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Melancholy Skies

Bring Out Your Dead

By Caroline JanePublished 4 months ago Updated 22 days ago 1 min read
Photo by Vikki Taberer: A Mill Pond in Weir, near Bacup, Lancashire. 7th Feb 2023.

You arrived as a kiss with copper on your breath

to rouse a community from their everyday dead.

Spinning sugar across dour concrete skies,

you blaze honey trails where the crows fly.

Sultry and syrupy, you sashay over this land;

whispering wonderment from a pout of peachy lip.

Glossing weathered cars stood tired in rows,

adding jewels like rubies to pot-holed roads,

regaling stony tenements with gilded panes,

schmoozing into mill ponds with heart-winning flames.


Slack-jawed, we bleed out from our back-to-back lives

to make honeysuckle media from your tides of ruddy skies.

Filtering out the inky thumb of the hand caught up our skirts.

Silkening its shadow, softening where it hurt.

Drenching collective memory in sepia's forgiving glow.

Opportunity's hard knocks tonight will not be put on show.


This is our golden half-hour

in a winter of discontent.

A fireside hug

in a room of wet cement.

We will rake over our coals

and forget what they meant.

Peel away our layers and

ease our souls with sighs.

We shall decompose the rigour

of our hard-working lives

as we swaddle together

beneath your melancholy skies.


Notes from the author:

Around once a winter in the North West of England, the skies blaze as the sun sets, and social media is flooded with pictures as our communities share the awe we feel in response to it.

We have the highest rainfall and the oldest, decrepit industry in the country. When the skies burn red, as rare as it is, it can feel like the magic in our land has remembered us.

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Caroline Jane

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  • L.C. Schäfer4 days ago

    How did I miss this? I love it. Beautiful imagery.

  • Adamu Salisu4 months ago

    You're welcome

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  • Lamar Wiggins4 months ago

    The flow was amazing. The content, engaging. Inspiration found its way and it paid off! Congrats!

  • Robbie Reamer4 months ago

    Metaphorical masterpiece, very nicely written.

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  • D.L. Finn4 months ago

    Goregous imagery and powerful words!

  • C. H. Richard4 months ago

    I love the poem and the back story about your community. Feels like a beautiful awakening. Beautiful❤️ Congratulations on your top story.

  • Adamu Salisu4 months ago

    Nice wok kee it up.

  • Laura4 months ago

    I appreciate "Melancholy Skies" for its evocative imagery and the way it captures the emotional complexity of a dark and stormy sky. The poem creates a vivid and atmospheric setting, using sensory details like the smell of rain and the heaviness of the clouds to draw the reader in. I also appreciate the way the poem explores the speaker's emotions, moving from a sense of apprehension to a deeper sense of melancholy and nostalgia. The line about remembering a lost love is particularly powerful, adding a poignant layer of meaning to the poem.

  • Dana Stewart4 months ago

    Timeless! Congratulations on Top Story! 💕

  • Holly Pheni4 months ago

    Lovely, lovely! May the magic always remember.

  • Moe Radosevich4 months ago

    Awesome Caroline, I like fireside hugs to, very nice congratulations 😀

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  • sleepy drafts4 months ago

    Absolutely stunning. ❤️

  • J. S. Wade4 months ago

    Beautiful poem ! Congrats 🥰

  • Call Me Les4 months ago

    At last! You have earned this a million times over. So overdue for recognition. You've outdone yourself Caroline. This is magnificent. 💕💕💕

  • Allie Bickerton4 months ago

    Absolutely stunning all the way through! The line that stuck with me the most was: “A fireside hug In a room of wet cement” Congrats on Top Story!! Bravo and well deserved!! You’re up one more subscriber today. :)

  • Em Starr4 months ago

    How beautiful!

  • Heather Hubler4 months ago

    Congratulations on Top Story!! So well deserved, I loved it :)

  • Mariann Carroll4 months ago

    So romantic the imagery 🥰

  • Shane Dobbie4 months ago

    I’m no poetry expert, but the imagery in this exceptional. I would read poetry more if it was like this.

  • JBaz4 months ago

    Beautiful and interesting back story to it Congratulations

  • Tiffany Gordon 4 months ago

    gorgeous work Caroline! Congratulations on your TOP STORY! 🎉

  • Lori Melton4 months ago

    Gorgeous ❤️

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