Speckles and dappled freckles

A quadrille for the dverse prompt.


Dappled light falls soft between the leaves,

like spots on tabby coat and speckled frog,

and in the meadow bright awash in motley,

wildflowers blow.


Sun spots scatter sparkles

on the dark lake swell

till night falls and solemn stars

fill the freckled sky.

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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.

37 thoughts on “Speckles and dappled freckles”

  1. The alliteration and sibilance add to the freckly sparkles, Jane. I love the solemnness of the stars filling the freckled sky – a bit of an oxymoron!

  2. “government intelligence” is one of my favorite oxymorons. I like the diversity of speckles and motley smatterings.

      1. I’m not sure I am humble. Often I think I’ve written something ‘good’ worthwhile at least, but who’s to say if it is? Put to a vote, most of what I write would lose its deposit.

  3. I love that you compared the dappled light to the frog and tabby coat cat. Nature honouring nature. There is a beautiful cadence to this piece and the freckled sky was like a prize at the end as I anticipated the given word.

  4. And light is the impetus and energy behind it all, fitting that it freckles and insinuating into all the interstices you have given us here, even into the night. Interesting that so many of the posts have transformed a dark spot freckle into a play of light.

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