The night is veined with silver

For NaPoWriMo just to say I’ve done it, but I don’t get Sylvia Plath at all, don’t understand her poetry enough to dislike it. So, here is a tritina instead with a bit of darkness in it.


The night is veined with silver

Starlight on water, snail’s shiny trail

Your face reveals what you call truth.


Too dark to see to speak the truth

You fumble for your reward bright silver

Will it leave a shining trail?


So many lies bestrew this trail—

If ever vengeance spoke the truth

It would be with a tongue of silver.


This silver light—trail of tears and truth.

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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.

39 thoughts on “The night is veined with silver”

  1. I’ve tried to understand sylvia plath but sometimes in vain, what I do love about her poetry is that everyone has so different meaning that it makes her poetry like a mirror, everyone approaches it for different things it’s nice, your poetry is splendid just like hers!

    1. There are some of her poems that I understand (like The Shrike) but others just seem like a flow of disjointed thoughts that anyone outside Plath’s head has difficulty understanding, hence the different interpretations. The tritina form seems to throw up poems that only hang together very tenuously. I’m glad you like it though 🙂

  2. I was going to try the prompt, but I just wasn’t feeling it.
    I ended up visiting the Oracle today, and the poem she gave me could go with this one.
    I love the silver trails, and it is rather enigmatic (like the Oracle). 🙂

    1. I don’t understand a lot of her poems, just don’t know what she’s driving at, and the ones I do understand leave me cold. We’re probably just showing our low brow preferences 🙂

    1. I know she’s a poet everyone is supposed to admire greatly but I can’t ‘like’ her poems, not even the intelligible (for me) ones. I’m glad you like this—the tritina is the kind of poem that the Oracle would use.

      1. She’s revered for lots of reasons. She might have been a great poet, I don’t know. Most of her poems are completely impenetrable to me, as I suspect they are for most people if they’re honest. Her mind wandered along its own course, so how could we follow? People often revere what they don’t understand for fear of being thought foolish.

      2. I agree with everything you said. I’ve read a biography of her, and it was very sad, and I also found that she was a person I just didn’t warm up to, even so.

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