During a detour in Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable en route to “behemoth” we came across “botanomancy” which the volume in questions defines as:
Divination by leaves. Words were written on leaves which were exposed to the wind. The leaves left contained the response.
I loved the word itself and the idea of words on the wind, on leaves. There was a young fig tree in the garden, a red permanent marker in the desk, a random webpage of quotations relating to the month of October on the laptop from which to pick chance words and a slight but sufficient breeze.
The tree yielded an adequate crop of fallen leaves, the marker left a mark once the leaves had been dried of excess moisture and the dog, by rampaging through the pile a couple of times, assisted the wind in its distributary divinatory work.
Were I to punctuate the result it might go something like this:
Mellower – again.