On Naming

 Boi K' Boi pinterest.com

Boi K’ Boi       pinterest.com

They called him Mikey
because like Michael Jordan
he came into the world black & bald
They hoped by age fourteen
he too’d dunk the ball

They called her Michelle
because like Michelle Obama
she was born beautiful long & lithe
They hoped by age eighteen
she’d be off to Yale Law

The called him Albert
because like Albert Einstein
he grasped at numbers in his crib
The hoped by age thirty`one
he’d go the speed of light

They called him Jesus
because like the Bethlehem boy
he was Good News for the telling
They hoped by age thirty`three
he’d live dying for others

“Oh, Mary,
What you gonna name that pretty little baby?
      Glory, Glory to the new born King!
Some will call him one thing,
But I think I’ll call him Jesus!
      Glory, Glory to the new born King!” ~ Traditional Spiritual

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About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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