Gogyohka for a midsummer pause

west raked

Hay lies waiting

beneath the sun beating

and an oriole is fluting

his endless questions

that have no answer


bees swarm loud

in the hot silence

heavy as honey

sweet as syrup

and the brazen blue throbs


with a brazen beat

cicada hiss sssss

among limp leaves

while water runs slower

dying and drying as its bed shrinks


spring is life in movement

floods and rising green shoots

now we hold hot breath

thinking of the crisping of leaves

and the first cold shadows.


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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.

22 thoughts on “Gogyohka for a midsummer pause”

      1. We were supposed to get fierce winds and hail storms this afternoon. Sky’s still cloudless and not a breath of wind yet the meteo says it’s been storming for the last 35 minutes.

      2. Usually the storms miss us. The last string of them we had a couple of weeks ago took us by surprise. they’d been forecasting storms regularly since the end of the winter and we hadn’t had one.

  1. spring is life in movement

    I’m imagining having this verse read out loud while others perform the actions. I think it would be lively, humorous, serious, and meaningful–a living way to attend to what’s happening outside.

    Funny, it’s hot and stormy here. Seems too early for all this.

    1. Life is a serious business but it has its humorous moments, sometimes inadvertently. I can’t help but think that squirrels are quite conscious of the spectacle they make of themselves when they swing on branches, doing somersaults and spinning round and round.
      It’s been very hot too, and the promised storm is trying to decide if it will or won’t.

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