13 Mar

“The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names” ~Chinese Proverb


The breakthrough when I found my strength
My peace, my grace, my aim
Occurred when I had recognized
What was my correct name

I’m not talking about the name
That my mom and dad gave
I’m speaking of the name that says
That I am strong and brave

I’ve had so many names my life
But none of them instilled
A sense of endless courage and
Of being so fulfilled

It wasn’t ‘till I contemplated
Pondered and reflected
On the name of “Warrior”
That I felt so connected

To the truths that we all have
And to the strength within
My stresses washed away when I
Chose to shed “Miro’s” skin

And instead simply be one of
The Warriors who roam
The Earth to serve and to inspire
And call their own soul home

My name may not be same as yours
But it’s vital to know
What your nomenclature is
If you desire to grow

It may reflect which God you praise
It may honor a beast
An animal or place that makes
You feel your strength increased

Whatever it may be, you must
Accept that what you’re named
At birth is not as important
As what you’ve later claimed

They say “Remember who  you are”
And with all due respect
I say forget about that and
On “What you are” reflect

‘Cause “who” is singular and often
Indulges ego
“What” reminds of collective
What others did bestow

The virtues of the Samurai
The chivalry of Knights
The peace and grace of Warriors
The Cops who maintain rights

The Cowboys who are cool and calm
The Soldiers with no fear
All of these names do eclipse
A day job or career

When I am asked what I do
I do not describe my work
I tell them “Warrior” because
It’s something I don’t shirk

I am a Warrior when I’m
Before computer screen
I am a Warrior when I
Am finished and convene

I am a Warrior when I
Sit down to write my songs
I am a Warrior and act
When I do witness wrongs

Whatever you may claim to be
It must be all or none
Your nomenclature’s not defined
By jobs that you have done

It’s not defined by religion
You practice once a week
It’s how you deal with life, it’s your
Approach, mindset, technique

As the Chinese proverb goes:
“Wisdom does start when you
Call things by their correct names
By moniker that’s true”

So take a moment and define
What your true name may be
You may find that it’s the first step
To setting your strength free



10 Responses to “Nomenclature”

  1. Deb March 13, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    This is excellent, Miro!
    Hugs, xx

    • Miro March 13, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

      Thanks Deb, glad you enjoyed. 🙂
      Peace & grace,

  2. Christy Birmingham March 13, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    We are so much more than our birth names. You are indeed a warrior and wear it well!

    • Miro March 13, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

      Thanks Christy, and you are quite poetically parfait! 🙂

  3. Soma Mukherjee March 14, 2012 at 12:58 am #

    what an excellent poem well said..all of us can carve a name for us with our good deeds and let our karma give us a beautiful name

    • Miro March 14, 2012 at 8:22 am #

      Thank you Soma. Wise words, my friend. 🙂
      Peace & grace,

  4. The Emu March 14, 2012 at 7:30 am #

    Excellent and well written

    • Miro March 14, 2012 at 8:22 am #

      Thanks Emu, glad you enjoyed it. 🙂
      Peace & grace,

  5. lscotthoughts March 15, 2012 at 12:51 am #

    Miro, you send us another wise message through your wonderful writing! Thank you! 🙂

  6. granbee March 20, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    Miro, guess what? I am a Warrior Granbee(grandmother) leading the fight for world peace and love and goodwill and understanding on behalf of my dear grandchildren. My “handle” GRANBEE is so very liberating for me! I know EXACTLY what you mean in this truly wonderful post! “To thine ownself be true”, as Will the Playwright Warrior said those centuries ago!

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