For my 18th post for the Blogging A to Z Challenge, I planned on killing two birds with one stone. I wrote a poem entitled Realising Reality and submitted it as my assignment for 10 Premodern Poems by Women public online course by Stanford University for Week 3. It has been interesting to read poems written by women in the 17th and 18th centuries and learn about the lives of the poets themselves. To visit the Stanford University public online courses page, click here.
Oh, and it’s National Poetry Writing Month in the USA (NaNoWriPo) now. Lots of people are writing a poem every day for a whole month. 😉
R for Realising Reality
This poem uses the heroic couplet rhyming style, i.e. AA BB CC, etc., and has ten syllables in each line. It’s supposed to have an iambic pentameter, but I’m not sure about that part. 😉 That’s 18th century English poetry in England for you.
A life, its essence mysteries untold
Is there a destiny, planned path of old?
Are we making life up along the way?
Actions causing chain reactions each day?
Butterfly effect in constant motion
Does anyone think and act with caution?
Would tiny inconsiderate actions
Open floodgates; innocence’s damnation?
Survival is not guaranteed on Earth
Silence does not become our home and hearth
Egocentric universe; can’t they see?
Individuals think of I, and not we
I am you, you are me; one and the same
What I do hurts you; what you do hurts me
Is humanity a saviour or blight?
Forsake the downward spiral, do what’s right
An original poem by
Khor Hui Min
21 April 2015