Thursday, 16 March 2023


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


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