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Indira Renganathan


Alankar(Decor) -150


A Train's Night Journey(Ottava Rima)

Ottava Rima or Sonnetto Rispetto, is:
A fast narrative.
Stanzaic, written in any number of octaves.
Metered, most often iambic pentameter sometimes tetrameter.
Rhymed, Rhyme scheme is abababcc.
Best for blending serious and satirical attitudes.
Composed with the final couplet that sums up and brings a twist Or enlightenment to the content of the stanza.


A Train's Night Journey

In urged haste it gluts its obese crowding
Kicking out its first breath whistles its drag
Slow huffs-puffs to tadak-tadaks speeding
Runs on rails with modesty of its brag
Oscillating bogies on fear-brooding
Of a lurking coleague in crossing lag
While nighted green breeze takes to refuge
In sleeping minds of varied colours huge

Going on thus the train with pause then and there
A maze of moon glitters along its way
Passing midnight in somewhat gloomy mare
A cautious force tows the train fast right way
Cheered tadak-tadaks, tadak-tadaks flare
When rouged sky streaks an arc of a heyday
Dawning minds breathe in breezing greens' rebirth
While the halting train kicks out its last breath

Submitted: Monday, May 20, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, September 10, 2013

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