Haibun for an oracular experience

Photo ©joiseyshowaa


I look from the window at the afternoon sky, clear blue brushed with gold in the west, drawn by a flock of red kites, sailing past on their sinister business, and when I turn back to the penumbra of this interior, blink, the seven stars of the Plough shine back at me, punched, glittering points, on my retinas, a gift of this bright sky that conceals the night.


though the day weaves a blue blanket

to hood the earth

stars cluster

stretch from rim to dusky rim.


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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.

20 thoughts on “Haibun for an oracular experience”

    1. That must have been exciting! Even a bit disturbing (The Birds, we all remember it). It was a very strange experience. I’ve no idea how that constellation could have got behind my eyes, unless I had actually been staring at it. Maybe I should consult the Oracle…

      1. There are birds and birds. I’d probably be uneasy if it had been a flock of vultures for example 🙂 I did ask the Oracle and she gave me quite a reasonable explanation.

    1. One of those completely inexplicable mysteries that in former times would have been called a miracle or a vision. I’d probably have been burnt at the stake for mentioning it…

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