From this dark cup

Last night coming home from our walk, Finbar moved on the alert to the front of the house instead of coming inside. He stopped to watch a hare and her two young ones beneath the veranda window. He made no move to disturb them and they seemed indifferent to our presence altogether.

This morning, the sun is shining but the Oracle’s shining message is tinged with darkness.

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From this dark cup I sip,

my voice lost in the universal throb.

They said we would live forever,

always young and green as trees,

as fish in the ocean.

This heart of glass is not ice;

it needs perfumed mornings,

soft dancing clouds to breathe.

Our time is waking;

two stars with a life of fire,

for a day.

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No lake water will run away with us

through forests to the sea,

no wind raw and cold as diamonds

drive a storm of rose petals

red and sweet as soaring music.

This bitter dream is shot heavy with rain

falling from a black sky

a night of no moon.



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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 “From this dark cup”

  1. Definitely tinged with sadness and endings–“no lake water will run away with us”–and where are we going? we don’t seem to know.
    The Oracle was much gentler with me today. (K)

      1. The youngest just heard she’s been accepted at a very good school/college (total surprise) but it’s at the opposite end of the country. Not sure how we’re going to manage the practicalities of it. She has to accept or decline the offer today! It’s a weird and stressful system.

      2. Well congratulations–and wow–she only gets a day to decide? I remember one of your kids was accepted somewhere, but there wasn’t housing. It does sound like a system that can be very stressful. Of course, it’s stressful here, too.

      3. Same one. So far she has three offers of a place. She asked for this school without much hope she’d be accepted. Now we have to work out how to do it. I don’t understand why they can’t wait. The offers of places will be coming in right up until September so why the rush?

      4. Sounds crazy. Is it a special early decision acceptance. I know they have those here, where you find out early if you’ve been accepted, but then you have to commit right away. Do you know about housing for this school?

      5. I don’t understand how this new system works. It was a shambles last year and they seem to have changed some of the rules since then. The university subsidised housing is centralised which makes it even more labyrinthine. She’ll put in a request but won’t know until half way through the summer if she’s got a place. There’s only a small percentage of students get a place in a university residence. The rest have to fight over the tiny rooms and apartments with private landlords.

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