By: Hermine Hilton
Ode to a Name
There once was time when the manner and size
Of a man and his name would equate,
Ivan, sincerely, was Terrible
And Peter and Henry were Great.
But today these "conventional" times introduce
Each name tag presenting a fiction,
Mr. Short is quite tall, Mr. Long rather small
And each face is a new contradiction.
Don't count on Miss Loving, to be very nice
Or Miss Taylor, to know how to sew,
And from what I've heard, Mr. Sharp is a nerd
And Count NoMoney's rollin' in dough.
And weak Mr. Strong is married to Peach
Who actually looks like a prune,
And the Feinsteins are toasting it up from a cup
With the Marches who married in June.
So next time we meet on Avenue Street
Should we play the memory game,
As the book that you took can't be told by it's look
Well, my face will not give you my name.
Hermine Hilton (copyright January 1988)
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