My Name Is Coral

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When does c o r a l cease being 5 scratches of a yellow no.2 pencil?
Does the heartbeat of my label reverberate,
gushing into the cerebrum of those who listen,
Leaping, bounding over images of the lolling sea creature
to land on my face
my nose
my eyes

Or is it like a slot machine
does the heartbeat of my label grasp at that handle with both hands
shivering with delight?
Each chime is a fist to the yielding flesh
it never matters which three fall in place.
For there will always be that warm bite of silver in your cup
telling you to take more.
and you know what?
I don’t blame you





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JoPepper said...
Jun. 26, 2012 at 1:15 pm
I didn't really entirely get the last few lines.  But this was really deep thoughted. I once just lied there in bed pondering the existance of my name like: "Wait...so this labels me...how?"  So yeah very good job! xD
 
corallee This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jun. 26, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Thank you!

For the last few lines, I connected the imagery of a slot machine to my name. A slot machine, no matter how you pull the lever, has already decided which numbers to pull up, and so basically it's like a label. I was wondering if people just immediately think of my personality, how my voice sounds, my face, etc. when they hear my name (much like the slots line up to create a whole). 

 
JoPepper replied...
Jun. 27, 2012 at 9:54 am
Oh ok that makes sense! Keep writing! xD
 
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