Nine Things About Oracles

Posted: March 30, 2009 in Ink & Feather
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A poem for contribution here, and learned of here.

Nine Things About Oracles


first, there is blindness. like the white moon

in her witching sky, this oracle is prone to concealment.

lidless, pearls


scale on her milk-eyes, iridescent, each blink

sharp as an oyster shell.




note her childish hands, slimwristed, fair,

ravelling the unseen silk. third is her voice,

keening like a lost hawk,


wild as a rose-wind. fourth, fifth, sixth:

count the nubs of her curving spine, warped

under salt. a sulphurous ocean

blooms in her, firebright anemones cling


to the tight-lipped carapace of her soul, waving

their soft fronds.


seventh is a mystery

as in the deeps of ancient caves she stares

at the blank wall, scratches darkness, weeps.


eighth is a syllable, sibyl-tongue


to the mouth-roof, breathing

the thick air, sighing go from here,


question the night sky, demand answers of the owls

and rivers, go,


but at the last, the ninth bell


wisdom is lacking. we stagger out,

clutching a small death over our hearts,

snared by a net of tears


but do not learn.  

  1. Mary Dell says:

    Wowie. This is wonderful.

  2. fozmeadows says:

    Thanks Mary!

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