I love Josie’s writing workshop, but I don’t often get the chance to take part. This week is no exception, but I’m delighted to be guest posting on behalf of a special friend.
I know it’s not always easy to comment on an anonymous post but I hope as you read you’ll realise why she’s made this decision. Keeping the family peace is very important to her, but she also needed to write this and is eagerly awaiting your comments. The poem below is one of her first forays using this medium and, personally, I’m blown away.
Inspired by prompt number 1: Write about a nickname you have been given in your life, either an endearing one or perhaps a hurtful one that cut deep. How did that nickname come about? Who gave it to you? What feelings and memories does it conjure up?
You arrive and we give you a name
It should be special but
What will suit? Will it fit?
We choose what we like but is that right?
Will it hinder you in life’s journey?
It is never shortened. Not by us
You grow to fit it and it fits you
To the world that is you
The intimacy of family brings another name
One that is unique. Special
It is acquired, earnt,
It is given in love
You feel comfortable. It is you
You own it when sending to me
Your journey brings new family
Does she understand? No
She destroys this special bond
Her ignorance causes grief and guilt
Could she be right? Was it wrong?
Has it harmed you? He says ‘No’
I will never use it again
Just in case. You will never know