Saturday, 18 October 2014

A Grain of Wisdom

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Sound of heavy boots plundered sleep

Explosives are fallow land’s reap

Shadowy figures weaving net

A huge haul of life’s the target

We sink into the quagmire deep


A grain of wisdom is time’s need

To uproot this blood hungry weed

But blame-game is rending the air

All ears are deaf to our peace-prayer

Selfies reap the yield of their seed*




*We are now living in constant threat of terrorism. Military forces everyday are busting the militants’ dens and discovering explosives. Rulers & oppositions are engaged in exchanging expletives while the criminals are making good their escape. Commoners are suffocating in this political quagmire.


The poem is written in Quintilla / Spanish Quintain form with eight syllables in each line and 5 lines a stanza & the rhyme scheme is a. a. b. b. a.


The poem is written for Kerry’s Sunday Mini-Challenge: In Other Words @ Real Toads where we are to select one of the two given titles from two books and substitute our own words in place of those indicated below and write a new poem under the title we’ve created. The books were: a) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a mystery novel by British writer Mark Haddon. b) A Grain of Wheat, a novel by Kenyan novelist Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o 


1.       The --- Incident of the ---in the ---time.

2.      A --- of wheat

3.      A grain of---



I am also sharing this with Poetry Pantry @ Poets United