WHAT’S IN A NAME?
Two sides of me are represented in
My names: one cheerful and the other glum;
For “Alan” means I’m blithely free from sin,
Though “Ernst” is darker, solemn, cold and numb.
My last name then reiterates the same,
Since “Nordstrom” says that I’m a frozen stream:
This double oxymoron in my name
Implies I’m the reverse of what I seem.
So when you meet me, what should you expect—
A two-faced fellow with a Janus head:
Sly, ambivalent, and indirect,
Or someone unpredictable instead?
Fear not, for I’m exactly as I look;
As you see here: my life’s an open book.