HOW WE PICKED YOUR NAME
for Lincoln Schechter (born November 5, 2003)
They told him Grant was filthy drunk.
“Then find out what he’s drinkin’,
and make the other generals
drink some, too,” said Lincoln.
He wrote the Gettysburg Address,
transformed the lowly ink in
his pen to soaring flights of prose!
And so we named you Lincoln.
A moral man, profound and brave,
compassionate and thinkin’,
he nullified the title ‘slave’.
What better name than Lincoln?
You may not understand just yet,
but someday it will sink in:
of all the names a boy can get,
there’s none surpasses Lincoln.
(originally published in Light Quarterly)