A toad sits


Night flies on out-flung turquoise wings

folding feathers of fucshia and the taste

of pressed gold into cloud shapes and the

roaring of the poplars in the wind.


Grass shadow stretches earthwards and

upwards grey as dusky earth and the colour

of the toad waiting for the light music to fade

and the tranquil dark sea to rise and fall.


Cool seeps from well and water, earth turns

slow and stately as moonbeams, and life walks

on slender bufonid legs into the leaf-rustle

hush of the star-dimpled night ocean.

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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.

24 thoughts on “A toad sits”

    1. There’s such a wealth of art to choose from, it’s hard to go wrong. I don’t know why people go to the free photo sites for cheesy sunset lovers or photos of fainting girls in flimsy white dresses..

    1. Thank you! Toads seem to like me. They sit in my hand and don’t want to leave. This one just crawled higher up my arm when I tried to nudge it back into the grass.
      I love Evelyn de Morgan’s paintings. The colours are so vivid!
      Sorry for being so long replying but we lost Internet on Monday morning and only get flickers of a few minutes now and again. I try to catch up on replying to comments while the connection holds.

      1. We’ve had internet for more than two hours now! The problem isn’t fixed (nobody has been out and nothing’s been done) but it seems as though it won’t ever be fixed. We’re too isolated here, and there’s barely enough juice to make internet function at all, sometimes. I’ll get over to your blog and Kerfe’s to see what I’ve missed while we still have the ether.

      2. Well, I’m glad it was working again. 🙂
        I’ve been trying to finish a test assignment all day–and still have my book to complete, so I’m just popping off and on to read posts.

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