Nicknames

From the book

That Sweet Diamond

by Paul B. Janeczko, Carole Katchen (Illustrator)

No one is happy

to be Bill or Brian or Joe.

Those are names

for teachers, parents, distant aunt

 

Here

Bill is the Bopper,

Brian is Snake

(for build not deeds),

Joe, the pitcher, is, of course,

Gas.

 

The others -

Scooter, Hoot, and Toots

Whale, Spunky, Goofy -

know who's who,

celebrate themselves,

singing their names

till they fill the air

of sweet summer nights.