Here I hear

I can hear sleeping dog’s heavy breath,
cat washing, clock-tick,
a warbler in the far hedge
and the hum of blood in my ears.

Silence is the tiny pinpoints of nothing,
like the blanks between stars,
the dark full of glitter
the eye cannot see.

Between snorts and fur-tugging,
clock on the mantel ticking,
the persistent notes of a song,

I can hear the rhythmic throb
that says I am here,
and I am listening.

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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.

28 thoughts on “Here I hear”

    1. He does a lot of sleeping as long as I’m sitting at my desk right next to him. He’s deaf as a post, but he senses when I’m not there and comes looking for me.

  1. So beautiful and serene. Reminds us how there is never truly silence if we try to listen closely. It also made me think of my cats and how I hear them cleaning their fur, or occasionally kicking in their sleep. Beautiful work, Jane. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you! Husband and youngest daughter have gone out for the day and it’s just me, Finbar and the cats. I haven’t seen a soul go past all day, it’s hot, lazy and quiet.

  2. Glitter is exactthe right word for the sound of silence. It’s a layer that emerges under the right conditions, even here in the city. (K)

      1. I actually fall asleep a lot when meditating. I use a guided meditation that my daughter bought for me. It’s a lot of new age mumbo jumbo, but I just concentrate on the physical things, breathing and paying attention.

    1. When their lips puff out and quiver, like dragons πŸ™‚
      I love sighthounds, the wilder the better. They’re ancient, unmessed with by genetic meddlers and they are completely unbiddable. A bit like cats. They know what you want them to do, but they’ll only do it if they want to.

      1. They’re ancient. Dogs have been domesticated for about 40,000 years. Most dog breeds have been ‘developed’ for completely frivolous reasons in the last 150 years. Until then there were big war dogs and three types of hunting dogs with miniature versions for rich people to keep as pets. It’s a sign of our cruelty and stupidity that we twist nature to make cutesie living toys.

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