After the party

Not sure where this one came from, and I couldn’t decide between these two paintings. For the dverse prompt.

After the party

wild-child wild,
hare dance, deer prance,
we clear up the broken boughs,
mop up flooded streams,
put back fledglings
fallen from the nest.
Owls call the final score,
as we roll back the meadow,
turn off the moon
and take down the stars.


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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.

53 thoughts on “After the party”

  1. What a fantastically frolicking scene you created. The ending is perfection.
    “Owls call the final score,
    as we roll back the meadow,
    turn off the moon
    and take down the stars.”

  2. I like both pictures – and I love the quadrille! I especially enjoyed the raucous ‘hare dance, deer prance’ and the ‘broken boughs’ – what a party. The final three lines are my favourite – rolling back the meadow and turning off the moon is a fabulous image.

  3. Such a party! I love it, and the images bookending it.

    And well, I know where it came from–today (Tuesday) is my younger child’s birthday. Not that she’s wild, but still. 🙂

    1. Oh, happy birthday!
      I read your star poem and loved the star seeds. You mentioned dragons too and it reminded me of an image I used not long about, sowing dragons teeth. An Oracle echo maybe.

      1. One of the first links when I googled him was his Inferno painting on view at the Met. I love that painting, but I never noted the artist. I’ll have to look more into his work.

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