Obverse and reverse

The brighter the sun the darker the shadows
night brings the dance of the stars and the hare
dawn silence is broken by the birds
and at noon the meadow swallows the molten sun.

Sleep is where dreams walk
colours glow brighter in memory
happiness is in lost moments.

Through this window the world turns
the business of living and dying
rolls implacably between the suns

while we trace our perverse route across the light
a swathe of darkness in the gold
and the blackened waste grows wider each day.

Silver linings

The Poet and Original word sets left me cold today. Switched to Nature, and got this from the first page.

Silver linings

Beneath the cover of blossom
berries grow round and red
fat as baby squirrels.

Beneath the rose the root
digs deep as secrets
into summer earth

and through the rain
the sun shines warming
the backs of the clouds.

Day swells

How honeyed is the light
in this garden of life

no fingers crush the fragile buds
no blood drips from feather to petal.

The sea is a ripple of stalks
waving in unseen currents
where swallow-ships skim
on narrow wings.

This day was sung by the moon
coaxed by the sun
and cradled in the arms
of root-tangle
and the pulse of the earth.

Moon light

Could you take all these tears away,
take them to the sea and drown them,
stop their mouths with sunshine and improbable gifts?

I dreamt that death came by the light of the moon,
and the forest sang in the tongue of running water
the words that turned her away.

Sometimes there is truth in dreams
if we want to find it.

If we want, we can take all the bitterness
that flourishes in the pure blue of day
and lay gentle shadows on the place.

Let the vixen lick the raw wounds
as she does her cubs,
watch the moon rise,
and listen to her humming,

And again

Chagall is of course a painter the Oracle admires.
Photo © Sharon Mollerus

the wind blows music through my hair
and the river runs to the sea.

Shadows sing
with the voices of seals
the wild tongue of the waves

while the fiddler plays red and blue
colours of a summer storm
that breaks no louder

than the soft sigh
of a petal falling
from a rose.


Do or die
or simply dance away the day.

the light lingers,
though morning never grew to swell with sun.

Oceans of wild, wet and windy
fill the window,
streaked and streaming,
running to rejoin the rivers.

the stove glows,
a captive star,
a poppy,
its voice the growl
of earth’s deep fiery regions
of flaming flowers

and the great molten brassage
of cast-off ideas,
forgotten faces
and lost dreams.


Painting by Franz Marc.

Away we are bound to go;
life stream pulls like moon tides
and the storm that blusters in the wind.

Above, the leaves stream,
beaten and lost.
Trees wave them goodbye;
the rest will not be far behind.

A hare raced across the sunny bank,
chased by the clouds,
and the bright glitter
of last night’s raindrops fled.

Into my listening ears,
the rain whispers a story
of oceans and rivers,
the journeys some will make,

but the songs that pour
from unseen bird-throats
never falter;

they have heard it all before.


I went back to the Oracle, chose another word set, hoping for something more hopeful.

something is,
perhaps everything,

even eternity will be haunted
by the ghosts of men
with their sharpened steel,
their sacred causes,
ideas carved in the stone of their hearts.

What does it take
to wake the sleeping voices,
unlock the secrets that all other things know?

Words the wild knows without speaking?

The air is blue, they say,
the sky, the planet,
but all I see is red,
and we walk in the footprints
of the god of war.

Another Troy

The Oracle is in apocalyptic mode today, reflecting current events perhaps, or simply what my writer’s mind is churning over.

Cry blood
and blood cries back from the purple shadows
in the universal tongue of grieving mothers
tears ripped untimely—

listen to the storm coming
on whose watch will it strike?

We have driven the blue away
poured the honey into the dust
and the only light is red.

When this sun sets will the ache
in the marrow of women’s bones
turn to blows?

Love life less
and the rain that falls will be the deluge
the wild wind that unfurls the ocean
the serpent that laps the moon’s milk
and spits out poison.

There will be no thousand ships for us
but millions
outnumbering the stars.

The sky is singing

The sky is singing,
cloud chords plucked by languid wind-fingers,
life and death songs of sun on sea,
where the wind blows waves
to break in foam feathers.

The sky sings salt
and night scents of invisible blooms,
enfolding silver-sheathed meadow grass
in the cool silence of fox and badger moon,
the cropping of monochrome deer,

and I listen to the bell flowers
chiming in the hedge,
the water ripple of birdsong,
running into summer,

give thanks to the rooted force,
rising and falling in beauty,
that makes all these tides
ebb and flow endlessly.