This week's post offers up a prompt for our creative consideration with the topic of: your name! As Mr. Lehman so masterfully puts it: "When spoken, a person’s name likely affects him or her more than any other word in a language. It is also possible that one’s name can serve as the subject or the scaffolding of a poem."
For example, Mr. Lehman used his own name to create an acrostic poem as follows:
David means “beloved” in Hebrew, and Lehman might lead me to Lac Léman in Switzerland or to the failure of a certain investment firm 10 years ago. Here’s a quick acrostic:
Do I believe in a supreme being?
Against all odds, in the face of all reason, I
Veer from the dogma of our day and
Insist that faith remains
Viable, if not visible, a prelude to a beloved state.
What turns will your own poem take? Visit the American Scholar's page for more inspiration, an alternate assignment, and to enter your candidate!