Luna - Bailey Schaumburg
It comes from my head chains
In the walls
On my teeth
Anticipating in swings
Like a pendulum an umbilical cord
An extension cord she might as well
Shrink her babies back down to size and hang them there too
All curled in a ball there loving each other
Ticking away on the watch I don’t wear?
On the watch I don’t even own?
I love her use of repetition in this piece. Her use of ‘chains’ adds a sort of punctuation to the piece. Though she only uses it in the first stanza, it always ends the line. Which, I like. It makes a kind of definitive “oomph” for lack of a better word and keeps the reader drawn in. I also love her lack of real punctuation except for the rhetorical questions at the end. It makes it seem like one very long, drawn out breath. Or a journey that comes to a close as she asks about the watch. I love her comparison of a pendulum to an umbilical cord. Maybe it was just me but I saw a juxtaposition of time versus youth. Like the umbilical cord is the child and the pendulum symbolizes the loss of youth and the want to get it back. It makes me wonder, though, with the watch reference, if she’s saying that she doesn’t care about time. I don’t know if that’s the goal but it seems to me that she just can’t be bothered with time at all and she is perturbed that someone even asked her about it.
TL/DR: I love the use of repetition and lack of punctuation. I think it adds a heightened level to the word choices present.
Schaumburg, Bailey. “Luna.” Glyph. 25 (2013): 69. Print. 25 September 2016.