Name her for a death (she is mine).

I slice the moon
curated in summer girls;
I name her for a death

Goosebones, I’d dream
I’d steal the sun
made of la-mancha 
I name her for a death
she is mine

fragile, heart breaking,
I died in April; daisies 
bone-soft, daddy is to the black bridge
the sea
the sun fell apart
I’m held by love

a crèche of the other 
menstruating roses
could not see this 

my own selfish sea
supposed born as cancers
could not see this;
I couldn’t see this. I name her for a death,
when I can’t forget 
when I do
when I love her
where I’m loved.

I slice the moon
curated in summer girls;
I name her for a death

she’s mine.

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Posted for the dVerse MTB prompt: So today we shall write our poem using any style or meter as long as it contains:

1a. Epiphora (aka Epistrophe or Antistrophe). The end line repeats should for the most part be consecutive, although allowances are made for alternates as well as the use of the repeat word with variance. Employ repetitions with the maxim ‘ too often is too heavy’!

Maybe I cheated, but I wrote this 5/24/2021. It was just sitting in my notes, pretty much homeless, until I saw it fit most of the requirements for the prompt.

I just wasn’t bit by the poetry bug today. Someone put me in poetry prison and read me Anne Sexton.

  49 comments for “Name her for a death (she is mine).

  1. June 3, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Lucy, this is stunning.

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  2. June 3, 2021 at 4:15 pm

    Such stunning images, and the stanza with the repeated “mine” is very effective.

    “Someone put me in poetry prison and read me Anne Sexton.” 🤣 Whatever works.

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    • June 3, 2021 at 8:36 pm

      Aww, thank you so much Merril!

      By the seventh poetry reading, I whipped out my harmonica and sang the dreary blues.

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  3. June 3, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    Ah yes, the poetry prison- where sentences wither and die. We must all serve our time there, whether we want to or not.

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    • June 3, 2021 at 8:37 pm

      It’s absolutely required if you wish to become a poet.

      Now as for poet laureates, hope they didn’t drop the soap.

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  4. June 3, 2021 at 4:39 pm

    your prison is a wonderworld of words! Loved reading this – even better on the third reading! Glad the epiphora brought resurrection
    “Goosebones, I’d dream
    I’d steal the sun
    made of la-mancha “

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    • June 3, 2021 at 9:41 pm

      Aww, thank you. ❤


  5. June 3, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    I know you used the repeating words throughout, but my favorite part was the repeating of mine through the middle, it amps up the tempo and consequence.

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  6. June 3, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    I admire the repetition of the verses, first and last, and the refraining answer of, mine. Yes, mine and death are echoing in your poem.

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    • June 3, 2021 at 9:42 pm

      Thank you, Grace. 😀


  7. Glenn A. Buttkus
    June 3, 2021 at 5:26 pm

    Like reading aloud standing on the lip of a deep canyon, words, phrases echoing, bouncing beyond death. I liked “daisies bone soft, daddy is to the black bridge.”

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    • June 3, 2021 at 9:42 pm

      Ooh, I can see that. Thank you for the feedback, Glenn. ❤


  8. June 3, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    Definitely makes me want to know more about the story with the two characters.

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  9. June 3, 2021 at 6:40 pm

    You must have had a premonition about this prompt. It fit perfectly with Laura’s prompt! Very well done!

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 3, 2021 at 9:44 pm

      I must have had. How funny, I was going to just keep it locked away or put it in a folder for a future manuscript; but this was the perfect opportunity! Thank you!

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  10. June 3, 2021 at 7:23 pm

    Mesmerizing and so ethereal. The repetition of “mine” is so powerful! 💕

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  11. June 3, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    So beautiful.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. June 4, 2021 at 2:07 am

    Thankfully it found its way out of your notes.

    Powerfully written and moving. I particularly like the descriptions you’ve used, such as “menstruating roses”, which I would have never thought of, yet, land with such force in so few words. I feel like that’s really the pinnacle of poetry, loading up as few words as possible, to be as evoking as possible, whilst still making sense; which you do so very, very well.

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  13. June 4, 2021 at 3:07 am

    ooooh. morbid and profound. you do have Ms. Plath’s blood running in your veins. mine. mine. mine.

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    • June 4, 2021 at 7:27 am

      Oh wow, thank you so very much!


  14. June 4, 2021 at 8:04 am

    I sought death once. I went to five war zones. Death didn’t want me. War taught me. All of us are here for a purpose. I did find my reasons to be alive. Powerful words and thoughts shared dear Lucy. I love your work.

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 4, 2021 at 8:05 am

      Wow, John, that’s impactful and I’m glad you’re here. ❤️❤️ Thank you as well for the kind words.

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  15. June 4, 2021 at 8:35 am

    This is exceptionally good, Lucy! The imagery, the hell and torture of it, and also the strength. Thank you for sharing!

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  16. June 4, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    Absolutely riveting. The encroachment of a dark passion intentionally claustrophobic. Stunning poetry.

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 4, 2021 at 3:32 pm

      Thank you, Dora. ❤


  17. June 4, 2021 at 5:13 pm

    This overwhelms …. you are a writer!

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 4, 2021 at 6:08 pm

      Thank you. ❤️❤️


  18. June 4, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    My gods but you are an exceptional poet!

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 4, 2021 at 10:19 pm

      Oh wow, thank you very much! I’m flattered.


  19. June 6, 2021 at 10:10 am

    I love this so much… the repetition and the images… both the moon and menstruating roses make this so passionate… maybe even desparate

    Liked by 1 person

  20. June 6, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    Like this Lucy, some vivid images herein. Love the “mine” repetition. Very strong and effective! The same time you wrote this, I wrote really dark one focused at “mine”.

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 6, 2021 at 1:53 pm

      Thank you, Rob! I’ll be sure to check out your piece as well.


    • June 8, 2021 at 4:52 pm

      Thank you for sharing. ❤️


  21. budhathokiasmin997526
    June 18, 2021 at 2:11 pm


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