It was too late to write anything for Merril’s prompt at dverse when I saw it last night, but there was a painting there for me, so here is its poem.

Peder Severin Krøyer, Summer Evening at Skagen. The Artist’s Wife and Dog by the Shore


Where else would I be at this day’s end
but by the river that runs to the sea,
and who else would I have by my side but a dog
or two to wait in the silence with me,
as the river runs silver beneath the moon,
and the milky stars float sweetly pale.

We listen and look to the endless sea
that rolls in waves we can only taste,
for no gulls come here to break the hush
of the watery whispers of wind and rush.
And we wait for the hurrying step, firm and light,
that we know and we love, full as oceans of night.

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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.

31 thoughts on “Waiting”

  1. A perfect Jane poem, and of course you’d pick this painting, too. I love the photo, too. 😊
    (You can still link the poem, if you want. The prompt is open until OLN.)

  2. “We listen and look to the endless sea
    that rolls in waves we can only taste,
    for no gulls come here to break the hush”

    I love the ladies in white dresses painted by Peder Krøyer!

    1. Thanks Willow 🙂 It’s a pretty place, shame we had to enclose the part in front of the house, but these two have much more hunting instinct than Finbar ever did, and there’s a lot of ‘stuff’ for them to chase here.

      1. Bix isn’t a hunter. He’s too distracted, by birds and butterflies, but Redmond is single-minded. I doubt he’d ever learn that he doesn’t have to chase everything that moves. We won’t beat him up if he leaves the coypu and the martens alone.

      2. bless all dogs are all so different aren’t they . That’s a true blessing.
        The Kettermin has really helped Ruby we manage to little walks to the green today and she has poohed and had a wee which is a relief for me and the sa mm for her too 💜💜💜

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