woman who shines at the head of my grandmother's bed, brilliant woman, i like to think you whispered into her ear instructions. i like to think you are the oddness in us, you are the arrow that pierced our plain skin and made us fancy women; my wild witch gran, my magic mama, and even these gaudy girls. i like to think you gave us extraordinary power and to protect us, you became the name we were cautioned to forget. it is enough, you must have murmured, to remember that i was and that you are. woman, i am lucille, which stands for light, daughter of thelma, daughter of georgia, daughter of dazzling you.
I like this last poem because of its short, energetic lines - she doesn't waste time. And I like how she reclaims a forgotten unnamed foremother - renames her and reclaims her by imagining her. Like the poem at the first of the week, this poem bears witness to the lastingness of family connection.
matter [ME matere, fr. OF matere, matiere, fr. L materia] tree trunk (<"matrix," the tree's source of growth) matter, subject, physical substance, wood for building, fr. mater mother
mother Based ultimately on the baby-talk form ma- 2 [Indo-European ma - 1 <"good" with derivatives meaning "occurring at a good moment, timely, seasonable, early, ripe" ; ma- 2 <"breast" an imitative root derived from the child's cry for the breast, a linguistic near-universal found in many of the world's languages; ma- 3 <"damp ") [ME moder, fr. OE modor, akin to OHG muoter, ON mothir, L mater (maternal, maternity, matriculate, matrix, matron), Gk meter (metro-, metropolis [<"mother city]; Demeter [< "god-mother"], Skt matr]
meter [ME meter, metre, fr. OE & MF, fr. L metrum, fr. Gk metron (<"measure" ) fr. IE root me-] meter, metrical, diameter, geometry, metronome. Suffixed forms mens, men-ot (<"moon, month") an ancient and universal unit of time measured by the moon (menarche, meniscus, menopause, menses, menstrual, bimester, semester, trimester).
poetry [fr. ME poet, poete fr. OF poete, fr. L poeta, fr. Gk poietes, poetes <"maker, composer, poet, fr. poien to make, do , create, compose"] akin to Skt cinoti <"he gathers, heaps up, piles in order," OSlav ciniti <"to arrange, to pile up"
padre from papa, achild's word for "father," a linguistic near-universal found in many languages. [IE root pa- <"to protect, feed" (fodder, forage, pabulum, food, foster, pasture, repast, pastor <"shepherd, protector") (ME fader, fr. OE faeder; akin to OHG fater, ON fathir, Goth fadar, L pater, Jupiter [<"god-father"], patrare [<"to bring about"]; Gk pater, Skt pitr) patrician, patrimony, patron, pater, paternal
pattern [ME patron, fr. MF, fr. L patronus (<"master, pattern") fr. L defender, protector, advocate, fr. patr-, pater (<"father") a fully realized form, original, or model accepted or proposed for imitation, archetype, exemplar.