NaPoWriMo: Day 14 (What’s in a Name?)


Poetry Prompt from NaPoWriMo:  Write a poem that delves into the meaning of your first or last name. 

What's in a Name?

Long ago when I was king
Sparta’s ruler with crown and ring
Sitting on my gilded throne
I could not imagine my name not known
Named for the lion, a regal beast
Devour my enemies on which I feast
A dream I had of a massive tome
Two lines I’m granted, and now this poem
No grand legacies I created, thus
I’m mentioned sparsely by Herodotus
A trivial figure I may be
But at least when people speak of me
My name rolls off the tongue with ease
Not as my father’s, Eurycratides

Read it again on (yes, I do get paid/read): Day 14


Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of four books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories, and The View from Here, his first science fiction novella.

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