That which she is of {tossed above}:


and light, and the fight
of wind on skin. Pain slow
-slammed into truth. Proof
of second chances and first
-blush glances turned to 20 years.


Sky and moon and sun
-burned tongues and languages
she still cannot fully speak
and the sneaky, sneaky slither
of fear.


Oceans tossed over shoulders
and ankled deep. The faults in
skin and stars. The limber arms
of trees.


And nothing more than
whispered whim. A sea
of sighs. A smile.
A long-stung




Amaya has us pondering names over at dVerse Poetics today. My name, De, is a preposition in many languages, including Spanish (where it means “of”). My full name, DeLinda, has other meanings: 




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22 Responses to That which she is of {tossed above}:

  1. lifelessons says:

    Ha. Oceans thrown over shoulders? I still throw spilled salt over my left shoulder….

  2. Grace says:

    A interesting name, including the full name. Love those second chances, sneaky slither
    of fear, sea of sighs. Being a part of whole is a lovely thing.

  3. I especially like the last stanza

  4. Ali says:

    There’s so much to be crazy over up in here, but this is my fave:

    “the fight
    of wind on skin. Pain slow
    -slammed into truth”

    I’ll be back for more …

  5. Ooh, to be a preposition and have the function of connecting. Not many can say that is their birthright. But I liked, “the faults in skin and stars” best because it is about the texture of integrity. Where did you find that graphic? How useful for the prompt!

  6. Mish says:

    The pause of “Tears” was so effective, bringing unknown layers to your poem.

  7. Gina says:

    Oceans tossed over shoulders
    and ankled deep. The faults in
    skin and stars. The limber arms
    of trees.

    those lines were like from an old tome that centuries buried the secrets of a special name – love getting to know your full name De.

  8. kim881 says:

    Beauty definitley, De! A stunning poem with a killer final stanza – a long-stung song.

  9. qbit says:

    I followed the link to DeLinda, and was happy to see that your “usage peaked modestly in 1965”. Gotta be a poem in that, LOL! A dVerse prompt someday.: “Write a poem about the year your usage peaked modestly…”

  10. rothpoetry says:

    DeLinda has a beautiful ring to it. I wondered where the De in your name originated. Of beauty…Of tears… Of salt… Of Breeze! I hear the ocean calling your name!!

  11. Frank Hubeny says:

    Nice description of the song as “long-stung”.

  12. mhmp77 says:


    A smile. A long-
    stung song.

    A good close.It allows a preservation of good qualities


  13. Such wonderful alliteration, and to be the preposition the de/fining sea…
    De means they in Swedish..

  14. Evolution’s
    TearS iN
    iT iS iN
    all of this
    EncloSinG oPeNinG
    NoW iN BeacH ALivE TidE..:)

  15. I love your full name! You do breeze across those seas!

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