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Platter of words

Originally posted on HA's Place:

being famished, malnourished of the words,

adorned on a sapphire platter, looking sumptuous,

but as I try to pick one of them, it disappears,

leaving behind thin air, devoid of those nouns,

adjectives, verbs and prepositions, I so desire,

but they are not for me to grab, and gobble down,

I am meant to sleep empty, without a trace

of something creative, to simmer in my mind,

the concoction of imagination, thus remains dried,

and I look for the flies with an incredible vision,

into the worlds of worlds of chronicles,

so that I could seize them into my fist and

appeal for a single ray of light, that could

awaken my senses, making me experience things,

agitating me to see new dreams, the slivers

of which can be scattered on the pages,

bringing to existence, the wondrous universes,

still unexplored, for me to step through,

and find that one…

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What could have been…

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a tiny tear on the paper,

through which, I can perceive

the vistas, that could have been wrought,

in an another future, if only this life

hadn’t connived, against my soul,

keeping me in leverage, entombed,

within the cords of darkness,

eventually turning me, into

the venom, of this transgression,

smoldering me over and over again


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Linking it with Friday Flash 55. Also, this is going to be ltagged as my post for 2 November for NaBloPoMo.

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Her Destiny

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from within her cage,

she gives voice to her cries,

as she twists her fingers,

waiting for the beast, to pry open

the gates, to her destiny,


she is a woman lost,

bewildered, in the wild world,

imprisoned by herself,

she is the color of a dead life,

inflicting herself to solitude,


she is the beast herself,

the captive, who could set her free,

but she is too preoccupied,

with the illusion of pain,

forgetting, that she herself is her destiny


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Right2Write Prompt 9: Stop Terrorism

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Last week, we had some really great submissions, inspired by the painting, The Boy in the Red Vest by Paul Cezanne. You can read them here.

I am trying to cover different forms of art for the prompts. This week, I bring forth for you a sand sculpture by Sudarshan Pattnaik. It is titled Stop Terrorism.

Sand Sculpture by Sudarshan Pattnaik

Terrorism has come to grip so many nations of the world. Many innocent people are killed because of this menace. It must come to an end. Peace is a forgotten word but it must be revived. We all are humans, made of same flesh and blood; then how can we stab that same skin and spill that same blood? How can we tolerate these murders, in the name of religion or geographical boundaries or language?

General guidelines:

1. Write a short story/poem/any other form of creative writing, inspired…

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Right2Write Prompt 7: Flowers and Cattle

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We had three entries for the last week’s Right2Write prompt. You can read them here. Now it is time for the next prompt.

This time, I have taken permission from a fellow photography blogger who pictures the beautiful land of Arkansas. His blog is named, guess what, under the skies of Arkansas. Please give him a visit; I promise you would be enraptured by his amazing skills.

I had asked him to use a photograph named Flowers and Cattle for this week’s visual prompt and he allowed me to do so. So here is the photograph:

Certain guidelines:-

1. You have to write a poem or a short story, inspired from this photograph.

2. Please do include the photograph in your post, crediting it correctly by linking back to the photographer’s website.

3. Submit your link to the linking widget below. You can…

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Twitter Haiku Collection

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Here I am posting some of the haiku I have shared on twitter (@HowAnxious). I have arranged them in a way that you get to see a continuous slide of images:-

a bright sunflower

play of clouds and sun begins

touching the petals


sun burning orange

a dance with fiery dragon

evening flames of clouds


the sunbeam hours fold

blue-black-blue hues splashed across

fire coming to rest


thunderbolt of Zeus

a hapless beggar praying

monsoon shower starts


lightning strikes at night

silence abound everywhere

the devil’s treasure


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A Melody of Love

Originally posted on HA's Place:

This is the English translation of a few verses of a Hindi song titled, Ek Pyar Ka Naghma Hai with lyrics by Santosh Anand. The translation hasn’t come out to be quite so good. I have translated it in consideration of Right2Write Prompt 6. You can participate in the prompt yourself. Just visit the post link.

A Melody of Love

a melody of love, a surge of bliss,

life is nothing else but a story of you and me,

a melody of love, a surge of bliss,

life is nothing else but a story of us,

a melody of love…


some things are lost once found,

some things are meant to be lost,

in order to be found,

life’s meaning lies in instances

of the beginning and the end,

a whole life needs to be lived in

these two minuscule moments,

this life is hollow but for…

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Right2Write Prompt 6: Tribute to Nation/Other Language Poetry

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There were many wonderful creations submitted in response to the last week’s prompt, Broken Red. I am thankful to everyone who participated.

For this week, I am summoning everyone to submit any of their creations, be it poetry, short story or non-fiction for the prompt, as a tribute to their nation. Or in case English isn’t your mother tongue, you can convert an already existing piece by you or any other acclaimed poet/lyricist in your own language, to English and post it.

I think that is quite an interesting idea. I will look forward to your entries. Remember there is a choice between the two of them. You may submit multiple links, writing both of them as well. In simple words, start writing now…

General Guidelines:-

1. Write and submit the links to your creation in the linking widget below.

2. Try to visit other writers who submit…

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Right2Write Prompt 5: Broken Red

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Time for next Right2Write Prompt; but first I am glad  because all the submissions are excellent. You can view them here. Thanks everyone for a great job.

Okay, for this week’s prompt, I asked for permission from another blogger who is a photographer, so that I could use one of the photographs for the visual prompt. I would be delighted to introduce you all to the immense talent of that blogger.

This week, I present to you the photograph titled Broken Red, by Amber Africa.

Isn’t it intriguing? I found it so. Do not forget to pay a visit to the blog and I know you are definitely going to be impressed.

The general guidelines for the prompt this week:-

1. Write a short story or a poem, based on the photograph. You can include it in your blog…

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Music Inspired Haiku: Dervish Dream

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mystified conscious

sacred music enchanting

the divine love found


rotating bare feet

in the light of the oil lamps

world matters no more


calling the maula

the steps taken in a trance

fearing love sustains


limbs tremble in awe

a meeting of soul with love

gilded door of bliss


constant feet moving

hands raised revering Allah

the whole being blazes


*For Carpe Diem # 261 Dervish Dream. Inspired writing from Dervish Dream by Karunesh.

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Right2Write Prompt 4: Finger

Originally posted on HA's Place:

Okay, I am a day late in posting the prompt this week. I apologize for that. As for the last week’s prompt, we got some nice entries by MindLoveMisery, beebeesworld, Melanie and Tim and even one by me. Ha! You can find all the links here.

The prompt for the next week is again a visual one, because I have noticed some great creative juices flowing through the help of photographs. The photograph this time is as follows:



Now, you may find it a little awkward or humorous or may be nothing at all. Find for yourself what you see in the photograph. It is titled Finger, but it isn’t necessary for you to use the very word in your creation.

Again, I hold the copyright to this image; so please include it in your post and link it back to me. Thank you.

General guidelines:-


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