Sunday, January 27, 2013

The 7x7x7x7 Writing Prompt

When Corinne from Everyday Gyaan suggested this creative exercise (details below), needless to say, I was tempted to join her! Except for my one poem Is it me? (which also co-incidentally was done only because someone suggested that I do it!) I do not have any poetry on my blog. And thanks to this prompt, here comes another. Here's how the prompt works.

Grab the 7th book from your bookshelf. Open it up to Page 7. Pinpoint the 7th sentence on the page. Begin a poem that begins with that sentence and limit it in length to 7 lines. 

The 7th Book on a bookshelf in the library (since I don't have a book collection at home here) turns out to be 'Sacred Travels: 275 Places to Find Joy, seek solace, and learn to live more fully'. The 7th Page puts me at 'Govind Devji Temple, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India'. Coincidence? The 7th Sentence reads: Located in the bustling metropolis of Jaipur - known as India’s ‘Pink City’ with nine districts symbolizing the sacred divisions of the universe, the Govind Devji temple and Jai Niwas Gardens are popular destinations and the thousands of devotees of Krishna who visit every year. Because the sentence is so super-long, I cheat a little and go for the essence.

Believing in you Lord, they come from near and afar
Some in blind faith, some with their eyes open ajar
They say evil and bad times are here to stay
Morals thrown aside, men gone astray
I do not want to be blind, I want to learn more
But the more I search, I want to know no more
So Lord, give me peace, give me a reason to still believe

I would love to have you join in! If you like the prompt and want to do a post, leave your link on Corinne's post linky set here or simply leave a comment! 

I would love to hear your views!

24 comments:

  1. Good One Deepa, I often think on similar lines!

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    1. It's a confusing time for me right now, I feel I have become so cynical and I don't want to be so!

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  2. Lovely prayer, Deepa. Now I don't want to hear that you can't do poetry! :)

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    1. Thank you Corinne - well, I honestly still don't think I have the passion and the emotion the way poets do! Words don't flow out in this way! Fiction is a different story altogether! :) That, I feel drawn too!

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  3. Deepa, you can do poetry. It's no use saying you can't. :)

    Dagny

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    1. He he he Dagny :) It's just that I think I get drawn to fiction writing more!

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    1. Thanks FIF, you should try it too!

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  5. Insightful, and beautifully said. :)

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  6. Interesting experiment... can surely be done in multiple ways.
    The poem, though, has come out well.

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    1. Thank you Arvind! :) Yep, prompt based exercises do work in several ways. This one was just supposed to be a 7 line poem based on that line :)

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  7. Congrats at finally succumbing to Corinne's word weapon. Good job, Deepa. Bravo.

    Joy always,
    Susan

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    1. He he he :) Thanks Susan :) My second poem ever :D

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  8. So many 7s but the end result is good :)

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    1. Imagine our plight if it had been 7 7s! :D Thanks Jas :)

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  9. Wow!! That's a cool first attempt! Lovely prayer! :)

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    1. Thanks Shilpa, you should try it too! It's fun :)

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  10. If the first prayer in seven lines is so beautiful, then the seventh prayer would be seventy seven times more interesting to read. Keep them coming!

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    1. Thank you for those beautiful words Fayaz! :) For this prompt exercise unfortunately, it only needs me to do these 7 lines :) But oh well, maybe someday I'll write more as a continuation! :D

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    1. Thank you for visiting and for your comment too! Glad you liked it!

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  12. Hey I have nominated you for the popular "Liebster Award".
    http://advkaranshah.blogspot.in/2013/02/first-blogger-award_7.html

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    1. Thank you so much for that honour Karan! I feel blessed! :) Another friend of mine also nominated me for the same! I'll put up the post and take it forward pretty soon!

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