As Merril suggested, I tried out the ‘love’ set of magnets. Not a fan. The Archbishop of Canterbury would probably like it. After serious pruning I got this though. The youngest is finally making it home in about an hour, so I think the Oracle was speaking through the faith, God and angels stuff. As is often the case, Odilon Redon painted a beautiful illustration for me.


Am I mother

the strong star

or the dew dropping

coaxing small lives?


The night blossoms with questions


carried on owl wings

soft as silence.

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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.

11 thoughts on “Fireflowers”

    1. It’s always worth looking into new ideas. This one didn’t appeal immediately, but I got there in the end.
      Sorry I accidentally trashed your comment in the waterfall poem. I was going to say that it all comes around again, that water circles back in the spring.

      1. It does. Where my parents used to live in Arizona the river beds were dry most of the year and then became raging rivers in the rainy season. If we lived closer to the land we would be more aware of its rhythms…but of course you do, and are.

      2. It’s nothing like as dramatic and the desert where everything has to snatch its chance from the small window between flood and drought. I do enjoy watching the small changes though.

  1. I enjoyed this, as a parent we always wonder if what we did or are doing is the correct example. We can make mistakes. But mostly we wait…
    Lovely painting too.

    1. Thank you. I suppose we give the example we live by ourselves. If we worry that our example isn’t the right one, we ought to question our principles. I worry more that I can’t make the world an easier place for them to live in.
      Yes, The Redon painting is gorgeous.

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