I Wish I Knew


Tell me my name
I’ve forgotten again
I knew it when
I got here long ago
My parents changed it
My brothers ignored it
My sister said it
It wasn’t that important

Tell me my name
Not what they call me
Behind my back
Yes, I know about that
Not what I call myself
When no one can hear
I would be kinder if
I could remember

Tell me my name
The one the trees sigh
As I walk past
The name my cat uses
When she blinks
And the ocean hides
In its roaring laugh
The name the moon hums
Only when it’s full

Tell me that name
You knew it when we
First met, I saw it
In your eyes
But it’s gone now
And the children have grown
And forgotten too
What every infant knows
Our true names


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