My Name Is

As we take our first, hesitant steps towards a ‘new normal’, Penni Osborn shares with us a poem; the sentiment of which we feel resonates not just at this time, but for all time.


Ignorance is not the coat peg

That I hang my hat on

Despair is not a basket

My eggs are placed upon


Judgement is not a place

I visit in my dreams

Nor hatred, nor vengeance

Nor bigoted regimes


Injustice is not one of

My castles in the air

And no spite nor slander

Abide with it there


There is no intimidation

In my promised land

And doubt is not allowed

To have the upper hand


No racism, dogmatism,

Or sexism rules

Belong on the mission

That my presence fuels


Blinkered opinions

And small, narrow minds

Create the actions of fools

That I leave behind


Neither bullying nor persecution

Make my constitution

Retribution and fear

Aren’t my exploitation


Abuse is not my middle name

Violence is not my last

So, what exactly is my name?

You really need to ask?


My name comes from peace

From understanding, and such

Expanding of thought,

Of heart, of touch


My name seeks optimism

And throws out a rope

Of strength, faith, trust and love

For my name is… Hope


About the author
Managing Director / Counsellor at Anglia Counselling Ltd | 07747042899 | [email protected] | Business Website

Bob Brotchie is a counsellor, mindset consultant and creator of "Conscious Living by Design"™. He writes for Anglia Counselling, is featured on various other websites and introduces us to many guest writers all covering topics related to mental health and wellbeing.

Bob provides bespoke counselling services to individuals and couples in the privacy and comfort of a truly welcoming environment at his Anglia Counselling company office, located near Newmarket in Suffolk, England. Bob also provides professional online counselling, for local, national, and international clients. The therapeutic models offered are bespoke to the client’s needs, especially those in receipt of 'childhood emotional neglect' (CEN), whilst integrating a mindful approach to psychotherapy and cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) principles. For clients experiencing trauma and/or phobia, Bob offers EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing).