This poem is about lineage. Narrated by an unknown speaker, the reader intrinsically becomes part of the story as we unravel the connections between Lucy and presumably her children. The opening line "Lucy is the Ocean" grounds the reader with the knowledge that Lucy represents a monumental figure, something vast and unending. However, as the reader progresses the lines appear to overlap with one another, appearing to signify both the closing of a line and the opening of another. For instance;
"Lucy is is the Ocean
extended by her girls
are the river
is the Sun"
this stylistic choice further gives the impression that story of both Lucy and her girls are twined, twinned and woven together. In retrospect, the work speaks on the reflection of a mother in her children. Ultimately closing with a premise grounded on the idea that we are an extension of our family.
Bryan Clavel is a gender fluid queer artist and visionary grounded in humanism. For Bryan, their creative practice is a way of life, and to date has been a way of positively impacting the lives of others as well.
Through their work, Bryan insightfully articulates the narrative of a queer individual. They share with us the dire consequences (personal and transpersonal) when we become isolated, and when we fail to mindfully and compassionately connect with ourselves, with our families (chosen or built), and with our communities.