger from the wind” reminded me of that storm.

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