Written for: dVerse Poets Pub - Poetics: The Indian Connection
(posted by paeansunplugged)
"I am bone tired after a month long of festivals (there are still two minor festivals tomorrow and day after) and more so because Diwali entails deep spring cleaning (yeah, in autumn!) because it is believed that Laksmi, the goddess of wealth, does not visit houses which are not clean. I am sure this canard was spread just to not let women enjoy festivals!
On to Diwali…it is celebrated almost by everyone here irrespective of religious beliefs.
So for poetics today let’s look at the words from the Indian subcontinent that have made their way into English. For example did you know bandana comes from ‘bandhana’ which means to tie as well as ‘bandhej’ which is the art of tie-dye technique used on fabrics in Rajasthan and Gujarat. Palanquin comes ‘palayanka’ which means bed/couch."
"Pick any four and use them in a poem on a topic of your choice. You can write in any form of your choice but writing in rhymes would be nice as Hindi poems are mostly rhyming."
After cleaning my bunglow
until it glowed
I donned my bandana,
and took a break on the verandah.
Looking forward to tonight's hullabaloo,
it was time for a bath and quick shampoo.
Diwali can be tiring
but soon my bangles would be jangling.