“A Boy Named Kantaro”
The name is good for you, my father said
the day I was born.
My father wanted to use
part of his name for me.
My mother said kind
of the same thing.
My mother wanted to use her same initials.
My mother and my father
went to the temple.
A Buddhist monk helped my parents
with making my name.
The Buddhist monk said the name “Kantaro.”
My parents agreed with him.
My father’s name is included in my name
My mother’s name is included in my name.
The meaning of my name is to become
a man who could think positively.
I am a person
who thinks positively.
You are like your name, my parents said.