Poem by Jane Dougherty : “These Days” from Fevers of the Mind Press Presents the Poets of 2020

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These Days

These days of open fields and gentle skies,
flocked with birds and golden falling flakes,
when poplars whisper
through their thinning leaves,
I look about the blue and empty space
to see who creeps the meadow,
to hear who speaks -

the wind, I say, dog says,
and raises quivering nose just to be sure,
but in the wind is winter
and the flying feathered cold,
wrapping in its white wings all the ghosts
that haunt these hills
and wander the dusky paths of my heart


Bio from 2020:
Jane Dougherty lives and works in Southwest France. Her poems and stories have been published in magazines and journals including Ogham Stone, Hedgerow Journal, ink sweat and tears, Nightingale & Sparrow and Brilliant Flash Fiction.  Her debut chapbook of poetry, thicker than water, was published in October 2020.