April poetry challenge day 9

This is today’s poem for Paul Brookes’ challenge. You can read all of the contributions and see the art work that inspired them here.

Making shadows
Inspired by Kerfe Roig’s Red suit and John Law’s Orange tip.

Is it emulation or a display of domination
that moves us to build higher, brighter, faster,
to cover the earth with our death dance?

You watch the fast cars
beneath your high rise window,
plot your day,

the money to shift
from one bank account to another.
You shift gears, change shift,
shift for yourself
murmuring your mantra
God helps those who help themselves.

Funny how shift rhymes with grift.

Did you ever see those wings open
and close with unconscious beauty
the splash of delicate colour upon the green,
listen to the wind among dry seed heads?

Your heavy feet leave traces in the dew,
and where you tread, nothing grows.

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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.

14 thoughts on “April poetry challenge day 9”

      1. You’re welcome. I think that’s what happened with me with the last challenge Paul did (that you didn’t do). I think because the art was so unlike what I’d choose in some cases?

      2. I think sometimes it’s the combinations. Each artist provides a different atmosphere every time. The one that I did seemed to be the same atmosphere, difficult to ignore it.

  1. We call it the diminutive “ecological fingerprint”. What a euphemism. Thank you for summarizing, what has to be important for the future, Jane! Have a beautiful weekend! Michael

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