Legacy by Lynn White

Vera Lynn was a famous singer,

the Forces Sweetheart, no less.

My mother was Vera,

so I should be Lynn.

My mother liked things to be


But even more than 

the correctness

of Vera and Lynn, 

she abhorred diminutives.

They were definitely not 


So I must have a name

which could not be shortened.

Joy was a contender, but, 

just suppose that

I was a weepy child.

That name would not fit me.

For me it would not have been


She needn’t have worried.

But worry she did.

So, Lynn it was

and Lynn I am.

My legacy

from my


**First Published By Silver Birch Press in All About My Name Series, June, 2015
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About the Poet:

Lynn White lives in north Wales. Her work is influenced by issues of social justice and events, places and people she has known or imagined. She is especially interested in exploring the boundaries of dream, fantasy and reality. She was shortlisted in the Theatre Cloud ‘War Poetry for Today’ competition and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net and a Rhysling Award.


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