The Ludo, or: Creativity forms verses

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 continued their journey together; 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 they go through the alphabet once more but in their new series, for every letter of the alphabet (A through Z), they would select not only a poetic form but also – a keyword for each poem.

Eventually, they completed their third series and decided to embark on a fourth towards the end of 2022. This time, taking turns, they would create their own poetic forms for every letter of the alphabet (A through Z), and exchange poems, as they’d done before.

For ‘L’, Sangeetha created the ‘Ludo’ form.

L: Ludo

Sangeetha’s Ludo

Once upon a poem, I chanced upon a mind
Gifted with genius, a wordcrafter sublime
Cerebral in scripting lyrical poetry
Synchronizing true rhythms and rare philosophy
Imagination intrigued interestingly  
Intellectually, extraordinary!

David’s Ludo

By chance, I've a friend with a poetic, kind heart-
Wisdom deep, perspective and cleverness imparts;
Lyrical she and eminently expressive-
Compassionate words and approach unaggressive;
Harmoniously pens lines alphabetical-
Imaginativeness ~ non-hypothetical!


  • 6 lines;
  • Syllabic: Each line has 12 syllables;
    • The first line starts and ends with a 1 syllable word;
    • The second line starts and ends with a 2 syllable word, and so on.
  • Rhyming: L1 & L2 rhyme; L3 & L4 rhyme; L5 & L6 rhyme;
  • The word ‘chance’ has to appear once.

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!

24 thoughts on “The Ludo, or: Creativity forms verses”

  1. A big smile here while reading these. ๐Ÿ˜€ You two are so fortunate to have one another as poetic partners. It’s so pleasing to see how you and Sangeetha interact in your verses. It’s sublime and so much fun. Well done, both of you. ๐Ÿ™‚

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