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'Poetry Splash! E-zine'    Issue **013**
Date : 30 May 2000.

Arvind, Sangita, Pushkin Passey

1. Forms Of Poetry (Haiku)
2. ...The Delectable, Memorable Poem... ('MEDITATIO' by: Ezra Pound)
3. Poetry In/From India ('Vande Mataram' by: Bankim Chandra + Translation)
4. Your Requests! (Prarthana has a request for you all!! + Mother Teresa)
5. Let Us Connect With Poetry (You have the power to write poetry!!)
6. A Poem For You All -- From Me ('A Stray Thought On...' by: Arvind Passey)
7. Comments, Ideas, Contributions from Readers (Priyanka Sridharan, Nimesh Ved,
Bob Fiddaman, and Alex have some interesting contributions)




First the good news:
The 'Poetry Splash!' site has a lot of new pages added. Not only that, we
have even made use of Macromedia Flash to make the pages more attractive.
There are sections on humour poetry, fun poems, Ogden Nash,...
There is even a 'Poetry Splash!' AWARD for other web sites & homepages. If
you have one, you can apply for it.

We also welcome all the new subscribers.
Read and enjoy the poems included in this issue ... and do take that first
step to writing your first poem!
And then *send* that poem to me ... share your thoughts!


           --* Forms Of Poetry *--


In Chinese it is known as HOKKU.
In Japanese poetry one can call it the 'first triplet' of a RENGA CHAIN.
The Haiku is otherwise a Japanese tercet. It has three lines that have
five, seven, and five syllables. It is generally unrhymed.

Line 1...xxxxx
Line 2...xxxxxxx
Line 3...xxxxx

We'll talk about SENRY, KATAUTA, TANKA, and RENGA in later issues.

Night is darkening...
Silent in the paddy pool
Shines the Milky-way.

On a rainy day
The dripping scarecrows seem like
Ordinary men.

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


By: Ezra Pound

When I carefully consider the curious habits of dogs
I am compelled to conclude
That man is the superior animal.

When I consider the curious habits of man
I confess, my friend, I am puzzled.

         --* Poetry In/From India *--

by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee
Translated from the Bengali by Sri Aurobindo

Vande Mataram!
Sujalam, suphalam,
malayaja shitalam,
Phullakusumita drumadala
Suhasinim sumadhura
Sukhadam varadam,

Sri Aurobindo Ghosh's English translation of the first stanza is:


I bow to thee, Mother,
richly-watered, richly-fruited
cool with the winds of the
dark with the cops of the
The Mother!
Her nights rejoicing in the
glory of the moonlight
her lands clothed beautifully
with her trees in
flowering bloom
sweet of laughter, sweet of
The Mother, giver of boons,
giver of bliss!

            --* Your Requests! *--


(Prarthana Jagannath has a special request for all readers.
Please respond.)

   I'm an urdent fan of poetry splash..... I thought you could quench my
thirst to read a rebel poem from the 60's. The kind of poems in which they
write against drugs, in codes!  Could you also print a tiny explanation
the poem if you can lay your hands on one???
your fan
Prarthana Jagannath , 14yrs.

(Here are some lovely motivational words from Mother Teresa.)

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it.
Life is a dream, realise it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is costly, care for it.
Life is wealth, keep it.
Life is love, enjoy it.
Life is mystery, know it.
Life is a promise, fulfil it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.

....Mother Teresa

      --* Let Us Connect With Poetry *--

By: Arvind Passey.

Empowerment is not simply a management tool that improves sales results.
It is a mantra that gives meaning to life, fills it with creative
fulfilment, results in poetic output that motivates, and can even improve
a poet's sales results! :-)
The six habits that have the potential to lead you to better poetry are:

1. Create your own goals.

Why set limits to goal-setting? Why tell yourself: 'I can write only this
much & no more!' One doesn't really have to ask or wait for a teacher to
appear to discuss goal-setting. Look around, look within, search your
memory banks...and you have your territory ready for poetic goals. We are
talking of only numbers here...other features will be discussed in the
sections that follow.

If an incident provides inspiration for a poem, set a goal for two. Maybe,
in two diverse poetical forms! "Stretch" yourself, and you will find your
poetic dreams coming true.

The opposite will probably result in no poetry...

2. Coach yourself continuously.

There are poems by the masters and there are books discussing poetry. You
can and should read them...but what is more productive is putting yourself
into the objective third-party role of a coach.

Read what you have written and point out all the good things you managed
to apt expression, a precise word, an appropriate metaphor, a line
that comes from nowhere to put life in a happens all the time,
though not all at once. Pat yourself on the back and try to consciously
follow a few success routes...though not to reach the same destination.
Your aim should be to discover new routes, new gems of creativity in every

You can even ask yourself: If I had to write this poem once again, what
would I do differently? Such phrasing forces you to take an objective,
non-defensive approach to analysing your own creative impulses. By then
you will know instinctively what the subject really needed...and you will
be in a position to give it just that!

Thats what success is all about.

If you know something went wrong but can't identify what needs to be done,
reach out for the masters...or share your poem with a few friends -- they
will know why they did not like what they were asked to read.
You do not always have to have all the answers with you all the time...but
you surely must know how to use your resourses well.
That is what a coach aims for...always.

3. Recharge yourself with motivation.

* Between poems, between stanzas, give yourself regular pep talks. It
isn't just sales-people who need it (and do it too), even poets need to
keep pushing themselves from one slog to another.
The process of creativity is a series of 'moments of anguish', and pep
talk helps. Tell yourself how well you think you can handle the sort of
poem that you are attempting.
* Success isn't something that happens only to comes when you
set your expectations high, though attainable level, and recognize that
successful masterpieces are created in small steps.
* Reward yourself! Celebrate each little poem that you pen. If you manage
to write something in a percieved to be difficult form, or have composed
lines that seem to twinkle and sing and dance...go ahead and do something
nice to yourself.

4. Be a trainer.

There is a difference between coaching and training yourself. You must do
Sign up for workshops and courses, attend talks and seminars, listen to
audio-tapes and lectures, read poetry and 'on the art of poetry'...all
this forms a part of your training schedule.
Don't leave these decisions to your parents and teachers (if you are in
school or college), or to time and destiny (if you are a struggling

5. Lead yourself.

Get the creative juices flowing by focusing on a poetic thread or element
that seeks to connect to your intuition. Be proactive and ask yourself the
'what if' questions:
* What if I had to write this poem NOW? How would I do it?
* What if I had to write a poem in this particular form?
* What if I had to send this poem TODAY to be published in the 'poetry
Splash!' e-zine?

Get the point?

6. Be frugal with resources.

If you even try to force in all that you know into one poem, you may well
end up with an effort that resembles like a small living room pretending
to look like a museum! Allocating resources is not just a matter for
management pundits to dwell is within a poet's courtyard too. As
in the corporate world, it is pay back that is a prime concern while
allocating resources, so it should be with a poet. You have to make sure
that every word, each nuance has a productive existence. Be harsh with
resources and you will end up producing a work that will survive a
reader's onslought.


Empower yourself and become a good poet. All it needs is discipline and
commitment to excellence!

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

By: Arvind Passey

Someone walking on the road
Simply plucks a green leaf
That is fresh and yet attractive.

What happens to the hand that plucks
Is not important --
Miniscule ecstasy is indifference

With other thoughts to prey upon.
Thoughts that may lead somewhere
Like every path pretends to.

For the leaf that is plucked,
That did not fall gently like an old brown leaf...
Death will never come. It just sleeps.

(Written on 07 April 2000)

Comments, Ideas, Contributions from Readers


>>Alex wrote to us:
"Serenading Through The Moods Of Life"

=   it's not enough to say this set of poetry is 'beautiful'...
Doubtless; you've heard this often enough :}

What is it that drives us to release from within us; emotion, experience,
in the form of lines - poetical or literary?
Whatever the reason,  I'm glad you have that drive.


(A poem by Priyanka Sridharan)


laughing winds pass my ears ,
and beautifull scenes within my sight,
with enchanting flowers swaying to wind,
as lovely angels in elegant attires.

bathed in the splendour of sun's brilliance,
glittering silver flows by my side,
with the cover of the majestic blue above,
i sense the feeling of being alive.

here beauty describes itself though ,
without any hatred for even a foe,
draped in love and drapen in affection ,
this is the creation of the greatest we know.

oh!what a heaven is this on earth ,
i do not know a better place,
where beauty and love go together ,
this is the best on earth's face.

Priyanka Sridharan


(A poem by Nimesh Ved)



I have spent endless nights thinking about her
beautiful eyes,
But when I remember the pain I last saw in them I
start shivering.

The tears that I bought to them torment me,
And make me realize the extent to which I had troubled

I have ever wanted to see tears of happiness in those
lovely deep eyes,
But to my greatest sorrow it has always been the other
way around.

The lighter moments that we have shared -
The walks, small talks, freak outs and much more,
Do bring a smile on my face at times,
But those eyes never stop haunting me.

The look she gave me then, while crossing the road,
Never allows me to rest in peace.
My mind warned me at times about her not liking me
But my heart never accepted the fact, and now..

BY: Nimesh Ved

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>>Bob Fiddaman writes:
Loved the Poetry Splash issue 12 and was pleased to see two of my entries
posted, thanks. I have been writing poetry for a number of years and
actually won the Poetry Slam Championship of Birmingham in 1998.
It's a tough world out there for the discerning poet especially those of us
who prefer to use rhyme!
Much of my work has been praised by family and friends alike - I only wish
there was a publisher who would take the risk with me!
I find reading the greats rather tedious - I wonder if there is anyone else
out there in the land of rhyme that takes this stance?
I'll leave you all with this little ditty and I look forward to reading it
along with your brilliant submissions in issue 13!

All the best

Bob Fiddaman
Birmingham, UK


I had a crab paste sandwich
it tasted really nice.
My wife said that it should do
for that bleedin' price.
I asked her where she got it from
and could I have some more?
She said the bloody pharmacy
and it shuts at half past four!!!!!

Ballbreaker 375
Bob Fiddaman
Birmingham UK


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