thicker than water, by Jane Dougherty
Receiving “thicker than water,” the new chapbook from Jane Dougherty, I read. And I read on. With each new poem I thought I had found my favorite. When I came to the end I looked back and thought it should be “She says,” with these lines:
“you will still have my hand’s touch,
the depth of my eyes, the falling into step
that will never fail, while there is still a star
pinned to the vault of the heavens.”
But perhaps because of certain events, situations that make me realize that even the best plans are subject to forces beyond our control, I decided on two favorites, “The storm is coming” and “Grieving.”
From “The storm is coming,” these lines speak to me:
“Will we stay in this skin-warmed dimness
Or walk separate paths
Strewn with roses and thorns,
To a still trout pool, a cove of the sea?”
And from “Grieving,” these words:
“the rain, and the land forever disappeared
in an ocean of mist. Silence.
I called out to bring you back,
my white-breasted gull,
but only the moon replied,
tossing her horns, and strewed the
empty waves with silver feathers.”
With each of the twenty-six poems in this chapbook you will come to understand how rain and waves, and yes even cold seas, are woven through our thoughts and emotions as we navigate events in our lives.
As she says in “The wise woman in the shell”:
“True songs are in the water,
strung and plucked by the wind’s flight
through the chords of the wild air.”
Each of these poems is a song.
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