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Regency Oracle

Nine Things observed by Guests,
or, the Difficulties of Growing up an Oracle

"In the parlor, on the sofa,
dressed in white and pearls and fan;
quietly, now see her sitting,
like that since this fête began."

"Is she? Really? That one? Yonder?
How astounding, come and see -
elegant in posture, sitting,
wonder if she'll dance with me?"

"I truly hope not; see her eyes?
I rather think she's drugged, but - hush!
She complained last week of vapors.
Inner shame shows in her blush!"

"I am not entirely certain
she should be admitted there.
Hers is elegance and posture -
but - something makes me think - 'beware'."

"I have heard that she's insulting;
such ill-usage from her lips!
Yet, right here, she's hardly peeping.
SOMEthing did HER moon eclipse."

"Speak no ill of modest maidens,
quietly and dressed in white,
She's a pearl of the first water,
welcome despite all your spite."

"Yes, I told her to be quiet,
she has looks, but men take fright
when she tells them what to bid on,
makes them think it's second sight."

"How amusing! I must meet her,
introduce me, will you, please?
Even if she's a bluestocking,
I know you will set her at ease."

"Dearest, let me introduce you.
Someone whom you just must meet.
Mutely, darling, smile and curtsey,
Listen, please dear, be discreet."

Inspired by a pendant made by elisem entitled "Nine Things about Oracles", there has been a small epidemic of oracular poetry recently. oursin's related poem about the Sphinx and her questions was what indirectly inspired mine in particular: imagining the fruitless after-dinner attempts at conversation between an oracle and a sphinx.



( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 2nd, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
Apr. 2nd, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
I'm glad!
Apr. 2nd, 2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
The poem and the pendant are both lovely :-)
Apr. 7th, 2009 12:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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