Dark creeps so fast

Got my plan for book three sorted out! As a treat (for me), a rondelet. For the dverse OLN.

south field


Dark creeps so fast

Swallows the light where I would walk

Dark creeps so fast

Though hands beseech sun shines its last

Gold dying beams on flower stalk

On pelt of fox and wing of hawk

Dark creeps so fast.

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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.

45 thoughts on “Dark creeps so fast”

  1. Sometimes, I think I never read anything as beautiful as your work; and then I think, since you write so well, I’m glad you discovered it. When are you producing your first book of poetry? 🙂

    1. That’s a lovely compliment, Fran and I’m blushing. If ever I get famous I’ll maybe try getting a book of poetry together. Nobody buys poetry though, and the thought of doing it all myself and it being a dud would be heartbreaking.

  2. This is such a powerful rondolet! Especially love the image “Gold dying beams on flower stalk.” 💜

      1. I’m imagine it does. I’m not sure I’d have the patience to plot out a novel. I’m trying to work on some poems for publication. And a new reference book–sexual harassment. Too bad there’s no material around on that subject. 😉

      2. No, but that’s what you’d expect in a state founded by Puritans, isn’t it? A novel isn’t so hard to get to grips with. It’s starting it that’s hard.

      1. My manuscript just found a home at Kelsay Books. They put out a quality product. If you don’t have someone in mind, you might try them. They let you select your own people for blurbs and artwork for the cover too.

      2. I see, they’re poetry publishers. That’s more interesting. I should think I’ll be on my own with poetry. Thanks for the tip, Sarah, and congratulations on placing your poetry 🙂

      3. If it is a collection of more than 40 pages, also try Brickhouse Books. They wanted my manuscript too, but they don’t take chapbooks, I don’t think.

      4. It does help to have some publications out there. You do great work, Jane. I think your poems would find homes easily. If you need some places to try, my email is on my blog, and I can give you suggestions. But you have many followers on your blog, and what many publishers want to know is if you have a way to market your book, which you do.

      5. I have had quite a lot of poems published but only a few in paying publications. it’s rare I submit any since I’m not interested in giving my work away any more. I’d rather just post it on my blog. At the moment, writing poetry is my reward when I’ve done some of the hard stuff. When I’ve finished the third book in this new series I’ll think seriously about publishing some poetry.

      6. I have only had 2 published in places that pay. That shouldn’t deter you at all. I just like getting my poetry out to as wide an audience as I can, and that leads more people to my blog. I was told that a publisher just likes to see that you are serious about your poetry and will actively market. Having some publications, paid or unpaid, seems to indicate that to them.

      7. It’s at the ‘actively market’ that I fall down. I just don’t do it. I’m prepared to lend a hand, but any publisher who tells me I have to do the lion’s share of the promotion is a non-starter as far as I’m concerned. My share was writing the book. The publisher already takes more than half the profits, and they want me to pay for advertising too? I know not everybody looks at it the same way, but I’ve self-published and I know that if you don’t promote nobody knows you’re there, and promotion costs money. That, to my mind is why you would want a publisher in the first place. Poetry, I don’t know about. I imagine that is even more of a hard sell than fiction.

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