After the rain the sky water

blue cloud-foamed and flecked


earth damp yields weeds easy now

liberating occupied territory


and beneath ranks of goose grass

sow thistle tormentil and cinquefoil


treasures sown and forgotten

raise frail green arms in thanks.


Perhaps with a little sun

they’ll thrive.


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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.

48 thoughts on “Gardening”

    1. Thank you. I try to get as close to things as possible. We are always on the outside of nature looking in. We renounced our right to be wild thousands of years ago and all we can do now is regret some things and limit the damage.

      1. I once wrote a long-form poem about that very sentiment of natural “homelessness”, named a whole spring. It’s not remotely as beautiful as those I’ve read of you over these weeks of following you, and the style certainly differs, but I’m very privy to what you try to accite, and that may be the reason why I love them so much.

      2. Not remotely, Jane, haha. I tend to say that I’m a pure post-modernist in Portuguese (or I intend to be), and a modernist/surrealist coalescence in English. I do, however, have them interact frequently; many words and expressions I use in English are perfused or even originated by their counterparts in Portuguese, and thus, the manner in which I apply language in English may seem odd to some. Common words in Portuguese, like melhorar, asseverar, perdurar, habituar, compadre, become ameliorate, asseverate, perdure and habitude in English, and they aren’t so common in the latter, and there are hundreds of instances such as these. In Portuguese, I speak in the direct motions of my impression, since I must only translate my sentiments to words; in English, I must translate my sentiments to words and translate those words into something else, and that layer robs some of the sincerity of my poetry, but allows for more complexity, more lucubration.
        Do you also write in French, Jane, or were you never interested in doing so?

      3. I can see how that could work well, as long as your readers have an understanding of etymology and how a Latin language works.
        I write occasionally in French, but not often. It’s an extremely precise language (unlike English) and you just can’t mess around with words. They have to be correct in every sense. Intimidating even for French people.

      4. That much is true, French is very acute in how it behaves. English and Portuguese are rather similar in their malleability, although nothing quite beats English in that quality.
        Thank you for being so attentive, Jane; talking to you is a veritable pleasure.

    1. I love wild flower names too. I’m learning the names of the ones I meet most often. It’s a shame pulling some of them up (not the sow thistle) but they’re not always reasonable.

      1. Thank you! The site I’ve been using is a bit of an odd one. It’s called The Wildflowers of the Stuttgart Area though Stuttgart is rarely mentioned.

      2. Yes, I put some on FB. They might show up in musings tomorrow. Right now I’m procrastinating on an assignment due tomorrow because I can’t focus today, so who knows what I’ll get to post. 😀

  1. Isn’t it wonderful smelling the freshness after thunder and rain? Well painted, Jane! Excuse, but the last two days i swallowed as much sun rays as possible. We got rainy and very cloudy weather this Sunday. Enjoy the upcoming week. Michael

      1. Dont remember me on mmy skyte. 😉 Two weeks ago I wanted to mow our garden. It now looks like a jungle. The birds rejoice, but the neighbor looks like the devil personally.

      2. I’ve never understood that term. We have the same corporate capitalism as everybody else, and that means inequality all over the place. It’s the essence of capitalism, and I don’t really see where feudalism comes in. It’s been superceded by capitalism and has been for centuries. Same thing but without the serfs, and you find it in almost every ‘developed’ country.

      3. Seems capitalism was gone thirty years in the past. Now – look at the police shootings – we are here with some people above us, like in the medevial age. First they thought the big churches are able to brainwahs the citizens, but this failed, and now it seems we have to act against.This way i love the term “sustainability” too. 😉 Wipe them away from the democratic states of souverain people. The “Stable of Augias” needs to be cleaned once again. Lol

      4. Now she has to pick up the cherry seeds several times a day. The birds love to drop them on the cobblestones and not into the grass. Lol
        Nature can also be defensive. 😉

  2. I’m glad you are making space for these new arrivals. I love seeing what grows when you just leave a piece of ground open to visitors. Full of surprises. (K)

    1. The only place we’ve tried to plant flowers (that we chose rather than nature) is a narrow band about a foot wide around the house. Since there’s no guttering when it rains that area is battered with the water pouring off the roof. Only the strong survive.

      1. The man who cuts the hay threatened to come earlier than usual because the weather had been so hot so early. I wasn’t in agreement because there were too many flowers not set seed and there would be (you can always hope) animals and birds nesting in the long grass.
        In the end the weather turned stormy and has been for the last two weeks. I’ve been able to see the flowers finish and the grass grow tall and full of seeds. The next worry will be if he says it’s too dry for his cows, no nourishment left in it, and nobody cuts it. Next year how will the meadow flowers push through it?

      2. I hadn’t realised that there is pasture land and meadow. The pasture is just rough grass. the grazing animals fertilise it so you tend to get the big strong things like dock taking off and the wildflowers not getting a chance. The hay meadows are a balance of wild flowers but if it isn’t cut back after the flowers have set seed the tall grasses and tougher taller flowers take over, and the next year the smaller plants can’t struggle through the high stalks. it reduces the diversity and it begins to look straggly and uninteresting.

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