The title of H. Schlagen’s ink painting caught my eye: And the air turned to poison.

You can see the art work here


When power and grace are not enough or muscled poise, uncon-

scious elegance of the perfectly formed, when the ropes pull tight


and the trap snaps closed, the bridle and bit strap and tear, bright

blood and pain shooting, where is the escape? Horses balk and


rear, pawing the dust, and we gag on the fumes of SUVs and

phones and an ocean of smoking junk, torment and despair.


We send space probes to ride comets, bridle and bit, cocorico

cheering, but where do we go when the air has turned to poison?

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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.

6 thoughts on “Poison”

  1. We go nowhere when the air is gone, air we can breathe. Here, the current administration, the current gang of thugs, is trying to roll back all protections of the environment. Why? So that drilling and fracking and dumping no-longer-wanted things into water and unchecked deforestation might continue. Why these? So that a few, literally a few, might have more profit than the more they already have and do not need. When every salient thing is gone, they will be poisoned, too. But that would require a perspective on reality that such folk no longer have. All is acquisition.

    The artwork reminds me of “Guernica.” We need voices now to prophecy anew what we should have understood eighty years ago and many more. Thank goodness there’s your voice to catch us in the needless “bright blood and pain shooting” we have caused.

    1. Americans are terrified of the left, Socialism. It’s just an expression. They call Obama left-wing too whereas in Europe his politics are placed firmly in the centre. As for the Pope’s politics…

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