#NaPoWriMo – Day Fourteen – My Married Name

This name is still an uncertain bird in my mouth,
perched at the tip of my tongue when I reach
for its fragile feathered body.
So small in the hold of my hand
it cheeps, cheeps, cheeps
and I say Finch, Finch, Finch
to the mirror above the sink,
check the windows are closed before loosening
the grip I have on its wings
uncertain if I can make the sound stick.

Write a poem that delves into the meaning of your first or last name.

NaPoWriMo 2021 Prompt – Day Fourteen

The Speech

She spent the morning sitting cross legged on the balcony of her hotel room. Not the patio furniture but the concrete slabs making up the structure.

“Are you ready?” asked her husband, walking out of the bathroom ten minutes before they were supposed to leave, still drying his hair. The towel landed on her side of the bed.

“Almost.” she replied, unfolding her legs and standing. “I was just making sure.”

“Sure of what?” he asked. “You have this speech down flawlessly.”

“I know that!” she said. “I just wanted to make sure I believed what I’m about to say.”



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