Friday, July 30, 2021

Friday's Great Read

 

I’m thrilled to have Balroop Singh visiting with us today. Balroop is a lovely friend and talented writer. If you like haiku you are in for a treat.

 


Book blurb:

 When I stumbled upon haiku – a Japanese form of poetry, I scoffed it away, thinking it to be too short and easy to write. My hubris got a setback when I was challenged to write it! My earlier efforts show how I struggled with the syllables that could convey a meaningful message. Slowly I discovered this art form, which I revere now. I’ve taken some liberties with the rules though.

The poetry in this collection is not traditional haiku and tanka but inspired from them. This collection focuses on micro-poetry, inspired from haiku, senryu, tanka and acrostic poems. Brevity and discipline is the hallmark of these poems.

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 Excerpts:

Haiku:

 sun spreads divine gold

creates fusion of colors

illumines life.

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serrated peaks kiss

a demure dawn is smiling

scattering some cheer

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dusk trots complacently

knocks supremacy of the sun

smiles of stars follow

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full moon still lingers

trees delight in divine light

blissful spectacle

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Senryu:

 

drenched in divine light

we walk through paths of life

an exquisite joy

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magic dust holds us

when we dance so blissfully

our love evolves

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all storms of life melt

when they meet your serene face

our boat goes steady

 

Tanka

 Nature's rocky staircase
surrounded by lush green canopy
Majestic trickles 
as water flows from the turf
and the squirrels watch awestruck.

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 I embody desires

My power can never be calmed

I breathe moments

that flow through timeless terrain

to add glory to wilderness.

 Acrostic poem:

 Spring

 Scintillating and smiling beauty,

Placid and pristine,

Revered by all,

Impartial in disseminating joy

Nurtures love for surroundings

Glimmers in her ephemeral gown.

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Meet the Poet:

 


   Balroop Singh, a former educator always had a passion for writing. She would jot down her reflections on a piece of paper and forget about them till each drawer of her home started overflowing with poetic reminders, popping out at will! The world of her imagination has a queer connection with realism.  She is a poet, a creative non-fiction writer, a relaxed blogger and a doting grandma. She writes about people, emotions and relationships. she is the poet of Sublime Shadows of Life ,  Emerging From Shadows, Timeless Echoes,  Moments We Love and Magical Whispers

        all widely acclaimed poetry books. She has also written When Success Eludes, Emotional Truths Of Relationships Read FREE with Kindle Unlimited and Allow Yourself to be a Better Person.

    Her poetry highlights the fact that happiness is not a destination but a chasm to bury agony, anguish, grief, distress and move on! No sea of solitude is so deep that it can drown us. Sometimes aspirations are trampled upon, boulders of exploitation and discrimination may block your path but those who tread on undeterred are always successful.

     Balroop Singh has always lived through her heart. She is a great nature lover; she loves to watch birds flying home. The sunsets allure her with their varied hues that they lend to the sky. She can spend endless hours listening to the rustling leaves and the sound of waterfalls. The moonlight streaming through her garden, the flowers, the meadows, the butterflies cast a spell on her. She lives in California.

Connecting linkshttps://twitter.com/BalroopShado

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Emotional-Shadows/151387075057971

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7340810.Balroop_Singh

Amazon: http://goo.gl/X1NEFf


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30 comments:

  1. Balroop's poetry is beautiful and meaningful. I wish her good luck with her new book! hugs, Valerie

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    1. It is indeed, Val. Thanks for Balroop's well wishes:)

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    2. Thank you Val for such kind words and wishes. Have a wonderful day.

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  2. I am in total awe of Balroop. I have written ONE haiku and it took me three days and lots of frustration. It may have included a bit of hair pulling and screaming in Bleubeard's direction, too. Congratulations on the new book and I am sure it will be a big success, especially to those of us who are haiku challenged!

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    1. I'm one of the haiku challenged too and am also in awe of authors who write it. Balroop does a wonderful job.

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    2. I can understand those sentiments so well, as I've been there... struggling to find the right words to write a meaningful haiku but I didn't give up till I got the knack of writing with the required syllables. 😊Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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  3. Balroop’s poetry is beautiful and love how she brought Spring to life. I love the Magic one as we do all need to take this to heart, lovely that Sandra focused on you this week.

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    1. It is beautiful, isn't it, Birgit? And she certainly brings her writing to life. With Haiku you have to find the purrfect words.

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    2. Hi Birgit, I am delighted to hear your words. Thank you so much for sharing your feedback about my poetry.

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  4. Love the haikus and the acrostic. I have written some of these myself. They are fun.

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    1. Thank you Jamie, I am pleased to meet another poetry lover.

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    2. Good on you for writing them, Jamie.
      I've never dipped my toes in haiku.
      Balroop does a wonderful job of these.

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  5. Thank you Sandra for hosting me and many thanks for a lovely review of my latest release. I am feeling blessed. Love and hugs dear friend.

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    1. I'm very pleased to have you visiting with us.
      I loved SLIVERS. You did a wonderful job.

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  6. Hi Sandra and Balroop - congratulations on your publication ... and taking on the various forms of poetry - they all seem so interesting and are wonderfully descriptive to read.

    The review is wonderful to read - giving us a great overview. All the best.

    Happy Birthday to CJ - and have good weekends each of you three - cheers Hilary

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    1. Hi Hilary, thank you for stopping by to read Sandra's review, and your wishes are much appreciated.

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    2. SLIVERS is a wonderful read.
      Hope you are having a pleasant weekend, filled with everything you enjoy, Hils.

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  7. The poems are fantastic! Lot's of my friends have said "Poems are so easy" and all, but if you sit down and try writing one, it takes some time. You really are a great poet!

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    1. Thank you Aishu for your encouraging words. Poetry writing has its own challenges especially if you have to limit your syllables.

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    2. Balroop is indeed a great poet, Aishu:) Thanks for your kind words:)

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  8. Suerte con el libro, me gustaron muchos los poema . Te mando un beso

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    1. I'm glad you liked Balroop's poems, J. P. They are great, aren't they? Thanks for her well wishes.
      Sending you a hug.

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  9. I do enjoy reading poems.
    Many thanks for highlighting this book.
    Every success.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Entirely my pleasure. I'm glad to hear you enjoy poetry:)

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