Sick lights


Some mornings, when the light
is full of the furred and flashing
pounding of shells, shrapnel bright
and biting, bitter bile rises
like cockcrow from beyond the trees,
stirring the shards, pecking
and scratching with spurred feet.

Some mornings I close my eyes,
try to stop the dizzying, disjointed
fireworks dance, the techno beating
silence and, fumbling with trembling
fingers, hang above the roaring flood
that pours over the edge of the night.

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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.

32 thoughts on “Sick lights”

      1. Oh, sorry to hear that, Jane. Hope it’s better by now. Don’t you drink some meds to soothe them a bit? I have a friend who literally can’t function when she doesn’t use them.

      2. Thanks. I think it’s gone now. Took another dose when I went to bed last night. I don’t like taking the medication but if I don’t, the migraine is harder to get rid of and can last days. It’s how I imagine an android must feel when its wiring has a loose connection πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you! I had a crashing migraine yesterday, more or less bearable by the evening. I find the only thing I can write about when that happens is…migraine. It’s not necessarily intelligible to anyone else πŸ™‚

      1. I’m much better today thank you. They tend not to last more than 24hrs. If they overrun at all it’s by three or four days.
        If what we write is incomprehensible, I don’t know that there’s much point in it. I know it’s a ‘style’ but not one that I have much time for.

      2. I’m glad that you are now better.
        Indeed. There are some who write, paint, compose the incomprehensible as a style but probably more as an exercise rather than to anything else.

      3. Thank you πŸ™‚
        I think there are also writer who, like some politicians and intellectuals use purposely obscure language to disguise the fact that they haven’t got anything to say.

    1. Thanks. It was husband’s birthday yesterday which helped too.
      The hunters have been relatively quiet this last couple of weeks. There is a lockdown though so logically it should only be the immediate neighbours who come shooting round this way.

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