A to Z 2020 Reflections


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This was my fourth year of A to Z challenge and that very much is the reason why April excites me. April has been the only month since my blogging journey where I post at-least 26 posts. I am happy for what April does to me. It kind of seamlessly fits into my schedule like a must-do routine. I feel the month has that vibe and zeal to keep it going, no matter what.

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I have always had 8 lines poems for the challenge with different themes over the years. I continued to do so this year too. Like every year, I must say, I loved doing this year’s challenge. My 2020 theme was Metaphors and a 8 line poem for each. Looking for metaphors was definitely a challenge. I did not restrict my domain to a specific kind of metaphors. I have used them from literature, history, songs, movies, paintings etc. On few days, I had to struggle on which one to pick and other days had to pick the only available. Some days was ease and some days I kept staring at my screen.

I did fill up the end survey and collected my winner batch. Here it goes:

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I have compiled all of my challenges into a short ebook and is available for free download. Save a copy for yourself too! Yay!

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A to Z: A Metaphor for an Alphabet Ebook Download Link 

I would like to thank all of you for being supportive through April. Every blogger needs a supportive community to sustain, survive and thrive. Thank you all for all the love.  Thanks to A to Z team for making it happen every year with growing enthusiasm.

Note:
This year I also did A to Z 6 word lockdown stories on Instagram. My Instagram id: prakash.hegade.

Scream


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Its April of 2020 and Day 19 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. 


 

Metaphor: The Scream

I am using the painting ‘The Scream’ for today’s metaphor. It is a composition from Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. The Norwegian title for the painting done in 1893 is ‘Shriek’. The tormented face in the painting is one of the most iconic images of art symbolizing the anxiety.  Munch says he had been out for a walk at sunset while suddenly the setting sunlight turned the clouds blood red and he could sense an infinite scream passing through nature.

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By Edvard Munch – National Gallery of Norway, Public Domain

I feel the image has layers. It has a depth in colors. It could be the nature screaming. It could be the scream of dead. It could be the scream of truth. It could be a scream in apocalypse.

Poem:
I cannot pen a poem,
Put a rhyme,
I cannot do a prose,
Put a personification,
Of course,
I can scream!
I have my notes,
In my own language.

We all have been in that scream. It’s scary not because you scream. It’s scary because no one hears you scream.

Night Owl


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Its April of 2020 and Day 14 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. 


 

Metaphor:  Night Owl

Owl is a nocturnal bird that stays awake at night. Night Owl is a metaphor used to epitomize a person who tends to stay up until late at night or even until early hours of the morning. The reason could also be because of delayed sleep phase syndrome. The phrase was used by Shakespeare in one of his poems in 1500 and probably is the earliest usage documented with respect to writing.

Most of Generation-Z are Night Owls. So has become the habit in modern culture. Especially with employers having night shift and cities that never sleep, Night Owl is a common metaphor now.

Poem
Every evening you stand,
To take back my nights,
But you don’t know,
I have fallen in love,
With the moon,
Everything else absent.
Thank you, I am ever a,
Gratified night owl.

When the world sleeps, when the hassles rest, that’s when a man at times finds peace. And then, he falls in love with the moon.

Melting Pot


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Its April of 2020 and Day 13 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. 


 

Metaphor:  Melting Pot

Melting Pot originates from United States. Around 18th century, the metaphor ‘crucible’ or ‘smelting point’ was used to describe the fusion of different nationalities, ethnicity and cultures. Now the same is referred by the metaphor ‘Melting Pot’. It is metaphor for a heterogeneous society becoming homogeneous with people from different cultural backgrounds becoming part of the society.

I like the sociology definition which says it is a concept referring to a heterogeneous society becoming more homogeneous with the different elements melting together into a harmonious whole with a common culture.

Poem:
Have you known?
Of me stalking you?
Should I care?
Of you ignoring me?
You and your being,
Partly define me,
Because, you are in,
My melting pot.

The things we do for the people we love. Not just people, could be anything else as well. There is always an eye that we keep on the things we love. Said or not. Specially those, we know are not reachable, cannot be ours. 

 

Fog and Away


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Early i was up, lost in thoughts,
Gazing through the window.

Amidst the mist my fingers moved and painted,
Symbol of immoral on window glass.

I sit on my bed watching the fog disappear,
Washing away the symbol at gentle pace.

I guess the darkness is over; forever,
I mourn with joy!

Darkness is a fog, wait it will disappear,
Sheds light, bright and clear.

Poem Form: Elegy and Device: Metaphor.  More details can be found HERE.