I found a truth today


I found a truth today,

hiding in a pool of yellow sunlight,

where a red leaf curled

and in the tree above, a robin sang.

I found a truth today,

racing in the stream

with the yellow poplar leaves,

where lords and ladies unfurl their new green banners,

for beneath the rustling brown carpet

life is stirring.

I found a truth today

that explains the emptiness,

the mist that hangs on every bough,

in every longed-for sight and song.

Happiness is the two wings of a bird,

the hand that holds, the hand that is held,

it is the giving and the given,

the walking in step.

The truth I foundโ€”

happiness is not,

unless it is shared.


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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.

26 thoughts on “I found a truth today”

  1. The gift and the given… Which mirrors exactly what I’ve been thinking lately. That giving is the same as receiving, because of the sharing of that….

    Thanks for this poem! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I agree……. we gt twice the pleasure by sharing. I did this in NZ, texting Hubby to let him know all the wonderful things i was seeing…………. and completely forgetting the time difference. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. This was something to warm me up when its cold outside, and it is so very cold. The autumnal vibes coming off of it don’t carry the evening chill but the afternoon warmth, that little cusp hour before it starts getting cold. That sort of fleeting beauty, but there is warmth still to be had in held hands ๐Ÿ™‚ This was wonderful. Thank you so much ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. It’s a precarious beauty. Because there are trees and hedges that shelter a variety of wildlife, we get ‘incursions’ by hunters and their dogs. It’s like living on the edge of a war zone.

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