Sunday, January 28, 2024

Tonight's Evening Sky - Description

Tonight's evening sky is not a unified shade of blue. It is multihued, with a myriad of periwinkle and pale grey, with some albescent strands weaving in and out. Fuzzy fronds float all around, like the finest eiderdown feathers. How they waft and wind and wrap the town, like the world's fluffiest duvet. That sky puffed out my evening blues like pasty, petty clouds. Next time I feel blue, and devoid of bliss, I will dream of this and surely beam. Sure my small reflection may not be a masterpiece. But for me, just remembering that sublime sky always raises my inner peace.

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Fallen Leaves and Fresh New Starts

Autumn leaves waft in the wind.

As they float, my heart just sings.

They cleanse away my careworn mind,

and help me leave my past behind.

Crackling like scarlet stars,

leaping like life’s fresh new starts,

they relieve my long-held grief,

and help me turn a whole new leaf.

Why must I grieve for fallen leaves?

When snow will fall this Christmas Eve.

Snow shows me it is never late,

to change my ways and choose my fate.

Saturday, September 16, 2023

Missing Parts Part 2: Strange Similies

I wish these bulbs that burn and blaze,

show me daffodils, and doubloons.

But I only trace the waning moon,

it wrecks me up and wanes me down.


When did my thoughts all trail away?

Why did the lights fade to darkness?

Oh, I cannot take more opaqueness.

Stars, guide me to those stellar signs!


Streetlights, flash me awesome words!

Please, save me from insanity!

But could some strange similes,

shatter down like sharp glass shards?


Towers glow on gravel roads.

Like blades, could they strike the skies?

What could these blades symbolise?

My greatest fails or finest traits?


Will I at last find those missing parts?

and move more hearts with whole new art?

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Missing Parts Part 1: Mindless Metaphors

I meander on in this mundane plane.

The seatbelts screech without a tune,

and the foulest fumes fog up the room,

so, I wrench my head to this window.

I’d strive to dive in these inky depths,

swim in this sea of starlit streams,

but these windows snuff my lucid dreams,

and leave me breathless, begging for air.

My page stays white as wispy clouds.

My ink dried out and disappeared.

But could this nightly atmosphere,

promise me some mighty words?

No fine lines flow to my mind,

as cruise ships cross those black waters.

But could some mindless metaphors,

roar somewhere down that beaten track?

Could these red cars be bleeding hearts?

Where on earth are those missing parts?

Saturday, July 1, 2023

Is this a true palm tree, or my mad mirage? written by Rithika Nadipalli (and edited by Ishita Nadipalli)

The day feels so dark and dreary.

My heart feels so wrecked and weary,

so, I head outdoors and breathe deeply.


Ripples of air shush down my sighs.

A palm tree soothes my swollen eyes.

It sure shadows the sunlit skies.


Gold streaks shine down the tree’s brown bark,

I can gaze for hours at these gorgeous sparks.

Oh, how they brighten up this boring tar!


This palm tree smells so sweet and swell.

Yum… Fresh coconuts and caramel.

Hmm… Some fruity scents I can’t yet tell.


One whiff of this summery perfume,

bursting with bananas and mango bloom,

whisks me to breezy beaches, far from my room.

There, I can simmer down on sandy shores,

I can sip that mocktail, one glass more,

and swim in seas, so cool and azure.

Those fronds flap so fast, oh my days,

like sprightly stars that burn and blaze.

I feel embraced by this tree's ways.

Oh eyes, please let me see a tree this large,

Please don’t let this be my mad mirage,

I hope I’m not gazing at my garage.

I'm so swayed by this scene sublime,

I pray for it to sway here all the time,

and banish my rancid garage of grime.


Please don’t desert me tree, I weep and wish.

Please make my vapid life vanish,

and whisk me to vast seas with a swish.


At once, this fickle tree disappears,

leaving me stranded and sweating here.

Oh well, at least now my mind is clear!

Hello everyone.

I hope you enjoyed my poem. This time, it is about a swaying palm tree I perceived one hot afternoon. I admired its gorgeous golden-brown bark, and flapping fronds. I basked in its sweet, ‘fruity scents’, which momentarily swept me away to ‘sandy shores’ and ‘azure seas’. I hoped this sublime tree would be true scene. Sadly, I learnt that it was my ‘mad mirage’ after all, as it disappeared, stranding me in my unpleasant ‘rancid garage of grime’.


Again, thank you Ishita for editing my poem, and making it sound more melodic, moving, and magical. As always, you are such a supportive sister, and I always enjoy sharing and editing my poems with you. 

Firstly, in line 11, Ishita suggested ‘yum’, which sounds more fun, and less redundant than my original ‘hmm’. Plus, ‘yum’ carries no connotations of displeasure or doubt, unlike more dubious ‘hmm’. I had no doubt that these smells were yummy, so I chose 'yum' over 'hmm'.


Secondly, in line 25 Ishita suggested ‘I’m so swayed by this scene sublime’ which is more melodic and modern than my original, outdated line 25 ‘I’m mad about this mortal prime’. Her pun shows I am so awed, I am literally swaying along with the hypnotic palm tree. Furthermore, her line feels more hopeful and heart-warming than my ‘mortal prime’, concluding that this tree is my life’s biggest bliss, and closes one’s hope for enjoying future milestones and magical moments.


Thirdly, Ishita suggested line 33, when I was struggling to conclude the poem. She suggested that despite my sweat, tears, and loss, at least my ‘mind is clearer’, because I taken a brief repose, and admired this transient, but peaceful and pretty palm tree. Now when I reach the poem’s last line, I do not ‘weep’ because the 'tree disappears', but I smile, because I enjoyed the scene and my mind became clearer. 


Thank you Ishita for making this whole poem more delightful, and less dreary. Your enthusiasm, and awesome ideas always enlighten me and brighten my days. You are such a talented writer Ishita, and I hope you get inspired to write your own poems soon. I for one would feel so excited to read them.

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

The Whys of Wisely Using Time written by Rithika Nadipalli (and edited by Ishita Nadipalli)

This mysterious source has many measures.

We must use this unit very wisely,

for every minute and hour is treasure,

for it slips from our palms so silently.


Sometimes the hours can feel so long and tiresome.

We can dance or play or sing in rhyme,

or eat food, smell flowers, or enjoy our freedom.

Take care, those hours won’t last all the time.


Some day or other, our world shall end,

so, stop scrolling Twitter or spreading hate.

Instead, achieve, travel, help and befriend,

make more memories before it’s too late.


If we always harbour grudges and stress,

once our hair goes grey, we’ll regret.

Life is too short for anything pointless.

Do more things you will never forget.

Hello everyone and thank you for reading this short poem. I hope it inspired you to be more productive, positive and engage in more pleasurable activities in your life, until death. 

Once again, I credit my truly awesome sister, Ishita for helping me edit this poem. I appreciate her idea of mentioning how much we will regret our wasted time, grudges, and stress once our 'hair grows grey' - it is a more colourful and poetic reference to our venerability than my duller 'once we grow old' idea. 

When I struggled to complete the last quatrain, Ishita conceived the last 2 lines, using the classic 'life is too short' precept, which did not occur to me as I was trying to write down oblique, and unusual ideas as usual. Ishita also just made sure all of my lines were grammatically correct and reworded some of my rambling and repetitive lines. 

Thank you so much Ishita for being an excellent editor and sister. Writing poems is just not the same without your witty, and wonderful ideas. You are such a brilliant writer Ishita, and I hope you get inspired to write your own poems soon. I would feel excited to read them myself.

Saturday, May 20, 2023

Maths Madness written by Rithika Nadipalli (and edited by Ishita Nadipalli)

Our opinions will never be maths,

they’ll always be odd and somewhat biased.

So, let’s stop ticking them all as facts.

Let’s spot and subtract some wrong ones.


Let’s face it, everything else is so subjective.

There’ll always be greys and that’s fine for me.

At least maths solutions are always objective,

If not nought, it’ll be one, it’s binary.


People often apply thoughts to real lives,

but this view is only half-true.

Facts of life can expire like pies,

but maths stays true, for every issue.


Though people preach they’re always straight,

in some contexts, they may not stack up.

Some people may just not relate,

but in all pages, maths problems add up.


Math’s textbook formats can vary.

Their pages can be A3 or A4,

but their sayings are always stationary.

We all know that 3 plus 1 is 4.


In this world, everything is mutating,

I always navigate an uneven grid.

It's mixed messages feel so grating.

At least maths is as lucid as liquid.


It’s awesome how maths never alters,

I can accept it without any falter.

Hello everyone and I hope you enjoyed this short poem about how reliable and rigorous maths is, and how it provides some security to those confused by a world with its dynamic and diverse politics, contexts, cultures, views and messages. 

I just want to give a big thank you to my awesome sister, Ishita for editing my poem. She helped me make this poem clean, concise, coherent and more celebratory of the fascinating field of Mathematics. 

In line 11, Ishita chose to compare 'facts of life' to 'expiring pies' in line, to highlight the SIGNIFICANT PI SIGN, I overlooked in my draft calculations. Without her additions of other symbols (e.g., pie signs), my poem would have been cluttered with redundant PLUSES and MINUSES. Plus, Ishita's line 11 describing how 'facts of life can expire like pies' is tastier, funnier and more fitting than my duller and more irrelevant line 14: 'fickle facts of life flapping like bats'.

Plus, in line 14, Ishita changed my redundant 'adding' verb with 'stacking' to describe people's arguments as NOT STACKING up instead of my cliched NOT ADDING UP. 'STACK UP' also avoids repeating line 16 where I state that maths problems 'ADD UP' in every media so I am grateful for her great suggestion. 

Thank you Ishita for your ingenious inputs :) You are one of the finest editors I can ask for and this poem would not be the same without your comical ideas :). You are such an awesome writer too, and I hope you get inspired to write some of your own poems someday. I for one would love to read them.

Tonight's Evening Sky - Description

Tonight's evening sky is not a unified shade of blue. It is multihued, with a myriad of periwinkle and pale grey, with some albescent st...