A word can hold one's character
In infamy or fame
A connotation that assures
Of whom we try to name.
Though most escape a single word
The least we do is try
To coin a sound that can be heard
To mention someone by.
I find that when I know a friend
Arises two or three
Associating words to pen
Whom they appear to be.
My dog, for instance (rest his soul)
Heard Hero, Snap, or Sniffy,
(Or dog or come or here's your bowl)
Which brought him in a jiffy.
And though our names be multiplied
They still can't fully claim
To capture all we are inside--
So little in a name.