Did your parents know the origins
of your names, or their associations?
Wendy, invented for a story
two decades before you were born;
Joyce, also a surname, often Irish
like your own. Your sister Rose
must have been called after the flower,
for she was never Rosemary, a herb
nothing to do with roses.
Kay perhaps because your mother
was Catherine, though spelt with a C.
Shirley Williams was not the first woman
to be named after Charlotte Brontë's
least known heroine, for so were
Bassey, Temple and all your namesakes.
Do any of you know that before that
it was a man's name? Your father
never read fiction, especially not written
by a woman; your mother discovered
Brontë in her eighties, bought Jane Eyre
one day from Dillon's in Exeter, picked it up
that night and couldn’t put it down.
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