Sometimes you have to

dog roses and vines

Sometimes you have to cut back,

Hack, uproot

to let in the light,

so what was meant to climb is not trapped,

creeping in the dark,

and what was meant to laugh

in sunlight and raindrops

puts down roots and digs into the silence.

Sometimes you have to chop out

a green shoot, a season’s struggle for light,


and then and then

when you have tended and staked,

pruned and watered

the good comes through

in a fruiting and shooting,

spreads leaf-palms

and tendril-climbs

to the sun.


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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.

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