Coins and other sides

Coins and other sides

There are stories too sad to be told
to be sung by violins
shouted blue as a painted sky
and though we stir the bitter dregs
we find no sweetness.

Shadow is the other side of light
the dark juice that runs through the green trees
that outlines the softness of feathers
the silence behind the whispers
the sharp retorts.

Wind draws mist veils across the sun
and whips the storm clouds
driving ship-death upon the rocks
stripping golden leaves
and scattering the year across the mud

but there is always beauty
in water diamonds
bird music
the eternal light show of the universe.
Even when there is too much sadness to bear.

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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.

27 thoughts on “Coins and other sides”

  1. This poem is exquisite, Jane, I fully expected it to have been written by some illustrious and famous poet–and found that to be true, but that talented poet was you! I can’t single out a favorite line. It is all wonderful. Who is the painting by? It rivals the poem.

    1. Thank you, Judy! I take my cue from the Oracle of the fridge magnets. She always comes up with interesting ideas.
      The painting is by Odilon Redon, a lovely painter from Bordeaux. He was actually happy and it shows!

    1. When I first used the magnets I religiously used on the words they provided, splicing if necessary. It came to seem a bit daft. Who said I couldn’t add any of my own words? From adding a few words, I have ended up only using the provided words as a springboard. I prefer it that way.

  2. This is lovely, Jane. The Oracle knows both sides–the sadness and the beauty of nature.
    You did get my violin and also the blue, the sky. . .sort of the same tone.
    I do love that Redon painting of Orpheus.

      1. I think you have a pretty dull, damp summer too. Strange that we should be getting the same sort of weather pattern here—very long, warm autumn after a non-event of a summer.

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