Forrest Gander

If I were to change my name

I would change it to something

light and leafy like Forrest Gander,

the name of the poet whose poem ‘Pastoral’

I am reading now: ‘swarms of midges

bobbed up and down like balled hairnets

in the breeze’; nothing blunt and earthy,

like his nearest namesake, Forrest Gump

would write; but ethereal; I see he has a degree

in ecology and was born in the Mojave Desert,

all part of the grand design; his photo

portrays him, smiling, upstanding, arms outspread

as if ready to take off on another flight of whimsy.

photo courtesy of Ulle

13 thoughts on “Forrest Gander

  1. Do you think the homonym “balled” was a little touch of humour to go with the hair nets? 😉. I love it when people’s names go with their occupations. Like my English teacher: Mrs Read. And my son’s surgeon: Dr Croaker. And the lady at the bank: Penny Poore. That’s my favourite. 🙂

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