Saturday, December 07, 2013

CONSUELO BARENJENA

Recently I submitted a poem for publication under the pseudonym 'Consuelo.' I used 'Consuelo' because I thought it had a slightly foolish yet endearing yet delightful quality to it, and remembered (slightly) that it meant 'comfort' or 'consolation' which I thought was endearing. What word could I possibly pair with it for a Christian name? It had to be potent yet foolish, whimsical yet lyrical, foppish yet vegetal. I considered for a few moments and then finally I looked up the word for 'eggplant.'

I have eaten eggplant once. It was in a restaurant and they served it sprinkled with sesame seeds and something a little oily.

I changed it eventually to 'Consuela' because I wanted it to be a girl.

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