My Name has a Story – A sonnet

Look up my name – it says I’m dead by now

It is an old name from the motherland

Whole, universal, complete – and that’s how

I try to be, inclusive, kind and grand

Two middle names, lovingly I’m given

One from a once proud, powerful people

The other means free, and surely driven

Ambition higher than a church steeple

Illustrious is how we end this tale

And turning words to action, my new game

What have I done? Whatever does not fail

That is the weight of my whole entire name

What’s in a name? The question is so bold

Your hopes, dreams are my stories to be told

This poem was in response to two prompts from dVerse Poets – one for a poem in Iambic Pentameter and the other for a poem on the theme “What’s in a name?” The links to join these challenges have expired (I honestly don’t know how other writers can churn out poetry so quickly and easily!) however I wanted to challenge myself, especially since I haven’t been able to write as much the past few weeks. This is my first (Shakespearean) sonnet – a poem in iambic pentameter with the structure ABABCDCDEFEFGG.

While I love the challenge of poetry with structure, I do feel that it sometimes hinders the true words or meaning of the poem that I want to convey. I love my name (despite reading in a baby name book that anyone with the name Irma should be dead by now – and that was in 2006!) and love how it is equal parts of my mom and dad. I wanted that to come through in this poem, but felt the structure, especially the rhymes, made that difficult. Maybe I will try a blank verse sonnet next!

©️ iido 2018

5 thoughts on “My Name has a Story – A sonnet

  1. you wrote the sonnet beautifully and captured the essence of your name and how it
    represents you. it may be a name that is seldom used and considered “dead” but its rarity shows its true beauty that only a few can carry it off with grace and dignity. so well done on the sonnet it is a hard format to execute!

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    • Thank you so much! It means a lot coming from an accomplished poet like you. The sonnet is a difficult form. I am proud to have my “dead name” – I share it with my mom actually and she is a true beauty with grace, strength and dignity.

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      • I am just a little writer in a little corner of the world. I learn so much from reading others. you persevered and created beauty for the eyes and mind. I am starting to like that name of yours very much!

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