Learn More

William F Dougherty

Rookie - 16 Points (West Hartford, CT)

Black Knots


[Moodpomes: Calendar of Correlatives]

At twilight scrawny starlings screech
like harpies hunting empty streets,

braid trees and ledges in high-pitched fuss,
knotting in rows at hollow dusk

like charcoal beads tightly queued
entreating night's protective hood,

unless a hawk-cry snaps their thread
and black beads scatter, half unsaid.




(Pub. in Descant, Texas Christian Literary Journal,
Vol.25, No.2.)

Submitted: Friday, April 06, 2012
Edited: Thursday, July 19, 2012

Do you like this poem?
1 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Black Knots by William F Dougherty )

Enter the verification code :

  • Rookie - 321 Points Jim Hogg (2/4/2013 1:21:00 PM)

    Some talents when approached begin to look small after all, but yours, William F Dougherty, looms ever larger. And the more carefully I look, the more I see in your work - and I know there's still a lot more there to be discovered too by better minds than mine. Be well Mr Dougherty. This site needs you badly. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 72 Points Scotty Dogg (10/17/2012 9:08:00 PM)

    I’ve read them all several times, so now I have to go back over. Good thing is, like all good art, we see it differently with every view. There’s always a surprise. I’m reading them to my 6 year old now, and he loves them. Big fan.
    I’d forgotten about this one. Read it a long time ago. The poem, like all good ones, runs in one’s mind like a good film. Pictures are formed in our brain. We like the birds. Care about them. We can know them. And, the poem is very short, yet tells us a story that could fill pages. Terrific piece of literature. I’m always a fan of “less is more” and this poem nails it! (Report) Reply

Read all 4 comments »

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  2. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  3. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  4. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  5. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  6. Sonnet XVII, Pablo Neruda
  7. Bluebird, Charles Bukowski
  8. A Child's Christmas in Wales, Dylan Thomas
  9. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  10. A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe

Poem of the Day

poet Li Po

Amongst the flowers I
am alone with my pot of wine
drinking by myself; then lifting
my cup I asked the moon
to drink with me, its reflection
and mine in the wine cup, just
...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

poet Marvin Brato Sr

New Poems

  1. The law of these times, Ravikumar C.P.
  2. So Many Minds Are Left Fractured, Lawrence S. Pertillar
  3. Mystic Blake, Joseph Narusiewicz
  4. Today's World, Leong Ming Loong
  5. Thoughts in the Moonlight, Luo Zhihai
  6. Tales Of A Wife: Honeymoon, Onyekachukwu Vincent Onyeche
  7. Guard well, gajanan mishra
  8. The Photographer, Ravikumar C.P.
  9. Tuavatara!, Ravikumar C.P.
  10. Mystery Caller, Ravikumar C.P.
[Hata Bildir]