Gogyohka: autumn rain


I look for light where there is none,

taste the wind

for a salt memory of the sea

and touch the wild grasses

for the fleeting presence of a hare


wind blows

full of damp grey ribbons of cloud

streaks and shafts of steely grey

rain-wet and dew-wet

and a scattering of noisy finches


dusk seeps and creeps

beneath the cloud

between the rain drops

among the raggedy grass soldiers

still standing

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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.

23 thoughts on “Gogyohka: autumn rain”

      1. It was cold here yesterday, but at least the sun was out. Now we’re supposed to get rain/snow mix Sunday and Monday–daughter who is visiting just found out they’re supposed to get about a foot and half of snow on Sunday/Monday in western Massachusetts. They’re leaving here this afternoon.

      2. That sounds dramatic! That’s huge! Our wintry spell next week means one night just below freezing and cold daytime temps for five days. It looks grim again though.

      3. I don’t think it will be dramatic here–just dreary. But in western Mass., yes, it might be. It will be different for them being in a house and having to shovel. 🙂

      4. Yes, it will be different for them than Boston. But the nice thing is that they both work from home. In Boston, my daughter had to walk and daughter-in-law commuted by bus, and they don’t close things there unless there is a lot of snow.

      5. Anywhere used to dealing with snow gets sniffy about people complaining. Like the people who live in the Alps laughing at the way everything grinds to a halt in Bordeaux when they get a flurry of snow that doesn’t even stick.

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