poetry post: A Bit of Nominal Etymology

My name is Rebekah.
Rebekah means “Bound.”
This used to puzzle me.
So I set to pondering:

“Bound & Determined”
had a nice ring.
And on occasion,
so did “Bound away.”

Bound away, I’m bound away,
‘Cross the wide Missouri.
But it’s long since that flow has marked
the boundary between the Domestic and the Wild.

Others were even less favorable:
“Bound” as in “Captive.” “Bound” as in “Not free.”
And the embarrassingly comical, crude:
“Bound” as in “Constipated.” Really?

Rebekah. Origin: Hebrew.
So I turned to Hebrew Scripture, appropriately:
“Bind the sacrifice with cords
to the horns of the altar.”

Not just unappealing. Downright
disturbing. I mean, bind and kill me?

I’d rather be running. So
Bound away, I’m bound away…
Yes, I’ll run. Yes, this girl
just wants to have fun.

Yes, I’ll run, damn it!
I really just want




But then —unbidden— other,
older words well up in me:
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it.
Prone to leave the God I love.

And I am bound to utter them — I cannot help it:
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.

—6/01/15, rkp



  1. Bekah, This made me think of Re-Bekah as in Re-Bound.

    Also, made me think of a story about a man who visited a monastery.  He found a monk and asked him, “What do you monks DO here all day?”  The monk replied, “We fall down and we get up; we fall down and we get up; we fall down and we get up again.” Hence. . . Re-Bound! Dick


    1. That. Is. AWESOME! Haha, thanks Dick!! I like “Re-Bound” a lot. And I just finished Part 1 of “The Grace of Incorruption” – it is really good. Had me in tears right away, too. We’ll have to share more thoughts on it soon.

      Re-Bound – the more I think about it, the better I like it.


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