Why a Poet #8

Finding forever

In the middle of nowhere

Building eternities

From here to there

Throwing caution to the wind

Without a care

Writing my own truth

Even if it’s only a smear

A Cheshire cat’s grin

Is what I wear

I’m upto no good

This I solemnly swear.

To read the first seven features in the “Why a Poet” series, please click on the links below:

1. Why a Poet

2. Why a Poet #2

3. Why a Poet #3

4. Why a Poet #4

5. Why a Poet #5

6. Why a Poet #6

7. Why a Poet #7

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#FlashbackFriday: Favourite Poem Edition

Hello everyone!

I hope you’re all having a wonderful start to the weekend.

As you may have noticed, I’ve recently written a lot of poetry despite having rued all my life over my inability to make things rhyme. I have no words to express how overwhelmed I am at all the love and appreciation you’ve showered on my posts. Thank you. Thank you!

As a fellow blogger kindly reminded my yesterday, there’s inspiration all around us. Reading what others have written before us can give us a nudge in the right direction, can warm our hearts and stir our soul into creating a beautiful portrait with our words too.

Hence, it behoves me to share with you those poems that have inspired me since I was a kid. These are brilliant creations that have stuck with me over the years and I can more often than not recite them verbatim. For the sake of brevity of the blog post, I’m planning on sharing one such poem a week. Every Friday. In no particular order. I have always been bad at picking just one favourite. That might quite possibly be the reason why I love making lists!

Today’s poem is called The Charge of the Light Brigade by Lord Alfred Tennyson. I came across it in standard eight and I’m still not over the goosebumps it gave me. It is a saga of bravery and the sheer strength of human spirit. It is a tribute to soldiers all over the world who, even in the face of great adversity and even when heavily outnumbered, refuse to give an inch and choose go down fighting. Here’s to all the Bravehearts! May your sacrifice never be forgotten.

The Charge of the Light Brigade

by Lord Alfred TeTennyso

I

Half a league, half a league,

Half a league onward,

All in the valley of Death

Rode the six hundred.

“Forward, the Light Brigade!

Charge for the guns!” he said.

Into the valley of Death

Rode the six hundred.

II

“Forward, the Light Brigade!”

Was there a man dismayed?

Not though the soldier knew

Someone had blundered.

Theirs not to make reply,

Theirs not to reason why,

Theirs but to do and die.

Into the valley of Death

Rode the six hundred.

III

Cannon to right of them,

Cannon to left of them,

Cannon in front of them

Volleyed and thundered;

Stormed at with shot and shell,

Boldly they rode and well,

Into the jaws of Death,

Into the mouth of hell

Rode the six hundred.

IV

Flashed all their sabres bare,

Flashed as they turned in air

Sabring the gunners there,

Charging an army, while

All the world wondered.

Plunged in the battery-smoke

Right through the line they broke;

Cossack and Russian

Reeled from the sabre stroke

Shattered and sundered.

Then they rode back, but not

Not the six hundred.

V

Cannon to right of them,

Cannon to left of them,

Cannon behind them

Volleyed and thundered;

Stormed at with shot and shell,

While horse and hero fell.

They that had fought so well

Came through the jaws of Death,

Back from the mouth of hell,

All that was left of them,

Left of six hundred.

VI

When can their glory fade?

O the wild charge they made!

All the world wondered.

Honour the charge they made!

Honour the Light Brigade,

Noble six hundred!

I think it’s safe to say that I would never cease to be affected by this poem, especially the lines Theirs not to make reply. Theirs not to reason why. Theirs but to do or die.

That’s all for today, folks! I hope you enjoy this poem as much as I do. Please let me know your thoughts on it in the comments section down below. I’d love to hear back from you! Also, let me know how you feel about this new endeavour of mine. Just a simple comment of yay or nay should do the trick. Thank you for reading!

Much love,

Varnika.

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