Night gogyohka


dark times are coming

walking with the misty rain

across brown winter fields

crows herald the night

before the deluge


moments chewed

from the light

swallowed by the dark


at each sinking sun


wait a while

hold breath against the deepening cold

watch the morning break night’s hold

watch the sun rise drawing streamers of day

watch winter wane



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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.

14 thoughts on “Night gogyohka”

    1. Thank you! Husband is forever saying ‘and winter hasn’t even started yet’. He’s wrong though, for the met office it stared on December 1 and anyway, winter isn’t just about cold, it’s about light, and from the 21st the nights will get shorter. Okay, the big cold is still to come, but the compensation is that we’ll have more daylight.

    1. This kind of weather I do find unsettling. Gales, lashing rain, warm temperatures, then frost, fog, cold winds. The Garonne is set to ‘leave its bed’ as they say here. It’s already flooded down in the town where we live. I heard the sirens this morning. Tomorrow is the high tide and the expected tipping point.

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