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Ursula (no. 58 of Women’s names sensual series)


(no. 58 of Women’s names sensual series)

written by: Carrie Magness Radna



Your mother named you
after the mighty spirit of a bear.
We barely saw you
before you able to stand—

Your mother is a strong woman,
they called her a witch,
your Dad is a true-blue
man of the Navy.

We wondered what happened to you,
dear girl; are you
a witch like your mother,
military like your father,
or are you your own person,
with your own life?

You should be 18 by now,
about to graduate.
Will you burst out the cave
of Choctaw, OK,
or will you dwell in
the dark forest forever?

I hope someday you
will be able to be seen,
safe from mediocrity,
not turned by tricksters
and charlatans,

able to roar deeply
using your own strong ideas
and inner beauty.



Was published in my first collection of poetry, “Hurricanes never apologize” (Luchador Press).

Carrie Magness Radna

Carrie Magness Radna

Born in Norman, Oklahoma, Carrie Magness Radna is an archival audiovisual cataloger at the New York Public Library, a singer, a lyricist-songwriter and a poet who loves to travel. Her first chapbook, Conversations with dead composers at Carnegie Hall (Flutter Press: 1st edition; now out-of-print) was published in January 2019, and her second chapbook, Remembering you as I go walking (Boxwood Star Press: self-published) was published in August 2019. Her first poetry collection, Hurricanes never apologize (Luchador Press) was published in December 2019, now available for purchase online (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBooks, etc.). She won third prize for “The tunnel” (category: Words on the Wall: All-Genre Prompt) at the 69th annual Philadelphia Writers’ Conference (2017). She also won 12th place for “Lily (no. 48 of Women’s names sensual series)” by the 2018 Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards. When she’s not performing classical choral works with Riverside Choral Society, she lives with her husband Rudolf in Manhattan.
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