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16 March 2009 @ 12:58 am
9 things about oracles  
Thanks to papersky , who wrote the first post, and elisem , who made the pendant that inspired said post and got me thinking in threads and webs.

Random comment:  there is sort of tarot major arcana allusion running through this, though section I  is more of a 0 than a I.   It wasn't really conscious, and I may be the only person who sees it...

Nine things about oracles

I.
She isn't your sister
your mother
your girl
The oracle is not yours

II.
Nor is she hers

III.
Time threads
hope threads
kin bonds
entangle

IV.
To see one, she cuts the others away.

V.
Well, why did you think she lives alone?

VI.
Yes. She lives alone.
Yes, she lives

VII.
You don't hear her
in shuffled cards
In rattled chips of slate or ash
or fingerbone
in smoke
Not even in that clear-eyed goodbye
before the accident
These are echoes

VIII.
Her fingers, questing, pluck at threads
wound tight

IX.
Her shadow falls
into words
that
scald


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quasi randomkaolinfire on March 16th, 2009 09:21 am (UTC)
I like this a lot. :)
quasi randomkaolinfire on March 16th, 2009 10:35 am (UTC)
Nine things about oracles

By now, you should have seen it coming; but
vision is only one sense, and
we lie to ourselves with so many--
the cat came back to tell you
every time, but you only listened
to spiders: weaving
a tapestry you'd looked at so many times
that you confused cause and effect
batting at the kitten's paws to
keep it from the yarn: tales
told in the telling, sheared
from dreams counted in the vapors
of fumes the old ones breathed
to talk to you (themselves)--
you see yourself and are surprised
(nine times) the yarn comes back
to where it started.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on March 16th, 2009 10:47 am (UTC)
You should post or mention it in papersky's journal & be one of the 9 :)
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asakiyume: dewdropasakiyume on March 16th, 2009 11:25 am (UTC)
Yes. She lives alone.
Yes, she lives


Loved that especially, and

Her shadow falls
into words
that scald


your ninth wave.

Thanks for the link to papersky's poem and to elisem's pendant--I love seeing all the pieces of an efflorescence of creativity!
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on March 17th, 2009 08:14 am (UTC)
Thank you!

And... huh. I wasn't thinking of it that way, especially since I didn't know the end till I got there, but it does respond to papersky's, doesn't it?
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shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on March 16th, 2009 01:41 pm (UTC)
I am very glad.
I've been reading through your poems and having them bounce around in my head and change my inner landscape, and... insofar as I do this sort of thing, I wrote this one for you :)
Annetxanne on March 16th, 2009 12:57 pm (UTC)
Ahhhh, that's good.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on March 16th, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Did you read the others? It's delightful how different they all are.
(no subject) - txanne on March 16th, 2009 01:49 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Sherwood Smithsartorias on March 16th, 2009 01:04 pm (UTC)
Ooooh that is so very evocative!
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on March 16th, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thank you :)
I'm also glad it's coherent. It suggests that some part of me is, which is currently rather a relief.
Aparna: Writeinspirethoughts on March 16th, 2009 03:44 pm (UTC)
II.
Nor is she hers


Beautiful! I love this line.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on March 17th, 2009 08:30 am (UTC)
Thank you!
That was the line that came out of nowhere and told me I had no idea where this poem was going and that was okay :)
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Novel deVicenoveldevice on March 16th, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
I like VII especially.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on March 17th, 2009 08:41 am (UTC)
Now with fixed lj tags...
Thank you!
(And thanks also to elsmi for getting me to cut about a quarter of VII by going "do you really need...?" a few times. I think it's far stronger than it was in my first pass.)
beloved of monsters and women made freepopelizbet on March 16th, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I like. Can I link in my next Poems Roundup?
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on March 17th, 2009 08:42 am (UTC)
Yay!
I'd be honored :) Thank you!


And... a poems roundup. Huh. What a nice idea.
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Jules (writing when she gets work): water womanseajules on March 17th, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
Oh, wow. That's shiver-inducing.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on March 17th, 2009 08:43 am (UTC)
Glad to have induced shivers :) Thank you!
Lawrence Schimeldesayunoencama on March 17th, 2009 11:33 am (UTC)
Nice. I especially like VII.

(And if you want more-overt major arcana poetry, Rachel Pollack has a new book, FORTUNE'S LOVER: A BOOK OF TAROT POEMS.)
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on March 17th, 2009 11:51 am (UTC)
Thank you!

And thanks for the heads up on Rachel Pollack's book. I really like her 2-book discussion of the Haindl tarot deck. However, I'm three and a bit major arcana into a sonnet cycle myself, and am sort of avoiding other people's tarot poetry till it stops poking at me. This may take a few years; it's been slow so far (so I may need to buy the book and sit on it if I'm not to lose it to the out-of-print demons).

John M. Ford has a tarot sonnet cycle too (he would!) in Heat of Fusion, which I didn't find out about till I was a sonnet and a half into mine. I've been Not Looking, because reading Mike Ford's poetry makes me feel like such a poser, but I bet it's odd and lovely :)
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But screw your courage to the sticking-place...alleahna on June 6th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
I hope you don't mind a belated comment but I thought your poem was lovely. seabhac_mohr pointed me to papersky's post and I couldn't not say anything.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on June 18th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I don't mind a belated comment at all :)
And hi!