May 23, 2022


A Rootless Tree Needs To Be Upheld


A Rootless Tree Needs To Be Upheld

Some names are historical,
yet other labels are personal,
maybe most names are cultural.

Certain names reflect a history
of one's parents, their deeds, desires;
yet other names are transcendent.

They embody, endorse an identity,
self, self-acceptance, self-worth and ...
one's community, culture and cosmos.

The association and mention of self,
is central, revealing and instructive;
some say naming is fundamental.

Naming is as psychological as it
is spiritual, it is a social practice
and a futuristic and ritualistic act.

Culturalists would caution one that
a name which doesn't have a cultural basis
is like a nondescript tree without a root.

Would you slam them and say naming
or 'misnaming' is not their business?
or you would take it as a wake-up call?

Sometimes names are a likeness
of the bearer, an echo or a mismatch!
be that as it may, names aren't petty tags.

Indeed they carry and connote self,
they distinguish and define oneself,
For names name meaning and value.

Article © Ndaba Sibanda. All rights reserved.
Published on 2022-04-25
Image(s) are public domain.

1 Reader Comments

Shelly Norris
06:34:42 PM

Ndaba, again, I truly enjoyed reading this exploration of naming, particularly the foray into cultural associations. Well done!

Add your own comments!
The Piker Press moderates all comments. The commenting policy can be found




As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases when you shop Amazon through our links.

By Ndaba Sibanda: