Ah, to write about a secret and share it. Well, I can’t think of anything I am keeping secret that I can tell about, except perhaps one that I don’t know the answer to:
It isn’t my secret. It might be
my father’s. Perhaps his mother knew.
Born to one surname, married under another.
What happened in the years between?
Did it change when he was small?
Perhaps he never knew at all?
Am I a Swaebe? Or am I a Pfahl?
Did she change it or did he?
Why all the mystery?
All that so many years ago.
I suppose now I’ll never know.
Carol A. Stephen (nee Swaebe)
April 20, 2018
Swaebe is pronounced with a long a, silent e’s. Swayb.
Pfahl, as far as I know, has a silent P and h FAWL