Sky and horses

We’re getting there. Another poem then a couple more boxes before bed. This one is for the dverse prompt, rain and its homonyms. And upbeat. Don’t ask me what it’s about—it’s upbeat, that’s all. If I had time, I’d find a blue horse painting to go with it.


It’s raining stars—

though we see only steel-grey water—

and the great sky horses plough their heavy wings

through torrents of molten fire,

and shake their manes at the dog star.

No bridle, no reins to guide and arrest,

no saddle and spurs to tame the beast,

the wild hunt with no hunters,

the race with no winner, no prize.

They hear only the clash of clouds,

dance among piercing spears of lightning

and the rain,


laughing, horse-splashing rivers,

that the last roses catch and dangle,


in the morning sun.


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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.

34 thoughts on “Sky and horses”

  1. Loving this post! I’m thinking of the constellation of stars…I’m certain there are horses there…and they gallop through the storms, chased by lightening, unbridled and racing. Loving this idea! 🙂

    1. I’ve been back and forth all day about car insurance, parking spaces for removal vans and sharing out various bits of kitchen equipment among offspring. I need to let my brain off its leash for a while in the evening 🙂

  2. Oh my goodness this is beautiful, Jane. I was up there in the sky with you and the wild, thundering horses, the rain of stars. And then you set us back on earth with a diamond-tipped rose greeting the sun. Just brilliant!

    1. Thanks Frank. We’ve never had a september like this for cold and wet. We’ve had long, hot Indian summers for as long as we’ve lived in Bordeaux, and for our last september here it hasn’t happened.

  3. I love those ‘great sky horses’, the way they ‘shake their manes at the dog star’, and the ‘laughing, horse-splashing rivers’, ‘diamond-tipped, / in the morning sun’. Just gorgeous, Jane!

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