A Rootless Tree Needs to Be Upheld

Ndaba Sibanda

Ndaba Sibanda

Some names are historical,

yet other labels are personal,

maybe most names are cultural.


Certain names reflect a history

of one`s parents, their deeds, desires;

yet other names are transcendent.


They embody, endorse an identity,

self, self-acceptance, self-worth and …

one`s community, culture and cosmos.


The association and mention of self,

is central, revealing and instructive;

some say naming is fundamental.


Naming is as psychological as it

is spiritual, it is a social practice

and a futuristic and ritualistic act.


Culturalists would caution one that

a name which doesn’t have a cultural basis

is like a nondescript tree without a root.


Would you slam them and say naming

or ‘misnaming’ is not their business?

or you would take it as a wake-up call?


Sometimes names are a likeness

of the bearer, an echo or a mismatch!

be that as it may, names aren’t petty tags.


Indeed they carry and connote self,

they distinguish and define oneself,

For names name meaning and value.



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