Things that fade, things to come

Things that fade, things to come

1.
The roses have fallen
wind-plucked petals
but their music still plays.

2.
The woman wandered the forest
looking for beauty, not knowing
she carried it with her.

3.
Rust has a smell of blood
the taste of iron
in the veins of all things.

4.
My fingerprints on the rock
washed by the rain
ephemeral traces.

5.
When this storm is over
I will see beyond the horizon
the white sails of the sea.

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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 “Things that fade, things to come”

      1. Do you have the link? There are two sites we use, the original oracular site:
        http://magneticpoetryplayonline.com/original/
        and the random word generator
        https://anytexteditor.com/word-generator
        that might have far more words, but I find lacks the magic of the first one.
        I tend to only use the ‘original’ words as the others are too specific.

        I think you’re too late for the yellow donkey grandmother poem. Somebody else has already got onto it 🙂

  1. Oh, this has such a lovely, wistfulnesses to it. Such concise imagery.
    We don’t have exact words, but sort of a similar tone.

    What is the yellow donkey grandmother poem?

    1. Thank you 🙂 It’s not really like yours or Kerfe’s but the second poem is. I had a feeling the Oracle hadn’t finished.

      A couple of weeks ago the random word generator gave a string of words that made a couple of people laugh: yellow, donkey, dangerous, grandmother, quack. All on the same line. Once you see them, you can’t unsee them.

    1. The Oracle gave me this without me even trying. Just a few things she wanted to get off her chest. The message, I think is in the second poem. I thought she wasn’t finished. I’m going to post it since it echoes your poem and Merril’s.

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