Legacy


There is no reclaiming
of the word belljar
be it one or two.

There was a point
this type of object
was first invented

and named and thus
was available for us
and then someone used it

in a particular way
and by doing so owned it
or its association.

If we say suicide
she is there
but one of many.

Gas oven
victim
laureate’s wife

all narrow down the field
as they also
reveal our allegiance

or taste for gossip
or broken hearts
but belljar, for those of us

who think of it at all
that is her word, by mainstay
and metaphor and much else.

It is not a game
but you can play it like one
a legacy of many things

a body of work
as well as a body
but the ownership of a single word.




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