Lucinda, Cindy, or: Lucy in the sky

Poetry Partners #106

A poem by Candace of ‘Feel Her Breathing’

Mother needing grace
Had a daughter full of grace
She said Jesus sat at the end of her bed
A golden angel at her feet
Lucinda was her name
We called her Cindy
Her sisters called her Lucy in the Sky

A Gogyōka by ben Alexander of ‘The Skeptic’s Kaddish’

My daughter's friend is oft withdrawn
Cancer claimed her older sister 
She was seven
She is seven
She is waiting to die

W3 poetry prompt

This Gogyohka was written in response to A. J. Wilson’s W3 prompt ~ to write a poem of no more than twelve lines, which includes the word ‘waiting’.


Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!


List of Poetry Partners

29 thoughts on “Lucinda, Cindy, or: Lucy in the sky”

  1. My heart goes out to Candace – her poem reads like a personal experience. And your’s too David. Sad and tender acknowledgement of a parent’s worst nightmare.

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