The wind beneath the door

For the dverse prompt.

The wind beneath the door

Pain is always present in the cold bite of the wind,
early morning, and the dead leaves swirling,
the bones, too many, too sharp beneath the old cat’s fur,
the deaths and the regrets, too many, too late.
They never go, the needle-pointed jabs of memory,
the jolt of absences, the ghosts at the elbow,
when the laughter gets too free, and the light
seems so bright it will never fade.
There is a reason in the ache but not a remedy,
a wound but not a lesson, a scar but not a healing.
The animal curls around the hurt, seeks not
to measure good times against bad, to remember.
Our pain is the shadow behind the sun;
without it would we even feel its golden warmth?

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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.

41 thoughts on “The wind beneath the door”

  1. ‘They never go, the needle-pointed jabs of memory,
    the jolt of absences, the ghosts at the elbow,’

    It certainly seems that way to me, and you express it so eloquently. I think perhaps we wouldn’t feel the warmth without the pain as well, unfortunately.

      1. Yes, a bit like pointing out the elephant in the room, that we’re not supposed to notice. Suffering makes us feel uncomfortable and we resent those who make us see it.

  2. So beautifully said, Jane:
    “There is a reason in the ache but not a remedy,”
    “Our pain is the shadow behind the sun;
    without it would we even feel its golden warmth?”

    I think it’s so true, Jane.

  3. The closing does leave us with some reason for the duality, to be able to feel everything more and maybe the pain and suffering expands our soul. Your verses are all so exquisite! 💓

    1. Thank you 🙂 I was trying to say that pain is part and parcel of being alive, and perhaps without it, we wouldn’t realise what that means. It serves as a contrast, not in a positive sense. I don’t think suffering is good for the soul in any way at all.

  4. This is incredibly exquisite in its depiction of what resides within and all that’s endured, Jane. The closing lines took my breath away! 💝💝

  5. “There is a reason in the ache but not a remedy,
    a wound but not a lesson, a scar but not a healing.”
    This resonated deeply, Jane. It is best to accept, if not embrace, pain.

    1. I think you’re right. We all suffer pain and unhappiness of one kind or another and all we can do is accept it and get over it, keep memories, cry, but get on with living. I don’t think it’s character-building, not a question of getting stronger as if it’s some kind of challenge. Pain just is; part of life.

      1. Ha ha! Christian teaching is very strong on ‘tests’ and offering up pain. It makes suffering something to be valued and welcomed. Stops the noise of the starving poor too 🙂

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