“Phillip/ Philips/ Philippians”: Short Name Poems

‘I celebrate and sing myself…’-Walt Whitman

Students explored names through a series of prompts which began with a reading of a girl named jack by Jaqueline Woodson, 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: Writer Kim 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. Cavey, Group 305, 7th Grade

by Jyleen P.

Jayleen is a beautiful name
it comes from an
American origin
it means a
beautiful jaybird
My parents gave me it
it suites me
I love it,
it matches my
personality perfectly.
My name has 7
letters but I love
my name no matter

The Making of a Name
by Phillip G.

they all sound the same
Autism setbacks, I can do all things through
Christ who gives me strength–Philippians 4:13
All those things and my late grandpa
go into a name

by Nicholas P.

A Green name
given to
by who
A name filled with victory
not so much Victory as much
of people
not a people person as much
what’s the reason
to predict
to show off
or to define
I know me
and I am Nicholas.

by Iris Z.

This is my name
Iris, 4 letters
It is used for many things
My name describes
flowers and the color of your
My name’s origin
I do not know much
about. But this I
do know, It is of
Greek origin, meaning
trust love and goddess
of the Rainbow, named
after my grandmother
For this I
Am Proud.

by Liv H.

It is not short for
Olivia, Olive, or Livia
It is Scandanavian
Meaning life, defense, warmth
I feel my name contains those
my name is short but contains
a life



“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.