Friday, 5 November 2010

I hear your name

This post started out being about my name. My two names written in the front cover of A Room With A View, the fact that after this holiday I shall get round to changing my name on my passport. And so this poem would be used. But.... it changed. Reading this poem in the light of the novel I could just imagine George saying Lucy's name over and over again.
So, this poem is for George and Lucy.


When did your name
change from a proper noun
to a charm?

Its three vowels
like jewels
on the thread of my breath.

Its consonants
brushing my mouth
like a kiss.

I love your name.
I say it again and again

I pray it
into the night
till its letters are light.

I hear your name
rhyming, rhyming,
rhyming with everything.

Carol Ann Duffy


  1. And they ask 'What's in a name?'. Quite a lot, actually! Lovely poem.

  2. A wonderful poem - thank you for bringing it to our attention!

  3. Such a lovely poem! Definitely bookmarking this one.

  4. Lovely poem - and George would definitely have read this to Lucy, overlooking the Arno.

  5. Lovely! Names really do mean so much.


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