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Given a Name - A Haiku

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- See your potential -

- See your potential -

My legacy

My legacy

Oh how I love her

Oh how I love her


You have a strong name
Limitless, defined by you
You choose what it means

Like a lovely bow
Decorating a package
It hides gifts inside

We're given a name
To begin our journey with
To bend to our will

The name knows no bad
No failure and no limits
It waits for your choice

Prepared for the best
It follows you faithfully
Never turning its back

Yes I chose your name
And the lessons I taught you
But you chose your path

Nothing defines you
Every choice helps to form you
Always room for change

Hear this and be strong
Happiness and Peace are keys
All else are just traps

You have a strong name
Limitless, defined by you
Yes, only you chose.


Lissette (author) from Central Florida on July 10, 2015:

Thank you for the free blessings Jo Goldsmith11. We are honored.

Jo_Goldsmith11 on July 08, 2015:

The most beautiful message a parent can give to their child as

*further life instruction*. Awesome, beautiful and interesting.

Up all the way for sure. Blessings always for you and your child. :-)

Lissette (author) from Central Florida on September 16, 2014:

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What a wonderful comment, thank you Motherofnations. I have always felt blessed to be hers. I hope that you are right...

mothersofnations on September 11, 2014:

Another beauitful poem... You must be such as loving mother and strong woman and I'm sure you have passed these qualitites on to your "legacy"... Your daughter is blessed to have you and you to have her... May God bless you and your baby girl abundantly, in Jesus' name...

Lissette (author) from Central Florida on March 19, 2014:

Very nice to meet you manatita44. Thank you for reading it... you are right, it was written in the spirit of pure love.

manatita44 from london on March 17, 2014:

Wonderful message in a true spirit of love.

newenglandsun on January 01, 2014:

I looked it up. It's the French spelling of Elizabeth.

Elizabeth which ultimately means...

Nothing about a "queen of lilies".

And the name Kennedy...

There is a Kennedy River. And Lily is a lovely nickname for Lissette so that may be where the confusion came.

Lissette (author) from Central Florida on January 01, 2014:

Thank you for visiting, reading, and complimenting Wetnosedogs... love your handle :)

Lissette (author) from Central Florida on January 01, 2014:

Hello again Suzette... This young lady is my heart and soul. I am glad that you enjoyed the work.

Lissette (author) from Central Florida on January 01, 2014:

Hello Daniel... It seems like a lot of pressure to be a promise. Thankfully, I do not really feel pressure. I am sure I am not a promise tho except maybe to my daughter.

I am not too impressed with the definitions for hers that you found but someone gave me a mug that I liked that says that her name is of unique origin and means 'a powerful river'. I am sticking to that.

My entire name translated means Queen of the Lilies. It figures that I would have a river, a water source to call home that gives me life. :)

wetnosedogs from Alabama on December 19, 2013:

Greatly written and beautiful.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on December 19, 2013:

Beautiful tribute to your daughter. Beautiful poems!

newenglandsun on November 20, 2013:

I looked up the meaning of both your names.

Lissette means "God's promise" or "God is my oath".

Kennedy apparently means "helmet headed" or "ugly headed" but "helmet headed" sounds so much better way to describe your daughter. She's tough, not ugly.

My name means "God is my judge". Continuing on my full name, "God is my judge, twin, bright renown".

Lissette (author) from Central Florida on August 17, 2013:

The curiosity does not bother me. Her name is Kennedy.

newenglandsun on August 11, 2013:

What is her name? Sorry for the curiosity.

Lissette (author) from Central Florida on June 08, 2013:

Hi Philly. Thank you. I love her so!

Jose Velasquez from Lodi, New Jersey on June 05, 2013:

Great message for your daughter, and she looks just like you.

Lissette (author) from Central Florida on April 28, 2013:

You are right Rambansai, only to me death is not peace. It is just stillness. Stillness of breath and life. I will not know if it is peace for a soul until it is my turn but we can obtain happiness, composition, and peace in life. If this is the case, if we do carry intangibles with us when we die, we can come close to ensuring peace.

Ram Bansal from India on April 28, 2013:

I would rather say, 'Happiness and composition are keys ...', for the peace directs toward death, the ultimate peace.

Lissette (author) from Central Florida on March 22, 2013:

Thank you so much Cyndi for your kind, sweet words to me. Lifting my daughter up is the best job I have ever been given. It is very nice to meet you.

Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on March 22, 2013:

What lovely haikus for your daughter. She will always be able to hold onto what you have written for her, lifting her and carrying her through whatever may come her way. What a wonderful gift to your daughter from her very gifted mother.

Lissette (author) from Central Florida on January 24, 2013:

Thank you so much Vicki. I love this girl beyond measure. The pics are like my mini museum of art. I enjoy searching for the one I think fits best. Always a joy to see you Vicki. Thank you again.

Vickiw on January 23, 2013:

Hi Moms-Secret, love your haiku, and the love that shines through it. Also, your pictures are perfect.

Lissette (author) from Central Florida on January 14, 2013:

Debbie, you have earned your right to be sure of yourself. Go ahead and break your limits.

I am so grateful that others enjoy my writing in a way that I can't even begin to explain but when I am writing and posting, I almost forget that others will be judging it soon. So it doesn't not influence my choices.

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on January 13, 2013:

Mom I love your collection of Haikus .. You need a great job.. I have done a few but I haven't posted .. guess not sure of myself yet.. lol

I will watch your wonderful work..


Lissette (author) from Central Florida on January 12, 2013:

Thank you Frank. I love seeing you. A name does outlive us.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on January 12, 2013:

I like this little collection of Haikus based solely on giving a name.. and it's funny because the name you give stays with you beyond life.. look at the grave markers.. the names stay long after you're gone.. love this group of writings Moms :)

Lissette (author) from Central Florida on January 11, 2013:

Scarface - I am glad that you have found me and that you enjoyed the work. I hope to see more of you. Of coarse I will visit you. Thanks for the personal invite... very vip-ish.

Lissette (author) from Central Florida on January 11, 2013:

Mhatter, what a wonderful complement. I am so happy that you could enjoy it. I have to admit, it took a lot of counting and rephrasing. :)

Lissette (author) from Central Florida on January 11, 2013:

James-W, you are absolutely right. The children are a unique, life changing gift.

Lissette (author) from Central Florida on January 11, 2013:

Thank you for visiting Erin. I had no idea that you read me. :D

Scarface1300 on January 11, 2013:

I do love Haiku but even more so when a number are put together to form a longer story. I have 3 that I have done similar. 1- Childish vs Adultish. 2- Divided. 3- Heaven vs Hell. The latter is my personal fav. I would appreciate your comments on these if you could make the time. I do love your haiku and give a huge thumbs up to this lovely work. Up and Beautiful................................. Chris

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on January 10, 2013:

Masterfully done. Forming individual haiku into a meaningful poem. Thank you

Tijani Achamlal from Morocco on January 10, 2013:

You are welcome.Kids are the ones who make us smiling and look at the sunny side of life when we are down..real treasure.

Erin on January 10, 2013:

Beautiful as always... :)

Lissette (author) from Central Florida on January 10, 2013:

James, happy to see you again. She is my treasure. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Lissette (author) from Central Florida on January 10, 2013:

Xstatic, what a lovely comment. That others may find it... what an inspiring thought. I hope it finds her when she needs it.

Lissette (author) from Central Florida on January 10, 2013:

Thank you Writinglover. Always nice to see and inspire you. The pictures... one is how I see her and the other is her. :D

Tijani Achamlal from Morocco on January 10, 2013:

Awesome and beautiful ode to your treasure.I like it.Thanks for sharing.

Have a nice day.

Jim Higgins from Eugene, Oregon on January 10, 2013:

What wonderful advice to your child, to any child. I'm sure she will treasure this.

Jennifer from Lost...In Video Games and Stories on January 10, 2013:

As always, a wonderful hub and quite inspiring I might add. Loved your pictures. Voted awesome! :)

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