Warbler singing in the key of purple

The colour of this summer is purple,
of storm skies, bruised clouds
and the dark beneath forest boughs.

Only the brave sing
with their thin threads of voices,
gossamer drifting across an infinite emptiness.

Petals fall, torn untimely,
a sea of regret for the blue promise
of spring never fulfilled.

Less is not more;
there will never be enough flowers
in this meadow or birds in the hedge,

never enough light in the sky
to show the truth
to those whose gaze is a dark tunnel.

Music drifts brave and sweet,
a thin thread, tenuous, barely there at all,
but what does life offer more beautiful?

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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.

20 thoughts on “Warbler singing in the key of purple”

  1. This is so lovely. Elegaic, which goes well with how I am feeling these days about our struggling Mother Earth.

  2. That is one of my favorite of Redon, and the Oracle definitely loves his work.
    I love your title, as well as the rest. And yes–never enough.
    I visited the Oracle yesterday, but I didn’t get a chance to post it till today.

    1. Thank you! Kerfe said this painting would have been perfect for her poem too.
      I wondered if you’d been busy. You haven’t posted for a few days. I’ll read yours now.

      1. You’re welcome. I guess the painting would have worked for hers–or mine, now that I think about it. 😀
        I had the first draft of a history book chapter due, so I’ve been working on that. I finished it yesterday morning, and then it was such a beautiful day, that we finally went into Philadelphia and spent the afternoon there.

      2. So weird. Crazy weather everywhere–although it’s beautiful here today (Monday). It was even a bit chilly–but nice–early this morning, almost like fall.

      3. Exactly what I thought this morning. We had a day without rain or much cloud, but it’s still cool around 80°F at the hottest part of the day. No change in sight yet.

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