Bibliomancy Oracle Prompt #1 (prey)

I know silence.  I know
standing apart and waiting
the approach of a fox,
the shadow of a hawk
sharper than any cloud
floated across mud.
I know that dark, implied,

The bite of it,
the promise,
the prayer a pulse can speak
staccatoed, without breath
or words.


***today begins my attempt at NaPoWriMo 2014.  That’s a poem a day for 30 days.  I went to Bibliomancy Oracle and got the following lines to use as inspiration for this odd and dark little sketch that might evolve into a deeper piece later on:

Don’t flinch. Don’t join in.
Resist the righteous scurry and instead
stand still, silent as prey. Slowly turn

from “Wife’s Disaster Manual” by Deborah Paredez

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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43 Responses to Bibliomancy Oracle Prompt #1 (prey)

  1. michael says:

    as always, a treat from your pein! I look forward to your daily offerings.

  2. Marvellous take on the prompt. My prompt was incredibly difficult so I created a very tenuously linked haiku!

  3. That quote gives me shivers, but I like what you got from it. It’s lovely, ‘waiting’ sort of poem.. It makes me think a little bit of a photographer, waiting in silence to capture the best picture. I particularly like the fox and hawk imagery. Of course I like that it can mean many things 🙂

  4. Wow Susan–Fan-crapping-tastic! So good to feel the power of your words again. I think I might be able to manage one-a-day posting but it’s the keeping up with other’s work that I’m afraid I sadly won’t be able to maintain…I need to read…

    • Aw, John, I am so glad you liked this! I don’t care if you read another word of mine all month–I just want to read you. Selfish, I know…

      On Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 10:43 AM, Susan Daniels Poetry wrote:


  5. BroadBlogs says:

    Hauntingly beautiful.

    I had never noticed before how pray and prey might be related.

  6. Heartafire says:

    Reblogged this on Heartafire and commented:
    awesome writing by Susan Daniels

  7. claudia says:

    the hunter in us… standing silent, listening, waiting for the right time.. it has something that makes me shiver a bit and on the other side it’s good to be able to listen to the signs and knowing when it is the right time for something

  8. Starralee says:

    Wonderful, stunning. I went to Bibliomancy Oracle–if I understand correctly, when we push the button we each get a different prompt–yes? I live for NaPoWriMo every year!

  9. The waiting.. the anticipation.. ternsion is so much more part of a hunt than the rapid end.

  10. brian miller says:

    the shadow portends what is coming….death from above…swooping down to take its prey…its meal…to feed its family…..its all part of nature…..

  11. jo-hanna says:

    That was a dark prompt for the first day of the long haul 🙂
    You did well with it.

  12. I know that dark implied

    What a chilling line! Well penned…

  13. This is a breathtaking poem. Loved it.

  14. Trent Lewin says:

    If there is anyone I believe in to come up with a month’s worth of great poems on a daily basis, it’s you Susan. Give it.

    • Thanks, Trent. Gonna try. I am allowing myself a failure rate of 50%. Gotta get back into the everyday writing. Even if its shit.

      On Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 9:12 PM, Susan Daniels Poetry wrote:


      • Trent Lewin says:

        I have NEVER seen you write shit. There are some of your pieces that absolutely pop, and those I love the best, but never has a shit piece existed on your blog.

  15. unfinishedpractice says:

    Reminds me of Anne Dillard, very nice

  16. kamana says:

    wonderful take on the prompt.

  17. MarinaSofia says:

    Rather a sinister prompt there – but I love dark poems!
    Birds of prey or felines hunting are fascinating to watch – they are the pinnacle of specialised evolution.

  18. ayala says:

    Great share!

  19. Karin Wiberg says:

    That Oracle is kind of fun, isn’t it? I didn’t see that prompt until today, so I am still working with it. Glad to be here with you for NaPoWriMo, Susan–looking forward to more of your brilliance!!

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