Tirupathi Chandrupatla


'What's in a name? '


'What's in a name? '
The great one said,
A rose by any name
Would smell the same
True it is when we name
Something that's known
What if we name something unknown?
Such as a storm,
National Hurricane Center
Originated a list of names
Of women, and men
For several years of storms
Six scores of them
Used in a cycle
And it's argued
A name's a convenient way
To refer to a storm
And then…
If a storm was deadly
For reasons of sensitivity
A committee decides
To retire the name
No new storm will get that name
A new name takes its place in the list
Logical it looks
But what about that name
For naming a child?

Submitted: Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Edited: Sunday, March 09, 2014

Topic of this poem: name


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Comments about this poem ('What's in a name? ' by Tirupathi Chandrupatla )

  • Bronze Star - 2,868 Points Patricia Grantham (7/31/2013 8:27:00 AM)

    Certain names that we give to some person, place or thing sometimes
    reminds of us of a special event, a loved one or just appeals to us for some
    reason most of the time we can't explain why. A name can hold a lot of
    meaning for the person and the one who gives it. Nice write. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 7,536 Points Geetha Jayakumar (7/21/2013 10:39:00 AM)

    Good poem. enjoyed reading it...A new name takes its place in the list.....Well read. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 9,695 Points Heather Wilkins (6/12/2013 6:57:00 PM)

    In time the person or thing becomes that it seems. a nice read (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 40 Points Indira Babbellapati (5/25/2013 11:19:00 AM)

    This reminds me of my teaser to children, does a goat know it is called goat? , a dog, dog? So on... (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 2,446 Points Somanathan Iyer (12/6/2012 8:52:00 AM)

    wonderful observations expressed. (Report) Reply

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