The Purely Hopeful, or: Creativity verses form

Sangeetha & David’s new poetry project

Once upon a time, two poets who’d never met in person began writing verses back and forth over the Internet. Their first project took them some nine months: a 100 verse Hyakuin.

Once they’d completed their first oeuvre, they decided to continue their journey together; and Sangeetha came up with a fun idea. Beginning in January ’22, they took turns selecting poetic forms beginning with the letters of the alphabet (A through Z) and wrote poems to one another using those forms.

Upon completing that second project, Sangeetha suggested that they go through the alphabet once more, this time with an addition twist… In their new series, for every letter of the alphabet (A through Z), the two would select not only a poetic form but also – a keyword for each poem.

For ‘P’, Sangeetha selected the ‘Purely Hopeful’ form and the keyword ‘Poetry’.


P: Purely Hopeful

Sangeetha’s Purely Hopeful

Poetic heartbeats alliterate
Syncing syllables on the go 
Thoughts begin to tessellate
When words begin to flow
Lyrical lines interlace 
Fingers of yet unspoken ties
And smile at a sudden turn of phrase
Pensive pearls of lone letters amaze
Evoking infinite surprise
Minting moments for new days
Sublime sentiments sing
Silence between lines lifts souls
For beauty that life and love bring
Poetry is the one truth that holds

David’s Purely Hopeful

My drive to compose oft wears me down;
I rhyme of sheer desperation;
In verbs, participles, nouns-
I seek consolation;
At times, words do not soothe much,
Still I make myself stick to it;
Else, I find it hard to breathe, as such-
And left to wonder if I'm just touched...
Versing's sheer relief and through it-
I've whittled this unseen crutch;
Penning lines makes me feel-
That I have what to offer;
In making fantasies seem real-
I think myself somewhat an author.

Purely Hopeful?

  • A fourteen line poem;
  • Syllabic: 9/8/7/6 / 7/8/9/ / 9/8/7 / 6/7/8/9;
  • Rhymed: a/b/a/b / c/d/c / c/d/c / e/f/e/f

Sangeetha & David’s ‘Creativity verses form’

  1. The Alliterisen (#alternatives)
  2. The Bragi (#books) [1st attempt]
  3. The Bragi (#books) [correct]
  4. The Cadae (#crisis)
  5. The Dodoitsu (#desire)
  6. The Emmett (#elves)
  7. The Fold (#friend)
  8. The Golda (#gravity)
  9. The Harrisham (#hope)
  10. The Inverted Refrain (#imagination)
  11. The Jram (#jubilee)
  12. The Kลel (#kismet)
  13. The Lai (#love)
  14. The Monometric (#motivation)
  15. The Nove Otto (#night)
  16. The Ovillejo (#origins)
  17. The Purely Hopeful (#poetry)
  18. The Quatern (#quiet)
  19. The Raay (#roots)
  20. The Septanelle (#smiles)
  21. The Trianglet (#time)
  22. The Ukiah (#underwear)
  23. The Violette (#vintage)
  24. The Whyquain (#wisdom)
  25. X (wildcard): The Eight-ette (#excuse)
  26. The Ya Hoo (#yes)
  27. The Zip (#zip)

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

16 thoughts on “The Purely Hopeful, or: Creativity verses form”

  1. David your humor and somewhat self effacing verses made me smile. Sangeetha’s poem was more serious in tone but conveyed the same need to write… Bravo!

  2. Sangeetha’s seems an outward expression, while David’s is inward. Both are reminiscent of olden days, when words in missives were so vital to relationships. Well done.

  3. ๐ŸชถMy drive to compose oft wears me down;๐Ÿชถ
    This Poetaholic (if you will allow me) is always, BUT ALWAYS, a blessing.
    You were born with this pen in your hand.
    And I understand

    ๐ŸชถAt times, words do not soothe much,๐Ÿชถ
    Yet for people who dwell in the garden of the poet
    Even alarming
    Word is so enriching
    And comforting
    They bring the garden dwellers some semblance of peace, calm, and perspectiveย 
    Fragrant with laughter

    ๐ŸชถIn making fantasies seem real- I think myself somewhat an author.๐Ÿชถ
    Neither have I ever understood why the poet and the author were separated and forced to dwell apart.

  4. ๐ŸชถSyncing syllables on the go ๐Ÿชถ
    Such a magnificent skill
    Running through your blood
    And so proudly it sits their
    Like a tambourine on your DNA.

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