heart & soul spill – poetry

Brittanica defines poetry as literature that evokes a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience or a specific emotional response through language chosen and arranged for its meaning, sound, and rhythm.

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“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

cherished firsts and fleeting scraps of thoughts;
these kindred words – dear, are they
for bitter freedom do I hold when they depart.

veiled sight and crumbled scribbles,
chronicling hazy childhoods with
cherished firsts and fleeting scraps of thoughts;

tales of adventures and sonder mysteries –
a haven for confused souls were
these kindred words – dear, are they

which time gazes upon with benevolence
while I linger for a moment or two,
for bitter freedom do I hold when they depart.

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Beneath the night sky, with starlight bouncing off the walls, trees, and nocturnal critters; the world shimmers with a delicate, silvery glow radiating memories of all things sweet and beautiful, with perhaps a hue of sadness. When the sun sets and souls rest, when the music flows uncontrolled, in a friendly rage, overwhelming the grand silence of the night, it’s poetry that I think of, see, and wish for.

I hope to write like that one day,” I say every time I read a poem. Poetry flows and seeps into people; it makes you pause, read the words and watch how they sound when recited aloud and see how they bleed into the next and close your eyes, to see what the writer possibly saw when they wrote something so gorgeously divine.

There are times when I’m walking along a street, choked with people, drenched in noise and brimming with stories, when I see a person, graffiti or even a car and think, “That is poetry right there.”

It’s the most splendid of all human constructs. Open to interpretations and glorifying the core of humanity, poetry has got this subtle hold over hearts and minds, a silent touch, a warm embrace that disperses images and thoughts – some so incredibly and wildly imaginative, exploding with colours and screaming in one’s thoughts – it’s hard to comprehend all of it was caused by a few mere words on a blank page.

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Poetry is the wonderful form of expression it is, because it personifies honesty more than anything else does. Poetry is human and personal and authentic and soulful, and the originality of it all is so refreshing in a world where illusions of perfection thrive on the flaws that give them meaning.

I can’t resign myself to the notion that poetry is merely a group of words simply because I don’t believe it is. I think anything can be poetry – a colour, a flower, or simply, a word. The core of poetry, I think, lies in how one perceives beauty, and to me, a thing of beauty, while a joy forever in John Keats’ words, is also what births the soul of poetry.

An endless fountain of immortal drink,
Pouring unto us from the heaven’s brink.
― A Thing of Beauty, John Keats

When the world goes to its rest and all is young and green, it is poetry that I think reigns human existence at its most rawest, vulnerable root — poetry that spreads dreams of hope, poetry that sustains life, and most of all – poetry that gives purpose. I cherish the day I wrote my first poem, for it was the day I had my first brush with joy that heralded freedom.

“A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.”
― Nelson Mandela

Thoughtfully yours,
D

The poem in this post was written in response to the Wea’ve Written Weekly; W 3 poetry prompt hosted by David @ The Skeptic’s Kaddish. This week’s prompt given by Punam Sharma was to Write a poem in ‘Cascade’ form on the theme of ‘Freedom’ and to use personification in it.’

35 thoughts on “heart & soul spill – poetry

  1. What a blessing to read such truthful and beautiful thoughts about poetry! I loved your poem too. It is so stunning and mesmerising. Your writings are always so wonderful to read. The way you find poetry in everything around you and your other observations too are truly amazing. Love it!💓

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  2. Thanks so much, Jan! That’s so kind of you to say!
    Aww that means a lot coming from you! Poetry is always around us 😉💕
    Thanks so much for taking the time to read and hare your thoughts!

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  3. Aw thanks so much❣️ I had a lovely time, albeit challenging 😂 writing a cascade poem – thank you for hosting the W3 prompt!

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  4. Aw that’s lovely wording – thanks so much for the prompt and for taking the time to read! I had a lovely time learning about and writing a cascade poem ❣️

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  5. Beautifully written poetry D and thank you for sharing your thoughts on poetry💕🌸It is indeed all of it especially as it’s spilling from the heart and soul ❤️

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  6. Maybe the next time when someone asks what does poetry mean, I might just open this post and show. This is the personification of beauty in words. Absolutely lovely piece ❤️

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  7. Hi, Deepthy ❤

    I just want to let you know that this week's W3 is now live, and it'll be open until Sunday morning, 10:00 AM (GMT+3).

    I hope you can join us this week 🙂

    ~David

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  8. When the world goes to its rest and all is young and green, it is poetry that I think reigns human existence at its most rawest, vulnerable root — poetry that spreads dreams of hope, poetry that sustains life, and most of all – poetry that gives purpose.

    The above verses say it all, Deepthy. Just a gorgeous summary that you have written.

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  9. Hi! I’m so sorry but I think I’ll have to sit this one out too. Will definitely keep an eye out for next week’s!
    Thanks for hosting it as always – it’s a wonderful cure for writer’s block!

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  10. Thank you very much, Shobana! So kind of you to quote what happens to be my favourite line too! 🥰
    Thanks so much for taking the time to read and share your thoughts!

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