Saturday, October 8, 2011

Nomen est omen?

Was I to be true to my given name, I asked,
if horse would nag my every lifetime task?
Would I be bridled with the bit through every lap,
or hold my steed through every handicap?

But horse I soon began to quietly like, you see,
the studs that came undone and played with me,
and found I could not say neigh to that love. And I
just met my destiny with whinny sigh.

Philip is "a given name, derived from the Greek Philippos (Φίλιππος)", meaning lover (or friend) of horses.

Placed in the imaginary garden with real toads. (Use your first name in a poem.)
Nomen est omen: the name is a sign ("true to its name").
Photo: Daniel Radcliffe appears in Peter Shaffer’s “Equus”.