When an idea murmurs in your ear –


fuel it with midnight thought streams, and stir in pools of just-right words,

ferment it with troughs and crests of the heart, and stress and unstress with syllable lots,

sprinkle with generous metaphorical helpings and delicately wrap it up in rhyming forms.


And if that freely or painstakingly woven 

letters and words and verses and rhymes-


wipes away the spots from the eyeglasses of your mind, or sways your heart to the beat of its song, or

has you pirouetting at the first onset of dawn, or galloping gleefully through pillared trees,


then, that there is your voice,

open yourself, and

let your roar soar!


©Namratha Varadharajan



ARS POETICA is poetry about poetry! It was initially written as an instruction on how to write poetry.



You might wonder: What kind of cause is this, Namratha? Here you were going on so well championing Women’s Rights, the conservation of the planet, dynamic and impactful movements, and now this? Poetry?

“Nope, poetry isn’t my cup of tea.”

“I just don’t get it!”

That is the impression that has been professed by many about poetry. I haven’t been writing poetry for that long, just a little over a year maybe. I don’t even know if I am any good. The only thing I know for sure is poetry has captured my heart like none other. That is my cause for the day. To imbibe a little bit of love for poetry in my readers. To show that you can say so much, with far-reaching impact, with just a few right words in verse. To use my voice, to roar for those people trying to make this a “better” world.  That is what I have been trying to do throughout this AtoZchallenge and I hope I have been successful to a certain degree.

For each letter this April, I shall be presenting a poem inspired by ‘something’ that is making our world a little bit kinder, a little bit greener. The ‘something’ is a mix of people, movements, thoughts, or organizations who are having a positive influence on the world around us. Read all the other posts in ‘Poetry For A Cause’ series by linking the button below.


Voice: Ars Poetica Inspired By Poetry #AtoZChallenge #BlogChatterA2Z #NaPoWriMo
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16 thoughts on “Voice: Ars Poetica Inspired By Poetry #AtoZChallenge #BlogChatterA2Z #NaPoWriMo

  • April 26, 2018 at 8:29 am

    I didn’t think I was really into poetry till I started reading your and Purba’s poetry during A2Z and now I’m hooked. I hope you get that ebook done, because it’s been awesome reading your stuff everyday.

    • April 26, 2018 at 1:04 am

      Thank you Sonia. Have a long way to go and I do feel the market for poetry is dismal. Thank you for your encouraging words

  • April 25, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    It’s only been a year! Wow…you suppressed your talent for too long. Hope you write and publish these. Your poems always take me some place place. Will come back even after the challenge. 🙂

    • April 26, 2018 at 1:07 am

      I started writing to practice the skills I was learning as part of a short term digital marketing course and literally stumbled into the blogging world! Poetry happened along the way and has now got stuck at the top of the list😊

  • April 25, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    I whole-heartedly applaud your embracing poetry as a cause. I’m someone who loves poetry and thinks the world is better for it, and I most definitely love your voice. Let your roar soar indeed!

    • April 26, 2018 at 1:10 am

      Thank you Deborah. I have started to believe the world need more poetry and poets. When people are busy rhyming, where is the time for indulging in anything negative?

      And let your roar soar as well😊

  • April 25, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    “wipes away the spots from the eyeglasses of your mind, or sways your heart to the beat of its song” ~ I loved this. Beautiful expression, Namratha 🙂

    • April 26, 2018 at 1:28 am

      Thank you Purba. Appreciate your visit

  • April 25, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    Lovely post, Namratha. Your poetry as beautiful as your prose. My fav line is: “fuel it with midnight thought streams, and stir in pools of just-right words,”

    As an artist and writer, I can relate so well to this. And if you use our talents to improve the world – what can be better?

    Vas Villa, Bangalore – Then and Now

    • April 26, 2018 at 1:30 am

      You got it, Seema😊. And thank you

  • April 25, 2018 at 11:19 am

    Another lovely one.. again I wouldn’t count myself a poetry fan but I have been following your posts and am enjoying them

    • April 26, 2018 at 1:32 am

      Thank you Akshata. I have mixed up a bit of prose and poetry to cater to the audience.


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