Blue is gone


Blue is gone

swept up by bird wings

and sky-glitter drips only

in the bright trickle of bird call

sun yellow lapped up by buttercups.


Wind blows from the north

cold is coming

red as ice

cutting bone and marrow

and what will poor robin do then?

Hands flutter scattering food

we watch fear pass along the lane

holding breath


listening to the ocean roar among cloud billows

seeping rain


a a a

dream cries from the depths

run please the black is coming

breath belching where the tractor rumbles

over the wild hill.


Sleep whispers from her blue yellow boat

(waves heaving rain streaming)

the storm is close

but but but

there are cracks in the sky

and beyond

we can see the stars.

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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.

17 thoughts on “Blue is gone”

      1. But the two you’ve used as illustrations are the two that stood out most to me. Same taste. I actually love all of his portraits, but the one you chose the best. And the boat appealed immediately.

  1. It’s as if nature is wrapping back up in itself, leaving us without color and maybe facing nature’s own judgment. Considering the power in that, it’s ominous. It’s good that we can see the stars, though they might be out of reach.

    I enjoy the image you selected.

    1. Thank you. We’re experiencing a two day relapse of winter with the threat of snow in the night. We didn’t even get sleet this winter so I hope they’re wrong. Grey and cold though and the buttercups that have just opened look terrified.
      Odilon Redon is one of my favourites.

  2. The Oracle loves Redon (and Franz Marc). 😀 This is another dreamy one–I feel like she’s giving a message–almost like a parable. I like the hope at the end.

  3. We are cold and dreary again as well (inside and out). It’s funny she brought up robins. I finally ventured out early this morning and heard them right away. And then two walked across the path in front of me.
    Redon’s boat would definitely find a crack in the sky to see the stars…(K)

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