Random word generator

I’m getting this in early because I won’t have time later. 100 random words from Oracle II. My poem is below. The Oracles work as a team.

Waiting for the rain

I hear the crash of dark waves
and the intake of mussel breath.
Lighthouse, coastguard, the beacon on the hill,
sentinel from another time, watch the darkness.
Fear, trepidation or curiosity hold our gaze,
waiting to see what will drag itself into the world.

We challenge history, deny the truth,
draw it out like chewing gum,
wrap it around a stick and toss it in the fire.
We have always done it, rewritten the facts,
and it has always been to justify
the flawed incubus of the present.

Some word associations feel uncomfortable
like Satanic verses, yet we see them
writ large in fiery letters every day,
their net cast and drawn in, wriggling and squirming
with the dark deformed things
that should never have seen the light.

Quickening, the leap of joy
that sometimes missteps
and never leaves the crucible of potential.
Not every wish is granted, not every shoot will blossom.
The quick and the dead, all the same in the end,
it’s just a question of time.

Cloud hangs low, damp smoke billowing,
and we watch for stray lightning bolts, listen for thunder.
Most of all we listen for rain, not the gentle foam hiss
among dry leaves, but the purifying torrent.
Night falls with the first drops
amid the release of withheld breath.

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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.

14 thoughts on “Random word generator”

  1. I had a feeling you were going to write a cadralor, and this is wonderful. So many beautiful unique images. It’s like a mixture of both Oracles.
    I used your words for my musings, and I just got it up–one of those days! 🙂 We both had some of the same words.

    1. Thanks Punam, I’m pleased you like it!
      We had a bit of rain in the night that wetted the open meadows though not the ground beneath the trees. Enough to break the heat and calm the fires though.

      1. You are welcome.

        Oh, that’s great! I do hope in the coming days, even if it does not rain in torrents, there is at least a steady drizzle that can slake the thirst of parched earth.

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