The answer


There are days without sun

sorrows with no name

hearts with no home

and homes with no heart.

There are names without meaning

meanings with no heart

suns with no fire

fire with no heart.

There are heads with no questions

and questions with no answers.

The world turns in circles

widening to infinity

infinitely questioning

the motion and stasis

of life and death

and the answer to why?

Yet I know that if

through all the infinite vastness

the ripples would contract

and the circles recede

to gather in the cupped palms

of my hands

the answer would fall



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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.

49 thoughts on “The answer”

  1. Okay….if you were sitting here with me, you would have heard an audible sigh escape from my lips, reading the ending of your poem. This is truly a wonderful write!

  2. Jane this can be taken two ways in my heart-mind: as a love poem or as a religious poem. In either case your poem is swirling like the angels in your photo, wielding their golden strands of power, into focus. ❤

    1. Jade, I NEVER do religious poems, so your first intuition was correct. The painting is called Falling Stars incidentally 🙂 I love it! I’m pleased you like the poem, with or without sanctity.

  3. There is a Zen belief that the answers to everything are an inside job; look within to find Higher Self, and a window into the Cosmos; smile.

  4. I love the feeling of falling in this poem, Jane, apple-ripe. The repetition at the beginning is effective and I like the shift in tone from the negative of ‘no’ to ripples, circles and the answer – love.

  5. That is the most magnificent “I love you” that I have ever had the pleasure to have read. From the vastness of infinity to that single point of focus… Bravo Jane… breathtaking!

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