Friday, January 3, 2014

Guy Blake Kettelhack

My mother crammed me with the legacy
of everything that brought me into being:
Kettelhack to honor father,
Blake, as her surname’s namesake,

and Guy, to put the lie to any slight
suggestion that a name need ever have
a provenance that you can trace.
She could not tell me why

she’d named me Guy.
But I
through its sly
taste of anonymity

now gladly tug along the brace of history
embodied in that Kettelhack and Blake.
I do it for her sake, my dad’s and mine.
I like my name just fine.


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