“But I haven’t got one yet”: Name Poems

‘I celebrate and sing myself…’-Walt Whitman

Students explored names through a series of prompts, beginning with a reading of a girl named jack by Jaqueline Woodson and  Name That Means Holy in Greek by Kim Addonizio. What occurs in the naming of someone or something? How does it sound when spoken? How does it feel to be announced or announce someone by their name? Who speaks the name as you do?

‘…the name a person bears through life is something [they] must carry, and it is sometimes the only thing others have to judge you by before they meet you. Your name travels ahead of you like a portent of things to come, a thing from which others make assumptions about people.’-Tim Lockwood, Writer.

Lesson Note: Addonizio once told the publication,  Contemporary Authors: “Writing is an ongoing fascination and challenge, as well as being the only form of spirituality I can consistently practice. I started as a poet and will always return to poetry—both reading and writing it—for that sense of deep discovery and communion I find there. I can think of only two useful rules for aspiring writers: learn your craft, and persist. The rest, as Henry James said, is the madness of art.”

Ms. Wright, 7th Grade

Numbers in My Name
by Kevin C.

The 5 Olympic rings to entertain
The 5 fingers 5 knuckles to grab
The 5 toes to support
The 5 human senses to live
The 5 pentathlons to compete
The 5 basketball positions to play

My Name
By Alex R.

My names means defender of humankind
but my personality is the opposite
I like it because it starts with A
it also has 4 letters
Its not too short
but its not too long
thats why I like my name

Mrs. Sicora, 8th Grade

My Name
by Steven L.

My name comes from my cousin
And means crown or wreath
I like that my name is short
So writing it is not a lot of work

I don’t think my name
Doesn’t match my personality
Because it means crown
But I haven’t got one yet

My name full of personality
by Trish C.

The T in my name means
a born leader
a good human being
The R in my name means
The I in my name means
having sharp features
not much dedication toward studies
good homemaker
expertise at cooking
The S in my name means
hard worker
true poet
sea lover
selfish sometimes
The H in my name means
possess excellent handwriting

My name came from Latin origins and means noble and patrician
Sometimes I wonder if my name actually fits me
how did my family come up with my name?
My name is made up with 5 letters, and 5 is my favorite number
This is my name TRISH and my name is the most suitable name for me



“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.