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The Name is James

  
James is my name with its historic meaning 
An important king bore this name 
Carrying it to its royal fame, 
One reason why this name I’m esteeming 
  
King James gave us the Bible in English
For which I am so proud 
I say the words low or loud 
But I could never speak Yiddish.

In the holy writ, more than one person shared
This name so renowned. 
Oh, how she loved its sound ,
The name Mama always declared.
  
My uncle called me by a nickname;
He wanted to call me Jim 
But Mama had words with him 
She told him that JAMES is my name. 
  
So family and friends, all my life, 
Called me what Mom named me,
For that was her earnest plea.
Substitutes pierced her like a knife. 
  
But I had a livelihood and bread to win 
There, co-workers gave me a moniker 
For which they would prefer— 
They called me Jimmy or simply Jim. 
  
Other aliases have been most replete,
Such as Whimpy, and Daneymoco,
Else, a-k-a, Hey You, or Jimbo.
Regardless, I will always come to eat.


For the "WHAT'S IN A NAME?" Contest

Sponsored by Linda-Marie The Sweetheart of P.S.

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  1. Date: 3/6/2011 5:48:00 AM
    This is a wonderful write on your name James!Congrats on your win---kashinath

  1. Date: 3/5/2011 8:04:00 PM
    Enjoyed your entry for the contest, "What's in A Name", James! and it is a "strong" masculine name. Best of luck in the contest! And thanks for the comments. Always, Annalise

  1. Date: 3/4/2011 4:30:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Linda-Marie's contest James. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/3/2011 1:55:00 PM
    Congratulations on this winning poem that I saw before. I still love it!!

  1. Date: 3/3/2011 12:16:00 PM
    Congratulations on the fifth place win in the contest of Linda, James

  1. Date: 3/3/2011 9:37:00 AM
    Congrats James on your fifth place win in my contest What's in a Name with this superb entry luv.. appreciate u supporting my contest...

  1. Date: 2/22/2011 11:37:00 AM
    This is so cute, my friend. I think James DOES have a regal sound to it and if I were you, I wouldn't settle for Jim. Best wishes in the contest! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 2/20/2011 7:58:00 PM
    thankxx for supporting my current contest James... good luck... will read in full as judging time draws closer luv..

  1. Date: 2/20/2011 6:01:00 PM
    Most people if hungry enough will answer to almost any name. You have written this entry very well. Linda-Marie should like it.

  1. Date: 2/20/2011 3:21:00 PM
    I enjoyed the write on the Name James, James. Good luck in the contest

  1. Date: 2/20/2011 2:19:00 PM
    I love how you turned it joking at the end. that was great. WIth Jimbo, Whimpy and those other names. And you always come to eat. Yep, I will come to eat no matter what too. You did great with this one!