April 21, 2015: Leah Schweitzer

Begin to think of all the names you have been known by [called] in your life. List them as they come to you, in no particular order. Find them by visualizing yourself at different stages in your life’s journey–they will come back to you–nick names, insulting names, names of affection, love names…whatever you recall. You are just making a list right now, not writing about them yet…each name should have a memory with it, a significance that may mean something only to you. Now scan the list [you can always add to it later] for the one name you were called that brings with it a potent emotional tug. Select the one that’s most tugging, most painful, most passionate or frightening.
Meditate on this name. Now get writing about what you remember about it, the person who called you by this name, whatever else that comes. You can title the poem the name you selected. This is a prompt you can always return to, by selecting another names from the list to write about. Enjoy!

Submitted by Leah Schweitzer.

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