Aengus 2 —Jane Dougherty


I took a breath upon the wind today

as full of life as rock and rose

and sweet as spring water flowing.


A berry fell dark cycle closing

the long and lonely season ending

the fat trout rises.


And yet the light is cold and blue

above the wandering trees

and the breeze listens to songs I cannot hear.


Sometimes I think I could follow

a river wild and free

to the world’s end the wind’s end


but in between lies winter and the frozen strand.

Time flows on and never back like gentle waves

and never softens to summer.


Life flows on and never softens

to the gentle waves of sunlight

that ripple dippled with winged jewels.


Only by moonlight do the apples gleam

and I reach up to pluck them

above the endless silver stream.

Because we all need another poet to love —Jane Dougherty

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