A Transition Tradition

Dec 2, 2021 | 2022 Winter - Traditions, Poetry

By Laurie Wolfe

Repeating your name

Repeating your name
to yourself ‘til it’s second nature
‘til when you talk to yourself in your head
it’s your name
the one
given by spirit
instead of the one you heard since birth.

Repeating your name
is a tradition
of transition

Repeating your name
to everyone else ’til they use it
rather than calling you
the name from when you were fractured
from before you made peace
with your
Self

my name is sacred
my dead name
a dead tradition

Repeating my name
is a tradition
of transition

and changing my name
from a fractured life
to one more whole

another tradition
of transition

Laurie Wolfe is a writer, performer, and humorist. She understands the future is approaching with a cat, but not fast enough most days.

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