“Make for Me a Sign”

If a name is a sign,
scrawled by the universe
at the end of a message,

seven letters
and nothing more,
sent by the universe

in the end of a note —
when you stopped searching,
when you quit looking

for a word which
meant something more
than what was said,

enunciated in your
closed mouth the way
miracles were foretold or

how the pious prayed
for evidence of a future
deed, an image blazed

onto a veil
as premonition,
a handmaid beheld —

If a name is a sign
of calamity kept secret,
of other destinies which

recede like stars’ light
into the past

 

For We Write Poem’s Prompt #98, Signs

9 thoughts on ““Make for Me a Sign”

  1. for a word which
    meant something more
    than what was said,

    enunciated in your
    closed mouth the way
    miracles were foretold

    I really enjoyed these greatly! Such a well put together piece, Mabel Lee, love where your mind took this!

  2. I think that the opening and closing of this poem give you a really great structure to work within and also a haunting refrain which encapsulates your theme ~ skillful writing!

  3. love, love, loved your performance last night – there was some line about measuring distance by the trails of rain? can’t find it on here, wrote it down on some slip of paper that i’ve inevitably misplaced.

    amazing reading, looking forward to the next!

    1. Thanks so much Janel! I believe the line you’re looking for is: “The harder it rains,/ the more you learn about distance.” I also admired your performance and hope to see you at the next reading. By the way, those are excellent food photos on your blog — made me drool!

      1. that’s it that’s it!! gonna keep that one stashed away til the next time i travel by train through inclement weather.

        glad you dig the food photography!

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