The moon in the night garden

I’ve been thinking about my mother a lot recently. It would have been her birthday a few days ago. The Oracle knows. She presented me with the line: ‘I never need my mother’ in its entirety.


Love runs overScreen Shot 2018-11-03 at 11.57.42.png,

a spring of sweet water.

I never need my mother,

not now that she has become the moon

and fills the sky with beauty.

She watches

and shows me how life sings

in the sleeping night garden.



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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.

44 thoughts on “The moon in the night garden”

    1. Thank you. To read, ‘I never need my mother’ seemed so shocking it had to be a challenge, and it opened into the why. We do always need a mother, but it can be in an abstract way when she is no longer physically here.

  1. I don’t know why but that last line, I can’t forget it. It’s so beautiful, “in the sleeping night garden” ❤

  2. I know, the influence mothers can have, with time I’ve realized I’m becoming lot like my mother, the only comfort I yearn is to sit by her side and pour my heart out

  3. This… yeah I’m gonna quit reading poems for tonight after this comment. Too many punches in one night.

    This was powerful, real, deep and packed with more emotion than I am equipped to handle right this second.

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