Day FIVE: Writing 201

This one took a  l-o-n-g  time  in coming, primarily because I wanted to get the structure – meter (iambic pentameter), rhyme (ABAB) and stanza (quatrain – 4 lines) right, well almost ! Revisited the most famous elegy in English lit., Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard by Thomas Gray, actually read a good dissertation on it, and tried combining the elements of structure, theme and poetic device. Fog somehow became both the theme and the metaphor. Feeling a bit foggy at the end of it ! Whew !


Befuddled mind, engrossed in seeking foothold,

Memories dense, from fragments millions condensed,

To make sense now, it needs the past to unfold;

Hence seeks and grasps at shadows — scattered remnants.


The present, ’tis said is the future’s dim seed

Since present within are embers from before

Yet, till a hold the mind gets on dim deeds,

Resolves, redeems those foggy intents and more –


No movement, nor a progress can occur,

Nor future see the light of winsome day,

For embedded in that code for coming succour,

Is Memory’s unseen grasp on human fate.

© Lakshmi S. Menon


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