rivaRiva, sounds simple

But is made up of tangled detail

From the blood in Israel

To my flesh in America

And my breath in Saint Paul

From the naming of my great grandmother

Unique and unusual

And always mispronounced

Means so much more than R-I-V-A

My name is always your first impression

Complicated, unique, and mispronounced

A name is so much more than a word

It’s a personality

It’s me



Riva Storch is a student at Gordon Parks Senior High School in Saint Paul. She lives with her dad in a house in the West End of Saint Paul. After high school, Riva would like to attend college and graduate with a license in social work. In the meantime, she is focusing on her schoolwork and being an accomplished student.


Posted in: Poetry
Tagged: 2013, jewish