Monday, May 4, 2020

Reflections A to Z 2020

Hello again,

Hope you all had a wonderful month of April with the A to Z challenge. Whether you posted for all alphabets or missed some, if you are satisfied, you've achieved it all.

This year's challenge has been good to me as I got to meet new bloggers. Last year was my first time participating and I posted each day. Hardly met anyone and didn't know where to find them either. This time, joining Blogchatter helped a lot.

The poems filled my heart with peace and gave me new hope. Though I'm nearing a burnout stage, I feel happy to have taken part.

You can find the posts day-wise linked below. I do have plans of converting them into an ebook but until I decide, the posts will stay live.

Wishing you all loads of happiness, health, and peace. Stay safe, and don't forget to wash your hands.


Day 1: Across the Bridge
Day 2: Barrel of Grapes
Day 3: Come with Me
Day 4: Diya on the Wall
Day 5: Break
Day 6: Emotions Unknown
Day 7: Full Tide
Day 8: Gather the Leaves
Day 9: High up the Mountains
Day 10: Into Oblivion
Day 11: Just You & Me
Day 12: Break
Day 13: Kissed by the Divine
Day 14: Lake Amethyst
Day 15: My Favorite Window
Day 16: Nomadic Life
Day 17: Oranges of Autumn
Day 18: Purple Feather
Day 19: Break
Day 20: Quietude
Day 21: Restored to Glory
Day 22: Silver Land
Day 23: To Walk through the Snow
Day 24: Under the Barren Tree
Day 25: Vanished Forever
Day 26: Break
Day 27: With this Brush
Day 28: Xenophile
Day 29: Yearning for Freedom
Day 30: Zenith

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Zenith

Credit: Ratna Pochiraju

Blue as the vast sky
He sat taller than the mountain
Standing beside him in pristine white
Soothed by the gentle aura
Of the Lord who ruled the Universe

Earthy hills bowed at his feet
Resembling the animal kingdom
Proud to have their teammate
Adorn his majestic shoulders for eternity

The sun paused midway
Waiting to a side
Marveling at the Lord’s ease
At confining the darkest poison in his throat
And enclosing the gutsy Ganga in his dreadlocks

This was the moment- Zenith;
When the Universe held in its hands
The gift of infinite power & peace
With the blessing of wisdom;  
To use them all with care;
To trust the Lord and his ways
To care for those who belonged to Him

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Note: I wanted to end the series with a positive and hopeful poem. What can be better than Lord Shiva deep in meditation? 
Thank you for all your lovely comments. (I know we'll have to share another closing post, but still...)
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I don't usually share videos but this poem reminded me of the below scene (which is my absolute favorite because of the song and the picturization). Enjoy!


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For more poems, check out Violets in Hand
For a dose of horror, check out the latest book onboard Route 13: Highway to Hell. The book is free on KU.
#AtoZChallenge 2020 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter Z
Read the other poems here
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Are you a writer? Here’s a great opportunity to get published. The Hive is inviting submissions for their next anthology. To know more details, click here.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Yearning for Freedom

Credit: Ratna Pochiraju

A random raindrop slips
Sparkling in the early morning light
To disappear into the tiny puddle
At the feet of the old tree

Hidden in the heavy dark clouds
The diamond drops break free
To glide and slide over the leaves
Only to lose the glitter
In the blink of an eye
And vanish again

For how long, the raindrop wondered
When dripping from the clouds
To earn the for the freedom it yearned
To shine and shimmer alone
Without merging 
Into a shapeless water body

Little did the raindrop know
Its beauty and elegance lay
In its ability to unite
And give life to this world 

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For more poems, check out Violets in Hand
For a dose of horror, check out the latest book onboard Route 13: Highway to Hell. The book is free on KU.
#AtoZChallenge 2020 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter Y
Read the other poems here
*****
Are you a writer? Here’s a great opportunity to get published. The Hive is inviting submissions for their next anthology. To know more details, click here.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Xenophile

Credit: Ratna Pochiraju

Land away from hers
With structures so old
Centuries of tales
Of love, betrayal, and possession
Dwelling inside the walls
Call her heart
To reach out and listen
To pry open the secrets hidden
In the dark passages
That took lives and saved them
At the whim of men
Who liked to conquer

A strange allure the land had
While others around her
Laughed, smirked, and ridiculed
Deciding she fall for the glitter
When it was the dark past
That mesmerized her inquisitive soul

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For more poems, check out Violets in Hand
For a dose of horror, check out the latest book onboard Route 13: Highway to Hell. The book is free on KU.
#AtoZChallenge 2020 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter X
Read the other poems here
*****
Are you a writer? Here’s a great opportunity to get published. The Hive is inviting submissions for their next anthology. To know more details, click here.

Monday, April 27, 2020

With this Brush

Credit: Ratna Pochiraju

In its tiny feet
The sparrow held a paintbrush
To paint its future

Intent on the thought
It flew over the vast sky
Enthralling the world
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Note: The poem is a pair of Haiku- 5-7-5 syllables in each line. 

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For more poems, check out Violets in Hand
For a dose of horror, check out the latest book onboard Route 13: Highway to Hell. The book is free on KU.
#AtoZChallenge 2020 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter W
Read the other poems here
*****
Are you a writer? Here’s a great opportunity to get published. The Hive is inviting submissions for their next anthology. To know more details, click here.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Vanished Forever


Credit: Ratna Pochiraju

Village
Empty houses
Lifeless trees, vacant sky
They left it to ruin years ago
That night

Oh, why?
No one to speak;
Shh! Listen to the cries
Echoing in the haunting wind;
Help us!

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Note: The poem is a pair of Cinquains- 2-4-6-8-2 syllables in each line. 

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For more poems, check out Violets in Hand
For a dose of horror, check out the latest book onboard Route 13: Highway to Hell. The book is free on KU.
#AtoZChallenge 2020 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter V
Read the other poems here
*****
Are you a writer? Here’s a great opportunity to get published. The Hive is inviting submissions for their next anthology. To know more details, click here.