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Month: August 2021
Wooing Words — a Poetic Reflection
It didn’t come to me like a dove or a bow-kissed sky.
It came to me like a chain,
And a ball,
And a chunk of long, hard time.
At Christmas, it was laughter,
Sprung out of silence
Like birdsong in a winter field.
It was the quotidian traffic of words and syllables and letters that desperately needed an officer
To shout, and blow his whistle, and
Move them along.
I’m learning to shout like the officer.
I see his uniform, and the shiny buttons on his coat,
The orderly way the words obey his commands.
I want to be like that, but
Characters are capricious creatures, and philosophies even more fickle.
Still, I’m finding there’s a knack of it.
There’s a time for harsh words and whistles that shriek above the street,
But there’s a friendship, too.
It’s a hospitality,
Like old Mrs. Reyburne, who takes me in and fills my hands with tea and biscuits.
I’ve got to offer tea to even the least of these letters.
I’ve got to fill them up with sweets and let them overflow and spill out into meaning,
of reflected shapes and refracted light
To form the rainbow that wasn’t there before,
And brings the olive branch at last into view.
It didn’t come to me like a dove or a bow-kissed sky,
Until I asked it to come in and stay a while.
If I Could Name All the Guide Dog Puppies | A List of Names Beginning with E
Well, it’s been a while, so I thought it was about time we added another list of dog names. Here are my ideas for a litter of E’s.
Ephie (Feminine): Greek, meaning well-spoken.
Ellory (Masculine): meaning island of elder trees.
Elowen (Feminine): meaning elm tree. I think this name is gorgeous and would love to use it for a child, but am absolutely positive it would be shot down by my husband hahaha. If you’re in that situation too, maybe you can use it for your pup instead.
Esther (Feminine): Meaning star. Biblical, a heroine of the Hebrew people, chosen for her beauty to be the new queen of Babylon. Rescued the Hebrew people from geniside at the hands of the king and his adviser.
Ezrah (Masculine): Biblical, apparently means helpful person, a prophet from the old testament.
Echo (Neutral): nice and short, a similar vibe for me to the name Shadow.
Emerald (Feminine): could go either way really but it feels more feminine to me. Emmie could serve as a sweet nickname.
Elias (Masculine): Greek and Hebrew origins, meaning “Jehovah is God”.
Everist (Masculine): for a mountain of a dog.
Everra (Feminine): my made up feminine version of Everist. Maybe it’s a real name somewhere? If not, maybe you could make it a real name by choosing it for your pup.
Estella (Feminine): derived from the Spanish word for star.
Eragon (Masculine): okay, here’s the thing. I wanted to include Aragorn, because I am an LOTR fan, but didn’t realize Aragorn is spelled with an A, not an E… so here’s the Christopher Paolini name equivalent that does start with an E.
Elf (Neutral): here’s another E word with fantasy vibes.
Elm (Feminine): because I like nature names.
Elite (Feminine): I met a dog once with this name and I thought it was a unique option.
Elysium (Neutral): from Greek mythology, heaven, paradise.
Ember (Feminine): as in a burning ember.
Empyrean (Masculine): paradise.
Epic (Neutral): My dog is Epic… no really, that’s his name.
Eulalia (Feminine): the war cry of the anthropomorphized hares in Brian Jacques’ Redwall, this word also refers to a flowering ornamental grass and a patron saint of Barcelona… careful about looking up her story though… it’s not for the faint of heart.
Do you have a pet or service animal with a name beginning with E? What would you add to this list?