The oracle hadn’t quite finished. I wish she had, somehow.


This dark dayscreen-shot-2017-01-07-at-14-51-25

desire devoured the magic,

words melted,

kissed away,

the naked red rhythm

clouded the brilliant star

its fire died out.


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

15 thoughts on “Coda”

  1. So many tell you that you magnetic oracle poetry is excellent. I add my own voice to the pile. Oracle indeed. The title of this, the idea of code and coda – the simplicity and the lasting effect of the words – just wonderful

    1. I’m glad you like the result, but it is true that there are two ways of making these magnet poems: you can build up the lines word by word, trawling through page after page of offered words until one suits; or you can let the words fall into place as they want. Sometimes the most disjointed ones are the ones that have been so laboriously produced and the ones that sound so smooth and crisp are the ones the oracle offered.

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