Sweet and Sour

This post has been published by me as a part of the Blog-a-Ton 41; the forty-first edition of the online marathon of Bloggers; where we decide and we write. To be part of the next edition, visit and start following Blog-a-Ton. The theme for the month is “Sweet and Sour”

inspiration once lost has been found
that struggle for words once silent
now feels concluded at last
a poem I wished is born
still I do not cheer
for my life runs
little sweet
then turns
old milk
much bitter
but why not wine
better with the time
perhaps I should have fun
turn the hourglass, start over
forget what is gone or turned sour
begin, searching for sweet once again

I’ve this tendency to worry about what might go wrong next, even when something goes right. I think that’s why I’ve had this block of late. Even when I’m happy, the thought of gloom that will come next makes me sad, and that happiness is lost again. I remember telling in a comment somewhere, that I should start living in the moment. Well, I’ll take this as the first step to returning to what I love doing. That, of course, is writing.
Seven days, seven posts, that’s what the Write Tribe Festival of Words is about. Oh, and the theme is “Seven” as well. I thought what do I do, and then I thought some more, and I was about to give up when a random idea discussed through a phone call kind of stuck, and the thought (and writing) block was broken. What I’m going to do, in these seven days, is write seven poems in seven forms of poetry that I love to write.
This particular form above is a nonet. A nonet is a nine line poem, with syllables in each line going from 9 descending to 1. It’s not necessary to rhyme the lines, but it’s okay if you do too. What I’ve done here is a mirrored nonet (it’s not an official name), where I have gone from 9 to 1, and then nine lines from 1 to 9. I call it an hourglass poem (because of the shape).
Also sharing it with Poetry Pantry, and Imaginary Garden With Real Toads (Open Link Monday)

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(01 Sep, 2013)

Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

76 thoughts on “Sweet and Sour”

  1. Wow wow wow!!Absolutely brilliant poem n Loved the idea for the theme! I’m already looking forward to the next 6 days where I’ll not just enjoy your beautiful verses but also learn new things each day!

  2. Is it the long hiatus Id taken away from blogging or has your writing metamorphosed too?
    So fresh, such a great train of thought and well ideated (the 7 poem series). Sweet! nothing sour about this at all..:) A perfect entry for Blogaton..
    ATB Leo..

    • Could be either, Bhoot 😉 Glad you liked it. I’ll need the wishes, my friend. It’s a poem. BAT and poem usually bombards, don’t you remember? 😛

  3. I loved your poem and look forward to reading more of your poetry throughout the festival!! I hate fighting writer’s block but isn’t it a wonderful thing when you finally break through and create some exquisite?? I loved how you typed your poem so the words formed an hourglass in their design! Simply brilliant!

    • Thanks, Kathy. I hate fighting writer’s block too, but it does happen once in a while. So we have to struggle. Glad you liked the design. 🙂

  4. *clap clap* I loved the poetry and had of course never heard of it! Thank you so much for introducing it to us. I am waiting for more kinds, what an interesting theme to choose!


  5. Beautiful vinay
    Loved the poem . It’s wow and we all have daily battles . Writing is our best therapy
    Looking forward to learning new forms of poetry !
    Good luck 🙂

  6. My dear Leo..
    I’m biased and my bias is towards carpedieum.. as vibhuti remarked, the freshness resonates, could be the words lining up behind those pores to just come out in the open.. waiting for the rest of your fav 8 forms of poetry… So this is the mirrored hourglass nonet 🙂

    Lv always

  7. I like the mix of sweet and sour – like life – and really enjoy the hourglass form, given you mention one in the poem. I wonder if you tried turning the poem upside down, if it would keep its shape?

    • Thanks, Sherry. I feel it would retain the shape since the syllables would still be in the same format. Glad you liked my poem. 🙂

  8. Superb Leo! Even if I cannot appreciate poetry I can understand the artistry it takes to keep the flow natural while sticking to the straitjacket of this sort of form.

    • The shape is because of the form I feel, and I spoke in the poem about an hourglass for the same reason. 🙂 Thanks, Little Princess.

  9. I really enjoyed this piece and especially liked the way each line came together to form the hourglass image. Just wonderful!

  10. Love your idea to do seven types of poetry for the challenge. What a fun format for this poem! It is so clever visually and in the words, too. I really enjoyed it and look forward to learning about other types of poetry forms from you.

  11. That was brilliant! I love what you are doing. At the end of the seven days, I will at least know a little more about poetry, even if I can’t make a poem to save my life:)

    • Thanks, Aashish. Glad you liked my poetry, and yes, we have to start anew once that sour ends. 🙂 Best if we move without thinking if the next journey might end sour or sweet. We enjoy the journey that way. 🙂 Wish you all the best for Blogaton too.

  12. A Nonnet..!! Wow wow wow…awesome..!!

    beautifully carved nonnet Vinay….you have been an inspiration for a long time and now when i read you after such a long time…you are still an inspiration..!!

    i dont know where i forgot my sonnets, haikus, 55fictions, nonnets….but today i think i have to start searching..!!

    I have seen your comment for my post…and set my font size..!!

  13. Reading about Nonet for the first time and it sounds interesting. It;s real creative. I like it.
    All the best for BATOM 🙂

    And 7 poems in 7 days. Whoa! That’s quite a challenge at least for me…but you seem to be rolling 🙂

  14. आपकी जीतनी तारीफ़ करू कम हैं
    बेहद सुन्दर कविता लिखी हैं आपने लियो जी
    आप से प्रेरणा ले के
    इस शैली को हिंदी कविता में उतरना चाहूँगा

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