There are things in the dark

Word count achieved, so time for a poem. This is for the 16th day of unreason, Jilly’s Jim Harrison challenge.

“You can’t write the clear biography
of the aches and pains inside your skull”

~ Harrison from Skull /  Songs of Unreason


There are things in the dark

that should stay in the dark,

sorrows that should be forgotten,

swept away on the black river

that flows into the nameless sea.

I take your hand in the night

and find a light among the shadows.

We follow ourselves, dance steps leading,

while the path creeps and the path winds,

but when the morning comes,

there will be flowers in the meadow.

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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.

16 thoughts on “There are things in the dark”

  1. Tremendous response to the quote! We follow ourselves – best line! So glad you made your word count so as to share this delightful poem today 🙂

  2. “There are things in the dark / that should stay in the dark” – No kidding! “swept away on the black river” — excellent.

    1. Thanks Vivian. I suppose we have to remember that life is made of light and dark and we shouldn’t expect happiness all the time. Like wishing it was always the summer, and we were on holiday.

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