Hot darkness of the night

Second visit to the Oracle because I thought there might be more, and because I’m procrastinating again. I’ve just started a new story, been doing research and adding ideas to the characters and the plot. According to the skeleton plot line, it’s a strictly historical story, no fantasy, no magic, real live historical fact.

It isn’t working out that way though. The historical facts throw up questions like why did Richard de Clare not marry until he was past forty and Aoife until she was twenty four and a king’s daughter, that my fantastically inclined imagination insists on answering with fantasy reasons. This is going to be fun, I think.


Hot darkness of the night,Screen Shot 2018-08-04 at 14.38.01

when magic lies sleeping,

and desire dies

in the fiery coils of perfumed stars

that make the universe throb with steamy heat.

Green morning comes, waking the trees

with the cool blue voice of your breath,

ready to sail the vast ocean

of eternity’s glassy sky.


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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.

22 thoughts on “Hot darkness of the night”

      1. One of the reasons I was hesitant to use the fridge magnets was the limitations. Now I see how by being creative, it’s possible to work around them.

  1. It’s like the Oracle read your opening about your plot outline and magic and such–but, I realized, of course, she knows everything!
    She gave you a really good one.
    I’m procrastinating, too. I should be doing so many things. . .

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