End of August Scavenger Hunt (5)

Val of A Different Perspective is running the End of Summer Scavenger Hunt, where we have to write 13 poems in August in the prescribed form on the given topics.

9. Sestina on Exploration


Touching the skies, a feeling so novel
sleeping under the canopy of stars in the woods
sitting on the shore amidst the crashing waves
going clackety- clack in the mile long train
roaming, exploring, feeling the world
oh the joys of travel nothing can beat!

Moving ahead listening to the raindrops’ beat
being one with nature, a feeling so novel
with one purpose, to traverse the world
not thinking of past, being out of the woods
moving at a pace, like the wind  whooshing by the train
as the fear of the unknown recedes in waves.

A sound so soothing, the lapping of waves
to crash on the beach when one is beat
to be in tandem with mind, body I train
discarding old notions, embracing the novel
deep and dark are the inviting woods
but something seems amiss in this world.

I seem to be drowning in the weariness of the world
despite nature’s beauty, the ugliness around hits in waves
I need to retire to the inner calming woods
this feeling of helplessness I have to beat
In my favourite corner of home with a novel
I must sit as for inwards journey I train.

There is trepidation as my mind I train
There is anxiety as I disconnect with the world
to be with just myself an experience so novel
uneasiness washes over me in waves
no intrusions, as stress I try to beat
I must find home as I explore inner woods.

Light, airy and inviting are these woods
body and mind move in rhythm as they train
I march in rapture to my own beat
I accept with all flaws this, my world
I have learnt to ride with equanimity life’s waves
too focussed in without, accepting within is novel.

After exploring the woods and the world
I tried to train and tame my mind’s unruly waves
To be able to beat the uncertainties, a feeling so rich and novel!


47 thoughts on “End of August Scavenger Hunt (5)

  1. Weltschmerz is the right word, kudos for finding it! You nailed the form which we knew you would and you’ve shared your personal turmoil which is rare … hang in there sis! 3 kids and the world need you, especially your deeply insightful poetry!

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      1. It all depends on the prompts, Kate. April and October poetry challenges are very personal. I missed the April challenge so I am giving it all to Val’s challenge.

        Sure, maybe sometime. 🙂

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  2. Punam, this is an utterly exquisite sestina. So beautiful. I am really behind with this but may try to catch up!


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