Surname

You got it from your father, It was all he had to give,

So its yours to use, love and cherish as long as you live.

If you lose the watch he gave you, it can always be replaced

But a black mark on your name can never be erased

Wholly encompassing your being like a domain

At the end of your name, forever it will remain

It was clean the day you took it, and a worthy name to bear

When he took it from his father, there was no dishonor there

Clean, White and without blemish like freshly fallen snow

Never associated with evil vices, the Name also forever must glow

Like a lighthouse gives comfort at night to weary sea-men

It should always be spoken of as the best among good Men

Without giving them reason to about it slander

But to hear of the good deeds it is noted for and wonder

If such is still possible in a world filled with people

Whose lack of integrity spreads about like a ripple

So make sure you guard it wisely, after all is said and done

You’ll be glad the name is spotless, when you give it to your son.



19 thoughts on “Surname” by tolu oke (@teekellz)

  1. Wonderful.

    Very very unique theme. I like the way you worked the saying that A Good Name is Better than Silver or Gold, into a poem.

    And the ending is just beautiful. Nice work man!

    1. Thanks a lot :-D

  2. Nice work.

    Nice. I really appreciate the lines.

    1. Thank you, Thank you

  3. A good name is better than silver and gold. However, some were unlucky to have been handed down a not-so-good name. Regardless, they can still make it good.

  4. Beautiful theme, Beautiful lines, Great poem…Well done..

  5. Very very nice…

  6. What about us women that have to do away with ours? We’re free to spoil it shey? Afterall it won’t be with us forever.

    Really advisory.

    1. How now??? The last line was not supposed to be gender-based though……. “Son” could be “Daughter” too. Don’t spoil your name though……. :-D

    2. Women don’t count na, @babyada. Imagine somebody bearing the surname of “Mary”, or “Linda” or any other female name.

      1. They count now, at least until they are married… an its their surname we’re talking about here

    3. hahaha..@babyada, very good question…and a challenge to write a poem that would respond to this. Waiting for that nice rejoinder from you!

      1. Abi @chemo. Maybe I should try my hands on that. Thanks for the muse, hehehe.
        @Kaycee, I mean the surname (My father’s name). I said it’s allowed that the women can spoil it before they do away with it since it won’t stay with them forever.

        1. @chemo it would be nice to see that *fingers crossed*

  7. A good name better than silver and gold all well explained in a beautifully rendered poetic piece…I’m feeling the wisdom all the way through!

    I likey!

    1. Thank you so much. Muchas Gracias :-D

  8. I like d wisdom in ur lines…..well doneee

  9. I’m loving this poem.

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