Moon-feathered song

A tritina for a wonderful day!


On the right side of the moon the darkness falls,

the left, a goddess smile of echoed light

born on wings of owl and fluted song.


Starlight glitters, night leaves, while the song

of brown birds charms, whatever else befalls

this world of feathers soft and silver light.


Morning fills the sky with golden light,

sunrise whispers silver streams of song,

winding twisted tresses where it falls.


Feathered moon falls, light and gentle as a whispered song.


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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.

31 thoughts on “Moon-feathered song”

      1. OH WOW! That is so exciting! I am THRILLED for you!!!! Now, don’t get so excited that you forget to work out all the details and be sure they make sense for you before you agree to anything. Because I’m pretty sure I would sign just about anything at this point, the stars in my eyes blinding me to the paperwork.

        WHEE! Oh, you deserve it, Jane!

      2. I’m still in shock. Can’t really believe it, it was so sudden. She’s going to phone on Tuesday to ‘convince me’ so I’ll try to have some questions worked out. She has a great reputation, so I don’t think I can go wrong and she reps YA too.

      3. Oo, exciting! Good idea to have questions worked out ahead of time. I’m sure there are plenty of articles online about “what I wished I’d asked my agent earlier” and whatnot. Good luck! And tell us all about how it went, I’m looking forward to it.

      4. I know what you mean. As I’ve been submitting all these short stories in the last month, people keep telling me to let them know when I get one published. Oh, don’t you worry, I will be *shouting* it from every social media platform I have, and probably out my real-life window to the neighbors, just for good measure. ๐Ÿ˜€

      5. The short story market is a hard one to crack. I’ve had a few published but masses turned down, and the big magazines take as long as a publisher to decide if they want it.

      6. I’ve heard that from others too, and have tried to set my expectations accordingly. Although it is hard not to get one’s hopes up a little…

      7. I compare what the magazine says it’s looking for with what it actually publishes, and there seems to be a streak of bizarro in an awful lot of them, often nasty. If you can tap into that you’ll be well away. I can’t. That kind of story gives me the creeps

      8. I’ve seen those too, and my stories don’t match well for those magazines The other thing I notice is a lot looking for “dark fantasy” by which they mostly seem to mean horror-infused, which I also don’t do. Then there are the ones that say “fantasy” but really only seem to published modern / urban fantasy. Luckily there are many, many others out there that are a better fit. But boy, it does take some research to find them, and figure out when they’re accepting submissions, and whether they’ve become defunct since the last issue, etc.

      9. That’s true. They are also picky about the kind of horror they’ll accept. Disintegrating faces is okay but rape certainly isn’t. I look on the listings but there are dozens more magazines than are listed there.

      10. I keep thinking I can skip looking at whatever next list pops up, but there’s always at least one magazine I haven’t heard of on it…

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