The Perks of a Common Name

March 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

Too many people are in love
with the way someone makes them feel,
with the idea of an idea
nestled in intimate curves
or the crook of a pretty girl’s arm.
Too many of the same names
are special to too many different people,
and in a sea of blindness
we would all be caught swimming
into the arms of our namesakes’ lovers.
But for now I am blessed
with my common name,
content to swim towards its hollow sound
as you say it unknowingly,
belonging as well to someone else—
an aunt, an old classmate, a receptionist
at a cold dental clinic—
and the space between us, a tunnel
soaked in an echo
that never runs out.

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