Night and water gogyohka

Photo©Mark Hartshorne


days of dark light

shadow trees and windy rain

birds flit around the feeder

streaking the drear

with sky and sun powder


after the deluge

darkness falls

in a melancholy silence

listen— the only sound

running water


no stars in this woven cloth

rippling like the sea

no dark lights in its depths

but the water sings




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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.

4 thoughts on “Night and water gogyohka”

  1. I think the sound of the rain is more noticeable in the dark, as so many sounds are. I find it comforting as a companion to the night if it’s not accompanied by a storm. (K)

    1. Yes, it is. There’s less competition from other noises too. Last night the rain had stopped, but the sound of water running through the ditches and racing along the stream was very loud.
      When I was small and afraid of the dark I used to look forward to the rain to hide the creaking sounds inside the house.

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