Illuminated flower

839px-Illuminated_Flower_by_Odilon_Redon,_c._1900,_pastel_-_Scharf-Gerstenberg_Collection_-_DSC03868

Is it peace the sky breathes blue
with buzzard voice?
I listen to the falling words,
you you you.

Day makes one picture green with trees,
night another from cloud-smoke and moonlight,
and both are born from the same dance,
the vast winged and petalled night,
the soft-furred day.

The universe is made of salt and scent,
song and sorrow,
colour and the monochromes of twilight,
the hot red of blood,
ghost white of bone

and in our embrace the whole melts
and merges into a waking morning,
brilliant as stars,
enduring as hearts unconsumed by fire.

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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.

15 thoughts on “Illuminated flower”

  1. “the hot red of blood,
    ghost white of bone”
    such a potent image
    She reminds both of us the earth is still breathing.
    and what a great Redon–I haven’t seen this one before. (K)

  2. Sigh. This is so lovely.
    I don’t this Redon either. It’s stunning. I feel like she’s saying the words of your poem.

    You won’t be surprised to know we have similar words and thoughts–the blue sky breathing!–though yours is much more lyrical.

    1. Thank you! The painting is a new one for me too. It reminds me of the de la Tour Newborn Christ painting.
      It’s the same poem as yours, and Kerfe has the breathing and the colours too.

      1. It’s so strange. This one was a long time emerging. lately they’ve been easy, but I had a feeling there was something dragging the sense back. Kerfe posted exactly the same moment I did. Probably a systems overload at the shrine ๐Ÿ™‚

      2. Oh, could be. I tried very early this morning, and nothing was coming. Then I switched sets, and it came right away. It was probably around the time you and Kerfe posted, since I didn’t post mine right away.

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