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What's in a Name?

By S. A. CrawfordPublished 26 days ago 1 min read
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This is an entry to Randy Baker's "Prompted: #1" poetry challenge.


My father wanted call me 'Mhairi',

a name that sounds like a whisper,

but in truth means bitter.

His mind remains an enigma to me;

I believe his thoughts cascade and crash.

They live in a labyrinth with no exit,

and so he wanted to call me Mhairi -

perhaps to make me fierce...

My mother did not want me to be bitter,

she wanted to cover me in velvet.

She wanted sweetness,

she wanted my name to be a serenade.

"Cherie" (my darling) - spelled wrong.

Maybe she fancied it an ethereal song.

She filled me with sweetness,

but before too long,

the sharp edges formed.

And so I am her bitter-sweet darling.


About the Creator

S. A. Crawford

Writer, reader, life-long student - being brave and finally taking the plunge by publishing some articles and fiction pieces.

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  • Hannah Moore16 days ago

    Oh, I love this, that wholeness, more than the sum of the parts.

  • sleepy drafts24 days ago

    Ohh, this is so, so stunning. Brilliantly done and incredibly moving. 💗

  • Oooo, this was so fascinating! The affect of parenting on children. Loved your poem!

  • Great take on the challenge, and to borrow your title , bitter sweet

  • Novel Allen26 days ago

    Be careful of those bitter sweet edges, they can fester and burst forth. Hone them and be kind to them. Life is a challenge.

  • Heather Hubler26 days ago

    Oh this gave away so much in so few words. What a fantastic take on the challenge :)

  • Ha Le Sa26 days ago

    You're doing amazing work

  • Dana Crandell26 days ago


  • Paul Stewart26 days ago

    Oh...this is lush. SA! Loved this take on Randy's challenge. Reads so beautifully and sounds amazing!

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