Susan F. Glassmeyer


I give up my first name, which means lily,
a woman falsely accused of adultery.

I give up my middle boy-girl name,
which means my father wanted a son.

I give up my confirmation name, true image,
since my truth can be your lie.

I give up my first husband’s surname.
Having died, he no longer needs it either.

I give up taking my second husband’s surname
so I may travel alone in the world.

I give up my maiden name. It belongs
to my father anyway.

I give up my mother’s maiden name.
It belongs to my grandfather anyway.

I claim my trail of descended eggs
having died without ever being named.

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