On writing a poem

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It has been a while since I wrote,
A poem that rhymed perfectly.
The words around me float,
Or they sit together imperfectly.

I try grabbing them one by one,
Arrange them in a way that makes sense.
When I think the battle is almost won,
I realize what I’ve made up is utter nonsense.

It is there almost in my hand,
And I don’t want to let it slip.
But it is falling from my fingers like the sand,
All set to go on a trip.

When I find words that rhyme,
The lines don’t have a meaning.
I take a break and give it some time,
May be it is my mind that needs some cleaning.

I sit down to give it another try,
I pick up words and put them together.
For the fear that they’ll otherwise die,
I touch them lightly like a feather.

And then when it is done,
I sit back to go through.
Though I was wary when I’d first begun,
I’ve now written a poem that is brand new!

This post is written for Day 1 of Write Tribe Festival of Words #5

40 responses to “On writing a poem”

  1. Suzy says:

    There are times when my poetry also makes no sense but yours today is perfect.

  2. To rhyme or not to rhyme…that is the question…:)….!

  3. Shilpa Garg says:

    Poems are not my cup of tea, but your poem rhymed so well. I can relate to this process of writing so well!

  4. A beautiful poem that talks about the trouble we go through trying to find the perfect rhyme for our poems!

  5. Well versed poetry, and it rhymed well! 🙂

  6. ilakshee says:

    Thoughts put well together! We may have doubts and yet we need to carry on… The poem appealed in it's simplicity

  7. Wonderful! It was a journey through the writing of a poem and the fruit in the end was worth it. Great concept!

  8. Kala Ravi says:

    Wonderful! Writing poems is a tough deal Reema and how effortlessly you pulled off this one!

  9. Nibhz says:

    wow! so perfectly penned!

  10. Eli Ert says:

    Oh, that was a fun read — I have so much loved writing poems myself lately, so I can totally relate to the challenges… and then the joy when something just comes out right:-) Loved it!

  11. But you rhymed it so damn well sweets and narrated the pain of a poet almost impeccably 🙂

  12. Rajlakshmi says:

    I have totally lost my muse. I can so relate to what you are saying… but you rhymed the poem so beautifully!! Enjoyed reading 😀

  13. Your poetry definitely makes sense. Yes there are days when thoughts doesn't line up with rhyming words but a break from it surely helps 🙂

  14. Parul says:

    you rhymed it so well Reema. i always struggle with poetry. well done.

  15. The way your poem has shaped up,it doesnt look like you ever had a trouble with penning it.A poem about a poem!.Nice!

  16. Tina Basu says:

    You know, I like poems that rhyme well, and this is super. When I write poems I try to rhyme them too.

  17. Beautiful….funny just moved a framed photo today in our home and it says A POEM BEGINS IN DELIGHT and ENDS IN WISDOM YUP!!

  18. C. TdeF says:

    Poetry communicates on such a different level than prose.

  19. I love poetry and wish to wish to write to write one properly one day.

  20. Vinay Leo R. says:

    A poem that is brand new,
    And a poem that is quite beautiful too 🙂

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