For the last ten days or so I’ve been struggling to find a reason to keep on writing. It’s the time of year when death is uppermost in my mind, my mother’s birthday, the anniversary of her death, the festival of the dead and the start of the dark half of the year. Thanks to a friend insisting (nagging) that I don’t give up, I went back to the Oracle. I think the message is that some things don’t need a reason.
Forgive me if I don’t feel like ‘joining’ though, and have bowed out of the interactive scene. Hanging around on the margins is enough.
What follows starts with the eight square poem I wrote yesterday, leading into the Oracle’s response this morning. I have ended it with a coda of my own.
There is no more in these hands to
shape and form into butterflies,
no more music in the flute of
the wind. There was little of worth
and nothing to match the ripple
of stream or birdsong. Now I watch
the rain, the mist rising, sunlight
falling, and that must be enough.
Listen to the words in the wind that pours,
see how the ice grows red as fire in the sky,
fly in the face of the poison men spread,
and perfume the night with the scent of roses.
I will sail into this sky wet with stars (or is it rain?),
where the broken and the brilliant fish
their slow desires in the well of eternity,
where the morning wakes like thunder,
and your soft ghost of a smile
dances blue as the overwhelming salt ocean.
Wind blows sea whispers (from rock and wave)
across the skin of the sky,
rain sings in water shadows, purple and
black as a night far from the land.
I wonder if the moon is less than the sun
when she swims with dolphins through spray
petal light and creamed with foam,
and why I can no longer hold the elusive blue
and gold of twilights in my hands.
Is red the only colour of time?
These are questions few can answer,
perhaps the black pearls sleeping in deep waters,
perhaps pearls of moondrops falling in deep waters
or rain in puddles beneath a November sky.
Perhaps there are no answers,
perhaps they are the wrong questions,
but I will paint my thoughts in the sky
at the back of my head behind my eyes,
full of this sunset obscured by rain.