The Seventh Hebrew Princess

Written for dVerse Poets Pub – Poetics:  “What’s in a Name?”  (posted by Gospel)
“Good evening, it’s Amaya Engleking here tending bar and I want to know before we sit around all night guzzling Oktoberfest lager and waxing poetic about leaves, tell me: What’s your name?

My own first name carries various origins and meanings from around the globe. Am I living up to my destiny?
Japanese = ‘night rain’
Sanskrit = ‘without illusion’
Hopi = ‘dispeller of evil’
Basque = ‘the end’
I like to have a good cry under the stars every so often, does that count?

So tonight let’s write poetry about the meaning of our names. Look at your given name, a chosen alias, a middle name, family name, or maiden name and write an open-form poem of any length about it’s meaning. You don’t have to say what the name is but you’re free to do so in a subscript. I want to see more of an imaginative poem about the warrior (if you are a Walter or most males:) the one who walks (if you are Margaret Walker) or in my poem, say, the apocalypse. Just have fun with this and look up multiple origins to maybe learn something new about yourself.”

She was the seventh
Hebrew princess–quick
-minded, sensitive,
creative. Alas, she proved
too dream-struck and moon
-mantic for the prince. You feel
strongly for others; how
can you rule? All you do
is wait for summer rain.
Take the blue bus, and go
west, fair princess,
it is the best. I’ll never
look into your eyes again.
The End


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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26 Responses to The Seventh Hebrew Princess

  1. whimsygizmo says:

    Gah, do I ever love this ending:
    “Take the blue bus, and go
    west, fair princess,
    it is the best. I’ll never
    look into your eyes again.
    The End”

    SO good.


  2. Oh yes, good stuff tying in that Doors quote there. I also like, “All you do is wait for summer rain.” Are you as free-spirited as our Hebrew princess?


  3. Mish says:

    Some really fun hyphenation with “dream-struck” and “moon
    Oh to just wait for summer rain……awww


  4. Gina says:

    you feel strongly for others how can you rule, but shouldn’t a good ruler have empathy? she’s a princess who was much too flamboyant for that prince


  5. rothpoetry says:

    Beautiful and sad at the same time. Nothing to be ashamed of for sure!


  6. Frank Hubeny says:

    Nice description: “You feel
    strongly for others; how
    can you rule?”


  7. mhmp77 says:


    All you do is wait for summer rain.
    Take the blue bus, and go west

    Some distractions along the way but its personality indicates a stable being.



  8. qbit says:

    “moon-mantic” — that’s great!!


  9. I dreamer might be a better ruler than a bean counter…


  10. Ah.. i Love Music that changes
    Mind Waves on Cue All the
    Way From Alpha to Theta
    Back to Beta
    and Even
    And no matter
    Name Doors will
    Surely Bring those
    Places to me for
    What is Life
    but a
    Journey oF LiGhT From:
    no rules or rulers to: Breathe The Free…
    As Lana Del Ray Poets too Living Life Like Jim Morrison
    Even Better
    So Sober
    oN LiGHT..:)


  11. Grace says:

    I love the word play and De quoted my favorite part too! Really good Sara!


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