epicedium to the sea

umbilicus /

of this shore / and shattered fingers

like clamshells reddened

to the body of death /

to veteran-ed paralysis /

/ of beauty / the few fingers

of mist / and seas are

in pot-lids of darkness;

my hands / laboring / are ants

to the / father

sea / and the stone

/ the white breast of

/ ribbon bare-bones /

a fetus isthmus under the moon /

epicedium / peels of

muskellunge / and hominids

we sail / to wed the ocean /

in simulacrum of waves.

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Written for the dVerse prompt:

“I’d like you to be inspired by boats. Maybe you’ve travelled by narrowboat, or taken a cruise on a big liner. Maybe you’re a kayaker, or a paddle-boarder. Maybe you built a raft as a child, or made a toy boat out of twigs and leaves. Maybe you’re a rower or a sailor. Maybe you take a ferry to work, or watch other people floating down a river. Maybe you want to write about an imaginary boat, with sails of leaves and a cargo of fairy dust. It’s up to you.”




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56 replies

  1. Wonderful… I feel like your boat is one of a complete life from birth to the end.

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  2. Lucy, I’m not sure I understand it all, but it is a pleasure to read. I like the dual nature of the water as sea and our birthplace from the womb.

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  3. Your semantic field is so visceral – umbilicus, fingers, breast-bones, fetus – the body as land, encroached by the unknown sea?

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    • Thank you for your thoughts and feedback! 😀 You would be very correct on that final thought. That is one of the main ideas I had in mind with this piece; there is so much we do not know about the sea, it’s almost as elusive and large as the universe in some ways.

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  4. This poem very cleverly links us to our origins as creatures of the sea – or I got that from it, at least. The sheer beauty of the words is breathtaking.

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    • Thank you so, so much, Ingrid. I love your analysis as well. I always like to reference creation and death in some ways, and your interpretation would fit that as well. Thank you for your kindness and thoughts. Much appreciated!

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  5. A funeral ode to the sea… Your words are wondrously descriptive, but .I found myself looking for a glimmer of hope somewhere!.

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  6. The name of this piece is splendor. It took my breath away. I don’t want to leave the world of your words

    / ribbon bare-bones /
    a fetus isthmus under the moon /
    epicedium / peels of
    muskellunge / and hominids
    we sail / to wed the ocean /
    n simulacrum of waves.

    Unbelievable piece.

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  7. 🎇🌌🌌🌌🎇🎇🎇🌓🌓🌓🌓the fact that this took me to a far away place….your work is superb 🌙

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  8. This is an ominous sea, and yet it is our birthplace. The journey is never easy. (K)

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  9. Brilliant 👍👏👏👏👏🤗

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  10. Breathtaking loved the imagery! I do love boats!

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  11. oh this flows so well, literally and figuratively! the last part is such a calming ending.

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  12. Aah. So dark this lament, Lucy. Wonderfully evocative.

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  13. Very nice Lucy! Loved the image of … and seas are in pot-lids of darkness;

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  14. Your poems are evocative. You have a way with words. I can only compare your work to surrealist paintings – they are all at once familiar and not, each image reveal something else.

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  15. Very intsresting images, but my favourite ” to wed the ocean”

    Much✏love

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  16. We came out of the water and never really leave it, even though the ocean represents all that we find terrifying and dark. It’s not so much the sense of your words that gets under the skin, it’s the mood they create, like an abstract painting. So sensual!

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  17. Beautiful! An entire life-cycle event.

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  18. With that first word, “umbilicus”, you take us on quite a journey!

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