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Limerick

I haven’t written one in a long time, but I remember this one from, oh a couple of decades ago “There was a young man from Brussels Who tried to operate on mussels They didn’t like it at all “To war!” they gave the call And he died from the daily tussles.”   Advertisements

Magnetic Poetry – 26.9.16

Inspired by Elusive Trope’s magnetic poetry challenge…..It’s been a long time since I last tried this and it is still a good mental exercise. I was forced to change the rhyme, the pattern, even the tone of poem so many times but I think I ended up with a decent poem. And yes, it kinda … Continue reading

Looking Into The Mirror

Originally posted on The World Is A Book…:
These two photos seem to reflect a life journey. The young girl, who sits inside of the window playing with her iPad, soon will be turning into a beautiful, smart lady, like the one sitting right outside of the window. The second photo seems to tell a story of how a…

Couplet (mine)

हुआ क्या जाएगा इन चंद तिनकों के उड़ाने में ये वीरां हो चुकी बस्ती सो अब क्या ख़ाक उजड़ेगी?   Hua kya jaayega in chand tinkon ke uDaane mein? Yeh veeraan ho chuki basti, so ab kya khaak ujDegee?   What pain if you tear up a weed? These ruins won’t go again to seed……   … Continue reading

Rang-e-Rekhta (Shades of Urdu)

Thanks to Kritika, who I can’t thank enough for letting me know that this event was being planned in my own town! A wonderful gathering of some great poets, and some terrific, terrific shayari. The rightmost gentleman is the oldest living Urdu poet in India, Gulzar Dehlvi. Aged 92, his voice belied his years. And … Continue reading

Faded

I was but a faded verse Annotated on a page Not one stroke could I reverse Though I struggled for an age   The dog-eared corner of the book Half-hidden like a venal sin Turned down, so you’d overlook The dark inked stain that lay within   And time helped further to erase And no … Continue reading

Couplet – Safi Lakhnawi 

ग़ज़ल उसने छेड़ी मुझे साज़ देना ज़रा उम्र-ए-रफ्ता को आवाज़ देना Ghazal usne chhedi, mujhe saaz dena Zara umr-e-rafta ko awaaz dena She sings, someone hand me my lute Someone call back my departed youth! 

Magnetic poetry challenge

Doug over at Elusivetrope, has started this very interesting challenge, magnetic poetry. Head over to his blog to understand the challenge and links on how to create a magnetic poem of your own (poem not guaranteed to hold its readers spellbound by its magnetism). I found it a good test of my poetic faculties. My … Continue reading

Jane’s Weekly Poetry Challenge

Jane Dougherty has this lovely poetry challenge on her blog. Every Wednesday she puts up a few words, and you are challenged to conjure up a poem using them all, and leave a link to your creation in the comments section.  There’s even a painting or a picture to kickstart your imagination. This week’s challenge (ok … Continue reading

No it’s not

If you can’t rhyme a rose Then why not call it prose? If words do not obey And meters slip away Then why not call it prose?   A lovely thought arose It was perfect, or close You grabbed a pen and wrote But it struck false a note Why can’t you call it prose?   You … Continue reading

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