Isn't my name magical?

Isn't My Name Magical?

Nobody can see my name on me.
My name is inside
and all over me, unseen
like other people also keep it.
Isn't my name magic?

My name is mine only.
It tells I am individual,
the one special person it shakes
when I'm wanted.

If I'm with hundreds of people
and my name gets called,
my sound switches me on to answer
like it was my human electricity.
Isn't that magical?

My name echoes across playground,
it comes, it demands my attention.
I have to find out who calls,
who wants me for what.
My name gets blurted out in class,
it is a terror, at a bad time,
because somebody is cross.

My name gets called in a whisper
I am happy, because
my name may have touched me
with a loving voice.
Isn't it all magic?


from Only One of Me (Macmillan, 2004), copyright © James Berry 2004, used by permission of the author.

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James Berry - Children's Poems

James Berry Children's Poetry Downloads

1Caribbean Playground Song

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2Jamaican Song

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3Childhood Tracks

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4Seeing Granny

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5Rain Friend

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6Trick a Duppy

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7Everyday Music

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8Seashell

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9Earthworm and Fish

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10A Nest Full of Stars

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11Isn't my name magical?

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12A Story about Afiya

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13When I Dance

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14The Barkday Party

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15Action Images

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16Scribbled Notes...

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17The Adding Up of Birthdays

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18Somewhere! Somewhere!

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19Wild Whistling Woman

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20Skeleton Sisters

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21The Quarrel

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22Together

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23Singing with Recordings

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24Postcard Poem: Solo

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25Duppy Dance

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26Getting Bigger Rap

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27Mek Drum Talk, Man

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28People Equal

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29What Do We Do with a Variation?

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30Okay, Brown Girl, Okay

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31Everywhere Faces Everywhere

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32Teach the Making of Summer

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33Listn Big Brodda Dread, Na!

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34Innercity Youth Walks and Talks

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35The Boy-Don Rap

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36A Toast for Everybody Who is Growin

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37Gobble-Gobble Rap

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38Light Fabric

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39Bye Now

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40Goodbye Now

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