May journal 2

The morning was sandy brown, and the breeze muttered beneath the clouds before they broke, tattered, and the sun scattered golden butter into flower cups. Below, among the willows, four ducks landed to graze, and the coypu family played in the long grass by the stream. A whip snake startled among the vine rows, startling.
The day meandered, weeding and pruning back a rose reverted to wild. So much to release from beneath the weight of goose grass, bay and bramble, delicate things struggling for breath and a sight of the sun. Among the dead stalks of winter jasmine, I disturbed a robinโ€™s nest, blackbirds ran beneath the bushes.
Evening, the blue sky streaked with purple and pink, and as the birds prepare to roost, the bank across the way poured out a rabbit colony. Evenings, nothing moves on this lane, only rabbits.

In the balance
between light and dark
between seeing and hearing
the air throbs and rustles
shadows grow
from dead leaves.


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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.

22 thoughts on “May journal 2”

  1. Oh my–you outdid yourself with this one. I love the personification of the day, the muttering and meandering, the pouring rabbits. . .
    And the photo is so beautiful
    and even though the shadows are there, there is so much light–well, of course. ๐Ÿ˜Š

    1. Thank you!
      I find it hard to get good photographs. When the light is very bright, everything looks flat with no shadow. The best time is the early morning, but the buttercups and flax flowers don’t open until the sun is bright…

      1. Well, it worked whenever you took this one! ๐Ÿ˜€ I saw some flax flowers today, and I only knew what they were because the plant was labeled. They’re very pretty.

      2. I love yellow and blue/purple flowers together. I’m sure they’re beautiful in a field. The ones I saw were in the garden at the old house at the park where I walk.

      3. They are glorious. Earlier, it’s dandelions and indigo muscari, with violets beneath the trees, then buttercups and flax, and when the buttercups are over, the goat’s beard will be out with blue chicory flowers. Always gold and blue.

      4. Yellow and purple are evidently one of nature favorite combinations, though I can’t remember the reasons, though I think one was to attract bees. I may even have posted about it…I’ll have to look.

  2. Ths reminds me of once when young we stayed up all night and drove to the beach at dawn. I’ve never seen so many rabbits ever. Pouring out is exactly right. (K)

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