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


A2020

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.

A to Z Challenge 2020 – Theme Reveal


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I am already late for the theme reveal party but better late than never! This is my 4th year of A to Z challenge and looks like 8 line poem is definitely my thing! Here is my year wise theme from 2017:

2017
An idiom for an alphabet and 8 line poem to it.
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2018
Emotions and expressions for life and 8 line poem to it.
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2019
Words and phrases from foreign languages and 8 line poem to it.
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Here is 2020 Theme:

METAPHORS

Metaphors from movies, idioms, celebrities, paintings, songs, etc. It’s going to be diverse as well challenging. But who is not up for it!? I am already excited for April 1. I am rushing out to work on metaphor for A and a 8 line poem for it. What are your plans? Let me know. Hope to reach many from April 1.


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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.

Yin and yang


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Its April of 2019 and Day 25 of A to Z Challenge. I am doing Foreign word/phrase a day and 8 line poem for it.

Word/Phrase: yin and yang
Language: Chinese
Meaning: is a concept of dualism in ancient Chinese philosophy, describing how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another.

Poem:
the day light parse,
the night deep crawls,
it wasn’t sure,
in the cycle of cycles,
what was yin,
what was yang,
for they both,
perfected each other.

Interpretation:
Amidst the ‘day you’ and ‘night you’, ‘you’ matters the most! The ‘yin and yang’ here already carries a deep philosophy!

Note: below is the iconic representation of ‘yin and yang’ and you must have sure noticed it somewhere before.

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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?

Weltschmerz


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Its April of 2019 and Day 23 of A to Z Challenge. I am doing Foreign word/phrase a day and 8 line poem for it.

Word/Phrase: weltschmerz
Language: German
Meaning: anguish over the world’s evils

Poem:
the seeds from carton,
promised fruits, effortless,
water in ages,
grow in cages,
as promising it looks,
no promises it brings.
weltschmerz he stands,
weltschmerz he dies.

Interpretation:
Easy and free things? what are they? they are evils covered in attractive masks!

Veni, vidi, vici


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Its April of 2019 and Day 22 of A to Z Challenge. I am doing Foreign word/phrase a day and 8 line poem for it.

Word/Phrase: veni, vidi, vici
Language: Latin
Meaning: I came, I saw, I conquered

Poem:
they will pull you down,
under estimate,
tell you there’s no path,
no math,
no sense expertise,
non sense sugar grease.
your success story:
veni, vidi, vici.

Interpretation:
Many a times, we lack with in-house support. The grass is always greener on the other side. Success needs a lot from “I”.

Uber


AtoZ2019U

Its April of 2019 and Day 21 of A to Z Challenge. I am doing Foreign word/phrase a day and 8 line poem for it.

Word/Phrase: uber / über
Language: German
Meaning: to a great or extreme degree, denoting an outstanding or supreme example of a particular kind of person or thing, extreme

Poem:
the light stands far.
then,
the dark circles got darker,
the mind got messier,
the soul descended deeper,
the pieces, now more,
nothing near to uber,
yet.

Interpretation:
We always look for a reason to give up on those things which we really aren’t passionate about (there was no love). No pain is extreme to reach the light of love.

tête-à-tête


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Its April of 2019 and Day 20 of A to Z Challenge. I am doing Foreign word/phrase a day and 8 line poem for it.

Word/Phrase: tête-à-tête
Language: French
Meaning: a private conversation, a face-to-face meeting

Poem:
the night is dark,
the blanket is brown,
talking me to dreams,
tucking me in sheets,
diving into characters,
defining new roles,
tête-à-tête,
me and my soul.

Interpretation:
A calm and composed talk to within self is the best listener around!