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A Rose by any other

What's in a name, you say Is a rose still a rose by any other And isn't 'Mom' a lot more loving Than calling her 'Mother' A name is an occupation, a means to a living There's Taylor and Saylor, though never a Jailor There's Carpenter, Brickman and even Ferdman* Stockman and Lockman -- but as yet no Nerdman A name's an ideal, a wish for Biblical greatness There's Moses and Aaron, David and Saul Esther and Mordecai, Jesus and Peter and Paul There's Jacob's son Joseph, his technicolor coat All the rest of his sons ~ Abraham, Martin and John** Let us come full circle and return to our Rose There are flowers like Camelia and Amelia Bedelia*** There's Dahlia and Zinnia, Blossom and Bluebell Jasmine, Yasmina, Violet, Daisy, Hazel and Surapon**** Though all of these names are so pretty, so nice My two favorite names are 'Sugar and Spice' ____________________________________________________ * 'Ferdman' means 'Horse Man' ** 'Abraham, Martin and John' was the name of a Top-10 pop hit, recorded by Dion DiMucci in 1968 *** Amelia Bedelia is the slightly wacky heroine of a children's book series ****Surapon sneaked in here because I needed a rhyme. The name has nothing to do with a flower. It is a male name. I know a Surapon who is an ESL student from Thailand at the University of the Potomac. His name means 'brave warrior,' (I think)... Oh, well. What's in a name?...

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Date: 2/5/2019 7:20:00 PM
Gershon, what a pleasant read this has been for me. I am not a master gardener but I do have plants and trees gracing my yard (all 3 acres of it) and it keeps me busy taking care of them. It is, however, a very rewarding "hobby". Since God saw fit to create them all, why should I not cultivate some for the beauty of the beholder. Thanks, and FYI, roses have sounds. Take a look at my poem, The Sounds Of A Rose, if you care to. Blessings --- Curtis
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 2/5/2019 8:27:00 PM
Thank you so much, Curtis, and I'll surely look at your poem, 'The Sounds of a Rose,' as soon as I click on the Submit button for this reply! ~ gw
Date: 2/2/2019 6:33:00 AM
I have been entertained, Gershon:) Thank you for being a bright beam in an otherwise gloomy day:) Regards // paul
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 2/2/2019 11:31:00 PM
May the gloom be permanently dispelled, Paul! Thanks and best wishes, Gershon
Date: 2/1/2019 9:10:00 PM
I like this poem so much. I read the book Chrysanthemum to the class today, and there were all kinds of flower names in that book. It is strange but sometimes we as teachers will hear a particular name and cringe, usually not the flowers though. Liked your ending a lot!
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 2/2/2019 11:30:00 PM
Thank you for mentioning 'Chrysanthemum?' How could I leave that one out. Glad you included it for me, Caren! :)
Date: 2/1/2019 4:26:00 PM
This made me chuckle more than once! That is a few places in the poem and each time I read it! You are blessed with boundless wit!
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 2/2/2019 11:29:00 PM
What can I say? -- Just that I can't thank you enough for your encouragement and support, P.S. It is always and deeply appreciated. Best wishes, Gershon
Date: 2/1/2019 4:29:00 AM
Never thought of it like that , thought provoking for sure. Just off for dinner in Chicago ! Tom
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 2/1/2019 1:15:00 PM
Ha, ha. I took your last line literally, and was going to ask you where you dined! Can you believe it. They didn't call me 'Simple Wolf' back in the day for nothing! Thanks, Tom! ~ Gershon
Date: 2/1/2019 2:52:00 AM
what a charming and fun poem Gershon:-) hugs Jan xx
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 2/1/2019 1:17:00 PM
Glad you thought so, Jan, and thanks for the helpful feedback. Best wishes, Gershon
Date: 1/31/2019 11:13:00 PM
I'm fascinated by numerology; there's a lot more in a name than most people can imagine! I enjoyed this piece, Gershon.
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M. L. Kiser
Date: 2/2/2019 5:08:00 PM
Gematria...yes but, I'm still learning.
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 2/1/2019 1:18:00 PM
Me, too. (Fascinated by numerology). Ever look into 'gematria?' … Thanks for the support and your kind words, M.L. Best wishes, Gershon
Date: 1/31/2019 10:55:00 PM
WoW! Gershon, You've penned a good piece about the importance of a name. I prefer being called "mom" however sometimes my kids call me mother. Great rhymes and content. Excellent job:-) Alexis
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Date: 1/31/2019 11:02:00 PM
Alexis, thank you so much for the feedback! You are spurring me onward, though not necessarily upward... If you're still awake, catch the one I just posted, 'At dinner in Chicago in January.' If not, you'll have to wait 'till February, I guess... :)