Plath’s Imago

27 Sep

I came across a challenge on Rach Writes and thought it was fun to be a part of…’s the challenge:

Write a blog post in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, whether flash fiction, non-fiction, humorous blog musings, poem, etc. The blog post should:

  • include the word “imago” in the title
  • include the following 4 random words: “miasma,” “lacuna,” “oscitate,” “synchronicity,”

If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional and included in the word count), make reference to a mirror in your post.

For those who want an even greater challenge (optional), make your post 200 words EXACTLY!

How difficult is that? Mind-boggling….but good fun. I thought I would write about Plath, a poet I love. So here’s 200 words including the title.

Plath’s Imago

The mirror according to Plath

Could be a liar with her eyes on the truth.

Mirror, mirror on the wall

Who is the fulcrum of you?


Who is the agony and the ecstasy,

The beginning and the death,

The lacuna that can not be filled,

The foreboding that weighs hard

Miasma like- a smiling skull,


But you were buried long ago

By disease, by time.

Memory you are a vault for the sick,

You fill me with grim, with grime,

So she writes Tulips for release

So she writes Daddy to exorcise.

It is alive, yesterday.

It always is.

The stubborn stain

That scrubbing can not destroy.

The past, the friend who really stabs

You in the back

All the time.

The therapists told her to talk it out,

They electrified, turned her mind static,

Wiped out little rooms in her brain,

Vacuum cleaners clearing dust


Isn’t cleaning an act of foolery?

Clean the cupboards and the shelves,

Wipe the windows and the doors,

Clear the fridge, hang out the rugs,

Can houses ever be cleaned?

Can emotions ever be quelled?

She oscitates in the blasting fumes,

Her open mouth a repository

Of tangled synchronicity.


© neelthemuse,2011


Posted by on September 27, 2011 in Day to day


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23 responses to “Plath’s Imago

  1. Richard Hughes

    September 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Sylvia Plath was such a tortured soul. Your poem catches the tragedy of her life quite well. Good luck on the contest.

    I’m #117 if you’re interested in taking a look.


  2. F.E. Sewell (@FESewell)

    September 27, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    I love poems, so I automatically love your piece. However, this poem is so well-written and beautifully paced that I’m blown away by it. Very, very well done.


  3. David Powers KIng

    September 27, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Pure art. Need I say more? I’m nothing of a poet. At all. But that was a very deep piece. Lots of meaning can be taken from it. The question is, where to begin?

    Great job! 🙂


  4. Ciara Knight

    September 27, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    I’m amazed at anyone who can write poetry. Wow, you did a great job!


  5. Kerri

    September 27, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Nice poem! Good job with your entry!


  6. Jen

    September 27, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Wow, that is just beautiful. I am in awe of anyone who can write poetry, and to use the challenge words so seamlessly is just great.
    Mine is #3.


  7. Sonia Lal

    September 28, 2011 at 2:04 am

    wow pretty intense poem! I like!


  8. Sarah P

    September 28, 2011 at 2:08 am

    This is fantastic! What a beautiful contribution to this challenge.


  9. neelthemuse

    September 28, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Thank you everyone for your comments….really appreciate it. Plath means a great deal to me, so I guess it just all fell together.


  10. Michele Helene (@Michverilion)

    September 28, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    I like this, the way that you’ve written so beautifully about someone you are obviously passionate about. Those words were hard and you’ve made it seem easy. I’m 153 BTW.


  11. Angela Orlowski-Peart

    September 29, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Very creepy but in a most wonderful way! Great job with this entry.

    I’m # 157


  12. bridgetstraub

    September 29, 2011 at 4:02 am

    Great use of the words we were given. Mine is #29


  13. Joanna

    September 29, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    love this biographical, intense poem!


  14. The Golden Eagle

    September 29, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Wow. Interesting poem!

    My entry.


  15. Raelyn Barclay

    October 1, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Brilliant. Your passion comes through, I’m in awe of people who can pen poetry, and this a wonderful take on the challenge.


  16. Cherie Colyer

    October 1, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Great poem. I admire those who can write poetry so well.


  17. Rachel

    October 2, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    I really liked this. If flowed well. I’m going to go vote for you now. I’m 125.


  18. manicddaily

    October 7, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Very interesting poem and tribute to Plath. You can see that you love and know her work and parts of this have a Plath-like quality.


  19. neelthemuse

    October 7, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Thank you…Plath is a part of my literary life…..glad it resonates


  20. ravi nayar

    October 8, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Very biased opinion here because my daughter Neelthemuse( why ever did she put that name when we gave her a great name!!) can do no wrong!! My wife & myself used to watch her in her teens reading her poems to trees!! One of her quirks is to read Plath to her twin six year old automobile crazy sons when they refuse to eat – they are the least interested.Then she says,”I am reading one of the greatest poets of our time to you and you two don’t care. Poor woman she committed suicide” The twins perk up on hearing that and say,”Was her car so bad?”.


  21. neelthemuse

    October 9, 2011 at 1:43 am

    Dad!:) Love you….


  22. Karen

    October 12, 2011 at 1:57 am

    You did a great job on this challenge–your poetry reads so smoothly. I enjoyed the tangible descriptions you gave. Great job!



  23. neelthemuse

    October 13, 2011 at 5:45 am

    Thanks Karen!



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