Things that fade, things to come

Things that fade, things to come

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

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

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

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

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:
        and the random 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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