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The Daily Prompt – April 29 – What’s in a Name


1. Use the prompt in the way it’s intended (starting a sentence, the title of the piece, theme, etc)

2. You may write in any format you see fit (fiction, non-fiction, poem, song, script, etc.)

3. Post your piece of writing in the comments section of the website to be considered for the ‘Best Of’ section.


The Prompt:

Write a poem that explains your name, and how you feel about it.

About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

2 comments on “The Daily Prompt – April 29 – What’s in a Name

  1. Carole Chase
    April 29, 2014

    When my mother was 18 days old, she was abandoned by the side of the road, in a milk crate, by her morbidly alcoholic parents. She was later adopted by her own grandparents, stern, farming folks, who raised her and took care of her. It didn’t matter, though… The wound of being an orphan, of being unwanted and discarded by the very people who are supposed to want you, was irreparable. The one loving constant in her life was her cousin Carol, seven years her senior, who was living under the regime of her own abusuve and alcoholic parents. Carol gave my mom all her old clothes, showed her how to put her hair in a French twist, and laid in bed next to her most nights, trying to pretend that the sounds of the belligerent, angry drunks downstairs didn’t exist.

    My mom and my “aunt” Carol remain close friends, and I was named after her. I am my mother’s only daughter, just like Carol was her only real family.

    As a nod to her love for the actress Carole Lombard, my mother decided to change it up a bit and add an “e” to the end of my name, which she thought made it “softer,” somehow, thus sparking a lifetime of people misspelling my name.

    I had never really given much thought to my name… Who does, really… Until I became pregnant with a daughter of my own and I spent my evenings scouring books of baby names. Under Carole it says “song of joy,” and in my best moments, that is all I can ever hope to be.

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