“Names” by Rachel Rostad

  1. Would she have preferred her parents didn’t name her Rachel ?
  2. What was expected if her mother had replied?
  3. Does Rachel feel a sense like she is living like two different people one americanized and one Korean ?

This poem brought me to tears, especially when referring to her line of being like a injured baby bird. It made me think of how fragile and susceptible we are to things around us, even before we truly are even aware. It made me think of the connotation behind my own name. I kept hiding my face behind my own hands hoping that would some how calm all the emotions that were building up inside. Ouch and ohh my were repeated throughout her words were sharp.

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