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'Poetry Splash! E-zine'          Issue **011**
Date : 31 March 2000.
Frequency : Once every 15 days.

Arvind, Sangita, Pushkin Passey
1. Forms Of Poetry (Limericks -- History)
2. ...The Delectable, Memorable Poem... (Waka-waka! A poem with !@#$%^&*())
3. Poetry In/From India (Unclaimed -- By: Vikram Seth)
4. Your Requests! (The best limerick of all!...and some more!!)
5. Let Us Connect With Poetry (The Tantra Totem - sent by Ruth Prosser)
6. A Poem For You All -- From Me (A Question -- By: Arvind Passey)
7. Comments, Ideas, Contributions from Readers ('Katha Awards')


'Share your knowledge. It is a way to reach for immortality.'
Can I add anything more?
Must I say more?
Should I?


           --* Forms Of Poetry *--

***Limericks -- History***
The word 'limerick' officially entered the English language in 1898
according to the 'Oxford English Dictionary'. It was then defined as
'indecent nonsense verse'.It may well have originated in the drinking
songs of Limerick, a town on the banks of the River Shannon in Ireland.
Though there are examples even from about the year 1300!...
  Ewe bleateth after lamb,
  Low'th after calve coo;
    Bullock starteth
    Bucke farteth --
  Merry sing cuckoo!
In the earlier part of the last century (20th) competitions were set up in
which prizes were offered for the best, most pungent last line. 'Punch'
led the way. The limerick led a rich life in pamphlets and magazines with
a limited circulation. But without close quarantine, it became very soon a
'disorderly, drunk and obscene' form of poetry.
But I love limericks!

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

(Here is a lovely poem ... rather unexpected in form ... you'll enjoy the
way it makes your poetic sensibilities do a tango that leaves a delectable
and unforgettably tangy taste that stays for a long-loooooong time! This
is a new avant garde net poem that was sent to me by Kalika Bali. She
adds: There has been a controversy about how to pronounce < and >, and
eventually it was settled as simply 'waka' for both.
Thank you Kalika :-)... !!)



Waka waka bang splat tick tick hash,
Caret quote back-tick dollar dollar dash,
Bang splat equal at dollar under-score,
Percent splat waka waka tilde number four,
Ampersand bracket bracket dot dot slash,
Vertical-bar curly-bracket comma comma CRASH.

This poem was forwarded by:

kalika bali
Lecturer in Linguistics
Dept of Literature & Language
School of Humanities
The University of the South Pacific
PB No. 1168
Suva, Fiji
Phone : +679-(21)2263
Fax : +679-305353

         --* Poetry In/From India *--

A poem by Vikram Seth
To make love with a stranger is the best.
There is no riddle and there is no test. --
To lie and love, not aching to make sense
Of this night in the mesh of reference.
To touch, unclaimed by fear of imminent day,
And understand, as only strangers may.
To feel the beat of foreign heart to heart
Preferring neither to prolong nor part.
To rest within the unknown arms and know
That this is all there is; that this is so.
(Taken from 'The Humble Administrator's Garden'. SBN 19 562136 0 )

            --* Your Requests! *--

**The Best Limerick Of All!...**
There was a young lady of Riga,
Who smiled as she rode on a tiger;
  They returned from the ride
  With the lady inside,
And the smile on the face of the tiger.
**...and some more!!**
There was a young joker named Tarr,
Who playfully pickled his ma.
  When he finished his work,
  He remarked with a smirk,
'This will make quite a family jar.'
There was a rash fellow called Weir,
Who hadn't an atom of fear;
  He indulged a desire
  To touch a live wire --
And any last line will do here.

      --* Let Us Connect With Poetry *--
Alyque Padamsee, the 'God' of Indian advertising once said: "Information
is static, but when information includes motivation, it becomes
communication." All this would sound familiar to poets and to those who
wish to start writing poetry. Poetry is indeed communication ... but
without having elements of motivation, it tends to be reduced to mere
words that are soon forgotten.
Ruth Prosser ( ) has forwarded us this
set of motivational sentences ... poets, read them -- they connect you to
They are also said to bring good luck to those who send them on!

(The Tantra Totem of Good Luck of Nepal)

~Give more to people than they hope for, and do so happily.
~Memorise your favourite poem.
~Don't believe everything you hear, spend all that you have, and sleep as
much as you want.
~When saying "I love you", be truthful.
~When saying "I'm sorry", look people in the eyes.
~Be engaged for at least 6 months before marrying.
~Believe in love at first sight.
~Never laugh at the dreams of others.
~Love deeply and with passion. You could get hurt, but it is the only way
to live life completely.
~In disagreements, fight fairly. Don't use cursewords.
~Don't judge people by their families.
~Speak slowly but think quickly.
~When someone asks something that you don't want to answer, smile and ask,
"Why do you want to know?"
~Remember that great loves and great conquests involve risks.
~Call your mother.
~Say "Bless you" when someone sneezes.
~When you realize that you made a mistake, do the right thing.
~When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
~Remember the three R's:
...Respect for yourself
...Respect for others and
...Responsibility for your actions.
~Don't let a little dispute ruin a big friendship.
~Smile when you answer the telephone. The person at the other end will
hear this in your voice.
~Marry someone you like to converse with. Growing old, your ability to
converse will be as important as any other.
~Spend more time alone.
~Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
~Remember that silence is sometimes the best response.
~Read more books and watch less television.
~Live a good and honourable life. That way, when you become older and look
back, you will be able to enjoy it again.
~Trust in God, but lock the car.
~An atmosphere of love at home is very important. Do all you can to create
a tranquil and harmonious home.
~In disagreements with loved ones, focus on the present situation. Don't
speak of the past.
~Read between the lines.
~Share your knowledge. It is a way to reach for immortality.
~Be kind to the planet.
~Pray. There is an immeasurable power in this.
~Never interrupt when you are being praised.
~Take care of your own life.
~Don't trust someone who doesn't close their eyes when they kiss.
~Once a year, go somewhere you have never been before.
~If you make a lot of money, put it to use helping others while you are
still living. This is the greatest satisfaction of riches.
~Remember that the best relationship is that in which love for each other
is more than need for each other.
~Judge your successes by the things you had to give up to gain them.
~Remember that your character is your destiny.
~Enjoy love and cooking with total abandon.

Thank You, Ruth!

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


do you too
feel the same sensation
the calm warmth
the flooding goodness
that i feel
whenever i think of you?

...a poem by Arvind Passey.
Comments, Ideas, Contributions from Readers

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