I had never heard it before, a beautiful feminine name. It just felt like me, and made me smile, so it has been in my heart ever since. In retrospect I think it was a grace to have a found name. It softened my self -loathing to some degree. I then later came across “Lona Hessel” a fictional character in one of Ibsen’s lesser known but very wonderful (and actually hilarious) plays called “Pillars of Society.” She was a strong independent witty voice who spoke truth to power and is one of the few Ibsen main female characters who would not be either oppressed or terrifying. This play actually was an Ibsen play that did not end in a suicide of some sort. I loved her, and the bond to this name grew. Yesterday in researching for this prompt I realized I had never actually looked up the meaning of this name. In English, Lona means “Solitary.” This fits, and the truth in it and the ability to love and understand myself even when so much of my little corner of the world cannot do so binds me close to this name I have taken. Thank you Amaya. A lovely prompt, and an important one for me. I will just sit over in this corner, in solitude, not loneliness, with a nice big glass of that glow I get from the dVerse crowd. Won’t be able to be on the poetry trail much until my road trip this weekend, but I am looking forward to it. “When something is important to you, you care what it is called.” Thank You, Lona.