Poetic License: ‘Sonnet: Pacheco Pronounced’
(For my daughters Miranda and Allegra)
If you’re not from Spain or Puerto Rico
Then you’ll pronounce my name Pacheeko,
Pachenko, Patcheck or Pacheo
The latter to rhyme with Galileo,
Or if you’re French or really slow
Then you’ll call me Pah-sheh-co –
Paycheck or Paczechoslovakia
If you’re a Slavic telemarketer.
But if you can sing “Little Sir Echo”
Have a Chinese rug that’s real Art Deco,
Admire the paintings of El Greco,
The power of Jose Canseco,
Buy insurance from the Geico Gecko,
Then you’ll pronounce my name Pacheco.