Omancy Schmancy

Copyright 1997 by Paul Niquette.  All rights reserved.

Who does not wonder about the future? Some persons may have merely an idle curiosity about what lies ahead. For others, the stakes can be exceptionally high, calling for sophisticated forecasting methods; for example, see The Future is Not What It Used to Be.  Over the centuries many instruments have been devised for predicting the future. Besides tea leaves and the crystal ball, there are at least twenty others. All have names.

Select the term that fits the definition provided by each line of the poem. 
 

Oh, Mancy Schmancy
by Ana Pest {Reference}
Selections
(alphabet order)
A sage selects by spinning vertigo. 
Locate those hidden notes in cakes to go. 
Pronounce impending times by moonlight's beams.
Heed cheese coagulation's future themes. 
And blindfold breathing ripples next day's news.
But future find in marks on worn out shoes. 
Engage a twirling hatchet that perceives. 
Then forecast from the noise of crackling leaves.
Invest by shapes of fallen trees aheap. 
Consult the shoulder bone of goat or sheep. 
ALEUROMANCY 
AXINOMANCY 
CATOPTROMANCY 
CEPHALOMANCY 
CHALCOMANCY 
CROMNIOMANCY 
DAPHNOMANCY 
EROMANCY 
GELOMANCY 
GYROMANCY 
In laughing sounds reveal tomorrow's scene.
Next navel contemplate as time machine. 
View donkey's head aboiling roundabout. 
Enlist the marked up onions first to sprout.
Refer to fig-leaves soaking in a pail. 
See sunlight's image on a fingernail. 
Invoke the entrails cut from sacrifice. 
Or take up popping rose leaves once or twice.
Now melted lead's the shape of fate's control.
So too the sounds of brass or copper bowl. 
MOLYBDOMANCY 
OMPHALOMANCY 
ONYCHOMANCY 
PHYLLORHODOMANCY 
SCAPULOMANCY 
SCARPOMANCY 
SPLANCHOMANCY 
SYCHOMANCY 
TIROMANCY 
XYLOMANCY

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Reference

Automation has taken over many aspects of our lives. What is the future of automation? some of us wonder. How soon will there be automatons that write poetry? One author is exploring that subject in The Imitation Game, which will be serialized in Sophisticated:The Magazine. One of the contributors to that work is Ana Pest, who was called upon to provide the definitions set forth above. {Return}