No night so softly velvet


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throbs with an ocean of stars,

yet we lie, lingering,

long into the morning,

watching day awake

and fire dance in the sky.

Life opens here, this moment,

read and brilliant blue;

ghosts of darkness smile at our lip magic,

their voices warm as clouds and feathers



Is this honey that pours sweet and lazyScreen Shot 2019-03-30 at 12.18.41

or spring water running?

Does love soar in the petals of a rose?

Ask the moon,

listen to her whispered answers

in the wind

and dream of sun and rain

beneath a languid summer sky.


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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.

12 thoughts on “No night so softly velvet”

  1. I like the hint of morning’s potential in the first. In the second, that languid summer sky seems to offer what it will, regardless of the moon’s thoughts.

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