As Good as a Name

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    As Good as a Name

    Back in the day when a man had a name,

    Mothers cooed softly one day there’d be fame

    For each of their first born to empty their womb,

    As softly the first light would enter the room.

     

    So, to soldiers, and jurists, and those called to preach,

    The cut of the cloth was peculiar to each,

    While fashion excesses, like shiny black spats,

     Toppled in time, like those chimney pipe hats.

     

    Some still seek for fame through the clothes that they wear,

    While others stand out for their outlandish hair,

    I’ve asked why Mr. Trump wears his hair like a fop,

    And so many sports jocks wear long hair like a mop?

     

    Notorious rogues seek a life of dark crime,

    As if there’s reward in a cell doin’ time;

    Inventors find acclaim through novel inventions,

    While actors win fame through cogent pretensions.

     

    Maybe it’s fine for the public to grieve

    The great men who die, and laud all that they leave,

    For each man who’s died had tried in his way

    To be remembered for longer than the span of his day.

     

    Some leave the world better, and some leave it sad

    While others were good men, some were just bad;

    Some, like my Father missed out on such fame,

    But for me, that earned title was as good as a name.


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    simoneaugustus commented on As Good as a Name

    02-07-2010

    No matter who he is to the world at large, every one of us has a mother who dreams big on our behalf and a father who gives the most important gift of acceptance in sharing his name, proclaiming your bond for all to know.

    Hampton commented on As Good as a Name

    01-07-2010

    A poem of perfect rhyme and meter expressing feelings relative to man's perpensity to chase that what bears no fruit.

    KtIrish commented on As Good as a Name

    12-30-2009

    This is truly great. It speaks of the ambitions and humbleness of man. And it speaks of each person wish to live on after death. The last two lines are really the best I think. They are strong in a quiet and understated way. Very well written.

    HarverTomsson

    12/30/2009

    Ktirish, I'm glad you liked this little effort. HT

    danmartyjake1 commented on As Good as a Name

    12-30-2009

    Simple, true and excellent wording that achieves a higher purpose.That of a name. It still matters to some of us. Your skills are excellent and also enjoyed very much, thanks for sharing. 10!

    HarverTomsson

    12/30/2009

    I see you have a new pic! ...and you are most welcome.HT

    ginga commented on As Good as a Name

    12-30-2009

    harver, An impressive poem that tells the about the vanity of man and also the man who remains humble and chaste to fame. A poem that shows that we leave our mark whether publicly famed or just a hermit. ginga

    HarverTomsson

    12/30/2009

    ginga, you never fail of leaving something insightful and cogent. Thanks, HT

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