The Name Game

Each of our names tell a story about us, and last week Sayre’s 8th graders dug deep into their origins. Some of us are named after loved ones, and others have names inspired by our mother’s favorite TV shows. After reading To All The Little Black Girls with Big Names by Sha’Condria ‘iCon’ Sibley, we wrote our own name poems. Check out some of them below:


by MiliQ

My name is MiliQ

not Malik not Millik

If you gon say my name,

say it right

My name is different

I ain’t met nobody name

spelled the same as mine

Mili capital Q

My name stands for king

My dad’s mean God

And my sister’s mean gift from God

We all different

Itzel Kamila

by Itzel

Itzel de una diosa

de la medicina milagrosa

Como si una lucesita

en la tarde brillara.

Mi nombre de origen maya

representando poderro

sin fatiga ni desgarra,

nunca se apaga.

Kamila que mantiene el fuego

siempre resplandece

a pesar del entierro

sigue y crece sin destierro

Se mantiene con Dios

en todos los tiempos

Esta al lado de Jesus

Sin perder momentos

Becoming S

by SeRenity

My name means peace. Like a cozy winter day.

SeRenity is 8 letters like 8 spider legs

SeRenity is a chapter in which you can read.

80 pages long.

Like a book on a tree, a frog on a log.

My Name

by Azalia

My name is Azalia

Not “Ay-zai-lee-uh”

I’m a delicate flower

with beautiful pink colors

My name is Azalia

Beautiful and unique with a story

I’m also Zali

with my family

Being with comfort

I’m also Angel

with the stories

and good memories

I am Azalia,

the flowers my mother

got from her father

and thought

“I’m gonna name my daughter that”

I am Azalia

Hi My Name is…

by Tafolla

Hi my name is…


Not Tafalla

Not Tquisha

Not anything else

Just Tafolla

Who Am I?

by Zoelani

My name is Zoelani,

Not Zo-laney Zoey-lani Just Zoelani

I’m an abundance of life with lots to spare

My friends call me Zoe

My bsf calls me Zozo

I like my name because its unique

Even though I can’t find it on keys

I am Zoelani, Zoe, Zozo,

Zoelani is 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.