NaPoWriMo Day 24

NaPoWriMo Day 24! The prompt for today was to locate a dictionary, thesaurus, or encyclopaedia, open it at random and consider the two pages for a poem. I happened to open my tattered dictionary to the letter Q and thus emerged this quixotic poem! It was certainly an entertaining experience!

Happy (Quirky) Reading!

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NaPoWriMo Day 23

NaPoWriMo Day 23! Today’s prompt was to write a poem on an animal. I chose my favourite feline- the tiger (my domestic cats would be so mad at me). Here’s my poem for today. Happy Reading!

23rd April

Eyes of the Tiger

Two majestic eyes stare straight at me
Shining with ferocious strength
And the sight sent a chill down my spine.

Two majestic eyes and their golden hue,
Contrasted brilliantly against stripes
Which shifted ever so slightly
Revealing beneath, the tough sinews.

Two majestic eyes with immense power
Caused all hapless prey to cower
Rivalled only by the deadly claws
And sharp teeth nestled in strong jaw.

Two majestic eyes peered around
On sharp alert for the next feast
Treading stealthily on forest ground,
Nothing could match this regal beast

Alas!
Two majestic eyes stare straight at me now
Whimpering in caged fear
And the sound sends a chill down my spine.

Amala R.

 

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NaPoWriMo Day 22

NaPoWriMo Day 22! Today’s prompt was to express something about another form of art. In this short poem, I have paid homage to the art forms of painting and dancing. This poem is also incredibly special to me as the image used today was digitally illustrated by my best friend, a brilliant artist who is also the focus of the first section. The second section is about the way I perceive dance, my other passion apart from writing.   

Happy Reading!

April 22

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NaPoWriMo Day 21

NaPoWriMo Day 21! The prompt for today was to play around with writing that doesn’t make formal sense, but which engages all the senses and involves dream-logic. This poem is actually a reinterpretation of an old poem I wrote about nightmares. But the nightmares changed and so did the poem. Today’s poem is titled ‘Le cauchemar’ in French which means nightmare.

Happy Reading!

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NaPoWriMo Day 20

NaPoWriMo Day 20! (Woah only 10 days left) Today’s prompt was to write a poem that is grounded in language as it is spoken – not necessarily the grand, dramatic speech  but the messy, fractured, slangy way people speak in real life. Additionally we could either incorporate overheard speech or turn of phrase. Basically, do away with ‘poetic speech’.

This prompt went against my very being but I found it really rewarding in the end! I’ve taken a quintessentially Indian phrase, ‘arre yaar’ which is used extensively everywhere and made it certainly amusing to pen down!

Fun Fact: Arre yaar has officially been in the Oxford English Dictionary since 2015! Happy Reading!

April 20

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NaPoWriMo Day 19

NaPoWriMo Day 19! The prompt for today was to pen an abecedarian poem – a poem in which the word choice follows the words/order of the alphabet. A very different type of acrostic poem that I haven’t tried before so I really enjoyed the challenge! I decided to opt for a more visual poem today and thus I chose the butterfly- one of my favourites out of Nature’s creatures.

Happy Reading!

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NaPoWriMo Day 18

NaPoWriMo Day 18! Today’s prompt was to write an elegy of our own, one in which the sadness is communicated not through abstract words, but physical detail. It was immensely tough to put down on paper at first but it turned out to be liberating in so many ways. This poem is an elegy to my grandfather, my Appa whose love knew no bounds. Everything I am is because of him and so I dedicate this poem to his memory.

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NaPoWriMo Day 17

NaPoWriMo Day 17! The prompt for today was to write a scene from an unusual point of view. It was certainly an unusual prompt for me. Till about an hour ago I was still racking my brains until inspiration finally struck. I decided to write from the perspective of sleep for right now, I am so sleep deprived!  (Probably why the poem came so easily)

Happy Reading! (In my case, happy sleeping!)

April 17

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NaPoWriMo Day 16

NaPoWriMo Day 16! Today’s prompt was to write a poem that uses the form of a list to defamiliarise the mundane. Ironically, the only ‘mundane’ activity that sprung to my mind was when we log into Instagram. Here’s my interpretation of it as something more mystical and magical.

Happy Reading!

April 16

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NaPoWriMo Day 15

NaPoWriMo Day 15! The prompt for today was to write an idea of a poem as a sort of tiny play, which can be performed dramatically— an incredibly challenging prompt! I took inspiration from the Bengali dance drama ‘Chitrangada’ by Rabindranath Tagore which depicts a story from Mahabharata about Chitrangada, a fierce warrior princess and Arjuna, the Pandava. The story revolves around Chitrangada transforming herself to win over Arjuna after being rejected for not being feminine enough. However, she realises that she is denying her own identity and thus the love itself is false. When Arjuna hears about the warrior princess from her villagers, he is highly impressed and she finally reveals her true self to him. In this monologue, Chitrangada addresses Arjuna to accept her real identity.

Happy Reading!

April 15

(Image has been sourced from ‘The transformations of Chitrangada’ by Devdutt Pattanaik)

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