What’s In a Name?

What is the story of your name? If you could change it to something else would you? This week we had an opportunity to think about another aspect of our identities by sharing poems about the origin and meaning of our names. Some unique, some often mispronounced, but always a way to tell the world who we are.


My Name

Nyrita H. 

9th Grade


My name Nyrita

Get it right, I got good grades

And I am strong, I love myself

Am I wrong? 

If no one got me, I got myself

Self care is the best, not a test

My name Nyrita and I’m the best, 


My Name

Danijah K.  

9th grade

Danijah, beautiful as a violet flower 

strong like a pack of wolves

As beautiful as piano keys sound

vibrant as Niagara Falls. 

Cold hearted like the winter, 

but sweet and warm like the summer.


Yes, my name is Danijah

Beautiful woman

That’s what it means. 

Originates from Arabia.

My name given to my by 

my mom, who saw my future of being

a beautiful woman. 


My Name

Mariah O. 

10th Grade


M is for mature 

A is for amazing

R is for responsible

I is for intelligent

A is for awesome

H is for hard working


All these words describe me, 

And show who I am 

Because I’m responsible, I’m mature 

enough to handle my business

I’m’ a hard worker

Because I do it for my son



Rosario C. 

11th Grade


Roses of love

Offering peace to the world

The salvation is the key 

It’s all about the the earth 

Respecting each other

I’m the name of peace

And love

Only the truth can save 

the world



“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.