Nikki Giovanni

"What is a Name"

What is a name
But its intentions
We know names
Used to define us
Names reveal
Our spirituality
Names are familiar
To determine our ability
Names used to deter
Our humility
My mother named me
It means the gifted one
My Christian name by fate
Is the guardian angel
Who watches over me
My confirmation name is
The anointed one
Or the overseer
My street name is
The Good one
Who carries out good deeds
My pet name is apraxia love
Known as the gifted poet
For I was born
A gift of God
Blessed with so much talent
Names define who we are
In the names we live up to
In how we behave
A name by any means
Is more than an ordinary name
Because of it hidden meaning

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