The year has reached the top of the curve

and is on the descent in fits and starts,

unwilling to relinquish the stifling heat. The sun

bows to the inevitable with bad grace,

with a rolling of drums, hurling storm after storm,

crackling lightning through the night,

breaking the darkness into angry fragments.


But it goes, fades, I can feel it in the back

of the air, like the cool light in the eyes,

when the hot tongue promises this is not goodbye.

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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.

42 thoughts on “August”

    1. Same here. I stormed all night, poured with rain, came down the chimney, flooded the toilet. I kept getting up to open the window because it was suffocating, then having to get up to close it again because of the rain coming in. What a night! Cool today but unsettled.

      1. Oh dear. I hope you get a better night tonight! We’ve been running the a/c straight for weeks. I’ve never done that before, but today it’s off, and I have some windows open. We’re getting a steady rain, but no storm for a change.

      2. There’s a structural problem with the house, created when the old people built their first indoor toilet and shower room, and had a concrete cowshed added onto the wattle and daub barn. The different materials don’t mix and they are gradually parting company. When there’s a heavy rain it pours in through the crack that’s opened up between the concrete and the stone/mud work. These very hot summers are making it worse. They didn’t have these problems in the Middle Ages!

      3. No, but they had the plague and other problems. ๐Ÿ˜
        That’s a shame that they didn’t know what they were doing. We only had a few things like that in this house, but mostly just funny–like light switches that don’t seem to be for anything we can find, and porch windows on our enclosed porch that opened into each other so you could only open every other one. ๐Ÿ˜

      4. I think light switches that don’t do anything come from people wiring up rooms before they decide where everything is going to fit. It can be farcical ๐Ÿ™‚

      5. Yes, or it was something that was removed. The windows were much stranger–and something that definitely was not well thought out. They opened like shutters but without enough space in between. ๐Ÿคฃ

      6. Hey Merrill & Jane. Have either of you read The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis? I was recommended it and balked at the idea given the subject, but interestingly I found it very enjoyable. Set simultaneously in 1348 and 2050 it’s about plague/virus but in a very illuminating way. I found myself grateful for our situation after reading, mostly because of the a/c and other mod-cons! Anyway it’s a recommendation if either of you are interested I found it in my local library quite easily xo

      7. I hadn’t heard of it either until my friend told me about it and I really found it entertaining. I don’t know if it’s on Kindle or any of that stuff as I don’t use those

      8. I know I feel the same it’s awful isn’t it? I wish I could just send you my copy but it’s a library book AND now our cheapest ship to France is $15 that’s the MINIMUM isn’t that a crime? Used to be when I first knew you, around $8. And most things are more like $29 so it makes it impossible, I loathe that. Are you still using your account?

      9. I know. Well – another option is we do have our books in local bookstores. As we are able to be ordered via whatever they use – You can request that a copy be in your local bookstore, I can pay for it and you can collect it. If you’d rather that we can do that. I did it for someone in Scotland and it worked really well.

      10. I’m not sure what the bookstore in Marmande is like, how ‘international’. I mean, Marmande is hardly the hub of the universe ๐Ÿ™‚ I haven’t actually been to Marmande…

      11. Hi Candice–I’ve actually read the book more than once! It’s a favorite. She also has some of the same characters who go back to WWII London.

      12. What a crazy coincidence! I had never heard of it. I was so glad it was recommended to me, as I really enjoyed it. So this is a series? I should read the others. Very clever wasn’t it? And apropos for the times for sure.

      13. It is funny. No, it’s not really a series, just some of the same characters/history department. Except there are two WWII books, and one is a sequel to the other. But she’s written other books and stories, too. Doomsday Book is my favorite.

  1. Dearest Jane, I would love to submit this poem on your behalf to our As The World Burns Anthology we are working on. It was by invite only and included past Indie Blu(e) authors but as I read August I thought this would be the perfect poem as the last poem in the book – by way of ‘hope’ and whilst I can’t speak for the other editors on this project I would love to submit this late for you – would you let me? I only need your permission and a short bio (70 words or less) and I can upload it. We have closed submissions but there is still time and I just was captured by this poem – what do you think? Merril is in it because she worked with us on We Will Not Be Silenced – I’d love if you were too. C x

      1. BTW I’m still laughing my head off at the ‘do you think it’s good enough’ line, because I think everyone would say YES very loudly to this without even having to think twice!
        Remember how you once tried to convince me you weren’t really a poet? Uh Huh? ๐Ÿ˜‰ xx

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