Name Power

// October 17th, 2008 // Blog

My lesson for this evening:
The power of words;
More specifically,
Names.

My own name;
An identity of my own making.
A cause for new opportunities.
Now reduced in its capacity.

An old name;
Once a reason to be joyful,
But after a season of much angst,
Is unwanted and ignored.

A new name;
Cuts deep into tender underbelly,
Each time it's flaunted at me.
An unknown taunt that haunts me.

A special name;
The kind that is kept secret,
Between two who love eachother,
For the sake of their Creator.

Truly there is a lesson
In the power of these words;
More specifically,
Names.

What's your name power?

7 Responses to “Name Power”

  1. nealette says:

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  2. misspecs says:

    Oh my, this is So true. I have an internet alias; then, I have a REAL nickname that’s known to more relatives than my real name. Then there’s my real name. I usually end up giving people, those I’m meeting after a long time, both names just to jog their memories!

    I’ve yet to make a ‘special name’…that’s a beautiful concept, MashaAllah!

    “Truly there is a lesson
    In the power of these words;
    More specifically,
    Names.”

    So true.

  3. Marahm says:

    You’ve shed light on the fact that names carry significant emotional impact. They are extensions of our hearts, and should be given, devised, and used wisely and respectfully.

    I have three other names, one of which is legal, but all are equally representative of “me”.

  4. iMuslim says:

    It’s not very clear from the poem, that two of the names on the list aren’t actually mine. Meaning: they are other people’s names that have a profound affect when I am exposed to them.

    But, re-reading it from the perspective that each stanza represents a name that further represents me, I can actually think of several that fit each category.

    My name is very easily converted into nicks… which can be funny, annoying and very sweet, depending on the context!

  5. hfm says:

    I think we should look deeper than the names which we feel represent us/our personality.
    I used to have an alias I would use everywhere online, but then it would cause so much confusion for my friends, so I just changed my facbeook to my REAL name and just thought anonymity had its downfalls.

    But your poem is beautiful.
    Thankyou for sharing it with us.
    :)

  6. AnonyMouse says:

    For sure, names have power… my mum often mourns that she had chosen such a high-spirited namesake for me, ‘cuz I take after her a bit *too* much… but it’s interesting how you note that even a name which you have chosen for yourself takes on its own “identity” of sorts.

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