On coping with disappointment

For the dverse open link night

 

 

No longer spring, early summer sun

and birds that fill the air with song,

flood, yellow-gold and honeyed.

Grass, fat and lush seeps

with frog-leaping ditch water,

running bright as crystal beneath the willows.

And all is smocked and studded

with golden buttons of dandelion.

This richness,

this busy, bustling peace

remains when the disappoint fades

the fragile dream bubble-bursts—

life, death the cycle turns,

indifferently wheeling

like the mewling buzzard.

Published by

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.

45 thoughts on “On coping with disappointment”

      1. Most wild flowers are pretty in a delicate understated way. I’d much rather have a lawn covered in flowers than bald patches from spraying herbicide!

  1. Lovely write, Jane !
    I loved the lines –
    “This richness, this busy, bustling peace remains when the disappoint fades the fragile dream bubble-bursts— life ”

    The spring here at my place, I know won’t last long and even the summer…but hey the tulip season is here 🙂

  2. That’s how I cope with disappointment, immerse myself in reading, writing or some form of art as an escape. It doesn’t defray the loss, but gives you a moment to turn away, for fresh reflection

  3. Through it all, I like to remember the lush and colorful times ~

    Love this line: And all is smocked and studded

    with golden buttons of dandelion.

  4. + 1 on the poetry book; So clever loved the contradictions in ‘busy, bustling peace’ and the buzzard at the last. Some wonderful alliteration – ‘flood, yellow gold and honeyed’ – has a Gerard Manley Hopkins Pied Beauty about it.

  5. Loved “indifferently wheeling” and I did not know what “Mewling” was, so looked it up — then, I did not know that buzzards mewled! 😉 Buzzards are never disappointed, I think, so why would the mewl? Your poem’s descriptiveness does not disappoint.

  6. I also love the dandelion image. I never understood the urge to be rid of them. Or the manicured lawn for that matter. Nature knows how to be beautiful all by itself. (K)

  7. Disappointment can feel defeating.
    “And all is smocked and studded with golden buttons of dandelion.” This line is so very wonderful — and yet there is a defeatist feeling at the end of the poem, and even this beauty is seen as a part of the cycle that also produces death
    “life, death the cycle turns,
    indifferently wheeling
    like the mewling buzzard.”
    Like the buzzards that circle the prey….spring and its dandelions lead inevitably to death. Disappointment can circle round us until that’s all we feel….
    I feel myself sinking with this poem. So very well written.

    1. Thank you, Lillian for that sensitive reading. That is exactly what I was trying to get across. You can’t airbrush a hard knock and make it not happen. It can fade, but I’m not a believer that we can just throw open the windows and say, oh, but it’s a lovely day, everything’s okay. We have to learn to live with the things that happen and assimilate them.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s