A to Z Challenge | L | NaPoWriMo

Another two for one on challenges, this poem was inspired by NaPoWriMo’s Day 14 prompt; write a poem that delves into the meaning of your name. Well my name is Turkish, and my middle name is Lale (pronounced La-leh) which means tulip.

The Words

“Labyrinthine: Labyrinthine was first used in the English language in the early seventeenth century and describes something labyrinth-like, i.e. intricate or complicated. A labyrinthine set of clues needed to be solved before completing the puzzle.

“Lambent: Derived from the Latin word lambere, meaning to lick. Lambent describes something flickering or moving smoothly or lightly over a surface or something shining softly and brightly. The word is also often associated with light and exquisiteness of expression in writing. ‘Those smiling eyes, attemp’ring ev’ry ray, Shone sweetly lambent with celestial day.’ Alexander Pope, Eloisa to Abelard (1717)

“Lissom: Lissom is an alteration of the much older word lithesome (from the Old English lithe, meaning gentle). Lissom in particular relates to the body being supple and nimble in movement. The word is sometimes spelt lissome. The lissom actor’s background training in classical ballet showed from the graceful manner in which she glides across the stage.”

(from “1000 Words to Expand Your Vocabulary” by Joseph Piercy)

Lale | Pronounced La-leh

Why are people named of flowers?
Is it because flowers have properties to be desired?
Lissom and delicate in beauty
Yet giving life to bumbling bees
And adding colour to monotone trees?

Light lambents softly from their faces
Smiling into nature
And nature smiles back.

I ponder,
Are their more flowers or people?
How curious.
I hope there are more flowers,
In their labyrinthine, intricate garden glamour,
Because flowers don’t cut down people
But people cut down flowers...

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