April poetry challenge day 11

I’m having email problems and this one obviously didn’t get through to Paul. You can see the art that inspired the poem and read all the other contributions here.

In the middle with you
Inspired by all three art works.

Weโ€™re all in the middle of something
all wrapped up in dreams
or bricks and mortar
and the way out to the edge moves
like dream-treacle

like the windy roads
in new housing developments
that swallow people up
who are never seen again.

I watch you sometimes among the trees
clearing or coppicing
the way you look at bark and bramble
the height of the stream
a birdโ€™s nest.

And Iโ€™m glad you never decided to take
Acacia Crescent or Honeysuckle Way
Poplar Walk or Lilac Close
but took the briar track with all its thorns
that curls deep and green
because the birds nest there
in the middle.


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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.

19 thoughts on “April poetry challenge day 11”

  1. This is lovely! I love how you combined all of these.
    I couldn’t quite work the third one in–probably because you had already done so. ๐Ÿ˜€
    Sorry about your email problems. What a pain!

    1. Thank you! I’m pleased with the way these poems are coming.
      Yes it is a pain. I have to look on my phone for mail and I can’t write an email on a telephone! I got repeated stroke problems with my thumbs from the computer so type without using my thumbs at all. With the phone, not using thumbs takes forever to type a one sentence message!

      1. UGH! I hope you’re able to get the email fixed and sorted out. I never do email on my phone because I just don’t want to load up my phone or be bothered with it, if I’m not home (not that that’s the case so often now). ๐Ÿ˜

      2. I’d switch to gmail if it was just Outlook, but I can’t access anything that is part of Mac like Safari, the app store or check for updates. There’s a bug in it I’ll have to get sorted.

    1. Thank you, Colleen! I’ve heard stories of people not being able to find their own home in some new developments before the street signs and numbers are put up, because all the houses look alike and the streets are laid purposely random to give them a ‘country’ feel.

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