Show me what you mean,
not that mad glitter that deflects the questions.
Canโ€™t you see? I keep it all
and wear it, diamonds, in my hair.

The morning is full of sun
and the songs of careless birds,
but my skin is the colour of wax
and there are shadows beneath the bed.

Do not ask the man in the grey suit,
what is life, nor who and how.
He knows only how to count his profits
reads only share prices and the holy book.

Stop, you say, as if my will is malleable,
and if I run, it will never be away.
Have you never watched reeds in the wind?
They bend, but they never break.

Time on this bare hill is red,
geranium petals soaked in water.
I paint my face and sing,
because this is my dream, and it is blue.


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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 “Indomitable”

    1. Yes, we were obviously thinking of the same thing.
      The news wasn’t a surprise, but it gave me a sick feeling in the stomach all the same. The Oracle understands. We all have our own way of expressing the disgust.

    1. The established order seems to be breaking down all over the world, and wherever you look, there’s some fundamentalist religious bunch waiting to pick up the pieces.

      1. They’re very unalike, but both very sweet and affectionate. Very quick to cower and beg forgiveness if we raise our voices at them though. They’re used to being hit, that’s for sure. Poor Bix is covered in scars.

      2. I think they do, but they have the reflexes of dogs that have been hit often. Finbar never got over being frightened of sharp noises, sharp movements, cars, hoovers, people… These two are already less frightened of everything.

      3. Oh! That’s so good to hear โ˜บ๏ธ we had a not so good experience this morning. As Ruby cannot walk far we put her in the car , we have two harnesses so we can lift her, and take her somewhere different for a walk.
        Today we went to a nearby wood. Unfortunately there was GSD wandering around, no owner in sight. Anyway he decided poor old deaf Ruby was interesting. Anyway he kept following us and worrying her. Then there was a growl and a scuffle… I looked him in the eyes and raised my voice and said “leave her” he looked at me but thankfully backed off. Hubby was very concerned for Ruby as was I but I’d made a stance and needed to to be firm. He followed us and I said to hubby just ignore him he seems okay. He kept go off but coming back. We think he belongs to the people who own the cafe there. I was annoyed really because it’s wrong to let a big dog roam unchecked as a small child could easily run up to it and grab it’s face or tail .. and there are bikes, motorcycles and even a train around? …Anyway despite his best efforts we got away safely ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

      4. Poor Ruby. People don’t think much, do they? A big dog roaming loose, is either lost or uncared for. His reactions with other dogs, and children as you say, will be unpredictable. And no dog should be roaming where there’s traffic! Stupid owners, shouldn’t be allowed to keep a dog.

      5. It’s difficult to know when to intervene. There’s a dog that is often signalled by people to our local pet alert, wandering about on a traffic roundabout, and every time somebody says that it’s not lost, that it belongs to one of the shops in the commercial centre. One day it’s going to either get killed on the road or cause an accident.

  1. All the sad and horrible things in the world–the Oracle knows, but she also knows blue and blue horses. ๐Ÿ’™

    I just put mine up. (Yesterday was our wedding anniversary, and I didn’t get a chance.) It’s a cadralor, too, and the title also has a word that begins with “in.” ๐Ÿ™‚

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