Mourning for the Oracle


I'm walking through a titan’s green cathedral;

Giant trunks ascending to a vault

Of frescoed sunlight, sifting through

A canopy of softly singing leaves.

A summer’s haze of pollen and of dust

Enchants the tranquil chamber of this nave,

Betraying passage of the breeze like

Rising incense dancing.

I am suffused with hum of sacred silence,

But from my belly I begin to feel

A tide -

A rising wave, torrential spout of laughter,

And of tears.


Oracular geometry

Spread out upon the pitted top

Of seer’s Tarot table.

The room is hung with silver drapes,

And silver drapes the sagging neck of

Ancient, sulfurous, eyes-abstracted


The cards, in color, place, orientation

Read to her a telling of the

Future, of things yet to come, and

Hidden truths within the pulsing

Viscera of riddles.

I saw her once from curiosity:

Behind a storefront’s fizzing neon glare

I sought a seeing from Madame du Lac,

With painted face and cigarette-stained


And with those fingers did she deftly prod

The cards into a mystical position…

She muttered in the act of bending low,

Her cataracted eyes half-blinded by

Infinite web of probabilities.


I cry for her, within this vast

Basilica of instant-living things;

I lean my head against a tangled trunk

And laugh, in celebration of

The present moment’s certain mystery.

  • Author: themerrypapist (Offline Offline)
  • Published: March 1st, 2018 02:41
  • Comment from author about the poem: This isn't one that I feel safely about, so here's to posting poems in a state of uncertainty!
  • Category: Unclassified
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  • Users favorite of this poem: Lorna, Ecelis20.
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  • Lorna

    I just hope you keep writing! I'm loving the poems ... your years on the road paid off I think..... !

    • themerrypapist

      Thanks Lorna! You're always so encouraging. 🙂

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