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2011 April Edition: Poetry Special

April Edition: Poetry Special: Just published!

The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.

-Jean Cocteau

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A Poet's moment ...

It was a foggy, misty, hazy morning,
the white cumulus clouds were hanging low,
the birds were chirping into the morning silence,
the sun was essaying its way through the clouds,
the gentle morning breeze was ruffling the trees,
a leaf bud landed on me,
and reminded
“Yes, it is Spring ...
a poet’s moment!”

How many poetic moments have you have encountered? How many times you attempted to capture those moments as poems? The word "Poetry" comes from the Greek word "Poesis" meaning "making" or "creating". In modern world, "Poetry" is primarily associated with abstract thinking while its twin sister "Prose" is associated with sequential, logical thinking. However, Poetry was the only form of writing in ancient days. It did not matter whether it was abstract or logical. In fact, the oldest surviving poem "History of King Gilgamesh" is a sequential, logical story of a King. Other examples of stories in poetic form are "Ramayana", "Mahabharatha", "Silapathikaram" and others. In today's world, we have not only categorized writings into two distinct form, Poetry and Prose, but also classified Poetry into 35 different forms! Poetry forms are categorized based on the number of syllables (Haiku, Tanka), number of lines (Couplets (2), Sonnet (14)), content (Ballad, Epic, Lays, Idyll(story), Epigram (witty), Elegy (sad), Limerick, Tanka (humorous)), word order or structure (metered, free verse, rhyme), lyric (songs) and others. Bottomline, you can write your thoughts in any way you want and you will still find yourself matching one of the poetry form. As Samuel Taylor Coleridge said "Poetry: the best words in the best order". So next time when you get your poet's moment, take a paper and put your best words in the best order and share it with the world :-)

Walt Whitman, a famous poet, once said "To have great poets, there must be great audiences." We believe we have great readers to appreciate poets and poems. So, in this issue, we have hand picked poems of different styles - Haiku, Ballad, Limerick, Coupletes, Metered, Free Verse, Rhymes, Lyrics and others - in different sections. Read, enjoy and share !

  • In the Brain-tickler category:
    • Each of us have our own favorite poetry lines which would have left an indelible mark in our mind. Try whether you can identify the poet behind the famous poetry lines.
  • In the Health Topic section:
    • Read how you can manage your Stress in poetic form "No more Stress".
    • In the World Hemophilia month learn about "Hemophilia-blood relationship" disease.
  • In the English Song category:
    • Listen to the song picks with the best poetic verses.
  • In the Short Poem:
    • Read the short poems "Kaleidoscope" and "Walk".
  • In the Seriously Funny section:
    • Watch the funny video "With respect" funny poem by Adam Taylor.
    • Read the humor, "No room for neglectful workers here ... "
  • In the Surfboard section:
    • Read the thought "Poetic Painting ..."
  • In the Tamil Picks section:
    • Enjoy the 10 Tamil songs picked out of 27 songs we reviewed for best poetic verses!
    • Listen to the 25 songs with best poetic verses continuously using our Jukebox.
    • Read the poem pick "kavithai" and "Emmatrangal" in the Tamil poem section.
    • Enjoy the Bonus Tamil poem picks "Kulandai", "Maram","Irakka Mudiyatha Siluvai",
      "Poet within Ilaiyaraja", "Ilaiyaraja's first composition: Kannadasan's poem"
  • Nuggets:
    • Don't miss to read the "Haiku" poems in the following sections
      • Main page - "Ha, Ha, Ha .. No one can hear your scream"
      • Health - "Screech, Screech, Out of memory" and "Stop, Stop ... You are asking too much!"
      • Seriously Funny - "Ouch, Ouch, It would have been useful, but ..."
      • Surfboard - "Tick, Tock ... Countless more exist!"
      • Reader's feeback - "Moan, Moan...Screen and Mind are blank!"
      • Your feedback - "Sob, Sob... Guess, what you have lost!"
  • Additional Bonus Videos:
    • Watch our additional bonus videos in the following sections.
      • Reader's Feedback - Watch the poem - "Yesterday, When I was young ..."
      • Your Feedback - Watch and Listen to the poem- "Don't Quit"

As always, we are very confident that you will enjoy our picks. Write your feedback about this issue by clicking on the email icon. We value your opinion, thoughts and time.

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Ha, Ha, No one can hear your scream !

Reports say that Japanese, the inventors of Haiku form of poetry, were able to create interesting Haikus to replace the impersonal computer error messages - especially Microsoft’s errors. Here are few scenarios which you would have experienced and would appreciate the error messages in Haiku form instead of the originial form.

Scenario: Your computer has crashed with a Blue Screen (also known as Blue Screen of Death) having a vague error message.
Replacement Error message in Haiku form:
Windows NT crashed.
I am the Blue Screen of Death.
No one hears your screams!

Ha! Ha! Ha! (This Onomatopoeia is not part of the Haiku)