Five verses


wind sighs

like foam whisper

on the strand

bathed in sun-glitter

washed in water from the world’s womb



shakes the boughs

where a thrush sings into the breeze

tonguing a call to prayer

to the presence of spring


I wade through long grass

meadow waves where flowers nod

and crickets sing

and the heat rises

in a tide of well-being


A lark sings higher than sight

higher than clouds and rain

while we


and leaden in spirit


measure and count

eyes fixed on fashion

the price of futilities

wading deeper and further

from the blissful blue


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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.

5 thoughts on “Five verses”

  1. I’m especially drawn to the fourth stanza where the “lark sings higher than sight.” To me, it’s the climax of wonderfully evoked nature via (other) notes such as “foam whisper on the strand” (I know it’s the object of a simile, but I can so clearly call up the water and the foam), “leaf shimmer,” and the thrush in the breeze “tonguing a call to prayer” to spring.

    But then back on the ground are we mortals with clay feet, “leaden in spirit.” We don’t get it, the splendor all around us merely for attending. Instead we long for things we cannot have for “the price of futilities”–so well said!–removing ourselves with every “measure and count” from what we can have simply for having, “the blissful blue.”

    This work is as splendid as it is skillful!

    1. Thank you! I’m pleased you understand my line of thinking. That’s what my short linked verses usually are. I hear a lot about how people’s eyes (and ears) have been opened to the world outside the one owned by cars and the rush of modern life, but given the rush back to ‘the way we were’ I doubt many people remember those dewy-eyed outpourings now.

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