Spring facts

I tried hard with this one. For the dverse prompt.


death in our midst strikes terror

death of far away people leaves us cold

birds build their nests

the sun sets in flame fire and sapphire

and dolphins have returned to the Venice lagoon



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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.

53 thoughts on “Spring facts”

    1. We have to accept some of the blame for creating these super viruses with our biological manipulation of so many species and then spreading them all over the world because of the way we live. The solution is probably to reduce rather than to keep on running after more and more. But who’s prepared to do that?

    1. You know, the more I think about it, the more I find it somehow indecent the way we are panicking about our little selves. It isn’t about what will happen to the Africans when the virus takes hold there, or in the refugee camps or Gaza or anywhere with an antiquated health service, it’s purely OMG I might get it, me little me. How dare death come to my neck of the woods. Untimely death is for the foreigners who are used to dying in droves every day.
      I don’t know but this attitude of self-preservation self-preoccupation is getting to me.

      1. Least likely but they still get it. I hear two infants got ill, not from refugee camps…
        But I do get your point. We’re selfish. It’s sb else’s kids, a far-off world. Been there. Seen it.

      2. It happens and babies, toddlers die even in the rich west. There’s so much maliciously false information on the social networks though. Like the first doctor to die of Covid here. The first tweet about it shock horro describing him as ‘young and in good health’. He was in fact a doctor who should have been retired but had stayed on to help in the worst hit area. I don’t know what people try to spread terror like that.

      3. No, that’s no true, they are likely to catch the virus and pass it on to their families, which is why the schools are closed, not because they are likely to develop any serious symptoms. Don’t worry about him too much.

      4. Yes, that’s all true. I’d feel the same way. But you’re not in a high risk category either. The probability is that you might well catch it but not be very bad with it. All we can do it try to be rational and take what precautions we can.

      5. That’s the milk of human kindness for you. It’s the same everywhere, or has been. Our supermarket was never wiped out though the woman on the cheese counter did say that at the Leclerc at Marmande someone had bought over €200 of pasta. At around 80 centimes a packet that makes about 120 kilos…

  1. Some very pertinent points raised here. All my life the plagues in Africa, the killer bees in South America, seemed so distant. Now I have a dry cough and pray its only post-nasal drip.

    1. I’m afraid my heart goes out to those poor families caught between Killer Al-Assad on one side, Murderer Erdogan on the other and now this dumped on them. We’ve had it too easy for too long.

    1. I don’t know. I have the impression that we are divided between those who see how vulnerable we have made ourselves to the slightest hiccough in the system and would like to use this time to think of ways of downscaling and jettisoning the unnecessary, and those who do think the world revolves around their specific little person and will do anything to protect that person with the minimum of discomfort even if it means grabbing what should go to more deserving cases. I’m thinking of the people stockpiling drugs they don’t need, masks they have been asked to hand over to the hospitals. There’s a court case going on here at the moment even though the courts are suspended for normal business, a pharmacist caught selling surgical masks at an exorbitant price when all face masks have been requisitioned. They intend to throw the whole encyclopaedia at him.

      1. Our political leadership here is a textbook case of self centered Ness. At least the Democrats made sure the relief money cannot be accessed by the President or any other members of Congress or the administration to line their own pockets. They are shameless.

      2. Our news programmes don’t even mention Trump any more. He’s seen as a complete and utter shambles, a rudderless ship. We can really see now how brainless and characterless he is compared with almost any other political leader you could name. Shameless is the word. When are his stock market transactions going to be scrutinised?

    1. Thank you, Kim. It isn’t really a hope, more a sad nod at what could be. I’m certain that as soon as this is over we’ll start shipping mammoth loads of tourists all over the world again to pollute whatever gets within their reach.

  2. I can’t help putting myself in the minds of some of these precious creatures right now, wondering where we disappeared to and basking in it…..even if it’s short lived.

    1. Yes, that’s the sad part, isn’t it. Everyone will say how wonderful it is, but when it’s a choice between dolphins and a profitable business, we know who’s going to lose.

  3. The ineffability of nature is a comfort. But here we have a chance to think, to connect in living ways, what is global with what is local. I suppose we won’t learn to. And continue to take perverse comfort in it being worse somewhere else for other people. Could we not a little care about and for each other, everyone, everywhere? Maybe too naive to consider.

    1. It gets complicated when we start to sympathise with the sufferings of far away people. For many of them it’s a chronic suffering directly or indirectly because of our lifestyle. Who makes the sports shoes, the telephones, the fridges and washing machines, the cheap clothes and the expensive ones? Who sold the weapons that made the war the refugees are fleeing? Whose factories are making them and it’s our jobs we have to protect so that makes it morally okay, doesn’t it?
      Complicated. The world is too small and there are too many people who want to grab rights to it. I don’t know what the future holds but I can’t see us getting more altruistic.

  4. Yes, the indifference, or should I say the normalcy of the nesting birds and the dolphins reclaiming waterways is a good follow up to the coldness felt for the deaths of faraway people. (what if the world had responded quickly kindly generously at the first of the outbreak, no matter whom and where?)
    This is a very effective poem.

    1. Thank you. I can’t help thinking of the humanitarian disasters that are going on all over the world and all we manage to do about them is sell more weapons to the oppressors. Its different though when the fear of death creeps over our own threshold.

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