Why these million names?
Who can know them all?
Why language?  Why call
each passing fancy
by some random name?

Adam, commanded
by God began to
name the animals,
but what did he know?
Tiger, dingo, whale,

praying mantis, cat,
fox, octopus, gull,
robin, wolf, porpoise–
what was the purpose
of God, Linnaeus

naming and naming
and keeping their lists?
What does “child” tell you?
“Mountain,” “meat,” or “war”?
What is naming for?


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