NaPoWriMo Day 14 – The name I’m Called by

“Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that delves into the meaning of your first or last name. Looking for inspiration? Take a look at this poem by Mark Wunderlich, appropriately titled “Wunderlich.”

My poem for the day – ‘The name I’m called by’

The name I’m called by

Wasn’t bestowed on me by my dear father

Perhaps like Shakespeare, he

thought, ‘What’s in a name? A rose by

any other name

would smell as sweet.’

My name wasn’t chosen by my dearest


Perhaps she simply content herself with

my existence

It made no difference

to her the name by which I be addressed

And so, the story goes, the name I was

christened with

Wasn’t the result of an astrological


Or a numerological calculation

But one given by an uncle, whose name I

cannot disclose

For fear of his life,

for he now has a loving wife

My name is the name of his past love,

they say

The lady was rich and quite the beauty

in her day

Maybe he wished the same for me, some


Why else would he decide on a name

that reminded him of an old flame-

who left him pining

and nursing-

his broken heart

while she blossomed

and smiled,

With another, far away

The name I’m called by

could not be more apt

You will agree if you see me;

though my children might disagree

The name means ‘Smile’ or ‘Smiling’

The name means ‘Blossomed’-

A blossom that makes people smile

Or a smile that makes people blossom

The sound of it makes me smile quicker

than when someone says ‘Cheese’

And so the name I’m called by

I can’t help but love

And for that I must my dear uncle, thank

For if he loved a woman by any other


It simply would not be the same. All Rights Reserved.


14 responses to “NaPoWriMo Day 14 – The name I’m Called by”

  1. Andrea Stephenson Avatar

    I love this Smitha, the idea of being named after a lost love but that also has those other meanings of blossoming and smiling – it would seem to be a name of good fortune!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much Andrea for your kind words.
      I’d been meaning to write a poem on my name since sometime now. I’m so glad you loved reading it.
      ‘A name of good fortune,’ I love the sound of that!

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  2. Deepa Gopal Avatar
    Deepa Gopal

    Loved every bit of it, Smitha. You have explained the story of ‘Smitha’ so wonderfully! I was smiling all along!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thanks so much Deepa. I’m happy to know it made you smile. I only hope my aunt doesn’t see it 🙂


  3. SelmaMartin Avatar

    Aw, such a gem. Thanks so much for sharing this. Glad I finally found your blog. Forgive me, sometimes these things (techy thing) take me forever to figure out. Lovely. I’ll be following. Smitha, yes. Your name makes me smile, but at this precise moment I do not wish to bloom; I want to curl in my bed to sleep. Be well, my sweet Smitha. Love your name. I wish you miracles. Good night.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you Selma for following and for your lovely comment that made me smile…ear to ear. Its a pleasure to get connected…albeit virtually. I wish you blooms and smiles. XXX.

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  4. Feelings and Freedom Avatar

    So sweet 💕 And I never knew your name meant “smile”😊

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Oh really…I hope you agree though unlike the girls😀

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Feelings and Freedom Avatar

        Oh absolutely! I was envisioning your beautiful smile while reading it 🤗🤗😘😘

        Liked by 1 person

        1. Smitha V Avatar

          🥰🤗😍 and you made me smile like you always do. Loads of love to you Vands😘

          Liked by 1 person

  5. Manja Mexi Mexcessive Avatar

    “A blossom that makes people smile or
    Or a smile that makes people blossom”

    This is beautiful and all of it is quite fascinating.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you! So glad you liked it and enjoyed the back story.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. robbiesinspiration Avatar

    A gorgeous poem, Smitha. Is this based on the truth?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thanks Robbie…yes from what I’ve heard🙂


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