Spring cycle

path thru willows submerged

The days pass
rain-filtered
dripping from unlit sky
seeping back into the sucking mud
to rise tomorrow and tomorrow
in brown pools
of spent seasons.

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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.

10 thoughts on “Spring cycle”

    1. No, that’s the path between the stream and the ditch. The paths all look like shallow streams, the ditches look like deep streams and the stream looks like a small river!
      The architect we had in didn’t think there was an actual vein of water running under the house but he couldn’t be sure. What’s certain is that it’s sitting on a system of springs and runoff from the fields higher up. The water table is so close to the surface that it ends up seeping through the floor tiles. Lots of old houses round here have the same problem. It requires engineering work to put in drains all the way round the house.

      1. Interesting. I’m surprised the houses aren’t built raised. I’ve seen photos of houses that have water running through them, but usually they’re constructed for it to be a feature. Having water flow up into your bedroom must not be too much fun. Do you get mosquitos? We would–I can’t even walk outside without getting bitten in the summer.

      2. The houses are really only glorified barns and cowsheds and a hayloft with accommodation underneath for farmworkers. Since they were only ever intended to house very poor people (not the kind who’d be interested in a water feature), the construction was very basic.

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