writeALONG! 7 October

host: Muskaan Ahuja


Poetry is an unusual way of seeing the usual things. It is the simplest, direct and brief words in haiku that helps one to preserve memories, people, imagination, experiences and so forth from being forgotten. It all rests on one’s breath—the most intangible substance. All one needs to do is pay attention to everyday moments and note them down. For instance, I heard a vendor selling out his wares in the afternoon, saw a streetlight that flickered erratically, caught the fading fragrance of perfume as someone passed by, and so on. Remember to jot these down in two lines (a single phrase of a haiku) in a diary. Remember, the phrase need not be abstract and vague. Instead of writing how you felt about these moments, write about what caused your emotions.

Consider the following phrase I once wrote :

a butterfly

banging on the windowpane…

Now, the poem needs a fragment to make it a meaningful whole. So, I chose to write this:

a butterfly

banging on the windowpane…

painted blossoms

The poem might bring a smile on your face once you finish reading it. Did the butterfly take the painting on the window for real flowers? Or was it simply having a playful time? Is the painting deliberately made to invite a butterfly everyday? Do you somewhere feel bad for the butterfly ? Let the reader think about it! Give the reader the space to understand for him/her-self. What is important here is to notice how one can creatively add a fragment to a single phrase that is actually experienced.

Now it is your turn to show how you preserve what you see! Write any simple phrase using verbs and noun. Decide how you will draw the reader in to fill the “vaccum”.

Before I leave, here’s a tip for you: Keep writing, revising, re-writing with unswerving dedication till ‘words obey your call’.

Happy Writing!


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