Your name is a clue to who we were meant to be in this life . I take your name and the picture I get becomes a poem–rhymed or free verse–telling a story that somehow resonates with who you ‘are’ and who you are meant to be. It is a form of encouragement which empowers you to see the truth of your ‘being'; the symbolic picture of ‘you’.
It all started when….
Years ago I was trying to write a poem for the leader of a Bible study. I admit it was more to impress her than anything else, but there you have it. I had written quite a few, but none of them seemed ‘anointed’. One evening after going to bed I got the first line of a poem. It was about a watercolor wash of a sunrise. I got out of bed and quickly wrote what came to me on the first thing I could find and went back to bed, certain this was for the person I had been so unsuccessfully attempting to write. The next week I brought it with me to class. In small groups there was a new woman who had just returned from the mission field. She shared with us about her watercolor works and I thought perhaps I had been wrong and the poem was intended for her. It wasn’t until I didn’t hear a word about it from this woman I realized it hadn’t been meant for her. I ALWAYS get some response when I write! So again, I write out the poem and the next week I deliver it to the leader. A few days later I receive a thank you card in which she has written to ask, “How did you know I had just the other day taken a walk with my husband one morning and the silhouette of the trees against the early light made me say I was going to have to make a watercolor wash of it?” I responded to her with this: “Did you notice the date on the poem? It wasn’t written a week after this happened; it was written the week before!”
Of course, the question still remains–how did I know? I don’t know, it just came to me and I wrote what came. It is always like that, even now when I write what I call Name Poetry, where I get a picture of a person’s name and write about it. All I can say is, it sure is fun! Teresa Crane