Name

Name

When did your name
change from a proper noun
to a charm?

Its three vowels
like jewels
on the thread of my breath.

Its consonants
brushing my mouth
like a kiss.

I love your name.
I say it again and again
in this summer rain.

I see it,
discreet in the alphabet,
like a wish.

I pray it
into the night
till its letters are light.

I hear your name
rhyming, rhyming,
rhyming with everything.


From Rapture (Picador, 2005), © Carol Ann Duffy 2005, used by permission of the author and the publisher.

Recordings

Carol Ann Duffy Reading from her Poems

1You

2Text

3Name

4Forest

5River

6Haworth

7Hour

8Swing

9Rain

10Absence

11If I Was Dead

12World

13Hand

14Rapture

15Elegy

16Row

17Cuba

18Tea

19Betrothal

20Bridgewater Hill

21The Lovers

22Fall

23Ship

24Love

25Give

26Quickdraw

27Finding the Words

28December

29Grace

30New Year

31Chinatown

32Wintering

33Spring

34Answer

35Treasure

36Presents

37Write

38Venus

39Whatever

40Midsummer Night

41Grief

42Ithaca

43Land

44Night Marriage

45Syntax

46Snow

47Your Move

48Epiphany

49The Love Poem

50Art

51Unloving

52Over

Books by Carol Ann Duffy