We are stuck with our names, some of us.  Boys are stuck.  Some lonely girls are stuck.  Our names, carried with us in our wallets with our over-due rent checks and our overdrawn debit cards.  Our names, our given names, are heavy, if they weren’t already silvered for us at birth.  Shined.  Or they’re weightless in the way our bodies can feel weightless if we happen to fall in love with the right person.  If we find a baby, three days old, wrapped in a blanket on our front stoop, we give it a name, like Hope, and pass it on to an officer, who gives it another name.  Baby X stays swaddled in the unknown of itself.  Its mother may have had a name for it, but Baby Hope X will never know of that name.  It will pass through hands warm enough, play with plastic trains and hide its peas along the underside of the dinner plate.  It will laugh, once or twice. 

When the lonely girl decides she cannot remain the heir of her unfortunate name, she may marry the wrong man and take his.  He is stuck and so is greedily happy to pass his along.  They create a web.  They create more names, give them tiny toys and feed them every few hours, or when they cry.  The lonely girl signs the right papers and kisses him the right way.  She is his and she is stuck in some new way that looks shiny and crisp from the outside.  A mealy apple yet unbitten.

I was born to be a brilliant composer, just given the wrong fingers, the wrong ears, and the wrong name.

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