Only ask

A collaborative poem with the Oracle.


Only ask and all the air will wake with joy

to the slow rhythm of the morning.

Taste the salt blue of the sky,

the smoky softness of a dewy meadow,

the rough velvet of secret trees, emerging from the mist,

the liquid brilliance of the moon.

The breeze is haunted by the voices of the past,

the whisper of babies and old women


~dwindled to a memory~


the raging of the storm,

this breeze is full and rich,

and entwined with the thistledown of dying breath

the vibrant pulse of night, birthing stars,

the tangle tendrils of day-thrusting shoots,

life that swells and grows and beats;

taste its hot tang with lips that speak words of hope,

and treasure its trembling on the brink of being.



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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 “Only ask”

      1. Thank you, Jaye 🙂 I used to try to only use the words in the pool, but they are pretty basic. It’s much more satisfying to let the magnets show an idea of a line of thought and embroider on it using words of my own.

  1. This is so lovely, Jane–so many beautiful phrases. It’s like the earth sighing.
    I think perhaps I should have “collaborated” a bit more on mine to make it a stronger poem–but we did have some of the same words (of course) 🙂 and some similar thoughts.

    1. Thank you! It seems to me that we get the closest poems when we both use just the Oracle’s words. Normal, I suppose. I’m just getting lazy about picking out words by splicing.

      1. Yes, as if we know what she’s hinting at, so choosing different words doesn’t alter the message. She doesn’t own Magnetic Poetry after all, it’s just a tool she works with 🙂

    1. Exactly. That’s how I see it too. In a way, nothing really dies it’s just in suspense, waiting for the right conditions to flourish again. I’m still working out how that theory applies to us though…

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