Rachelyn farrell

Research Scientist
Narrative Intelligence Lab
University of Kentucky
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Jezebel et al.


(in which I only use one vowel letter, that being E)

Jezebel reflects, remembers,
pens her sweetest verses–
never tends neglected embers,
etches perfect tercets.

Her pen remembers, the slender pews
were then red velvet dressed.
She’d spent endless vespers there,
sheltered, free, blessed.

The elders there, they’d served her well,
whence she’d left the streets.
Yet ere she’d wed,
she swelled.
The wench, the temptress,
between the bedsheets.

Thence, even the Reverend jeered,
“Serpent, we beseech thee…
Repent! Else we’ll decree:
Be ended here!”

She fell, she knelt, expressed regret,
yet they were hellbent, vehement.
Even whence she’d wept,
she’d been expelled.

Every letter thence she’d spelled
reserved, repressed her secret.
She’d never tell.
She kept the Reverend’s secret.


(in which I critically fail an attempt to follow up “Jezebel”, and discover that U is an inherently disgusting letter)

Numbskulls trust smug gurus.
Dumb guru drunk gnu cum, yuck!
Must upchuck hummus lunch.
Guru drunk skunk mucus,
Plus butt fungus pus, ugh…
Shut up, stuck up guru.
Just run thru suburbs,
Humdrum’s dull,
But thus, much un-yuck-ful.

Re- Your Airy Aura

(Trying to write a poem using only one consonant letter. And y, dammit!)

Re: your airy aura…
aye, you are rare.
your rear,
your ear area, your eye…
Rue your error, ere you ire,
or I roar “oi!”

A year, our era,
our eerie aurora ray array
o’er a rare arroyo.
Aye, irie!

A Sassy Sis

(It’s just getting silly now and I promise this is the last one!)

Sissy is Sue’s sis, so
Sissy issues Sue a sassy essay,
“Sue, you ass, use yo eyes, ése!”
Sue’s eyes see USA seas.
Sissy eyes Asia.
Sissy’s essay says “Asia is easy!”
Sue says “So?”
Sue souses Sissy’s essay, uses soy.
Sissy susses, assesses… yes!
Sissy sues Sue.