Things that are lost

A quadrille for the dverse ‘rise’ prompt. A poem which I wrote with Redon’s painting of Orpheus in mind, after he has lost Eurydice I imagine.


The wind rises with a fiery voice

like angry hornets,

swelling the rising oceans that roll

over people risen against their empty bellies,

thirsty rivers,

dead children

and others against the rise in petrol prices,

and I, weeping,

I will arise and go now.

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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.

33 thoughts on “Things that are lost”

  1. Ode to Global Warming–wow–a heavy duty quadrille. You had me at /swelling the rising oceans that roll over people risen against their empty bellies/.

      1. I don’t think there’s a chance in hell that we will escape annihilation. Is your last line alluding to leaving the planet (as in humans extinct?)

      2. It could be taken that way. I was alluding to the Yeats: I will arise and go now and go to Inishfree. His idyll is not where we’re heading though, you’re right.

  2. I remember you saying once that you weren’t too fond of single word prompts, but somehow I felt this word would give you something–and it did.
    All that rising–seas and people.
    I love this painting. Stunning.

    1. It’s a good word with lots of possibilities. I’d just been writing a poem about the wind rising so it fitted in well.
      I don’t know exactly why I thought of this painting. Maybe because Orpheus lost what he was trying to save and only had himself to blame. Redon though has a way of painting sad subjects and making them look as though they’re only kidding. Orpheus is going to wake up and pick up his lyre again. Maybe. It’s gorgeous anyway.

  3. This is a rousing quadrille, as well as being about (a)rising. The fiery voice and angry hornets stir the emotions, as do the empty bellies, thirsty rivers and dead children. The painting is amazing, Jane.

  4. Bleak is not often in my vocabulary. Like Pandora’s box, I tend to find a bit of hope at the bottom! I like your adaptation of the painting, however.

    1. The big river deltas will be submerged as well as low-lying coast and archipelagos. Almost the whole of Bangladesh will disappear. It’s millions and millions of refugees we’ll have to cope with not a few thousand, and they won’t have any home to go back to.

    1. It’s sad and infuriating. Our priorities are all wrong and politicians pander to the divisions instead of taking the lead and pointing out what is more important than the price of corn flakes.

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