>Beautiful nymphs on your shoulders,
quill with inkwell scribbling names:
one for honey, one for flowers and
angels that fly through the air … or
unexpected visitors who wait
for us in the extensions of “Arcadia”
You gave her a name that whispered
the Clutharachán meala or
Like roaming hillsides that puff up
in the sun to meet the sky,
as resilient as a road filled with high mallow
when spherical objects try to flatten it;
it’s buoyant, rises back
A deep breath in the wind clears obstructed air,
we try to envisage why we’re given our names
* A prompt from “Poets & Writers”
Write a poem that explores how you were named and the meaning of your name, include at least one bold lie:
Pamela was a poetic invention from the 16th century.
The name was invented in the late 16th century by, the poet Sir Philip Sidney for use in his poem ‘Arcadia’.
Clutharachán meala translates to “Honey Elf” in Gaelic.
Sadhbh translates to Pamela in Irish Gaelic (or so they say).