The origin of the word blat is the Yiddish blatt, meaning a sheet of paper, or the petal of a flower.

 

Cockroaches are insects of the order Blattodea. The name is derived from the Latin blatta, an insect that shuns the light.

 

Days old, tiny white insects made home on my lashes.

 

I am a survivor. I am like a cockroach, you just can't get rid of me, said Madonna.

 

Plants need light but cockroaches are mainly nocturnal.

 

I was named by my father’s mother but have never met her.

 

In the mid 80’s, Russian musician Vladimir Kuzmin wrote a song called “Simona.”

 

            She is goddess among the poets

            She plays tennis and basketball

            She listens to Bach and rock n roll

 

Before he dies, the poet Mark Strand says, “Blat? What kind of a name is that for a writer?”

 

A name can begin to stand for something else the moment it leaves your lips.

 

In Russian, you use blat as a verb to refer to “getting hooked up.” As in: Did Mary get you into that nightclub? Yes, Mary hooked it up.

 

In English, blat means “a bleating sound” like that from a sheep. As in: when I offered her my hand, she blatted like a fawn, and ran away.

 

My mother calls me Seraphima when I anger her.

 

Seraphima Blonskaya was a Russian artist famous for her painting called "Girls, Palm Sunday" where several girls dressed in white are holding large palm branches and small yellow lights.

 

There is a portrait of Seraphima by Dmitri Sinodi-Popov where she is in profile, slouched over the back of a chair, and her arms are locked under her chin. Her right fist is tightly gripping a piece of crushed paper. Her gaze is out of the frame but her brow is furrowed. In all senses, she looks pissed.

 

The biblical word seraphim means fiery ones. The seraphim were an order of angels described by Isaiah as having six wings each making them the most powerful.

 

Someone I recently met said it helps to remember someone’s name by repeating it whilst looking directly in their eyes.

 

I’ve kissed someone with 6 names.

 

Does it really matter what you are called?

 

Do sounds have meaning beyond memory?

 

I dislike the name Simon, though it is only one letter short of my first name, the Italian female form. It’s a name that feels stale.

 

To learn a language is to learn a set of rules, wrote Lacan.

 

When we first met, I didn't remember your name.

 

I admire men with female names and women with masculine names. When we name a thing, the thing slips.

 

"I wish I was a Simona."

"That Simona is so hot."

"The name Simona is such a Mediterranean name."

"I would like to ____ a Simona."

 

I have met two other girls named Simona. One was blonde, one brunette. They both were imposters. Since it happens rarely for me, I go about life thinking that I am the only Simona in the world.

 

I want to follow a stranger around and guess their name by watching them. If you said your name out loud but I couldn't hear, could I still understand it?

 

Does my name look like me?

 

The meaning of a word is its use in the language. And the meaning of a name is sometimes explained by pointing to its bearer, wrote Wittgenstein.

 

In Russian, if you put an accent on the “a” the word blat means bitch.