Gogyohka for summer heat


too hot to sing for some

so warblers fill the silence


with a silver trickle

cool as stream water



the sky

vibrating with the cries of fractious crows

not too hot to chase

the drifting buzzard



a pause

and golden as melting butter

life trills in the shade

sweet 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.

21 thoughts on “Gogyohka for summer heat”

      1. No, I didn’t think you were actually lying in the grass–the poem just seemed that way. πŸ˜€ I guess you got your summer weather back. I did an exercise class in the park this morning–brutal in the heat!

      2. I won’t exercise on my own in my yard even, but this is a class my instructor from the gym is doing in the park. I guess I don’t feel as self-conscious with the others. It’s not a city park where lots of people are around, it was just us. And yes, I was totally wiped out!

      3. I used to see groups down by the river in Bordeaux. A lot of Tai Chi (if that’s how you spell it) even saw a group of Buddhist monks doing it once. Lots of passers by though and lots of curious dogs πŸ™‚

      4. They didn’t like to stare πŸ™‚ More likely they just didn’t find it strange. We have learned not to bat an eyelid at what used to be thought odd, but we stare are people wearing the wrong colour nail varnish…

  1. This is an enchanting–maybe I mean magic–line: “life trills in the shade.” It does. Shade is a welcome comfort. Maybe with a breeze, though I’ll try not to ask for too much. I guess nature knows how to handle the sun with birdsong and the sunlit presence of cows, not to mention the buzzard’s eye.

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