Her name meant pure

that dirty little girl

shunned when it mattered

and included when it didn’t

cancer despairing at maternal comparison

but still.

she was pure.

In the Bible you could find her

evenly decoded

in equi-spaced lettering

in Moses 7:53

357 backward and the same number of gun

Diane used to kill herself

portentously enough

—enabling rewind.

Her monogram spelled

Nana’s love


a defining Kismet

a defiant and relentless legacy

greyed and purposefully murky

>on the outside<

not esoteric

not multi syllabic

depressing, but not for the sake of pretense…

For her.

©Karen Robiscoe


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I bring to you an arrow, whole, Use it, or break it, But if you choose to take it --Know-- With it also, I will go. © Karen Robiscoe @1992

13 Responses to “Karen”

  1. “shunned when it mattered

    and included when it didn’t”

    …tis the story of my early to mid twenties.

  2. Wow, Karen, this had a visceral effect on me. Incredibly powerful writing. And, yes, “shunned when it mattered and included when it didn’t” got to me as well. Great writing, my friend.

  3. This is incredible Karen

    • thanks, Ay. I’ll tell you–it is exactly what I feel right now–and maybe that is why. It’s hard to show the real stuff, though. That’s why I hide in my rhymes…

    • I can understand that. I know I have let too much of myself out on my blog. I sometimes wish I had kept more to myself. But, too lat enow

  4. To paraphrase a line from Dirty Dancing – no one should ever, ever put Karen in the corner..

  5. Reblogged this on Charron's Chatter and commented:

    In response to the “Identity” theme as daily prompt, I am prompted…erm…to re-blog this free verse labeled the same as me: Karen. All references to my name’s actual meaning are true!

  6. Esoterica re-mastered here. Being somewhat of an initiate to your work, I love the arcane intelligence of this piece. BRAVA~!

    • thank you, Victor. I am going to un-post, though. I don’t know what I was thinking…I am feeling not good about the Internet in general today, and so, after a brisk walk (no running on account’a I am tye-red) I am here to privatize. But it isn’t you…it’s who knows…them.

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