Jane Dougherty Writes

For the thirteenth day of Paul Brookes’ April poetry challenge, a poem inspired by the painting Earth by Anjum Wasim Dar. You can read all of today’s poems here.


Blue the planet and green,
alone in space,

Such beauty, we say
in all the hues of perception,

from God-woven thoughts of a benign despot,
to the apotheosis of natural creation,
the happy union of gas, rock, fire and water.

Such beauty, we repeat and repeat,
content to invoke
beauty, awe, God, Gaia, eternity etc. etc.
so loud we don’t have to hear the warnings,

so selective in what we see,
the spinning doesn’t remind us
of water going down the plug.

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