Naming

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Shakespeare asked how much of us


Our names really contain


How much of our identity exists


In a few syllables


Or a group of letters


Collectively agreed upon as language


 


Some days a name is only 


Puffs of air and shaped nonsense


Some names we earn


They become more powerful


Some names are gifted


Whether we want to accept them or not


 


What's in a nickname?


The greatest thing you've ever done


Or the most embarrassing 


All of the esteem and affection 


Of your compatriots


Or the torment of their scorn


 


But the shape of that name 


Becomes how you wear it


If it's with pride,


embraced and declared


Or with anger


Letting shoulder chips grow


Until you collapse with the weight


 


Pain too, or fear


Can make traps and fences


That you have to find 


Your own way to escape


Changing the meaning


Of your name yourself

Created: Apr 16, 2014

Tags: poetry, free-verse

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