Starting again


After the heat and the storm and the rain

and the cold and the damp

and grey skies covered

comes the calm and the sun

and the wind turned to breeze

and the dust washed away

in the swelling stream

and the balance set right

breathing out to the rhythm

of tree-dance swaying

and damp earth sighing

and in the hedges

all the birds singing.


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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.

21 thoughts on “Starting again”

      1. Everything is off-kilter. I thought I’d made a discovery. Well, Finbar made it, crayfish in the ditch after the brief downpour. They are protected in Europe because numbers have declined to much, partly because of imported American crayfish. I was thrilled and was going to report the sighting to the nature conservancy agency, then checked the pics for the exact variety—they’re Louisiana crayfish and the recommendation is to kill them 😦

      2. Yikes. Crazy! I didn’t know there were European and American versions of crayfish. I just think of them in Cajun cooking. 🙂
        My sister was saying yesterday that now the spotted Lantern fly has appeared around her town. We’re supposed to kill and report if we see them.

      3. American versions of the animals (and everything) tend to be bigger, more voracious and aggressive. Your grey squirrel is elbowing our red squirrel out, your mink kills ours as well as eats its food, and apparently the crayfish have habits that make them unpopular. Introduced species always seem to wreak havoc 🙂

      4. I’m the exception to the rule of everything American is bigger and more aggressive. 🙂
        You are right though about introduced species–wherever they come from. There have been American species wiped out, too. Though now, I’ll take that back a bit because I’m thinking of how fruits and vegetables have traveled across the globe over the ages.

      5. Ha ha! You’re not an American, you’re just a human being like the rest of us.
        Yes, I’m sure the same thing happens in America. It’s bacteria that is the biggest problem, importing stupid unnecessary ornamental plants from the Far East that come with deadly bugs and diseases free of charge.

    1. It’s glorious now, but it seems we’re going to get a few days of unseasonally cool and wet weather starting tomorrow. We need the rain, so I’m not going to complain.

      1. It’s more than welcome. The reservoirs are empty and the farmers are pumping up the water directly from the water courses so they’re running empty too.

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