And The Start of Another Week

by Jo McDougall

From a wood beyond the fields,
something dark has not yet advanced
toward the yellow light
of the kitchen.
A woman puts away the dishes.
A man goes through the mail.
A child leans over the table,
saying her homework.

The dog looks up once and growls
as if not meaning to, a sound
almost inaudible.
He clicks across the floor, nosing for crumbs.


  1. A pen is mightier than the sword.

  2. There is something slightly menacing about this poem: "something dark has not yet advanced" as if there is an unseen presence - half heard by the dog - silently approaching this cosy picture of domesticity.

  3. Ahhh - I think the bear is coming. Maybe from the Spooky Woods behind my house!

  4. Indeed my first reaction to the start of this poem was; "ooohhh"... but then I got lulled into a lovely, soft, safe nest, the proper feeling of home and knowing you're going to be alright. This was a really beautiful thing...

  5. I like the poem lots, but I love the photo! What a find.

  6. Everyone doing his/her chore, including the dog. A moment in time.

  7. The photo is an absolute classic. The expression on the boy on the right is perfect.

  8. You post the most beautiful poems. Thank you!

  9. It sounds like the beginning of an advertisement for the all important home alarm to ward of intruders. Something bad is about to happen and the dog is too much of a chow hound to figure it out.

    Great. Now I'm going to have to sleep with the lights on. Again.

  10. I love that photo. However, the poem is so...perfect. It captures the ordinary and makes it beautiful. Thank you. :)


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