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Senryu

Ahh this was tough to choose ofcourse. I was head over heals with Sestina, a highly structured French verse form of poetry consisting of six six-line stanzas and a three-line envoy (thirty-nine lines). The end words of the first stanza are repeated in varied order as end words in the other stanzas and also recur in the envoy.

But….considering the  A to Z April Challenge and  Global Poetry Writing Month for limiting to the shorter forms since i have already had few long ones(couldnt help it ), i took up

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No less beautiful form,it is a short Japanese style poem, similar to haiku in structure, however, senryû tend to be about human foibles while haiku tend to be about nature, and senryû are often cynical or darkly humorous and satiric while haiku are serious.

So,here is my hand at Senryu :

The stench of human  
 jealousy  Interrupts the 
  sweet   scent  of  success 

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I promise to do a sestina soon 🙂

Rhymes for kids

Poetry quenches everyone’s thirst for enjoyment, but the most benefitted of the lot are kids. Even before kids get to nursery, the singing of

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makes them eat their food, play around and sleep too. They donot generally have a meaning but have a strong rhyme to be composed into song for children to enjoy it. Here is one of their favorites for you:

 

This old man, he plays one
He plays knick knack on my thumb
With a knick knack paddy wack
Give a dog a bone
This old man comes rolling home

This old man, he plays two
He plays knick knack on my shoe
With a knick knack paddy wack
Give a dog a bone
This old man comes rolling home

This old man, he plays three
He plays knick knack on my knee
With a knick knack paddy wack
Give a dog a bone
This old man comes rolling home

This old man, he plays four
He plays knick knack on my door
With a knick knack paddy wack
Give a dog a bone
This old man comes rolling home

This old man, he plays five
Don’t play knick knack on that hive
With a knick knack paddy wack 
Give a dog a bone
This old man comes rolling home

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Qawwali

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is the traditional form of urdu poetry/Islamic song found in India and Pakistan.  The word qawwali is derived from the Arabic word Qaol which means “axiom” or “dictum”.  A Qawwal is one who sings qawwali, or the dictums of the prophets and praises of God.  The Qawwali is closely linked to the spiritual and artistic life of northern India and Pakistan.

#Nusrat Fateh Ali Khans‘ works are the best example of  Qawwali.

 

yaa Khudaa jism meN jab tak ye mere jaan rahe
tujh pe sadqe, tere mehbuub pe qurbaan rahe
kuch rahe yaa na rahe, par ye du’aa hai ke “Ameen”
nizaa ke vaqt salaamat meraa iimaan rahe

O Lord! Till the time there is life in my body
it should be devoted to you and an offering to your beloved [Muhammad].
It doesn’t matters if I have anything or not, but I pray “Ameen”
that at the time of death, my faith is safe.

Note: “Ameen” is the name of the poet.

taaziim se letaa hai Khudaa naam-e-Muhammad
kyaa naam hai ai salle-alaa naam-e-Muhammad
Allah kare usko haraam aatish-e-dozaKh
jis shakhs ke dil pe likhaa ho naam-e-Muhammad

God remembers the name of Muhammad with deference
such is the name of Muhammad, peace be upon him.
May God prohibit the fire of hell
on anyone whose heart is written the name of Muhammad.

jis dil meN Muhammad kii muhabbat nahiiN hotii
us par kabhii Allah kii rahmat nahiiN hotii
meraa ye aqiidaa hai agar zikr-e-Khudaa meN
ye naam na shaamil ho ibaadat nahiiN hotii

On the heart that doesn’t love Muhammad
Allah never has mercy.
It is my belief that while remembering God
if this name [Muhammad] is not included then prayers wouldn’t be answered.

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Pantoum

Since a Palindrome is done by me earlier,i chose another interesting form for today.

Basically a Malaysian verse, the

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is derived from the pantun berkait, a series of interwoven quatrains. It has a set pattern within the poem of repeating lines throughout the poem. A four-stanza pantoum is common (although more may be used), and in the final stanza, lines one and three from the first stanza can be repeated, or new lines can be written.

 

Listen,o listen,generous one

not any gossip,only fact I tell

that which cant be disputed by anyone

yes, such story I am here to sell

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Not any gossip,only fact I tell

that am no nawab or a prince

that’s my story I am here to sell

striped of all my innocence

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I am no nawab or a prince

but have plateful of sorrow and hate

Striped of all my innocence

here I am left to my fate

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I have plateful of sorrow and hate

that which cant be disputed by anyone

Here I am left to my fate

Listen,o listen,generous one

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