Fish magic and rain petals

Late consulting the Oracle this week. We lost internet on Thursday and just got it back. Two strange poems. I take what comes.


Water runs on frantic feetScreen Shot 2019-02-10 at 13.27.39

from rain to river,

sunshine and shadow,

filling the spring sky

with sea spray,

blue as rose petals,

pink as honey—

our ship will not rust

in this sweet light.



You cannot fool fishScreen Shot 2019-02-10 at 14.40.59

come to die in this red glass ocean.

An air of peace surrounds them

as they fly into the sky,

singing their sad songs.

Let laughter rhythm this morning

with the sacred voice of time.




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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.

23 thoughts on “Fish magic and rain petals”

  1. Water runs on frantic feet,

    That’s cool. Because that’s how it runs.
    The second poem has me thinking about red tide.
    Really fine work. Really like the illustration, too.

  2. The Oracle in her surrealism phase. The poems seem full of meaning, but like in a dream, you can’t quite grasp it. The image is perfect.
    BTW, I was starting to get really worried about you, so I’m glad you showed up with this. 🙂
    Did you lose other power, or just Internet?

    1. Aw, thank you for being worried 🙂 We lost internet and mobile coverage. It’s still only sketchy so I don’t know if I’ll be able to reply to many comments. It’s realllllllly slow. Don’t know what the problem is/was. If you don’t hear from me again you’ll know it’s just the internet disappearing.

      1. I’ve been busy this week, so I know I’ve missed some of your posts, but then it seemed like you missed a day or two–and you never miss the Oracle. 🙂 I’m glad it’s just the Internet misbehaving. 🙂

  3. Me too – also wondered what happened to you. Internet going missing is a thing here too. It’s the remoteness, the companies don’t maintain their towers/dishes/whatever as well or as frequently as in the urban areas. Adore the Klee.

    1. The help line doesn’t have a clue. I had them on the phone doing the unplug it, plug it back in again rigmarole. Then they sent an SMS to say that the incident was being rectified and I could follow the progress from their internet site. I didn’t have internet, that was the problem. Eejits. When I got the Oracle’s message, I knew she was thinking of Klee fish 🙂

      1. We also get the plug it out, plug it back in which seldom has any effect. Love Klee in general. I’m reminded, I have a book here somewhere with some of his work in! Off to go find it!

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