Gautama, he was born,
to become light of Asia
for time – infinite.
Showered upon as blessings,
what was learnt,
from Mother Mary,
Love for all;
Divine and Human.
chides Krishna, the Lord,
all our sins,
All virtues incarnated,
in a human form.
In response to Reena’s Xploration Challenge #303 on the three paintings chosen by Indian artist Anjolie Ela Menon, from her series called Divine Mothers and David at The Skeptic’s Kaddish #W3 prompt where, as Poet of The Week, he invites us to write a poem of three stanzas using his own developed form: the Dormasha based on the Shadorma which has a syllabic structure of 3/5/3/3/7/5. David further says that at least one stanza must rearrange the order of the classic Shadorma’s syllabic lines; (e.g., 5/3/7/3/5/3 or 3/3/3/7/5/5, 7/3/3/5/3/5, etc., etc.)
As many of you know, I have been creating a lot of ‘nonce’ poetic forms together with Sangeetha, my partner in rhyme. This week, I would like us to try our hands at a syllabic ‘nonce’ poetic form that I recently created. It is called the ‘Dormasha’.
This week’s W3 poetry prompt is to compose a ‘Dormasha’ of at least three stanzas!
- Child of the Shadorma
- (the Shadorma has a syllabic structure of 3/5/3/3/7/5 per line);
- Any number of stanzas, just like the Shadorma;
- At least one stanza must rearrange the order of the classic Shadorma’s syllabic lines;
- (e.g., 5/3/7/3/5/3 or 3/3/3/7/5/5, 7/3/3/5/3/5, etc., etc.);
- No two stanzas of the Dormasha can have the same syllabic line structure.
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Reena’s Guidelines- Prompt # 303
I am inspired by Melissa Lemay to use art as a writing prompt.
The three paintings chosen are by Indian artist Anjolie Ela Menon, from her series called Divine Mothers.
Just to give a background, the first image on the left depicts Gautam Buddha and his mother. Gautam Buddha was born Prince Gautam, who left the palace, his wife and newborn son to become an ascetic. He is the founder of Buddhism.
The second one is that of Baby Jesus and his Virgin Mother Mary.
The third one on extreme right depicts Lord Krishna with his adoptive mother Yashoda. Yashoda was not aware that babies have been exchanged and Krishna is not her biological son. Nor is she aware of the fact that Krishna is a reincarnation of Lord Vishnu (deemed to be the Preserver from the Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh – Creator, Preserver and Destroyer), and possesses divine powers. He always struggles to conceal the power from her and maintain a normal human mother-son relationship. She is one of the iconic mothers in Indian mythology.
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