The Tao of Names

I think it’s true

that everyone has a secret name.

Inscribed on your soul

There’s a unique sound

That’s your real name.

it’s what you’re about

on the very deepest level.

And you never tell it to anyone.

They have to tell it to you.

so how many times in a lifetime

do you hear your secret name

coming to you across

the distance and the darkness

the infinity of the universe?

Not many.

Maybe a half a dozen in a lifetime.

The rest of the time

you’re all alone.


— Huffstickler

May 31, 2000