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'Poetry Splash! E-zine'          Issue **010**
Date : 19 March 2000.
Frequency : Once every 15 days.

Arvind, Sangita, Pushkin Passey
1. Forms Of Poetry (The Limerick)
2. ...The Delectable, Memorable Poem... (A few lovely limericks)
3. Poetry In/From India (The Indo Anglian -- A poem by Siddharth Kak)
4. Your Requests! (Success -- By Ralph Waldo Emerson)
5. Let Us Connect With Poetry (The Motivational Chart For Poets)
6. A Poem For You All -- From Me (Limericks!)
7. Comments, Ideas, Contributions from Readers (Aavesh 'Hindustani' writes)


"Great minds have purposes,
little minds have wishes."-- Washington Irving.

Writing poetry starts with one small step called by some a 'purpose', and
not that big, giant hop that most of us hear as a 'wish'. Scroll down and
go through what Saurav Ganguly, the Captain of the Indian cricket team has
to say on this. There are the 7 secrets that would also make up the
motivational chart for poets.

Remember just one more thing: Reading takes you closer to your 'purpose'
but the actual 'change' must come from within your own self.
"It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most
intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." --Charles Darwin

Go ahead, enjoy this issue of the 'Poetry Splash! e-zine...


PS: We wish all our readers a 'Happy colourful Holi!!'
We also welcome all new members.

           --* Forms Of Poetry *--

This is the month when 'HOLI' is celebrated in India. It is known as the
festival of colours and from somewhere behind the clouds of the vibgyor
there is always a wish to promote harmony. Holi is a time when friendship
prevails. There is gaiety, happiness, (of-course, a bit of rowdiness too)
and a lot of vows to get on and ahead in life by 'burying the hatchet', so
to say.

We, therefore, would be discussing the LIMERICK in this issue. :-)

Lord Untermeyer says: 'The Limerick absorbed solemnities and absurdities,
traditional legends and off-colour jokes, devout reflections and downright
indecencies without a quiver or a loss of syllable. It refused to
recognize borderlines or any other limits.'
With this introduction let get straight to the nitty-gritty of this verse
form. A Limerick is (what else?) French. Originally syllabic but, in
English, quantitative accentual-syllabics. A single QUINTET, rhyming AABBA
and written in iambic and anapestic measures. The rhyme and meter scheme

xx xxx xxa or A
xx xxx xxa
xx xxb
xx xxb
xx xxx xxa or A

We shall talk more about the history of limericks in the next issue.

 --* ...The Delectable, Memorable Poem... *--

:-) =LIMERICKS= :-)

There was an old woman of Lynn,
Whose nose very near reach'd her chin;
  You may easy suppose
  She had plenty of beaux,
This charming old woman of Lynn.

(From: The History of 16 Wonderful Old Women -1820. Author unknown.)

There was a young poet of Trinity
Who, although he could trill like a linnet, he
  Could never complete,
  Any poem with feet,
Saying, 'Idiots,
Can't you see
That what I'm writing
To be

There was a young lady named Kent,
Who gave up her husband for Lent.
  The night before Easter,
  When Jesus released her,
It didn't make a damned bit of difference because
    in the meantime he'd been running around
    with a whole lot of other women.

The fabulous Wizard of Oz
Retired from the business becoz,
  What with up-to-date science,
  To most of his clients
He wasn't the wizard he woz.

A boy who played tunes on a comb
Had become such a nuisance at home
  His ma spanked him, and then,
  'Will you do it again?'
And he cheerfully answered her, 'Nomb.'

         --* Poetry In/From India *--


-- A poem by Siddharth Kak

Introspection scared him.
Aged him.
He found his complexity embarrassing.

India disturbed him.
A man
he had nothing to do with it.
Yet turning inward
was perplexed to find it there.

Unsettled by this love and hate;
Love of his thoughts
          hate of his words,
he reconciled himself to the fact
that he was mad.

he endures the buffeting
praying for a miracle.

            --* Your Requests! *--


The definition of success--
To laugh much; 
to win respect of intelligent persons
and the affections of children;
to earn the approbation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty;
to find the best in others;
to give one's self;
to leave the world a little better,
whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch,
or a redeemed social condition;
to have played and laughed with enthusiasm,
and sung with exultation;
to know even one life
has breathed easier
because you have lived--
this is to have succeeded.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

      --* Let Us Connect With Poetry *--


-- From the desk of Arvind Passey.

"If you believe you can, you can.  Belief is the ignition switch that gets
you off the launching pad!" I had read this quote in a newspaper a few
days back and wondered if these words would help all those who wanted to
write poems but could not, would not for some unknown fear or reason. It
is not just composing a poem but getting anything in life that is a
reality ... and the keyword is: MOTIVATION.

Allow me to give you 7 great secrets that the current Captain of the
Indian cricket team 'Saurav Ganguly' believes in. Three years ago he had
stuck a piece of paper inside the box in which he keeps his kit. Look at
where he has reached today. Cricket and creativity may be played on
different playfields but they demand similar motivational elements.

1. Your mind is the most important factor. If you dream of something and
believe in it, it will happen.

2. If you're prepared to learn from failures, you easily reach where you
want to reach.

3. Courage is the most important mental quality in life.

4. You must educate yourself because only through education can you
channelise your mind properly.

5. Every day try and learn new things. Keep your eyes, ears, and mental
faculties open.

6. If your job is totally free of problems, thats no job.

7. If you learn to discipline your thoughts you will see that things
around you are also happening in a disciplined manner.

(Source for the list: India Today, March 13, 2000)

Let me add a few relevant quotes to add and to give Ganguly's formula a
sanction from the masters themselves.
"I want by understanding myself, to understand others. 
I want to be all that I am capable of becoming."--Katherine Mansfield

"You have powers you never dreamed of.  You can do things you never
thought you could do. There are no limitations in what you can do except
the limitations of your own mind."--Darwin P. Kingsley

"If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading."

    --* A Poem For You All -- From Me *--

.....Some Limericks from me!.....

-- Arvind Passey.

There was once an editor of poetry
Who published everything for a fee.
  'No vanity, the trouble,'
  He said, feeling his stubble,
'Is that poets should not rake the trouble for free.'

There was once a lady from India
Who rhymed her country with a reindeer
  And said: Santa Claus
  Will say, now because
I chime in a rhyme, to India lets steer.

I wish poetry grew on a tree
And we could pluck it for a fee
  Of gifting our lives
  Many hungry dives.
I'd gladly give my poems to that tree.

Waugh plows, Pound pounds, Byron's by-runs,
Keats bleats, Yeats cheats, and it stuns
  A reader's little mind.
  It is not hard to find
Then why they always buy poetry only once.

Rhyme brat with a pat, and guile with a smile,
Bring along a pile or style with your file.
  You'll have a name,
  No shame, just fame --
Thats managerial rhythm; poetrys away a mile.

Comments, Ideas, Contributions from Readers

(Note: This poem is in Hindi. Many of the readers of this e-zine would not
be able to read or understand it. It would be wonderful if some reader can
translate this poem for us so that everyone gets to taste the 'josh' of
the poet Aaavesh 'Hinduatani'.)


America ke Rashtradhyaksh ka ,
hamare Rajasthan mein swagat hai ,
par unhe hamaari mahmaan navaji ko ,
Aahat karne ka kya hak hai ?
Mahmaan navaji mein ye vatan , 
duniya ka sartaj hai ,
phir hamari mahmaan navaji
par unhe kyun shak aaj hai ?

Mahmaan ko hum ,
ghar mein hi nahi dil mein bhi rakhte hain ,
par mahmaan dwara  ,
hamaara apmaan hum kaise saha sakte hai .

Clinton ji Aayenge ,
khud ke rasoiye se banavaakar Khanaa Khayenge ,
Khud ka laayaa pani piyenge ,
Amriki bichaone pe hi soyenge ,
to hum kya hamaari mahmaan navaji ki maanyatao ko yaad kar kar ke royenge ?

Hamaare yaha mahmaan gar ,
uska khana , pani aur bichaona laata hai ,
to hamaari paramparao aur sanskriti par ,
aaghaat kar jaata hai .

Sudaamaa ke chaaval bhi ,
jahaa Shri Krishna ne saharsha khaye ,
usi pavan dharti par ,
krupayaa America hamein aghaat naa pahunchaie.

Clinton ji saharsha aaye ,
Rajasthani khan paan se bhi
apne aap ko avgat kraye ,
yadi aisa maoka hamein diya jaaye ,
to sambhav hai ,vo America mein bhi ,
Rajasthani khana mangaa mangaa kar khane lag jaaye.

== A poem by Aavesh 'Hindustani'


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