what’s in a name?

-linked with Marina’s pesky questions prompt at d’Verse


if asked introspective questions

who are you? whom do you love?

i naturally respond with my name:


“lynn” (English) means “refreshing stream, waterfall”


i am like water in its various forms: vapor, liquid, solid–

 cumulus cloud reflecting heaven’s

brightness or darkly brooding until

rain falls in myriad of droplets collecting

into rivulets of cascading laughter to flow

into clear mountain lake, mirror calm, until

stirred to frothy whitecaps by life’s winds;

as solid iceberg exposes only tip,  in time

glacial ice will melt to join eternal sea


who i was, am, will be… changing and yet in essence, still me


let me live up to my name, to be poured out and refresh others

offering a drink of life-giving water from my well


yet i am also thirsty, needing refreshment myself…


perhaps best answer is NOT who i love but Who loves me?

i will joyfully sing, “all my fountains are in you!”



10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Myrna Rosa
    May 15, 2014 @ 18:07:35

    This is a lovely poem. It reveals your introspection, your ultimate desire to live up to your name and your talent at writing something beautiful and meaningful.


  2. MarinaSofia
    May 15, 2014 @ 13:09:10

    I had no idea of the origin of your name. Great way to answer this prompt. I’m always attracted to water of any form, and you capture all its diversity, which in turn shows us your diversity – and yet the essence is the same.


  3. kathy reed
    May 15, 2014 @ 05:48:22

    You make great points here about living and that taking time to be refreshed is very important to surviving..


  4. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    May 15, 2014 @ 04:23:50

    This was an exquisite response, to live up to your name.. I like that, and also the last stanza..


  5. georgeplace2013
    May 14, 2014 @ 23:35:29

    Lovely, lovely ending line!


  6. billgncs
    May 14, 2014 @ 23:25:12

    watching the clouds as they move across the clouds reflects that as we grow and live we change.


  7. Mary
    May 14, 2014 @ 19:27:20

    Very nice! I like the idea of living up to one’s name. I do think a parent should think wisely when naming a child, as the influence of one’s name lives throughout a person’s life. It is equally important to think of both who a person loves as well and who a person is loved by. Hopefully there is a lot of overlap!! Smiles.


  8. Sumana Roy
    May 14, 2014 @ 17:53:29

    “who i was, am, will be… changing and yet in essence, still me”…the line says it all…i like how you begin with your name and take the readers to your deeper self…
    your name’s beautiful just like your poem.. 🙂


  9. Victoria C. Slotto
    May 14, 2014 @ 17:41:31

    I really like how you took your name to inspire self-definition. Beautiful images…may your life be such!


  10. claudia
    May 14, 2014 @ 17:10:46

    what a very cool meaning of your name… cool on refreshing others and also to take the time to be refreshed yourself by the father of all streams…nice


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