Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Cecilia, Samara, Let Your Hair Run Wild

let me tell you about
this girl
she is so clever
when she chose
her second name
she selected not just
a name of a song
but the name of
a really good song
that a lot of people
from different
backgrounds like very
much-
she knows that
people like so much
to link music
with their good feelings

with my friends
first names are
a precious currency
there is a charming
entitlement to using
them
especially in a space
where you are not
supposed to
also, there is a
delicate importance
of not making
too much of it

so, this clever girl
her first name
is one of those
rare first names
that
is as nice as
the chosen
second name
oh she has
such nice hair!
and
she is just troubled
enough
for someone to
write a song
using her
first name
instead of just
listening to the
one
she used to
choose her second

5 comments:

William Keckler said...

i like this.

although it's freaky to think anyone would name a kid or herself after that freaky Ring child.

your poems don't have any of that artifice influenza that catches so easily.

you must have good poetic immunity.

alfie said...

hello. i love this poem. dorothea lasky talked to me about your book. i think i will buy it soon.

Kendra Grant Malone said...

william,

i take my poetry vitamins.

alfie,

hiiiiiii. dottie is just the best thing in the world, no? if you buy me a glass of wine, ill just give you a book, i think i have a new shipment coming to me soon.

alfie said...

awesome its a date! dottie is adorable. i absolutely loved black life.

William Keckler said...

(((kendra)))*

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