For the nymph to pass the Bechdel test by Lauren Suchenski

photo of women talking

“Wouldn’t it be nice if we were older…” (image via Flickr user xroper7)

For the nymph to pass the Bechdel test

She must commit herself to memory


She must bow three times, wrangle up her spine

Resist the flowers with all her might


Minimum of 1,600 SAT, ACT, CBS, AZT, CNN

Compute, compute, compute


For the nymph to pass the Bechdel test,

she must stop talking to herself/

she must dress the sirens

dress the centaurs

dress the drapery

dress the dresses

press the tresses

pass the presses

past the past


She must will herself into the story

of her own making, and remake it/

retake it, re-populate it with the passing presence

of our present tense

She must make sense of it, desensitize herself to it,

sensationalize the rest of the nonsense

and ignore the fence she’s built between

her self

and her senses

Lauren Suchenski is a fragment sentence-dependent, ellipsis-loving writer who lives somewhere where the trees change color. Her poetry has recently appeared in Gambling the Aisle, Dark Matter Journal, Red Fez, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, Black Elephant Literary Journal, Stoneboat Literary Magazine, The Soap Box, Centum Press, Unbroken Journal, and Five 2 One Magazine, among others. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and her first collection of poems “Full of Ears and Eyes Am I” (Finishing Line Press) is due out later this year. You can find more of her poetry at @_laurel_hill on Instagram or @laurensuchenski on Twitter.