Catch-22


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Its April of 2020 and Day 03 of A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing Metaphors. Be it a movie, song, painting, book, idiom, etc. I plan to give a perspective to it with an explanation and a 8 line poem. 


 

Day 03 Metaphor: Catch-22

Catch-22 is a novel by Joseph Heller. Catch-22 as a paradox, makes an escape impossible when one attempts to escape. A catch-22 is a paradoxical situation from which an individual cannot escape because of contradictory rules or limitations. Catch-22 has become one of the best-recognized ways to describe the difficulty of being trapped by contradictory rules.

From logic to scientific research, the term is used in many places. It’s more of a paradox than a metaphor. I personally like this paradox and plan to use it as a metaphor in my poem.

Poem:
Damn, you did it?
Damn, you didn’t?
Damn you!
I have rules,
Made for you,
You don’t know.
I don’t know either,
Oh dear, my catch-22.

Don’t you do that? To the ones you don’t like? Hate begets hate.

Barking up the Wrong Tree


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Its April of 2020 and Day 02 of A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing Metaphors. Be it a movie, song, painting, book, idiom, etc. I plan to give a perspective to it with an explanation and a 8 line poem. 


 

Day 02 Metaphor: Barking up the Wrong Tree

Barking up the wrong tree is an idiom used as a metaphor to describe the wrong way of working towards a goal. It is used to suggest a mistaken emphasis in a specific context. It means that one has completely misunderstood something or are entirely wrong.

The context of the metaphor (known from historic sources) comes from America, nineteenth century, in reference to hunting raccoons with a hunting dog. When the nocturnal animal takes to a tree, the dog is supposed to remain at the base of the tree until the hunter arrives. However, in the dark, the dog might choose to guard a wrong tree where the raccoon could have taken refuge.

Poem:
A tree,
Out in the wild,
Bear golden fruits.
Another,
Out in the wild,
Bear eatable fruits.
He was always there,
Barking up the wrong tree.

When one does not have a vision, delays the decisions, fails a perspective, wrongs the means, etc. it’s always a wrong bark. If one clearly knows the wrong, the tree and the bark, well, one has to.

Animal Farm


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Its April of 2020 and Day 01 of A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing Metaphors. Be it a movie, song, painting, book, idiom, etc. I plan to give a perspective to it with an explanation and a 8 line poem. 


 

Day 01 Metaphor: Animal Farm

Animal Farm is a book by George Orwell published in 1945. The story line of the book is that a group of farm animals rebel against their owner (farmer – human). They intend to create a society where animals are treated equally and are free. The animal herd is led by a pig. Under the leadership of pigs, the animals are however later betrayed and end up in a similar and much worse state as before. The book is a metaphor reflecting the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the Stalin era.

For me, the book stands as a metaphor much larger than that. It talks about how a leader with poor vision can spoil the community and culture. It’s a metaphor that a leader who does not care can do no good to the civic. Through my poem, I want to bring this out using ‘Animal Farm’ as a metaphor.

Poem:
I see the ears,
I guess they aren’t used.
And I see the years.
I can ‘see’,
I guess that’s the problem.
No, I am not an owl.
Okay, sorry,
Howdy ‘Animal farm’.

The poem also uses several other metaphors. The leader with no ears, and years have been passing by. Though there is one who can see, is helpless, and like an owl blinded for the day.

In the Name of Virus


The quill and ink,
The inland letters,
The cd and cassettes,
Rest in peace.

In the name of virus,
Challenges, debates,
Games and names,
Old logic, new fabrications.

The humanity and patience,
The sense and actions,
The real roads,
Rest in peace.

—–
Writing this poem dedicating to WorldPoetryDay and new Virus  in town.
Of course also to the ones who are using the platform to spread hate and rumors too.

 

Rain Ho!


Having found this beautiful rainy day picture on web, I have given different perspectives and forms through numerous poetry versions.

Photo by: Fardin Oyan

Form 01: Haiku

shirtless or well dressed
rain treats you equally same
fair dark brown or black

Form 02: Limerick

Amidst the water and sky,
When you aim high,
Take a jump,
Splash, thump,
No matter four or five.

Form 03: Acrostic on the word PLAY

Pours out loud,
Losing over tracks,
And we jump,
Yay in the rain.

Form 04: Alliteration

Rush, roam, run,
Rumble on the roads,
Roll, ring, rag,
Rackle in the rain.

Form 05: Concrete Poetry and Enjambment

Form 06: Epistrophe

You have money, still you cry,
You have home, still you cry,
You have food, still you cry,

We don’t have any,
In the rain we dance.

And Then as i Walk


And then as I walk,
The walls smile,
Maybe they always did,
And I never noticed.

And then as I walk,
The paths greet,
Maybe they always did,
And I was high over foot.

And then as I walk,
Strangers smile,
Maybe they always did,
And I thought it was laugh.

And then as I walk,
I notice the difference,
Maybe it was the same,
I was being different.

And,
Then,
As I walk,
I find a new home!

Zeitgeist


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Its April of 2019 and Day 26 of A to Z Challenge. I am doing Foreign word/phrase a day and 8 line poem for it.

Word/Phrase: zeitgeist
Language: German
Meaning: the thought or sensibility characteristic of a particular period of time

Poem:
a little every day,
a collective more,
one at a time,
time for another,
harder than known,
better than best,
often and more,
zeitgeist of forever!?

Interpretation:
More is a collective action. A lesson for ‘forever’ is that: little’s make more.

Xylophone


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Its April of 2019 and Day 24 of A to Z Challenge. I am doing Foreign word/phrase a day and 8 line poem for it.

Word/Phrase: xylophone
Language: Greek
Meaning: a musical instrument in the percussion family

Poem:
wooden bars,
little to long.
mallets,
the imprints.
stories,
little to long.
life,
a xylophone.

Interpretation:
Mallets produce music on varying sized wooden bars on a xylophone.
Life has stories. The stories, little to long, usually are the music of life. Here mallets is a metaphor for many – they bring music. What do we hit for the music?