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'Who is Sylvia'

Sylvia I was christened And for sixteen years it suited fine. It was then I started working Where another had this name of mine. "To avoid confusion"some bright spark said "Why not call the original(fifty year old)Sylvia by her name And the new one junior instead" Well I was most indignant,teenage ego crushed. I wasn't going to have this at all. So I reached a compromise shortened it toJune And only responded to this call. From then on to everyone even future spouse I introduced myself by this name. Sylvia in personal life slipped away. But for officialdom it remained the same.... I penned this to avoid a build up of confusion And to protect this poet's sanity. Please super Soup friends call me June. When you write Sylvia my mind asks 'who is she'?

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  1. Date: 11/23/2011 3:43:00 PM
    Isn't that a song by Franz Schubert, June? June it will be, and, congrats on the selection. daver

  1. Date: 11/23/2011 10:01:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved poem being featured this week June. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/21/2011 5:58:00 PM
    Congratulations on your poem being featured this week, Sylvia

  1. Date: 11/20/2011 7:58:00 PM
    Congrats on featured poem this week on PS.. how are u luv?

  1. Date: 6/15/2011 2:28:00 PM
    Hello June. Thank you for your kind comments. Love, Vie

  1. Date: 11/24/2010 8:15:00 PM
    ok any name...sweet poetry! jimbo

  1. Date: 11/10/2010 8:15:00 AM
    Well-written and enjoyable to read. Thanks for sharing it. A name change can be traumatic under certain conditions. My wife changed her first name when she married and moved away. Some of her family were just awful about it. Her first name was a name that in the South is usually given to a cow, but her relatives didn't care about her feelings. An ill-chosen name can cause so many problems, like the boy idiot parents named "Adolph Hitler." Elton

  1. Date: 10/24/2010 10:22:00 AM
    Hey June, this poem's great (ok sorry, I just had to sing it in tune of Hey Jude ^_^) -- I really like how you explained the story behind your name, thank you for the heads up-- enjoyed reading this-- and speaking of names-- eep I am really nikko :) I'm just using "kikko" for October, me being silly :) -- have a great weekend --& thank you for your insightful comments in my poem--Life's definitely a challenge and we should learn how to bear the consequences of our actions-- nikko :)

  1. Date: 10/10/2010 11:46:00 AM
    good write my friend [duncan]

  1. Date: 10/9/2010 2:24:00 PM
    Nice little story Sylvia/June. It sure will clear up the names on the Soup. It's great to see you here >> James :)

  1. Date: 10/7/2010 3:42:00 AM
    So that is how you are called June. a wonderful write. Thanks for the kind comments.

  1. Date: 10/6/2010 10:04:00 PM
    Nice to meet you June. Interesting story. Sounds like you have avoided the identity crisis this could have caused. Me - I go by the old adage: "I don't care what you call me, just don't call me late for supper." I will try to remember this tale - but, since you have SYLVIA as your name on the poems, please forgive me if I call you Sylvia in future comments. Joe

  1. Date: 10/5/2010 9:09:00 PM
    Hey, very intersting way to explain it to us Thanks for that. YOu should have called it "who is JUNE?" Thanks for your comment today. LUv, Andrea