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What is in a Name

“Susanna” is the traditional name
The first granddaughter who came

Shared with my grandmother and mum
Named “Suzette” – confusing to some

My school chums called me “Suzie”
I’ve never been known to be a floozy

The teachers called me by my surname
For my sisters’ errors, I took the blame

Proud of my family name, “Myburgh”:
“My town”, pronounced “(Chris de) Burgh”

An impressive family crest adorn
The hallway – from titled family born

The wine farm, Meerlust : “Pride and joy”
For ten generations is has been their toy

"Honour" is the byword of our kin
To break it is frowned upon – a sin

I got married at the tender age of twenty
Suitors to choose from, there were plenty

From a very noble Dutch stock I came
With English blood I had tarnished the name

Alas, as foretold, this union did not last
I had become in each family an outcast

When I mentioned the word “Divorce”
My family recommended a different course

Shame on the family name I must not bring
To their piper I must dance and sing

Thirty years later I plucked up the courage
I left an abusive marriage before carnage

My parents by then dead and buried
The Divorce Degree successfully carried

I plucked up the courage to be alone
For the loss of my identity I now atone

Freedom never tasted so sweet
With open arms I rushed to meet

All the things I could not freely express
My worth and measure of being less

Being able to read a good book
And to eat what I want to cook

To run at dawn on the cold beach
With sand and seagulls that screech

Laughter and love of all perceived
The loss of all that I have grieved

The sunsets have now come alive
To embrace love and a new life

“Su” is now my new given name
A poet who feels no more shame


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  1. Date: 8/7/2013 9:14:00 PM
    A top notch poem, you did really well, thanks for sharing on the soup, Ronald.

  1. Date: 4/29/2013 9:46:00 PM
    I rejoice with you on your new you... Congrats... I'm glad you happy with your new life.

  1. Date: 4/25/2013 6:16:00 PM
    oh my goodness. Are you recently divorced?? I thought I had seen you writing about your hubbie several months ago. This is very interesting to learn this stuff about you. Love how you said English tarnished you. hahaha. Luv, Andrea

    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards
    Date: 4/25/2013 11:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Check the FREE download mentioned in the text above for more details, Andrea. Love, Su
    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards
    Date: 4/25/2013 11:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I got divorced from my first husband after a stormy marriage which lasted 33 years. I was single for 3 years before marrying again (now married for little over a year) and working on some "teething problems". <3 Su
  1. Date: 4/24/2013 7:01:00 AM
    Sweet lady..It seems i got to know who you are a bit more through your verses.I'm.glad you found the courage to leave even if it took you long to move on and find yourself again.Experiences in life make us who we are and sure the word stronger defines it all.Excellent!

  1. Date: 4/23/2013 5:36:00 PM
    Congratulations... so glad you are now happy..

  1. Date: 4/23/2013 11:39:00 AM
    What better way to knlow toy more, dear Sue.. a most endearing , personal write that dereserves a win... congrats and thanks for the " welcome" greeting!.. will see more of you..:)

  1. Date: 4/22/2013 7:28:00 PM
    A long journey you have taken to become free from shame that should not been yours at all. I'm glad you are not chained to feeling that way any more. God Bless, Su !!

  1. Date: 4/20/2013 8:52:00 AM
    To think you have been thru an unhappy marriage for thirty years makes one sad !!

    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards
    Date: 4/20/2013 9:02:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It taught me to appreciate every moment, Jag, and to be grateful for the friends I have. Love, Su