These days


It should be enough the sun

the languid whistling of the birds

heat rising from baked earth and green shimmer


enough to rise with the heat

on birdwings lifting languid and serene in the sun

from green earth


they should be green with birdsong

these hot days dusty

with harvest motes floating golden birdwings


there should be joy after rain shafts

slanting steely cold

from lowering skies


when we listened to the rattle of hail

the splash of torrents

and a wind raging from the east


it should be enough the sun

the unconscious beauty of the warbler’s song

the ripple of heat breeze and leaf hiss


but these days it is not enough

to lift the heavy wings

the flutter leaden with rain

and all the little sorrows

sing soft and low.

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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.

15 thoughts on “These days”

  1. This depicts how so many in the US feel about getting back to what was “normal” life. Those days are most likely gone so why not find pleasure somehow in what we still can have.

    1. I can see that. I get angry with the ‘back to normal’ brigade, when their idea of normal is wasteful, self-indulgent pleasure seeking. How we can be thinking about that kind of trivia knowing how most of the world (including the planet) are struggling, exploited and oppressed, either by us or our friends makes me furious. I thought the virus had opened our eyes to a few hard truths. Apparently not.

      1. I agree, it is disheartening to think about all the people that will try their hardest to go back to “normal”. Don’t they realize this is the new normal? Every new day is a new normal.

      1. Yes, Trump’s lawyer was released from real prison to home imprisonment due to his fears of the virus and was just rearrested because he was photographed going out to dinner with friends…

  2. Oh, yes, the life you depict here should be enough. To live each day in awareness of all the Earth offers in softer and harder aspects and ways. There is real life here from start to finish. We would have more (of what matters), know more, and be less afraid.

    1. Yes, you’re right. We need far less than the advertising geniuses tell us. As your latest poem says, satisfaction isn’t found in just wanting and getting more and more.

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