The Oracle Warns – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon


Part 1 can be read here:  How Is It That I Go?

With thanks to Helene Vaillant at Willow Poetry for the original challenge ‘What Do you See?’ And the encouragement of fellow bloggers to add to the story …

Part 2


The Oracle Warns

This road disclosed no knowledge,
I could not read it at all,
it held its secrets tightly,
never had I experienced this before
and the castle offered nothing from afar,
it seemed quite ordinary
as castles go
still, I proceeded carefully
though I rested a little
in the knowledge that Tarvey,
my oracle stone,
was alight and blue.
And then the strangest thing happened,
as strange does,
I was caught unawares
in a time slow,
where I felt the air change
just as the oracle turned amber,
a warning,
I shuddered and turned to go back
but the air pressed me onwards
to Vendell, and I held my
resolve to find a way through.
Soon enough Vendell loomed before me
and as I drew to the gatehouse
Tarvey turned blood red,
while the air gripped my throat.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



Filed under Fiction, Free Verse, Mythology, poem

37 responses to “The Oracle Warns – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. And then?? More to come I hope, Paul.

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  2. oh my goodness, you are a tease … this has to be an ongoing series, please Paul 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Ennle Madresan

    “The air gripped my throat”–powerful language!


  4. i love its evolution, the names have a familiarity yet hold new secrets. lovely!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Ah! Now I look forward to the next one. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. I lik this…and more, please☺️

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Hey you used unique expressions too. Great! Love it, Paul! Have a nice week. Michael

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  9. Hélène - Willow Poetry

    Stunning, now I go and read part 3

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  11. Lyn CANNON

    Wow amazing poem love the narrative style and the series building each time into a story



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