Today’s prompt was to take a book you love, find a line, write a poem based on it then change the title. I chose The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Not to give it away or anything, but my original line was “There is a way to be good again”. Wrote a short ghazal –

A scar is proof, there is a way to be good again
Under the blemish are layers, to be understood again

He who does wrong ought to bring the needle and thread
To suture and knot, so they can be stood again

But where to begin? A laceration so profound
It is obvious, no chance of ever becoming Robin Hood again

To repent, is a mighty task without a playbook at hand
The fire is ignited, and they’ll add firewood again

But the suture alone can not heal the wound
As time is a crucial element, who can return livelihood again

4 thoughts on “Scars

  1. oh this is awesome, Rushil. Now you need a pen name, which you can weave into the last couplet (called the matla). The last couplet is a good way to try out some clever wordplay by inserting and drawing out the nuanced meaning of your penname. I use ‘Mirage’ as my pseudonym in English. ‘Saraab’ in hindi/urdu which means the same thing and ‘Dhummas’ meaning fog in Gujarati.


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