Word High July: Kinaadman

When I had read Alexander Pope’s poem Ode on Solitude, for the first time, I was deeply touched. The poem not just conveyed the felicity of a solitary existence, it also reverberated with my idea of simplicity in life.I have, since, read it several times and often quote its lines in my writings and conversations.

I find this poem a lyrical piece of wisdom, that educates about a peaceful life, where one lives “..In health of body, peace of mind, Quiet by day, Sound sleep by night” It continues to be one of my close to the heart poems.I am glad to share it today for the word prompt Kinaadman– knowledge, wisdom.

Ode on Solitude

by Alexander Pope

Happy the man, whose wish and care
   A few paternal acres bound,
Content to breathe his native air,
                            In his own ground.
Whose herds with milk, whose fields with bread,
   Whose flocks supply him with attire,
Whose trees in summer yield him shade,
                            In winter fire.
Blest, who can unconcernedly find
   Hours, days, and years slide soft away,
In health of body, peace of mind,
                            Quiet by day,
Sound sleep by night; study and ease,
   Together mixed; sweet recreation;
And innocence, which most does please,
                            With meditation.
Thus let me live, unseen, unknown;
   Thus unlamented let me die;
Steal from the world, and not a stone
                            Tell where I lie.
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Word High July: Dalisay


Down the peaks of snowy hill

Smooth meandering pebbles fill

The rustle of babbling watery roar

Flowed the stream white and pure


And moss like carpets across spread

Herbal saplings along it bred

Carrying the powers to heal and cure

Flowed the stream white and pure.


-r prab


(Footnotes: The reminiscence of this scenery comes from a trip to the foothills of the Himalayas, which my elder brother took me to. The clear stream that emerged from the melting glaciers upstream, came flowing at the foothills with all its purity still intact. My brother informed me that the water of the stream had medicinal values too as it had several herbal plants along its way. We filled our water bottles from that stream. It surely was pure and cold and refreshing! )

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Word High July: Likha




Holding in beak the little bird

Straws of grass colourful furred

Weave the twigs, a skillful art

Knitting the leaves part by part






A home little in branches hung

Protecting chicks still so young

And gentle wind in hours of dusk

Cradles to sleep, in beds of husk


-r prab


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Word High July:Makisig


Little boy’s birthday it is, at his home

There came his friends little ones

With gifts in hands simple gifts packed with love their friends

Stars,ribbons,balloons decorated the room,dangling from above

Little gentlemen, mothers combed their hair in proper shapes

Little ladies, mothers tied their hair in ponytails sideways

The group of children immaculately dressed looking dashing, gorgeous

Little ones though playful but in such attires becoming conscious

Of not getting stain on fabric, but remain jubilant, playful

The birthday boy is glad, happy to see

His friends all looking so nice!

His mother brings the cake now,

Let the celebrations begin!


-r prab


(PostScript: I write this scene recollecting my elder brother’s birthday, several years ago. That day, his friends had arrived in a very formal way. In young, going to other’s house for any occasion, the mothers would dress up the child to make him o’ her look like gentle men and ladies. And since I had always seen his friends in shabby outlooks, that day, seeing them so immaculately carrying themselves, did leave a lasting memory in my mind. Additionally, I would like to mention that I have been inspired by Keith Garrett for attempting a poetry in this style.He does this style really well! )

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Word High July: Amihan


A leaf from the tree


in the lake


shaped flowers


Vibrant, preserved


Ripples spread across.

And in the winter


The lake; flowers


Devoid; accompanying


When Northerly cold


Shook the tree gently, again

A leaf from the tree


in the lake


shaped flowers


Fozen, Frosted


No Ripples spread across.


-r prab

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Word High July: Kundiman


Ok, let me tell you the story. This was a day during my high school, when early in the morning while flipping through ‘The Winged Word‘, a classic book of poetry (also my favorite), I came across a poem by Robert Burns, titled ‘A Red Red Rose‘. I had liked it immensely and read it a number of times to get a better feel and also to capture the style of it.

Later when I was at school, a friend of mine asked me if I could help him write something wonderful which he wanted to put in a letter for his gf. It was some important occasion for their relationship. With the memory of my morning poetry, I at once began to speak the lines and surprised my friend (and also myself) by reciting the whole of it, except the last stanza which didn’t come immediately to my mind.

My friend was so glad; jubilant that I had got him a solution so quickly, began to insist excitedly- “Please help me write it down on paper! Please,Please,Please! ” Haha! With this pleasant reminiscence, I would like to share with you that lovely poem by Robert Burns(which was written in 1794), which I recalled as I noticed the next prompt for Word High July-  Kundiman, love song!

A Red Red Rose

by Robert Burns

O my Luve is like a red, red rose
   That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve is like the melody
   That’s sweetly played in tune.
So fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
   So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
   Till a’ the seas gang dry.
Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
   And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;
I will love thee still, my dear,
   While the sands o’ life shall run.
And fare thee weel, my only luve!
   And fare thee weel awhile!
And I will come again, my luve,
   Though it were ten thousand mile.


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Word High July: Habilin

Safekeepers of Memories


Ago some decades back

Memorable moments in sacks

Pictures polaroid print

Manuscripts brown tint

Locked in albums, closet

No great gandfathers forget

Keys to the safe,passed

Generations downward

In elapsed era eventual

We built homes virtual

All memories in pixels hung

On walls Facebook, clung

And bits bytes MBs GBs

Of memories entrusted in PDs HDs

And the manuscripts now express

Etched vividy on WordPress

With a locked safe register

Of letters numbers special characters

Memories these will safely stay

To cherish during virtual walkway

Our rich history for futures revealed

By safekeepers, unconcealed


-r prab.

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Word High July:Paraluman



Expressive adoration

Creative provocation

Subtle forms

Unchained of norms

Sentiments flow

Colors glow

Animals trees

Veiled breeze

Eyes through life

Unseen plights

Despondent joy

A scene of Troy

Portraits yore

Myths Folklore

Aria of heart

Blissful art


-r prab


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Word High July: Kaulayaw


Trees resurrected

Geometrically perfected

Symbols abstract

Orderly , Intact

Silently speak

Voices antique

Wisdom thrives

Eternally immortalised

Universe condensed

Papers incensed

Solitude fills

Anticipation, thrills

Mirth O’ grief

Imaginations deep

Intimate storyteller


Companion Profound

Gets one drowned

Into different worlds

While in sofa, curled!


-r prab


Footnotes: Books, I find, are great companions. Although I do believe it is people who are actually the most intimate companions.There was a conflict going on in my mind whether to use this word prompt to praise books or to write about a memorable relationship from past; but after reading Sneha’s poem, titled ‘A Friend’, in which she has beautifully expressed her adoration for books, I got excited and decided to write about books too!


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Word High July: Marahuyo


When I think of ‘Marahuyo’- to be enchanted– I can only think of one thing; Nature! When I studied Science I realized Nature is the greatest scientist. When I studied Engineering, I realized, Nature is the greatest Engineer. When I studied Mathematics I realized Nature is the greatest Mathematician, and when I tried to learn art, I realized Nature is the greatest artist!

Who can escape the magnanimity, artistry, sophistication, charm, beauty, power, fierceness, and wisdom that Nature endows in Herself?

For today’s word, I want to dedicate the poem by William Wordsworth, one of the distinguished admirers of Nature, in which he tells about getting enchanted at the sight of the beautiful daffodils. In the last stanza, he says, ‘I kept on gazing mesmerized, thinking what benefit the view had brought to me’ Then he realizes that the remembrance of that vision brought him a feeling of bliss and happiness! Evidently, nothing enchants more than the marvels of Nature. Here is his poem, I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud

I wandered lonely as a Cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and Hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden Daffodils;
Beside the Lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

I gazed–and gazed–but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the Daffodils


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