Saturday, April 17, 2021

Day 15 - O (A to Z Challenge) and Day 17 - Unto You (Napowrimo)

Day 15 AtoZ Challenge

Art and affirmative alliteration for Day 15. All my art works of AtoZ challenge have been done in acrylic inks and coffee wash. Edited digitally.

O-AtoZChallenge-HuesnShades
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Day 17 Napowrimo



you rose with a silver
crescent of a ring and a blood red hue
the other day—

was it anger or passion that you wore?
couldn’t decide for sure

night after night, you rise above
spread a silver blanket—
across urban and rustic abodes—
alike

did it matter to sapiens at all!
you are taken for granted, o nimbus one!
the world has created lights in various forms

yet, there are a few who miss you
on days you don’t make your appearance
who keenly watch the ever-changing phases
that you seem to be a master after all...

is that inconstancy that you speak for?
or is it the change that you vouch for?
the ebb and flow of life that you offer?
anything that he learns or just suffers?

like it or not, you do influence—
in the wails of a lunatic and the howls of the wolves
like the waves in the oceans and its undercurrents.
not to mention artists and poets
who have attributed countless allegations.
you are a witness – silent and surreptitious —
of past, present and the future

the world sleeps when you are up/rise
you see the real man in all his ‘grandeur’
night after night the ghosts enter
to clamour and create chaos—
to loot and plunder, to lust and revel—
to make sacrifices, to celebrate death—
to reign a world that you no longer recognize—

still, you embrace one and all
for you still live with the hope of a new-found
land where dreams blossom—
in the smiles of sleeping children,
strewn across the indigo sky—
where flowers and saplings grow in secret spaces
waiting for the eminent rays enriched by your dews.



Napowrimo prompt:


Our (optional) prompt. I’ve seen some fairly funny twitter conversations lately among poets who are coming to terms with the fact that they keep writing poems about the moon. For better or worse, the moon seems to exert a powerful hold on poets, as this large collection of moon-themed poems suggests. Today, I’d like to challenge you to stop fighting the moon. Lean in. Accept the moon. The moon just wants what’s best for you and your poems. So yes – write a poem that is about, or that involves, the moon.

This poem of mine was originally written in 2018 a couple of days after the Super Blue Blood moon. I am a Luna-lover and I have photos of the moon in my collection and I have attempted a couple of poems earlier as well. So this seemed a perfect chance to edit the 2018 one, polish and refine it a bit. I fine-tuned it after reading the prompt today.


Do let me know your views. You can click on the AtoZChallenge/ Napowrimo tags to look at my earlier posts.

In case you are interested to see some nocturne paintings of mine, click HERE.

PS : This post is posted as part of BlogchatterA2Z 2021 challenge.
Poem posted as part of the 30 day poetry challenge for the month of April NaPoWriMo2021


Friday, April 16, 2021

Day 14 - N (A to Z Challenge) and Day 16 - Life in Parallels (Napowrimo)

Day 14 AtoZ Challenge

Art and affirmative alliteration for Day 14. The intention is to reach out to young girls in specific and everyone in general who need to hear some positive and empowering affirmations each day. Just a humble alliterative effort. I wish we could all inspire each other everyday, place a helping hand, a shoulder to rest for a while, embrace to overcome the each other's pain, ease with laughter and a extend a bit of company to one another. In short, empower one another.

All my art works of AtoZ challenge have been done in acrylic inks and coffee wash. Edited digitally.


N-AtoZChallenge-HuesnShades
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Day 16 Napowrimo


night fell silently

across the whole expanse, stealthily

eyes wide open, i ran violently

until sweat streamed profusely

like i stood under a shower

had no control or any power

the once shone grass at the golden hour

now blades of fire to devour

eyes open, room fills with blue

blue waves along the edges of you

life in parallels and due review

screw. true. knew. flew. pursue.


On second thoughts, adding a fun one too:


The elephant and the ant

Walked through the sand

The temple bells rang

They made their way and sang

Hymns, prayers and cymbals clang

They praised the Lord when they heard a bang

Sure there it was – a mustang

Clamour they heard from a gang

The duo raced sans guilt or pang

Sped the mustang, got the hang

There’s always yin and yang



Napowrimo prompt:

Because it’s Friday, today I’d like you to relax with the rather silly form called Skeltonic, or tumbling, verse. In this form, there’s no specific number of syllables per line, but each line should be short, and should aim to have two or three stressed syllables. And the lines should rhyme. You just rhyme the same sound until you get tired of it, and then move on to another sound. 

Skeltonic verse is a fun way to get some words on the page without racking your brains for deep meaning. It’s a form that lends itself particularly well to poems for children, satirical verse, and just plain nonsense.

This prompt was a bit easy on me this time. I actually came up with three short poems and finally decided to go with this one. Love the choices and variety of these everyday prompts.

The elephant and the ant is a colloquial/oral comic kind-of-series that we have regionally, around. There are many jokes based on the duo/pair.


Here, I would like to mention some blogs I have been following. There are some more which I shall share soon. We have reached mid-way of Napowrimo and though I find it difficult to visit all the blogs, I would like to name a few:

Namratha Varadharajan - http://namysaysso.com/

Ira Mishra -http://livelife2dfullest.blogspot.com/

Feby Joseph - https://silvercowcreamer.wordpress.com/

Smitha V - https://smithavishwanathsblog.com/

Selma Martin - https://selmamartin.com/blog/

Kim Russel - https://writinginnorthnorfolk.com/

Paula Aamli - https://soundcloud.com/paula-aamli

Vandana Bhasin - https://feelings161.wordpress.com/

Graham Parker - https://grahamparkerpoetry.com/

Alana - https://apowrimo.home.blog/

Merril Smith - https://merrildsmith.wordpress.com/

Maria L Berg - https://experiencewriting.com/


(I need to get some more awesome links, shall add in my later posts)


Do let me know your views. You can click on the AtoZChallenge/ Napowrimo tags to look at my earlier posts.


PS : This post is posted as part of BlogchatterA2Z 2021 challenge.
Poem posted as part of the 30 day poetry challenge for the month of April NaPoWriMo2021



Thursday, April 15, 2021

Day 13 - M (A to Z Challenge) and Day 15 - Visions (Napowrimo)





Day 13 AtoZ Challenge

Art and affirmative alliteration for Day 13. The intention is to reach out to young girls in specific and everyone in general who need to hear some positive and empowering affirmations each day. Just a humble alliterative effort. I wish we could all inspire each other everyday, place a helping hand, a shoulder to rest for a while, embrace to overcome the each other's pain, ease with laughter and a extend a bit of company to one another. In short, empower one another.


M-AtoZChallenge-HuesnShades
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All my art works of AtoZ challenge have been done in acrylic inks and coffee wash. Edited digitally.


Day 15 Napowrimo


Mooring the stars to the tiny houseboat

I zig-zagged along the pebble to the tip of the cliff

I saw the horizon bleeding

Alarmed, my hair rose on my skin

I wished to dip my brushes into it

Paint a fury painting or a passionate one

But all I could do was stare and stare

Until the gold sunk itself in.

I could eat the clouds and embrace the air

But soon time and dimensions change.

Fireflies dropped from sky like rain

Scintillating the hearth of visions

All I could do was stare and stare

Love engulfed in numerous forms

Bees rose from grass, roses bloomed on dews

Jasmine curled on arms, ghazels sprinted across

The wide duned-skies, and I floated in mid-air

Beaming with enormous love

All I could do was love and all you could feel was love

All I could do was stare at the wondrous sight.          


This is not on Napowrimo prompt as such. Since I didn't have time to write today, I am posting a poem that was selected and published in an anthology called "Beyond Words." It is my habit of imagining and envisioning scenarios, a bit of a waking dream and a lot of tying up the elements and trying to recreate it and mostly failing at it as it would never match the the 'idea' I conjure up. I am learning and getting better at it, sometimes.

Do let me know your views. You can click on the AtoZChallenge/ Napowrimo tags to look at my earlier posts.


PS : This post is posted as part of BlogchatterA2Z 2021 challenge.
Poem posted as part of the 30 day poetry challenge for the month of April NaPoWriMo2021



Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Day 12 - L (A to Z Challenge) and Day 14 - Light (Napowrimo)

Day 12 AtoZ Challenge

Art and affirmative alliteration for Day 12. 


L-AtoZChallenge-HuesnShades
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All my art works of AtoZ challenge have been done in acrylic inks and coffee wash.


Day 14 Napowrimo


There is no home without me

If there is, they long for my presence

A place of worship abounds with me

It pervades sanctity, an offering to God

I always win in the eternal war over darkness

I am a child’s glee and lovers’ delight

Every heart needs me, their hope to ward off evil

Meant to remove ignorance, am held in various forms

Traditional to contemporary—pedestal,

Suspended from ceiling or held in hand

Metal, glass or wood, contain me as they could

I gain a new name with association

Unlike water, I am a fiery brand

I can start small and gain an avatar

Auspicious ceremonies always begins with me

People gather to see me brightly adorn the Lord

Watching me glow is auspicious to the core

I am summoned at every festival

Lighting the ten-headed *Ravana

Marks the culmination of *Dussehra

I am the offspring of the powerful element

With the ability to vanquish and build

I am Sanskrit for Light,

A tiny drop to see through the darkness.

As human as I am, I have no prowess—

The skills the word bestow me.


*Deepa means Light.

*Ravana - the ten-headed Demon-King of Lanka. He was a great scholar and master of multiple skills but the 10 emotions (/ten heads - anger, greed, lust, envy, pride, ego etc.) that ruled him led him to his ultimate defeat and death.

*Dussehra - also known as Vijayadashami is a major Hindu festival celebrated at the end of Navaratri every year. It involves the burning of effigy of the Demon-King, Ravana to mark the victory of Lord Rama; the victory of good over the evil, light over darkness.


Napowrimo prompt:

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.”

I am not sure about how this has turned out. It was hard explaining my name - to many associations popped up and I had to sieve through. Do let me know your views. 

You can click on the AtoZChallenge/ Napowrimo tags to look at my earlier posts.


PS : This post is posted as part of BlogchatterA2Z 2021 challenge.
Poem posted as part of the 30 day poetry challenge for the month of April NaPoWriMo2021


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