Misnamed

Misnamed

I admit my name seems to lack a certain beauty.
I’ll never be an eponym. Who wants a town named Judy?

It’s clear that my name never makes it into poet talk.
No unfortunate child will be the chip off my old block.

Interlaced with second names —Agatha or Jeanette,
still that silly first name is as basic as you get.

The reception that it gets in lists is surely less than fine.
Somehow I always end up being sent to last in line.

It’s not correct to grumble over names, but all the same,
why give a perfect child such a clearly imperfect name?

 

 

Prompts today are interlace, correct, reception, eponym and chip.

21 thoughts on “Misnamed

    1. lifelessons Post author

      Hope my dear departed mother can’t read this, however…I should feel grateful. My father threatened to name me Hazel and my four-year-old sister wanted to name me Bobby Jerry. She insisted I was a boy. True story. My dad was kiiding, though, I hope.

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  1. Sam

    Ha ha~! Nicely done Judy and a great poem, but I must say that your name is also great, popular and easy to remember. Cary Grant liked it so much that he repeated it throughout the movie “Only Angels Have Wings”; and there was even a popular song written about Judy, Judy, Judy.

    So if you want to hear about someone who has a complaint, go here.
    https://mcouvillion.wordpress.com/2022/04/28/what-is-in-a-name/

    https://www.carygrant.net/articles/judy.htm

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        1. lifelessons Post author

          Interesting. I had to Google it as I could swear I’ve heard him say it in film clips, but Google agrees with you that he never actually said it three times in a row.

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        2. lifelessons Post author

          I just looked it up. I had never heard it before. You are right. It is dumb. “Hey Jude” was my song with my college boyfriend and my song with my H.S. boyfriend was “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter” only he would change it to “Mrs. Dykstra’s Got a Lovely Daughter.” Ironic that I later became Judy Brown!!!

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  2. Ron.

    Name, schmame, I say.
    I was born a Ronald, which I aways hated & nobody (including the folks who named me) ever called me that. They called me Ronnie, which I also came to hate and so renamed myself Ron even before I hit my teens. When I got a bit older, I added the dot (ie Ron. Lavalette) as my writer’s name & when I have work accepted by a new publisher I always ask them to be sure to include the dot in my Bio. I recognize it’s a bit of an affectation, but it’s MY affectation & I’ve always included it. Besides, if “Geo. Washington” is good enough for one of our founding fathers, it’s good enough for me.

    But I digress; Let me just say this: Really cool poem, Judy. Thanks.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Thanks, Ron. I’ve had only a few nicknames in my life. My favorite was Jude, which my husband called me. My least favorites were “Dike the Pike” and “Jooj Pooj” My dad called me “Pole Cat” when I was a baby, for good reason you might guess. Other than that, I’ve been Judy except for Forgottenman, who calls me Remi. Can’t remember why….

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      1. okcForgottenMan

        I vividly remember! It was in our first early LONG Skype conversations. I said “You don’t really seem like a Judy to me.” So we started spitballing possible alternative names for you. (We already had one for me, by which I am almost exclusively known down there in Mexico.) After maybe 5-10 minutes of back-and-forth, we got nearer & nearer to it, and you finally picked “Remi” as your new name. I’ve been using it ever since.

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  3. Judy Reeves

    I want to love our name, Judy, but I never really have. I tried to wear “Judith” for awhile in a more pretentious time of my life, but I couldn’t carry it off. I’ll be Judy Judy Judy forever, this lifetime anyhow. Love the poem! And today’s “concrete” poems, too.

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