A gogyohka twitter sequence sparked by the word amber.



among grey pebbles

smoothed by cold waves

beneath cold grey skies of a Baltic beach

amber glows

with the light of the past


in the great green forest

a pine tree seeped and wept

aeons of golden blood

insect sarcophagus

sunset caught in a transparency


time past

amber light and silence

except for the wind in the trees

and birdsong

and the grinding of grey pebbles


on the cold beach turnstones



searching for boneless food

not amber


pick up the stone

colour of twilight

washed glass-smooth by cold waves

beneath a grey sky

and dream of lost forests


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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.

10 thoughts on “Amber”

  1. You had me at the title. Amber fascinates me.
    I enjoyed the way you transitioned to the end – the “waiting” verse captured/ give impact of the time passage with the details of the sounds
    “sunset caught in a transparency” perfect phrase

    1. Not exactly real. I love northern coastlines and found a very strange stone once in a pool on a rocky beach on a cold misty day. It looked like an ancient carved animal. The idea that a Baltic beach that I imagine must be pretty cold most of the year should be littered with the remnants of primeval forests fascinates me.

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