Fragments (the earth).

I expect you like fragments 
entirety of your being; autumn spurred
and trees mocking (me; I have nothing to abandon
but myself and a few friends);
The flowers were your ashes
and blood. I expect you to rearrange 
the death
you put in the car
the town-car 
no not mine, your own
I expect you to hide it

into maddening prayers
crawling through the bird’s tongue
the blight of roses in my fingers
a sobbing pillow to dust, impressed
by rain

I expect you in wormwood
I expect the sand to store the death
in your arms; the wild, the shepherds,
you have brought me here
too often to forget; the moon flowered herself
a fathered backbone with our blood-roses,

the earth did not raise you

I expect you to have abandoned
each memory circling 
	fragile as the rain is above you.

the earth did not raise you.

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Written for the 7/15/2021 dVerse prompt which concludes the 10th year anniversary week for dVerse. The prompt was to write a chant poem.



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64 replies

  1. I knew the prompt would fit you perfectly… the way you repeat and not repeat works so well….

    the death hidden in maddening prayers is especially strong for me.

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  2. “Into maddening prayers crawling through the bird’s tongue”- Amazing Lucy.

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  3. Very nice poem.

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  4. Beautiful Lucy! I love it! ❤

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  5. I’m drawn to “blight of roses in my fingers” – perhaps it’s the gardener in me. The final line just wraps it all up so beautifully.

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  6. This is absolutely OUTSTANDING, Lucy!! Wow! This bit in particular stood out for me; “I expect the sand to store the death in your arms; the wild, the shepherds, you have brought me here too often to forget; the moon flowered herself a fathered backbone with our blood-roses.” 💝💝

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  7. Powerful wordsmithing. I always look forward to reading your work.

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  8. “I expect you to have abandoned
    each memory circling
    fragile as the rain is above you.”

    I love to come here Lucy, and wander through the wonderful, frightening, uplifting, sobering, colorful, passionate, sometimes confusing, but never boring mind pictures you paint with your words. I am so happy you continue to contribute to this human vibration we call poetry!

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  9. The font is a bit jarring but the poem is excellent.

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  10. ” (me; I have nothing to abandon
    but myself and a few friends);”

    This statement of humility is stunning

    Much💜love

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  11. Earth shattering finale words Lucy …
    ” I expect you to have abandoned
    each memory circling
    fragile as the rain is above you.

    the earth did not raise you.”

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  12. I expect your voice to shine through. Beautifully penned and I love this part:

    I expect you in wormwood
    I expect the sand to store the death
    in your arms; the wild, the shepherds,
    you have brought me here

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  13. Such a beautiful piece, Lucy! There were so many wonderful moments.
    “The flowers were your ashes and blood. I expect you to rearrange the death”
    “I expect you in wormwood I expect the sand to store the death in your arms”
    I was literally amazed by these lines, spoke a lot. Very well written, loved it ❤❤

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  14. I especially love this middle chunk:
    I expect you to hide it

    into maddening prayers
    crawling through the bird’s tongue
    the blight of roses in my fingers
    a sobbing pillow to dust, impressed
    by rain

    I expect you in wormwood
    I expect the sand to store the death
    in your arms; the wild, the shepherds,

    and then the resonating, devastating end. Your words are shards, colourful and prismatic. I have to taste them so carefully. It’s an amazing experience.

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  15. “the earth did not raise you” ! So forcefully enforces the feel of your verse. I may not always understand but am always awed by your writing, Lucy. ❤️

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  16. this gave me goose bumps and a lot (A LOT) of Plath vibes. especially that middle earth there and particularly this line:
    I expect you to rearrange
    the death
    you put in the car

    Gaah. Your rolling and refrain “I expect” worked so well.

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  17. The hints of repetition set up a haunting echo which rings through your words. The last line is the most haunting of all! I really enjoyed this Lucy.

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  18. “I have nothing to abandon but myself and a few friends”, loved this line. The humility of it is powerful.

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  19. Many times in my life expectations have been squashed …. I have never given up having them. I really enjoyed this, Lucy.

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  20. Beauty and elegance, dear Lucy. Nature, humanity, death, possible rebirth…lovely.

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  21. I can’t pretend to understand your poetry Lucy, it is far too deep for me! But they always emotionally provocative, it’s like you put me in a blender and I have no idea when or how I will emerge …

    This one resonated deepest for me
    “you have brought me here
    too often to forget”

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  22. “the earth did not raise you”

    Haunting stuff

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  23. enjoyed this very much, especially the section at the end

    “the earth did not raise you

    I expect you to have abandoned
    each memory circling
    fragile as the rain is above you.

    the earth did not raise you.”

    great images, great sound, and lots of mysteriousness… love that

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  24. You do know how to cast a spell with your words. Life’s interconnections are as complicated as death’s.

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  25. Wow! I really liked this. So many great lines! I feel like the repetition of “I expect” seems to show distance, lack of communication and a sense of projection on someone who has done something horrible “the death you put in the car”. The line “the earth did not raise you” repeated seems to underline a sense of otherness. Geez, I’m probably a million miles off base but it gives a person so much to think about. This was just sooo good. 🙂 Well done.

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    • Thank you so, so much and I enjoyed reading your thoughts. I wanted to convey a sense of being emotionally dead, almost as if the narrator is deliberating with themselves throughout.

      I love your interpretation and I thank you for your thoughts and feedback. ❤️❤️ Always appreciated.

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