Gogyohka for February sunset


sun sinks

with a final burst of laughter

or perhaps regret

for all the soft flames left behind

and the darkness to follow

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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.

10 thoughts on “Gogyohka for February sunset”

  1. “[T]he soft flames left behind” is so melodic and evocative. I slowed down on the inside on first reading.

    This is the time of year when the sun sets directly over the east-west road between my town and the next. It’s hard for driving, but I’ll remember now that the sun is laughing.

    1. That makes me think of the road out of town here that runs along the Garonne, directing east-west. It’s lined with plane trees, one of those very typical french country roads that are disappearing. We’ve kept the trees round here, but in many places they’ve been chopped down because they ’cause’ accidents. The hypnotic effect apparently. I’m afraid my attitude is that avenues of plane trees are like hairpin bends in the mountains, you don’t knock down the mountain because it ’causes accidents’, you drive slower…

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