Max Reif

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I Refuse To Be 'Maxwell'* - Poem by Max Reif

I refuse to be 'Maxwell',
Though that is my name.
When mom called me that,
Was she playing some game?

Maxwell was her father,
Who died just before
I came into the world
Through her open front door.

This custom of sticking
Old names on a tot,
Thus saddling them down,
I think it is not

Quite fair! Who's she see,
When she calls me by name?
Does she see me or him?
To her, are we the same?

'Max' sounds like a boxer.
I'm not quite one of those.
But I'm not my dead grandpa!
They leave no other choice.

Comments about I Refuse To Be 'Maxwell'* by Max Reif

  • Linda Ori (3/17/2006 11:48:00 PM)

    My son's name is James, but Jimmy is his choice. When I call him James he knows he's in trouble! He's an adult now, but still insists on Jimmy. Go figure!
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  • (8/16/2005 1:43:00 PM)

    My first name was once 'Joy.'
    I dropped it for I liked the mystery
    Of my middle name.
    Now I tell everyone,
    Once I was a Joy but not any more.
    (so now you know the true story.)

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  • (8/11/2005 11:58:00 AM)

    Well done Max...and I refuse to address you as Maxwell, don't want you to come down upon my head with a silver hammer.

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  • (8/11/2005 10:07:00 AM)

    I'm filled with euphoria,
    My full name is Gloria!
    Well done, Max!
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  • (8/11/2005 10:04:00 AM)

    I always hated my name ' Amberlee' growing up, because Amber was such a boring and common name. Then when I got older, I started going by Amberlee, since that is my full first name..then I realized it was sort of, it's not so bad. I actually like the name Max, it reminds me of youth...
    excellent poem by the way.
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  • (8/11/2005 9:23:00 AM)

    That’s y I think name is never my identity. It is some where beyond, name and body….
    Good poem…Max[ if u wana known by this name]..
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  • (8/11/2005 9:16:00 AM)

    I can relate to that sort name is an old name and I always wondered why my parents named me what they did.....good write! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, August 11, 2005

Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 18, 2010

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