May hem

A florescence. Make of it what you will. I’m writing a double wedding scene in Dublin cathedral, that’s my excuse.


Release the hummingbirds

and cat-clawed weasel words

orca-striped badger herds—give us peace!

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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.

27 thoughts on “May hem”

  1. Is a Florescence another form of poetry? You’ve been exposing me to forms I had never heard of before. The rhyming and imagery are so creative.

    1. It’s a form I made up a sort of mashup of a couple of more complicated forms. It’s based on threes. Three lines first two with six syllables, the third with nine. The rhyme falls on the sixth syllable so it’s internal on the last line that has an extra three syllables. The last syllable rhymes with the first. I like the idea of coming full circle.

      1. That’s great! I didn’t know you invented a poetic form. I’ve been inventing some, but I haven’t shown them yet. The use of internal rhyming is fun and an artform in itself.

      2. I have a strong feeling that it’s in creation of any kind that we are fulfilled. People who can’t say, I did this, will always be vaguely dissatisfied.

      3. True. I certainly feel fulfilled whenever I create something whether it’s a poem, video, or book. That’s something I’ve wondered like how some people tried to downplay my earlier creations because they haven’t done anything like that.

      4. A lot of people don’t know their potential. They don’t create anything because they don’t know how, they’re too lazy to find out, or they prefer shopping anyway.

      1. Well, I will be very interested in this, Jane, it sounds just right up my alley. Although I think pretty much everything you write is. I do have a weakness for weddings, and I don’t know why, because I don’t care about romance and so on, I think it’s more the clothes and the food and the location and the array of characters. Well, I digress. And a brand new cathedral is intriguing too. We don’t think of new, and cathedral, in the same breath in our current world, do we.

      2. The book is set in the twelfth century so they were just starting on cathedral-building. It’s a challenge and I’m finding it very tiring. Even getting the food right is tough!

      3. Yes, I can imagine. It’s hard enough to research even the 1980’s and the 12th century is not exactly quite as well documented. Plus, there is the issue of the writer having to watch for present day bias in how characters would react and so on. I think that must be hugely difficult to guard against. I read a lot of mysteries and for example, there is always a difference between a current book set in the 1930’s say and one actually written then. I admire your taking on this kind of task.

      4. I agree, the language/vocabulary is often a problem. When the character speaks Norman French or Irish Gaelic or Latin, to my ear it jars to have any modern idiom at all. Or to use words that have been introduced into English since the Middle Ages. It’s a challenge, but it’s made me study the etymology of words carefully and I enjoy that.

      5. I think this is fascinating and I think you should write more about it, it’s a challenge for an author that the reader never thinks about. I’d love to hear more how you go about this.

      6. It’s something that fascinates me and I enjoy the challenge, but an awful lot of writers either don’t want to know, or don’t realise that they don’t know. You just have to look at the names they use, no rhyme or reason to them, simply that they look more or less like modern American names. It’s a bit of a thankless task, and I suppose I only do it because I want to and I think it’s necessary.

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