Andrew Green

poet, writer, teacher and founder of Potato Hill Poetry


Your Name


The most beautiful sound In the world Is the sound of your own name Said by those closest to you Over and over again Through the years — Family and friends Who have seen you rise And fall, who have mastered Every syllable and variation Of your name, reducing it, Expanding it, proclaiming it Their own, with an intimacy Only known by the two of you And in so many different tones And vibrations — the pleading For your understanding, The excitement of wanting You there to share, The anger at what you did Or did not do And the sheer magic Of love inside a sound, Of something so simple And plain (Say it out loud) — It’s your name.


© 2014 Andrew Green