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The Daily Verse

To make The Wise Owl more dynamic, we have introduced The Daily Verse, a segment where we will upload poetry all  days of the week. Just send in a poem to editor@thewiseowl.art

Theme for May
Transformation

Image by Shot by Cerqueira

Tuesday, 28th May, 2024

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Poems

By Snigdha Agrawal

Hand Drawing
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fads and fashions 

leapfrog 

I stick to the six yards

              metamorphose

those five days

curled up on the sofa     

wishes creation had been 

more empathetic 

towards women

.

level playing field

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saree.jpg

whiteness superimposed with

  streak of vermillion 

  bindi on forehead

  glass bangles,

anklets...

 

a seachange

emaciated frames...

Parle biscuits

enough to put back      

smiles atrophied

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Monday, 27th May, 2024

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In Kerela

By Geeta Varma

Hand Drawing

In Kerala,

In September,

The same light,

And same smells

Greet me.

Trees, leaves, roads and roofs

Shine in the rain.

Mother, frail, weak,

In a starched white sari

Has the same smile

As she opens the door.

Nothing has changed,

Except, the old house,

Now just a cloud

Of haunting memories.

About the Author

Geeta Varma is a poet based in Chennai. She has worked as a teacher and freelance journalist for some time. She has to her credit two books of poems and is a regular contributor to a few online magazines. She lives in Neelankarai with her husband Shreekumar Varma and has two sons, Vinayak married to Yamini, and Karthik.

Friday, 24th May, 2024

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Tanka

By Sandip Chauhan

Hand Drawing
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clematis

scaling the trellises

with renewed vigor—

will dewdrops also return

to kiss its petals anew?

twilight's hush

i nudge the garden door

just a crack

time's wheels propel forward

spinning towards the unknown

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homecoming

the old oak sprouts

new shoots

i tuck freshly plucked violets

in the heirloom vase

Thursday, 23rd May, 2024

Image by freestocks

Some more Poems

By Robert Witmer

Hand Drawing
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the slow river

shapes a journey

old women gathering seeds

evening

life's tortoise

death's hare

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getting old

making do with less

friends

Wednesday, 22nd May, 2024

Image by Victor Rosario

Metamorphosis

By Sanjeev Sethi

Hand Drawing

In those eyes, oceans lose their way.

Music breaks into a new note: home

finds its hue. Roads stop competing.

Even loneliness finds something to

laugh about. Tonneau is tested. The

rumble seat holds empty bags. Proud

as pismires, we flourish in formicaries.

Even in transactional frameworks cer-

tain pacts are clued onto the unknown.

Chasing new curves results in rent. Is

transformation always positive?

Tuesday, 21st May, 2024

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Poems 

By Kavita Ratna

Hand Drawing
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marbles swirl

on the palm

auroras

cowrie shells

tossed up

twist in the tale

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paper boats

drifting on puddles

Columbus dreams

coins glitter

under the river

inside-out cleansing

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Monday, 20th May, 2024

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The River dries

By Chayanika Saikia

Hand Drawing

The river d(r)ies

to the fish bones.

 

Three birds feathered down,

transpose into water

percolating beneath a stone-ground

(where young fishes practice swimming;
soon, downstream they would plunge).

 

Spring is a burial song,

(of) old flowing into the new.

About the Author

Chayanika Saikia'work has appeared in Muse India, Petrichor (Pebbles), Yearbook of Indian Poetry in English 2022 (Hawakal), Madras Courier (forth-coming), Café Dissensus, PikerPress, EKL REVIEW, hākārā, Setu (Pittsburgh), The Assam Tribune, Parcham, Y a w p, The Little Journal of Northeast India, New York Parrot, Indian Periodical etc. and in anthologies like ‘Varna Vaibhav’ (Asom Sahitya Sabha), ‘The Kali Project’, ‘Poetry Unites’, 'Antargatha', 'Ismat' etc. "Mimosa Land (WissenMonk, 2023) and ‘Kor pora kho loi’ (e-kolom Asom Prakashan, 2022) are her poetry collections. She is the founder/editor of popular Assamese e-magazine 'Katha-kanchan'.

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