Poem: “What’s In A Name?”, with The King’s Will

I wrote this short poem, which Giles Hayter made into a track with The King’s Will, for a BBC Radio 4 documentary about names and the effect that they have on our lives. I hope you enjoy it.

“What’s In A Name?”

What’s in a name? –
There’s lots in my name:
Three African syllables tossed in my name:
Many refugees fleeing gunshots in my name –
One father, to us long lost, in my name…
Some people frown when they jot down my name:
And often the spelling is botched of my name –
I forgive them. Its rhythm was born not on this plain
But one where the sun soothes the crops with its rays.
We have achieved lots with my name:
There are poets, musicians, doctors with my name:
A name some find odd, but I bear not with shame
But as proudly as some wear a cross on a chain.

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