Into lighter waters

A quadrille for the dverse prompt.


What does it take to find the north,
when wolves howl on the hill,
and the geese have all gone,
when night falls and falls and falls?

The magnet swings the needle;
I follow where destruction’s din dies,
blue waters part and dolphins dance.

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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.

55 thoughts on “Into lighter waters”

  1. I love this and the ocean imagery. It’s captivating and beautiful! I also really love the final line, how with each dark image, there looks to be an inkling of hope to see… at the sea. But, the figurative imagery of the night and the waters is quite lovely and somewhat dark, I think, especially navigating through the ocean waters and the potential to become lost even with a compass. Very beautiful how you wrote this piece. I enjoyed reading it very much.

  2. This is absolutely remarkable! The image of the night falling and falling puts me in the mind of dark vs light.. peace vs destruction and ofcourse vice vs virtue 💝

  3. Being a confirmed inland mountain man, I was closer to your opening than to the wide blue wetness, but, Holy Moby, what a poem!! Nice work, JD.

  4. I see hope in the distance, far into the north and into lighter waters:

    I follow where destruction’s din dies,
    blue waters part and dolphins dance.

  5. Love the alliteration of ” destruction’s din dies”. I can feel the longing for a peaceful place, an escape from tumultuous times.

  6. The I love the way you juxtapose the two situations, Jane: the repetitive falling of night and the dolphins dancing on blue water. And it only takes the swing of a needle.

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