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‘A Name’ by Ada Limón

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When Eve walked among the animals and named them —
nightingale, red-shouldered hawk,
fiddler crab, fallow deer —
I wonder if she ever wanted them to speak back,
looked into their wide wonderful eyes and whispered,
Name me, name me.”

– Ada Limón (1976)

I found this poem while riding the NYC subway. I was absolutely enraptured by this short poem and wanted to share it with you all. You can visit the MTA Arts & Design site by clicking here to view more poems and past poetry.

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