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Poemdog

Dogs 2017

PURDY
(9/13/17)

"that's what's on
my birth certificate"

he'll tell
anyone
who asks

"no
I wasn't named
after anyone"

he's somewhere
in his 80s

I wonder
how many times
answered
those questions?

wonder
about the teasing
in school

in the service

in the workplace

the name
must've held
some significance
for his parents

perhaps
it was a
unilateral
decision

I wonder
if there was
an argument
about the birth
certificate

I try
to imagine
two young adults
going through
those deliberations

probably
only one
was the proponent

the other
finally
relenting

creating
explanations
from that point
forward

looking down

at their
pretty son

wondering what
life
might have
in store
for a man
with such
a moniker