u3a - Jay


She wishes to be known

by her new name now,

so I practice writing it

in sand and snow;

scribble it in black ink

in steam on the window.

Although the midwife

handed me Emily Jane,

it’s only the name I mourn

she’s just the same;

happier now with Jay,

more neutral, more plain –

my grown-up daughter

with her new chosen name.

By Denise Bennett of Havant u3a