Annie Nannie Anita – Anne
For four generations, someone in my mother’s family
Was named Anne.
Born into a family of women,
Born with a hand-me-down name,
In the end, I was the only one never to suffer a nickname.
For just one day, just once
My grandfather called me his little Nancy
And I felt special, unique, only, new.
And yet, when I order my
Frappuccinos with whipped cream at Starbucks now,
I tell them my name is Lucy.