Poems 2 & 3

I went back to the magnets and looked at the second and third sets of tiles. I haven’t rearranged the Oracle’s words, just let her tell it like it is. The messages are not very clear (except in parts).


Have a pound, a smooth bed, you/his.
This is delirious, could be their crush.

Faster, spring runs to a stop where the sun don’t shine,
urging blood for watching—

it smeared these peaches pink as I was eating,
petal pink.


I am ying, never yang,
swimming through life like honey
and the lazy whisper in my head
that says, yes, you can have that gown

~all blue and purple with rain~

women can scream too,
use their tongues to corrode the edifice,
and if you say we are just bitter,
that is why we must.


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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.

30 thoughts on “Poems 2 & 3”

  1. I love it a lot, but oh my. When I fuss or get passionate, people think I’m an evil demon that’s going to hurt them or angry.☺️ This one is just powerful but also it has a loopiness to it. (Can’t explain).

    1. I think generally, people don’t like being close to passionate feelings. makes them uncomfortable.
      Usually I look at the magnets and let the words provoke something. This time I used the words I was given, in the order and they sort of made sense. But only ‘sort of’ hence the loopiness 🙂

      1. How you do stuff always is so divine in a way. When they make a movie of you in the future, I hope it’s as interesting as you. That’s so cool.

        And yes, you’re right. It’s unfortunate but I understand because I get tired.

      2. Ha ha! Things have to happen in movies. I am probably the only person who wouldn’t be bored to death with my life. Personally, I find dead leaves more interesting than most people, but it’s not something you can really say.
        Maybe exactly because they shy away from any subject of conversation that might stir them up.

      3. Nah, I get it. I rather watch my paint dry on my paper then talk to some people.

        And you’re not boring at all if you write like that. I’m just saying. I’ve met some lazy and boring people in my life and from the 0.005% I read on your blog, you’re not boring. There’s people that infest their accounts with the most questionable things but it doesn’t make them interesting or even make others want to look into them more.🤷🏾

      4. You’ve made me wonder now about what ‘interesting’ means. I know what you mean about the sensational blogs that have the same effect as putting a picture window in their toilet. You just wonder what they do for the rest of the day, when they’re at work, or waiting at the supermarket checkout. Same as everybody else, probably, look at their phones.
        ‘Interesting’ is maybe when we do things that absorb us entirely, that we can also communicate to other people. Looking at dead leaves is probably a bad example, but if you can use a handful of leaves to make a poem, or a series of sketches or a piece of music, and explain why and how, then it and you are probably ‘interesting’

      5. Dead leaves are also beautiful as well. They show the life of the leaf and how they are. Leaves are already beautiful, but still manage to be beautiful after the end of their time. I can see why you’d want to look at them. Leaves aren’t going to come after you. Leaves are like photographs, are like rings of a tree. 🤷🏾 They’re as dull and romantic.

        But since you brought up phones, I think they’re interesting as well. Some people have nothing on their phones and some people have what is the library of Alexandria or Timbuktu on their phones and you can find everything or more. If you go to my house, my mom and dad’s bookshelves are the same way. Same topics as the stuff on my phone…but likely way more expensive. Books are the same way.

        People are interesting, like you, but I don’t find everyone interesting.😂

      6. You’re right about leaves being useful after they’re dead, and still beautiful as a contrast to the new green growing through them.
        I’ve never seen the attraction in phones. I use mine to make calls, send messages and take photos because I don’t have a camera. I have a computer so don’t need to have internet on the phone as well. It’s a question of habit, I suppose. If you miss the boat and wait too long, you don’t see the point in catching up.
        Ordinary people are interesting, but I find that people who have had too much education and not enough hardship are boring as hell.

      7. Too much education? What type of hardship is necessary and how much? Do they need a particular type? But, I’m sure your camera roll is fascinating.

      8. I was thinking of those people who have been to school after school getting higher and higher diplomas so they can get better and better jobs that are so far removed from real life that they can only talk about it in theory. Not everyone who goes through the hoops of higher education is like that, but you need a hefty wad of financial backing to go to the top.
        My camera roll is mainly just dead leaves and clouds.

      9. I’m in higher education and I can say the people I’m around are like that, but they have hardships but different ways of approaching and living. We always live in real life, even on social media no matter how much people try to escape. There is no escape.

        And I have pictures of clouds on my phone too. I love clouds. My favorite ones are nimbus clouds and clouds that have light peeking out. I’d post them online, but I don’t want people to know my location. I love the ones that are so heavy that they follow perspective. ☺️

      10. Our school system is very elitist. You can spend years in university and never get a job that ‘counts’. For that you have to have gone to a ‘higher’ school system, parallel, sometimes private, but always very selective. Kids from ordinary backgrounds wouldn’t even dream of applying. Even if they got in they’d be treated like some kind of subspecies.
        Can people tell where you live from the clouds?

      11. No, but from the environment. I take a picture of the sky with clouds and trees in them and sometimes buildings. I don’t know exactly if people can, but I’m not risking it.

        But, the school I go to is for disadvantaged minority students (specifically, Black because it’s an HBCU/historically Black College or University, but they take mostly anyone). There’s people from many classes, backgrounds, and countries that go there with all types of stories.

        And, that depends on grades and other stuff. My mom was from an extremely impoverished dangerous inner city school and went to college on scholarships and loans and got further education, she didn’t know how to apply but she got lucky. She didn’t go to a HBCU like I do now. She wasn’t lucky enough to have a decision.

        They may get treated like a subspecies, but it seems like everyone who isn’t what people typically expect. I get treated like an alien in the groups I’m in regardless of my class based on my personality alone, not even mentioning other intersections of groups.

        But, I agree it’s elitist, but to say someone can’t get a job simply is very disingenuous and has many factors why one would and wouldn’t. I mean, there’s affordable schools too. For example, many people don’t go out and talk to people and network because they’re worried. Regardless if one is in college or not, one HAS to network. Calling, talking in person, making someone else comfortable. That’s just a give in. No one can apply for a job and just get it nowadays.

        The school I go to isn’t classically elitist, I think? They’re very white centered, but I can’t say classically. We talk about very similar things you post about at the school.🤷🏾

        And jobs that count are? Are you talking about art, gender studies, psychology and other similar subjects being jobs that don’t count?😂 What counts?

      12. I don’t know how your school system works, but here it matters very much which school you went to. The system is very generous in that there are no fees. Anyone can attend and most who want to get a place at university. There are bursaries for all students from poor backgrounds (all of mine had them) so there’s no real difficulty for anyone who is interested. But there’s a huge difference between getting a masters degree from a regional university and getting one from a top specialist school. What I mean by jobs that count, the political establishment, the administration, the university professors, the civil servants, the people who run the utilities and the public service companies, the top architects, lawyers, doctors etc etc all went to highly selective schools. Most of the students who start a university course drop out at the end of their first year. A big percentage don’t get a job paying more than the minimum wage when they leave with a degree.
        They might end up doing a job that’s much more worthwhile than being a diplomat or a political advisor, or a minister, but their work doesn’t shape policy.

      13. Ahhh! I see what you mean. I’m not in any of those fields so I see exactly what you mean. Those are ridiculously hard to get into because of high retention and classism. I totally agree.

        I used to worry about it a lot more, but there’s tons of people who go to Ivy Leagues in those fields who have no jobs. It’s unfortunate too, adding to your point, that wealthier trust fund babies can just pay to get into college. But, I see what you mean..it’s a lot better nowadays because people have social awareness. My mom is a doctor and she didn’t go an Ivy League and went to an okay rate Medical School and has a long lasting career. So did my dad when I was younger and he was healthy and alive. Her loans were paid off by the many programs set up by the government to help people in particular fields pay off their loans.

        Overall, networking is still worth trying, but man oh man is it hard to get over the classist barrier.😓 I still struggle and had to go to a more affordable college. They have many opportunities but not in my major and always have people come and speak. It’s a great school, but only when one knows what they’re doing. They have some truly successful people go there.

        As well, there are free masters programs like McNairs. McNairs only targets people who are in the underprivileged and/or under represented so people that are not wealthy white males. I’m sure there are other ones. There’s some hope in the world, fortunately, but a lot of people struggle and it’s bad.

      14. Poor people are always going to struggle. There’s no real meritocracy. It’s not just getting past the gatekeeper, or getting a bursary to pay the fees, students still have to live.; Most students here have to work to pay the rent and eat, which means they get behind with their course work, fail exams and have to retake years. The vast majority don’t make it to the end of the course.

  2. #3 makes a lot of sense to me. #2 is like a code–it needs a key. A woman’s anger has always been suspect. Men fear it, as they should. (K)

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