For the dverse ‘elemental’ prompt.


Stars shine always with primeval brilliance,

falling through pitch dark of carbonised light,


gems shed from the mantle of space. Beams

transpierce clouds lead-heavy and grey,


then all the world dances in the mercurial

glitter of the sun, the silver dusting of the moon.

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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.

43 thoughts on “Light”

  1. A wonderful ride, rocking the prompt and tweaking our curiosity. I like the line /falling through pitch dark of carbonized light/.

  2. I agree with Sarah about your poetic alchemy – you’ve captured light in this sparkling poem, Jane! I love the image of ‘gems shed from the mantle of space’ and the word ‘transpierce’.

    1. Thank you! Alchemy is probably more up my alley than chemistry. I got transpierce because I wrote transperce and word check told me it was wrong—French—so I looked up the translation 🙂

  3. Starshine is primeval, isn’t it? First light, first brilliance. And brilliant to have expressed that. The alchemical challenge sounds cool, too. I’ve no doubt you would use the gold well.

      1. Yes, it’s like getting to view one end of a very long line of happening. How to apprehend all that’s already done and, I suppose, on its way?

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