Divination is an art they say,
"of seeing future events or revealing occult knowledge,
by means of augury or alleged supernatural agency."
"An inspired guess or a presentiment;
to know by inspiration, intuition or reflection."
Somewhere between these two views
is a reality that may be useful and profound --
but neither can quite stand alone.
We all have experience with predictions
of the 'self-fulfilling' kind,
where the only mystery is who claims credit
and we should be more concerned
with changes in person and perceptions
that 'events' in any case …
occult knowledge is an oxymoron,
based as it is on inscrutable believing
instead of knowing …
and as such are shared only with initiates,
related predictions would not be revealed …
augury is for the birds, of course,
and historically but a political tool…
and 'alleged' destroys the entire structure,
for of what use is an 'alleged prediction'?
The final definition covers every possibility
and would leave nothing that is not divination;
while 'inspired guess' even assuages future guilt.
That 'presentiment' thought kind of touches me;
for surely a 'cast of mind' can make things come true,
if you work on yourself
instead of messing with others.
Seems to me that divination
has nothing to do with conundrums
the gods would fiddle with;
but could mean to 'divide'
a problem up into bitsy chunks
so that they can be swallowed.
Some of those will surely come true,
if even by accident …
or by forgetting the ones that didn't …
or with the wisdom gained in the dividing,
to move the goal posts a bit --
kinda like catching your own forward pass --
which is better than fumbling
like the rest of us,
or so I do predict.