Friday, January 22, 2016

Looking for things lost

For ABC Wednesday, - which incidentally was my last post as well - this time around, I am exploring poetic forms and as I looked for forms beginning with the letter B, I discovered many wonderful ones - including the ballade (this is one I am saving for later!), the bio (sounds interesting), and the bop (which I used this time) among other interesting forms. 
The bop is a fairly new form and has three stanzas in its original version, each followed by a repeating refrain. The first stanza describes a problem, the second one expands or explores the problem further, while the third either describes the solution or the failed attempt to solve the problem. So here is my attempt on this form based on a recent, real-life (true story this) problem I faced. This also goes towards Open Link Night at dVerse.

Looking for Things Lost

I looked for it up and down,
looked for it with a smile, a frown.
I turned the sofa  inside-out,
found pencils, hairbands, the remote
too, found a treasure-trove
of things I didn’t know were gone.

The book I was looking for was yet waiting somewhere.

A wonderful book it seemed to be-
had just picked it up from the library;
a book for middle-schoolers though it was,
the cover and the title were just cause
for me to read it before my teen.
So it found its way into my library stack
and I walked with it everywhere
until it was to be found nowhere.

The book I was looking for was yet waiting somewhere.

I retraced my steps to where I saw it last,
retraced my steps of the week past.
Oh yes, was reading it through a photo-shoot
of the kids’ sports teams at that gym in that school;
maybe I put it down to take a pic myself?
I left it there - eureka -  an email to the staff at the school....

The book I was looking for is now waiting over there 

Yet another book I discovered while looking for books for the reading challenges,  The Goose Girl is interesting reading so far.  Here are the excerpts for Book Beginnings at Rose City Reader and Friday 56 at Freda's Voice 

The Goose Girl (The Books of Bayern #1)
by Shannon Hale

Book Beginnings: 
She was born Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, and she did not open her eyes for three days.

Interesting, don't you think?

Friday 56: 
"If we're mad,"Ungolad said, "then we are mad in large numbers, at least larger than yours". 

Who is Ungolad? I am yet to reach that point, but curious to find out now :)


  1. When we are set upon one book it's painful to have misplaced it... I recall the books I've started but lost before I saw the end.. a good reason for ebooks... I can always download it again.. :-) but I'm glad you found it..

  2. Ah I am glad you found your book friend. I would say this form and cadence sounds like music. I hadn't heard of bop before

  3. Such an interesting form to try out ~ I am glad you found the book again ~ It's a mystery to me how I lose or misplace things, smiles ~

  4. Love the bop form!
    "a treasure trove of things I didn't know were gone" both charms and haunts me. How easy it is for the little things to slip away.

  5. I like Shannon Hale's stories so I think I'd enjoy this one.
    Happy weekend!

  6. Not familiar with the form, but it could be used in the musical bebop form!

  7. This had me smiling ear-to-ear. Great rhyme and flawless flow. Thanks for sharing. Hope to see you here at dVerse often.

  8. I remember having to run from a hurricane and leaving a book at the hotel when we left. Couldn't remember the title and it haunted me for years. I finally found a copy and didn't care for the story. Figures, after wanting to finish it for so long. LOL

    I like the opening to the book. I'd read more.

    My 56 -

  9. Ah.. the lost and
    found books of life..
    stoRinG memories
    of lost pages..
    and words..
    finding words
    to write.. what
    a deliGht.. i am
    now a porto-
    i go..
    art ya
    free the
    words of me
    wHere digit
    of finger
    become OnE..:)

  10. Wokee thats a difficult form for a poem but you did very well, so nice!
    Liesbeth ABC-W Team

  11. I would like to read The Goose Girl.

  12. Thank you for the link! Love poetry, but I am not much for keeping rules of poetry forms:) ABC Wed. - is that how you found me? Wishing you a great week.

  13. New forms of poetry can be difficult but you've managed very well!
    Wonderful post... looking forward to the next one you will choose

    Have a nice abc-day/-week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫


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