Poem No. 6 The Bougainvillaea Tree

The Bougainvillaea Tree

My sister Usha has a Bougainvillaea tree
People come from far to see her Bougainvillaea  tree
It is the envy of her neighbours
Friends sing her praises and call her ‘Green fingers’
It is 50 years old fed and watered like her baby
She has written a book on its history and care
Grafted to three different plants it’s her
Pride and joy with a history kept in a photo album.

Even famous people visit her
The chief minister of her state
Amitabh Bacchan and his wife
She has photos and autographs
To add to her accolades
The Bougainvillaea has made her famous!
Me too as I am her sister!!!

 

Poem No. 5. A Qawwali Concert

A Qawwali Concert

Once I went to a Qawwali Concert
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and his Gharana
Sang Sufi music
The singers and music became one
They rocked, they danced, they clapped
Nodded their heads in unison
As they repeated the same refrain again and again.
They were possessed and mesmerised
The music reached such dizzy heights
With drumming and clapping and the tabla drum
We all became one – singers and listeners
In unison – dancing and swaying in unison
I stood up and danced, an eternal dance
The music took my soul to directions
I did not know. No I, was left we were all one
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan opened doors
To a world when all were equal and all were one
It was many years ago but I often wish
And long to go and enter the Sufi dancing world!!

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Gharana is a special set of music family who perform music together. *

Heatwave, shattering records in Canada! How’s everyone else doing?

My internet went down before I could post my last poem. I sent in the poem to the email for the marathon as soon as I saw it hadn’t been posted. Fortunately it was only the one poem because my area had a lot of power outages, even though many were brief. I had written to the marathon email the next day and I added it on the blog today (hopefully I’ll be counted as finished by the algorithm. I think I’ve taken part in every marathon except the very first one. I did last year’s but I didn’t find the link in time to register so I did offline. I was thinking of uploading the poems anyway because I found that I missed the community.
Doing the marathon on your own is a different experience too. There aren’t easy to access props and it takes a lot of willpower not to cheat just a little XD But I did it!
Whether or not I post last years poems here, I have enough poems to do another book of poetry and this will be my third book of poems that are just my poems! Marathons have been amazing, I have branched into writing more and more marathons including novels and a year of poems, all sorts of things. I’m grateful to the organizers for bringing this idea about and organizing it year after year; it’s a lot of work.
We are having a lot of power outages still and restaurants and grocery stores are closed because so much food has spoiled and equipment has been damaged by the power surges. I hope everyone is okay, It’s scary here!
I’ve been writing a yearly ‘Journal of a Plague Year’, this year was entitled, ‘Journal of a Year in Chaos’… and it has been more than living up to its name.
It’s supposed to get up to 49 degrees around here which is close to 120, I think. Fruit is cooking on the trees and it’s terrifying. I know it’s hotter in other places. but we’ve never seen weather like this here.
I’m still writing a poem a day since the marathon. How is everyone else doing since the marathon? What’s everyone up to?

Rolling blackout poem ‘addition’

Marathon
VCS

Waking Up
Is hard to do
With images dancing in my mind
Mingling into dreams
I should have a coffee
Or go for a walk
But right after this
I’m all done this run!
It’s called a marathon,
But it’s something else as well,
It’s reaching deep inside
And pulling out our minds ideas
Of heavens, hells and incidentals
Like a department store
Of hopes, dreams and fears
Writing a poetry marathon
Exposes more than just ‘feels’
I’m wide awake now
I want to do it again
But if it’s all just the same
I may sleep for the day
Every time I run
I want to do it again
It bursts all the blocks free
The words are never
Ones that I’ve planned
Now that we’re done
Pat myself on the back
Most of all
Write again after a nap!

The Internet hasn’t been great for the past few days. I was told it was okay to add this. It took me until now to get back online on my computer! All poems were finished on time and from what I can see all the others fortunately did upload (very fortunately because I only kept a duplicate of a few of these. This one has been in my clipboard ever since the marathon! Please note I was commenting right up until a few minutes before it was time to write last poem)

Voids: 1

When I’m bored.

I look into the void…

or voids.

 

What peers back

are 4 eyes

of pure curiosity,

of unconditional love

and…

 

a maniacal madness.

 

2 jade eyes

flicker back at me.

 

2 coal embers

appear from another void.

 

Both look at each other,

4 small triangles twitch to

unheard sounds.

 

Did they hear my

silent plea…

for entertainment?

 

“Hey, kiddos.”

 

Bottle green eyes

kid tilts his head to the left,

his partner in crime

tilts his head in the opposite direction.

 

“Meow.”

“Meeeeeoooow!”

 

At last all they wanted was food.

Did You Know?

Did you know

that the Earth can bleed too?

 

Did you know

just like us

the Earth can cries?

 

It cries like a mother

loosing her child in

a crowded event.

 

It bleeds

in a way you can’t tell.

When we dig for riches

that cause greed

and blood is spilled.

 

Those forgotten souls

with noting but

pain

comes back

to scream in the wind.

 

All this,

is a message.

That the Earth

is more than

money.

Untitled

23 fires.

23 birds of flames

23 dragons let loose.

 

Each blazing a path

as they devour everything

and leave a scorched trail.

 

People chased from homes

to take refuge in a nearby towns.

 

“Is this Hell?”

“AZ in Hell.”

These words were spelled to truth.

 

Now prayers are being said

to bring water.

We pray for rain in a time of drought

to quench the forest’s thirst.

 

As it does,

in small amounts

like someone accidently

tied a knot in the sky’s hose.

 

It came down

as it teased us,

like an older brother that

pretends to throw her sister in the water.

 

We cry,” where’s the rain!”

 

Finally our cries were heard.

A shower from Heaven came down,

as is God held back

all the rain

in a plant a waterer.

Announcing the Winners of the 2021 Poetry Marathon

I am pleased to present the wonderful poets who successfully wrote 24 poems in 24 hours, a truly remarkable achievement.

The poets are not listed in any particular order, but they are all particularly impressive for the incredible feat of endurance and creativity they completed. Also, keep in mind that the counting may not be perfect. If I missed someone, please let me know by emailing poets@thepoetrymarathon.com

Included here are also those wonderful poets who successfully challenged themselves to write 12 poems in 12 hours; giving themselves a full day of creative endeavoring.

24 Hour Poetry Marathoners 12 Hour Poetry Marathoners
bjsteinshouer
willjxn
BlueMuse
waldomaui
TobeTT
Shirl
Sunraypeak
plath2.0
TorriMBrown
dextajean
Kristynateach
InkSpiller
Simona
KGBusch04
Kim Smart
KerryValkyrieBaldockKelly
Jill1980
MarkLucker
KofiAcquah1
MHickok
rranson@02
PropagandaPoet
dwong
BhashaDwivedi
RarzackOlaegbe
SarahJ
Santosha
katiedunne
JaneAndFriends
janis
Susmita
reenadoss
novamarie
Jess
AnjanaSen
jvstanley
Baaaaa
jarrodfouts
Caitlin Thomson
Impowerwriter
Anne McMaster
MelNeet
poeticus
SilverQuiver
earth2joy
SaraAnderson
LaurieMcK
obidity
MaritzaM.Mejia
BrettDyer
RamonaElke
vijaya
NancyPagh
AmiO
factorjosh
TeriHarroun
akilday
Elsalovesbooks
megsat
D2MOTIVATE
AaronConklin
dngai70
AngieMountain
varenyas
AceShannon36
Tessellation
rainmaker
sjduncan
cynderh
cinwhit
AndaM
lyajoy
DSCoremans
LinsT
Wormy76
mavschick41
DocB
jgershon1213
JLNash
AutumnsOnlyone
BloomingFire
Sandraj631968
efellows
LuvMiFreely
JRTurek
ChristinaSng
Ivan
Aygaius
gmazul
ofuma
erinemerick45
KendraReynolds
SandyLender
prachishah
Jazzgreensuds
margpeg73
TheBootlegBodhisattva
jonesy1922
PhilosophyMom
blissfilledislandlife
Enscriptor
Ipsita
PhilipV.Coombs
HiralBagadia
tarinprn
OhulanCutash
13-Shenanigans
Foxling
KikaMan
thryaksha
MagSatPhD
williamtatro
Nandiya
RajaniNair
Valley2
amlcrabtree
yeetthesystem
mrsdkrebs
Koso
CoffeyWrites
allisonshoe
kimsmartauthor
Cinzia
joshidivyesh99
ErmelindaMakkimane
bennerad
alexaimeekist
themorningreads
wordsofbee
virginiastark
afeathers
Roxann
Rebeli007
VidyaShankar
Renae Ogle
DPuterbaugh

MarinaZerdali
mmesomafrancis
justlei
ChelleA
poet556
RobbieWest
Britton
SundarWalker
Amana
Danielle Martin
GitaBharath
Melissa
Linda Hallstrom
77poetess and Mitch
JoyceB
jnslwkshp
sharonedge

rheakumar11
KJR-Kidder
Stef
Dvnmskm
SolapeAdeyemi
BritS
mildandred
CarolProst
KathyPon
PursuingPerfection
AprilZoe
Jacob
Michellia
jennifervera
Harvey Schwartz
itexner
Laurak
jwalker15
pgerber
shloks89
EllaWagemakers
meka
jsweeder
SheilaS
SJHAWLEY
naidanepascuasupnet
leximagines
storts
denisehill
dohamonde
psarvasy
kevinjoconner
JadeIguana
JaneR
Kaili
Aisha154
Friowords
AnwarSuleman
AlenaCasey
EvelynElaineSmith
jemarek
ColleenSchwartz
CristyWatson
SmileyOne
treal1971
Richardosler
JohnnyG
SarahW
canyonwriter
willowriver44
adriana.c.grant
AnshuSikchi
Annej
supertina19
HuffPunkMatron
TammiBelko
JanaBrooke1987
kriscleage
claycrane
merryafoot
authorHJ
rachelmarcohavens
@voldecurt
jdgbp
DesertDiane
MrsLibertyRock
jilowill
Karen
Rootedphoenix
BarzeusMolen
afarmer
shivee41
MaryEugeneP.Flores
kateadams
mahimagiri
Skay
BlueHeronWrites
JoaquinCapehart88
S.Azule
VidhiAshar
hundhg
NgoziAndrew
miggy
najain
Shjava
sdhpdx
AnanyaPanwar
SabinahAdewole
denisiarocks
BrendaDeHaan
BrianHasson
Aishwarya13
debrathewriter
RebeccaResinski
christinatangbernas
KarenMandell
Nasiha.S
weliveaswedream
Meganwrites
YuLan
Nevermore74
maskofpoetry
farahkaltz@gmail.com
JoPangolin
irislevin
natarajng
Raquel7
DaveHirsh
Riley.Mcilveen
oxmtch11
hgb123
Double-AA-battery
katighe
AlivePoetsSociety
ManoshiBose
MaxineWiseWrites
TinaBlondino@gmail.com
CWasemScott
peaflowertea
Mbsmitty75
bwayne
elorandos
Wilddog
Bavishya
dantighe
KatrinaM
Jareljennings
mlougheed
GentlemanBrute
damoore943
punkhippypoet
HannahGrace
MWW522
THOMAS
Farzana
featherstonej
Aishatonu

 

The following poets fell just short of 24 poems in 24 hours. Though they didn’t quite finish the full marathon, they deserve special recognition for more than completing the half, and coming so close to finishing the full marathon. (And if I somehow missed one of your poems, in my counting, please let me know!!!)

rachelmarcohavens
@voldecurt
jdgbp