Simply Poetry



April was full of challenges…. ūüôā



Did you Survive? #AtoZChallenge

Thats a wrap!! #NaPoWriMo



Zen poetry in Zig Zag form

Once again I am mixing 2 types into one form for the last day of  A to Z April Challenge and  Global Poetry Writing Month


Zen poetry combines the literary practice of poetry with the philosophical principles of ZenBuddhism. As such, a Zen poem makes a philosophical statement or observation through the use of descriptive words. Unlike other forms of poetry, Zen poets typically do not use a rhyme scheme but rather implement non-rhyming free verse.

I would like to present a Zig Zag Zen poem of Dr.PD Allen who wrote fascinating philosophical stuff and related them to science.



Hope that you have enjoyed my journey throughout this month¬†and wish that our blog love blossoms and continues…..

Keep writing and See you on the other side of the sky ūüôā


You tube poetry


In this modern age, You Tube has become a medium for lot of happening around the world and so is it for poetry. It has also become a huge platform for spoken word, poetry readings, slam, individual recitals etc thus helping in keeping the art of poetry alive. It is a ‘catchall’ that includes any kind of¬†poetry¬†recited aloud, including¬†hip-hop,¬†jazz poetry,¬†poetry slams, traditional¬†poetry readings¬†and can include¬†comedy¬†routines and ‘prose¬†monologues’.

If you are not aware, take a look

Reading Poems Aloud Will Make You Fall in Love with Poetry, if you don’t believe me, see for yourself here

Apart from recording on you tube where your physical presence is also felt, there is another medium of oral recording and transmitting; which is the Sound cloud.¬†Are there any other online mediums of reaching vast audience for our works? Please feel free to share your thoughts…


Xhosa poetry


language¬†is a¬†Bantu¬†language with¬†click consonants¬†(“Xhosa” begins with a click) and one of the official languages of South Africa written using a¬†Latin alphabet. The most popular of Bantu languages, Xhosa too is a tonal language; that is, the same sequence of consonants and vowels can have different meanings when said with a rising or falling or high or low intonation(for a more detailed explanation, refer table of consonant phonemes).

There are again two types in isixhosa-poetry:

  1. umbongo-mbaliso :Narrative poem where a story is told
  2. umbongo-nkcazo :Descriptive poem without a story but describing the situations.

Here is a Praise Poem to #Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela  1918-2013 by  Patricia Schonstein Pinnock written in Xhosa

Ingqanga ifile¬† –¬†¬†The Bateleur is dead

Ingqanga ifile The Bateleur is dead

Yazalwa sekusaziwa ukuba iyakuphelela phi na
He was born with his destiny written for him

Nangona umzimba wayo wawuthozamile
Though his boyhood was humble

Yaba yingangamsha esebenzela ilizwe
He became a great statesman

Yayihamba njengekumkani kodwa inentobeko
He walked like a king yet was modest

Yakha yaligorha elixhobileyo
He was once an armed warrior 

Kodwa yazibeka phantsi izigalo
But he put down his weapons

Yaza yangumfuziselo woxolo
And become an icon of peace

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