Any Other Name

Rise up and call yourself
strange, unchained
from sky and sea and song.

Moniker your soul with thorny
crown, held down by silence.

Stem the sweet, sweet smell
of somethingness;
and fill your cup,
revel in the way you


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30 Responses to Any Other Name

  1. Victoria says:

    I love how you used rose in two ways and how well they blended.

  2. Josslyn Rae Turner says:

    This has a very interesting tone, almost sing-song as it says,
    and fill your cup.”

  3. There is so much here, in an economy of words. It is absolutely, stunningly beautiful.
    “stem the sweet, sweet smell” The references to a rose throughout the piece is wonderful.
    Oh, I just can’t choose a favourite line. I would copy the entire poem. Thanks!

  4. Oh that moniker… the thorns and how you went from rise to rose… (it’s all there, what happened inbetween)

  5. lillian says:

    So very well done…..stem the sweet smell, and fill your cup! 🙂 Love the movement in your words also! 🙂

  6. Grace says:

    How very inspiring to read De ~ Love the use of “rose” in the end.

  7. I like the double meaning of rose, beautifully exploited in your quadrille.

  8. jillys2016 says:

    The Rose of Sharon 🙂

  9. kanzensakura says:

    Love this! Love how you use rose two ways and how yu name yourself, Wonderful. This poetry form loves you.

  10. Gosh, this is lovely. So many moods and sensations and contrasts…

  11. Charley says:

    Your poem brings with it scent. I can’t explain that… maybe I started with rose scent in my head and your poem brought it forward. Be that as it may… lovely!

  12. ihatepoetry says:

    Gorgeous and inventive! Loved.

  13. coalblack says:

    “revel in the way you rose”…I just want to say that over and over.

  14. Bodhirose says:

    Different meanings arose for me in this exquisite, little, perfect poem, De. Perfect title too!

  15. Candy says:

    I rise up and salute you!

  16. thotpurge says:

    Moniker your soul with thorny crown, revel in the way you rose.. beautifully done!!

  17. Makes me want to rise up and salute! I salute you! Lovely.

  18. Mish says:

    Uplifting! I especially like “stem” used as a verb. The first stanza is amazing. I can visualize it as a quote, framed on the wall.

  19. lynn__ says:

    Unique and inspiring quadrille…wow!

  20. maria says:

    “Moniker your soul with thorny crown..” ~ wow! This is beautifully done. ❤

  21. “revel in the way you
    ………………….rose” …. Oh, how I love that!

  22. Bryan Ens says:

    I love how you were able to use “rose” in two senses here…the rose becomes a wonderful metaphor for overcoming hardships here.

  23. I’ve risen because God lifted me. That I can revel in!
    I like that you chose to use rose as a verb in this.

  24. Laura Bloomsbury says:

    Your imagination rose up magnificently here

  25. kim881 says:

    I love the undertones of Shakespeare’s Juliet and the play on words, De. Wonderful!

  26. Truedessa says:

    A poem about overcoming the ending fits perfectly

  27. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    I read it as a poem of Resurrection.

  28. Sue Anderson says:

    A powerful call to rise!

  29. Arcadia M says:

    Quite clever 🙂

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