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

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Down the peaks of snowy hill

Smooth meandering pebbles fill

The rustle of babbling watery roar

Flowed the stream white and pure

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And moss like carpets across spread

Herbal saplings along it bred

Carrying the powers to heal and cure

Flowed the stream white and pure.

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-r prab

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(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

 

 

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Holding in beak the little bird

Straws of grass colourful furred

Weave the twigs, a skillful art

Knitting the leaves part by part

 

 

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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

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-r prab

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Word High July:Makisig

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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!

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-r prab

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(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

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A leaf from the tree

Fell

in the lake

Bell

shaped flowers

Dwell

Vibrant, preserved

Well

Ripples spread across.

And in the winter

Freeze

The lake; flowers

Squeeze

Devoid; accompanying

Bees

When Northerly cold

breeze

Shook the tree gently, again

A leaf from the tree

Fell

in the lake

Bell

shaped flowers

Dwell

Fozen, Frosted

Unwell

No Ripples spread across.

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-r prab

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Word High July: Kundiman

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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

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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

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-r prab.

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